Salvador A. Ramirez papers

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Salvador A. Ramirez papers
Dates: 1860-1930 (bulk 1860-1897)
Collection Number: MS 735
Creator/Collector: Ramirez, Salvador A.
Extent: 11.75 linear feet + 1 half box + 1 oversize box
Repository: California State Railroad Museum Library and Archives
Sacramento, California 95814
Abstract: This collection of research papers was assembled by Salvador Ramirez as information for the books he authored.
Language of Material: English


Collection is open for research. Materials stored offsite. Contact the library one week in advance in order to set up an appointment to view this collection. Series 5: Publishing (RESTRICTED)

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 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.

Preferred Citation

Salvador A. Ramirez papers. California State Railroad Museum Library and Archives

Acquisition Information

Gift of Victor Ramirez, 2016.

Biography/Administrative History

Salvador Ramirez was born 22 January 1936 in Los Angeles, California and died 24 August 2014 in Carlsbad, California. He was a United States Navy/NSA Veteran and public school educator. He received his BA and MA from CSU Long Beach and his counseling credential from UCLA. He taught in the Los Angeles School District for nine years and was a principal in San Fernando Valley for four years. He spent the remainder of his education career as the principal of San Dieguito High School in Encinitas, California. Salvador was very passionate about California history and this passion lead him to research and write six books on the history of railroading in California. His writings primarily focused on the Southern Pacific Railroad. He was the author of “Fort Gaston, CA: A Brief Sketch”, “From New York to San Francisco via Cape Horn in 1849”, “Octopus Speaks: The Colton Letters”, “Inside Man: Life and Times of Mark Hopkins”, “Clash of Titans: Ambrose Bierce and Collis Huntington”, “Colton Letters Revisited”. The 1982 book, “The Octopus Speaks: The Colton Letters”, is published correspondence between C.P. Huntington and David Colton. These letters were previously believed to have been lost.

Scope and Content of Collection

The Salvador Ramirez Papers include the transcribed correspondence (including, but not limited to: Collis P. Huntington, Leland Stanford, Edwin B. Crocker, Mark Hopkins, S. Speyer, Theodore Judah, and William H. Mills) photocopies of newspapers, goverment railroad reports and publications; political, biographical and 'Dear Old Pard' letters of J.M. Basset; photocopies sections of various books, reproductions of photographs (inluding, but limited to, C.P. Huntington, Leland Stanford, E.B. Crocker, Mark Hopkins, and Theodore Judah). Contact the CSRM library for more information about Ramirez' extensive books collection. Processed material has been organized into the following series: Series 1. Correspondence Subseries 1: "In Their Own Words" Letters Subseries 2: Transcribed Correspondence Subseries 3: No Primary Source Documentation Correspondence Subseries 4: Conflict Correspondence Subseries 5: William H. Mills Correspondence Subseries 6: Oakes Ames Correspondence Series 2. J.M. Bassett Series 3. Publications Series 4. Biography Subseries 1: Charles Crocker Biography Subseries 2: E.B. Crocker Biogrpahy Subseries 3: C.P. Huntington Biography Subseries 4: David Colton Biography Series 5. Publishing Information (RESTRICTED) Series 6. Photographs

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