Guide to the Hopkins Transportation Collection, 1844-1969 M0200

Department of Special Collections and University Archives
1999 ; revised 2022
Green Library
557 Escondido Mall
Stanford 94305-6064

Language of Material: English
Contributing Institution: Department of Special Collections and University Archives
Title: Hopkins transportation collection
Identifier/Call Number: M0200
Physical Description: 14 Linear Feet (17 boxes, 2 oversize folders)
Date (inclusive): 1844-1969 (inclusive), 1936-1954 (bulk)
Date (bulk): 1936-1954

Conditions Governing Access

Open for research. Note that material must be requested at least 36 hours in advance of intended use.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Multiple sources. Most transferred from Hopkins Transportation Library. Dispatch records gift of Mrs. Hazel Elizabeth Sullivan, 1969.


Files and volumes as originally processed are numbered 1 through approximately 46, regardless of box number. Subsequent files added to collection are numbered in sequences for each box.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item] Hopkins transportation collection, M0200, Dept. of Special Collections, Stanford Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

Related Materials

The former Hopkins Transportation Library has been subdivided into several smaller collections and cataloged items.
One may browse a list of various Hopkins-originated material here:
Guides to the main Hopkins Transportation collections:

Scope and Contents

Collection of material primarily related to railroads, also containing printed material and ephemera about other forms of transport, including automobiles, passenger ships, and airplanes.
One series contains dispatchers records from Beaumont and Los Angeles, California, as well as Mexicali, Baja California, covering the period 1936-1954. There are also many reports and plans concerning 19th century railroads in Great Britain, particularly the Midland Railroad, and engineering plans for bridge and tunnel projects, blueprints of Union Iron Works and gold dredge designs, and numerous brochures, timetables, ticket envelopes, luggage tags, and other small items.

Conditions Governing Use

While Special Collections is the owner of the physical and digital items, permission to examine collection materials is not an authorization to publish. These materials are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. Any transmission or reproduction beyond that allowed by fair use requires permission from the owners of rights, heir(s) or assigns. Some of these materials are believed to be in the public domain. There are no restrictions on use of public domain materials.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Railroads -- United States -- History
Railroads -- England -- History.


Series 1. Dispatcher's Records, California


Dispatcher's Records - Beaumont, California

box 1, folder 2

Dispatcher's Records, Beaumont, California 1947-1949

box 1, folder 3

Dispatcher's Records, Beaumont, California 1950

box 1, folder 4

Dispatcher's Records, Beaumont, California 1951-1952

box 1, folder 5

Dispatcher's Records, Beaumont, California 1953-1954


Dispatcher's Records - Los Angeles, California

box 1, folder 1

Dispatchers' Record of Movement of Trains and Description of Los Angeles Division of Southern Pacific Company

Container Summary: xerox copy, 5 p.
box 1, folder 6

Dispatcher's Records, Los Angeles, California 1936

box 1, folder 7

Dispatcher's Records, Los Angeles, California 1938

box 2, folder 8

Dispatcher's Records, Los Angeles, California 1939

box 2, folder 9

Dispatcher's Records, Los Angeles, California 1940

box 2, folder 10

Dispatcher's Records, Los Angeles, California 1941

box 2, folder 11

Dispatcher's Records, Los Angeles, California 1942

box 2, folder 12

Dispatcher's Records, Los Angeles, California 1943

box 2, folder 13

Dispatcher's Records, Los Angeles, California 1944

box 3, folder 14

Dispatcher's Records, Los Angeles, California 1945

box 3, folder 15

Dispatcher's Records, Los Angeles, California 1946-1952


Dispatcher's Records - Mexicali, Baja California

box 3, folder 16

Dispatcher's Records, Mexicali, Baja California 1936-1937

box 3, folder 17

Dispatcher's Records, Mexicali, Baja California 1938-1939

box 3, folder 18

Dispatcher's Records, Mexicali, Baja California 1940-1941

box 3, folder 19

Dispatcher's Records, Mexicali, Baja California 1942-1944

box 4, folder 20

Dispatcher's Records, Mexicali, Baja California 1945-1948

box 4, folder 21

Dispatcher's Records, Mexicali, Baja California 1950-1951


Series 2. Reports re: interstate commerce etc.

box 4, folder 22

Fishbein, M.H., Retention Plan for the Docketed Case Files- Interstate Commerce Commission, G.S.A.,

Container Summary: 9 p., xerox copy.

