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Inventory of the David Lindsay Joslyn Collection, 1927-1959
MS 42  
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  • Descriptive Summary
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  • Collection Description
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: David Lindsay Joslyn Collection,
    Date (inclusive): 1927-1959
    Collection number: MS 42
    Creator: Joslyn, David Lindsay
    Extent: 1 box
    Repository: California State Railroad Museum Library
    Sacramento, California 95814
    Shelf location: Big Four Building or off-site storage. Please contact the Library in advance of your visit.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to the California State Railroad Museum. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Senior Curator. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the CSRM as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], David Lindsay Joslyn Collection, MS 42, California State Railroad Museum Library, Sacramento, California.

    Collection Description

    The collection consists of photocopies of typescripts of historical essays by Joslyn which have been bound in three parts:
    • (1) RAILROADS OF CALIFORNIA
    • (2) MISCELLANEOUS WRITINGS
    • (3) SACRAMENTO GENERAL SHOPS, SOUTHERN PACIFIC COMPANY-PACIFIC LINES, 1948.
    In addition, there are a few separate short essays included in the collection, as well as letters and locomotive rosters relating primarily to Southern Pacific equipment.

    Historical Background

    David Lindsay Joslyn (1886-1963) was born in Kansas, but from the age of ten, lived in Sacramento. While still in his teens, he went to work at the Southern Pacific's Sacramento General Shops. There he worked at a number of assignments, including laborer, car truck builder, foreman, clerk, draftsman, and photographer. Over the years Joslyn also spent much time researching and writing about the history of Southern Pacific and its predecessor and subsidiary companies, as well as other railroad topics. The collection represents a compilation of Joslyn writings along with some correspondence and notes.