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David L. Stearns collection, 1942-1971

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Stearns, David L.
Title
David L. Stearns collection
Dates
1942-1971 (inclusive)
Quantity
6 cubic feet , (16 document boxes (containing 48 original volumes))
Collection Number
Mss 2099
Summary
The collection contains research notes, maps, plans, photographs, and memorabilia regarding railroading and steamboating in the West.
Repository
Oregon Historical Society, Davies Family Research Library
Davies Family Research Library
Oregon Historical Society
1200 SW Park Avenue
Portland, OR
97205
Telephone: 503-306-5240
Fax: 503-219-2040
libreference@ohs.org
Access Restrictions

The collection is open to the public.

Languages
English.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

David Lloyd Stearns was a collector of railroad and streetcar memorabilia and active in the National Model Railway Association. He was a resident of Portland, Oregon and was involved in several businesses there, including the Tux-Away gravestone company.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection contains research notes, maps, plans, photographs, and memorabilia regarding railroading and steamboating in the U.S. West. Included is information on logging railroads, narrow gauge railroads, electric railways, including the Oregon Electric Railway Company, and electric railways in Portland, Oregon; Boise, Idaho; and California; plus data regarding steamship and navigation companies in the West.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

The Oregon Historical Society is the owner of the materials in the Research Library and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. Written permission must be obtained from the Research Library prior to any use of reproductions. The Society does not necessarily hold copyright to all the materials in the collections. In some cases, permission for use of reproductions may require seeking additional authorization from the copyright holders.

Preferred Citation

David L. Stearns papers, Mss 2099, Oregon Historical Society Research Library

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

Series A:  Personal memorabilia, 1947-1969Return to Top

Arranged in volume order.
Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/1-1/2
Volume 1: N.M.R.A. and P.N.R. memories
1951-1952
1/3-1/4
Volume 2: Travel
Including Boring to Oregon City excursions and Seattle to Skagit River Railway excursion.
1953
2/1
Volume 3: Travel
Including Eastern Oregon and Washington (UP MAW Line), Lewiston, and British Columbia.
1954
2/2-2/3
Volume 4: Memories
Including Pacific Great Eastern Railway.
1954-1956
2/4
Volume 5: Memories
Including Long Beach, California and Phoenix, Arizona.
1957-1958
3/1
Volume 6: Personal memorabilia
Including logging camps.
1957-1960
3/2-3/3
Volume 7: Memories
Including Idaho; University of Oregon; Sacramento River; Eureka, California; Idaho; Washington; Portland Zoo; Sumpter Valley, Oregon.
1962-1966
4/1
Volume 8: Memories
Including Eastern Oregon; Roaring Camp and Big Trees; and Branford Trolley Museum.
1967-1969
4/2
Volume 9: Overseas friends and railways
1948-1953
5/3
Volume 13: Foreign railways and tramways
Including trips to Mexico, Cuba, and overseas.
circa 1947-1967
15/4
Volume 47: 17th N.M.R.A. Convention, Portland, Oregon, August 21 to 24, 1952
Includes photographs of event and outing.
1952
16/1
Volume 48: Memories and memberships
Including membership cards for N.M.R.A., railroad, and history organizations. Also includes personal photos.
circa 1950-1969

