Pullman Company Records - Manufacturing Department
Scope and Content of the Collection
Pullman’s Palace Car Company, Pullman Company, and Pullman Company Manufacturing Department construction, cost, delivery, and accounting records relating to railroad car manufacture. Also records regarding the company - owned town of Pullman and the manufacture of all - steel automobile bodies at the Pullman Car Works.
Forms part of the Pullman Company Records
This finding aid supersedes the Guide to the Pullman Company Archives (Chicago: Newberry Library, 1995)
- Creation: 1873-1964
- 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 - Manufacturing 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 - Manufacturing Department
By the turn of the century, as the Pullman Company began to invest heavily in the plant and equipment necessary to convert to all-steel car construction, it began to further segregate its manufacturing and operating functions, creating the position of General Manager for the Manufacturing Department in 1901, and Vice President in 1915. In addition to car construction, the department also handled the conversion of town of Pullman properties to private ownership and engaged after 1919 in the manufacture of all - steel auto bodies. In 1924 all assets, plants and business of the Manufacturing Department were transferred to a newly created firm, the Pullman Car and Manufacturing Corporation.
25 Linear Feet (31 boxes and 125 volumes)
Records of the Manufacturing Department, including Pullman’s Palace Car Company, Pullman Company, and Pullman Company Manufacturing Department construction, cost, delivery, and accounting records relating to railroad car manufacture. Forms part of the Pullman Company Records.
Papers are organized in the following series
- Series 01: Car Construction and Repair Records (cars withdrawn), 1888-1964
- Boxes 1-22
- Series 02: Car Construction, Delivery, and Cost Records, 1881-1943
- Boxes 1-4; Volumes 1-21
- Series 03: Automobile Body Department Records, 1919-1936, bulk 1919-1925
- Boxes 1-3
- Series 04: Town of Pullman records, 1876-1919
- Boxes 1-4
- Series 05: Financial records, 1873-1924
- Volumes 1-104
Collection Stack Location
1 63 4-5, 1 62 2-5
Gift of Pullman Family and Pullman Company, 1948-1981
Martha T. Briggs and Cynthia H. Peters, 1995.
- Inventory of the Pullman Company Records - Manufacturing Department, 1873-1964Case.Pullman.07
- Finding aid prepared by Martha T. Briggs and Cynthia H. Peters
- Language of description
- Script of description