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  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Preferred Citation
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition
  • Biographical / Historical
  • Scope and Contents
  • Processing Information
  • Arrangement
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  • Contributing Institution: The Huntington Library
    Title: Charles Crocker correspondence
    Creator: Crocker, Charles, 1822-1888
    Identifier/Call Number: mssCrocker
    Physical Description: 1.26 Linear Feet (3 boxes)
    Date (inclusive): 1881-1883
    Abstract: A collection of business letters between railroad magnates Charles Crocker and Collis P. Huntington covering the years August 1881 and December 1883.
    Language of Material: Materials are in English.

    Conditions Governing Access

    Open for use by qualified researchers and by appointment. Please contact Reader Services at the Huntington Library for more information.

    Conditions Governing Use

    The Huntington Library does not require that researchers request permission to quote from or publish images of this material, nor does it charge fees for such activities. The responsibility for identifying the copyright holder, if there is one, and obtaining necessary permissions rests with the researcher.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item]. Charles Crocker correspondence, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Purchased for the Huntington by the Library Collectors' Council from the Mariner's Museum, Newport News, Virginia, January 2006.

    Biographical / Historical

    Charles Crocker (1822-1888) was a prominent store-owner in Sacramento when, in 1860, he joined Collis Huntington, Huntington's business partner Mark Hopkins, then-Governor Leland Stanford, and other smaller investors in financing Theodore Judah's Central Pacific Railroad plan. Crocker's role in the Central Pacific was to oversee the construction. Crocker solved the problem of manpower by hiring Chinese workers and succeeded in finishing track construction many years ahead of the federal deadline. During the time of these letters, Crocker was the second vice president of the Central Pacific Railroad.

    Scope and Contents

    The collection contains 675 letters from Charles Crocker to Collis Huntington and Huntington's secretary Isaac Gates written between August 1881 and December 1883. The letters were dictated by Crocker to private secretaries in San Francisco and sent to Huntington in New York City. The letters sent to Isaac Gates are adminstrative in nature. The letters explore Crocker's interests in banking, real estate, agricultural development, and mining. Most of the letters sent to Huntington are business-related, including Crocker and Huntington's interests in the Southern Pacific Railroad, the Central Pacific Railroad, the Occidental and Oriental Steamship Company, and other railroads and mines scattered through the Southwest, Oregon, and Mexico.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Huntington Library Staff, circa 2006. In 2020, Gayle Richardson created the finding aid derived from legacy in-house summary report.


    Arranged chronologically.


    Former call number: mssCrocker-Huntington correspondence

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Letters (correspondence) -- California -- 19th century
    Colton, David Douty, 1832-1878
    Gates, Isaac
    Huntington, Collis Potter, 1821-1900
    Central Pacific Railway Company
    Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad Company
    Southern Pacific Railway Company
    Occidental and Oriental Steamship Company