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Foote (William George) Papers
MS 874  
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  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition
  • Arrangement
  • Biography
  • Preferred Citation
  • Scope and Contents
  • Separated Materials
  • Conditions Governing Use

  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: California State Railroad Museum Library & Archives
    Title: William George Foote papers
    creator: Foote, William George,
    Identifier/Call Number: MS 874
    Physical Description: .333 Linear Feet 1 box
    Date (inclusive): Mar. 25, 1917- Aug. 30, 1981
    Date (bulk): bulk May 6,1935 - Mar. 1, 1963
    Abstract: These papers document the forty-nine year career of William George Foote at the Southern Pacific Railroad's Sparks, Nevada shops. They include a photograph album with photographs of Foote and other Sparks shops employees at work and attending events there between 1943-1960, membership cardsthe American Railway Supervisor's Association from 1941 to 1962, Foote's International Association of Machinists lodge 705 dues receipt book from 1935-1939, and 2 training certificates.
    Physical Location: Statewide Museum Collections Center

    Conditions Governing Access

    Collection is open for research by appointmenty. Contact Library Staff for details.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Sharon Vogelsang, 1917

    Arrangement

    Arranged alphabetically by type of material.

    Biography

    William George Foote was born on July 7, 1897. In 1913, he went to work at the Southern Pacific Railroad's Sparks, Nevada shops as a machinist's apprentice. He was promoted to journeyman machinist in 1917. By May 6, 1935, Foote was a machinist and in 1941 was promoted to machinist foreman. He retired in July 1962 and was part of a group of retirees who met in 1981 who were featured in an article in the NEVADA STATE JOURNAL.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], William George Foot Papers, MS 874], California State Railroad Museum Library & Archives, Sacramento, California.

    Scope and Contents

    These papers document the forty-nine year career of William George Foote at the Southern Pacific Railroad's Sparks, Nevada shops. They include a photograph album with photographs of Foote and other Sparks shops employees at work and attending events from 1943-1960, membership cards for the American Railway Supervisor's Association from 1941 to 1962, an International Association of Machinists lodge 705 dues receipt book from 1935-1939, and 2 training certificates.
    Some of the photographs show architectural details of the Sparks, Nevada shops.

    Separated Materials

    Tools, including 37 conventional drill bits of various sizes, some of which are labeled "SP Co National". 21 bits with serrated edges, at least 2 hand-made wrenches, 13 punches, 2 keys, 1 amphere gauge, 3 gappers, calipers, rulers, a balpeen hammer, a putty knife, a wrench, a wheel defect, a coupler limit and a journal collar and journal filler gage have been removed and added to the CSRM artifact collection.

    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 & Archives.