Guide to the Timothy Hopkins transportation collection, 1816-1942

Department of Special Collections
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Stanford University Libraries
Stanford, CA 94305-6004
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Guide to the Timothy Hopkins transportation collection, 1816-1942

Collection number: M0097

Department of Special Collections and University Archives

Stanford University Libraries

Stanford, California

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Date Completed:
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Descriptive Summary

Title: Timothy Hopkins transportation collection,
Date (inclusive): 1816-1942
Collection number: Special Collections M0097
Creator: Hopkins, Timothy, 1859-1937, collector.
Extent: 12 linear ft.
Repository: Stanford University. Libraries. Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives.
Language: English.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions


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.


Gift of Timothy Hopkins, M. A. Ives, Mrs. Hazel Elizabeth Sullivan, Mrs. Carleton E. Miller, and others.

Preferred Citation:

[Identification of item] Timothy Hopkins transportation collection, M0097, Dept. of Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

Scope and Content

The most significant collection of letters extant on the subject of the Central Pacific is contained in the Hopkins-Huntington correspondence. Some 2,500 letters and documents in 14 volumes cover the years 1860-1885 and are concentrated on the years 1872-1876. The letters are from Collis P. Huntington to Mark Hopkins, Leland Stanford, Alfred A. Cohen, and others. Several volumes contain correspondence between E. B. Crocker, Alfred A. Cohen, W. C. Ralston, E. E. Hewitt and Mark Hopkins.
In addition there is a volume of letters by Leland Stanford to a variety of correspondents, 1850-1893. (Transferred to University Archives).
Also in the collection are papers of Butler Ives, 1862-70, Central Pacific clipping books, 1872-92, and the papers of E. H. Miller, Jr., 1859-92.
As a part of the Hopkins manuscripts, there are numerous miscellaneous items from English and Indian railroads, 1830-1868, non-railroad transportation items, timetables, tickets, legal documents and the like.

Biographical Note

From files Nevada Historical Society
Born January 31st, 1830 Sheffield, Berkshire County, Massachusetts, the youngest of ten children; died December, 1872 near Vallejo, California; buried Elmwood Cemetery, Detroit, Michigan.
Educated University of Michigan. Parents; Butler Ives and Olive Hall Morse. His ancestors, John Moss (afterwards changed to Morse) and William Ives were among Governor Eaton's party who first settled New Haven April, 1638.
His greatest work consisted of pioneer engineering, surveying and locating the line of the Union Pacific and Central Pacific between San Francisco and Salt Lake City, working under Leland Stanford and Samuel S. Montague, chief engineer. The papers -- seventy in number -- relating to this work have been sent to the Leland Stanford University. His contract for the locating and surveying of the boundary line between the Territory of Nevada and the State of California -- running south and southeasterly from Oregon -- will be sent to the Historical Society of the State of Nevada. The Ives papers in general, running back to 1754, together with the old family bible are deposited for safekeeping with the Clarence Burton Historical Society, Detroit.
His brother, Caleb Ives, went west on the death of Butler, December, 1872, and returned with his effects and papers. The latter were given to Marvin A. Ives by his father, Caleb, in his last days saying,
I want you to have Butler's papers. He was a noble man.
The writer met about twelve years ago near Ann Arbor, Michigan an old companion, Michel J. Noyes, who had not seen Butler Ives for fifty years. His first words when I met him were,
He was the finest man I have ever known.
Among his effects was a letter of introduction dated December, 1862 to ___________ Miller, Banker of Sacramento, California from George A. Thayer, one of the first mayors of Grand Rapids, Michigan, who likewise spoke of him in the very highest terms, both as a gentleman and as an engineer.
Respectfully submitted,
signed (Marvin A. Ives)
Ojai, California.
May 9, 1931.

Container List



Box 1, Folder 1

London and N. W. Railway, Manchester and Lincolnshire Railway reports, Jul 11, 1846 - Jun 11, 1859

Box 1, Folder 2

Agreements between proprietors of canal navigation from Leeds to Liverpool and Northwestern Railway, etc., 1851-56

Box 1, Folder 3

Robert Stevenson-F. Broughton, handwritten letters, 1803-1859

Box 2, Folder 1

Portadown, Dungannon & Armagh Junction Railway Bill, 1860.Belfast, Hollywood & Bangor Railway Bill, 1860.

Box 2, Folder 1a

Robert Stevenson - handwritten letters (cont.)

