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California State Railroad Museum Library
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Sacramento, California 95814
Phone: (916) 323-8073
Email: Library.CSRM@parks.ca.gov
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Adams Express Co. Correspondence and Receipt Book

Correspondence and a receipt book from the Adams Express Company.

 
Afterthought Copper Company (Arizona) Articles of Incorporation

Articles of incorporation for the Afterthought Copper Company of Arizona.

 
Alamagordo and Sacramento Mountain Railway Records

Financial information generated during the operation of the Alamagordo and Sacramento Mountain Railway.

 
Amador Branch Railroad Cash Book

One cash book generated by the Amador Branch Railroad.

 
Arcata & Mad River Railroad Collection

Miscellaneous files from the Arcata and Mad River Railroad.

 
Arizona and Colorado Railroad Records

Records created by the Arizona and Colorado Railroad.

 
Asay (Jeff S.) Collection

This collection consists of research material Mr. Asay used in the writing of his most recent book Included in this collection are secondary sources, such as journal articles; however, most of the collection consists of primary sources relating to railroad...

 
Association of Railway Technical Employees Collection

Documents generated and collected by the Southern Pacific (Pacific Lines) Association of Railway Technical Employees.

 
Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Collection

In addition to manuscript material, the CSRM Library also has photograph, drawing, map, and ephemera collections related to Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe. Please consult the Library for details....

 
ATCHISON, TOPEKA AND SANTA FE RAILWAY SPECIAL SERVICE COLLECTION

Material in this collection comes from the collection of M.E. "Gene" Tharp, who was a special agent, an Inspector, and later an Assistant Superintendent in the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Special Service.

 
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Bailey (James F.) Collection

Letters, reports, orders, passes, and clippings relating to James Fay Bailey's career as a service inspector for the Pullman Company. The collection includes Mr. Bailey's accounts and other documents regarding the rescue of passengers from the stranded City of San...

 
Beebe (Lucius M.) Collection

Letters, manuscripts, galleys, clippings, ephemera, and biographical material relating to the newspaper society columnist, publisher, and railroad historian Lucius Morris Beebe....

 
Berkeley Branch Railroad Cash Book

One cash book from the Berkeley Branch Railroad.

 
Best (Gerald M.) Collection

The correspondence, writings and research material from noted railroad historian and photographer Gerald M. Best.

 
Boca and Loyalton Railroad Collection

One volume listing voucher numbers, payees, dates, amounts and purpose of expenditures on northeastern California's Boca and Loyalton Railroad....

 
Bone (Sydney W.) Collection

The collection includes correspondence with many members of the retail and railroad industries, including John Barrigar, president of the Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad, and James Farley, Chairman of Coca-Cola. The correspondence is primarily incoming and relates largely to Mr. Bone's retirement. Items...

 
Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen

The Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen and Enginemen records contain material relating to the national organization, national railroad labor relations, and railroad labor issues, from the late nineteenth through the mid-twentieth centuries. In addition, the General Chairman's Reports, which comprise a...

 
Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen. Sutter Lodge No. 340 Collection

This collection contains ledgers and correspondence from the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen, Sutter Lodge No. 340 and one ledger from its women's group, Golden State Lodge.

 
Brotherhood of Railway and Steamship Clerks, Freight Handlers, Express and Station Employees

The collection consists of business records and correspondence pertaining to the Brotherhood and the Western Pacific Railway during the mid-twentieth century....

 
BROTHERHOOD OF RAILWAY CARMEN OF AMERICA, KLAMATH FALLS LODGE, NO. 1332 RECORDS

Financial records of the Brotherhood of Railway Carmen of America, Klamath Falls Lodge No. 1332.

 
Brown (Arthur) Collection

Contains correspondence written to Arthur Brown and collected by him during the course of his career as Superintendent of Buildings and Bridges with the Central Pacific Railroad Company during the building of the transcontinental railroad and later for the Southern...

 
Burro Mountain Railroad Co. Records

Accounting records from the Burro Mountain Railroad Company.

