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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Biography
  • Restrictions
  • Acquisition Information
  • Preferred Citation
  • Scope and Contents of Collection

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Middlebrook Photographs of San Diego & Arizona Railway Locomotives
    Identifier/Call Number: MSS 438
    Contributing Institution: Mandeville Special Collections Library
    9500 Gilman Drive
    La Jolla, California, 92093-0175
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 0.2 Linear feet (one archives box)
    Date (inclusive): 1910 - 1948
    Abstract: The Middlebrook Photographs of San Diego & Arizona Railway Locomotives is comprised of black & white negatives and gelatin silver prints from 1910-1948. The collection documents the San Diego & Arizona Railway and includes images of locomotive engines, railcars, rail workers, and track scenes.
    Creator: Middlebrook, R. P.

    Biography

    R.P. Middlebrook worked as a locomotive engineer for the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway (AT&SF). Because of his interest in trains, he photographed, wrote about, and collected materials related to locomotives and railroad history. Several of Middlebrook's articles were published in the The Journal of San Diego History.

    Restrictions

    Original negatives are restricted; patrons can view the images online.

    Acquisition Information

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    Preferred Citation

    Middlebrook Photographs of San Diego & Arizona Locomotives, MSS 438. Mandeville Special Collections Library, UCSD.

    Scope and Contents of Collection

    The Middlebrook Photographs of San Diego & Arizona Railway Locomotives is comprised of black & white negatives and prints of locomotive engines, railcars, and track scenes in Southern California and Mexico. The images document the San Diego & Arizona Railway (SD&A), a short line railroad founded by John D. Spreckels, later named the San Diego & Arizona Eastern Railway (SD&AE). The collection is arranged in two series: 1) NEGATIVES and 2) PHOTOGRAPHS.
    SERIES 1: NEGATIVES
    The NEGATIVES series is comprised of forty-three images scanned from original negatives taken by R.P. Middlebrook. The bulk of the negatives were nitrate film, which after scanning, were removed from the collection. Two original safety film negatives remain and are restricted. A copy of Middlebrook's list of negatives is also found in the collection and the folder list was transcribed from this list.
    SERIES 2: PHOTOGRAPHS
    The PHOTOGRAPHS series contains four contact prints made from the original negatives, as well as seven gelatin silver prints from negatives not located in this collection. Along with images of locomotive engines and railroad scenes, several images include engineers and yard crews posed with the trains. One additional photograph is labeled "Movie company in Carizzo Gorge," and shows a group posed with two locomotive engines.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    San Diego & Arizona Eastern Railway Company -- Photographs.
    San Diego & Arizona Railway -- Photographs.
    Locomotives -- Arizona -- Photographs
    Locomotives -- California -- San Diego -- Photographs
    Locomotives -- Mexico -- Photographs