Monday, June 26, 2006

Question about trc construction photos

From: "Glenn Willumson" Gwillumson@arts.ufl.edu

This is a question that has bothered me for several years now and I'm hoping that someone on this listserve might help me with the answer.

In the forward to George Kraus' High Road to Promontory he writes: "Hart's stereos and captions are a significant contribution to this book, as are the detailed description of many of Hart's photographs provided by Central Pacific chief engineer Samuel S. Montague and his assistant, J. M. Graham."

My question is where the "detailed descriptions" might be located. I have visited the major repositories of the photos and transcontinental railroad archives, most recently the California State Railroad Museum, but no one seems to have descriptions from the nineteenth century nor has anyone been able to suggest where I might find descriptions of the Hart stereos by Montague or Graham.

If anyone has any suggestions, I would be very grateful to hear them.

Thank you.

—Glenn Willumson