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History of the American West

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| PRINT | Encyclopedias & Handbooks | Journals | Maps & Atlases | Documents |
| MICROFORM | Railroad Documents |

Online Resources

Databases & Websites

Alaska's Digital Archives
Arizona Archives Online
Online Archive of California
Online Archive of New Mexico

Northwest Digital Archives
Texas Archival Resources Online
Rocky Mountain Online Archive Primary sources for Colorado, New Mexico, and Wyoming.
Bill Lane Center for the Study of the North American West (Stanford University)
"California as I Saw It:" First-Person Narratives of California's Early Years, 1849-1900 (Library of Congress)
California Heritage Project (Bancroft Library, University of California Berkeley)
California Legislative Journal Appendixes, 1855-1893 (Stanford University)
California State Railroad Museum
Calisphere: A World of Digital Resources (University of California) Photographs, newspapers, works of art, diaries, oral histories, and other documents for California history.
Denver Public Library: Western History Resources
Parallel Histories: Spain, the United States, and the American Frontier (National Library of Spain and the Library of Congress)
The First American West: The Ohio River Valley 1750-1820 (American Memory, Library of Congress)
The Irish American West (Stanford Humanities Lab)
The Journals of the Lewis and Clark Expedition (University of Nebraska)
The Multicultural American West: A Resource Site (Washington State University)
The North American Indian (Northwestern University) Edward Sheriff Curtis' 20 volume The North American Indian (1907-1930) with narrative and photogravure images.
Sanborn Company Maps

Shaping San Francisco: A Multimedia History of San Francisco
Southern Oregon Digital Archives
University of the Pacific's Western Americana Collections
The Virtual Oral/Aural History Archive (Callifornia State University Long Beach)
Washington State Pioneer Life Database (University of Washington)
Western Americana Collection, The Bancroft Library (University of California Berkeley)
Western Americana Collection, Holt-Atherton Special Collections (University of the Pacific)

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Periodicals & Newspapers

California Newspaper Project Searchable catalog of nearly 15,000 California newspapers
California Digital Newspaper Collection Searchable facsimilies of selected California newspapers, including the Daily Alta California (1850-1890) and The Call (1899-1910).
Colorado's Historic Newspaper Collection (1859-1923) Searchable facsimilies of newspapers from around the state.
Los Angeles Times Historical (1881-1986) Stanford Only
San Francisco Chronicle Historical (1865-1922) Stanford Only

Sunset Magazine: A Century of Western Living, 1898-1998 (Stanford University Library) Online version of the book Sunset Magazine: 1898-1998. Includes a searchable bibliography.

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Print Resources

Encyclopedias & Handbooks

Encyclopedia of Women in the American West. Edited by Gordon Morris Bakken & Brenda Farrington.
Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, c2003.
Location: Green Library, Information Center: Non-circulating (HQ1438 .W45 E53 2003)

Oxford History of the American West. Edited by Clyde A. Milner II, Carol A. O'Connor, and Martha A. Sandweiss.
New York: Oxford University Press, 1994.
Location: Green Library, Information Center: Non-circulating (F591 .O95 1994)

The New Encyclopedia of the American West. Edited by Howard R. Lamar.
New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, c1998.
Location: Green Library ( F591 .N46 1998)
1) Lane Room: Non-circulating
2) Bender Room: Non-circulating

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Journals

Pacific Historical Review Electronic version available to Stanford-affiliated users at PCI
Library has: v.1-, 1932-
Location: Green Library, Latest yr. (or vol.) in Current Periodicals; earlier in Stacks (F851 .P18)

The Western Historical Quarterly
Library has: v.1-, 1970-
Electronic version available to Stanford-affiliated users at JSTOR and History Cooperative
Location: Green Library, Latest yr. (or vol.) in Current Periodicals; earlier in Stacks (F591.W463)

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Maps & Atlases

Atlas of the New West: Portrait of a Changing Region, Travis, William R.
Location: Green Library (G1380 .A74 1997 F)
1) Lane Room: Non-circulating
2) Social Sciences Resource Center: Atlas Shelves
3) Information Center: Non-circulating

Historical Atlas of California, Beck, Warren A.
Location: Green Library (G1526 .S1 B4 1974 F)
1) Information Center: Non-circulating
2) Lane Room: Non-circulating

Historical Atlas of the American West, Beck, Warren A.
Location: Green Library (G1381 .S1 B4 1989 F)
1) Stacks
2) Information Center: Non-circulating

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Documents

George E. Tillitson Collection on Railroads, 1880-1940
Summary: The collection covers almost every railroad that ever operated in the United States and Canada and includes some records of roads that were projected though never built, and some information on street car lines and electric interurban lines.
Location: Green Library, Department of Special Collections, M0165

