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Guide to the United Railroads of San Francisco Records, 1866-1951
Special Collections M161  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Historical Note
  • Scope and Content
  • Added Entries

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: United Railroads of San Francisco Records,
    Date (inclusive): 1866-1951
    Collection number: Special Collections M161
    Creator: United Railroads of San Francisco
    Extent: 19 linear ft.
    Repository: Stanford University. Libraries. Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

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    Publication Rights:

    Property rights reside with the repository. Literary rights reside with the creators of the documents or their heirs. To obtain permission to publish or reproduce, please contact the Public Services Librarian of the Dept. of Special Collections.


    Found among the Hopkins Transportation Library manuscripts.

    Preferred Citation:

    [Identification of item] United Railroads of San Francisco Records, M161, Dept. of Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

    Historical Note

    The United Railroads of San Francisco, as well as the Market Street Railway Company and the Municipal Railway Co., were all aggregations of smaller street railway lines that provided urban transportation for San Francisco. Among these street railways were the following: Sutter Sreet Railway Co., Sutro Railway Co., San Francisco & Alameda R.R. Co., and the South San Francisco Railroad and Power Co.
    The United Railroads of San Francisco was organized in March, 1902, with authorized capital stock of 40 million dollars mostly owned by California Rail & Power Co. Because of its inability to pay matured indebtedness and interest on outstanding indebtedness, it sold out to Market Street Cable Railway Co. in 1921. In 1944, the Municipal Railway of San Francisco (Muni) bought the capital of the Market Street Railway Co.

    Scope and Content

    The collection includes record books, business and legal papers, financial papers, clippings, stock records, statistics, ledgers, and so forth, of the above railway companies. It also includes annual reports of the Municipal Railway Co. for the years 1949-50 and 1950-51.

    Added Entries

    Market Street Railway Co.
    Sutter Street Railway Co.
    South San Francisco Railroad and Power Co.
    San Francisco and Alameda Railroad Co.
    Sutro Railway Co.
    San Francisco Electric Railroad.
    San Francisco Municipal Railway.
    San Francisco and San Mateo Railway Co.