Box 2, Folder 1b

Index, dating 1845-1869,referring to Agreements

Box 2, Folder 2

Agreements with East Lancashire Railway Corp., etc., 1847-59

Box 2, Folder 3

The Bristol & Gloucester Railway Co. with Messrs. Stothert & Slaughter, Jun 7, 1844

Box 2, Folder 4

Report on Brighton Railway, etc., gradients - 1838 (?)

Box 3, Folder 1

Railway Clearing House - London, Apr 26, 1842-Dec 16, 1857

Box 3, Folder 2

Report on Mileage and Stations, etc., Belfast, Hollywood, & Bangor Railway

Box 3, Folder 3

Agreement between London Northwestern Railway and Lancashire & Carlisle Railway, 1857

Box 3, Folder 4

Ledger and drawings for acquaduct and bridge for Sheffield Canal, etc., 1816-18



Box 4, Folder 1

Southampton, Manchester & Oxford Junction Railway

Box 4, Folder 2

As above

Box 4, Folder 2a

Miscellaneous English railway mss. & pamphlets, especially Midland Railway

Box 4, Folder 3

Proposed railway to join London and Southampton, 1830

Box 4, Folder 3a

Vester Railway, Jan 1866.Report of inspection

Box 4, Folder 4

British Railway traffic statements, 1852-3

Box 4, Folder 5

Passenger Contract Ticket on ship Webster

Box 4, Folder 6

Railroad Herald Accounts Ledger (British) - 1846, 1845, 1847[partially]

Box 4, Folder 7

Altringham to Manchester (Mainline).

Box 4, Folder 8

Lahore and Peshawar Railway, 1866-68.

Box 4, Folder 9

East Indian Railway specifications, 1854.

Box 4, Folder 9a

East Indian Railway Subsidiary Traffic Orders, 1883.

Box 4, Folder 10


Box 4, Folder 11

Imperial train of the Südbahn.


Sketch of cars. n.d.

Box 5, Folder 1

Schooners Rambler and Unity - financial records.

Box 5, Folder 2

Manuscript (eulogy) on George Stevenson by Thomas Summerside 1873.

Box 5, Folder 3

Report on Northern Electric Railway.


Vallejo Electric Railway.


Sacramento Street Railway.

Box 5, Folder 4

Sketches for construction of S.F. mole, etc.

Box 5, Folder 5

Report of Chief Engineer on Pacific & Atlantic Railway Co., 1851

Box 6, Folder 1

Letters and two documents, papers of M.A. Ives.

Box 6, Folder 2

Letters and telegrams to Butler Ives, 1862-70.

Box 6, Folder 2a

Four photocopies of letters, Chief Engineers Office 1869, 1872-3.Order book of Mrs. Mark Hopkins.

Box 6, Folder 3

Order book of Mrs. Mark Hopkins.

Box 6, Folder 4

Book containing names of students using Hopkins' Library

Box 6, Folder 5

Ledger of Miller, Stanford, Hopkins.

Box 6, Folder 6

Minutes of meeting of Sacramento Land Assn - Apr 27, 1869.(Miller gift)

Box 6, Folder 7

Subscription book of Southwestern Street Railway co. - 1876[San Jose and Santa Clara].

Box 6, Folder 8

Map - Right of way and track, Santa Rosa Branch. Napa junction to Santa Rosa (Southern Pacific Railroad). Document - 10-26-1869Western Pacific Railroad land grant to Charles McLaughlin (signed) Leland Stanford, E. A. Miller and notarized.



Box 7, Folder 1

Book of Clippings, Funding Bill, 1888-97.Contains anti CP/Stanford propaganda [cartoons, flyers, etc.], time schedules and listing of rates for fares, 1869.

Physical Description: (copies)
Box 7, Folder 2

Book of Clippings - anti-railroad material.

Box 7, Folder 3

Book of Clippings - as above.

Box 8, Folder 1

Scrap book, Apr-May, 1884 -newspaper accounts, reports of CPRR affairs.

Box 8, Folder 2

Scrap book, Jan 1885 -newspaper accounts, reports of CPRR affairs.

Box 8, Folder 3

Scrap book, 1884-92 -as above.

Box 9, Folder 1

Scrap book, 1871-83 -newspaper accounts, etc.

Box 9, Folder 2

Scrap book, Feb-Apr, 1884 -as above.

Box 9, Folder 3

Scrap book, May 1884-Jan 1886 -as above.



Box 10, Folder 1

Feb 1869-Jul 1873.

Box 10, Folder 2

Aug 1873-Dec 1878.

