Finding Aid to the California Street Cable Railroad Company records, 1884-1952

Finding Aid written by George Miller and Rebecca Kim; revised and encoded by Lara Michels
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Finding Aid to the California Street Cable Railroad Company records, 1884-1952

Collection Number: BANC MSS C-G 254

The Bancroft Library



University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley, California
Finding Aid Written By:
George Miller and Rebecca Kim; revised and encoded by Lara Michels
Date Completed:
July 2012
© 2012 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Collection Summary

Collection Title: California Street Cable Railroad Company records
Date (inclusive): 1884-1952
Collection Number: BANC MSS C-G 254
Creators : California Street Cable Railroad Co. (San Francisco, Calif.)
Extent: Number of containers: 8 boxes, 9 cartons, 3 oversize boxes, 36 volumes Linear feet: 23
Repository: The Bancroft Library
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, California, 94720-6000
Phone: (510) 642-6481
Fax: (510) 642-7589
Email: bancref@library.berkeley.edu
URL: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/
Abstract:
Languages Represented: Collection materials are in English
Physical Location: Many of the Bancroft Library collections are stored offsite and advance notice may be required for use. For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Information for Researchers

Access

Collection is open for research.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], California Street Cable Railroad Company records, BANC MSS C-G 254, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

Alternate Forms Available

There are no alternate forms of this collection.

Separated Material

Photographs have been transferred to the Pictorial Collections of The Bancroft Library.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
California Street Cable Railroad Co. (San Francisco, Calif.)--Archives
Stanford, Leland, 1824-1893
Borel, Antoine, 1840-1915
Transportation--California--San Francisco
Railroads, Cable-California--San Francisco
Street-railroads-California--San Francisco
San Francisco (Calif.)
Minutes-California--San Francisco
Stock certificates-California--San Francisco
Ledgers-California--San Francisco
Online Archive of California

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

The California Street Cable Railroad Co. (San Francisco, Calif.) Records were given to The Bancroft Library by W. P. Wreden and Dr. John O. Hanan in December 1959.

Accruals

No additions are expected.

System of Arrangement

Arranged to the folder level.

Processing Information

Processed by George Miller and Rebecca Kim in 1999. Additional processing by Lara Michels in 2012.

Biographical Information

In 1874, Leland Stanford set out to promote the idea of a cable car for California Street, the principle ascent of Nob Hill from the east, with a more reasonable grade than Clay Street. In 1876, in collaboration with several associates in the Central Pacific Railroad, he secured the franchise, and construction was begun on July 5, 1877. The line ran between Kearney Street at the foot of Nob Hill to Fillmore Street in the Western Addition, a distance of about 1.7 miles, and a power house, designed by W.W. Hanscom, was put in at Larkin Street. Initially, the line operated with 25 grip cars and trailers built by the Kimball Manufacturing Company and the Central Pacific shops.
Service was initiated on April 10, 1878, at a ceremony attended by over six thousand people. The route duplicated the Clay Street Hill Railroad on its ascent of Nob Hill, but the western route was the first cable car service into the Western Addition. In the spring of 1879, the track was moved west by 0.8 miles, from Fillmore to Central (Presidio) Avenue. The extension was cheaply built of wood framing and planks in an effort to finance the project out of earnings. The new tracks were ready for service on May 30, 1879, but the right-of-way was so unsatisfactory it had to be rebuilt with standard conduit in 1884.
In 1884, Stanford sold his interest in the company to Antoine Borel, a Swiss-born San Francisco banker. Borel and President James B. Stetson initiated an expansion of the property in 1889. Included in the extension was a new powerhouse at California and Hyde Streets, an extension of about a half mile east to Market Street in 1890, and a new cross-town route on O'Farrell, Jones and Hyde Streets which opened February 9, 1891. This line of ca. 2.5 miles was intended to provide a direct connection between the Russian Hill area and the shopping district south of Union Square. A shuttle on Jones Street served the Tenderloin district. Howard C. Holmes was in charge of track construction.
The company was quite successful at the beginning of the 20th century, but like the rest of San Francisco's cable operators, the company suffered terrible damage in the earthquake and fire of 1906. Fireman's Fund Insurance Company, with which the company had some common ownership, was so hard hit by the disaster that the company settled for 50% of its claims. Management had the system back in operation by August 1906, but full restoration of the physical plant was not finished until July 1908.
The company maintained its independence of the Market Street Railway and of the Municipal Railway throughout the first half of the century, but the forces acting against the transit industry generally began to afflict the company seriously in the late 1940's. Traffic held up fairly well, but costs rose disproportionately. In 1949, a legal judgement, in which the company was held liable, caused Lloyd's of London to cancel the company's insurance contract and brought operations to an end on July 31, 1951. The City and County of San Francisco bought the company for $138,000 and restored operation on January 13, 1952.

