Donald Adams Pullman Porter collection
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Donald Adams Pullman Porter collection

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Auburn Avenue Research Library
Creator: Adams, Donald, of Ann Arbor, Mich.
Title: Donald Adams Pullman Porter collection
Dates: 20th century
Quantity: 2.0 linear ft.
Abstract:The collection contains one 5"x7" black and white photograph of an unidentified African American man, one Pullman porter hat, and eleven duplicate time sheets (copies) of Mr. W. O. Bullock. Mr. Bullock was an employed by the Pullman Company as a Porter (I.D. number PO. 174) from 1951 to 1957.
Identification: aarl95-011

Biographical/Historical Note

Mr. Adams is a developer, real estate company owner and an avid collector of artifacts, who lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan. As a developer, Mr. Adams was instrumental in the revitalization of the Peoples Town neighborhood, in what is today the Hank Aaron Boulevard area. His interest in the collection and preservation of railroad and music memorabilia has influenced this donation of artifacts and documents of the Pullman Company to our repository. Mr. Adams is a graduate of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

In 1897 George Mortimer Pullman (1831 - 1897) established the Pullman Palace Car Company that introduced an upscale means of commuting in the form of railroad sleeping cars in America. The Pullman Palace Car Company dominated this mode of transportation because it redesigned sleeping cars in order to make them more comfortable for passengers. The passengers Pullman had in mind were mainly white Americans because African Americans and other people of color were systematically barred from traveling in railroad sleeping cars during this period of American history.

Although African Americans were not allowed to patronize the services of the Pullman Company, they were earnestly sought after to work as porters for the company.


Scope and Content Note

This collection contains one 5" x 7" black and white photograph of an unidentified African American man, one Pullman porter hat, and eleven duplicate time sheets (copies) of Mr. W. O. Bullock. Mr. Bullock was an employed by the Pullman Company as a Porter (I.D. number PO. 174) from 1951 to 1957.


Arrangement

Arranged by type.


Index Terms

African American train attendants--United States.
Hats.
Photographs.
Pullman Company. -- History--20th century
Time cards.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Item, Donald Adams Pullman Porter collection, Archives Division, Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History, Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System.


Restrictions

Restrictions on Use

There are no restrictions on research use of this collection.

Copyright Restrictions

Prior permission from the Research Library must be obtained in writing before any portion of this collection can be published or reproduced.


Container List

 

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11Photograph (Unidentified)
One 5" x 7" black and white photograph of an unidentified African American man.
 
2Document Duplicates, 1951 to 1957
Eleven duplicate time sheets (copies) of Mr. W. O. Bullock. Mr. Bullock was employed by the Pullman Company as a porter (I.D. number PO. 174) from 1951 to 1957
 

Box

Fldr

23Artifact: One Hat
One black Pullman Porter hat.