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St. Louis Car Company Records (WUA00361)

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Publicity Materials

Specifications

Job Books and Cost Data

General Office Files

Photographs and Negatives

Drawings of Cars Produced by the Company

Original Works of Art



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St. Louis Car Company Records (WUA00361), 1887-1977 | WUA University Archives

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Collection Overview

Title: St. Louis Car Company Records (WUA00361), 1887-1977Add to your cart.

ID: WUA/06/wua00361

Primary Creator: St. Louis Car Company

Extent: 54.5 Linear Feet

Arrangement:

The collection is in six series, described below.

Series 1: Publicity materials, arranged alphabetically by subject.

Series 2: Specifications, arranged by type of vehicle

Series 3: Job books and cost data, arranged chronologically.

Series 4: General office files, including material on PCC cars and wholly owned subsidiaries such as the St. Louis Aircraft Company. This is by no means a complete office file of the Car Company. In addition, users should be aware that our collection contains no personnel files from the company.

Series 5: Photographs and negatives of cars, trucks, and other products produced by the company, arranged chronologically (by job order number).

Series 6: Drawings of cars produced by the company, arranged in rough chronological order.

Series 7: Original works of art created by the company, arranged alphabetically by transit entity (if known) and then chronologically.

Books owned by the St. Louis Car Company and recieved with the archival collection are cataloged separately. Consult our online catalog listing for details.

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection includes materials that document the history and products of the St. Louis Car Company, including publicity materials, product specifications, job books, general office files, photographs, and drawings of cars produced by the St. Louis Car Company.

Collection Historical Note

The St. Louis Car Company was formed in April of 1887, to manufacture and sell streetcars and other kinds of rolling stock of street and steam railways. In succeeding years the company built automobiles, including the American Mors, the Skelton, and the Standard Six. A division of the company produced aircraft such as the Cardinal. During the two world wars, the company manufactured gliders, trainer, Alligators, flying boats, and dirigible gondolas. Among their most sucessful products were the Birney Safety Cars and the PCC Cars. The Car Company disbanded in 1973. For more information on the history of the company, see Andrew D. Young and Eugene Provenzo, The History of the St. Louis Car Company (Howell North Books 1978).  See also Alan R. Lind, From Horsecars to Streamliners.

Administrative Information

Repository: WUA University Archives

Access Restrictions: Open

Use Restrictions:

Users of the collection must read and agree to abide by the rules and procedures set forth in the Materials Use Policies.

Providing access to materials does not constitute permission to publish or otherwise authorize use. All publication not covered by fair use or other exceptions is restricted to those who have permission of the copyright holder, which may or may not be Washington University.

If you wish to publish or license Special Collections materials, please contact Special Collections to inquire about copyright status at (314) 935-5495 or spec@wumail.wustl.edu. (Publish means quotation in whole or in part in seminar or term papers, theses or dissertations, journal articles, monographs, books, digital forms, photographs, images, dramatic presentations, transcriptions, or any other form prepared for a limited or general public.)

Preferred Citation: [Item description]. From the [collection title, series, box, folder]. University Archives, Washington University in St. Louis.

Processing Information: Processed by University Archives Staff. Updated in Spring 2016 and June 2017 by Sarah Schnuriger. Updated in Spring 2018 by Andrea Degener.

Finding Aid Revision History: This finding aid was entered into Archon by Meg Tuomala in November 2012. Updated in June 2017 by Sarah Schnuriger. Updated in June 2018 by Andrea Degener.

Other Note:

Books owned by the St. Louis Car Company and recieved with the archival collection are cataloged separately. Consult our online catalog listing for details.

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These items are represenative of the type found in this collection. Please contact the archives staff to inquire about proceedures and fees for items not yet digitized. These are provided in pdf format.

From Series 1 -- PCC sales brochure

From Series 2 -- Specifications for PCC construction, 1941 and 1947.

From Series 4 -- Cardinal Aircraft Sales brochure


Box and Folder Listing


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Series 2: SpecificationsAdd to your cart.
Arrangement: arranged by type of vehicle
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Bolts and threads, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Box cars, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Brake equipment--Westinghouse Air Brake Company, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Caboose cars, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Chair and mail/baggage cars, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 6: City buses, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 7: City cars--"Catalogue No. 105"  CARS OF ST. LOUIS CAR COMPANY 1927-28  (Electric Railway Historical Society, bulletin no. 18, 1955), 1927-8; 1955Add to your cart.
Folder 8: City rail car--"Introducing the New Birney", n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Cold Finished Bar Steels--Bliss and Laughlin, Inc., 1941Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Diesel-electric rail car, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Diesel-electric trains--Southern Railway System, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Double end electric motor cars, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Electric cars, coaches, and trucks, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Electric coach--Bulletin no. 109, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Electric rail coach--Grand Rapids Railway Company, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Electric trains--Illinois Terminal Railroad Company, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Gas coaches, motor coaches, and gas buses, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Gas-electric cars--Mobile and Ohio, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Gas-electric coach--Catalogue no. 107, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Gas motor rail car, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Lumber--"Standard Grading and Dressing Rules"--West CoastAdd to your cart.
Folder 22: Lumbermens' Association, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Lumber--"Standard Specifications for Lumber"--New York Central System, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Oil-electric rail cars, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 25: PCC cars--"The New Washington Cars", n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Safety cars--Catalogue no. 103, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 27: Safety cars, n.d.Add to your cart.
(single truck, double end)
Folder 28: Steel products--"Shape Book"--Carnegie Steel Company, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 29: St. Louis Flying Fortress, n.d.Add to your cart.
(armored car)
Folder 30: Steel products and table of weights--"Engineer Pocket Companion"--Carnegie Steel Company, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 31: Steel products and table of weights--Wisconsin Steel Company, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 32: Steel wheels and axles--Carnegie Steel Company, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 33: Structural sections--United States Steel, 1940, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 34: Structural steel--"Handbook of information, tables, and data"--Phoenix Iron Co., n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 35: Table of dimensions and weights--Detroit Copper and Brass Rolling Mills, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 36: Trackless trollcar--Bulletin no. 109, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 37: Trolley coach, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 38: Trolley coach--Columbus, Ohio Railway Power and Light Company, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 39: Two-car monorail unit, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 40: Trucks, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 41: Wooden freight trailer cars--Michigan Railroad Company, n.d.Add to your cart.

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