Scope and Content
Title: Letcher railroad collection,
Date (inclusive): 1887-1889
Collection number: Special Collections M0317
Letcher, Howard T., d. 1974.
.25 linear ft.
Stanford University. Libraries. Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives.
Property rights reside with the repository. Literary rights reside with the creators of the documents or their heirs. To obtain
permission to publish or reproduce, please contact the Public Services Librarian of the Dept. of Special Collections.
Gift of Gerald M. Best, 1980.
[Identification of item] Letcher railroad collection, M0317, Dept. of Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries,
Dr. Howard T. Letcher worked for the Shasta Division of the Southern Pacific Railroad in 1940 and 1941; he was a noted railroad
historian and in 1971 was asked by then California Governor Ronald Reagan to serve on the board of directors of the Transportation
museum in Sacramento, California.
Scope and Content
The addenda to the Letcher Railroad Collection consists of business correspondence of the Southern Pacific Company between
Dec. 1887 and May 1889. The majority of the letters are addressed to William McKenzie, Asst. Genl. Master Mechanic, Sacramento,
and H.J. Small, Supt. M.P.&M., Sacramento. The letters include daily reports of the operations of the railroad, employee problems,
maintenance, and purchases. Of special interest are the three letters by G.J. Perkins, Engineer, about the engine El Governador
No. 237, a large engine that Andrew Jackson Stevens, Supt. of Motive Power, was concerned with. A.J. Stevens was born in Vermont
Sep. 14, 1833. In 1869 he was hired by Leland Stanford, President of Central Pacific (parent organization of Southern Pacific)
as Master Mechanic. He was responsible for many locamotive inventions until his death in 1888. More information about the
man and the El Gobernador is available in the Railway and Locomotive Historical Society Bulletin 65, pp 7 - 26.
Other company correspondents include:
Folders 13 through 18 have more complete listings of the correspondents inside each folder.
M 317 Letcher Railroad Collection Addenda