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The American Libraries collection includes material contributed from across the United States. Institutions range from the Library of Congress to many local public libraries. As a whole, this collection of material brings holdings that cover many facets of American life and scholarship into the public domain. Significant portions of this collection have been generously sponsored by Microsoft, Yahoo!, The Sloan Foundation, and others.


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Group portrait of Western Pacific Railroad employee band. The photograph appears to have been taken in Capitol Park.
Topics: californialightandsound, californiapreservationservice, Railroads
Jun Oyama (left, at 12 years old), with two others (unidentified), at the Evergreen Hostel (later called [Fellowship House?]) in Boyle Heights. Jun and his family were living in the hostel after they were released from the Granada Relocation Center in Granada, Colorado, also known as Amache, at the end of World War II. This image was provided by Jun Oyama and Jennifer Oyama for inclusion in the Foto East LA collection.
Topics: californialightandsound, californiapreservationservice, World War, 1939-1945--Japanese Americans,...
Camera Day at Belvedere Junior High School (later called Belvedere Middle School) and some students are pictured looking for an image to capture, East Los Angeles. This image was provided by Vibiana Aparicio-Chamberlin for inclusion in the Foto East LA collection.
Topics: californialightandsound, californiapreservationservice, Junior high school...
Southern Pacific Railroad recipe booklet "Our Dining Car Recipes."
Topics: californialightandsound, californiapreservationservice, Food
Loading ice into the top compartment of a refrigerator car. The reefer was basically an insulated box car with ice compartments, called bunkers, at both ends. Corner roof hatches permitted checking or replenishing the ice supply.
Topics: californialightandsound, californiapreservationservice, Railroads
California State Library
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Amelia Earhart, forced to land by engine problems and transported back to Los Angeles by Standard Oil Company, Taft, California, 1932 Preserved by the California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP) .
Topics: californialightandsound, californiapreservationservice, Shades of California -- Taft, Kern County,...
Early Vermont Postcards Collection
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Soil erosion and damaged houses on Powers Hill in Proctor, Vermont, from Flood of Nov. 4, 1927 This is a scanned copy of the original postcard at Middlebury College Special Collections and Archives, Middlebury, VT.
Topics: Proctor (Vt.), Flood, 1927, Postcards
An aerial view of the beanfields in the San Fernando Valley from the summit of Topanga Canyon Blvd. in Topanga circa 1920. This image was provided by Lynn Dickhoff for inclusion in the Topanga Digital History collection.
Topics: californialightandsound, californiapreservationservice, San Fernando Valley (Calif.)--Aerial views,...
Sabotage of train along what is now the Yolo Causeway, between Sacramento and Davis. The American Railway Union called for a national boycott of the use of Pullman sleeping cars June 27, 1894. Strikers took control of stations and railway yards in many California cities and greatly disrupted service. Federal troops were called up in early July to restore the flow of goods and mail. The strike ended July 20.
Topics: californialightandsound, californiapreservationservice, Railroads, 1890-1899
Fresno County Public Library
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Series Title : Shades of Fresno Collection Description : Lisle Boys Choir, comprised [sic] of boys from all religious, ethnic and social backgrounds. Performed for over 20 years. Source : 1 Page of 1: Photograph(5.5 x 7 cm.) Call Number : 98-04-013 Digitized by California Revealed .
Topics: californialightandsound, californiarevealed
These images were taken by WMATA photographer Larry Levine and relate to to the construction and planning of the The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority system.
Topics: ms2374, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) records
Middlebury College Map Collection
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Color maps of Lincoln Village, Lincoln Centre, Lincoln, South Lincoln and Addison, Vermont
Topics: Lincoln (Vt.), maps
Middlebury Special Collections
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7 x 9.5 cm b&w photograph I.5, Box 4, Folder 13-320 Photograph of Mr. Cuthbert and Mrs. Mary Powell ? This is a scanned version of the original image in the Helen Hartness Flanders Collection, Middlebury College Special Collections and Archives, Middlebury, VT.
Topics: Cuthbert and Mary Powell?, Unknown location, Photographs
Middlebury Special Collections
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3.5 x 3.5 cm b&w photograph I.5, Box 3, Folder 01-108 Portrait of Sam Henry This is a scanned version of the original image in the Helen Hartness Flanders Collection, Middlebury College Special Collections and Archives, Middlebury, VT.
