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Guide to the Nolan Northern Pacific Railroad collection, 1872-1947
BANC MSS P-B 220  
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  • Collection Summary

    Collection Title: Nolan Northern Pacific Railroad collection,
    Date (inclusive): 1872-1947
    Collection Number: BANC MSS P-B 220
    Extent: Number of containers: 41 boxes and 48 volumes
    Repository: The Bancroft Library
    Berkeley, California 94720-6000
    Physical Location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
    Languages Represented: English

    Information for Researchers


    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to The Bancroft Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services. Permission for publication is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library 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], Nolan Northern Pacific Railroad collection, BANC MSS P-B 220, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

    Related Collections

    Title: Nolan Northern Pacific Railroad collection - additions,
    Identifier/Call Number: BANC MSS 69/7 p
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    Title: Edward W. Nolan papers,
    Identifier/Call Number: BANC MSS 87/9 p

    Scope and Content

    This collection, purchased from Mr. E. W. Nolan in 1964 and 1965 (also gift Dec. 1964), contains correspondence relating to the operation of the Northern Pacific Railroad's Land Department, Pacific Division, mainly concerning the sale of the railroad's lands in Oregon and Washington. Reflected are the company's policies in regard to timber, minerals, coal, agriculture, sheep-raising and irrigation. There is also a group of letters from the German Consul in San Francisco to Paul Schulze, one of the land agents for the company, pertaining to the search for German nationals believed to be in Oregon or Washington, and in addition, two volumes (Boxes 17-18) of letters to Paul Schulze marked Private Business.
    There are 36 volumes of outgoing letters, chiefly letterpress copies, 8 volumes of records from the station at Naches, Washington, 4 volumes of vouchers, and another volume of accounts. Incoming letters for the most part had been pasted into volumes, apparently arranged in order of receipt, numbered and roughly indexed. In order to protect the manuscripts, the letters were removed from the volumes and placed in folders, retaining the original order, each folder being numbered, and the index for each volume placed in a separate folder at the beginning of the box. Titles formerly on the spines of the volumes have been retained - i.e. Pacific Division. M 2 , etc., as labels on the boxes and folders. The later records (Boxes 19-41) were received loose, some of them formerly pasted in volumes, in no apparent order. These letters have been arranged alphabetically, with single items in miscellanies.
    A brief description of contents of the boxes and volumes follows, with a partial list of correspondents appended at end.