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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: 5 Linear Feet (10 boxes)
    Date (inclusive): 1888-1960
    Abstract: Photographs, dealer catalogs, and specification sheets concerning trucks, mostly from the 1920s and 30s, and trucking ephemera from the early 1950s.

    Scope and Content

    Collection of photographs, dealer catalogs, specification sheets and other material concerning trucks, buses, trailers, and other vehicles for transportation, freight and construction. Manufacturers include 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 through the library's 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.
    In 2018, several boxes of related material was added, primarily ephemera from Western trucking and moving companies, circa 1949-1952. Most files in these series originated in the Hopkins Transportation Library as "Pamphlet Material on Motor Carrier Industry" HE5612 Zpc. This addition includes training manuals, forms, promotional booklets and fliers, photographs & negatives, employee magazines, legal papers, radio program and advertising scripts, speech transcripts, etc.
    Correspondence within the collection, largely with Hopkins librarian Carolyn Mohr, concern the acquisition of research material from various companies in the early 1950s. Mohr was also likely the author of the thumbnail histories included for most firms. Some photographs referred to in the letters have not been located, although many are likely to be found in the various Hopkins Transportation Library archival collections.

    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
    Storage and moving trade
    Freight and freightage
    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
    Pacific Gas and Electric Company