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Preliminary Guide to the James H. Gildea Middle East Railroad Collection
Bernath Mss 219  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access Restrictions
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: James H. Gildea Middle East Railroad Collection
    Dates: ca. 1940s-1970s
    Bulk Dates: early 1950s
    Collection number: Bernath Mss 219
    Collection Size: 1.1 linear feet (2 document boxes and 1 oversize box).
    Creator: Gildea, James H.
    Repository: University of California, Santa Barbara. Library. Dept. of Special Collections
    Santa Barbara, CA 93106
    Abstract: The collection contains documents and photos, mainly about James H. Gildea's involvement in the early 1950s, as engineer and manager in charge of the construction of the Saudi Government Railway, running through the Arabian desert from the Persian Gulf to the capital city of Riyadh.
    Physical location: Del Norte (boxes 1-2); Annex 2 (box 3); Del Sur Map Cabinets (Map Cabinet 20-5).
    Languages: English

    Access Restrictions

    None. Collection is partially stored off-site; advance notice required for retrieval.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to the Department of Special Collections, UCSB. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Department of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained.

    Preferred Citation

    James H. Gildea Middle East Railroad Collection. Bernath Mss 219. Department of Special Collections, Davidson Library, University of California, Santa Barbara.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of the Gildea Estate and Purchase, 2006.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The collection contains documents and photos, mainly about James H. Gildea's involvement in the early 1950s, as engineer and manager in charge of the construction of the Saudi Government Railway, running through the Arabian desert from the Persian Gulf to the capital city of Riyadh. The project came about as a result of a 1947 agreement between King Abdul Aziz Ibn Saud and the Arabian-American Oil Company (Aramco). The cost was financed primarily from Saudi oil revenues, with engineering and construction under the guidance of Aramco and the Bechtel Construction Company. Gildea, formerly with Union Pacific, was chosen to head the project because of his experience in World War II as an operating manager for the Iranian railroad. Gildea later lived in Santa Barbara and was married to Madame Gildea.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Gildea, James H.
    Railroads--Saudi Arabia.