Guide to the Timothy Hopkins Transportation Collection M0097

Department of Special Collections and University Archives
1999 ; revised 2018
Green Library
557 Escondido Mall
Stanford 94305-6064

Language of Material: English
Contributing Institution: Department of Special Collections and University Archives
Title: Timothy Hopkins transportation collection
creator: Hopkins, Timothy
Identifier/Call Number: M0097
Physical Description: 12 Linear Feet
Date (inclusive): 1816-1942

Scope and Content

The most significant collection of letters extant on the subject of the Central Pacific is contained in the Hopkins-Huntington correspondence. Some 2,500 letters and documents in 14 volumes cover the years 1860-1885 and are concentrated on the years 1872-1876. The letters are from Collis P. Huntington to Mark Hopkins, Leland Stanford, Alfred A. Cohen, and others. Several volumes contain correspondence between E. B. Crocker, Alfred A. Cohen, W. C. Ralston, E. E. Hewitt and Mark Hopkins.
In addition there is a volume of letters by Leland Stanford to a variety of correspondents, 1850-1893. (Transferred to University Archives).
Also in the collection are papers of Butler Ives, 1862-70, Central Pacific clipping books, 1872-92, and the papers of E. H. Miller, Jr., 1859-92.
As a part of the Hopkins manuscripts, there are numerous miscellaneous items from English and Indian railroads, 1830-1868, non-railroad transportation items, timetables, tickets, legal documents and the like.

Preferred Citation:

[Identification of item] Timothy Hopkins transportation collection, M0097, Dept. of Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.


Gift of Timothy Hopkins, M. A. Ives, Mrs. Hazel Elizabeth Sullivan, Mrs. Carleton E. Miller, and others.

Conditions Governing Access

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

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. However, most of these materials are believed to be in the public domain. There are no restrictions on use of public domain materials.

Related Materials

While this collection contains the bulk of Hopkins correspondence, as well as many early publications and printed items, the former Hopkins Transportation Library has been subdivided into several smaller collections, many of which retain the name Hopkins Transportation Collection. One may browse a list of various Hopkins-originated material here:
M0097 Timothy Hopkins Transportation Collection, 1816-1942 (12 linear feet)
M0164 Hopkins Transportation Collection, 1868-1936 (6 linear feet)
M0175 Hopkins Transportation Collection 1711-1959 (5 linear feet)
M0200 Hopkins transportation collection, 1844-1969 (4 linear feet)
M0234 Hopkins Transportation Collection Photographs (3 linear feet)

Transferred Materials

Leland Stanford correspondence has been transferred to Stanford University Archives, SC0033 Leland Stanford papers, 1840-1896
"R. L. Wilbur to G. T. Clark, letter of transmittal. Letters to Mark Hopkins and various correspondents, business and personal. Letters of George E. Gray to Stanford. The Stanford, Stillman, Osgood letters."

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Railroads -- History
Transportation -- History.
Hopkins, Timothy
Central Pacific Railroad Company



box 1, folder 1

London and N. W. Railway, Manchester and Lincolnshire Railway reports Jul 11, 1846 - Jun 11, 1859

box 1, folder 2

Agreements between proprietors of canal navigation from Leeds to Liverpool and Northwestern Railway, etc. 1851-56

box 1, folder 3

Robert Stevenson-F. Broughton, handwritten letters 1803-1859

box 2, folder 1

Portadown, Dungannon & Armagh Junction Railway Bill, Belfast, Hollywood & Bangor Railway Bill 1860. 1860.

box 2, folder 1a

Robert Stevenson - handwritten letters (cont.)

box 2, folder 1b

Index, dating referring to Agreements 1845-1869

box 2, folder 2

Agreements with East Lancashire Railway Corp., etc. 1847-59

box 2, folder 3

The Bristol & Gloucester Railway Co. with Messrs. Stothert & Slaughter Jun 7, 1844

box 2, folder 4

Report on Brighton Railway, etc., gradients - 1838 (?)

box 3, folder 1

Railway Clearing House - London, Apr 26, 1842-Dec 16, 1857

box 3, folder 2

Report on Mileage and Stations, etc., Belfast, Hollywood, & Bangor Railway

box 3, folder 3

Agreement between London Northwestern Railway and Lancashire & Carlisle Railway 1857

box 3, folder 4

Ledger and drawings for aquaduct and bridge for Sheffield Canal, etc. 1816-18



box 4, folder 1-2

Southampton, Manchester & Oxford Junction Railway

box 4, folder 2a

Miscellaneous English railway mss. & pamphlets, especially Midland Railway

box 4, folder 3

Proposed railway to join London and Southampton 1830

box 4, folder 3a

Vester Railway, Report of inspection Jan 1866.

