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Virgil Blaine Brewer papers
MS 631  
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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: Virgil Blaine Brewer papers
    Dates: 1919-1953
    Collection Number: MS 631
    Creator/Collector: Brewer, Virgil Blaine
    Extent: 1 box
    Repository: California State Railroad Museum Library and Archives
    Sacramento, California 95814
    Abstract: Time books and other working papers from the career of Southern Pacific fireman and locomotive engineer Virgil Blaine Brewer.
    Language of Material: English


    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 Capital District Collections Manager. 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

    Virgil Blaine Brewer papers. California State Railroad Museum Library and Archives

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Virgie Brewer Witte, 2000.

    Biography/Administrative History

    Virgil Blaine Brewer was a fireman and locomotive engineer for the San Joaquin Division of Southern Pacific Railroad and a member of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Enginemen & Firemen’s Bakersfield California Mt. Whitney Lodge No. 139. He was born on May 6, 1898 and began working for Southern Pacific in 1919. Mr. Brewer, who died in 1952, had a wife, Katharine and a son, Joe.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    Includes: time books from 1937-1944, a Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen & Enginemen final withdrawal card for June 15, 1944, a circular from the Grand Lodge, 1941, correspondence, employee deduction statements, receipts for union dues, a Railroad Retirement Board change of beneficiary notice, study notes for enginemen's examination, a 1919 agreement with the Southern Pacific Company about a pre-existing medical condition, SP circulars, and notices for enginemen. The time books may include information such as date, location and time worked, class of service, amount earned and name of conductor or engineer.