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Inventory of the H. Lester Taylor Collection, 1887-1977
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: H. Lester Taylor Collection,
    Date (inclusive): 1887-1977
    Collection number: MS 35
    Creator: Taylor, H. Lester
    Extent: 1 document box
    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 Railway & Locomotive Historical Society, Pacific Coast Chapter

    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], H. Lester Taylor Collection, MS 35, California State Railroad Museum Library, Sacramento, California.

    Collection Description

    The collection consists of reminiscences and letters of H. Lester Taylor, an employee of the Southern Pacific Railroad from 1906 to 1965. He began service with the railroad as a messenger and served as messenger for Edward H. Harriman after the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. Mr. Taylor spent most of his career as a station agent in Northern California, serving 42 years as agent at South Vallejo.
    Also in the collection are letters and other documents relating to James C. Wilder, Taylor W. Heintzelman, Southern Pacific's Assistant Master Mechanic and later Superintendent of Motive Power, and William McKenzie, Assistant General Master Mechanic of the Southern Pacific in the late 1880s.