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Hendrickson (Richard H.) Photographs and Slides
MS 857  
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  • Conditions Governing Access
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  • Scope and Contents
  • Separated Materials
  • Conditions Governing Use

  • Contributing Institution: California State Railroad Museum Library & Archives
    Title: Richard H. Hendrickson photographs and slides
    Creator: Hendrickson, Richard H.
    Identifier/Call Number: MS 857
    Physical Description: 18 Linear Feet (18 record cartons and slides)
    Date (inclusive): circa 1931-2014
    Abstract: Collection consists of photographs and slides pertaining to railroad freight cars and locomotives. The collection was assembled by railroad modeler, historian, and author Richard H. Hendrickson.
    Language of Material: English
    Language of Material: English

    Conditions Governing Access

    Collection is open for research by appointment.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Mrs. Sandra L. Hendrickson, 2015.


    MS 857 is arranged into two series:
    Series 1: Photographs
    Series 2: Slides
    Series 1 is arranged alphabetically by subject, and Series 2 remains in its original order.

    Biographical / Historical

    Richard H. Hendrickson (1931-2014) was an academic linguist, railroad modeler, historian, and author. Born and raised in Southern California, Hendrickson developed an interest in railway history and technology from his years spent around the Santa Fe Railway. Following high school Hendricks spent a number of years as a sports car racer and mechanic before enlisting in the Navy as an electronics technician during the Korean War.
    After the conflict, he earned a B.A in liberal arts from UC Santa Barbara in 1959, an M.S in linguistic science from the University of Wisconsin in 1960, and a Ph.D. in English linguistics from the University of Connecticut in 1968. He taught at San Diego State University beginning in 1963, before transferring to Sonoma State University in 1970, where he would stay until his retirement in 1995. In 1999 Hendrickson and his wife, Sandra, moved from Cotati, California to Ashland, Oregon, where they resided the rest of his life.
    Over the course of his life, he contributed articles to over 400 publications pertaining to model prototype railroads, and co-authored at least five volumes of reference books on Santa Fe rolling stock box cars with Edward S. Kaminski. Additionally, Hendrickson authored a Santa Fe Railway Painting and Lettering Guide for Model Railroaders.
    He was physically active in skiing, hiking, bicycling, and sailing for a majority of his life. He was also an active member of various organizations and societies, the SMTFC modeling group, the Ashland Hillclimbers, Southern Oregon Land Conservancy, and the Ashland Airport Commission.


    Collection is open for research by appointment. Some restrictions may apply. Please give staff one week's advance notice.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Richard H. Hendrickson Photographs and Slides, MS 857, California State Railroad Museum Library and Archives, Sacramento, California.

    Scope and Contents

    The Richard H. Hendrickson Photographs and Slides contain thousands of images pertaining to railroad freight cars and locomotives throughout North America.
    Of particular interest are his photographs, which contain a wide range of rolling stock subjects, including automobile box cars, box cars, flat cars, freight cars, gondola cars, hopper cars, locomotives, meat cars, refrigerator cars, stock cars, tank cars, and miscellany.

    Separated Materials

    Books and trade catalogs from Richard Hastings' collection were cataloged, separated and integrated into the Library & Archives' holdings.

    Conditions Governing Use

    Copyright has been assigned to the California State Railroad Museum. Permission for publication must be submitted in writing to the CSRM Library amp;Archives.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Railroads--United States--Photography
    Photograph collections
    Railroads--United States--Freight cars