Inventory of the David Lindsay Joslyn Collection, 1927-1959

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Inventory of the David Lindsay Joslyn Collection, 1927-1959

Collection number: MS 42

California State Railroad Museum Library



Sacramento, California

Contact Information:

  • California State Railroad Museum Library
  • 111 "I" Street
  • Sacramento, California 95814
  • Phone: (916) 323-8073
  • Fax: (916) 327-5655
  • Email: csrmlibrary@csrmf.org
  • URL: http://www.csrmf.org/library.html
Processed by:
The California State Railroad Museum Library staff
Encoded by:
Xiuzhi Zhou
© 2000 California State Railroad Museum. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: David Lindsay Joslyn Collection,
Date (inclusive): 1927-1959
Collection number: MS 42
Creator: Joslyn, David Lindsay
Extent: 1 box
Repository: California State Railroad Museum Library
Sacramento, California 95814
Shelf location: Big Four Building or off-site storage. Please contact the Library in advance of your visit.
Language: English.

Administrative Information

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the California State Railroad Museum. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Senior Curator. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the CSRM as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], David Lindsay Joslyn Collection, MS 42, California State Railroad Museum Library, Sacramento, California.

Collection Description

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.

Historical Background

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.

Key to Arrangement

Box 1, Folder 1

Biographical Information, 1964.

Box 1, Folder 2

RAILROADS OF CALIFORNIA

 

The Sacramento Valley Railroad Company. 1959. 14 pages.

 

The Central Pacific Railroad. 1959. 24 pages.

 

Western Pacific Railroad Company. Not dated. 2 pages.

 

The Sacramento Southern. Not dated. 1 page.

 

California Pacific Railroad. 1959. 3 pages.

 

Western Pacific Railroad. 1959. 3 pages.

 

The Oregon and California Railroad. 1959. 2 pages.

 

The Electric Lines. 1959. 4 pages.

 

Southern Pacific chronology. Not dated. 4 pages.

 

History of the Sacramento Valley Railroad. 1931. 9 pages.

 

Shasta Route into Oregon. Not dated. 7 pages.

 

California Northern Railroad, Marysville to Oroville. 1950. 2 pages.

Folder 3

MISCELLANEOUS WRITINGS

 

Forty-six years with the Southern Pacific. Not dated. 16 pages.

 

The Jarrett and Palmer Special. 1933. 8 pages.

 

Andrew Jackson Stevens, General M[aster] M[echanic] Central Pacific RR. 1958. 4 pages.

 

Transcriptions from contemporary accounts of the Golden Spike Ceremony. 1869. 4 pages.

 

Andrew Jackson Stevens. 1944. 34 pages.

 

The Jarrett and Palmer Special, with J. O. Goodell. Not dated. 13 pages.

 

The Jarrett and Palmer special train. 1958. 9 pages.

 

Fighting snow on the Sierra Nevada mountains. Not dated. 5 pages.

 

History of the locomotive pilot. 1942 (?). 12 pages.

 

Evolution of the locomotive. 1930. 15 pages.

 

The life story of the locomotive C. P. Huntington, as told by itself. 1962. 47 pages.

Folder 4-5

SACRAMENTO GENERAL SHOPS, SOUTHERN PACIFIC COMPANY-- PACIFIC LINES.

 

1948. 55 pages. 3 copies

Folder 6

ADDITIONAL WRITINGS

 

The A. J. Stevens monument. 1928. 4 pages.

 

Central Pacific. 1955. 11 pages.

 

Dedicating and unveiling the T. D. Judah Monument at the S.P. station, Sacramento, April 30, 1930 and February 21, 1931. 1958. 6 pages.

 

From out of the past [groundbreaking and construction of the Central Pacific]. 1948. 3 pages.

 

Golden spike, silver spike maul and laurel tie. Not dated. 3 pages.

 

A short biographical sketch of Leland Stanford. 1936. 1 page.

 

The T. D. Judah monument at the S. P. station. Not dated. 3 pages.

 

OTHER

Folder 7

Central Pacific and Southern Pacific locomotive rosters.

Folder 8

Letters, 1927-1928, 1958