Guide to the Hopkins Transportation Collection M0175

Department of Special Collections and University Archives
1999, revised 2017
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
creator: Southern Pacific Transportation Company
Identifier/Call Number: M0175
Physical Description: 5 Linear Feet (5 boxes, 2 map-folders)
Date (inclusive): 1711-1959
Abstract: Miscellaneous items once belonging to the Hopkins Transportation Library at Stanford.

Scope and Content

Material concerning railroads, shipping, automobiles, and transportation which was once part of the Hopkins Transportation Library at Stanford. This is one of several collections named the Hopkins Transportation Collection: see also M0097 ( ; M0164 ( ; M0200 ( and others. This collection contains multiple accessions from various donors over many years, including a ledger from an English sailing vessel dated 1711-1757, railroad stock and bond certificates signed by Hopkins Huntington, deeds and legal documents involving a variety of rail companies (including a list of founding stockholders for the Oakland Railroad Co. in 1868), and a great deal of Southern Pacific Railroad material, some of which was sent directly to the Hopkins Library while it was under the care of director Jeanette Hitchcock in the 1940s. Stanford also holds Southern Pacific’s archive (M1010). Nearly all Hopkins Transportation photographs have been filed in M0234 (

Preferred Citation:

[Identification of item] Hopkins transportation collection, M0175, Dept. of Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred from the Hopkins Transportation Library at Stanford when it closed. Various sources originally.

Publication Rights

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.

Conditions Governing Access

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

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Transportation -- History.
Hopkins Transportation Library.
Railroads -- History
Shipping -- History
Automobiles -- History
Southern Pacific Transportation Company


Series 1. Railroad


Southern Pacific Railroad

box 2, folder 1

memo re: Drumm Street Station, San Francisco 1907

Immediate Source of Acquisition

"Found in wall of Merchant's Exchange Building during renovation, January-February 1974 ; SP had rented a floor in the building"
box 2, folder 2

program/menus 1916-1959

Scope and Contents

Seventh Annual Reunion & Luncheon of Southern Pacific Pensioners, Palace Hotel May 10, 1916 ; 51st Anniversary, Driving the Last Spike at Promontory, Utah, Luncheon of Retired Employees of Southern Pacific Company May 10, 1920 ; Southern Pacific Special Train, Los Angeles to San Francisco, His Excellency Nikita S. Krushchev September 20, 1959
box 2, folder 3

cards, notices, ephemera circa 1940-1950

box 2, folder 4

Shasta Daylight press releases 1949

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Many of the press releases are torn and damaged
box 2, folder 5

magazine and newspaper clippings

box 2, folder 6

timetables 1888-1949

box 2, folder 7

Southern Pacific-Central Pacific unmerging (pamphlets, proceedings and statements) 1922-1923

box 2, folder 8

documents and pamphlets by or about SPRR 1878-1939

Scope and Contents

Letter From the Secretary of War Concerning the Location of Southern Pacific and Texas Pacific Railroads Through Fort Yuma Reservation and Across the Colorado River, January 18, 1878 ; Richard S. Spofford, Argument Before the Committee on Railroads of the US Senate, March 12, 1878 ; Letter From the Secretary of the Interior, Communicating In Answer to a Senate Resolution … in Relation to the Construction of a Railroad through the Public Domain in the Territory of Arizona January 16, 1879 ; Completion of a Southern Pacific Railroad and Telegraph Line, June 3, 1880 ; Pacific Coast Law Journal Supplement, The Railroad Tax Case, County of San Mateo Vs. SPRR, September 25th, 1882 ; George Draper Stratton obituary reprint, 1905 ; “The System” and the Southern Pacific Incidentally E.A. Hayes and the Sorrows of the Prune Rancher [circa 1906] ; Rules and Specification governing the Uniforming of Employees, 1910 ; United States vs. SPRR Opinion of Judge Bledsoe, August 28, 1919 ; Adequate Transportation Must Not Result in Wasteful Duplication of Facilities Under the National Transportation Act of 1920, April 2, 1929 ; Re-Issue of Special Notices and Circulars, 1939
box 2, folder 9

advertising brochures, maps, etc. 1883-1949

Scope and Contents

SPRR-published booklets and brochures related to tourism and travel, especially in California and the West. Some include route maps, timetables, photographs and illustrations.
Box 5, Folder 1

