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Guide to the Henry Maxwell McCartney Collection, 1869-1911
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Access Points
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  • Biography
  • Correspondents
  • Other Correspondents
  • Material Transferred from the Collection

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Henry Maxwell McCartney Collection,
    Date (inclusive): 1869-1911
    Box Number: 834-853
    Creator: McCartney, Henry Maxwell
    Extent: 20 boxes
    Repository: California State Library
    Sacramento, California
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information



    Conditions of Use

    Please credit California State Library.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to California State Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing. Permission for publication is given on behalf of California State Library 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

    [Identification of item], Henry Maxwell McCartney Collection, California State Library.

    Access Points

    Mines and mineral resources--California
    Railroads--California--History--19th Century
    Railroads--West (U. S.)--Surveying
    Northern Pacific Railroad Company
    Union Pacific Railroad Company
    Western Pacific Railroad Company
    San Pedro, Los Angeles & Salt Lake Railroad Company


    Business papers, charts, correspondence, diaries, maps, photographs, railroad papers.


    Born April 12, 1848 in Easton Pennsylvania, Henry Maxwell McCartney came West in 1868 as a survey engineer employed by the Union Pacific Railroad on the line through Weber Station, Utah. Developing his career in railroad engineering, McCartney figured prominently in the construction of the Northern Pacific Railroad in Oregon and Washington; the Union Pacific Railroad in Washington, Utah and California; the San Pedro, Los Angeles and Salt lake Railroad from Salt Lake through to the California coast; and the Western Pacific Railroad throughout California. Other railroad lines McCartney helped construct were the Arizona and Utah Railroad in Kingman, Arizona; the Oregon Steam and Navigation Company in Portland, Oregon; the Ocean Shore Railroad in San Francisco, California; and a South American line in Peru. During his career, McCartney also had vested interests in McCartney and Company, a merchandising firm in Portland, Oregon; H. G. Hayward Company, a merchandising firm in Spokane Falls, Washington; West Grand View, a land development company in Salt Lake City, Utah; and land developments in Las Vegas, Nevada and Spokane Falls, Washington. He concurrently developed investments in gold, copper, iron, coal, oil and water. At the time of his death on October 16, 1915, McCartney was employed by the Southern Pacific Railroad land department in Los Angeles, California.


    Major Correspondents

    • Allison, A. C.
    • Anderson, Edward H.
    • Ashton, James M.
    • Barlow, J. Q.
    • Barnes, G. W.
    • Bogue, Virgil Gay, 1846-1916
    • Breetz, C.
    • Dickens, Jno. W.
    • Dodge, Greenville Mellen, 1831-1916
    • Fady, A. M.
    • Gillespie, T. P. (Mrs.)
    • Havely
    • Hildreth, P. S.
    • Hodges, F. S.
    • Lewis, A. B.
    • McCamant, Wallace
    • McCartney, Albert
    • McCartney, Mary Elizabeth (mother)
    • McCartney, Madge (cousin)
    • McCartney, Washington (cousin)
    • Marx, C. D.
    • Maxwell, J. D.
    • Morris, Thomas B.
    • Palmer, T. S. (Theodore Sherman), 1868-1955
    • Peck, Annie S. (Annie Smith), 1850-1935
    • Peyton, Gill S.
    • Sprague, J. W.
    • Steele, H. Delture
    • Stout, J. Kennedy
    • Williams, J. C.
    • Wooden, J. S.

    Other Correspondents

    Box 841

    • Bamberger, J. E.
    • Bamberger, Simon
    • Boggs, Lem S.
    • Chilson, W. M.
    • Graves, Jay P.
    • Haas, J. C.
    • Hanley, John
    • Hart, Fred W.
    • Keough, John
    • McMynn, W. G.
    • Marvin, Robert N.
    • Cober, John (?)
    • Earl, W. H.
    • Romer, J. L.
    • Wantland, C. E.

    Box 842

    • Barbee, Emma H.
    • Barthelemy, Nicholas
    • Boggs, John I.
    • Flannery, Thomas
    • Freudenthal, H. E.
    • Maxson, H. B.
    • Nauman, Charles (& Company)
    • Noteware, M. D.
    • Peterson, Wilheim
    • Riegg, R. C.
    • Robinson, F. M.
    • Stewart, Helen J.
    • Umbsen, Henry P.
    • White, C. A.
    • Whittmore, C. O.
    • Alf, Seymour
    • Buekler, J. M.
    • Burt, Louis
    • Clark, T. A.
    • Foster, Ernest LeNeue
    • Gunkel, Oscar
    • Holman, Fred V.
    • Jack, James G.
    • Moore, F. R.
    • Ross, James
    • Sanborn, H. D.
    • Small, D. W.
    • Terry, E. H.
    • Trumbull, Charles
    • Woodcock, J. M.

