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Western Highway Historical Collection
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  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: Department of Special Collections and University Archives
    Title: Western Highway Historical Collection
    source: Western Highway Institute
    Identifier/Call Number: M0314
    Physical Description: 2.5 Linear Feet (5 boxes)
    Date (inclusive): 1888-1960
    Abstract: Photographs, dealer catalogs, and specification sheets concerning trucks, mostly from the 1920s and 30s.

    Scope and Content

    Collection of photographs, dealer catalogs, specification sheets and other material concerning trucks, buses, trailers, and other vehicles for transportation, commerce and construction. Includes the products of Autocar, Trailmobile, Fageol Motors, Kenworth, Mack Trucks/International Motor Company, Reliance Trailer and Truck, Hilo Transportation and Terminal, and White Motor Company.
    The Western Highway Historical Collection was founded in 1960 with the cooperation of the Western Highway Institute, primarily to preserve the records and pictures of the early days of highway transportation west of the Rocky Mountains. Donors include Randolph Brandt, E.E. Brower, W.D. Patterson, Don Pennell of Peterbilt Motors, Sam A. Simpson, William Tice, and E. Guy Warren. Some published material was transferred to general stacks where it is accessible by catalog.
    While the focus of the collection is on the vehicles themselves, also depicted in photographs are drivers, workers, and urban/industrial locales infrequently captured on camera. Additionally, researchers may encounter all manner of businesses and occupations, including bakeries, dairies, gas stations, lumbering, passenger buses, house movers, and municipal projects.

    Preferred Citation:

    [Identification of item] Western Highway Historical Collection (M3014), Dept. of Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Various sources.

    Conditions Governing Use

    While Special Collections is the owner of the physical and digital items, permission to examine collection materials is not an authorization to publish. These materials are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. Any transmission or reproduction beyond that allowed by fair use requires permission from the owners of rights, heir(s) or assigns.

    Conditions Governing Access

    Open for research. Note that material must be requested at least 36 hours in advance of intended use.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Automobiles -- History
    Transportation -- Photographs
    Autocar Company
    Fageol Motors Company
    Trailmobile Company
    Kenworth Truck Company
    Mack Trucks, inc.
    Reliance Trailer and Truck Company, inc.
    White Motor Company
    Hilo Transportation and Terminal Company
    Western Highway Institute