The completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869 marked an important milestone in the history of the United States with the joining of the populated east with the growing cities and towns of the west. Stanford University, with its connection to Leland Stanford and Timothy Hopkins, holds in its libraries an impressive array of materials related to this monumental achievement including the often overlooked contributions of the Chinese railroad workers. This exhibit pulls together this material to give an overview of the people and places that played a role in transforming the west.

  • The Alfred A. Hart Collection of photographs
  • Oral histories of Chinese railroad worker families
  • Payroll records of the Central Pacific Railway Company (economic history of the Chinese workers)
  • Archaeology Network of the Chinese Railroad Worker History Project
  • Pacific Railroad Surveys
  • Railroad maps from the David Rumsey Map Center
Snow Plow At Cisco. # 239, Photograph
Advance Of Civilization End Of Track Near Iron Point. # 321, Photograph
Central Pacific -- Gold Spike Ceremony
Central Pacific -- gold spike and memorabilia