    Box 843

    • Bamberger, Simon
    • Castle, J. E.
    • Castle, Zerah
    • Clampitt, L. A.
    • Critchlow, Edward B.
    • Dennis, A. C
    • Dillman, George L.
    • Goodsell, David
    • Gwyn, J. G.
    • Hill, H. C.
    • Kearney, W. H.
    • Lane, O. A.
    • McComb, Harry
    • Pierce, Charles D.
    • Pitts, H. A.
    • Stanton, Robert Brewster, 1846-1922
    • Tilton, E. G. (Ned)
    • Trumbull, Charles
    • Wattis, W. H.
    • Wilson, H.
    • Windsor, H. B.

    Box 844

    • Williams, H. C.
    • Keith, David
    • Cavanaugh, Thomas H.
    • Frank, Robert
    • Hirsh, Morton B.
    • Hirsh, Ralph B.
    • Knox, Frank
    • McCornick and Company
    • Wantland, C. E.

    Box 846

    • Joseph, Harry S.
    • Peaseoa, Charles E.
    • Thompson, E. D. R.
    • Clark, Ross
    • Kerens, Vincent
    • Lusk, F. S.
    • Moore, Charles D.
    • Barlow, John Q.
    • Hechtman, A. J.
    • Jack, James G.
    • Lockridge, M. K.
    • Maxwell, Walter S.
    • Sharp, W. G.
    • Lloyd, J. K.
    • Wilson Bros.

    Box 847

    • Linton, George H.
    • Porter, James E.
    • Chilson, D. G.
    • Strong, William M.
    • Wilson, W. A.
    • Baldwin, Layton S.
    • Ballard, Charles H.
    • Bourne, Jonathan, Jr.
    • Clark, J. K.
    • Hargrove, Robert R.
    • Howard, Jennie (Mrs.)
    • Hurley, George
    • Johnstone and Foster
    • Silverman, Samuel I.
    • Trumbull, Charles

    Box 849

    • Dickson, H. L.
    • McConnico, S. B.
    • Pickett, H. L.
    • Riter, W. W.
    • Tarr, N. W.
    • Van Fleet, John R.
    • Mason, J. O.
    • Bamberger, Simon
    • Pierce, Frank
    • Quackenbush, S. S.
    • Wountuni, A. N. (?)
    • Bogue, Virgil Gay, 1846-1916
    • Clark, W. A. (Washington Augustus), b.1842
    • Bechdolt, C. J.
    • Tollerton, W. J.
    • Hardy, C. W.
    • Smith, J. Fewson

    Box 850

    • Anderson, A.
    • Booge, John I.
    • Bowman, G. J.
    • Fairweather, H. W.
    • Harris, Lewis B.
    • Hyde, S. C.
    • Kinnaird, J. M.
    • Lotan, James
    • McNaught, James
    • Moore, Miles C., 1845-
    • Nash, L. B. and L. G.
    • Rodolf, Charles C.
    • Small, D. W
    • Wikoff, Peter

    Box 851

    • Mene, Charles D.
    • Smith, Phillip K.
    • Tilton, E. G.
    • Wattis, E. O.

    Box 852

    • Barlow, J. Q.
    • Burch, A
    • Cameron, J. S.
    • Curtis, James F.
    • Foster, Ernest LeNeue
    • Grant, L. A.
    • Gunkel, Oscar
    • Hines, Frank L.
    • Hodges, H. B.
    • Jenney, Walter P.
    • Johnston, H. G.
    • Jones, S. S.
    • Kilpatrick Bros.
    • Kimball, T. L.
    • Le Prohon, E. M.
    • Maxwell, James R.
    • Moore, O. E.
    • Potter, T. J.
    • Smeed, E. C.
    • Van Arsdol, C. C.
    • Wood, W. H.
    • Woole, L. T.

    Box 853

    • Gagley, James
    • Lund, R. C.
    • Milner, A. C.
    • Moffat, E. J. J. (Ned)
    • Pardee, I. P.
    • Robertson, Kenneth
    • Shimer, Porter W.
    • Stocker, H. J.
    • Colbath, L. U.
    • Humphrey, Richard L.
    • Oliver, Emery
    • Sale, C. Stanley
    • Wyche, T. G.

    Material Transferred from the Collection

    • Photographs, group pictures, portraits, geographic pictures and subjects, 27 maps, 43 railroad charts, 19 railroad maps, 27 geographic maps.