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Thomas F. Larwin San Diego Trolley Collection, 1976-2007 | Special Collections & University Archives

By Lucas Buresch

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Collection Overview

Title: Thomas F. Larwin San Diego Trolley Collection, 1976-2007Add to your cart.

Primary Creator: Thomas F. Larwin

Other Creators: Metropolitan Transit Development Board (San Diego, Calif.)

Extent: 8.92 Linear Feet. More info below.

Date Acquired: 00/00/2002. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: San Diego Trolley--History--Sources

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Thomas F. Larwin San Diego Trolley Collection documents the development of the San Diego Trolley in the early 1980s, and expansion of trolley service through the early 2000s. The collection includes news and press clippings; reports on national developments in light rail transit (LRT) systems; Metropolitan Transit Development Board (MTDB) correspondence, memoranda, and news; MTDB newsletters. Also present is a large collection of 35mm color photographs (slides) documenting the development of the San Diego Trolley from the 1980s-early 2000s, as well as photographs of other light rail transit systems from around globe. The collection also includes a wide range of San Diego Trolley related memorabilia; including service maps, service announcements, schedules, and marketing materials such as souvenir tickets, label pins, patches, and key chains.

Biographical Note

Thomas Larwin served as General Manager of the Metropolitan Transit Development Board (MTDB) from the initial operations of the San Diego Trolley in 1981, through the opening of the Trolley’s Green Line station at San Diego State University (SDSU) in 2005.

Subject/Index Terms

San Diego Trolley--History--Sources

Administrative Information

Repository: Special Collections & University Archives

Accruals: 2002-027; 2007-022; 2014-022

Alternate Extent Statement: 19 boxes

Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions: The copyright interests in these materials have not been transferred to San Diego State University. Copyright resides with the creators of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. The nature of historical archival and manuscript collections is such that copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine.  Requests for permission to publish must be submitted to the Head of Special Collections, San Diego State University, Library and Information Access. When granted, permission is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical item and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder(s), which must also be obtained in order to publish. Materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials.

Acquisition Source: Thomas F. Larwin

Acquisition Method: Gift

Related Materials: Leon Williams Papers

Preferred Citation: Identification of item, folder title, box number, Thomas F. Larwin San Diego Trolley Collection, Special Collections and University Archives, Library and Information Access, San Diego State University.

Processing Information: Processed by Lucas Buresch, August 2017.


