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Santa Fe Railroad Records

Identifier: RG D 0004

Scope and Contents

The Santa Fe Railroad Collection consists of materials dealing with the administration and operation of the Gulf, Colorado, and Santa Fe Railroad Company from 1897 to 1968. Much of the collection deals with the legal aspects of the Company's operation including relationships with other railroads, corporations, the states and the federal government. The collection also contains information pertaining to company mergers, litigation, and laws as well as information on subjects such as the depression, segregation, the New Deal and World War II as they involved railroad management.

The types of material include company correspondence (which constitutes the bulk of the collection), legal documents, legal briefs, company and governmental reports, government documents and some correspondence from private individuals. A few charts and blueprints are also included.


  • 1897-1968

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish or reproduce materials from the Santa Fe Railroad Records must be obtained from the Houston Metropolitan Research Center or the appropriate copyright holder.

Biographical / Historical

Started in 1873, the initial goal of the Gulf, Colorado, and Santa Fe Railroad Company was to build a railroad from Galveston through to Santa Fe while avoiding Houston. In 1886 the company was acquired by the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad Company but continued operation mostly independently. This continued into the early 1900s, but slowly the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroad began to take over control of many of the Gulf, Colorado, and Santa Fe-managed tracks. By 1965, the Gulf, Colorado, and Santa Fe Railroad was completly absorbed into the parent Atichison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroad Company.


221 Linear Feet (408 boxes)

Language of Materials



The collection's arrangement follows as closely as possible the original system of folder subject headings. The current collection hierarchy includes four series and nine sub-series.

I. General Business Records

II. Legal Records i. Legal Files #3-#918 ii. Legal Files #919-#1911 iii. Legal Files #1912-#2989 iv. Legal Files #2990-#4668, #B-1-#B-30, and unknown file numbers v. Attorney Contracts III. Operational Records i. General Notices ii. Operational Files #12-#238, #1493-2653 iii. Operational Files #2654-#4222 iv. Operational Files #2332-#4325 IV. Payroll Records

Santa Fe Railroad Records
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Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Houston Metropolitan Research Center Repository


The African American Library at the Gregory School
1300 Victor Street
Houston, Texas 77019
Houston Metropolitan Research Center
Houston Public Library
550 McKinney St.
Houston, Texas 77002