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Office of General Superintendent Motive Power

box 6, folder 14

Nos. 1-9

box 6, folder 15

Nos. 10-25

 

Subseries 4. Personnel Records 4

 

Subseries 5. Accident records 5 1920

Physical Description: .25 Linear Feet1 volume
Physical Location: Statewide Museum Collections Center I2.300.E10

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Betty Jo Sunshine, 2007

Custodial History

This volume was apparently preserved by Louis Paul Oberkamp (1901-1996) who began his railroad career with the El Paso & Southwestern in 1920. He retired from Southern Pacific in 1965 at which time he was a Superintendent at the Sacramento Shops.

Scope and Contents

Record of accidents in Texas and Arizona from January to December 1920. Includes location of accident, victim(s), description of damage or injury, personnel involved, names of witnesses, and amount of time lost because of disability.
 

Series 6: Executive Department 6 1910-1983

Physical Description: 4.58 Linear Feet
 

Subseries 1. Office of the President circulars and invitations 1 1910-1983

Physical Description: 1.43 Linear Feet5 archives boxes
Physical Location: Statewide Museum Collections Center I2.300.F6, I2.300.J3

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Railway & Locomotive Historical Society, Pacific Coast Chapter (Circulars); Southern Pacific Company, San Francisco (Invitations)

Scope and Contents

Subseries 1. Circulars •Printed circulars issued by the Office of the President, Southern Pacific Company (Pacific System), San Francisco, have been pasted into two albums. The majority of the circulars announce changes in personnel and regulations regarding the use of travel passes. However, there are also circulars that refer to company policy, office closures, employee relations, union agreements, and salary reductions.
•A collection of invitations to corporate functions (luncheons and dinners, receptions) relating to specific events or to honor various SP officials and other dignitaries. Events occured in various U.S. cities. The invitations appear to have been issued by the Office of the President or by members of the SP Board of Directors.
box 1

Circulars, [Volume 1] 1910-1917

box 2

Circulars, [Volume 2] 1920-1947

box 3

Invitations, 1953-1970

box 4

Invitations, 1971-1982

box 5

Invitations 1983

 

Subseries 2. Mortgage maps 2 1934-1948

Physical Description: .29 Linear Feet1 archives box
Physical Location: Statewide Museum Collections Center I2.300.E4

Scope and Contents

Mortgage maps and detailed statements of owned mileage mortgaged and not mortgaged, corporate ownership map and operating chart, corporate organization charts, maturities of funded debt. Prepared in Office of Assistant to the President.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Brian Thompson (387-88), 1995
box 6, folder 1

Volume 1 Southern Pacific Lines as of December 31, 1933. Mortgage maps and detailed statements of owned mileage mortgaged and not mortgaged, corporate ownership map and operating chart, corporate organization charts, maturities of funded debt. Prepared in Office of Assistant to the President, San Francisco, June 25, 1934. Statement MJW 82. Mimeographed.

box 6, folder 2

Volume 2 Southern Pacific Transportation System and Affiliated Railroad Companies as of December 31, 1947. Mortgage maps and detailed statements of owned mileage, mortgaged and not mortgaged, and investment, corporate ownership map and chart, maturities of funded debt. Prepared in Executive Department, San Francisco, December 1, 1948. Statement 82. Printed.

 

Subseries 3. Long Range Planning program 3 1947-1980

Physical Description: .86 Linear Feet3 archives boxes
Physical Location: Statewide Museum Collections Center I2.300.J2

Historical

In 1952, as an aspect of his belief in the value of planning and research, Southern Pacific President Donald J. Russell initiated the Long Range Planning Program. Chaired initially by C. D. Lafferty, Manager of the Industrial Department, and composed of representatives of the company's various administrative departments and operating divisions, the Long Range Planning Program's purpose was to analyze existing conditions, as well as population, economic, and social trends in the Southern Pacific's major western service areas, and to develop plans for the physical expansion of yards and facilities, elimination of unprofitable services, and improvement of freight revenues.

Scope and Contents

The Long Range Planning Program collection consists of carbon copies of letters, mimeographed reports, maps and blueprints. The material is arranged in folders and binders and contains geographical data, statistics, population projections, descriptions of existing and proposed industrial developments, and information on competing modes of transportation.
box 7

