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The focus of the CSRM Library collection is the history of railroads and railroading in California and the adjacent states from the 1850s to the present.

Stanford was the only university west of the Mississippi River to have a railroad library in the 1800s.

There are over 40,000 photographs arranged in albums by railroad, route, street or milepost location.

There are also corporate records for the Key System and Sacramento Northern as well as many of the smaller electric railway systems in northern California.

Major locations for railroad history research with websites and some email addresses are listed here.

Details about many of the locations are in Thomas T.

The Bancroft Library, which is the research library at Berkeley, has extensive railroad material, usually focused on California. Graves Pictorial Collection contains about 23,100 photographic prints arranged by Graves into 96 volumes.

Graves began collecting photographs about 1902, and continued to develop his collection until his death in 1971.

Set up in 1892 by Timothy Hopkins for his collection, it quadrupled in size by l895 when an inventory was published of its holdings.