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Inventory of the Alexander J. Gardiner Collection, 1876-1930
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Alexander J. Gardiner Collection,
    Date (inclusive): 1876-1930
    Collection number: MS 48
    Creator: Gardiner, Alexander J.
    Extent: 1 volume
    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 Brian Thompson

    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], Alexander J. Gardiner Collection, MS 48, California State Railroad Museum Library, Sacramento, California.

    Collection Description

    The collection consists of a scrapbook kept by Alexander J. Gardiner (1852-1921), and maintained by his widow, Hattie Gardiner, following his death. The scrapbook contains clippings, mostly about the Southern Pacific -- history, special events, personnel, retirements and wrecks, as well as extensive clippings regarding the opening of SP's Sacramento passenger depot in 1926. It also contains Gardiner's correspondence regarding establishment of Southern Pacific's pension system, drafts of the pension rules, and photographs of Gardiner, the Sacramento General Shops (emphasizing fire safety hazards) and shop employees.

    Historical Background

    An immigrant from England, Alexander J. Gardiner entered the employ of the Southern Pacific Company's Sacramento General Shops in 1876 and remained there until his retirement in 1915. During this period he worked with Andrew J. Stevens and Taylor W. Heintzelman. For most of his career Gardiner served as pipe gang foreman, although shortly before retiring he became a fire inspector.
    Beginning at the turn of the century, Gardiner assumed the lead of a movement to establish a pension system for veteran employees of the Southern Pacific. This led to the organization of the company's Benefit and Pension Department. Gardiner formulated the pension rules eventually adopted by Southern Pacific.