Memorandum of a conference on Long Range Planning, 1952 Report on future projects and facilities resulting from findings of the Long Range Planning Program Comments on California's economy, 1947-1980 Summary of Stanford Research Institute study, The future economic development of California, 1961 Item No. 1 - Report on freight service through the El Paso gateway Item No. 2 - Report on Southern California (including San Diego and the Imperial Valley), industrial property, track extensions, yards and service

box 2

Item No. 3 - Report on freight service through the Ogden gateway Item No. 7 - Report on freight service between Portland and Los Angeles and between Portland and Ogden (Modoc Line) Item No. 4 - Central traffic territory (Oakland and East Bay area, San Jose to Santa Clara, Sacramento, Stockton, Fresno and Northwestern Pacific) industrial property, track extensions, yards and service Item No. 4 - Oakland and East Bay area, industrial property, track extensions, yards and service Item No. 4 - Report on Northwestern Pacific Railroad Company, industrial property, track extensions, yards and service

box 9

Item No. 4 - Report on Sacramento area, industrial property, track extensions, yards and service Report on Sacramento area freeways, expressways, and major street improvements, 1958 Item No. 4 - San Joaquin County, industrial property, track extensions, yards and service Item No. 4 - San Joaquin Division, industrial property, track extensions, yards and service Item No. 4 - Santa Clara County, industrial property, track extensions, yards and service Item No. 5 - Phoenix area, Arizona, industrial property, track extensions, yards and service Item No. 5 - Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona, industrial property, track extensions, yards and service

 

Series 7: Hospital Department 7 1905-1975

Physical Description: .71 Linear Feet2 archives boxes + 1/2 archives box
Physical Location: Statewide Museum Collections Center I2.300.J2

Scope and Contents

Includes prescription logs issued in Sacramento and San Francisco hospitals, record books of dressings applied and x-rays taken, prescription and medical charge tags, audit vouchers and one folder of material from the Southern Pacific Employees Hospital Association.
box 1

[2 volumes] Prescription logs (Form 2905) issued in Sacramento, 1905-1906

box 2, folder 1

[Volume] Prescription logs (Form 5618), issued in San Francisco, 1917-1919

box 2, folder 2

[Volume] Record book of dressings applied, October 10, 1927 - April 16, 1928. Records patient's surname only.

box 2, folder 3

[Volume] Record book of X-rays taken, December 1929 - October 1930. Records full name and portion of anatomy X-rayed.

box 2, folder 4

Miscellaneous prescription and medical charge tags from SP medical facilities

box 2, folder 5

Southern Pacific Employees Hospital Association, 1945-1975

box 3, folder 1-8

Southern Pacific Memorial Hospitals, Inc. audit vouchers (Form S-219), 1968

 

Series 8: Traffic Department 8 1887-1956

Physical Description: .86 Linear Feet
Physical Location: Statewide Museum Collections Center I2.300.J4, map case SMCC 5004
 

General freight agent correspondence

Physical Description: 4 Leaves4 items

Scope and Contents

General Freight Agent, San Francisco: correspondence relating freight service to Sperry & Co., Gridley, 1887 (3) [formerly MS 1.62] General Freight Agent, San Francisco: correspondence to C. L. Wilson of Lincoln, relating to rates for shipment of glazed brick from Los Angeles to San Francisco, December 23, 1909 [formerly MS 1.100)
 

SFOR 7 Statement of all tickets issued via the San Francisco Overland route for the month of [date] / Apportionment of earnings and expenses accruing to the San Francisco Overland Route, steamship and rail lines, December 1905 - December 1913

Physical Description: 97 SheetsInk on paper18 x 38 inches
Physical Location: Statewide Museum Collections Center Map Case 5004

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Grahame Hardy

Scope and Contents

Record of tickets issued for Overland Route, including steamship and railroad travel; revenues posted to various corporate entities (Southern Pacific, Union Pacific, Chicago and North Western, Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe, Southern California Rail way, Pacific Mail Steamship Company, and the Occidental and Oriental Steamship Company. Includes passenger names. [Handwriting is difficult to read; entered in blue ink, therefore difficult to photocopy]
 

Maritime Operations 1929-1956

Physical Description: .86 Linear Feet3 archives boxes
Physical Location: Statewide Museum Collections Center I2.300.J3

Arrangement

Arranged by corporate name and then by type of log.

Historical Information

Ferryboats began service on the San Francisco Bay in 1850. By 1863 ferryboats connected to local train service and by 1869 to the final western leg of the Central Pacific's transcontinental route.
Ferryboat service peaked in 1930, when Southern Pacific operated 43 ferryboats on San Francisco Bay. During that year SP carried almost 20 million people between San Francisco and the Oakland and Alameda piers.
The opening of the San Francisco – Oakland Bay Bridge in 1936 resulted in the slow decline of ferry service. After World War II, only four passenger ferries traveled the Bay: "Berkeley," "Eureka," "Sacramento," and "San Leandro." SP discontinued its passenger ferry service in 1958.
The passenger ferry "Berkeley" was built in 1898, went into service in November 1901 and was rebuilt in 1917. It was one of the last SP ferries, retired in 1958.
The passenger ferry "Eureka" built by the San Francisco & North Pacific Railroad in 1890, was originally named the "Ukiah." Later operated by the Northwestern Pacific Railroad (as the "Eureka") and then by the Southern Pacific. The "Eureka" ran between San Francisco and Oakland until 1957. The "Eureka" is preserved at the San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park.
The "Sacramento" built for the South Pacific Coast Railroad in 1877 was originally called the "Newark." In general ferry service on the Bay until October 1921 when it was stripped at SP shipyard a portion of the keel was used for the "Sacramento." SP retired the "Sacramento" in 1955.
The Key System operated the 1923-built "San Leandro." SP acquired the ship in 1955 to replace the "Sacramento" and operated the 240-foot long "San Leandro" between Oakland and San Francisco until its July 1958 retirement.