Series B:  General papers, 1942-1971Return to Top

Arranged in volume order.
Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
4/3
Volume 10: V & S, The Cordwood Limited (railway modeling)
circa 1956-1971
4/4
Volume 11: N.M.R.A manual (National Model Railroad Association)
circa 1961
5/2
Volume 12: Pacific Coast Chapter, Railway and Locomotive Historical Society -- restorations and events
Includes historical photographs.
1966-1968
5/4
Volume 14: Logging and miscellaneous railways
Includes historical photographs.
undated
5/5
Volume 15: Photograph album
Includes historical photographs.
undated
6/1
Volume 16: Miscellaneous railroad photographs
Includes historical photographs.
undated
6/2
Volume 17: Photographs by Henry R. Griffiths
1966-1969
6/3-6/4
Volume 18: Basic data I -- Short-Line Railways of the West
From contents: "The Iron Pioneers. The Slim Gaugers: a record of the narow gauge railroads of the West -- before the days of Challengers, Chiefs and Champions!"
6/5
Volume 19: Basic data II -- Miscellaneous railway data
Including Portland, Oregon streetcar lines and routes
circa 1960
7/1
Volume 20: Narrow Gauges
Including Oregonian Railway Company, P&W.V., D.S. & G.R., Pedro Valley & Alverado, Ilwaco R&N, Walla Walla & Columbia River, and Kaslo & Slocan.
1942-1964
7/2
Volume 21: Storage Battery Lines in the West
circa 1960-1967
7/3
Volume 22: Ilwaco Railroad and Navigation Company, "The Clamshell Railroad"
Manuscript and notes "being a few memories of the late lamented Ilwaco Railroad and Navigation Company" (1888-1930).
undated
7/4
Volume 23: Detail parts -- car builders in the Northwest
circa 1957-1961
7/5
Volume 24: Miscellaneous photographs and research notes & letters
1962-1967
7/6
Volume 25: Official railroad timetables
Alphabetical from Albuquerque to Pacific Great Eastern Railway Company.
1948-1958
8/1
Volume 26: Portland Zoo Railroad and Transportation Museum
1958-1966
8/2
Volume 27: Annual data, Portland street railways, 1888-1902
circa 1955-1958
8/3
Volume 28: Portland street railways -- Franchises and Projected Railways in and around Portland, Oregon
Including trucks identification list; early franchise data; "My Trolley Book, Everything BUT Portland, Oregon."
circa 1954
8/4-8/5
Volume 29: Portland street railways
Including horse drawn days, steam dummies, the cable lines, and the nondescripts in Portland
1955-1970
9/1-9/2
Volume 30: Portland street railways -- early electric line, 42" gauge
circa 1955-1968
9/3-9/4
Volume 31: Portland street railways -- P.R.L. & P. company, 42" gauge
circa 1955-1968
10/1-10/2
Volume 32: Portland street railways -- P.R.L. & P. company, 56 1/2" gauge, Volume 1
circa 1955-1968
10/3-10/4
Volume 33: Portland street railways -- P.R.L. & P. company, 56 1/2" gauge, Volume 2
circa 1955-1968
11/1
Volume 34: O.E. & U. Railways (Oregon Electric & United Railways)
circa 1958-1961
11/2
Volume 35: S.P. in Oregon (Southern Pacific)
circa 1955-1968
11/3-12/1
Volume 36: Other cities (Oregon streetcars)
circa 1958
12/2
Volume 37: Affiliates, Southern Washington electric roads
Includes Centralia, Chehalis, Vancouver, Walla Walla, Yakima.
circa 1958
12/3-12/4
Volume 38: Washington, British Columbia, Alaska, Montana, Miscellaneous
circa 1955-1968
12/5-13/1
Volume 39: Boise area photographs
circa 1955-1968
13/2
Volume 40: Idaho -- Lewiston-Clarkston, Camus Prairie, Craig Mountain, and Nez Perce.
From contents: "The Snake, the Lokeys and the Paddlewheels: A story of transportation in the Inland Empire by Ivan Ergish and David L. Stearns."
undated
14/1
Volume 41: Electric railways -- California, the East, and overseas
circa 1955-1968
14/2
Volume 42: Photographs
1967-1968
14/3
Volume 43: Photograph album
Includes historical photographs.
undated
14/4
Volume 44: Photographs
Includes historical photographs.
undated
15/1-15/2
Volume 45: The Rivers
Mainly photographs
circa 1955-1968
15/3
Volume 46: River -- Steamer and navigation
Includes notes on the Columbia, Willamette, Snake, and Okanogan, etc.
circa 1966-1968
16/2
Volume 49: Steam on the Shasta Route
undated