Box and Folder Listing


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Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: News Clippings, 1977-1978Add to your cart.
Folder 2: News Clippings, 1979-1980Add to your cart.
Folder 3: News Clippings, 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 4: News Clippings, 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 5: News Clippings, 1982Add to your cart.
Folder 6: News Clippings, 1983Add to your cart.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 1: News Clippings, 1984-1986Add to your cart.
Folder 2: News Clippings, 1987-1989Add to your cart.
Folder 3: News Clippings, 1990-1995Add to your cart.
Folder 4: News Clippings, 1996-2002Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Special Newspaper Sections, 1981-1995Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Magazine and Periodical Articles, 1979-1980Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Magazine and Periodical Articles, 1981-1989Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Magazine and Periodical Articles, 1980s-1990sAdd to your cart.
Box 3Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Editorials and Reports on Public Transit, 1988-1996Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Editorials and Reports on Public Transit, 1993-2004Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Metropolitan Transit Development Board (MTDB) Newsletters, 1977 July-1978 AugustAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: The Trolley Line Newspaper, 1982Add to your cart.
Folder 5: On Track Newsletters, 1989-1990Add to your cart.
Folder 6: The Inside Track, MTDB Employee News, 1992Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Newsletters, 1990-1995Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Newsletters, 1996-2003Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Correspondence and Memos, 1977-1980Add to your cart.
Box 4Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Correspondence and Memos, 1977-1980Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Correspondence and Memos, 1981-1983Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Metropolitan Transit Development Board (MTDB) Correspondence, Memos, News Clippings, 1979-1994Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Metropolitan Transit Development Board (MTDB) Correspondence, Memos, News Clippings, 1978-1990Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Metropolitan Transit Development Board (MTDB) Correspondence, Memos, News Clippings, 1979-1985Add to your cart.
Box 5Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Metropolitan Transit Development Board (MTDB) Correspondence, Memos, News Clippings, 1983-1987Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Media Events, 1979-1989Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Meeting Announcements, 1981-1995Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Meeting Announcements, Take One Service Announcements, 1996-2003Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Metropolitan Transit Development Board (MTDB) Progress Reports, 1976-1996Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Notes and Reports on Light Rail Transit, 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Reports on Light Rail Transit, 1977-2003Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Streets for People and Transit, Metropolitan Transit Development Board (MTDB), 1978 MarchAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Designing for Transit, Metropolitan Transit Development Board (MTDB), 1993 JulyAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: San Diego Light Rail Transit Project, Status as of January 1980, Metropolitan Transit Development Board (MTDB), 1980Add to your cart.
Box 6Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Light Rail Transit: Technology Sharing, US Dept of Transportation, 1977 MayAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: National Conference on Light Rail Transit, Baltimore, Maryland, 1995 November 12-15Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Light Rail Implementation, SANDAG, 1984 FebruaryAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Self Service Barrier Free Fare Collection System in San Diego, Metropolitan Transit Development Board (MTDB), 1983Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Interstate 15 Value Pricing, 1998-2003Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Eigth Joint Conference on Light Rail Transit, Dallas, Texas, 2000 November 11-15Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Consolidation Planning, 2002-2006Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Consolidation Planning, 2002-2006Add to your cart.
Folder 9: San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG), TRANSNET, 2005Add to your cart.
Folder 10: San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG), Metropolitan Transit Development Board (MTDB) Fact Sheets, 2000-2004Add to your cart.
Box 7Add to your cart.
Folder 1: San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG), TRANSNET, Polling and Public Opinion, 2001-2004Add to your cart.
Folder 2: San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG), TRANSNET, Election Materials, 2001-2005Add to your cart.
Folder 3: San Diego Trolley: Past, Present, and Future, Metropolitan Transit Development Board (MTDB), 1992Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Guideway Planning Project, European Transit System Tour, Trip Report, Metropolitan Transit Development Board (MTDB), 1977 DecemberAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: San Diego Trolley: The First Three Years, San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG), 1984 OctoberAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Assessment of the San Diego Light Rail System, Final Report, 1983 NovemberAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Mission Valley East, Project Management Plan, 2003Add to your cart.
Folder 8: South San Diego County Transit Organizational Structure Analysis, Final Report, San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG), 1984Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Metropolitan Transit Development Board (MTDB), South Line Trolley, Planning and Development Kit, 1977-1978Add to your cart.
Folder 10: San Diego Trolley, Light Rail Transit Development, 1989-1992Add to your cart.
Box 8Add to your cart.