Topics: Henry, Sam, Unknown location, Photographs
60 x 140 cm map. Includes a table of distances from Boston to New York. Shows rail lines from Burlington, Vt., south to Bellows Falls in Windham Co., Vt., and includes drainage and topography on both sides of the line. Indicates county and township boundaries. Chartered November 1, 1843. Name changed November 6, 1847. Includes inset: [Railroads between Montreal, Canada and Burlington, Vermont.]
Topics: Vermont, maps
Celebration for arrival of the first 3-cylinder compound 4-10-2 class of locomotive, 5000 series. It was the first 4-10-2 locomotive built for the SP. View is looking east. Both ends of the Roundhouse are visible.
Topics: californialightandsound, californiapreservationservice, Railroads, 1920-1929
This diminutive steam locomotive was built for the Central Pacific Railroad by Danforth, Cooke and Company of Paterson, New Jersey in 1863. Shipped from New York around Cape Horn, it arrived in San Francisco March 19, 1864. The C.P. Huntington (No. 3 of the Central Pacific Railroad) was used in the construction of the transcontinental railroad.  In 1871 it was transferred to the newly organized Southern Pacific Railroad and renumbered No. 1. From 1894 on the C. P. Huntington became a symbol of...
Topics: californialightandsound, californiapreservationservice, Railroads, 1860-1869
Celebration for arrival of a new 3-cylinder compound 4-10-2 class of locomotive, 5000 series.
Topics: californialightandsound, californiapreservationservice, Railroads, 1920-1929
These images were taken by WMATA photographer Larry Levine and relate to to the construction and planning of the The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority system.
Topics: ms2374, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) records
California State Library
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Elkhorn Ferry, Yolo County, CA, 1947
Topics: californialightandsound, californiapreservationservice, Elkhorn Ferry, Yolo County, CA
California State Library
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Sarah Brattin's Millinery Shop, Winters, CA, ca. 1912. Shown: Sarah Brattin, her son William Brattin.
Topics: californialightandsound, californiapreservationservice, Millinery Shop, Winters, CA, Winters, CA,...
California State Library
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Karen Karasawa on her bicycle, East Whittier, CA, June, 1974
Topics: californialightandsound, californiapreservationservice, Shades of California -- Whittier,...
Southern Pacific Railroad steam locomotive No. 2371 was built at the Sacramento Shops (the first 4-6-0 of the new century), outshopped in November of 1917 and placed into service November 24, 1917. This locomotive was scrapped in 1954.
Topics: californialightandsound, californiapreservationservice, Railroads, 1920-1929
George Washington University Libraries
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These images were taken by WMATA photographer Larry Levine and relate to to the construction and planning of the The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority system.
Topics: ms2374, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) records
George Washington University Libraries
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These images were taken by WMATA photographer Larry Levine and relate to to the construction and planning of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority system.
Topics: ms2374, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) records
George Washington University Libraries
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These images were taken by WMATA photographer Larry Levine and relate to to the construction and planning of the The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority system.
Topics: ms2374, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) records
Early Vermont Postcards Collection
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Railroad station in Hardwick, Vermont, with several people on the platform and freight cars on the tracks. This is a scanned copy of the original postcard at Middlebury College Special Collections and Archives, Middlebury, VT.
Topics: Railroad stations, Hardwick (Vt.), Postcards
Central Pacific No. 48, built at the Sacramento Shops, was placed into service September 23, 1868 as a 4-6-0T locomotive. It was rebuilt as a 4-4-0, nearly a completely new locomotive, and placed into service April 23, 1883 with a tender. The locomotive was renumbered 1366 in 1891. It served as a prototype design for additional 4-4-0 locomotives built at the Sacramento Shops in the 1880s.
Topics: californialightandsound, californiapreservationservice, Railroads
Poster advertising Southern Pacific Railroad's Netherlands Route. The artist is Randal William Borough. 3000 copies of this poster (SP No. A 58) were issued September 12, 1911.
Topics: californialightandsound, californiapreservationservice, Railroads, 1910-1919
Mountain View Public Library
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Description : The Campbells. Upper row: Pete Malone, George Campbell Jr, Mrs. Margaret Campbell, Brill Campbell, Ed Burke, George Campbell, Henry Campbell. Lower row: Tom Campbell, Jack Campbell, Dan Burke, Jim Campbell, Harry Burke. Mountain View, California. Source : 1 Page of 1: Photograph (9 x 9 cm.) Call Number : PHA P28 Digitized by California Revealed .