box 4, folder 4

British Railway traffic statements 1852-3

box 4, folder 5

Passenger Contract Ticket on ship Webster

box 4, folder 6

Railroad Herald Accounts Ledger (British) - [partially] 1846, 1845, 1847

box 4, folder 7

Altringham to Manchester (Mainline).

box 4, folder 8

Lahore and Peshawar Railway 1866-68.

box 4, folder 9

East Indian Railway specifications 1854.

box 4, folder 9a

East Indian Railway Subsidiary Traffic Orders 1883.

box 4, folder 10


box 4, folder 11

Imperial train of the Südbahn


Sketch of cars undated

box 5, folder 1

Schooners Rambler and Unity - financial records

box 5, folder 2

Manuscript (eulogy) on George Stevenson by Thomas Summerside 1873.

box 5, folder 3

Report on Northern Electric Railway.


Vallejo Electric Railway.


Sacramento Street Railway.

box 5, folder 4

Sketches for construction of S.F. mole, etc.

box 5, folder 5

Report of Chief Engineer on Pacific & Atlantic Railway Co. 1851

box 6, folder 1

Letters and two documents, papers of M.A. Ives.

box 6, folder 2

Letters and telegrams to Butler Ives 1862-70

Biographical / Historical

From Nevada Historical Society files:
Born January 31st, 1830 Sheffield, Berkshire County, Massachusetts, the youngest of ten children; died December, 1872 near Vallejo, California; buried Elmwood Cemetery, Detroit, Michigan.
Educated University of Michigan. Parents; Butler Ives and Olive Hall Morse. His ancestors, John Moss (afterwards changed to Morse) and William Ives were among Governor Eaton's party who first settled New Haven April, 1638.
His greatest work consisted of pioneer engineering, surveying and locating the line of the Union Pacific and Central Pacific between San Francisco and Salt Lake City, working under Leland Stanford and Samuel S. Montague, chief engineer. The papers -- seventy in number -- relating to this work have been sent to the Leland Stanford University. His contract for the locating and surveying of the boundary line between the Territory of Nevada and the State of California -- running south and southeasterly from Oregon -- will be sent to the Historical Society of the State of Nevada. The Ives papers in general, running back to 1754, together with the old family bible are deposited for safekeeping with the Clarence Burton Historical Society, Detroit.
His brother, Caleb Ives, went west on the death of Butler, December, 1872, and returned with his effects and papers. The latter were given to Marvin A. Ives by his father, Caleb, in his last days saying,
"I want you to have Butler's papers. He was a noble man.
The writer met about twelve years ago near Ann Arbor, Michigan an old companion, Michel J. Noyes, who had not seen Butler Ives for fifty years. His first words when I met him were,
He was the finest man I have ever known.
Among his effects was a letter of introduction dated December, 1862 to ___________ Miller, Banker of Sacramento, California from George A. Thayer, one of the first mayors of Grand Rapids, Michigan, who likewise spoke of him in the very highest terms, both as a gentleman and as an engineer.
Respectfully submitted,
signed (Marvin A. Ives)
Ojai, California.
May 9, 1931."
box 6, folder 2a

Four photocopies of letters, Chief Engineers Office Order book of Mrs. Mark Hopkins 1869, 1872-3.

box 6, folder 3

Order book of Mrs. Mark Hopkins.

box 6, folder 4

Book containing names of students using Hopkins' Library

box 6, folder 5

Ledger of Miller, Stanford, Hopkins.

box 6, folder 6

Minutes of meeting of Sacramento Land Assn - (Miller gift) Apr 27, 1869.

box 6, folder 7

Subscription book of Southwestern Street Railway co. [San Jose and Santa Clara] 1876

box 6, folder 8

Map - Right of way and track, Santa Rosa Branch. Napa junction to Santa Rosa (Southern Pacific Railroad). Document - Western Pacific Railroad land grant to Charles McLaughlin (signed) Leland Stanford, E. A. Miller and notarized. 10-26-1869



box 7, folder 1

Book of Clippings, Funding Bill, Contains anti-Central Pacific/Stanford propaganda [cartoons, flyers, etc.], time schedules and listing of rates for fares 1888-97. 1869.

