Re: U of Cal library


Jack Burgess
 

Dave wrote:
OTOH if you go to Berkeley and visit the Bancroft Library, be sure to
check out the contents of the Roy Graves collection. Almost 5000 rail
oriented photos,
most of which are from central California, and at least some have to
include
freight cars.
I haven't checked out any of the Graves photos except his Yosemite Valley
Railroad photos. There are 58 Graves photos of the YV of which about half
are locomotive photos. About a quarter are from the two fan trip excursions
in 1944 and 1945. The rest are stations, cabooses (2 shots) and one of a M
of W crane. There are also copies of some "historic" photos that show up in
a number of collections. There aren't any freight car photos in his YV
stuff. This is typical for collections of that period since a significant
portion of the rail photography hobby was trading negatives of locomotives.
There were exceptions for west coast railfans such as Paul Darrell (who was
considered "odd" <g>) since he liked freight cars. And, of course, W.C.
Whittaker was taking freight car photos. But, at least based on his YV
photos, Graves wasn't taking many freight car photos. Maybe Graves shot more
freight cars for the large carriers such as the SP and WP but most of this
collection, as I recall, was California short lines....

Jack Burgess
www.yosemitevalleyrr.com

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