Fishbein, M.H., Special Study of the Interstate Commerce Commission and Civil Aeronautics Board Tariffs, G.S.A.

Container Summary: 8 p., xerox copy.

Fishbein, M.H., Special Study of the Periodic Reports Submitted by Carriers to the Interstate Commerce Commission and the Civil Aeronautics Board, G.S.A.

Container Summary: 7 p., xerox copy.
box 4, folder 23

Howerton, Joseph B., The Valuation Records of The Interstate Commerce Commission As a Source of Statistical Data Relating to American Railroads During the Preliminary Draft Prepared for the Conference on National Archives and Statistical Research May 1968

Container Summary: 40 p., xerox copy.
box 4, folder 25

National Archives, Preliminary Inventories, No. 158, Records of the Commissioner of Railroads, Washington 1964

Container Summary: 19 p., xerox copy.

Series 3. California & Western Railroads

box 4, folder 24

Myrick, David F., Refinancing and Rebuilding the Central Pacific: Golden Spike Symposium May 6-7, 1969

Container Summary: 42 p. and appendix, xerox copy.
box 4, folder 27

Railroad magazines


The Switch Post February 1937


Train Talks 1936-1945

box 5, folder 30


box 5, folder 30

San Francisco Peninsula Timetable, form 14, Southern Pacific, April 1940

Box 6, Folder 7

Southern Pacific Railroad ephemera

Scope and Contents

Includes Sierra Crest and Canon bookklet and two decals.
box 8, volume 31

Highway and Transportation Maps of Idaho Counties 1937-1939

Container Summary: (1 Bound Volume)
box 14, folder 36

Maps - Orange Co.- Santa Ana - Pacific Electric Railway Co.

Box 15, folder 2

The Cable Railway Company's System of Traction Railways for Cities and Towns. San Francisco: C. A. Murdock & Co., 1881

Scope and Contents

Prospectus dated April 16th, 1881
Box 15, folder 3

Achison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad Co. June 23, 1876

Scope and Contents

Letter from Acting Land Commissioner A.S. Johnson to a William Bush of Sparta, Wisconsin
Box 15, folder 4

Central Pacific Railroad First Mortgage Bonds 1867

Box 15, folder 5

Co-Operative Iron & Steel Works business card

Box 15, folder 6

California State Railroad Museum brochure

Box 17-18-19

Southern Pacific printing department scrapbook [disbound] circa 1892

Scope and Contents

Very large volume with printed spine, disbound into three boxes. Contains wide variety of examples of SPRR forms, charts, and other largely internal paperwork, including freight tariffs, ticket accounting, maintenance, and other divisions.

Series 4. UK Railroads

box 5, volume 28

Great Britain Railway Pamphlets (bound volume of government hearing transcripts circa 1830s-1880s

Container Summary: (1 Bound Volume)
box 5, volume 29

Railway Reports- British

Container Summary: (1 Bound Volume)
box 7, volume 30

Plans & Sections of the Armagh Coleraine & Portrush Railway

Container Summary: (1 Bound Volume)
box 5, folder 31

New System of Tunneling Intended for the Formation of a Road Way Under Great Rivers, by I. Brunel, Civil Engineer F.R.S. 1823

Creator: Brunel, Isambard Kingdom, 1806-1859

Scope and Contents

box 14, volume 32

Midland Railway Reports

Container Summary: (1 Bound Volume)
Box 6, volume 1

Midland Railway Reports

Scope and Contents

Had originally been assigned the number "32" which corresponds to the other Midland Railroad reports volume in Box 14.
box 14, folder 33

Midland Railway. Diagrams Illustrating the Application of Brakes to the Stopping of Trains.

