Thursday, November 10, 2011

Transcontinental Railroad enquiry


I am researching a series on the American frontier and want to include the story of the [Union Pacific] railroad. I am looking for personal accounts of the work involved by the navvies involved but I am not sure where you would recommend that I look. I know many Chinese Americans worked on this line but I am not sure if their personal experiences are recorded anywhere.

Would you be able to point me in the right direction – to either books or archives where these personal accounts are available?

—Celine Fitzmaurice, PhD, Development Producer
Raw TV Ltd, 3rd Floor, 13 – 21 Curtain Road, London EC2A 3LT.

USGS California Historic Topo Maps Online

"More than 13,000 online maps provide historic view of state" by Agustin Armendariz, © California Watch, November 9, 2011. (News Article)

"This week, the U.S. Geological Survey added 13,688 historical California topographic maps to its online archive, hundreds of which date back to the 1800s. ... " [More]

[Courtesy Google Alerts.]