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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 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.

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