Box 10, Folder 3

Jan 1879-Aug 31 1882.

Box 10, Folder 4

Sep 1882-Sep 20 1884.

Box 11, Folder 1

Sep 25 1884-Jan 31 1887.

Box 11, Folder 2

Feb 1887-Oct 1889.

Box 11, Folder 3

Oct 1889-Mar 1892.

Box 11, Folder 4

Mar 1 1892-Dec 23 1892

Box 12, Folder 1

Jun 21 1889 - Dec 1890

Physical Description: [originals].

Dec 18 1890 - Jan 31 1892.

Box 13, Folder 1

E.H. Miller, Jr. Horse Book.

Box 13, Folder 2

E.H. Miller, Jr. Day Book, Jan 1871-Dec 1885.


E.H. Miller, Jr. Day Book, Nov 1859-Dec 1860.

Box 13, Folder 3

E.H. Miller, Jr. Day Book, Nov 1859-Dec 1860.

Box 13, Folder 4

E.H. Miller Ledger, 1863-71.

Box 13, Folder 5

E.H. Miller Ledger, 1871-76.

Box 14, Folder 1

E.H. Miller letters, Feb 2, 1892-Nov 23, 1892.

Box 14, Folder 2

Ledger, Jan 1, 1877 - 1884.

Box 14, Folder 3

Miller & Green Ledger, Aug 1869-77.

Box 14, Folder 4

Brown & Miller Day Book, Jan 1877-88.

Box 14, Folder 5

Miller & Redding Day Book, Oct 1882-87.

Box 14, Folder 6

Deed - Central Pacific Railway Co. to John S. Hittell.

Box 14, Folder 7

San Lorenzo Railway Co. - 1869-71,prospectus.

Box 14, Folder 8

Virginia & Truckee Railway - 1879

Physical Description: (payment check).
Box 14a, Folder 9

Central Pacific Railway - shipping ledger -Nov 1880

Box 15, Folder 1

Brown & Miller Day Book, Jan 1877-85.

Box 15, Folder 2

Oak Park Ledger No. 1, owners, W.W. Brown, Miller, Montague & Arthur Brown, 1873-89.

Box 15, Folder 3

Erie Canal Enlargement, 1851.

Box 15, Folder 4

E.H. Miller's check book, 1871-2.

Box 16, Folder 1

E.H. Miller (CPRR) taxes, 1874-95

Physical Description: [3 folders].
Box 16, Folder 2

Union Pacific Railway Co. reports, 1864-66.

Box 16, Folder 3

Legal Brief - Huntington, Stanford, Hollister [CPRR], Apr 8, 1873.

Box 16, Folder 4

Hyde Clark Correspondence, 1838-95.(Most from John Herapath). Railroad contracts - 1840s.

Box 17, Folder 1

San Francisco and San Jose Railroad timetables, 1864-68.

Box 17, Folder 1a

California Street Cable Railroad Co.

Box 17, Folder 2

Southern Pacific Railroad, 1885-

Physical Description: stock certificates.
Box 17, Folder 2a

Suggestions for enlarging the scope of the hospital system of the Central Pacific and Southern Pacific Railroads Aug 25, 1883.

Box 17, Folder 3

Union Pacific Railroad Co. Chief Engineer's Report.

Box 17, Folder 4

Pacific and Atlantic Railroad reports, 1852


12) from Chief Engineer, box 5 folder 5)
Box 17, Folder 5

Railroad and Locomotive Historical Society Report-Champlain & St. Lawrence Railroad.

Scope and Content Note

Union Tank Car (prior 1927) - history.
Box 17, Folder 6

Farmers and Merchants Association for Prevention of Railway Extortion.

Box 17, Folder 7

US District Court [Huntington vs City of Oakland] Nov 1880

Box 17, Folder 8

As above, Feb 1881

Box 17, Folder 9

As above, Mar 1881

Box 17, Folder 10

Time tables - 1873.

Box 17, Folder 11

Ship clearance papers signed by President Franklin Pierce, 1854.

Box 17, Folder 12

Santa Barbara Lands

Physical Description: (diagram and map).
Box 17, Folder 13

A. C. Bassett - Southern Pacific Railroad.

Box 17, Folder 14

Carmel-Monterey Railroad, 1901 -advertisement.

Box 17, Folder 15

Photostat of request by President Andrew Johnson for permission to build Central Pacific Railroad [piece of last tie - 1869].

