Southern Pacific Company Train Robbery Records, 1892-1940

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Southern Pacific Company Train Robbery Records, 1892-1940

Collection number: BANC MSS C-A 372

The Bancroft Library

University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720-6000
Phone: (510) 642-6481
Fax: (510) 642-7589
Email: bancref@library.berkeley.edu
URL: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/
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Processed by The Bancroft Library staff
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Collection Summary

Collection Title: Southern Pacific Company train robbery records
Date (inclusive): 1892-1940
Collection Number: BANC MSS C-A 372
Creator: Southern Pacific Railroad Company
Extent: 13 cartons, 4 oversize folders 17 linear feet
Repository: The Bancroft Library.
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720-6000
Phone: (510) 642-6481
Fax: (510) 642-7589
Email: bancref@library.berkeley.edu
URL: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/
Abstract: Correspondence, trial records, clippings, scrapbooks, photographs, circulars and posters, relating mainly to train robberies in California, Oregon and Arizona, particularly the De Autreamont case. Some materials also relate to labor disturbances. The bulk of the collection appears to consist of records compiled by D. O'Connell in his role as Chief Special Agent for the Southern Pacific Railroad Company.
Languages Represented: Collection materials are in English
Physical Location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Information for Researchers

Access

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to The Bancroft Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services. Permission for publication is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Southern Pacific Company train robbery records, BANC MSS C-A 372, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley

Alternative Form of Materials Available

Volume 1: Scrapbook of news clippings regarding train robberies, 1892-1907 : also available on microfilm.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog
DeAutremont, Hugh, 1905-1959
DeAutremont, Ray, 1900-1984
DeAutremont, Roy, 1900-1983
Southern Pacific Company--Archives
Crime -- West (U.S.)
Labor
Labor movement
Railroads--West (U.S.)
Train robberies -- West (U.S.)
Working class.
Clippings.
Scrapbooks.
Wanted posters.

Administrative Information

The Train Robbery Related Records were given to the Bancroft Library by the Southern Pacific Railroad Company in November 1963.
No additions are expected.

Processing Information

Processed by Bancroft Library staff in 2013.

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence, trial records, clippings, scrapbooks, photographs, circulars and posters, relating mainly to Southern Pacific train robberies in California, Oregon, and Arizona, particularly the DeAutremont case. Some materials also relate to labor disturbances. The bulk of the collection appears to consist of records compiled by D. O'Connell in his role as Chief Special Agent for the Southern Pacific Railroad Company.

Container Listing

 

Case Files 1921-1940

Physical Description: cartons 1-2; carton 3, folders 1-20; oversize folders1-2

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.
carton 1, folder 1-8

Roy Gardner 1921, 1937-1940

carton 1, folder 9

Roy Gardner- photographs 1921

carton 1, folder 10

Tom and Sidney Fulcher 1922

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence, press clippings, etc. regarding 1922 train holdup near Clifton, Arizona.
 

Train holdup at Jaynes, Arizona

carton 1, folder 11

Telegrams and General Correspondence regarding Edward Winkler 1922

carton 1, folder 12

Newspaper Clippings 1922

carton 1, folder 13

State of Arizona vs. F. W. Jirou 1922

carton 1, folder 14

Correspondence 1922

carton 1, folder 15

Disposition of Reward 1922

carton 1, folder 16

Statements 1922

carton 1, folder 17

Reward Posters and Notebook 1922

oversize-folder 1A

Reward Posters 1922

Scope and Content Note

six posters
carton 1, folder 18

Photographs 1922

oversize-folder 2C

Map of Siskiyou and vicinity 1928

 

Derailment near Bon, Arizona

oversize-folder 2C

Blueprints and maps 1924

carton 1, folder 19

Information regarding John and Charles Reeves, L. Williamson 1924

carton 1, folder 20

Statements of John Reeves, M. Merritt, M. Farmer 1924

carton 1, folder 21

Clarence H. Pruett 1924

carton 1, folder 22

Allen G. Fox and Herbert Hamer 1924

carton 1, folder 23

Clues 1924

carton 1, folder 24

Miscellaneous 1924

carton 1, folder 25

Court Documents 1924

carton 1, folder 26

Circular File 1924

carton 1, folder 27

Newspaper clippings 1924

carton 1, folder 28

Telegrams 1924

carton 1, folder 29-31

Statements of Witnesses 1924

carton 1, folder 32

Rafael Camargo vs. Southern Pacific 1924

carton 2, folder 1

General Information 1924

carton 2, folders 2-4

Statements 1924

carton 2, folder 5

State of Arizona vs. Carmago, et.al. 1924

carton 2, folder 6

Photographs 1924

oversize-folder 1A

Reward Posters 1924

carton 2, folder 7

Joseph E. Faulkner and Jack Woods- derailment attempt 1926

carton 2, folder 8

Robbery near San Francisco (Train No. 70) 1927

oversize-folder 1A

Reward Poster 1927

carton 2, folder 9

Robbery on Overland, Limited near Chicago 1928

 

