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Inventory of the Railroad Employees Photograph Album, circa 1920-1937
MS 76  
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Railroad Employees Photograph Album,
    Date (inclusive): circa 1920-1937
    Collection number: MS 76
    Extent: 1 volume
    Repository: California State Railroad Museum Library
    Sacramento, California 95814
    Shelf location: Big Four Building or off-site storage. Please contact the Library in advance of your visit.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information


    Gift of Shirlee J. Thompson, 1993

    Publication Rights

    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 Senior Curator. 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.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Railroad Employees Photograph Album, MS 76, California State Railroad Museum Library, Sacramento, California.

    Collection Description

    The collection consists of nearly 300 pages of black and white photographs (image size: 1-1/4 x 1-½ inches), with 24 images pasted on each page) of male railroad employees, arranged alphabetically by the first letter of the surname, but not in precise alphabetical order. Each photograph includes a date (possibly a hire date), a job title (brakeman, motorman, conductor), and a geographical identification (regional or specific: Pasadena, Long Beach, Pomona). The men are not in uniform.
    The album was compiled by the donor's father, Walter Bales, who worked for the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad, and Pacific Electric. His tenure at the latter company was from the 1930s until his 1971 retirement. During the mid-1950s, Mr. Bales was chairman of a regional chapter of the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen. A presumption as to the corporate affiliation of these gentlemen is to the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen, or Pacific Electric.