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Finding Aid for the Charles K. Adams Santa Fe Railroad Collection, 1850-1951
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Organization and Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms
  • Items Removed from Collection

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Charles K. Adams Santa Fe Railroad Collection,
    Date (inclusive): 1850-1951
    Collection number: 343
    Creator: Adams, Charles K.
    Extent: 6 boxes (3 linear ft.) 1 oversize package
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Abstract: In 1868, Cyrus K. Holliday obtained a charter and raised capital for a new railroad that began running in Kansas the following year. He dreamed of a railway to replace covered wagons along the Santa Fe Trail between Independence, Missouri and Santa Fe, New Mexico. By 1890, 9000 miles of track had been laid. The railway became bankrupt in the Panic of 1893, but was bought by Edward Payson Ripley, who added 2000 miles of track creating one of the largest privately-owned rail systems in the world. The collection consists of correspondence, manuscripts, photographs, clippings, maps, books, and other printed material relating to the formation, development, and history of the Santa Fe Railroad.
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

    Restrictions on Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Advance notice required for access.

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Charles K. Adams, 1953.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Charles K. Adams Santa Fe Railroad Collection (Collection 343). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library.

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 4230295 

    Biography

    In 1868 farmer, lawyer and first mayor of Topeka, Kansas, Cyrus K. Holliday obtained a charter and raised capital for a new railroad that began running in Kansas the following year; he dreamed of a railway to replace covered wagons along the Santa Fe Trail between Independence, Missouri and Santa Fe, New Mexico; by 1890, 9000 miles of track had been laid; the railway became bankrupt in the Panic of 1893, but was bought by Edward Payson Ripley, who added 2000 miles of track; it became one of the largest privately-owned rail systems in the world, with passenger service from Chicago to San Francisco and Los Angeles, and with the bulk of its business in freight.

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists of correspondence, manuscripts, photographs, clippings, maps, books, and other printed material relating to the formation, development, and history of the Santa Fe Railroad.

    Organization and Arrangement

    Arranged in the following series:
    1. Correspondence and historical material (Box 1).
    2. Official papers, Adams's notebooks, newspaper clippings, photographs (Box 2).
    3. Rules and regulations of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway System (Box 3).
    4. Ephemera and pamphlets published by and about the Santa Fe Railroad Co. (Box 4).
    5. Books (Box 5).
    6. Newspapers and clippings (Box 6).
    7. Adams's large notebook (Box 7).

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

    Subjects

    Adams, Charles K.--Archives.
    Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company--History--Sources.
    Railroads--West (U.S.)--History.

    Items Removed from Collection

    • 5 maps (3 maps on Belgian railroad routes, 2 maps on French railroad routes.
    • 1 newspaper clipping from Los Angeles Times, December 4, 1945.