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Virgil Dale Vawter autobiography and binder
MS 539  
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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 Dale Vawter autobiography and binder
    Dates: 1990s
    Collection Number: MS 539
    Creator/Collector: Vawter, Virgil Dale
    Extent: 1 oversize box
    Repository: California State Railroad Museum Library and Archives
    Sacramento, California 95814
    Abstract: "Episodes from the memory of Virgil Dale Vawter" - Autobiography of Virgil Dale Vawter (46 pages) and a binder of information relating to railway mail service, prepared by Virgil D. Vawter for use on Great Northern railway post office car No. 42.
    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

    Virgil Dale Vawter autobiography and binder. California State Railroad Museum Library and Archives

    Biography/Administrative History

    Virgil Dale Vawter (1916-1992) was a docent with the California State Railroad Museum. He volunteered for eight years, and contributed 8,000 hours, leaving shortly before his death in 1992. His favorite docent assignment was to staff Great Northern railway post office car No. 42. Drawing from his long experience as a ticket agent with Southern Pacific and the stories of his uncle who was a RPO clerk, he created a vivid and interesting experience for the visitors to the Museum's railway post office car. To enhance his presentation he created appropriate cancellations for mail traveling along the route of the Great Northern RPO car and a series of mailings with the correct postage stamps of the period.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    "Episodes from the memory of Virgil Dale Vawter" - Autobiography of Virgil Dale Vawter (46 pages) and a binder of information relating to railway mail service, prepared by Virgil D. Vawter for use on Great Northern railway post office car No. 42.