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Thomas F. Larwin San Diego Trolley Collection

Identifier: MS-0540

Scope and Contents

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.


  • Creation: 1976-2007


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in some or all of these materials have not been transferred to San Diego State University. Copyright resides with the creator(s) of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. The nature of archival collections is such that multiple creators are often applicable and copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine. In any case, the user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, obtaining publication rights and copyright infringement. When requesting images from Special Collections & University Archives for publication, we require a signed agreement waiving San Diego State University of any liability in the event of a copyright violation.


8.92 Linear Feet

19 boxes boxes

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Source of Acquisition

Thomas F. Larwin

Accruals and Additions

2002-027, 2007-022, 2014-022

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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections & University Archives Repository

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