Physical Description: (copies)
box 7, folder 2

Book of Clippings - anti-railroad material.

box 7, folder 3

Book of Clippings - as above.

box 8, folder 1

Scrap book, Apr-May, newspaper accounts, reports of CPRR affairs. 1884 -

box 8, folder 2

Scrap book, newspaper accounts, reports of CPRR affairs. Jan 1885 -

box 8, folder 3

Scrap book, as above. 1884-92 -

box 9, folder 1

Scrap book, newspaper accounts, etc. 1871-83 -

box 9, folder 2

Scrap book, as above. Feb-Apr, 1884 -

box 9, folder 3

Scrap book, as above. May 1884-Jan 1886 -



box 10, folder 1

Feb 1869-Jul 1873.

box 10, folder 2

Aug 1873-Dec 1878.

box 10, folder 3

Jan 1879-Aug 31 1882.

box 10, folder 4

Sep 1882-Sep 20 1884.

box 11, folder 1

Sep 25 1884-Jan 31 1887.

box 11, folder 2

Feb 1887-Oct 1889.

box 11, folder 3

Oct 1889-Mar 1892.

box 11, folder 4

Mar 1 1892-Dec 23 1892

box 12, folder 1

Jun 21 1889 - Dec 1890

Physical Description: [originals].
box 12, folder 1

Dec 18 1890 - Jan 31 1892.

box 13, folder 1

E.H. Miller, Jr. Horse Book.

box 13, folder 2

E.H. Miller, Jr. Day Book, Jan 1871-Dec 1885.

box 13, folder 2

E.H. Miller, Jr. Day Book, Nov 1859-Dec 1860.

box 13, folder 3

E.H. Miller, Jr. Day Book, Nov 1859-Dec 1860.

box 13, folder 4

E.H. Miller Ledger 1863-71

box 13, folder 5

E.H. Miller Ledger 1871-76

box 14, folder 1

E.H. Miller letters Feb. 2, 1892 - Nov. 23, 1892

box 14, folder 2

Ledger Jan 1, 1877 - 1884

box 14, folder 3

Miller & Green Ledger Aug 1869-77

box 14, folder 4

Brown & Miller Day Book Jan 1877-88

box 14, folder 5

Miller & Redding Day Book Oct 1882-87

box 14, folder 6

Deed - Central Pacific Railway Co. to John S. Hittell

box 14, folder 7

San Lorenzo Railway Co. prospectus 1869-71

box 14, folder 8

Virginia & Truckee Railway 1879

Physical Description: (payment check).
box 14a, folder 9

Central Pacific Railway - shipping ledger (oversize) Nov. 1880

box 15, folder 1

Brown & Miller Day Book Jan 1877-85.

box 15, folder 2

Oak Park Ledger No. 1, owners, W.W. Brown, Miller, Montague & Arthur Brown 1873-89

box 15, folder 3

Erie Canal Enlargement 1851.

box 15, folder 4

E.H. Miller's check book 1871-2

box 16, folder 1

E.H. Miller (CPRR) taxes 1874-95

Physical Description: [3 folders].
box 16, folder 2

Union Pacific Railway Co. reports 1864-66

box 16, folder 3

Legal Brief - Huntington, Stanford, Hollister [CPRR] Apr 8, 1873.

box 16, folder 4

Hyde Clark Correspondence, (Most from John Herapath). Railroad contracts 1838-95. 1840s.

box 17, folder 1

San Francisco and San Jose Railroad timetables 1864-68.

box 17, folder 1a

California Street Cable Railroad Co.

box 17, folder 2

Southern Pacific Railroad 1885-

Physical Description: stock certificates.
box 17, folder 2a

Suggestions for enlarging the scope of the hospital system of the Central Pacific and Southern Pacific Railroads Aug 25, 1883.

box 17, folder 3

Union Pacific Railroad Co. Chief Engineer's Report.

box 17, folder 4

Pacific and Atlantic Railroad reports 1852

General note

12) from Chief Engineer, box 5 folder 5)
box 17, folder 5

Railroad and Locomotive Historical Society Report-Champlain & St. Lawrence Railroad.

