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Theodore D. Judah papers, 1851-1862.
BANC MSS C-B 575local
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Theodore D. Judah papers, 1851-1862


Judah, Theodore D. (Theodore Dehone), 1826-1863, creator, creator.


Collection comprises a fire insurance policy for Judah's house at Niagara, New York (1851); narrative of journey, San Francisco to New York on the Golden Gate, via Panama, and New York to Illinois, with advice to travelers to California added (1858?; 43 pages); newspaper clipping containing the story, "Tompkins," by Anna Pierce (1848); and typed transcripts of excerpts from Judah's 1860 notebook.
Also includes 3 volumes: 1) Pocket notebook, 1860, with records of surveys in the Sierra Nevada, estimates of costs, notes and clippings concerning railroads for California; 2) Ledger with cash accounts and notes, 1861-1862, for survey for the Central Pacific Railroad Company (volume has title label: Stock Journal, California Granite Co., 1856 &1857; 3) Herbarium of California wildflowers, 1862, and other flowers, arranged by Mrs. Judah. Volumes 1-2 housed in box 2; volume 3 shelved separately.


1851 (issued)


n-us-ca -- ncpn--- -- n-us-nv
Railroads -- California
Voyages to the Pacific coast -- Personal narratives
Botany -- California
Wild flowers -- California
Voyages vers la côte du Pacifique
Fleurs sauvages -- Californie
Voyages to the Pacific coast
Wild flowers
Panama, Isthmus of (Panama) -- Description and travel
Sierra Nevada (Calif. and Nev.) -- Description and travel
California -- Description and travel
Panamá, Isthme de (Panamá)
Nevada, Sierra (Calif. et Nev.)
Californie -- Descriptions et voyages
Panama -- Isthmus of Panama
United States -- Sierra Nevada
Pacific Mail Steamship Company.
Central Pacific Railroad Company.
California Granite Company.
Central Pacific Railroad Company.
Pacific Mail Steamship Company.
Judah, Theodore D. (Theodore Dehone) -- 1826-1863 -- Archives
Judah, Anna Pierce -- 1828-1895 -- Archives


Forms part of: History of Science and Technology Collection.
ORIGINALS (BOX 2) RESTRICTED. Requests for use of original must be approved by the appropriate curator.
Copies of originals (except volume 3, Herbarium of California wildflowers, 1862): Also available as photocopies (box 1) and on microfilm.
Gift of Gladys Page Pierce; 1955.
Theodore Dehone Judah (March 4, 1826 - November 2, 1863) was an American civil engineer who was a central figure in the original promotion, establishment, and design of the First Transcontinental Railroad. He found investors for what became the Central Pacific Railroad (CPRR). As chief engineer, he performed much of the route survey work to determine the best alignment for the railroad over the Sierra Nevada, which was completed six years after his death. Judah married Anna Pierce on May 10, 1849 and they emigrated to California in 1854 when he was hired as Chief Engineer for the Sacramento Valley Railroad.
In English.
Theodore D. Judah papers, BANC MSS C-B 575, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.


Account books.

Physical Description:

microfilm reel
0.3 (1 1 volume)
0.4 (1
1 negative (Rich. 90:4) and positive.




BANC MSS C-B 575local



Copyright Note:

ORIGINALS (BOX 2) RESTRICTED. Requests for use of original must be approved by the appropriate curator.