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Louis P. Hopkins autobiography and mementos

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: Ax 229

Scope and Contents

The collection (1910-1955) contains his autobiography, "A Lifetime of Railroading,” and mementos including photographs of the construction of Tunnel No. 10 on the line between Santa Margarite and San Luis Obispo, California, a press book of the Southern Pacific train, "Shasta Daylight," and other railroad photographs.


  • 1910-1955


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to the public. Collection must be used in Special Collections and University Archives Reading Room. Collection or parts of collection may be stored offsite. Please contact Special Collections and University Archives in advance of your visit to allow for transportation time.

Conditions Governing Use

Property rights reside with Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries. Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish collection materials must be submitted to Special Collections and University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Biographical / Historical

Louis P. Hopkins was the division superintendent of the Southern Pacific Railroad. He was born in Wheeling, West Virginia, and came to California in 1906. His career is described in his autobiography, "A Lifetime of Railroading.”


0.5 linear feet (1 container)

Language of Materials



Louis P. Hopkins was the division superintendent of the Southern Pacific Railroad. The collection (1910-1955) contains Hopkin's autobiography, and mementos including photographs the construction of railroad tunnels.

Physical Description

1 manuscript box.

Processing Information

Collection processed by staff in the 1970s, and Tanya Parlet, 2013.

This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.

This collection received a basic level of processing including minimal to no organization and rehousing.

Description information is drawn in part from information supplied with the collection and initial surveys of the contents.

Guide to the Louis P. Hopkins Autobiography and Mementos
Complete Description
Tanya Parlet
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.
Funding for production of this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC)

Repository Details

Part of the University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives Repository

1299 University of Oregon
Eugene OR 97403-1299 USA