 
Butte County Railroad Records

Accounting records for the construction of the Butte County Railroad from Chico to Stirling, California.

 
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California and Oregon Railroad Day Book

Day book from the California and Oregon Railroad.

 
California Pacific Railroad Records

Includes records of the California Pacific Railroad, its predecessors San Francisco & Marysville and California Pacific Rail Road, and its subsidiaries Stockton and Visalia and the Stockton & Copperopolis Railroads.

 
California State Railroad Museum Planning Documents

Planning documents of the California State Railroad Museum Library.

 
Caltrain Consultant Collection

The collection represents the files of William W. Kratville of Passenger Transportation Consultants, which contracted in the early 1980s with the California Department of Transportation to review the development and design of new bi-level passenger cars for use on the...

 
Carson and Colorado Railway

This collection has been divided into three series: Train Registers, Forms, and Miscellaneous...

 
Carter Brothers Documents

Carter Brothers receipts.

 
Central California Railway Company Records

Miscellaneous financial documents from the Central California Railway.

 
Central California Traction Company Collection

Financial records of the Central California Traction Company.

 
Chico and Northern Railroad Collection

A few accounting records of Chico and Northern Railroad Collection.

 
Chico Electric Railway Collection

Ledgers and correspondence relating to the organization and financial concerns of the Chico Electric Railway....

 
City of San Francisco Derailment Collection

Includes newspaper clippings, Southern Pacific records, instructions, arrival and departure times, notes, maps, scrapbook, photographs and a poster. Organized by type of material....

 
Clar (Rayond L.) Correspondence

Correspondence to banker and financier Nicholas Luning.

 
Cloudcroft Co. Trial Balance Ledger

A trial balance ledger for the Cloudcroft Company, a Southern Pacific Company subsidiary.

 
Coast Line Railway Records

Accounting records and an annual report for the Coast Line Railway.

 
Compendium of Passenger Rates and Divisions Collection

The California State Railroad Museum Library has in its book collection a copy of the May 1904 edition (No. 31) of The Compendium of Passenger Rates and Divisions, Containing Information Regarding the Division Of Through Rates and Condensed Local Tariffs...

 
Coos Bay Oregon Coal Co. Records

Financial records of the Coos Bay Oregon Coal Company.

 
Cope (Newton) Collection

The collection consists of invoices, bills, vouchers, and routine correspondence from the Central Pacific and Southern Pacific Railroads and subsidiary lines.

 
Coronado Railroad Co. Collection

Financial records of the Coronado Railroad Company.

 
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Darrell (Paul Burton) Papers

Correspondence, research files, and family mementos of railroad photographer and enthusiast Paul B. Darrell.

 
Dowrick (Thomas) Collection

The Thomas Dowrick Papers contain biographical materials, documents, including a diagram, pertaining to the whistle valve invented by Dowrick and Chase, their patent on the valve, and the marketing of the invention by Viloco. The papers also contain letters to...

 
Dubin (Arthur D.) Collection

The collection consists of correspondence of railroad historian and author Arthur Detmers Dubin. Most of the 130 letters are to or from Lucius M. Beebe. Both letters received and carbon copies of letters sent by Mr. Dubin are contained in...

 
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Engel (Edward J.) Collection

This collection highlights Engel's accomplishments during his long and distinguished career with the Santa Fe Railway. It includes a scrapbook containing news coverage and congratulatory letters upon his promotion to executive vice-president. Some mementos from his retirement such as a...

 
Eureka and Palisade Railroad Collection

The collection consists largely of letters, forms, and invoices, pertaining to the everyday operation of the Eureka and Palisade....

 
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FISHER (DR. ROBERT) COLLECTION

Contains account books, detailed inventories and summary accounts of Carter buildings, furniture, tools and materials stored at Newark shops and statements of labor.

