Title: Railroad Law Enforcement Collection,
Date (inclusive): 1870-1977
Collection number: MS 26
Extent: 5 boxes and 1 flat document box
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.
Gift of Warren E. Miller, 1987
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[Identification of item], Railroad Law Enforcement Collection, MS 26, California State Railroad Museum Library, Sacramento,
The Railroad Law Enforcement Collection deals with a number of aspects of crimes associated with rail travel. It begins with
the first train robbery in the United States in 1870 and includes material up to 1977. The bulk of the material covers the
period between 1870 and 1943. The Western United States is the main focus of the collection, although a number of the crimes
covered occurred in Canada.
The collection consists of correspondence, manuscripts, clippings, trial transcripts, police reports, sworn statements, wanted
circulars, photographs, police "mug shots," scrapbooks and printed material.
The most significant cases contained in the collection are the "Lower 13" murder on Southern Pacific's train No. 15 in 1943,
the derailment of the City of San Francisco in 1939 and the robbery of Southern Pacific's train No. 10 at Goodyear, California.
Prominent individuals mentioned in the collection include Bill Miner, the DeAutremont brothers, Chris Evans and John Sontag,
Jean LaBanta, and James Hogue.