Guide to the Western Highway Historical Collection M0314

Department of Special Collections and University Archives
1999, revised 2016
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: 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, 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

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 4

Fageol Motors trucks and motorcoaches

Scope and Contents note

19 folders. Mainly photographs (426), some offset photos and negatives (especially folder 19), and one dealer catalog. Gift of Don F. Pennell of Peterbilt Motors Co. All depict West Coast locations (Fageol was based in Oakland, California).
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.
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.
box 5, folder 3

Mack Trucks (International Motor Co.)

Scope and Contents note

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

Growth of Motor Transportation talk 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.
box 5, folder 6

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 7

Reliance Trailers dealer catalog

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 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 10

Miscellaneous truck photos - gift of Randolph Brandt


Old lumber truck at Scotia 1920


Langendorf bread truck, San Francisco 1919


Salvation Army doughnut truck, San Francisco 1919


Van Noy Interstate Co., San Francisco 1919


Packard truck at San Francisco 1918

box 5, folder 11

Miscellaneous truck photos


Locomobile truck, Mendocino County, Wood photo.


3 Peerless


Little Giant


2 fire engines


electric line repair


Ward Motor Vehicle Co.


3 Atlantic Vehicle Co.


General Motors


2-decker auto bus (New York City)


General Vehicle Co. (N.Y. R.R. Co.)


2 dump trucks


2 Consolidated Truck Lines, Inc.


Motor Trucks (Bend, Oregon, 1916)


unknown make, San Diego, W.W. I.


3 miscellaneous, Gift of John L. Springer


4 miscellaneous


2 fire engines (large photos)


Sprague Motor truck, Richmond 1888.


4 Oakland fire truck at fire March 17, 1924.