 
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Gardiner (Alexander J.) Collection

The collection consists of a scrapbook kept by Alexander J. Gardiner (1852-1921), and maintained by his widow, Hattie Gardiner, following his death. The scrapbook contains clippings, mostly about the Southern Pacific -- history, special events, personnel, retirements and wrecks, as...

 
Gray (Thomas H.) Collection

The collection consists of news clippings chronicling Gray's contributions to railroad safety and obituaries from various sources marking his death. Also included is correspondence, primarily between C.J. Corliss and Thomas Gray's children in 1945. Mr. Gray's leather-bound notebook, kept approximately...

 
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Hastings (Dr. Philip Ross) Collection

The collection contains correspondence, drafts of articles, promotional material, brochures, newspaper articles, field notebooks, certificates, awards, itineraries and other material primarily related to Hastings' photography career and his interest in railroad photography and railroadiana

 
Haugh (Jesse L.) Collection

Two scrapbooks contain railroad passes issued to Mr. Haugh, photographs and clippings relating to the premier of Cecil B. De Mille's film "Union Pacific" in Omaha, Nebraska, in April 1939. There are also clippings and ephemera regarding Union Pacific Railroad...

 
Hirsimaki (Eric) Typescript

A photocopy of a 286+ page typescript of Lima: The History by Eric Hirsimaki later published in 1986.

 
Hoadley (Charles E.), Order of Railway Conductors and Brakemen, Division No. 597,

Records of Charles E. Hoadley, Chairman of the Order of Railway Conductors and Brakemen, Division No. 597, Mount Diablo Lodge.

 
Huntington, Hopkins & Company Hardware Store Collection

Includes 2 folders of business records of the Huntington, Hopkins & Company Hardware Store Collection and two catalogues.

 
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Ione and Eastern Railroad Collection

Album style binding containing way-bills, daily ticket reports, agent's baggage reports and daily account statements, February 9 - July 6, 1905....

 
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Joslyn (David L.) Collection

The collection consists of photocopies of typescripts of historical essays by Joslyn which have been bound in three parts: ...

 
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Keddie (Arthur Walter) Family Papers

This collection contains material collected by surveyor Arthur W. Keddie and his family relating to his discovery of an alternative transcontinental railroad route through Feather River Canyon as well as his contribution to the development of Plumas County.

 
Kendrick (Baynard H.) Typescript

Typescript of "Florida's Perpetual Forests."

 
King (Robert Lee) Family Papers

This collection documents Robert Lee King's distinguished 38-year career with the Southern Pacific Company.

 
Kneiss (Gilbert Harold) Collection

This collection contains early Western Pacific records obtained by Gilbert Harold Kneiss, the Vice-President and head of the WP public relations department from 1949 to 1963, his family papers, and his writings as a railroad historian.

 
Kornweibel (Dr. Theodore, Jr.) Collection

This collection includes material collected by historian and author Dr. Theodore Kornweibel, Jr. while researching his book RAILROADS IN THE AFRICAN AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: A PHOTOGRAPHIC JOURNEY, (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010.)

 
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Laidlaw (Catherine) Collection

Contains material collected by Catherine Laidlaw through her involvement in the Sacramento branches of both the Ladies' Society of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Fireman and Enginemen and the Grand International Auxiliary to the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers.

 
Lake Tahoe Railway & Transportation Company Collection

A ledger and a journal from the Lake Tahoe Railway and Transportation Company.

 
Lawser (Mary L.) Collection

The Mary Louise Lawser Collection consists of correspondence, pamphlets and brochures concerning her railroad work, photographs and transparencies of her work, and ephemera. The major portion of the collection, however, consists of preliminary sketches and colored renderings for murals and...

 
Lincoln Northern Railway Records

General / cash account record with the Southern Pacific Company.

 
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MARICOPA & PHOENIX RAILROAD COLLECTION

Construction costs, bills, invoices, and other financial records for the Maricopa & Phoenix Railroad and the Maricopa, Phoenix & Salt River Valley.