Container Summary: (1 Bound Volume)
Box 6, volume 39

York and North Midland Railway bound reports


a. Half Yearly general meeting 1848 Feb 21


b. Half Yearly general meeting 1848 Aug 21


c. Half Yearly general meeting 1879 Sep 6


d. Half Yearly general meeting 1850 Feb 38


e. Half Yearly general meeting 1850 Aug 28


f. Report to Directors 1850 Aug 28


g. Letter to shareholders 1849 Oct 22


h. Letter to shareholders 1849 Oct 19


i. Letter to shareholders 1849 Oct 9


j. Report to shareholders 1848 Nov 14

box 9, volume 40

London and North Western Railway - bound reports

box 10, volume 41

London and North Western Railway, bound reports, with the reports of the London and Birmingham Railway Co.

box 11, volume 42

North Staffordshire Railway. Half yearly reports, (bound in red leather) 1846-1889

Box 6, volume 43

Midland Railway - Specification and general conditions of contract for the maintenance of way and works of the south branch of the Midland Railway [disbound]

Box 6, volume 44

Agreement: Great Northern Railway Co. and Midland Railway Company, Various agreements bound together, pp 1-110 1 Jun 1858

Box 6, volume 45

Midland Association, bound proceedings

Box 6, folder 46

Midland Railways consolidation act 10 May 1844

map-folder 12

Plan of the Proposed Edinburgh & Glasgow Railway, With a Branch to Falkirk (Grainger & Miller) 1838

box 4

London & Birmingham railway ivory watch-charm reading "Free ticket" on one side and "James Pearson, Esq. Director" on other, in round wooden box

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred from Special Collection Artifact collection (M0582). Originally from Timothy Hopkins, 1837.

Series 5. Miscellaneous engineering plans

box 14, volume 34

Select Plans of Engineering Structures for Railroads and Highways

Container Summary: (1 Bound Volume)
box 14, volume 35

Cours de Construction des Ponts

Container Summary: (1 Bound Volume)
map-folder 13

Blueprint of gold dredge, George C. Hurst, Ira D. McCoy, Chico 1935

map-folder 13

Risdon Iron Works gold dredge blueprints (2 sheets) 1898-1905

map-folder 13

Union Iron Works, San Francisco blueprints (5 sheets) 1898, revised 1905


Series 6. Miscellaneous transportation ephemera

Box 15, folder 1

Railroad ephemera

Scope and Contents

Includes material from California Northwestern Railway Co. ; California Zephyr ; Eurail ; Great Northern Railway & Northern Steamship Co. ; Louisiana & Nashville Railroad ; New York Central ; Ocean Shore Railroad article 2001 ; Rhodesia Railways ; Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad ; Santa Fe ; Southern Pacific
Box 15, folder 7

Airline ephemera

Scope and Contents

Includes material from Aeroflot ; Air France ; Air West ; Allegheny Airlines ; American Airlines ; Capital Airlines ; Delta Air Lines ; Eastern Airlines ; Midwest Airways ; Nationjal Airlines ; Ozark Air Lines ; Pacific Southwest Airlines ; Pan American World Airways ; Piedmont Airlines ; Qantas Airways ; Swissair ; Trans World Airlines ; United Air Lines ; Western Airlines.
Box 15, Folder 8

Airplane and flight ephemera

Scope and Contents

Includes set of postcards of planes by Johns-Byrne Co. 1973 ; Viking Space Missions first day of issue stamped envelope 1978 ; photograph of glider (duplicate from Garbell papers) ; Aviation June & August 1939 ; miscellaneous clippings.
Box 15, Folder 9

Clippings related to passenger ships

Scope and Contents

Most appear to sections of brochures by various companies. Also includes Cunard Ocean Bulletin 1964 and Tribute to Steamship "Britannic," 1877.
Box 15, folder 10

Photographs of ship models

Immediate Source of Acquisition

81 prints, gift of Florence S. Elliot.
Box 16, folder 1

Automotibile ephemera

Scope and Contents

Includes American Buslines & Greyhound brochures, safety pamphlets, Museum of Motoring Memories brochure, California DMV form, AAA sign, Automobile Quarterly ad flier, Ford Times August & October 1955, Ford Rotunda brochure 1953.
Box 16, folder 2

Automobile clippings

Box 16, folder 3

Sportsmanlike Driving Series (American Automobile Association) 1936

Box 16, folder 4

Auto magazines

Scope and Contents

Motor Life January 1956 ; Motor Trend 1953-1959 ; Road & Track reprints
Box 16, folder 5

Luggage tags