Finding Aid for the Charles K. Adams Santa Fe Railroad Collection, 1850-1951

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Finding Aid for the Charles K. Adams Santa Fe Railroad Collection, 1850-1951

Collection number: 343

UCLA Library Special Collections

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Los Angeles, CA
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Online finding aid edited by:
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  • Caroline Cubé, July 2006
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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

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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.

Container List

 

Correspondence and Historical Material

Box 1, Folder 1

Correspondences and notes, December 4, 1931-April 9, 1945.

Physical Description: (23 pieces)
Box 1, Folder 2

Correspondence typescripts, holograph January 21, 1939-January 1951.

Scope and Content Note

Includes letters from and to Phil Townsend Hanna, Editor, Westways.
Box 1, Folder 3

The Santa Fe Railway, by De Witt O'Kieffe, n.d.

Physical Description: (21 pieces, Typescript)
Box 1, Folder 4

Century Annals of San Bernardino County, 1769-1904, by L.A. Ingersoll.

Physical Description: (13 pieces)
Box 1, Folder 5

Early Railroad Efforts, including the Texas & Pacific. Excerpt from History of San Diego 1542-1908, by William E. Smythe, 1850-1877.

Box 1, Folder 6

Record of Board of Supervisor's Meeting held January 9, 1868.

Physical Description: (4 pieces, photocopy and typescript)
Box 1, Folder 7

Tri-partite Agreement, January 31, 1880.

Physical Description: (14 pieces, blueprint copy)
Box 1, Folder 8

History of the Santa Fe's entry into Los Angeles, 1880-1890.

Physical Description: (15 pieces, typescript and holograph)
Box 1, Folder 9

Brief history of California Southern Railroad Company as abstracted from San Diego Union Files, by Mrs. Joseph Weidel, January 1, 1882-November 28, 1885.

Physical Description: (21 pieces, typescript)

Scope and Content Note

With related correspondence.
Box 1, Folder 10

Excerpts from the History of Pasadena, by Hiram A. Reid, 1882-1887.

Physical Description: (3 pieces)
Box 1, Folder 11

Railroad celebrations, 1885.

Physical Description: (5 pieces)
Box 1, Folder 12

That Old Station Platform at Needles in 1886, by Charles Battye.

Physical Description: (7 pieces, print)

Scope and Content Note

[Also], holograph letters from C. Battye to C.K. Adams.
Box 1, Folder 13

Historical review of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company.

Physical Description: (9 pieces, Blueprint copy)
Box 1, Folder 14

History and Directory of Riverside County, 1893-94.

Physical Description: (4 pieces, typescript)
Box 1, Folder 15

The Valley Road, 1896.

Physical Description: (67 pieces)
Box 1, Folder 16

Yearly Reports to the President and Board of Directors of the San Francisco & San Joaquin Valley Railway Company, by W.B. Storey Jr., January 30, 1896-1899.

Physical Description: (38 pieces)
Box 1, Folder 17

Article from the American Railway Bridges and Buildings, 1898.

Physical Description: (10 pieces, photocopy)
Box 1, Folder 18

Memorandum from old file on San Pedro breakwater, 1898-1910, by C.K. Adams.

Physical Description: (5 pieces, transcript and holograph)
Box 1, Folder 19

Historical review of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company, compiled by G. Holterhoff, Jr.

Physical Description: (48 pieces)

Note

Partial duplication in Adams's notebook, Box 2.
Box 1, Folder 20

History of Oakland and East Side Railroad Company, 1901-1927.

Physical Description: (8 pieces)
Box 1, Folder 21

Miscellaneous material on the history of Santa Fe Railroad.

Physical Description: (66 pieces)
Box 1, Folder 22

Santa Fe and Los Angeles Harbor Railway Company, 1937.

Physical Description: (3 pieces)
Box 1, Folder 23

Miscellaneous charts, relating to A.T.S.F. system, 1867-1941.

Physical Description: (Blueprints)
Box 1, Folder 24

Schedules of employees time cards from Valley Division, Los Angeles Division and Albuquerque Division, prior 1916.

Physical Description: (Typescripts)
 

Official Papers, Adams's Notebooks, Newspaper Clippings, Photographs

Box 2, Folder 1

Santa Fe Railroad from Los Angeles to Holbrook, March 8, 1943. Prepared by W.M. Balling, consulting mining engineer.

Physical Description: (11 pieces, typescript)
Box 2, Folder 2

Santa Fe Railroad, Barstow to San Francisco, 1944.

Physical Description: (Typescript)
Box 2, Folder 3

Line between Los Angeles and San Diego by C.K. Adams, November 24, 1944.