Scope and Contents

This series includes: a union agreement, a deck department log, steamer logs, and a log book for inspections and drills.
The union agreement, between Southern Pacific Company and the National Association of Masters, Mates & Pilots of America, National Marine Engineers Beneficial Association, Inland Boatmen's Union of the Pacific, were effective May 1, 1929 and includes subsequent changes to September 1947.
The Northwestern Pacific Railroad's Deck Department log for the steamship "Eureka" documents daily San Francisco to Sausalito car and passenger service for the period January 1 to February 19, 1941. Each log includes: arrival and departure times, mileage, the number of auto trucks, autos and hand trucks, weather conditions (tide and wind), deck work performed, names of first and second officers, the chief and assistant engineers, and the signature of the captain.
The Southern Pacific Company logs (Form S-2109) for the steamship "Eureka" document daily San Francisco to Oakland car and passenger service for the period February 8, 1942 to July 31, 1945. Information includes: arrival and departure times, crossing time, the number of locomotives, passenger cars and freight cars, autos, trailers, four wheel trucks and drays on board, weather, wind and tide information, inspections and drills performed, explanations for delays, and mail bag numbers and train numbers. The back side of each form, signed by the ship's captain, lists crew members, the chief engineer, assistant engineer and firemen.
The Southern Pacific Company log book notes daily inspections and drills aboard the "Eureka," "San Leandro," "Berkeley," and "Sacramento" for the period November 3, 1944 to February 28, 1956. Each entry lists the inspection date, the type of inspection, the outcome, and the name of the captain. Another section of the log, "Fire and boat drills" lists the following information: ferry name, date, number of crew, inspection time, plug number, fire extinguisher, anchor drill time and the captain's name. There is also an address list for the crew.
box 1, folder 1

Southern Pacific Company agreement with various maritime unions, effective May 1,1929 + supplements

box 1, folder 2

Northwestern Pacific Railroad steamship "Eureka" deck department log, Jan. 1 - Feb. 19, 1941

box 1, folder 3-4

Southern Pacific Company steamship "Eureka" log, Feb. 8, 1942 - Mar. 6, 1943

box 2, folder 1-6

Southern Pacific Company steamship "Eureka" log, Mar. 7, 1943 - Dec. 31, 1944

box 3, folder 1

Southern Pacific Company steamship "Eureka" log, Jan. 1 - Jul. 31, 1945

box 3, folder 2

SP Co. steamships "Eureka", "San Leandro", "Berkeley" and "Sacramento" log books, Nov. 3, 1944 - Feb. 28, 1956

 

Series 9: Public Relations Department (in process) 1888-1979

Physical Description: 31 Linear Feet1 archives box, 46 oversize boxes
Physical Location: Statewide Museum Collections Center I2.200.J3, I2.300.A5-A11, I2.300.B4-B11, I2.300.F7-F11

Arrangement

The Public Relations Department series is not yet organized, but is arranged generally by type of material.

Scope and Contents

This series includes promotional materials, artwork, photographs, advertising agency records, advertisements, and proof pages generated for the Southern Pacific Public Relations Department.
box 1, folder 1

Public relations scrapbook, 1888-1892

Scope and Contents

A scrapbook of miscellaneous periodical advertisements. Subjectsj include ticketing and fare information, land sales in Capay Valley, Tehama County, Glenn County, California, Utah, Nevada, and Oregon, timetables(San Francisco Bay area), travel promotion (California destinations), and funeral trains to Holy Cross Cemetary.
box 1, folder 2

Correspondence, 1926-1937

box 1, folder 3

Advertising appropriations, 1926-1929

box 1, folder 4-5

Advertising expenditures, 1887-1952

box 2, 8

Artwork and photographs

Scope and Contents

PMTs and photographs of artwork for SP promotional materials and original art and photographs used in SP promotion. Mounted on board.
box 3-7

Promotional materials, samples of promotional materials, 1945+

box 9

World War II labor recruitment, 1944-1946

box 10

Advertising agency records, notebooks which list published advertisements in both local and national campaigns:

box 10, folder 1-2

Publication advertising, Lord & Thomas, May 1926 - Jun. 1934

box 10, folder 3-5

Record of proofs of ads, Feb. 1935 - Oct. 1960

box 11-19

"West" advertisements, issued by Passenger Traffic Department (Advertising Bureau), 1940-1945

box 20-49

Advertisements, 1928-1979

Scope and Contents

Proof pages for ads appearing in national and local magazines and newspapers, as created by the ad agencies: Foote, Cone & Belding, Lord Thomas & Logan, Lord & Thomas.
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