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Chan (Dr. Pedro) Collection
MS 865  
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  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition
  • Arrangement
  • Biographical Information
  • Preferred Citation
  • Scope and Contents
  • Conditions Governing Use

  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: California State Railroad Museum Library & Archives
    Title: Dr. Pedro Chan collection
    creator: Chan, Pedro, Dr.
    Identifier/Call Number: MS 865
    Physical Description: 1 Linear Feet 1 record carton, 1 oversize box
    Date (inclusive): 1853-1931
    Date (bulk): 1869-1896
    Abstract: Dr. Pedro Chan's collection of early railroading and transcontinental railroad material includes Harper's Weekly vintage prints, drawings, photographs, tickets and financial records.
    Physical Location: Statewide Museum Collections Center

    Conditions Governing Access

    Collection is open for research by appointment.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Dr. Pedro Chan, 2019


    This collection is arranged by type of material.

    Biographical Information

    Dr. Pedro Chan collects through E-Bay for the purpose of donating to institutions in the United States and China. His primary collecting focus is World War II Flying Tigers, a group of P 40 fighter planes painted to look like Japanese man-eating beasts and flown by Chinese pilots. Dr. Chan also collects items that illustrate the role of Chinese immigration on building the Transcontinental Railroad.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Dr. Pedro Chan Collection, MS 865, California State Railroad Museum Library & Archives, Sacramento, California.

    Scope and Contents

    Dr. Pedro Chan's collection of early railroading and transcontinental railroad material includes Harper's Weekly vintage prints taken along the Transcontinental Railroad route, drawings of United States Pacific Railroad Exploratiion and Survey, a photograph of Chinese workers, Central Pacific Railroad tickets,expense bills and vouchers. There is a Sioux City and Pacific Railroad payroll from 1870, and a Northern Pacific stock certificate and equipment drawing.

    Conditions Governing Use

    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 Library & Archives. 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.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Central Pacific Railroad Company
    Collectors and collecting
    Transcontinental Railroad
    Harper's weekly