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James Ray papers
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Table of contents What's This?
  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Biography/Administrative History
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: James Ray papers
    Dates: 1878-1923
    Collection Number: MS 501
    Creator/Collector: Ray, James
    Extent: 3 folders
    Repository: California State Railroad Museum Library and Archives
    Sacramento, California 95814
    Abstract: A collection of documents relating to machinist James Ray and his employment with various railroads, in England and the United States.
    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

    James Ray papers. California State Railroad Museum Library and Archives

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Ruy Kern, 2002

    Biography/Administrative History

    According to information provided in a two-page handwritten document, James Ray began his career as an apprentice machinist on the Great Western Rail Road of England, working from March 1867 to October 1872. Apparently he came to America in 1872 and worked first at the Pittsburgh Locomotive Works as a machinist from November 1872 to March 1874. He later worked for the Atlantic and Great Western at Meadville, Pennsylvania until 1882. By November of 1882 he was employed by Southern Pacific. He was still with SP in 1923.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    A collection of documents relating to machinist James Ray and his employment with various railroads, in England and the United States.