Coast Line Route, California (Denison News Co., photogravures by Albertype Co.) circa 1890s

Scope and Contents

23 leaves of mounted plates, 27 x 32 cm.
Box 5, Folder 3

Foote, Cone & Belding advertisement proofs 1949

map-folder 7


Scope and Contents

Statement re: war 1943 ; Calendar 1949 ; Shasta Daylight advertisement [c.1949]

Other Railroads

box 3, folder 1

Baltimore & Ohio Railroad briefs & report ca.1872-1873, 1887

Scope and Contents

legal publications re: State of Maryland suit 1872-1873 ; Report on Employee Library 1887
box 3, folder 2

Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Relief Dept. Statement of Receipts and Disbursements 1894-1897

box 3, folder 3

Baltimore & Ohio Railroad stockholders letters 1933, 1934

box 3, folder 4

Central New York & Western Railroad stock coupons circa 1897-1904

box 3, folder 5

Central Pacific Railroad

Scope and Contents

Includes C.H. Redington's Employee Season Ticket 1874 ; Huntington, Hopkins & Co. shipping receipt 1875 ; draft correspondence 1889 ; undated notes
Box 5, Folder 2

Central Pacific Railroad bond 1863, stamped paid 1893

Box 5, Folder 7

Central Pacific/Huntington article - Weekly Chronicle December 27, 1883

box 3, folder 6

tariffs: California Pacific Railroad 1873 ; Central Pacific Railroad 1875

box 3, folder 7

Hawaii Consolidated Railroad, Ltd. deed 1916

map-folder 8

London & North Eastern Railway travel poster: Cambridge on the London & North Eastern Railway of England & Scotland (Baynard Press)

map-folder 7

Los Angeles-Pacific Railroad Balloon Route ad, Los Angeles Times May 11, 1901

Scope and Contents

Color, full page advertisement
box 3, folder 8

Mexican International Railroad Co. deed 1883

Box 5, Folder 9

Oakland Railroad Company stock subscription list 1868

box 3, folder 9

Ocean Shore Railroad documents re: grading & right-of-way 1905-1907 ; capital asset distribution 1926

box 3, folder 10

Ocean Shore Railroad research notes and clippings

box 3, folder 11

Pittsburgh Shawmut & Northern Railroad Company reorganization memo 1948

box 3, folder 12

misc. rail ephemera 1842-1956

box 3, folder 13

19th. c newspaper clipping re: sleeping car circa 1860s-1870s

box 3, folder 14

First Transcontinental Railroad - 75th Anniversary of Completion 1944

box 3, folder 15

railroad history organizations 1950s

Scope and Contents

Mostly fliers for events.
box 3, folder 16

Christmas Greetings [holiday cards from transportation companies; most sent to Hopkins Library] 1940s

box 3, folder 17

cable railways [photostats of articles, etc.]

Box 4

card file: manuscript bibliography of reports related to railroads circa 1880s

Scope and Contents

Index of articles and reports written on the back of unused SPRR freight forms, possibly by Hopkins himself. Paper is very brittle and in some cases damaged.
Box 5, Folder 4

handbill: Reduced Railroad Fares! Farmers! Colonists! And All Seeking Homes in the Great West, Can Purchase Colonist's Tickets From Ithaca...For Sale Only at the Ticket Office of F.W. Phillips

