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Emil J. Grebs advertising art collection
MS 499  
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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: Emil J. Grebs advertising art collection
    Dates: Circa 1925
    Collection Number: MS 499
    Creator/Collector:
    Extent: 1 oversize box + 1 folder
    Repository: California State Railroad Museum Library and Archives
    Sacramento, California 95814
    Abstract: The collection consists of sketches, many signed by Emil Grebs, prepared for the Oakland, Antioch & Eastern Railway and the San Francisco-Sacramento Railroad. Several pieces have a Foster and Kleiser label on the back of the board.
    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

    Emil J. Grebs advertising art collection. California State Railroad Museum Library and Archives

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Brian Thompson (from the collection of Charles Baird)

    Biography/Administrative History

    The Oakland, Antioch & Eastern Railway, a standard gauge electric line, was incorporated March 28, 1911. It opened for traffic to Sacramento on September 3, 1913. The OA&E was sold to the San Francisco-Sacramento Railroad Company on January 26, 1920, and on January 1, 1929 to the Sacramento Northern Railroad. •The San Francisco-Sacramento Railroad, a standard gauge electric line, was incorporated January 2, 1920 as an amalgamation of the Oakland & Antioch, the Oakland, Antioch & Eastern, and the San Ramon Valley Railroads. It ran 93.10 miles between San Francisco and Sacramento. It was conveyed to the Sacramento Northern Railway December 31, 1928. •Emil J. Grebs, born June 11, 1877, in Germany, attended San Francisco's Mark Hopkins Institute of Art between 1896 and 1898, at which time he was living in Berkeley. He exhibited Bay Area landscape scenes and marines at the First and Second Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture held at Golden Gate Park in 1915 and 1916. For many years he was the art director for the Foster & Kleiser Company. The artist also taught classes at Stanford University and the San Francisco Art Institute. He died on June 24, 1964 in Alameda County.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The collection consists of sketches, many signed by Emil Grebs, prepared for the Oakland, Antioch & Eastern Railway and the San Francisco-Sacramento Railroad. Several pieces have a Foster and Kleiser label on the back of the board.