Robbery on Train No. 75, "The Lark," at Los Angeles

carton 2, folder 10-11

Telegrams 1928

carton 2, folder 12

Circulars 1928

carton 2, folder 13

Newspaper Clippings 1928

carton 2, folder 14

Clues 1928

carton 2, folder 15

Notes and miscellaneous 1928

carton 2, folder 16

Suspects 1928

carton 2, folder 17

F. D. Moses 1928

carton 2, folder 18

Harry L. Davis 1928

carton 2, folder 19

Suspects 1928

carton 2, folder 20

Circular file 1928

carton 2, folder 21

AT&SF 1928

carton 2, folder 22

Captain Vernon Craig 1928

carton 2, folder 23-26

Witness Statements 1928

carton 2, folder 27

D. O'Connell's working file 1928

carton 2, folder 28

Robbery on Train No. 36 at McAvoy 1929

 

Derailment at Saugus

carton 2, folder 29

Sheriff's Office work 1929

carton 2, folder 30

Miscellaneous 1929

carton 2, folder 31

Suspects 1929

carton 2, folders 32-34

Reward Files and Claims 1929

carton 2, folder 35

Evidence 1929

carton 2, folder 36

Officers' Reports 1929

carton 2, folder 37

Suspects 1929

carton 2, folders 38-40

Statements 1929

carton 2, folder 41

Telegrams 1929

carton 2, folder 42

Miscellaneous 1929

carton 2, folder 43

Board of Inquiry 1929

carton 2, folder 44

Thomas Vernon and Jesse C. Rumsey 1929

carton 2, folder 45

Thomas Vernon 1929

carton 2, folder 46

Photographs 1929

oversize-folder 1A

Reward Posters 1929

carton 3, folder 1

Robbery on Train No. 17 at Cheyenne, Wyoming 1929

 

Attempted derailment at Ming, Arizona, of Train No. 4

carton 3, folder 2

General file 1929

carton 3, folder 3

Suspects 1929

 

Robbery at San Francisco on Train No. 76

carton 3, folder 4

General file 1932

carton 3, folder 5

San Francisco Police teletypes 1932

carton 3, folder 6

Statements 1932

carton 3, folder 7

Circular File 1932

carton 3, folder 8

Harry J. Johnson 1932

carton 3, folder 9

Suspects 1932

carton 3, folder 10

Jesse C. Rumsey 1932

carton 3, folder 11

Reports to General Manager 1932

carton 3, folder 12

Reward Claims 1932

oversize-folder 1A

Reward Poster 1932

carton 3, folders 13-19

Attempted derailment of Train No. 76 at Garin's Spur 1932

oversize-folder 1A

Reward poster

carton 3, folder 20

Robbery on Train No. 2 near Ontario, California 1933

 

De Autrement Case 1923-1927

Physical Description: carton 3, folders 21-32; carton 4 folders 1-8; cartons 10-13; oversize folders 1, 3-4

Arrangement

Arranged as received.
carton 3, folders 21-22

General Files 1923-1927

carton 3, folders 23-26

Photographs 1923-1927

carton 3, folders 27-30

Circulars 1923-1927

carton 3, folders 31-32

Correspondence regarding Circulars 1923-1924

carton 4, folders 1-3

Correspondence regarding Circulars 1925-1927

carton 4, folder 4

Maps 1923-1927

oversize-folder 3C

Maps and Blueprints 1923-1927

carton 4, folders 5-6

State vs. De Autremont 1927

carton 4, folders 7-8

Clues 1923-1927

oversize-folder 1A

Reward posters 1923-1927

oversize-folder 4A

Photographs 1923-1927

carton 13

Register, Western Hotel, Medford, Oregon 1923

carton 10

Letters to D. O'Connell 1923-1926

Scope and Content Note

Includes 7 letter books, numbered consecutively 1-7.
carton 11

Clues 1923-1927

Scope and Content Note

Includes 7 letter books, numbered consecutively 9-15.
carton 12

Clues 1924-1926

Arrangement

Includes 5 letter books, numbered consecutively "12 v. 1-5".
carton 13

Clues 1925-1927

Scope and Content Note

Includes 3 letter books, numbered consecutively "13 v. 1-3".
carton 13

Scrapbook of newspaper clippings 1923-1927

 

