Guide to the Western Highway Historical Collection M0314

Department of Special Collections and University Archives
1999, revised 2016,2018
Green Library
557 Escondido Mall
Stanford 94305-6064

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


Series 1. Manufacturers



box 1

Autocar Messenger 1920-1925

Physical Description: Bound issues of promotional magazine (5 volumes).
box 2

Autocar Messenger 1926

Scope and Contents note

Bound issues of promotional magazine (1 volume).
box 2

Autocar photo albums 1920s-30s

Scope and Contents

Five sets of bound promotional photographs.
box 3

Autocar photo album of road construction projects in Sierra Nevada 1920s-30s


Yosemite Valley

Physical Description: 30 photos

Mono Lake

Physical Description: 3 photos

Leevining Canyon

Physical Description: 2 photos

Valley Springs

Physical Description: 7 photos


Physical Description: 1 photos


Physical Description: 3 photos

Colfax - Gold Run

Physical Description: 2 photos

truck driving

Physical Description: 4 photos

Mystic (Truckee River)

Physical Description: 3 photos

Lake Tahoe

Physical Description: 5 photos

Bijou -Minden Road

Physical Description: 1 photos

Pleasant Valley (Relocation of Yosemite VAlley Railroad) and Exchequer Dam)

Physical Description: 6 photos


Physical Description: 5 photos

Sacramento River Canyon

Physical Description: 3 photos

Lake Almanor Dam

Physical Description: 13 photos

next generation

Physical Description: 3 photos

miscellaneous - includes the Calaveras Big Tree grove

Physical Description: 12 photos

mounted separately, many dated 1930-31.

Physical Description: 20 photos
box 5, folder 1

Autocar Trucks

Scope and Contents note

1 flier (printed after 1950) for the 1898 Autocar ; 3 printed advertisement bulletins ; brief outline of the history of the company, 1951 ; bound catalog showing construction process, etc.

Fageol Motors

Scope and Contents

Fageol was based in Oakland, and most of the photos here are set on the West Coast, including California, Oregon & Washington, along with some from Australia (they had a branch there) and one from Japan.
There are quite a few non-Fageol photos filed here as well, including some from New York.
box 4, folder 1


Scope and Contents

Includes images of a christenings, a trade show display, offices, showrooms, advertising, technical drawings, and commercial copy with cropping and highlighting.
box 4, folder 3

casual driving, rural roads & snow

box 4, folder 4

misc. - towing, horse trailer, ferry, fire trucks

box 4, folder 22

buses & coaches

box 4, folder 5

dump trucks, construction, roadworks, etc.

Scope and Contents

Includes images from Los Angeles and the Pacific Northwest
box 4, folder 2

flat bed trucks, cabs, hauling

box 4, folder 6

food hauling - produce, livestock, dairy, ice, etc.

Scope and Contents

Includes images from Los Angeles and the Pacific Northwest
box 4, folder 7

freight, drayage, moving

box 4, folder 8

gas trucks, gas stations

Scope and Contents

Includes images from San Francisco, Los Angeles and the Pacific Northwest
box 4, folder 9

logging, lumber

box 4, folder 10

Los Angeles, Southern California

box 4, folder 11

Los Angeles - buses & coaches

Scope and Contents

Most are Los Angeles Motor Bus Company
box 4, folder 12

San Francisco

box 4, folder 17

San Francisco etc. - gift of Randolph Brandt (copy prints)

box 4, folder 13

Oakland/East Bay

box 4, folder 15

San Francisco Bay Area - construction, etc.

box 4, folder 16

San Francisco Bay Area - produce, foodstuffs, etc.

box 4, folder 18

Pacific Northwest

box 4, folder 19

Pacific Northwest - buses & coaches

box 4, folder 20

Pacific Northwest - Consolidated Truck Lines/Freight Lines

box 4, folder 21

Southern Pacific Motor Transport Co. Safety Coaches

box 4, folder 23

misc. small photos

box 4, folder 24

Costa Rica

box 4, folder 25


box 4, folder 26

photocopies in numbered order

box 5, folder 2


Scope and Contents note

Kenworth Craftsman, June 1960. Vol 18 #3 ; 4 prints of Kenworth, gift of Edwin S. Acker ; 1 print Kenworth, gift John C. Springer.