Folder 1: A Retrospective on Lessions Learned from the New California LRT Operations, Thomas Larwin, Third International Light Rail Conference, 1996Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Guideway Planning Project, San Diego-Tijuana, One Region, Metropolitan Transit Development Board (MTDB), 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Roger Snoble, History of Transit in San Diego, Manuscript, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Light Rail Transit Planning / Design, Thomas Larwin, Urban Transportation Planning Seminar, Arizona State University, 1990Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Light Rail Transit in Southern California, Return of the Red Cars, Assembly Committee on Transportation, 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Transportation Policy, Reports, Editorials, 1990sAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Anti-Transit Myths and Critiques, 1989-1998Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Anti-Transit Myths and Critiques, 2000-2002Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Anti-Transit Myths and Critiques, 2001-2003Add to your cart.
Box 9Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Anti-Transit Myths and Critiques, 2003-2004Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Smart Growth, 1998-1999Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Smart Growth, 1999-2000Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Smart Growth, 1999-2000Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Trends Before the San Diego Trolley, San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG), 1982Add to your cart.
Folder 6: San Diego Area Transportation Data Base 1966, San Diego County Comprehensive Planning Organization, 1972Add to your cart.
Box 10Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Candidate Transportation Systems, San Diego County Comprehensive Planning Organization, 1971Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Mission Valley East (MVE), and SDSU Station, Correspondence, Memos, Newsletters, 2002-2005, 2002-2005Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Metropolitan Transit Development Board (MTDB), Board of Directors Meeting Minutes, 2001Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Green Line Dedication Ceremony, SDSU Station, 2005Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Tijuana Trolley Ride, by Malcom C. Pappin, 1981Add to your cart.
Tijuana Trolley Ride, music by Malcolm C. Pappin, Ybarra Music, Lemon Grove, CA. Includes songbook and vinyl record.
Folder 6: Advertising, 1983-1986Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Advertising, 1987-1989Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Advertising, 1976-1982Add to your cart.
Box 11Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Advertising, 1990-1991Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Advertising, 1992-1995Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Advertising, 1997-1999Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Advertising, 2000-2003Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Take One Service Announcements, 1983-1990Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Take One Service Announcements, 1991-1995Add to your cart.
Box 12Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Regional Transit Maps, 1990-1999Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Regional Transit Maps, 2000-2007Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Regional Transit Maps, 1980s-1990sAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: San Diego Trolley, Time Tables, Fare Facts, Pocket Guides, 1980s-1990sAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: San Diego Trolley, Time Tables, Fare Facts, Pocket Guides, 1980s-1990sAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: San Diego Trolley, Time Tables, Fare Facts, Pocket Guides, 1980s-1990sAdd to your cart.
Box 13Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Atlanta, Light Rail Transit, 1978-1989Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Baltimore, Light Rail Transit, 1986-1993Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Baltimore, Light Rail Transit and Stadium, 1996Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Boston, Light Rail Transit, 1982Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Buffalo, Light Rail Transit, 1991 SeptemberAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: California, Light Rail Transit, 1996Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Chicago, O'Hare Airport, Light Rail Transit, 1977-1993Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Cleveland, Light Rail Transit, 1982-1997Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Detroit, People Mover, 1987 AugustAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Jacksonville, Light Rail Transit, 1990Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Los Angeles, Light Rail Transit, 1990Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Miami, Light Rail Transit, 1989Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Minneapolis, Light Rail Transit, 1996Add to your cart.
Folder 14: New Orleans, Light Rail Transit, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 15: Orlando / Disneyworld, Light Rail Transit, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 16: Philadelphia, Light Rail Transit, 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Pittsburgh, Light Rail Transit, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 18: Portland, Light Rail Transit, 1981-1990Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Sacramento, Light Rail Transit, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 20: San Francisco, Light Rail Transit, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 21: St. Louis, Light Rail Transit and Stadium, 1996Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Washington DC, Light Rail Transit, Metro, 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Europe, Light Rail Transit, 1980s-1990sAdd to your cart.
Folder 24: London, Docklands, Edinburgh, Light Rail Transit, 1989Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Munich, Light Rail Transit, 1989Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Netherlands and Brussels, Light Rail Transit, 1993Add to your cart.
Folder 27: Paris, Light Rail Transit, 1992Add to your cart.