Scrapbooks 1892-1933

Physical Description: cartons 5-9
carton 5, volume 1

Scrapbook of newspaper clippings regarding train robbers and robberies 1892-1907

Scope and Content Note

Also available on microfilm
carton 5, volume 2

Scrapbook of miscellaneous newspaper clippings 1907-1908

carton 5, volume 3

Scrapbook of clippings 1907-1915

Scope and Content Note

Topics include: Harriman (1907-1908, 1912-1915); Controversy between Southern Pacific and Union Pacific; Case of Dan Fleming; Threatened strike, 1913; U.S. vs. Southern Pacific in oil land suit; I.W.W. activities
carton 5, volume 4

Scrapbook of clippings 1910-1917

Scope and Content Note

Topics include: Holdup on Train No. 10; Stevedores' strike; Explosion of Shasta, Ltd.; Threatened trainmen's strike (1916); Mooney and Billings case; War with Germany and draft law
carton 6, volume 5

Scrapbook of clippings 1917-1920

Scope and Content Note

Topics include: Railroads during war; Strike of switchmen; Death of P. J. Kindelon
carton 6, volume 6

Scrapbook of clippings 1920-1922

Scope and Content Note

Topics include: Switchmen's strike; "Box-car" burglars; Murphy and Kruvosky; Murder of Jackson, Dorman, and Petry in Santa Rosa; Roy Gardner; Detective T. Bailey killed by Walter Castor
carton 6, volume 7

Scrapbook of clippings 1921-1922

Scope and Content Note

Topics include: Railroad strikes; Roy Gardner and wife; Walter Lambertson; Strike of Shopcrafts' Union
carton 6, volume 8

Scrapbook of miscellaneous clippings 1922-1932

carton 6, volume 9

Scrapbook of clippings 1921-1922

Scope and Content Note

Topics include: Roy Gardner; Supreme Court decision separating Southern Pacific and Central Pacific railroads; Shriner Convention in San Francisco
carton 7, volumes 10-12

Scrapbooks of clippings regarding strike of Railroad Shopcrafts Union 1922

carton 7, volume 13

Scrapbook of miscellaneous clippings 1933

carton 7, volume 14

Scrapbook of reward circulars 1920-1927

carton 7, volume 15

Record of criminals circa 1925-1930

carton 8, volume 16

Scrapbook of circulars and accounts of train robberies 1913-1920

carton 8, volume 17

Scrapbook regarding wanted persons, circulars 1927-1932

carton 8, volume 18

Scrapbook regarding penitentiary escapes and parole violations 1915-1917

carton 8, volume 19

Scrapbook regarding penitentiary escapes and parole violations 1917-1923

carton 9, volume 20

Scrapbook regarding circulars, escapes 1918-1921

carton 9, volume 21

Scrapbook regarding penitentiary escapes and parole violations 1922-1924

carton 9, volume 22

Scrapbook regarding penitentiary escapes and parole violations 1920-1926

 

General Files 1906-1937

Physical Description: carton 4, folders 9-27; carton 9; oversize folder 4

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.
carton 9, volume 24

California State penal code 1906

carton 4, folder 9

Fleagle Brothers 1909-1911

carton 4, folder 10

Southern Pacific rule books 1917, 1922

carton 4, folder 11

Directory of special agents and railroad police 1919

carton 4, folder 12

DeMoss, George O.- Medical License 1921

carton 4, folder 13

Ersepke Case 1922

carton 4, folder 14

Reward Posters 1924-1929

carton 4, folder 15

Losses by theft of Southern Pacific Company property 1925, 1926

oversize-folder 4A

Placards displayed by "Communists" 1928

carton 4, folder 16

R.E. Fleagle- handwriting specimens circa 1929

carton 4, folder 17

Jake Fleagle- fingerprints circa 1929

carton 4, folder 18

McAvoy Suspects- negatives 1929

carton 4, folder 19

Robert O. Smith 1929

carton 4, folders 20-21

Timecards 1929

carton 4, folder 22

H.C. Young 1932

carton 4, folder 23

FBI Booklets on Criminal Investigation 1933, 1937

carton 4, folder 24

File on longshoremen's strike 1934

carton 4, folder 25

Register of persons entering Southern Pacific Building 1934

carton 4, folder 26

Miscellaneous 1926, 1928

carton 4, folder 27

Unidentified photographs undated

carton 9, volume 23

Address book undated