Mack Trucks (International Motor Co.)

box 5, folder 3

Mack Trucks

Scope and Contents note

1912 price list (with 13 pictures) ; 2 printed sheets (front and back) inc. 5 pictures.
box 4, folder 14

Santa Cruz - Union Traction Co. (Mack)

Scope and Contents

Transferred from Hopkins Transportation Library at unknown date

Reliance Trailer & Truck

box 5, folder 7

San Francisco - Reliance Trailers dealer catalog

box 5, folder 6

San Francisco - Reliance Trailer and Truck Co., Inc.

Scope and Contents note

Gift of William Tice.

Del Monte Creamery truck & tailer, 1926


Early low-bed (2)


Solid tire low-bed trailer


Experimental dump truck, circa 1926


Riverdale creamery truck & trailer


Reliance side dump trailer, 1926,

Scope and Contents note

(San Diego Street R.R. Co.)

Alaska- special construction trailer, circa 1922


Bottom dump trailer for Santa Clara Co road maintenance.


Pierce Arrow truck, Reliance trailer (Soledad to San Francisco over San Juan grade, 134 miles, 12-13 hours) 1921-22.


Reliance building at 16th St., San Francisco.


Lane air brakes, 1921.


Pierce Arrow truck, Reliance trailer, (Glass lined tanks for Naitonal Ice Cream). 1922.


Bekins Van & Trailer, 1927.


Peterbilt truck, Reliance trailer with the largest load of Redwood logs recorded, Ft. Bragg. 1952.


Logging truck & trailer, 1922.


Pacific Body Works truck & trailer, 1924-26.


Hay truck, 1924.


Hay truck


Lumber truck


3 miscellaneous

box 5, folder 4


Scope and Contents note

Gift of Trailmobile, Includes 10 photos of Trailmobile trucks (the following subject matter is also included in the photos:) Cincinnati, Ohio, 1919 (2) ; fairs (1916) ; parade ; San Antonio, Texas, 1918 ; Gas stations, 1939 (Associated Oil Co.)

White Motor Co.

box 5, folder 9

White Motor Co.

Scope and Contents note

Gift of White Motor Co. 1921 White truck (photo) ; Ad showing White trucks doing rescue work during floods in Obio/Indiana, 1913; Pittsburgh flood in 1906, and other emergencies ; Extract from the White Bulletin, 1906
box 5, folder 5

White Motor Co. Growth of Motor Transportation talk by O.E. Dagner May 8, 1936

Scope and Contents

5 pp typescript by O.E. Dagner (of White Motor Co.) for a presentation at a meeting of the Society of Automotive Engineers, accompanied by 26 photos and transparencies used in illustration.

Series 2. Freight companies

box 6, folder 1

Asbury Transportation Company

box 6, folder 2-3

Bekins Van & Storage Company

box 6, folder 4

Belyea Truck Lines

box 6, folder 6

Consolidated Freightways, Inc.

box 6, folder 7

Consolidated Freightways - Action 1951-1953

box 6, folder 8

Gallagher Transfer & Storage Company

box 5, folder 8

Hilo Transportation and Terminal Co., Ltd.

Scope and Contents note

5 photos of sugar hauling equipment in Hawaii. Gift of Hilo Transportation.
box 6, folder 9

Interstate Motor Lines, Inc.

box 6, folder 10

Lee & Eastes, Inc.

box 7, folder 1

Los Angeles - Albuquerque Express

box 7, folder 2

Lyon Van & Storage Company

box 7, folder 3

Pacific Freight Lines

box 10, folder 1

Pacific Freight Lines - negatives

box 7, folder 4

Pacific Intermountain Express

box 7, folder 5

Pacific Intermountain Express - Log 1950-1953

box 7, folder 6

Paxton Trucking Company

box 7, folder 7

Signal Trucking Services, Ltd.

box 8, folder 1

West Coast Fast Freight

box 8, folder 2

miscellaneous trucking ephemera, correspondence, etc.

Scope and Contents

Includes small amounts of material from firms including City Transfer & Storage, Long Beach ; Commercial Motor Freight ; Fortier Transportation ; Garibaldi ; Garrett Freightlines ; Keystone Express Sysytem ; Lamb Transportation ; Lang Transportation ; A.R. Pearson Truck ; Peerless Trailer & Truck Services ; Pierce Freight Lines ; Petroluem Transportation ; Shell Oil ; Southern California Freight Lines ; Wells Cargo ; Western Truck Lines.

Series 3. Utility companies

box 9

Pacific Gas & Electric Company - prints and negative sleeves

box 10, folder 2-3

Pacific Gas & Electric Company - negatives


Series 4. Trade organizations

box 6, folder 5

California Motor Transport Association