Scope and Content of Collection

Board of Directors files, including articles of incorporation and related documents, as well as minutes of meetings; stock records, including minutes of annual stockholder meetings, correspondence, certificates, dividend statements, notices, and transfer records; general files arranged alphabetically by subject; operations records, including daily car records (chiefly receipts from the California and Hyde St. lines), accident reports (which list the date, time, line, and parties involved), and records of personal injuries resulting from accidents; personnel records, including weekly, monthly, and half-monthly time books (which record hours worked by each employee, hourly pay rate, and wages paid each week to conductors and gripmen), payroll ledgers and reports, and records of the employees benefit fund; financial records, including journals of daily purchases, cash books (chronological record of cash receipts and payments), ledgers, and trial balances; and Railroad Commission files.

Container List

 

Series 1:  Board of Directors. 1884-1951

Oversize Box 1, Folder 1

Articles of Incorporation, 1884 March 31

Oversize Box 1, Folder 2

Declaration of Surrender and operating permit (Legal copy of original 1884 document), 1931 March

Oversize Box 1, Folder 3-13

Minutes of meetings, 1884 July 31- 1898 June 8

Carton 1, Folder 1

Minutes of meetings, 1949-1951

 

Series 2:  Stock Records. 1878-1951

Carton 1, Folder 2-8

Minutes of annual stockholder meetings, 1915-1916, 1933-1936, 1944-1948

Carton 1, Folder 9

Certificates, 1914, 1932

Carton 1, Folder 10

Correspondence, 1908-1919

Carton 1, Folder 11

Dividends, 1913-1948

Carton 1, Folder 12

Stock miscellaneous, 1918

Carton 1, Folder 13

Notices, 1932-1951

Carton 1, Folder 14

Transfers, 1946-1950

Volume 1-2

Transfer book and stock journal, 1878-1884, 1884-1906

Volume 3

Cancelled certificates, 1932-1945

Oversize Box 2, Folder 1

Loose pages from volume 3, 1937

 

