Frequently Asked Questions
1. Why can't you locate xxxxx?
- The collections at the Pullman Library encompass over
1 million drawings, hundreds of boxes of correspondence
and financial records, passenger car specifications
and drawing lists, marketing department materials, photos,
negatives, index books, company publications and reference
material. The collection is constantly being indexed
and organized. There are over 35 file cabinets of material.
The collection is physically stored in three locations.
The volunteers attempt to respond to all inquiries and
orders in a timely fashion. There is one designated
day per week that the Library is staffed. With order
fulfillment, conservation, organization ongoing, there
isn't a lot of free time to index all of the material.
There are multiple indexing efforts that are in process,
but the sheer numbers of drawings (and their condition)
prohibit rapid results. Many indexes that Pullman had
for their internal use are missing or in other collections
and are unavailable to us, and in some cases (like the
wood car drawings), Pullman saw no need to retain indexes
for material no longer in inventory. The Pullman Library
did not receive a full set of drawings, index books,
photos, negatives, specifications or correspondence.
There are known gaps.
2. What other drawings are available? (not usually found
in Specifications & Drawing Lists)
- Facility maps and building drawings & photos -
especially drawings of the Michigan City plant
- Truck Brake drawings - show consist of a specific
passenger train with each car identified providing weights,
braking requirements, and other data
- Drawings from the New York Central
- Drawings and maintenance manuals for Amtrak
3. What sketches or drawings might be of particular interest?
- Color & Design (C&D) department sketches providing
full-sized full alphabet drawings for specific lettering
- C&D sketches for specific lettering groups on
specific cars (U.S. Mail; BAGGAGE & EXPRESS; RAILWAY
EXPRESS AGENCY, etc.) with size & paint information
- Sketches for tail signs / drumheads
- C&D sketches for internal design elements (speaker
covers, upholstery, vases, murals, images, etc.)
4. Are there drawings related to military contracts available?
- Most drawings related to Department of Defense orders
were either retained by the DoD or returned to the DoD.
There are some minor drawings that pertain to various
projects. They are currently not indexed.
5. Are there drawings related to automobile and radio manufacturing
- While Pullman manufactured bodies for Packard, wagons
for John Deere, and radio cabinets for the Edison Company,
no related drawings have been identified so far in the
6. Who uses the information at the Pullman Library?
- Car Owners
- Historical Societies
- Legal Firms (under special license)
- Model Makers
- Model Manufacturers
- Other Archives
7. Typical Order Fulfillment Process
- Receiver Inquiry - Letter, e-mail, phone call
- Search for - drawings, photos, specifications, drawing
lists, other material
- Send - Estimate; Price & Ordering Guide; License
- Receive - Signed License; Approved Estimate; Check
to IRM with "Pullman Drawings" on memo line
- Copy - drawings, photos, specifications, drawing lists,
other material as ordered
- Send Order - via Priority Mail; Invoice marked "Paid";
Turn check in to IRM for the Pullman Library account
8. Payment Methods
9. Pullman Lot Numbers (brief overview)
- Lots 1 - 500 Pullman Car Works - Chicago
- Lots 1 - 500 Detroit Car Works
- Lots 500 plus can be freight and passenger mixed
- Lots 1000 to 4999 Pullman passenger equipment
- Lots 5000 to 5999 Pullman freight equipment
- Lots 5000 + Haskell & Barker (Pullman overlap)
- Lots 6000 to 7000+ Pullman & P-S passenger
- Lots 8000 to 9999 Pullman freight equipment
- Lots 1000+ Pullman freight equipment
10. Internal (to Pullman Library for internal use only)
search tools we can use to help you
- Internal Construction Record Listing (on paper &
- Private Car Construction (on paper & on line)
- Drawing Index Books
- Pullman Palace Car Drawings List 1893 - 1910
for 80% of the drawings in the Pullman Library