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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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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 1: Publicity Materials],
[Series 2: Specifications],
[Series 3: Job Books and Cost Data],
[Series 4: General Office Files],
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[Series 7: Original Works of Art],
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Series 4: General Office FilesAdd to your cart.
Includes 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. Contains no personnel files from the company.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: 1904 World's Fair--booklet and medal, 1904Add to your cart.
Folder 2: 1911 re-organization--correspondence and by-laws, 1911Add to your cart.
Folder 3: 1917 investigation--correspondence, 1917Add to your cart.
Folder 4: 1925 Takeover--deed of trust, certificate of incorporation, articles of association, and other documents, 1925Add to your cart.
Folder 5: American Institute of Electrical Engineers conference kit, 1956Add to your cart.
Folder 6: American Street Railway Association--official convention souvenir, October 1896Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Analytical Study of St. Louis Car Company, Sept. 7, 1948Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Autoplant at city block 3382--Certificates of title and other related materials, 1949-1958Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Autoplant at city block 3382--Wabash Railroad correspondence and other related materials, 1938-1963Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Benoist, Thomas--contracts, correspondence, and specifications related to airboats, 1915Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Boston MTA--public relations, photos (PCC cars), n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Budd Car (RDC-1) orders, Feb. 21, 1951Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Bulletin no. 100--Specialties, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Carco News, June 1951Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Cardinal Airplanes--clippings, publicity materials, 1930-1973Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Carroll Affair--newspaper clippings and correspondence about charges of bribery in contract awarded to St. Louis Car Co., 1930Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Chicago and NorthWestern Railway System--exhibition souvenir tickets, March 30, 1955Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Chicago and NorthWestern Railway System--press releases, 1955Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Chicago and NorthWestern Railway System--"Message to Management" advertisement.  RAILWAY AGE, 1956Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Chicago and NorthWestern Railway System--"The New Look. . ." flyer, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Chicago and NorthWestern Railway System--"What's Going on Here?" pamphlet, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 22: City council information (nationwide), 1959-1963Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Corporate records--annual report, 1962; list of corporate officers 1956, 1956-1962Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Data comparing trolleys and gas buses, 1937-1946Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Data comparing trolleys and gas buses, 1947-1951Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Data comparing trolleys and gas buses, 1952-1954Add to your cart.
Folder 27: Data comparing trolleys and gas buses, 1955-1962Add to your cart.
Folder 28: Eisenhower telegram--North African campaign, Nov. 25, ??Add to your cart.
Folder 29: Electrically operated vehicles most economical in city transit--paper and comments, 1948Add to your cart.
Folder 30: Estimated combined building schedules, 1967Add to your cart.
Folder 31: Financial problems, 1933-1940Add to your cart.
Folder 32: Francis Beardsley notebook--operating instruction book for diesel engines, 1942 Diesel News, time study notes, Cornell diploma of time study, 1942-1950Add to your cart.
Folder 33: Gas-electric buses--letters and photos, 1926Add to your cart.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Gas-electromotive manufacturer catalogues, 1925-1934Add to your cart.
Folder 2: General American Services and Products booklet, 1954Add to your cart.
Folder 3: General Electric publication--"Modern Electric Transit Vehicles"--specifications of transit vehicles throughout nation, 1941Add to your cart.
(3 copies)
Folder 4: General Electric rapid transit publications, 1953Add to your cart.
Folder 5: General Electric trolleybus publications, 1940-1955Add to your cart.
Folder 6: General Electric publication--"Going Places", 1957-1969Add to your cart.
Folder 7: General Motors correspondence and agreement, 1954Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Gruenther, Homer. (Washington representative) Correspondence, 1942-1964Add to your cart.
Folder 9: History of the Company (for public relations purposes)--news clippings, advertising copy, press releases, and correspondence., 1949-1973Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Illustration search--correspondence with art agencies re: illustrations for public relations booklets, 1946-1957Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Ingersoll-Rand booklet--"The Oil-Electric Locomotive", n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Instruction books, cost books, and operating statistics for mainline railroads, 1921-1958Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Itineraries, 1966-1968Add to your cart.
