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St. Louis Car Company Records (WUA00361)

Overview

Scope and Contents

Administrative Information

Detailed Description

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.

Select digitized items from this collection:

Visit our Flickr site for a selection of images from this collection.

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


Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Publicity Materials],
[Series 2: Specifications],
[Series 3: Job Books and Cost Data],
[Series 4: General Office Files],
[Series 5: Photographs and Negatives],
[Series 6: Drawings of Cars Produced by the Company],
[Series 7: Original Works of Art],
[All]

Series 7: Original Works of ArtAdd to your cart.
Original illustrations of trains and invidiual train cars.
Sub-Series 1: Original Works of Art on BoardAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Chicago Transit Authority (Sundberg-Ferar: Industrial Designers), ca.1950Add to your cart.

Gouache and pastel on board, 39x26.5 inches

Rendering train no.2204, identified with a Howard Street sign, with a helicopter and Marina City in the background

Original label still attached to board: "St. Louis Car, a division of General Steel Industries, Inc."

Item 2: Chicago Transit Authority (Sundberg- Ferar: Industrial Designers), ca.1950Add to your cart.

Gouache and pastel on board, 39x26.5 inches

Exterior rendering of train no.153, identified with a Howard Street sign, with a helicopter and Marina City in the background

Item 3: Cleveland Transit System (Sundberg- Ferar: Industrial Designers), ca.1950Add to your cart.

Gouache on board, 29x18.5 inches

Rendering of train no.301 stopped at a platform of an unidentified airport

Item 4: Cleveland Transit System (Sundberg- Ferar: Industrial Designers), ca.1960Add to your cart.

Gouache on board, 31x23 inches.

Interior rendering with blue and green seats

Original St. Louis Car Company label attached to board

Item 5: Cleveland Transit System, ca.1950Add to your cart.

Gouache on board, 29x21.5 inches

Blue train, of the Dan Ryan station, with dead tree in foreground with yellow leaves framing the top left

Item 6: Cleveland Transit System, ca.1950Add to your cart.

Gouache on board, 39.5x21 inches

Blue train no.2201, of the Dan Ryan station, with dead tree in foreground and orange leaves framing the top left

Item 7: Illinois Terminal Railroad, ca.1930Add to your cart.

Airbrush, watercolor and gouache on board, 40x19 inches.

Rendering of Detroit Rapid Transit train. Original label still attached to board: "St. Louis Car Company"

Item 8: Illinois Terminal Railroad, ca.1940Add to your cart.

Watrcolor and gouache on board, 40x19 inches

Blue train of the Illinois Terminal

Original label: "St. Louis Car Company"

Item 9: New York City Transit Authority (Sundberg- Ferar: Industrial Designers), ca.1950Add to your cart.

Pastel, watercolor and gouache on board, 29x15 inches

Train no.3500 Blue at Times Square stop

Item 10: New York City Transit Authority (Sundberg- Ferar: Industrial Designers), ca.1950Add to your cart.

Gouache and pastel on board, 40x24 inches

Blue no.3311 train at stops BB 6th Avenue and Jamaica 168th Street; people are depicted on platforms on either side of the train

Original label attached to board: "St. Louis Car, a division of General Steel, Prop. 2"

Item 11: New York City Transit Authority (Sundberg- Ferar: Industrial Designers), ca.1950Add to your cart.

Gouache and pastel on board, 40x24.5 inches.

Express train no.9770 at teh 145th Street platform in New York City; people are depicted on platforms on both sides of the train

Original label attached to board: "St. Louis Car, a division of General Steel Industries, Inc."

Item 12: New York City Transit Authority (Sundberg- Ferar: Industrial Designers), ca.1940Add to your cart.

Gouache on board, 40x24 inches

Blue no.3361 train at stops BB 6th Avenue and Jamaica 168th Street; people are depicted on platforms on either side of the train

Item 13: New York City Transit Authority (Sundberg- Ferar: Industrial Designers), ca.1940Add to your cart.

Gouache on board, 36x15 inches

Side view of train no.9990 rendered in orange, yellow and blue

Sundberg & Ferar label attached to board

Item 14: New York City Transit Authority (Sundberg- Ferar: Industrial Designers), ca.1940Add to your cart.

Gouache on board, 36x15 inches

Side view of train no.8491 rendered in black, white and red

Original Sundberg & Ferar label attached to board

Item 15: New York City Transit Authority (Sundberg- Ferar: Industrial Designers), ca.1940Add to your cart.

Gouache and metal on board, 36x15 inches

Side view of train no.8887 rendered in turqoise; metal insignia attached to rendering

Item 16: New York City Transit Authority (Sundberg- Ferar: Industrial Designers), ca.1940Add to your cart.

Gouache and on board, 36x15 inches

Side view of train no.445 rendered in orange

Item 17: New York City Transit Authority (Sundberg- Ferar: Industrial Designers), ca.1940Add to your cart.

Gouache on board, 36x15 inches

Side view of train no.12F rendered in gray and white

Original Sundberg & Ferar label attached to board but torn

Item 18: New York City Transit Authority (Sundberg- Ferar: Industrial Designers), ca.1940Add to your cart.

Gouache on board, 36x15 inches

Side view of train no.8876 rendered in gray

Original Sundberg & Ferar attached to board but damaged

Item 19: New York City Transit Authority (Sundberg- Ferar: Industrial Designers), ca.1940Add to your cart.