 
McDaniel (Tugwell) Collection

The collection consists of a scrapbook containing letters, pamphlets, magazine articles, photographs, clippings, and ephemera, mostly pertaining to Mr. McDaniel's rescue of the child in 1944. In addition, there are some items dealing with his later careers with the Southern...

 
McFarland (Robert H.) Collection

The collection consists of letters to McFarland, primarily from other railroad aficionados, letters concerning the Railway & Locomotive Historical Society, R&LHS Pacific Coast Chapter newsletters and announcements of excursions and miscellaneous photograph lists (not McFarland images) and retirement and scrapping...

 
Mexico and Colorado Railroad Records

Business records of the Mexico and Colorado Railroad, 1908-1910.

 
Monteagle (Frederick J.) Collection

The collection consists of letters received by Frederick J. "Monte" Monteagle while he was Assistant City Editor of the Oakland, California. The letters are typewritten, with some having handwritten notes. ...

 
Moore (Robert Percy) Collection

Personnel file of telegrapher Robert Percy Moore.

 
Motion Picture and Television Screenplays and Call Sheets

Screenplays "Thunder: A Saga of the Railroads" and "Chattanooga Choo Choo" and call sheets for "The Emperor of the North Pole."

 
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NATIONAL RAILROAD PASSENGER CORPORATION / AMTRAK : JAMES L. LARSON OPERATIONS AND PLANNING FILES

Reports, legal documents, and correspondence collected by Mr. Larson during his 25-year tenure with Amtrak as he served as Manager of Station Operations, Director of Personnel, Assistant Vice President of Administrative Staff, and Assistant Vice President of Contracts.

 
Nevada Railroad Commission Valuation Reports Collection

Nevada Railroad Commission valuation reports with engineering, land, and financial information about select Western railroads.

 
NEVADA-CALIFORNIA-OREGON RAILWAY RECORDS

Financial records of Nevada-California-Oregon Railway, Nevada-California-Oregon Realty, and including branch line predecessor Sierra and Mohawk Railway.

 
 
Northwestern Pacific Railroad Collection

Two volumes from the Office of Master Mechanic and Superintendent of Steamers / Mechanical Department are letterpress copy books which record the cost for services completed by Mechanical Department (Tiburon Shops) to Comptroller, relating to locomotives, rolling stock and floating...

 
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Oakland, Antioch & Eastern Railway Collection

The collection consists of ledger sheets containing statements which list and compare expenditures for maintenance, equipment and electric power for the Oakland, Antioch and Eastern Railway on a monthly basis for 1914 and 1915.

 
Oden (William Arthur) Collection

Contains material generated and collected by William Oden while President of Short Line Enterprises. Emphasizes consulting work for the California State Railroad Museum and for the State of Nevada. This collection is arranged into the following series: Series 1. PROJECT...

 
OREGON AND CALIFORNIA RAILROAD CO. COLLECTION

Includes an equipment record and financial records.

 
OREGON CENTRAL RAILROAD RECORDS

Financial records and bridge alignment notes from the construction of the Oregon Central Railroad.

 
Oregon Railroad and Navigation Company

Business forms and receipts issued by the Oregon Railroad / Railway and Navigation Company.

 
Oregon Short Line Railroad Payroll

Bound volume (183 pages) containing payroll sheets for employees in various departments and occupations on the Oregon Short Line in Utah and Idaho.

 
Otis (Bill) Typescript

Typescript of "Hobart Mills: A High Country Logging Town in the Sierras" by Bill Otis.

 
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Pacific Coast Railway Cash Book

Pacific Coast Railway cash book receipts.

 
PACIFIC ELECTRIC RAILWAY COLLECTION

Includes operating agreements, executive committee resolutions, and accounting records for Pacific Electric Railway of 1901 and Pacific Electric Railway of 1911.

 
Pacific Fruit Express Company Collection

A preliminary finding aid has been prepared. The finding aid will be expanded to include unprocessed material. This material has been arranged in the following series:...

