Pullman Company Records - Employee and Labor Relations Department
Scope and Content of the Collection
Records of Pullman Company relations with its employees, their labor unions (including the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters), and federal mediating bodies; employment records, including service records, application files for conductors and some porters, registers listing employment and discharge data, time and absentee records for a few departments, appraisal and discipline files; employee insurance and pension records; and safety and medical records.
Forms part of the Pullman Company Records
This finding aid supersedes the Guide to the Pullman Company Archives (Chicago: Newberry Library, 1995)
- Creation: 1875-1980
- Creation: Majority of material found within 1918 - 1970
- 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 - Employee and Labor Relations 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 - Employee and Labor Relations Department
Department created in 1951 under F. J. Boeckelman, Manager, Employee Relations, reporting to the President of the Pullman Company. Departmental responsibilities included formulating basic employee relations policies, negotiating union contracts, defining procedures for employee selection, training and evaluation, administering benefit plans, salary matters, and safety and medical programs, and, in conjunction with the legal department, advising on laws and regulations governing the company’s relations with its employees.
718.3 Linear Feet (451 boxes, 340 record cartons, 3 oversize boxes, and 75 volumes)
Records of Pullman Company relations with its employees, their labor unions (including the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters), and federal mediating bodies; employment records, including service records, application files for conductors and some porters, registers listing employment and discharge data, time and absentee records for a few departments, appraisal and discipline files; employee insurance and pension records; and safety and medical records. Forms part of the Pullman Company Records.
Papers are organized in the following subgroups:
- Subgroup 01: Labor Relations Department, 1900-1970, bulk 1918-1970
- Subgroup 02: Personnel Administration Department, 1875-1976, bulk 1875-1970
- Subgroup 03: Pensions and Group Insurance Department, 1914-1980
- Subgroup 04: Safety and Compensation Department, 1901-1979
- Subgroup 05: Medicine and Sanitation Department, 1905-1968
- Subgroup 06: Chief Special Agent, 1944-1945
Collection Stack Location
1 72 1, 1 71 1-5, 1 70 1-5, 1 69 1-5, 1 68 1-5, 1 67 1-5, 1 66 1-5, 1 65 1-5, 1 64 1-5, 1 63 1-4
Gift of Pullman Family and Pullman Company, 1948-1981
Martha T. Briggs and Cynthia H. Peters, 1995.
- Inventory of the Pullman Company records - Employee and Labor Relations Department, 1875-1980, bulk 1918-1970
- Finding aid prepared by Martha T. Briggs and Cynthia H. Peters
- Language of description
- Script of description
- 2023-04-25: Case Pullman 06/03/01 - Group Insurance Application Cards interfiled from two alphabetical sequences to one sequence. Boxes 3 through 35 have updated name ranges.