Scope and Content
Title: William P. Granger Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1859-1924
Collection number: 766
Granger, William P.
1 box (0.5 linear ft.)
University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
Abstract: William P. Granger (1834-1903) was a civil engineer who worked on many railroad projects in Tennessee, Boston, Maine, and
later, with the Southern Pacific Railway. The collection consists of correspondence, manuscripts, diaries, photographs, and
clippings concerning the Maclay Rancho in San Fernando, California, the San Fernando Land and Water Company, the construction
of the Hoosac Tunnel (Massachusetts), and the Nashville and Northwestern Railroad.
Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library, Department
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Provenance/Source of Acquisition
Gift of Gustave O. Arlt, 1946.
[Identification of item], William P. Granger Papers (Collection 766). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young
Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.
Granger was born on September 20, 1834; grew up in Hoosac Tunnel, Massachusetts; became a civil engineer, and went south as
a member of the Engineering Corps of the Nashville and Northwestern Railroad in Tennessee; was chief engineer of that road
when the Civil War began; returned north to build a railroad on Cape Cod, and surveyed the route for the line at Hoosac Tunnel;
also became chief engineer with the Boston, Concord, and Montreal Railroad at the White Mountains; practiced at Worcestor,
Massachusetts; built part of the Boston and Maine Railroad, and was chief engineer of the Massachusetts Central Railway; in
1884 he went to Oregon and built the second largest saw mill on the Pacific Coast; became an engineer with the Southern Pacific
Railway, then resigned to lay out the San Fernando Valley tract; established his home in San Fernando, California; he died
at Hoosac Tunnel, Massachusetts on September 30, 1903.
Scope and Content
Collection consists of correspondence, manuscripts, diaries, photographs, and clippings of civil engineer William P. Granger,
concerning the Maclay Rancho in San Fernando, California, the San Fernando Land and Water Company, the construction of the
Hoosac Tunnel (Massachusetts), and the Nashville and Northwestern Railroad. Includes letters to Granger from Robert M. Widney
and a diary of Isabella Rice Granger Maclay (San Fernando, 1895).
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Granger, William P.--Archives.
Maclay, Isabella Rice Granger--Diaries.
Civil engineers--United States--Archival resources.
San Fernando Valley (Calif.)--Archival resources.