Series 3:  General Files. 1887-1951

Carton 1, Folder 15

Active accounts, 1909-1951

Carton 1, Folder 16-21

Advertising, 1907, 1949-1951

Carton 1, Folder 22-26

Agreements with other railway companies, 1887, 1890-1891, 1894-1895

Carton 1, Folder 27

American Express, 1939-1940

Carton 1, Folder 28-29

Andrews, F.T. & Co., 1932-1951

Carton 1, Folder 30

B miscellaneous correspondence, 1942-1951

Carton 1, Folder 31

Batteries, 1944-1950

Carton 1, Folder 32-37

Benefit fund, 1942-1951

Carton 1, Folder 38

Bid proposals, 1906-1914

Carton 1, Folder 39-40

Bills, 1950-1951

Carton 1, Folder 41

Blueprints, 1945-1946

Carton 1, Folder 42

Busses, 1950-1951

Carton 2, Folder 1

C miscellaneous correspondence, 1945-1951

Carton 2, Folder 2

Cables, 1932-1951

Carton 2, Folder 3

Cable inspections, 1942-1944

Carton 2, Folder 4

Car hours and mileage, 1941-1949

Carton 2, Folder 5-6

Claims, 1948-1951

Carton 2, Folder 7

Complaints, 1942-1951

Carton 2, Folder 8

Copies of printed forms and letters, 1932-1943

Carton 2, Folder 9

Corporation business, 1946-1951

Carton 2, Folder 10

Correspondence from concerned customers, 1951-1952

Carton 2, Folder 11

Cypress Lawn Cremation Company, 1933-1934

Carton 2, Folder 12

D miscellaneous correspondence, 1946-1950

Carton 2, Folder 13

Department of Commerce, 1919-1935

Carton 2, Folder 14

Department of Motor Vehicles, 1934-1951

Carton 2, Folder 15

Depreciation, taxes and insurance, 1933-1951

Carton 2, Folder 16

Employee bulletins, 1943-1950

Carton 2, Folder 17-19

Expenses, 1939-1951

Carton 2, Folder 20

F miscellaneous correspondence, 1944-1949

Carton 2, Folder 21

Federal reports, 1918-1930

Carton 2, Folder 22-24

Fielder, Sorenson and Davis, 1940-1951

Carton 2, Folder 25

G miscellaneous correspondence, 1946-1951

Carton 2, Folder 26

H miscellaneous correspondence, 1943-1950

Carton 2, Folder 27

Hammond, J. and Company, 1906-1907

Carton 2, Folder 28

I miscellaneous correspondence, 1946-1951

Carton 2, Folder 29-39

Insurance, 1911-1950

Carton 3, Folder 1-5

Insurance, 1938-1951

Carton 3, Folder 6

K miscellaneous correspondence, 1947-1951

Carton 3, Folder 7

L miscellaneous correspondence, 1941-1949

Carton 3, Folder 8-10

Labor issues, 1936-1950

Carton 3, Folder 11-12

Labor statistics, 1939-1951

Carton 3, Folder 13

Leases, 1911-1938

Carton 3, Folder 14

The "Let Go" official publication, 1948-1949

Carton 3, Folder 15

M miscellaneous correspondence, 1949-1951

Carton 3, Folder 16

Market Street Railway, 1933-1942

Carton 3, Folder 17

Marsh and McLennan inspection reports, 1942-1947

Carton 3, Folder 18

Memos, 1940-1951

Carton 3, Folder 19

N and O miscellaneous correspondence, 1948-1950

Carton 3, Folder 20

Operating permits, 1910-1951

Carton 3, Folder 21

P miscellaneous correspondence 1932-1951

Carton 3, Folder 22

Pacific Telephone and Telegraph Company, 1941-1951

Carton 3, Folder 23

Property description, 1914

Carton 3, Folder 24-27

Public Utilities Commission, 1912-1948

Carton 4, Folder 1-3

Public Utilities Commission, 1912-1951

Carton 4, Folder 4-9

Publicity, 1948-1950

Carton 4, Folder 10

R miscellaneous correspondence, 1950-1951

Carton 4, Folder 11-18

Reports, 1910-1913, 1934, 1946-1951

Carton 4, Folder 19

Safety materials, 1911, 1942

Carton 4, Folder 20-24

San Francisco, City and County of, 1909-1951

Oversize Box 2, Folder 2

San Francisco, City and County of, newspaper clipping, 1926

Carton 4, Folder 25

Sales to the City, 1947-1948

Carton 4, Folder 26

Semsen and McLaren, 1941

Carton 4, Folder 27

Superior Steel Company 1924

Carton 4, Folder 28

T miscellaneous correspondence, 1950

Carton 4, Folder 29-40

Tax reports, 1909-1951

Carton 5, Folder 1

Tax returns, 1947

Carton 5, Folder 2

Termination of service, 1942-1943

Carton 5, Folder 3

U miscellaneous correspondence, 1944

Carton 5, Folder 4

Uncalled for payroll checks, 1945-1948

Carton 5, Folder 5-6

Unemployment claims and strikes, 1948-1949

Carton 5, Folder 7-8

Union agreements, 1907-1951

Carton 5, Folder 9

Union Trust Company of San Francisco, 1914-1915

Carton 5, Folder 10

W miscellaneous correspondence, 1944-1951

Carton 5, Folder 11

Wage and salary adjustments, 1942-1946

Carton 5, Folder 12-14

Wells Fargo Bank, 1923-1951

Carton 5, Folder 15

Wells, Lester K. (Corporate Secretary), 1896-1948

Carton 5, Folder 16

Worksheets and reports, 1949-1950

Carton 5, Folder 17

Wright, Wright and Stetson 1911-1950

Carton 5, Folder 18

Y and Z miscellaneous correspondence, 1946-1950

Carton 5, Folder 19-21

Outgoing correspondence steno notebooks (in shorthand), 1949-1950

 

Series 4:  Operations. 1907-1951

Box 1, Folder 1-3

Daily car record, 1907 July- 1910 Dec.

Volume 4

Daily car record, 1918 Jan- 1922 Dec.

Box 1, Folder 4-6

Daily car record, 1917 Jan.- 1938 Dec.

Carton 5, Folder 22

Daily car record, 1915, 1950 July

Oversize Box 2, Folder 3

Daily car record, 1951, Jan-Feb, April, June

Oversize Box 2, Folder 4

Cash fares, 1947 May 16-20

Oversize Box 2, Folder 5

Token fares, 1947 May 16-20

Carton 5, Folder 23

Rate charts, Undated

Carton 5, Folder 24

Tickets, passes, and transfers, 1942, 1948-1950

Carton 5, Folder 25

Visitors record, 1948-1950

Carton 5, Folder 26

Accident report forms, undated

Carton 5, Folder 27-30

Accident reports, 1908-1909, 1913-1914

Box 1, Folder 7-8

Accident reports, 1916 Oct. 1- 1920 Dec. 31

Box 2, Folder 1-7

Accident reports, 1921 Jan. 1- 1931 Dec. 31

Carton 5, Folder 31

Accident reports, 1927

Box 3, Folder 1-4

Accident reports, 1932 Jan. 1- 1945 Dec. 31

Carton 5, Folder 32

Accident reports, 1937-1938

Carton 6, Folder 1-2

Accident reports, 1947 April 1-30

Carton 6, Folder 3-6

Accident reports: Analysis of claims, correspondence, and miscellaneous, 1915-1950

Box 3, Folder 5-6

Personal injury records, 1927 Sept. 1- 1930 Nov. 29

 

Series 5:  Personnel Records. 1906-1951

Box 4, Folder 1-7

Weekly time books, 1906 Oct. 6- 1927 May 21

Box 5, Folder 1-4

Weekly time books, 1927 May 28- 1938 Nov. 26

Box 5, Folder 5

Monthly time book, 1926 Jan. - 1938 March

Box 5, Folder 6

Half-month/two week time book, 1942 Jan.-Aug.

