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SP de México Collection: Finding Aid
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Description
This collection consists primarily of correspondence, as well as maps, news clippings, photographs, and blueprints, of the Southern Pacific of Mexico railroad line (SP de México), dating from 1885 to 1954.
Background
The Ferrocarril Sud Pacífico de México (SP de México) line began as the Sonora Railway in 1882, first owned and operated by the Atcheson, Topeka & Santa Fe. It ran from Nogales, Arizona down to the port of Guaymas, 423 kilometers southeast of Nogales. The Southern Pacific acquired the line through a reciprocal trade with the AT&SF in 1898, and incorporated the line as a separate corporate entity, the SP de México, in June 1909. The line was gradually extended south from Nogales and north from Guadalajara. When the Mexican Revolution erupted late in 1910, construction of the line was essentially halted until 1923. In 1927 the line was finally connected from Guadalajara to the U.S./Mexican border. It operated in Mexico until 1951, when the Mexican government purchased the line from the Southern Pacific.
Extent
160 bound items in 23 boxes, and one large bound minute book.
Restrictions
The Huntington Library does not require that researchers request permission to quote from or publish images of this material, nor does it charge fees for such activities. The responsibility for identifying the copyright holder, if there is one, and obtaining necessary permissions rests with the researcher.
Availability
Open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information, contact Reader Services.