(weekly)
Folder 14: Job schedules, 1965-1966Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Jobs on order list, May 1, 1967Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Kobusch check--National Bank of Commerce check for $20 to George Green, signed by George Kobusch., 1903Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Kobusch stock problems--correspondence and documents concerning legal complications in ownership of company stock, 1925-1928Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Lehmann-Fulton Boring Tool Company publications, 1948-1956Add to your cart.
(catalog and public relations)
Folder 19: Letters of commendation for St. Louis Car Company, 1923-1930Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Letters of commendation for St. Louis Car Company, 1932-1941Add to your cart.
Box 3Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Machinery and equipment list--LARC-5, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Magazine article--"Double-end Pay as You Pass Car Instroduced in Brooklyn" ELECTRIC RAILWAY JOURNAL, Oct. 27, 1923Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Magazine article--"The First All-American Diesel Rail Car"  OIL ENGINE POWER, December 1927Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Magazine article--"Another installation of Battery-oil-electric locomotives" EXIDE IRONCLAD TOPICS, July 1931Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Magazine article--"From Coal to Diesel" BUSINESSWEEK, May 16, 1953Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Magazine article--"C and NW [Chicago and NorthWestern] introduces the Suburbanite" MODERN RAILROADS, June 1955Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Magazine article--"Taking a New Look at Markets" RAILWAY AGE, May 21, 1956Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Magazine article--"Market Outlook at a glance" RAILWAY AGE, 1956-1959Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Magazine article--"New Equipment" RAILWAY PURCHASES AND STORES, March 1957Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Magazine article--"Suppliers' Literature" RAILWAY MATERIALS, Sept-Oct 1958Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Magazine article--"Statistical Review of 1958" RAILWAY AGE, Jan 19, 1959Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Magazine article--"Commuter Traffic" BARRON'S THE BUSINESS FRONT, June 29, 1959Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Magazine article--"SF Bay Area Rail Plan Readied for Vote" RAILWAY AGE, August 17, 1959Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Magazine article--"UP Gets Composite Underframe" RAILWAY AGE, Aug. 31, 1959Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Magazine article--"What's Holding Up Railroad" RAILWAY AGE, Jan. 11, 1960Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Magazine article--"What makes a Mechanical Reefer Tick?" RAILWAY AGE, Feb. 22, 1960Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Magazine articles--NATIONAL DEFENSE TRANSPORTATION JOURNAL, March-Apr 1960Add to your cart.
(several articles annotated in margins)
Folder 18: Magazine article--"New SP Cabooses Stress Safety" RAILWAY AGE, Oct. 2, 1961Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Magazine article--"Getting to Work and Back" CONSUMERS UNION, 1965Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Magazine article--"Lafayette College Gets Rich Quick", n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Magazine article--"New Facilities", n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Mass Transit in St. Louis--newspaper clippings, local journals, memoranda, and photos., 1947-1961Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Master schedule progress report, Dec. 1969Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Meissner, Edwin.  Civic activities--public relations, photos, correspondence, 1944-1955Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Metropolitan Planning Associates--correspondence and news clippings, 1956-1961Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Military Production Statistics, 1917-1953Add to your cart.
Folder 27: Missouri Pacific Railroad memorandum re: inquiry for bid, 1958Add to your cart.
Folder 28: Newsletter--MISSOURI PACIFIC LINES NEWSREEL, October 1958Add to your cart.
(annotated)
Folder 29: Newsletter--FEDERAL PROCUREMENT AND SUBCONTRACTS DAILY, Nov. 4. 1958Add to your cart.
(annotated)
Folder 30: Newspaper article--"Tomorrow's Trains" WALL STREET JOURNAL, May 12, 1944Add to your cart.
Folder 31: Newspaper article--letter to the editor BROOKLYN EAGLE, Aug. 31, 1949Add to your cart.
Folder 32: Newspaper article--"Here's How to Raise a 2.5 Block Long Roof" CHICAGO DAILY NEWS, May 25, 1954Add to your cart.
