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Guide to the William Ripley Dorr California railroad clubs : photograph albums, 1948-1960
Mss Photo 416  
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Dorr, William Ripley, collector. California railroad clubs : photograph albums,
    Date (inclusive): 1948-1960
    Collection number: Mss Photo 416
    Creator: Dorr, William Ripley, collector.
    Extent: 2 albums (416 prints) in 1 manuscript box
    Repository: Stanford University. Libraries. Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

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    Property rights reside with the repository. Literary rights reside with the creators of the documents or their heirs. To obtain permission to publish or reproduce, please contact the Public Services Librarian of the Dept. of Special Collections.

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    William Ripley Dorr California railroad clubs : photograph albums. Mss Photo 416. Dept. of Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.


    William Ripley Dorr, a resident of Palos Verdes Estates, California, was a confirmed rail fan. He was a member of the Railway Club of Southern California, the Railway Historical Society of San Diego, the Pacific Coast Chapter of the Railway and Locomotive Historical Society, Inc., the California Nevada Railroad Historical Society, and the Bay Area Electric Railroad Association. Dorr participated in some 28 rail fan excursions. Most of these were in California but some took him as far away as Alaska, Chicago, Colorado, Nevada, and Arizona, from 1948 to 1963, to visit and ride on restored and operating trains.
    Dorr photographed each trip, and mounted the photographs in two albums, which comprise the collection. All photos are black and white; some are labeled. They are mainly examples of types of engines and types of cars, from both the era of steam and the more modern diesel era. He includes tickets for many of the trips, which allows ready identification of the trips on which the photographs were taken

    Access Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Bay Area Electric Railroad Association.
    California Nevada Railroad Historical Society.
    Lehigh Valley Railroad Company.
    Northern California Railroad Club.
    Railway Club of Southern California.
    Railway & Locomotive Historical Society, Inc. Pacific Coast.
    Railway Historical Society of San Diego, Inc.
    Railroad accidents.
    Railroads--History--Societies, etc.
    Railroads--United States--History.
    Hopkins Transportation Library.