Scope and Contents note

Union Tank Car (prior 1927) - history.
box 17, folder 6

Farmers and Merchants Association for Prevention of Railway Extortion.

box 17, folder 7

US District Court [Huntington vs City of Oakland] Nov 1880

box 17, folder 8

US District Court [Huntington vs City of Oakland] Feb 1881

box 17, folder 9

US District Court [Huntington vs City of Oakland] Mar 1881

box 17, folder 10

Time tables 1873

box 17, folder 11

Ship clearance papers signed by President Franklin Pierce 1854.

box 17, folder 12

Santa Barbara Lands

Physical Description: (diagram and map).
box 17, folder 13

A. C. Bassett - Southern Pacific Railroad

box 17, folder 14

Carmel-Monterey Railroad, advertisement 1901

box 17, folder 15

Photostat of request by President Andrew Johnson for permission to build Central Pacific Railroad [piece of last tie 1869].

box 17, folder 16

Miscellaneous - passes, etc. original letter, documents and letterpress of Mark Hopkins. Three photocopies of Mark Hopkins letters 1849.

box 17, folder 17

Timothy Hopkins' notes of railroads

box 17, folder 18

Timothy Hopkins' letters

box 17, folder 19

Yosemite Valley Railroad Co. Shares

box 17, folder 20

Shares and bonds of various railroads.

box 17, folder 21

Pahrump Valley Railroad Co. Prospectus


Southern Pacific Timetables (oversize rolls) 1893 and 1901.



box 19

Legislative drafts, legal documents [deeds, articles of association, charters, etc.] 1861-1873

Scope and Contents note

Business memoranda - billings, invoices, etc.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

box 19

Legislative drafts, case summaries, ordinances, law suit [Main vs CPRR], etc. 1860-1885

Scope and Contents note

Business memoranda - inventories, etc.


box 20


Scope and Contents

Bound list of contents for 2 above [Hopkins Documents], 12 below [Hopkins correspondence] and Leland Stanford vol.
box 20

Letter of transmittal, Timothy Hopkins 1965-1871 1923

Physical Description: (199 entries)
box 20

Letters of Collis P. Huntington to Mark Hopkins, Leland Stanford, and others.

box 20

Letters of C. P. Huntington to Mark Hopkins, Leland Stanford, etc. Miscellaneous documents appended - telegrams, pamphlets, clippings, etc. Jan 2, 1872 Oct 1, 1872

Physical Description: (197 entries)
box 21

Letters of C. P. Huntington to Mark Hopkins, Leland Stanford, and others. Oct 2, 1872 Mar 10, 1873

Physical Description: (187 entries)
box 21

Letters of C. P. Huntington to Mark Hopkins, Alfred A. Cohen, and others. Telegrams and miscellaneous documents appended. Mar 10, 1873

Physical Description: (167 entries)
box 22

Letters of C. P. Huntington to Mark Hopkins. Notice of first CPRR dividend, telegrams, newspaper clippings [the California elections] appended. Aug 26, 1873 Nov 26, 1873

Physical Description: (199 entries)
box 22

Letters of C. P. Huntington to Mark Hopkins, R. Franchot to Huntington. Nov 29, 1873 Apr 8, 1874

Physical Description: (193 entries)
box 23

Letters of C. P. Huntington to Mark Hopkins, Leland Stanford and others. Letters of I. E. Gates to Mark Hopkins. Apr 10, 1874 Jul 9, 1875

Physical Description: (179 entries)
box 23

Letters of I. E. Gates to Mark Hopkins. Letters of C. P. Huntington to Hopkins. Aug 25, 1875 Apr 10, 1876

Physical Description: (147 entries)
box 24

Letters of C. P. Huntington to Mark Hopkins. Note appended by Timothy Hopkins [entry 185] explaining conclusion of struggle between Central Pacific and Texas Pacific interests. Apr 17, 1876 Nov 26, 1886

Physical Description: (191 entries)
box 24

Letters of E. B. Crocker, Alfred A. Cohen, W. C. Ralston to Mark Hopkins. Telegrams, notices, miscellaneous correspondence appended. Nov 12, 1863 Oct 13, 1869

Physical Description: (193 entries)
box 25

Memorandum of dates of railroad construction, J. L. Wilcutt, Miscellaneous correspondence between W. C. Ralston, E. B. Crocker, Leland Stanford, Mark Hopkins, and A. A. Cohen. Copies of CP business transactions - promissory notes, drafts, etc. Oct 19, 1869 Dec 6, 1872 Mar 31, 1913.

Physical Description: (191 entries)
box 25

Miscellaneous correspondence between Mark Hopkins, W. C. Ralston, A. A. Cohen, and others. Letters of E. E. Hewitt to Mark Hopkins. Copies of business documents, promissory notes, etc. Two letters from Timothy Hopkins to G. T. Clark. Also the deed of sale of land in Sacramento by Mary Hopkins, on Dec 12, 1872 Jan 10, 1924 1/30/80.

Physical Description: (199 entries)