Topics: californialightandsound, californiarevealed
California State Library
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Joe Irwin and brother-in-law Mike Irwin, Long Beach, California, ca. 1951. Preserved by the California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP) .
Topics: californialightandsound, californiapreservationservice, Shades of California -- Long Beach, Beach...
Built by the Danforth Locomotive and Machine Company, this 4-6-0 steam locomotive was outshopped April 1868 and placed into service November 5, 1868. It was renumbered to 1543 in 1891, and scrapped May 1903.
Topics: californialightandsound, californiapreservationservice, Railroads, 1860-1869
End and side view of PFE ventilated refrigerator car No. 12, built in 1906 and rebuilt 1928.
Topics: californialightandsound, californiapreservationservice, Railroads, 1920-1929
Isabel Luna Aparicio (photo donor's mother) vacationing with her family at "Tin Can Beach" (now Bolsa Chica State Beach), located in Huntington Beach, a city in Orange County, California. She is standing with both of her hands on her hips, looking for her five children. She is wearing baggy bloomers and a sleevless, three button blouse. To the side of her is a combo beach umbrella-tent and some of her belongings. Photo taken in the 1950's. This image was provided by Vibiana...
Topics: californialightandsound, californiapreservationservice, Aparicio, Isabel Luna,...
Southern Pacific steam locomotives Nos. 1, C. P. Huntington, and No. 2839 posed in front of the north side of the Office Building. Bay 25, at the southwest corner of the Machine Shops, is to left. The Machine Shop bays were numbered north to south. The C. P. Huntington is now on display at the California State Railroad Museum. Class C steam locomotive No. 2839 was built at the Sacramento Shops and placed into service on August 31, 1917. It was scrapped in Sacramento on December 19, 1952.
Topics: californialightandsound, californiapreservationservice, Railroads, 1910-1919
California State Library
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Skydivers posing on plane over Taft, California, ca. 1970. Preserved by the California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP) .
Topics: californialightandsound, californiapreservationservice, Shades of California -- Taft, Kern County,...
California State Library
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Folsom Prison warden, Clarence Larkin entering the first gate, Folsom, CA, ca. 1930. He was killed during a 1937 prison riot. Preserved by the California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP) .
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Middlebury College Archival Images
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Merritt Garland, a reserve in the backfield, playing his first year of Varsity football
Topics: Football, Garland, Merritt, College sports
Source: Middlebury College Special Collections & Archives: a10pfmcnb01-07-1939-06p
California State Library
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Fox Theater reopening, Taft, California, May 1, 1951. Preserved by the California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP) .
Topics: californialightandsound, californiapreservationservice, Shades of California -- Taft, Kern County,...
Side view of a tank car designed to carry grape products, such as wine.
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Topics: californialightandsound, californiapreservationservice, Railroads
California State Railroad Museum Library
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3,000 copies of Southern Pacific poster A 183 were issued September 23, 1930 to advertise connections to the Railway Express Agency services.
Topics: californialightandsound, californiapreservationservice, Railroads, 1930-1939
These images were taken by WMATA photographer Larry Levine and relate to to the construction and planning of the The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority system.
Topics: ms2374, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) records
Map of the village of Middlebury in Addison County, Vermont, with inset illustrations of Jason Davenport's foundry and machine shop, the Addison House (now the Middlebury Inn) and the Congregational Church, and a list of subscribers
Topics: Middlebury (Vt.), maps
Vermont Railroads Collection
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Central Vermont locomotive 5810 on turntable, with repair shop in the background.
Topics: Central Vermont Railway Co., Railroad repair shops, Vermont
Source: Gift of Warren Dodgson
Early Vermont Postcards Collection
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Washed out tracks of Central Vermont Railway Co. after flood of Nov. 4, 1927 This is a scanned copy of the original postcard at Middlebury College Special Collections and Archives, Middlebury, VT.
Topics: Central Vermont Railway Co., Flood, 1927, Postcards
Two workmen are standing by several steam boilers close to a set of steps leading down to the quarry. A flatbed railroad car is on tracks close to the quarry, and there is a windowless shed to the left. This is a scanned copy of the original postcard at Middlebury College Special Collections and Archives, Middlebury, VT.
