ASSOCIATION OF RAILWAY TECHNICAL EMPLOYEES COLLECTION
Title: ASSOCIATION OF RAILWAY TECHNICAL EMPLOYEES COLLECTION
Collection Number: MS 620
Extent: 1 box + 1 half-box
California State Railroad Museum Library
Abstract: Documents generated and collected by the Southern Pacific (Pacific Lines) Association of Railway Technical Employees.
Language of Material: English
Collection is open for research.
Copyright has not been assigned to the California State Railroad Museum. All requests for permission to publish or quote from
manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Director of Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of
the CSRM as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which
must also be obtained by the reader.
ASSOCIATION OF RAILWAY TECHNICAL EMPLOYEES COLLECTION. California State Railroad Museum Library
Gift of John "Jack" C. Davis, Jr. 2006.
The Association of Railway Technical Employees (ARTE) was formed in San Francisco on July 22, 1940 by technical employees
of the Southern Pacific Company (Pacific Lines).
Local chapters were established for SP's various operating divisions, each with its own General Chairman and Executive Council.
A system-wide convention was held each year to elect a three-person Executive Council composed of a President, Vice-President
and Secretary. The Council guided the General Chairman, who was responsible for participating in labor negotiations with
SP management, holding meetings with local chapters, going to Interstate Commerce Commission hearings and conducting investigations,
handling grievances for SP technical engineers, establishing good relationships with other labor organizations, preparing
newsletters and handling ARTE finances. The ARTE President presided over Executive Council meetings.
Mr. Beecher Rintoul was the first ARTE General Chairman. When he resigned in 1989, local Sacramento Chapter Chairman and
longtime ARTE member John (Jack) C. Davis, Jr. became President. On October 28, 1989, Chairman of Local 233, Tucson Chapter,
A. Pete Christensen was elected General Chairman of the ARTE.
In January 1994, ARTE merged with the Brotherhood of Railway Signalmen. ARTE General Chairman A. Pete Christensen became
Vice-General Chairman of the new BRS Local 233.
Scope and Content of Collection
This collection includes correspondence, a constitution, financial statements, newletters, rosters and other documents, and
subject files pertaining to The Association of Railway Technical Employees and its merger with the Brotherhood of Railroad
Signalmen. This collection is arranged into two series:
Series 1. DOCUMENT TYPE
Series 2. SUBJECT FILES