 
PACIFIC RAILWAY AND NAVIGATION CO. RECORDS

Financial records of the Pacific Railway and Navigation Company records.

 
Placerville and Sacramento Valley Railroad Collection

Select traffic records from the Placerville and Sacramento Valley Railroad.

 
Platt (Howard Verden) Collection

Papers highlighting the professional and personal accomplishments of Union Pacific railroad executive Howard Verden Platt.

 
Pullman-Standard Car Manufacturing Co. Color and Design Renderings

Pullman-Standard color and design renderings for Southern Pacific passenger car interiors and china.

 
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Railroad Comm. of California Report

A typescript of a report issued by the Railroad Commission of California in 1914 analyzing public utilities under its jurisdiction.

 
Railroad Employee Timebook Collection

Timebooks completed filled out by employees of various railroads.

 
Railroad Employees Photograph Album

The collection consists of nearly 300 pages of black and white photographs (image size: 1-1/4 x 1-½ inches), with 24 images pasted on each page) of male railroad employees, arranged alphabetically by the first letter of the surname, but not...

 
Railroad Film Collection

The California State Railroad Museum Library's railroad film collection includes film and video documenting railroad operations and history, primarily in California and Western states, though also in some other geographic regions. The collection includes both commercial and amateur film and...

 
Railroad Law Enforcement Collection

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...

 
Railroad Logos Scrapbook

Scrapbook of North American railroad and steamship company logos.

 
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Sacramento Northern Railway Company Records

The collection consists of correspondence, photocopies, mimeographs, log books, computer printouts and printed material relating to employment practices, wages, operating procedures, equipment, train movements, etc. In addition the collection contains correspondence, reports, memoranda and notes concerning the abandonment of service,...

 
SACRAMENTO SOUTHERN RAILROAD RECORDS

Includes financial records and general manager's orders.

 
San Diego & Arizona Railway/Tijuana & Tecate Railway Collection

The typewritten report upon balance sheet audit of accounts as of December 31, 1929 (166 pages in a binder) was prepared in 1929 for the Board of Directors of the J. D. and A. B. Spreckels Securities Company, probably in...

 
San Francisco, Napa and Calistoga Railway Records

Invoices, vouchers, and legal documentation for the San Francisco, Napa, and Calistoga Railway and its predecessor railroads the San Francisco, Vallejo & Napa Valley, and the Vallejo, Benecia & Napa Valley.

 
San Joaquin and Sierra Nevada Railroad Collection

Financial records from the San Joaquin and Sierra Nevada Railroad.

 
Schooner “Mabel and Edith” Document

One volume records pay to deck hands and other workers on the river schooner "Mabel and Edith." This vessel shipped freight for the Southern Pacific and other railroads. Receipts are signed by the shipmaster George Franklin Whitcomb, San Francisco. Information...

 
Shaw (Frederic Joseph) Papers

Papers pertaining to Mr. Shaw's work as an architect, his interest in railroading, the publication of his books, his artwork, and biographical information.

 
Shelton Adjustable Double Deck Car Company Collection

The collection consists of the business records of the Shelton Adjustable Double Deck Car Company, and includes the by-laws, minutes of the board of directors for the American and Canadian firms, stock sales books and patents information. There are also...

 
Short Line Enterprises Collection

MS 617 contains business records from Short Line Enterprises, Inc. [SLE], collected by SLE co-founder, Logan Stanley Garner. The correspondence and notes in these files were addressed to or generated by Mr. Garner.

 
Sierra Railway / Sierra Railroad Collection

The Sierra Railway / Sierra Railroad Collection contains financial materials, administrative records, correspondence, engineering and shop records, and legal records pertaining to Sierra Railroad operations. Records of other organizations such as the Jamestown Improvement Company, Nevills Hotel, Sierra Telegraph and...

 
Sierra Valley & Mohawk Railroad Collection

The timebook contains the names of construction workers on the Sierra Valley and Mohawk Railroad. Notations refer to hours worked and wages paid. There are references to Chinese laborers....