Box 14Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Vienna and Baden, Austria, Light Rail Transit, 1989 JulyAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Calgary, Light Rail Transit, 1980-1988Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Edmonton, Light Rail Transit, 1979-1980Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Montreal, Light Rail Transit, 1988Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Toronto, Light Rail Transit, 1979-1991Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Vancouver, Light Rail Transit, 1988Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Beijing, Hiroshima, Mexico City, 1988Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Bus Terminals, 1970s-1980sAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Bus Equipment, 1970s-1980sAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Transit Malls, 1970s-1980sAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: Fare Collection Machines, 1970s-1980sAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: Underground Transit Stations, 1970s-1980sAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: Transit Vehicles, 1970s-1980sAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: San Diego and Arizona Eastern Railway, Desert Line, 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Light Rail Transit (LRT): A Look Forward, Presentation, 2000Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Transit Development in San Diego, Presentation, 1999Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Reinventing Transportation Policy, Presentation, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 18: Briefing to the San Diego Legislative Delegation, Metropolitan Transit Development Board (MTDB), 1994Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Metropolitan Transit Development Board (MTDB), Presentation Slides on San Diego Trolley System, 1980s-1990sAdd to your cart.
Box 15Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Metropolitan Transit Development Board (MTDB), Presentation Slides on San Diego Trolley System, 1980s-1990sAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Metropolitan Transit Development Board (MTDB), Presentation Transparencies, 1990sAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Public Participation presentation, 1996Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Passenger Security Survey, 1993Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Transit Oriented Development, 1990sAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Trolley and Bus Beauty Shots, 1980s-1990sAdd to your cart.
35mm Color Slides.
Folder 7: Trolley and Bus Beauty Shots, 1990sAdd to your cart.
4x6 Color Photographs.
Folder 8: San Diego Trolley Development, 1980s-1990sAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: San Diego Trolley Construction, 1980-1981Add to your cart.
Folder 10: South Line Construction, 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Bayside Line Construction, 1990Add to your cart.
Folder 12: MTS Tower, 12th Street and Imperial Ave, Construction and Views, 1988Add to your cart.
Folder 13: 47th Street Station, 1980sAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: 70th Street Station, Conceptual Designs, circa 2000Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Alvarado Medical Center Station, circa 2000Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Amaya Drive Station, 1990sAdd to your cart.
Folder 17: America Plaza Station, 1990sAdd to your cart.
Folder 18: Euclid Ave Station, 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 19: El Cajon Line Construction, 1987Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Fashion Valley Transit Center, 1997-1999Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Grantville Station, circa 2000Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Grossmont Center Station, 1980sAdd to your cart.
Folder 23: H Street Station, 1999Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Hazard Center Station, 1990sAdd to your cart.
Box 16Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Hillcrest Bus Stop, Conceptual Designs, 1980sAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: La Mesa Blvd Station, 1980s-1990sAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Lemon Grove Station, 1980sAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Mission Valley East (MVE), 1990sAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Mission Valley West, 1990sAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Old Town Transit Center, 1991-1997Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Qualcomm Stadium Station, 1997-1998Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Qualcomm Stadium Station / Superbowl XXXII, 1998 JanuaryAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: SDSU Freeway Station, Conceptual Designs, circa 2000Add to your cart.
Folder 10: SDSU Station Planning Presentation, circa 2000Add to your cart.
Folder 11: SDSU Bus Transit Center, Redevelopment, 1998-1999Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Orange Empire Streetcar Museum, 1982Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Transit Employees, 1980sAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: Transit Route Maps, 1980s-1990sAdd to your cart.
Folder 15: Old San Diego Streetcars, circa 1900s-1940sAdd to your cart.
Folder 16: Metropolitan Transit Development Board (MTDB), Film, undatedAdd to your cart.
Super 8 Movie Film
Box 17Add to your cart.
Folder 1: San Diego Trolley Memorabilia: Printed Ephemera, 1980s-1990sAdd to your cart.
Includes maps, postcards, bumper stickers, coloring books, awards, etc.
Folder 2: San Diego Trolley Memorabilia: Souvenir Tickets, 1980s-1990sAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: San Diego Trolley Memorabilia: Green Line Opening, 2005Add to your cart.
Folder 4: San Diego Trolley Memorabilia, 1990s-2000sAdd to your cart.
Includes Souvenir Coca-Cola bottle, ceramic box, awards, etc.
Box 18Add to your cart.
Folder 1: San Diego Trolley Memorabilia: Pins and Patches, 1980s-1990sAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: San Diego Trolley Memorabilia: Key Chains, 1980s-1990sAdd to your cart.
Box 19Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Oversize MaterialAdd to your cart.
Includes conceptual designs for San Diego Trolley logos, on illustration board and posters, and Trolley-related printed ephemera.

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