Physical Description: (Typescript)
Box 2, Folder 4

Santa Fe News Bureau Newsletter, September 11, 1947.

Physical Description: (1 piece)
Box 2, Folder 5

Southern California Education Tour, 1950, by R.S. Hirsch.

Physical Description: (Typescript and holograph)

Scope and Content Note

Notes.
Box 2, Folder 6

Correspondence on tank cars used in transporting helium gas, 1945.

Physical Description: (7 pieces, typescript and photocopy)
Box 2, Folders 7-9

C.K. Adams's notebooks.

Scope and Content Note

Including Historical review of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company, compiled by G. Holterhoff, Jr.

Note

Duplication in box 1, folder 19.
Box 2, Folder 10

Newspaper clippings, 1886 and 1941.

Physical Description: (2 pieces)
Box 2, Folder 11

Photographs.

Physical Description: (3 pieces)
 

Rules and Regulations of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway System

Box 3, Folder 1

Through Train Service, October 1889.

Physical Description: (1 item)
Box 3, Folder 2

Distance between stations on Santa Fe System, May 15, 1909.

Box 3, Folder 3

Freight Tariff no.4, July 20, 1894.

Box 3, Folder 4

Rules Governing the Transportation Freight Traffic, August 1, 1897.

Box 3, Folder 5

Rules Governing the Transportation Freight Traffic, July 1, 1913.

Box 3, Folder 6

Rules Governing the Transportation Freight Traffic, October 15, 1927.

Box 3, Folder 7

Freight Tariff and Classification Rules, October 1, 1928.

Scope and Content Note

Supplement No.2.
Box 3, Folder 8

Official Freight Shippers: Guide and Directory of Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe System(1930).

Box 3, Folder 9

Official Freight Shippers: Guide and Directory(1934).

Box 3, Folder 10

Contract for Unified Operation of Railroad Facilities at Los Angeles, February 1, 1928.

Box 3, Folder 11

Santa Fe Railroad, Albuquerque and Belen to Los Angeles, San Diego and Phoenix, March 1945.

Box 3, Folder 12

Statement of Fred G. Gurley, president, Santa Fe System Lines before the Interstate Commerce Commission, November 28, 1949.

 

Pamphlets, Ephemera, Published by and about the Santa Fe Railroad Company

 

Publications of the Santa Fe Railroad Company

Box 4, Folder 1

Hough, Waltes: The Moki Snake Dance (1902).

Box 4, Folder 2

Record-Breaking Run of the Scott Special over the Santa Fe, July 1905.

Box 4, Folder 3

Santa Fe Employees' Magazine, June 1908.

Note

(Given by the Los Angeles Historical Society)
Box 4, Folder 4

Titan of Chasms Grand Canyon of Arizona (c.1910).

Physical Description: (3 copies)
Box 4, Folder 5

Historical review of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company, 1914.

Box 4, Folder 6

Grand Canyon Outings, March 1927.

Box 4, Folder 7

Along Your Way.

Physical Description: (2 issues)
Box 4, Folder 8

The Railroad, 1941 and 1945.

Physical Description: (2 issues)
Box 4, Folder 9

Santa Fe Today, May 1, 1945.

Box 4, Folder 10

Santa Fe Magazine, 1923-1950.

Physical Description: (4 issues)
 

Publications about the Santa Fe Railroad

Box 4, Folder 11

A review of Railway Operations, 1947; American railroads, their growth and development; Quiz on railroads and railroading.

Physical Description: (7 items)
Box 4, Folder 12

Balduin Locomotives, October 1, 1939.

Box 4, Folder 13

Miscellaneous pamphlets, ephemera.

 

Books

Box 5, Folder 1

The Grand Canyon of Arizona, 1906.

Physical Description: (2 items)
Box 5, Folder 2-3

Higgins, C.A. New Guide to the Pacific Coast, Santa Fe Route, 1899-1914.

Scope and Content Note

Includes 6 different editions of the book.
Box 5, Folder 4

Carr, Clark E. History of Bringing The Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway to Galesburg, 1913.

 

Newspapers, Newspaper Clippings

Box 6, Folder 1

Atchison Daily Globe, September 14, 1940; September 16, 1940.

Box 6, Folder 2

California Names-A Gazetteer, Chapters 1-43.

Box 6, Folder 3

Progress Bulletin, January 13, 1941.

Box 6, Folder 4

The Topeka Daily Capitol, September 8, 1940.

Box 6, Folder 5

Miscellaneous newspaper clippings, 1902-1949.

Box 7

C.K. Adams's notebook.