 
Sierra Valley and Mohawk Railroad

Time book for construction workers on the Sierra Valley and Mohawk Railroad.

 
Sonora Railway Company Limited Collection

Stock records from the Sonora Railway Company.

 
Southern Pacific Railroad Company of Mexico Collection

Business records of the Southern Pacific Railroad Company of Mexico.

 
Southern Pacific Railroad Operating Agreements

Operating agreements between the Southern Pacific and various railroads.

 
Starr (Clifford A.) Collection

Consists of 135 Freight Conductors Train Books, which are day by day entries of the details of individual runs.

 
Stein (Louis Lorenz Jr.) Collection

The collection represents the railroad-related papers and documents accumulated by Berkeley, California pharmacist and historian Louis, Lorenz Stein, Jr. (1902-1996).

 
Stockton and Copperopolis Station Plans

Station plans for the Stockton and Copperopolis and Stockton and Visalia Railroads.

 
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Tarbutt (John A.) Documents

Certificate of apprenticeship to John Tarbutt and clippings about Canadian National Railroad.

 
Taylor (H. L.) Collection

The collection consists of reminiscences and letters of H. Lester Taylor, an employee of the Southern Pacific Railroad from 1906 to 1965. He began service with the railroad as a messenger and served as messenger for Edward H. Harriman after...

 
Theodore Dehone Judah Family Collection

The collection consists of biographical materials, including a handwritten biographical memoir of Theodore Judah, possibly by Anna, business and personal letters to the Judah, business documents, materials pertaining to the California Eastern Extension Railroad, ephemera relating to the family, portraits...

 
Thompson (Gregory Lee) Dissertation

A photocopy of "The American Passenger Train In The Motor Age: Archival and Econometric Analysis of Explanations For the Decline In California, 1901-1941" by Gregory Lee Thompson

 
Tower Bridge (Sacramento, Calif.) Collection

One bound ledger records maintenance to the bridge between March 1, 1944 to March 30, 1946. Colorful ink drawings embellish the endpapers. There are also a few clippings regarding the bridge's history. A few photographs have been filed with the...

 
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Union Pacific Railroad Collection

Miscellaneous Union Pacific Railroad records.

 
United Railroads of San Francisco Collection

The collection consists of financial documents from the organization of the company to 1914. They relate to the initial financing of the United Railroads as well as later income and expenses. In particular, they contain information on damages suffered and...

 
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Vaca Valley and Clear Lake Railroad Collection

Cash book and inventory of the Vaca Valley and Clear Lake Railroad.

 
Virginia & Truckee Railroad Collection

In addition to manuscript material, the CSRM Library also contains extensive photograph, drawing, map, manuscript and ephemera collections related to the V&T. Please contact the Library for assistance....

 
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Waddell (Richard) Typescript and Drafts

A photocopy of a 310-page typescript "The Sierra Nevada Crossing: A Study In Railway Economics and History, 1869-1950" dated 1986.

 
Wagner (Jack Russell) Collection

The Jack R. Wagner Collection consists largely of manuscripts, letters, notes and ephemera pertaining to his publications and interest in railroad history.

 
Weiffenbach (John F.) Collection

The papers in this collection concern Mr. Weiffenbach's activities with Electro-Motive Division, Fairbanks, Morse, and Canadian Locomotive Company. The papers are primarily handwritten notes and a few drawings, with many internal memoranda, carbons of letters, and curve charts. Mr. Weiffenbach...

 
Wells Fargo & Company Express Collection

The collection consists of business records of the Wells Fargo & Company Express.

 
Williamson, (J.F.) Field Notebook

Civil engineer's field notebook from the Northern Pacific Railroad's Yellowstone Division.

 
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Yosemite Short Line Railroad Records

Legal documents and a deed record book concerning the Yosemite Short Line Railroad operations.

 
Yosemite Valley Railway Collection

Includes official bulletins issued by the Yosemite Valley Railway, train registers, checks, correspondence, and telegrams.