Guide to the Western highways historical collection , 1888-1960

Department of Special Collections
Green Library
Stanford University Libraries
Stanford, CA 94305-6004
Phone: (650) 725-1022
© 1999
The Board of Trustees of Stanford University. All rights reserved.

Guide to the Western highways historical collection , 1888-1960

Collection number: M0314

Department of Special Collections and University Archives

Stanford University Libraries

Stanford, California

Contact Information

  • Department of Special Collections
  • Green Library
  • Stanford University Libraries
  • Stanford, CA 94305-6004
  • Phone: (650) 725-1022
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Processed by:
Sara Timby
Date Completed:
1980 Dec.
© 1999 The Board of Trustees of Stanford University. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Western highways historical collection ,
Date (inclusive): 1888-1960
Collection number: Special Collections M0314
Creator: Various
Extent: 2.5 linear ft.
Repository: Stanford University. Libraries. Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives.
Language: English.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions


Publication Rights

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Various sources

Preferred Citation:

[Identification of item] Western highways historical collection , M0314, Dept. of Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

Scope and Content

Photographs, dealer catalogs, flyers, clippings, and an illustrated talk on the subject of trucks. Collection includes material on the products of Autocar; Trailmobile; Fageol Motors; Kenworth Craftsman; Mack Trucks; International Motor Co.; Reliance Trailer and Truck Co.; Hilo Transportation and Terminal Co., Lts.; and White Motor Trucks.

Container List

Box 1

Autocar Messenger, 1920-25,

Physical Description: (5 volumes).
Box 2

Autocar Messenger, 1926.

Scope and Content Note

5 dealer sales catalogues with photos of Autocar products.
Box 3

Photo album of road construction projects utilizing Autocar trucks in various Sierra Nevada locations, [1920's-30's].


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 Content Note

Gift of Don F. Pennell of Peterbilt Motors Co.
Mainly photographs (426), some offset photos, and one dealer catalog
Box 5, Folder 1

Autocar Trucks:

Physical Description: 37 photos
Physical Description: 4 printed spec sheets

Scope and Content Note

1 flyer (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.
Box 5, Folder 2

Trailmobile, gift of Trailmobile, Inc.

Scope and Content Note

10 photos of Trailmobile trucks (the following subject matter is also included in the photos:)
Cincinnati, Ohio, 1919 (2)
fairs (1916)
San Antonio, Texas, 1918
Gas stations, 1939 (Associated Oil Co.)
Box 5, Folder 3

1 Kenworth Craftsman, June 1960. Vol 18 #3,

Physical Description: 16 pp.

Scope and Content Note

4 prints of Kenworth, gift of Edwin S. Acker.
1 print Kenworth, gift John C. Springer.
Box 5, Folder 4

Mack Trucks, International MOtor Co.

Physical Description: 2 prints

Scope and Content Note

2 1912 (1 dup) price lists (with 13 pictures).
2 printed sheets (front and back) inc. 5 pictures.
Box 5, Folder 5

Growth of motor transportation


5 pp typescript by O.E. Dagner (of White Motor Co.) forthe Society of Engineers Meeting, May 8, 1936.


Accompanied by 26 photos used in illustration of talk (keyed by number to typescript): Includes:

Scope and Content Note

ox carts
horse drawn wagons
panel delivery truck
motor tankers
the first semi-trailer
Box 5, Folder 6

Reliance Trailer and Truck Co., Inc.

Scope and Content Note

Gift of William Tice.

Del Monte Creamery truck & tailer, 1926


Early low-bed (2)


Solid tire low-bed trailer


Experimental dump truck, c. 1926.


Riverdale creamery truck & trailer


Reliance side dump trailer, 1926,

Scope and Content Note

(San Diego Street R.R. Co.)

Alaska- special construction trailer, c. 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, 1922.(Glass lined tanks for Naitonal Ice Cream).


Bekins Van & Trailer, 1927.


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


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' dealers catalog. Gift of William Tice.

Box 5, Folder 8

Hilo Transportation and Terminal Co., Ltd.

Scope and Content Note

Gift of Hilo Transportation.

5 photos of sugar hauling equipment in Hawaii.

Box 5, Folder 9

White Motor Trucks

Scope and Content 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, CA, 1920.


Langendorf bread truck, 1919.[San Francisco].


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 Oaklnad fire truck at fire, March 17, 1924.

Oversize Folder 314

Ideal scrapbook, gift of John H. Phillips, printed magazine articles, newsclips, news advertisements, etc., all dealing with Autocar trucks.


Commercial Car Journal