Topics: Marble industry and trade, West Rutland (Vt.), Postcards
California State Library
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Vic Borrecco, Ed Bingham, Margo Brown (Miss Kern County), Glenn Black, Taft, California, 1956. Preserved by the California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP) .
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California State Library
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Winthrop Guyan Meade and Lettie Meade at the Pike amusement part, Long Beach, California, ca. 1908. Preserved by the California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP) .
Topics: californialightandsound, californiapreservationservice, Shades of California -- Long Beach, Beach...
Postmarked Aug. 10, 1948. Mailed to Mrs. F.H. Warren, New Canaan, Connecticut. Big house hotel at Bonnie Oaks, on Lake Morey, Fairlee, Vermont. This is a scanned copy of the original postcard at Middlebury College Special Collections and Archives, Middlebury, VT.
Topics: Hotels, Fairlee (Vt.), Postcards
Glendale Library, Arts & Culture
by Ledger Newspapers
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Description : L.A. in only 48 hours newspaper photo from Ledger Newspaper with Moseley, Lindberghs and Mary Pickford with "City of Angels" flight. Source : 1 Page of 1: Photograph Digitized by California Revealed .
Topics: californialightandsound, californiarevealed
The shipment of live chickens in special hen house cars was once commonplace in America between 1890 and 1950. One such company to bring live domestic fowl to market was the Palace Poultry Car Company organized in 1924. Poultry car had wire mesh sides with the interior divided into a multi-level series of inidividual coops, each fitted with feed and water troughs. Some cars could hold over 4,000 birds and also a carman who fed his traveling companions en route.
Topics: californialightandsound, californiapreservationservice, Railroads
Butte County Library
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Description:  Old School house on Oroville - Quincy road. Old card reads "Old abandoned school house on old Oroville Quincy Road between Bush (sic) [Brush] Creek and Mountain House. W.R. Parker, past Pres. of Butte County Historical Society holds up old agate marble he found in the dooryard." Print only Source :  1 Page of 1 : Photograph ( 3.5 x 5 in. ) Collection Title : Talbitzer Collection Call Number : 0000-000-3715 Digitized by  California Revealed .
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Central City Public Library Yearbooks
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Central City High School (Central City, NE) yearbook, 1977.
Topics: Bison, The Bison, 1977 Yearbooks, Central City, Nebraska, Central City Public Library, Central City...
Middlebury College Archival Images
by C. Parker, Washington D.C. photographer
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Portrait of Timothy Clark Smith, M.D., Middlebury College Alumnus, Class of 1842; Staff Surgeon in the Russian army, 1855-1856; born in Monkton, Vt.; physician; U.S. Consul at Odessa, Russia, 1861-1875, at Galatz, 1878-1883; died in Middlebury, Vt.; (right-facing portrait) Title supplied by cataloger This is a scanned version of the original image in Special Collections and Archives at Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vt.
Topics: Middlebury College, Alumni and alumnae, Smith, Timothy C. (Timothy Clark), 1821-1893
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George Washington University Libraries
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These images were taken by WMATA photographer Larry Levine and relate to to the construction and planning of the The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority system.
Topics: ms2374, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) records
California State Library
by Frederick-Burkett Foto Service
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Automobile-related businesses, Sacramento, CA, September 4, 1935. Fred P. Fritz and William H. Bartlett shops were at 1615 J Street; Sadler Brothers Tire Company, in background, was at 911 16th Street.
Topics: californialightandsound, californiapreservationservice, Streets -- Sacramento, CA, Buildings --...
Passengers gather on the observation platform of Western Pacific's "Scenic Limited" passenger train, a partnership with the Denver and Rio Grande Western, Missouri Pacific and Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroads to provide service between Chicago or St. Louis to San Francisco.
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Topics: californialightandsound, californiapreservationservice, Railroads, 1930-1939
California State Library
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Amy, Hortencia, and Lila Montoya costumed for audition in movie Waikiki Wedding, 1938
Topics: californialightandsound, californiapreservationservice, Shades of California -- Whittier, Children
Central Pacific Railroad steam locomotive No. 1536 was out-shopped in April of 1868 by McKay and Aldus as CP No. 68, Peoquop. It was rebuilt in December of 1891 with a new H. J. Small-designed standard boiler and other improvements. In 1901 it was renumbered 2001. The 4-6-0 locomotive was scrapped September 26, 1933 at the Brooklyn yards. This photograph was taken in Tracy.