Box 5, Folder 6

Railroad bonds & stock certificates 1862-1902

Scope and Contents

Oakland, Brooklyn & Fruit Vale Railroad (Charles G. Lathrop) 1902 ; Oakland Railroad Company (H.E. Huntington) 1893 ; Portland & Willamette Valley Railway Co. (Timothy Hopkins) 1887 ; Pacific Cable Railway Co. (Charles G. Lathrop) 1989 ; San Joaquin Valley Railroad Co. (Pacific Improvement Co.) 1893 ; Bonds of the County of Santa Clara - San Francisco & San Jose Rail Road Co. 1862, Western Pacific Railroad Co. 1865
Box 6, items 1-2

scrapbooks of newspaper clippings related to railroads 1954-1956

Scope and Contents

Two volumes, one covering 1954-55 and the other 1956. Clippings are from San Francisco Examiner, Wall Street Journal, San Francisco News, etc. Many are loose.
Box 9, Folder 1

lantern slide of elevated railroad, possibly New York

Scope and Contents

handwritten label is hard to read- may say "L-Road from Bandstand"?
Box 9, Folder 3

misc. copy prints

Box 9, Folder 4

Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum ephemera


Series 2. Ships & shipping

box 1, folder 1

ship ledger 1711-1757

Scope and Contents

Ledger connected with shipping trade in the New World, recording particularly profits of ship Mermaid and sailings to Virginia and the Indies. Detailed trading with names: Benj'm. Robinson, William Woodford, Thos. Montague, Rev'd. Owen Jones, Hy Robinson, Reuben Walsh, Chas. Gryme, Thos. Griffin of Rappahannock River, Va. and of trade with people in St. Christopher, Barbados, Bilboa, Bayonne, Bengal. There are also detailed accounts of ship refitting, purchases of tobacco, rum, sugar and books from Va. Timothy [Ganer?] was master of the Mermaid which sailed from Liverpool and Whitehaven.
box 1, folder 2

Signals for the Use of the United States Navy 1813

Scope and Contents

Cloth-bound book entitled Signals for the Use of the United States Navy, as adopted by order of the Navy Dept. printed in Washington City in 1813. Included are handwritten and illustrated notes on flags, signals, etc.
box 1, folder 3

National Federation of American Shipping Research Reports July 9, 1947-November 8, 1951

Scope and Contents

22 reports on the U.S. Flag Merchant Marine.
box 1, folder 3

Maritime Firsts of San Francisco Bay 1960

Scope and Contents

Compiled by San Francisco Public Library Reference Department. Pamphlet published in conjunction with "Pacific Festival," September 9-18, 1960.
box 3, folder 19

ships, misc.

Scope and Contents

Includes political handbill for "steamer Democracy" 1889 ; program for California Maritime Academy Graduation Excerises on Training Ship Golden Gate, 1943 ; Time & Tide Supplement to Glasgow Post-Office and Railway Tables 1894 ; newspaper clippings, etc.
box 3, folder 20

Oakland Water Front Company stock certificate [partial] 1868


Series 3. Automotive

Box 3, Folder 21

trucks, misc.

Scope and Contents

Historical Facts about Early International Harvester Automotive Vehicles ; Workhorses of Yesteryear 1982 calendar
Box 3, Folder 22

California DMV Non-Resident Permit 1925

Box 3, Folder 23

sketches of three-wheeled cars (2) 1944

Box 5, Folder 5

copies of articles on trucking 1934

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Guy Warren to Western Highway Historical Collection
Box 6, items 3-6

scrapbooks of magazine clippings

Scope and Contents

Three volumes. The first is signed "Frank S. Spring 3/13/22" Volume two and three have indices. All 1920s-40s articles from Autocar, Automotive Industries, The Motor, etc. Two drawings were removed from the back of Volume II and are in Box 3 folder 23.
Box 5, Folder 10

oversize photos and drawings

Scope and Contents

Transferred from Western Highways Historical Collection due to size (also probably not originally part of WH)

Series 4. Miscellaneous

Box 3, Folder 18

Reconveyance, Union Trust Co. - Union Traction Co. 1914 ; Pacific Streamship Co. - County of Santa Cruz deed 1904

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Documents are very dirty from probable flood damage
Box 3, Folder 24

postcards, clippings, etc.

Box 5, Folder 8

poster: USS Los Angeles, The Navy's Mighty Sky Ship

Box 9, Folder 2

Midwestern Old Settlers and Threshers ephemera

Box 9, Folder 5

alphabetical file with lithograph of horse & carriage