The collection includes approximately 600 glass plate and film negatives.
These images are the work of J. Foster Adams (1882-1962), a commercial photographer based in Portland, Oregon. Adams began
photographing engines and trains, principally on 5 x 7 glass plates about 1913, and took both still and action photographs
of railroads in the Portland area, including Southern Pacific, Union Pacific, Oregon-Washington Railroad and Navigation, Spokane
Portland & Seattle, and others. The bulk of the negatives are dated between 1913 and 1943.
These 600 glass plate and film negatives are taken by J. Foster Adams.
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 Archivist. 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.