Folder 33: Newspaper article--"Budd Co. Delivering 2 Low Fare..." WALL STREET JOURNAL, Feb. 26, 1958Add to your cart.
Folder 34: Newspaper article--"Wabash Will Add Streamlined Cars" ST. LOUIS GLOBE DEMOCRAT, Sept. 11, 1958Add to your cart.
Folder 35: Newspaper article--"New Cars for Western Pacific Units" WALL STREET JOURNAL, Oct. 14, 1958Add to your cart.
Folder 36: Newspaper article--"Liberty Liner is Like 'Club' " PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, July 8, 1966Add to your cart.
Folder 37: Newspaper article--"Post-War Planners Want to Keep...", n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 38: New York Central System--job bid correspondence, 1948Add to your cart.
Folder 39: New York Central System--photos, drawings, specifications, and list of manufacturers, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 40: Ohio Brass house magazine, Jan. 43-Oct. 62Add to your cart.
Folder 41: Operating Results with PCC cars booklet, 1941Add to your cart.
Folder 42: Patent lists, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 43: Photographs of trolley coach accident--NEW YORK HERALD, Aug. 24, 1949Add to your cart.
Folder 44: Photograph of unidentified people, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 45: Plan of present and proposed plant of St. Louis Car Company, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 46: Postcard, n.d.Add to your cart.
(with picture of company)
Folder 47: Production meeting minutes, 1963Add to your cart.
Folder 48: Production meeting minutes, 1964-1965Add to your cart.
Folder 49: Production meeting minutes, 1966-1967Add to your cart.
Folder 50: Production progress reports, 1967-1970Add to your cart.
Folder 51: Reo buses--letter and clipping, 1934Add to your cart.
Folder 52: Robinson, E.I.--correspondence with son, E.T. Robinson, 1896-1905Add to your cart.
Folder 53: Sachs Electric Companies booklet, 1957Add to your cart.
Folder 54: Sale of City Lots 2490 and 3496--documents and correspondence, 1947Add to your cart.
(folder 1)
Folder 55: Sale of City Lots 2490 and 3496--documents and correspondence, 1947Add to your cart.
(folder 2)
Folder 56: Sales department inquiries, 1964-1966Add to your cart.
Folder 57: Sales department review meeting minutes, 1966-1967Add to your cart.
Folder 58: Salesmen's guides, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 59: Scruggs, George--correspondence and other materials relating to improper financial dealings, 1926-1937Add to your cart.
Folder 60: Skelton car--public relations brochures and papers relating to Skelton estate, 1926-1939Add to your cart.
Folder 61: Ski handbook with potos, January 1941Add to your cart.
Folder 62: Southern Railway System--"Diesel Electric Drives" operating booklet, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 63: Specialty and equipment schedule, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 64: Speeches and conference papers, 1953-1960Add to your cart.
Box 4Add to your cart.
Folder 1: St. Louis Aircraft Corporation--clippings, correspondence, plans for factory, legal documents, articles of incorporation, etc., 1928-1960Add to your cart.
Folder 2: St. Louis Aircraft Corporation--model PT-lW, report SL-105, May 1, 1936Add to your cart.
Folder 3: St. Louis Aircraft Corporation--model PT-1W, report SL-l08, March 27, 1939Add to your cart.
Folder 4: St. Louis Aircraft Corporation--model PT-3, report SL-122 and photos, March 21, 1940Add to your cart.
Folder 5: St. Louis Aircraft Corporation--model PT-LM-4, report SL-127 and photos, Sept. 11, 1940Add to your cart.
Folder 6: St. Louis Aircraft Corporation--model PT-LM-4, promotional material, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 7: St. Louis Aircraft Corporation--World War II deliveries and specifications, 1941-1942Add to your cart.
Folder 8: ST. LOUIS CAR CO. VS J.G. BRILL CO.--information concerning 1937 lawsuit, 1902, 1937Add to your cart.