Box 17, Folder 16

Miscellaneous - passes, etc. original letter, documents and letterpress of Mark Hopkins. Three photocopies of Mark Hopkins letters, 1849.

Box 17, Folder 17

Timothy Hopkins' notes of railroads.

Box 17, Folder 18

Timothy Hopkins' letters.

Box 17, Folder 19

Yosemite Valley Railroad Co. Shares

Box 17, Folder 20

Shares and bonds of various railroads.

Box 17, Folder 21

Pahrump Valley Railroad Co. Prospectus

Box 18

WILLIAM BRAGGE (1823-1884) letter Copy book 1851-1857.


Roll. Southern Pacific Timetables, 1893 and 1901.



Box 19

1861-1873 Legislative drafts, legal documents [deeds, articles of association, charters, etc.]

Scope and Content Note

Business memoranda - billings, invoices, etc.

1860-1885 Legislative drafts, case summaries, ordinances, law suit [Main vs CPRR], etc.

Scope and Content Note

Business memoranda - inventories, etc.
Box 20

1860-1885 HOPKINS CORRESPONDENCE (with index)

Scope and Content Note

Bound list of contents for 2 above, 12 below and L. S. vol.

1865-1871 Letter of transmittal, Timothy Hopkins, 1923.

Physical Description: (199 entries)

Letters of Collis P. Huntington to Mark Hopkins, Leland Stanford, and others.


Jan 2, 1872 Oct 1, 1872 Letters of C. P. Huntington to Mark Hopkins, Leland Stanford, etc. Miscellaneous documents appended - telegrams, pamphlets, clippings, etc.

Physical Description: (197 entries)
Box 21

Oct 2, 1872 Mar 10, 1873 Letters of C. P. Huntington to Mark Hopkins, Leland Stanford, and others.

Physical Description: (187 entries)

Mar 10, 1873 Letters of C. P. Huntington to Mark Hopkins, Alfred A. Cohen, and others. Telegrams and miscellaneous documents appended.

Physical Description: (167 entries)
Box 22

Aug 26, 1873 Nov 26, 1873 Letters of C. P. Huntington to Mark Hopkins. Notice of first CPRR dividend, telegrams, newspaper clippings [the California elections] appended.

Physical Description: (199 entries)

Nov 29, 1873 Apr 8, 1874 Letters of C. P. Huntington to Mark Hopkins, R. Franchot to Huntington.

Physical Description: (193 entries)
Box 23

Apr 10, 1874 Jul 9, 1875 Letters of C. P. Huntington to Mark Hopkins, Leland Stanford and others. Letters of I. E. Gates to Mark Hopkins.

Physical Description: (179 entries)

Aug 25, 1875 Apr 10, 1876 Letters of I. E. Gates to Mark Hopkins. Letters of C. P. Huntington to Hopkins.

Physical Description: (147 entries)
Box 24

Apr 17, 1876 Nov 26, 1886 Letters of C. P. Huntington to Mark Hopkins. Note appended by Timothy Hopkins [entry 185] explaining conclusion of struggle between Central Pacific and Texas Pacific interests.

Physical Description: (191 entries)

Nov 12, 1863 Oct 13, 1869 Letters of E. B. Crocker, Alfred A. Cohen, W. C. Ralston to Mark Hopkins. Telegrams, notices, miscellaneous correspondence appended.

Physical Description: (193 entries)
Box 25

Oct 19, 1869 Dec 6, 1872 Memorandum of dates of railroad construction, J. L. Wilcutt, Mar 31, 1913.Miscellaneous correspondence between W. C. Ralston, E. B. Crocker, Leland Stanford, Mark Hopkins, and A. A. Cohen. Copies of CP business transactions - promissory notes, drafts, etc.

Physical Description: (191 entries)

Dec 12, 1872 Jan 10, 1924 Miscellaneous correspondence between Mark Hopkins, W. C. Ralston, A. A. Cohen, and others. Letters of E. E. Hewitt to Mark Hopkins. Copies of business documents, promissory notes, etc. Two letters from Timothy Hopkins to G. T. Clark. Also the deed of sale of land in Sacramento by Mary Hopkins, on 1/30/80.

Physical Description: (199 entries)


Scope and Content Note

(transferred to University Archives)

Jan 5, 1850 Jan 19, 1893 R. L. Wilbur to G. T. Clark, letter of transmittal. Letters to Mark Hopkins and various correspondents, business and personal. Letters of George E. Gray to Stanford. The Stanford, Stillman, Osgood letters.