Gouache and paper on board, 36x15 inches

Side view of train no.8877 rendered in gray

Original Sundberg & Ferar attached but damaged

Item 20: New York City Transit Authority (Sundberg- Ferar: Industrial Designers), ca.1940Add to your cart.

Gouache and metal on board, 36x15 inches

Side view of  train no.8571 rendered in gray, red and white

Item 21: New York City Transit Authority (Sundberg- Ferar: Industrial Designers), ca.1940Add to your cart.

Gouache and metal on board, 36x15 inches

Side view of a train rendered in pink and orange

Item 22: New York City Transit Authority (Sundberg- Ferar: Industrial Designers), ca.1940Add to your cart.

Gouache on board, 36x15 inches

Side view of a train rendered in green, blue and red

Original Sundberg & Ferar label still attached

Item 23: New York City Transit Authority (Sundberg- Ferar: Industrial Designers), ca.1940Add to your cart.

Gouache and paper on board, 36x15 inches

Side view of train no.6777 rendered in orange and gray

Original Sundberg & Ferar label attached to board

Item 24: New York City Transit Authority (Sundberg- Ferar: Industrial Designers), ca.1940Add to your cart.

Gouache on and foil board, 36x15 inches

Side view of  train no.233 rendered in black and turquoise

Original Sundberg & Ferar label attached to board

Item 25: New York City Transit Authority (Sundberg- Ferar: Industrial Designers), ca.1940Add to your cart.

Gouache on and foil board, 36x15 inches

Side view of train no.445 rendered in black and turquoise

Original Sundberg & Ferar label attached to board

Item 26: New York City Transit Authority (Sundberg- Ferar: Industrial Designers), ca.1940Add to your cart.

Gouache and foil on board, 36x15 inches

Side view of train no.8866 rendered turquoise and black

Original Sundberg & Ferar label attached to board

Item 27: New York City Transit Authority (Sundberg- Ferar: Industrial Designers), ca.1940Add to your cart.

Gouache and vinyl on board, 36x15 inches

Side view of  train no.8876 rendered in yellow, orange and gray

Item 28: New York City Transit Authority (Sundberg- Ferar: Industrial Designers), ca.1940Add to your cart.

Gouache and foil on board, 36x15 inches

Side view of a train rendered in brown and white

Original Sundberg & Ferar label attached to board

Item 29: New York City Transit Authority (Sundberg- Ferar: Industrial Designers), ca.1940Add to your cart.

Gouache on board, 36x15 inches

Side view of train no.8866 rendered in orange, brown and gray

Original Sundberg & Ferar label attached to board

Item 30: Pennsylvania Railroad, ca.1940Add to your cart.

Gouache and pastel on board, 22.5x33 inches

An exterior rendering of a Pennsylvania Railroad train with red insignia, a division of the Detroit Rapid Transit

Item 31: Pennsylvania Railroad (Langeneckert for Sundberg- Ferar: Industrial Designers), 1967Add to your cart.

Acrylic on board, 40x30 inches

An exterior rendering of train no.222 with an orange cityscape depicted behind it

Item 32: Unidentified Train, ca.1950Add to your cart.

Gouache on board, 31x20 inches

Exterior rendering; at "Gate 1" station

Item 33: Unidentified Train, ca.1950Add to your cart.

Gouache on board, 26.5x22 inches

Exterior rendering of an express train; the word "SPIRIT" painted prominently underneath illustration

Item 34: Unidentified Train, ca.1950Add to your cart.

Gouache on board, 30x18 inches.

Exterior rendering of a train suspended inversely from rails, cars hanging below the tracks, a couple waving off to the righthand side; St. Louis Car Company painted on lower left of rendering

Item 35: Unidentified Train, ca.1950Add to your cart.

Gouache on board, 27x20 inches

Exterior rendering of an express train framed by a pale pink sky; notes on board: "AERIAL: (c) General Steel Industries, Inc."

Item 36: Unidentified Train, ca.1960Add to your cart.

Gouache and ink on board, 27x19.5 inches

Exterior line drawing of a train; notes on board: "AERIAL: (c) General Steel Industries, Inc."

Item 37: Unidentified Train (Sundberg- Ferar: Industrial Designers), ca.1960Add to your cart.

Gouache on board, 27x19.5 inches

Bright red monorail train with people against a blue background; notes on board: "AERIAL: (c) General Steel Industries, Inc."

Item 38: Unidentified Train (Langeneckert, Don), ca.1960Add to your cart.

Gouache and pastel on board, 31x21.5 inches

Interior rendering with brown and blue seats and a prominently displayed Life magazine

Item 39: Unidentified Train, ca.1960Add to your cart.

Gouache on board, 31x23 inches

Interior rendering with orange and brown seats

Item 40: Unidentified Train, ca.1960Add to your cart.

Gouache and pastel on board, 31x23 inches

Interior rendering with brown and blue seats

Sub-Series 2: Original Works of Art on PaperAdd to your cart.
Item 41: Cleveland Transit System, ca.1950Add to your cart.

Pastel on paper, 27x19.5 inches

Exterior train rendering on tissue paper

Item 42: Mechanical Drawing, ca.1930Add to your cart.

Airbrush on paper, 28x18 inches

Gray and gold engine with "H.F.Hammel" on the side


Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Publicity Materials],
[Series 2: Specifications],
[Series 3: Job Books and Cost Data],
[Series 4: General Office Files],
[Series 5: Photographs and Negatives],
[Series 6: Drawings of Cars Produced by the Company],
[Series 7: Original Works of Art],
[All]


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