Paperwork collected by builder's plate collector Frank Saarni during his work with the California State Railroad Museum and
as a brakeman for the Great Northern Railway.
Frank Arthur Saarni was born Aug. 3,1926 in San Francisco and died Jan. 21, 2013 in Berkeley. Beginning as a teenager, Saarni
assembled one of the major and most significant builder’s plate collections in the United States and North America. Saarni
also created accurate reproduction builder's plates for equipment being restored during the development of the California
State Railroad Museum. As he collected, he kept meticulous notes and gathered research material on railroad history, which
comprise this collection.
1 linear foot + 3 oversize boxes
Copyright has not been assigned to the California State Railroad Museum. All requests for permission to publish or quote from
manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the CSRM Librarian. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the CSRM
as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must
also be obtained by the reader.
This collection is open for research at our off-site storage facility with one week's notice. Contact Library & Archives
staff to arrange for access.