Box 5, Folder 7

Employee benefit fund: Trustees meeting minutes, 1942-1951

Carton 6, Folder 7

Payroll ledger, 1906 June-Sept.

Volume 5-6

Payroll ledgers,

Volume 7-8

Payroll ledgers,

Volume 9-10

Payroll ledgers,

Volume 12-14

Payroll ledgers,

Carton 6, Folder 8

Payroll reports, 1917, 1941-1944

Carton 6, Folder 9

Payroll reports, 1945 Sept., Dec.

Carton 6, Folder 10

Payroll reports, 1948-1949

Carton 6, Folder 11-18

Miscellaneous, 1907-1915, 1945, 1950-1951

 

Series 6:  Financial Records. 1884-1951

Volume 15

Journal,

Volume 16

Journal,

Volume 17

Journal,

Volume 18

Journal,

Box 6, Folder 1

Daily purchase journal, 1885 Aug.- 1898 May

Volume 19

Daily purchase journal, 1904 Jan.- 1907 Sept.

Box 6, Folder 2-4

Daily purchase journal, 1907-1915

Box 7, Folder 1-4

Daily purchase journal, 1916-1933

Oversize Box 2, Folder 6

Conductor list (loose from daily purchase journal), 1923 Nov. 23

Box 8, Folder 1-3

Daily purchase journal, 1933-1938

Oversize Box 2, Folder 7

Cash book (loose pages), 1884

Volume 20

Cash book, 1905 July 1- 1906 July 31

Volume 21

Cash book, 1906 July 2- 1910 May 31

Volume 22

Cash book, 1910 June 1- 1914 May 31

Volume 23

Cash book, 1914 June 1- 1918 June 29

Volume 24

Cash book, 1918 July 1- 1922 April 16

Volume 25

Cash book, 1922 April 17- 1925 Sept. 24

Volume 26

Cash book, 1925 Sept. 25- 1928 Dec. 19

Volume 27

Cash book, 1928 Dec. 20- 1932 April 23

Volume 28

Cash book, 1932 April 24- 1936 June 29

Oversize Box 2, Folder 8

Loose fragments removed from volume 28, 1894

Volume 29

Cash book, 1936 June 30- 1940 Sept. 9

Volume 30

Cash book, 1940 Sept. 10- 1944 Dec. 30

Volume 31

Cash book, 1945 Jan. 1- 1949 April 30

Volume 32

Cash book, 1949 May 1- 1951 Aug. 1

Volume 33

Ledger, 1884-1893

Volume 34

Ledger, 1894-1906

Volume 35

Ledger, 1906 July-1915 June

Volume 36

Ledger, 1915 July-1948 March

Oversize Box 3, Folder 1-8

Trial balances, 1889 Oct.- 1952 June

Carton 6, Folder 19

Monthly financial reports, 1904 July-1905 June 1905 Jun

Carton 6, Folder 20-59

Monthly financial reports 1909 July-1951 May

Carton 6, Folder 60

Annual statements 1906 June-1931 Dec.

Carton 7, Folder 1-20

Annual statements, 1932 Jan.-1951 June

Carton 7, Folder 21-30

Auditor's reports, 1917-1925, 1928

 

California State Tax Board

Carton 7, Folder 31-33

Correspondence, 1911-1942

Carton 7, Folder 34-37

Income tax returns, 1914-1934

Carton 7, Folder 38-46

Financial statements, 1933-1950

Carton 7, Folder 47-48

Real estate tax returns, 1916-1934

Carton 7, Folder 49-50

Franchise tax returns, 1934-1950

 

United States Internal Revenue Service

Carton 7, Folder 51-52

Correspondence, 1913-1934

Carton 7, Folder 53-57

Income tax returns, 1911-1950

Carton 7, Folder 58

Tax withheld at source returns, 1914-1916

Carton 7, Folder 59

Capital stock tax returns, 1916-1926, 1934-1945

 

Series 7:  Railroad Commission. 1912-1951

Carton 8, Folder 1-30

Annual reports, 1912-1940

Carton 9, Folder 1-9

Annual reports, 1941-1949

Carton 9, Folder 10-12

Correspondence, 1914-1951

Carton 9, Folder 13-17

Reports, 1921-1948

Carton 9, Folder 18-24

Application #24, 486 for fare increase, 1942-1944