Southern Pacific Railroad Company Records, 1895-1991.
Summary: Contains board minutes, ledgers, engineering report books, mechanical car books, maps, mechanical specifications, valuation maps, leases, and cash receipts for the Southern Pacific Company and more than 500 other companies acquired by the Southern Pacific Company between 1895 and 1991. The Southern Pacific Railroad was founded in 1865 and was purchased in 1869 by Collis Huntington, Leland Stanford, Charles Crocker and Mark Hopkins, better known as the Big Four. It was the first railroad to connect Los Angeles to the rest of California and its
lines extended as far as New Orleans. In 1901, the Union Pacific Railroad bought 38% of Southern Pacific stock and took control of the company, but the Union Pacific was ultimately forced to divest these shares in 1912 by the U.S. Supreme Court in an anti-trust case.
Finding aid available online.
Location: Green Library, Department of Special Collections, M1010

Southern Pacific Transportation Company Records, 1936-1954
Summary: Collection includes Southern Pacific dispatcher's daily train sheets and correspondence, a memorandum and a map regarding the sheets. The sheets are a
sampling from three stations (Los Angeles, Beaumont, and Mexicali, Baja).
Indexes: Unpublished guide available in Reading Room and online.
Location: Green Library, Department of Special Collections, JL015

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Microform Resources

Railroad Documents

Collis P. Huntington Papers, 1856-1901.
Sanford, NC: Microfilming Corporation of America, 1978-1979. 115 reels; 35 mm.
Contents: Series 1. Incoming correspondence, 1856-1904. (54 reels)--Series 2. Letterpress copy books, 1868-1901. (35 reels)--Series 3. Legal and financial records, 1797-1901 (23 reels)--Series 4. Personal papers, 1862-1901 (3 reels). For detailed contents see Collis P. Huntington Papers, 1856-1901, a Guide to the Microfilm Edition (Z6616.H74.C65) located in the Newspaper/Microtext Collection.
Location: Green Library, Media Microtext Collection, MFILM N.S. 2198

Great Northern Railway Company Papers
Saint Paul: Minnesota Historical Society, 1979. 14 microfilm reels; 35 mm.
Contents: Reel [1] Index to the subject files of the President (1 reel) -- Reel [2-5] Index to personnel files / Personnel Dept. (4 reels) -- Reel [6-12] Magazine and newspaper advertisements, articles, and publicity / Advertising/Publicity Dept. (7 reels) -- Reel [13] Steam locomotive records books, 1901-1956. v. 5-7 (1 reel) -- Reel [14] Steam locomotive diagram book, 1941 (1 reel).
Finding aids: An inventory and roll list that provide additional information about these materials are available in the Repository, filed as: M247, M379, M382, M462, and M518.
Location: Green Library, Media Microtext Collection, MFILM N.S. 15089

James Jerome Hill Papers: Letterpress Books, 1866-1916.
Saint Paul, MN: James Jerome Hill Reference Library, c1984. 48 reels; 35 mm.
Notes: Outgoing personal and business correspondence. Each reel includes Hill portrait and introductory information. Reels 17A, 21A-C, and 48A-B are retakes of otherwise illegible documents contained in reels 1-48.
Contents: Personal and private series, 1874, 1877-1916 (reels 1-17A) -- Pre-railroad business series, 1866-1878 (reels 18-21C) -- Railroad series, 1877-1898 (reels 22-48B)
For complete contents consult: A Guide to the James Jerome Hill Papers (HE2754.H5.A4 1985), located in Current Periodicals/Microtext.
Location: Green Library, Media Microtext Collection, MFILM N.S. 8002

Union Pacific Railroad. Subgroup 2, Office of the President
.
Lincoln, NE: Nebraska State Historical Society, [198-?]. 53 reels; 35 mm
Contents: Microfilm of the incoming correspondence (1869-1870) and outgoing correspondence (1869-1892) of the Office of the President of the Union Pacific Railroad.
Location: Green Library, Media Microtext Collection, MFILM N.S. 15986 SER.1-2; GUIDE HE2791 .U55 U54 1980Z

Union Pacific Railroad. Subgroup 3, Assistant to the President.
Lincoln, NE: Nebraska State Historical Society, [198-?]
Contents: Microfilm of the outgoing correspondance (1885-1891) of the
Assistant to the President of the Union Pacific Railroad.
Location: Green Library, Media Microtext Collection, MFILM N.S. 15989

Union Pacific Railroad. Subgroup 4, Office of the Vice-President.
Lincoln, NE: Nebraska State Historical Society, [198-?]. 23 reels; 35 mm.
Contents: Microfilm of records from the Office of the Vice-President of the Union Pacific Railroad. Series 3 consists of the papers of Thomas Clark Durant, who was vice-president of Union Pacific Railroad (1862-1869) and was also involved in the formation of Credit Mobilier of America. Ser. 1. Correspondence (1 reel) -- ser. 2. Outgoing correspondence (2 reels) -- ser. 3. Durant papers, Levi Leonard collection (20 reels).
Location: Green Library, Media Microtext Collection, MFILM 16000 Ser. 1-3; GUIDE HE2791 .U55 U55 1980Z

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