Topics: californialightandsound, californiapreservationservice, Railroads, 1890-1899
George Washington University Libraries
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These images were taken by WMATA photographer Larry Levine and relate to to the construction and planning of the The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority system.
Topics: ms2374, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) records
California State Library
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Fox Senator Theater, 912 K Street, Sacramento, CA, ca. 1953
Topics: californialightandsound, californiapreservationservice, Fox Senator Theater, Sacramento, CA,...
Southern Pacific Railroad steam locomotive No. 1, C.P. Huntington, inside the Machine Shop (later called the Erecting Shop).
Topics: californialightandsound, californiapreservationservice, Railroads, 1910-1919
The Oakland, Antioch & Eastern Railway, a standard gauge electric line, was incorporated March 28, 1911. It opened for traffic to Sacramento on September 3, 1913. The OA&E was sold to the San Francisco-Sacramento Railroad Company on January 26, 1920.
Topics: californialightandsound, californiapreservationservice, Railroads, 1910-1919
Railroad station, with onlookers waiting in horse-drawn carriage, and dirt road insterecting rail lines, Danville, Vermont. This is a scanned copy of the original postcard at Middlebury College Special Collections and Archives, Middlebury, VT.
Topics: Railroad stations, Danville, Postcards
LA County Library
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Tom Martinez (right) and his brother, Phillip Martinez (left), are wearing Felix the Cat and Donald Duck halloween costumes and masks at the Harrison Elementary Street School Halloween parade. In the background are other students sitting down and a view of the back of the school and brick building in City Terrace. This image was provided by Thomas B. Martinez for inclusion in the Foto East LA collection.
Topics: californialightandsound, californiapreservationservice, Martinez, Tom--California--East Los...
25 x 20.5 cm b&w photograph I.5, Box 4, Folder 09-266 In the photograph, reading from left to right, upper row step: Dr. Woodworth, Wallace; Olney, Marguerite; Professor Ballantine, Edward; Moses, Johnathan, singer; bottom step, Davis, Asa, singer; Granny, Fish, singer; Flanders, Hartness Helen, and Dr. Leichtentritt. This photograph proved to be the last of some fifteen programs with "Granny Fish" (as Lena Bourne Fish preferred to be known). This is a scanned version of the...
Topics: Group photos, Harvard (Mass.), Photographs
These images were taken by WMATA photographer Larry Levine and relate to to the construction and planning of the The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority system.
Topics: ms2374, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) records
California State Library
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Jerry Lee and his 1961 Mercury at Fort Ord, CA, September, 1961. Preserved by the California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP) .
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California State Library
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Tom the mountain lion hugging Gordon Brong, who started the Folsom Zoo, Folsom, CA Preserved by the California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP) .
Topics: californialightandsound, californiapreservationservice, Shades of California -- Folsom, Folsom Zoo,...
George Washington University Libraries
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These images were taken by WMATA photographer Larry Levine and relate to to the construction and planning of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority system.
Topics: ms2374, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) records
Canadian National Railway Station in Island Pond, Vermont, with commercial buildings in background This is a scanned copy of the original postcard at Middlebury College Special Collections and Archives, Middlebury, VT.
Topics: Railroad stations, Island Pond, Postcards
Southern Pacific Railroad steam locomotive No. 1, "C. P. Huntington" posed next to a new 4-6-0 steam locomotive. The "C.P. Huntington" is now on display at the California State Railroad Museum.
Topics: californialightandsound, californiapreservationservice, Railroads, 1890-1899
Elsie(9), Jenny, and Johnny(12) Olvera fixing Mexican-American food, Richmond, CA, ca. 1945
Topics: californialightandsound, californiapreservationservice, Shades of California -- Richmond
One of very few SP-built wood ice-cooled refrigerator cars, outshopped July 31, 1902, at the Sacramento Shops.
Topics: californialightandsound, californiapreservationservice, Railroads, 1900-1909
Middlebury Special Collections
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5.5 x 17 cm b&w photograph I.5, Box 4, Folder 06-186 Portrait of Asa Davis This is a scanned version of the original image in the Helen Hartness Flanders Collection, Middlebury College Special Collections and Archives, Middlebury, VT.
Topics: Davis, Asa, Flanders, Helen Hartness, Photographs