Title: David Lindsay Joslyn Collection,
Date (inclusive): 1927-1959
Collection number: MS 42
Joslyn, David Lindsay
Extent: 1 box
California State Railroad Museum Library
Sacramento, California 95814
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[Identification of item], David Lindsay Joslyn Collection, MS 42, California State Railroad Museum Library, Sacramento, California.
The collection consists of photocopies of typescripts of historical essays by Joslyn which have been bound in three parts:
- (1) RAILROADS OF CALIFORNIA
- (2) MISCELLANEOUS WRITINGS
- (3) SACRAMENTO GENERAL SHOPS, SOUTHERN PACIFIC COMPANY-PACIFIC LINES, 1948.
In addition, there are a few separate short essays included in the collection, as well as letters and locomotive rosters relating
primarily to Southern Pacific equipment.
David Lindsay Joslyn (1886-1963) was born in Kansas, but from the age of ten, lived in Sacramento. While still in his teens,
he went to work at the Southern Pacific's Sacramento General Shops. There he worked at a number of assignments, including
laborer, car truck builder, foreman, clerk, draftsman, and photographer. Over the years Joslyn also spent much time researching
and writing about the history of Southern Pacific and its predecessor and subsidiary companies, as well as other railroad
topics. The collection represents a compilation of Joslyn writings along with some correspondence and notes.