Inventory of the Dr. Pedro Chan Collection MS 865

Library & Archives staff
California State Railroad Museum Library & Archives

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

box 1, folder 1

Expense bills, Central Pacific, 1871

box 1, folder 2

Land deed, Northwestern Pacific Railroad land purchase, Humboldt, CA, 1907


Maps and drawings:

box 2, folder 1

Northern Pacific Railway, Wok equipment wheel dimensions, Jul. 2, 1931

box 2, folder 2

Sierra Nevada Railroad Survey, "Northern slopes of the Sierra Nevada, Jun. 30, 1854

box 2, folder 3

U.S. Pacific Rail Road Explorations & Surveys, "Along the Tejon river", 1853

box 2, folder 4

U.S. Pacific Rail Road Explorations & Surveys, "Sierra Nevada at the Tejon pass", 1853

box 1, folder 3

Passes for W.F. Lilliston, 1908, 1915

box 1, folder 4

Payroll, Sioux City and Pacific Railroad, Jun. 1870



box 1, folder 5

Chinese laborers on USA UN Express Railway track, 19th century

box 1, folder 6

Railroad snow sheds in the Sierra Nevada mountains, undated

box 1, folder 7

Stock certificate, Northern Pacific, 1882

box 1, folder 8

Ticket, Central Pacific Railroad, circa 1870s


Harper's weekly vintage prints:

box 2, folder 5

"Completion of the Pacific Railroad, May 10, 1869", May 29, 1869

box 2, folder 6

"The Central Pacific Railroad - Passenger train passing the Palisades, Ten-Mile Canon, Nevada", Oct. 16, 1869

box 2, folder 7

"The route to California: Truckee River Sierra Nevada", circa 1871

box 2, folder 8

"Snow-bound on the Central Pacific Railroad - the snow sheds covered with snow - the snow-plow clearing the way", Feb. 10, 1872

box 2, folder 9

"The railroad accident at Prospect Station, Pennsylvania - from a sketch by E.Y. Breck", Jan. 18, 1873

box 2, folder 10

"Shooting buffalo from the trains of the Kansas Pacific Railroad - sketched by Theodore R. Davis Dec. 14, 1867" , Mar. 1874

box 2, folder 11

"The Northern Pacific Railroad jubilee - drawn by Charles Graham", Sep. 29, 1883

box 2, folder 12

"The rotary snow-plough at work on the Central Pacific Railroad - drawn by Charles Graham", Feb. 1, 1890

box 2, folder 13

"The Sierra Nevada snow blockade - drawn by Charles Graham from photographs", Feb. 22, 1890

box 1, folder 9

Vouchers, Central Pacific freight, Dec. 1871