Folder 9: St. Louis Cottonpicker Company--documents, photos, and promotional material, 1942-1945Add to your cart.
Folder 10: St. Louis Lift and Equipment Corporation--specifications, photos, promotional material, 1935-1939Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Staff meeting minutes, 1966-1968Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Statistics for PCC, military, railroad, subway, rapid transit, 1917-1960Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Status reports, 1966-1967Add to your cart.
(weekly)
Folder 14: Stock correspondence, 1925-1929Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Supply orders, 1967-1970Add to your cart.
(unshipped)
Folder 16: Tampa International Airport job bid correspondence, 1967Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Taylor-Wharton Iron and Steel Co. anniversary booklet--"Historically Speaking", 1917Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Technical Analysis of Plan for...Long Island Railroad, May 28, 1954Add to your cart.
Folder 19: The Trackless Trolley, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Truck comparison data, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Trucks, Seats, Head Lights, Arc Lights, and Supplies--St. Louis Car Co. catalog, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 22: The unusually rapid substitution of bus service...--unidentified speech, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Useful Facts, Formulae, and Tables/Diesel Electric Motive Power, 1940Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Versare Corporation--promotional brochure and "Electric Coaches: aAdd to your cart.
Folder 25: Disquisition and an Operation Report", n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Weekly manufacturing reports, 1967-1968Add to your cart.
Folder 27: Westinghouse rapid transit publication, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 28: Westinghouse trolleycar materials--reference data, promotional publications, specifications, 1937-1960Add to your cart.
Folder 29: Wraussman, Elmer--speeches and other related public relations material, 1945Add to your cart.
Box 5Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Corporate Records - October 1925-September 1960. 1 roll of microfilm and two bound printoutsAdd to your cart.
Box 6Add to your cart.
Folder 1: AwardsAdd to your cart.
Item 1: St. Louis Car Company Award for City Street Cards and Trucks, Gold Medal, Panama Pacific International Exposition, San Francisco, 1915 (banner)Add to your cart.
Box 7Add to your cart.
Folder 1: AwardsAdd to your cart.
Item 1: American Ordnance Association Membership, October 1, 1957Add to your cart.
Item 2: American Ordnance Association Membership, October 1, 1958Add to your cart.
Item 3: American Ordnance Association Membership, October 1, 1959Add to your cart.
Item 4: American Ordnance Association Membership, October 1, 1960Add to your cart.
Item 5: Army Service Forces, St. Louis Ordnance District, Certificate of Appreciation, circa 1945Add to your cart.
Item 6: The Economic Cooperation Administration Certificate of Cooperation, April 3, 1951Add to your cart.
Item 7: International Cooperation Administration Certificate of Cooperation, March 6, 1956Add to your cart.
Item 8: Navy Industial Association Charter Member, September 11, 1944Add to your cart.
Item 9: United States of America Universal Exposition St. Louis 1904 Commemorative Diploma for Loan and Installing Model of Street Railway Postal Car United States Government ExhibitAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Miscellaneous ItemsAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Layout of glass in cab partition SK 0417 71-1Add to your cart.
Item 2: New York World's Fair Cars scale paste ups hand-drawn in colorAdd to your cart.
Item 3: Office/Plant employee sign: "Car Company Employees with badges will be admitted to office or plant during regular working hours onlyAdd to your cart.
Item 4: Penn Central railroad system map (New Jersey) [on board]Add to your cart.
Item 5: St. Louis Car Company labels [4 items]Add to your cart.
Item 6: Ventilation system drawing for unidentified streetcar. Inscription: "With my compliments to Mr. Edwin B. Meissner cordially Frank H.  Shepard, January 14, 1936"Add to your cart.
Box 8Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Built by St. Louis Car, A Division of General Steel Industries, Inc. advertisment standAdd to your cart.

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[Series 3: Job Books and Cost Data],
[Series 4: General Office Files],
[Series 5: Photographs and Negatives],
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[Series 7: Original Works of Art],
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