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Rocky Mountain Railroad Club's J. Foster Adams collection
MS 601  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Biography/Administrative History
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Rocky Mountain Railroad Club's J. Foster Adams collection
    Dates: 1913-1943
    Collection Number: MS 601
    Creator/Collector: Adams (J. Foster)
    Extent: These 600 glass plate and film negatives are taken by J. Foster Adams.
    Repository: California State Railroad Museum Library and Archives
    Sacramento, California 95814
    Abstract: The collection includes approximately 600 glass plate and film negatives.
    Language of Material: English

    Access

    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.

    Publication Rights

    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.

    Preferred Citation

    Rocky Mountain Railroad Club's J. Foster Adams collection. California State Railroad Museum Library and Archives

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Rocky Mountain Railroad Club to the California State Railroad Museum Library in 2008. The collection of negatives was donated by J. Foster Adams to the Rocky Mountain Railroad Club in 1962.

    Biography/Administrative History

    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.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The collection includes approximately 600 glass plate and film negatives. The majority of the plates are 5 x 7, but vary in size from as large as 8 x 10 to 4 x 5. The collection also includes prints made from the negatives by the Rocky Mountain Railroad Club after it received the collection in 1962. A preliminary inventory was received with the collection. The CSRM Library has created a searchable database including corporate name, locomotive numbers, geographic location, and dates when available. Please contact CSRM Library staff with specific search requests. The glass plate and film negatives are filed by the Adams negative number. Prints are filed by corporate name.