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Donald Adams Pullman Porter collection

 Collection
Identifier: aarl95-011

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.

Dates

  • 20th century

Creator

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.

Historical Sketch

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.

The Pullman Palace Car Company

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.

Extent

2.0 Linear feet

Overview

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.

Series

Arranged by type.
Title
Inventory of the Donald Adams Pullman Porter Collection aarl95-011 aarl95-011
Author
Finding aid prepared by Finding aid prepared by Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History
Date
2004 September 15

Repository Details

Part of the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African-American Culture and History Repository

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