Pullman Company Records - Operating Department
Scope and Content of the Collection
Administrative files of department managers, employee instruction books, Mexican operations records, descriptive lists of cars, car engineering, maintenance, and repair records, etc.
Forms part of the Pullman Company Records
This finding aid supersedes the Guide to the Pullman Company Archives (Chicago: Newberry Library, 1995)
- Creation: 1870-1971
- Pullman Company (Organization)
Materials are in English.
Conditions Governing Access
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 - Operating Department, 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.
History of Pullman Company Records - Operating Department
Department responsible for operation, service, maintenance, repair and engineering of cars and equipment; commissary; purchases and stores; Mexican operations; and corporate regions, districts and agencies. Prior to 1951 the Operating Department also supervised the labor relations, safety, and sanitation and surgery departments.
355 Linear Feet (56 boxes, 171 record cartons, 1 oversize box, 65 oversize folders, 103 oversize rolls and 94 volumes)
Records of the Operating Department, responsible for operation, service, maintenance, repair and engineering of cars and equipment; commissary; purchases and stores; Mexican operations; and corporate regions, districts and agencies. Includes administrative files of department managers, employee instruction books, Mexican operations records, descriptive lists of cars, car engineering, maintenance, and repair records. Forms part of the Pullman Company Records.
Papers are organized in the following subgroups
- Subgroup 01: Office of the Vice President and General Manager records, 1872-1971
- Subgroup 02: Chief Engineer records, 1870 - 1969, bulk 1889-1969
- Subgroup 03: Chief Mechanical Officer records, 1898-1970
- Subgroup 04: Commissary records, 1925-1968, bulk 1930-1968
- Subgroup 05: Purchases and Stores Dept. records, 1911-1971
- Subgroup 06: Superintendent of Yards records, 1915-1959
Collection Stack Location
1 74 1-5, 1 73 1-5, 1 72 2-5, 4a 42
Gift of Pullman Family and Pullman Company, 1948-1981
Martha T. Briggs and Cynthia H. Peters, 1995.
- Inventory of the Pullman Company Records - Operating Department, 1870-1971Case.Pullman.05
- Finding aid prepared by Martha T. Briggs and Cynthia H. Peters
- Language of description
- Script of description