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Pullman Company records - Secretary and Treasurer's Offices

Identifier: Case-Pullman-02

Scope and Content of the Collection

Official corporate records of the Pullman’s Palace Car Company and personal papers of members of the Secretary’s and Treasurer’s offices.

Forms part of the Pullman Company Records

This finding aid supersedes the Guide to the Pullman Company Archives (Chicago: Newberry Library, 1995)


  • 1862-1980
  • Majority of material found within 1867-1980



Materials are in English.


The Pullman Company records are open for research in the Special Collections Reading Room; 1 box at a time (Priority III).

Medical records and records of disciplinary action are closed for a period of fifty years after the creation of the record. Such records may be disclosed only to the named individual or his legal representative. Application and service files that may contain medical and disciplinary information will be reviewed and records removed before the files are supplied to a researcher.

Personnel records less than fifty years old and not specified in (1) above are open for research with the user's written assurance that information from the records will be used for statistical or summary purposes only and that no specific names or individually identifiable information will be disclosed. Such information may be revealed only if the individual or his legal representative agrees to its release, or if the individual is deceased.

Photocopies of open personnel records less than fifty years old are supplied only for the researcher's personal use and may not be reproduced. All copies must be destroyed or returned upon completion of work.

Ownership and Literary Rights

The Pullman Company records - Secretary and Treasurer's Offices are the physical property of the Newberry Library. Copyright may belong to the authors or their legal heirs or assigns. For permission to publish or reproduce any materials from this collection, contact the Roger and Julie Baskes Department of Special Collections at

History of the Pullman Company Secretary and Treasurer's Offices

Pullman’s Palace Car Company and Pullman Company corporate officers.

The Secretary’s office was charged with issuing notices and keeping records of corporate meetings, retaining custody of corporate records, affixing the corporate seal and countersigning official documents, while the Treasurer’s office was responsible for the receipt and disbursement of all corporate funds. In 1947, when the Pullman Company was purchased by the railroads, the Secretary’s and Treasurer’s duties were merged in one office under the Secretary and Treasurer.


182.5 Linear Feet (99 boxes, 42 record cartons, 4 oversize boxes and 186 volumes)


Official records of the Pullman’s Palace Car Company and Pullman Company, including the charter, by-laws, director’s minutes, annual reports, contracts and agreements, patents, and securities records, dating from the formation of the company until its dissolution. Also includes administrative files of the Secretary and the Treasurer. Forms part of the Pullman Company Records.


Papers are organized in the following subgroups:
Subgroup 01: Office of the Secretary and Treasurer, 1862 - 1980, bulk 1867 - 1980
Subgroup 02: Personal papers, 1878 - 1926

Collection Stack Location

1 81, 1 80, 1 79


Gift of Pullman Family and Pullman Company, 1948-1981

Processed by

Martha T. Briggs and Cynthia H. Peters, 1995.


Inventory of the Pullman Company records - Secretary and Treasurer's Offices, 1862-1980, bulk 1867-1980
Finding aid prepared by Martha T. Briggs and Cynthia H. Peters
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the The Newberry Library - Modern Manuscripts Repository

60 West Walton Street
Chicago Illinois 60610 United States