As a result Stanford has one of the four or five greatest collections of railroad books and ephemera in the U.
S.--both pertaining to specific railroads and on railroading subjects. The Tillitson collection is mostly common notes on about 15,000 steam and electric railroads taken from magazine articles and Poors with less than a page of information.
The California State Railroad Museum Library provides public access to the museum's documentary collections.
Library hours are Tuesday through Saturday from to p.m., except state holidays.
Foreign material comprises annual reports of pre nationalized countries going back into the 1800s and some timetables plus other archival material. railroads almost entirely annual reports going back to the l860s with a few tariffs of post l940s which are indicated by an X in the Archives column.
In the 1960s the contents of this library were disbursed thruout Stanford's various libraries. The Hoover Institute, which is not part of Green Library, has extensive Russian railroad material.
Green Library: The library has a large amount of foreign railroad material, particularly on England. Collections include Phil Middlebrook, who was in train service for the Santa Fe and carried a camera with him while on duty; "Pete" Groome, a large number of Colorado Midland photos; 616 negatives of various railroads that cannot be attributed to any photographer; and Ed Ripley (grandson of E. Ripley, president of the Santa Fe), red-boarderd Kodachrome stereo slides of chapter activities, UP and SP steam, and Santa Fe trains. Brayer, archivist for the Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad, as Colorado State Archivist in January 1944.
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.