Pullman Company Records - George Mortimer Pullman Estate Papers
Scope and Content of the Collection
Pullman estate executors’ correspondence, financial, and probate records, dating primarily from 1897 to 1902, together with attendance books of the Pullman Free School of Manual Training, 1924-1932.
Forms part of the Pullman Company Records
This finding aid supersedes the Guide to the Pullman Company Archives (Chicago: Newberry Library, 1995)
- Creation: 1877-1932
- 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 - George Mortimer Pullman Estate Papers 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 George Mortimer Pullman Estate Papers
Pullman’s Palace Car Company founder and president George M. Pullman died October 19, 1897. Under the terms of Pullman’s will, Norman B. Ream and Robert T. Lincoln were appointed executors of the estate, which by 1900 was valued at $17,500,000. Principal legatees were Pullman’s wife, Hattie Sanger Pullman, and his two daughters. Philanthropic bequests included $130,000 to be divided among several institutions and $1,200,000 to establish a manual training school in the town of Pullman, Illinois. Although the estate was settled in 1900, estate business continued for several more years.
12.4 Linear Feet (14 boxes and 34 volumes)
Estate papers of Pullman’s Palace Car Company founder and president George M. Pullman. Includes Pullman estate executors’ correspondence, financial, and probate records, dating primarily from 1897 to 1902, together with attendance books of the Pullman Free School of Manual Training, 1924-1932.
Papers are organized in four series
- Series 01: Executor’s correspondence, 1897-1911, bulk 1897-1902
- Boxes 1-4
- Series 02: Probate records and court documents, 1877-1907
- Boxes 1-8
- Series 03: Financial records and property documents, 1893-1907
- Boxes 1-2; Volumes 1-19
- Series 04: Pullman Free School of Manual Training attendance books, 1924-1932
- Volumes 1-15
Collection Stack Location
1 59 1
Gift of Pullman Family and Pullman Company, 1948-1981
Martha T. Briggs and Cynthia H. Peters, 1995.
- Inventory of the Pullman Company Records - George Mortimer Pullman Estate Papers, 1877-1932 Case.Pullman.15
- Finding aid prepared by Martha T. Briggs and Cynthia H. Peters
- Language of description
- Script of description