Mattoon's guide at the Lake Forest College library special collections department.
Notes: Email addresses are sometimes those of individuals, and subject to change.
Some materials in the collection are housed off site.
Please contact library staff in advance of your visit to be certain the collection you want to see will be available.
Set up in 1892 by Timothy Hopkins for his collection, it quadrupled in size by l895 when an inventory was published of its holdings.
In l936 it was renamed Hopkins Transportation Library.
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.
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.
Collections also cover selected railroad topics throughout North America, including Canada, Mexico, and Central America.
Addresses in the table are generally mailing addresses.
See website or use telephone contact for visiting directions.
Major locations for railroad history research with websites and some email addresses are listed here.