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OVERVIEW OF THE COLLECTION

Title: Southern Iron & Equipment Company Records

Collection Date(s): 1900-1960

Extent and Forms of Material: 2.5 cubic feet, (7 boxes )

Creator:Southern Iron & Equipment Company

Abstract: These records document the rebuilding of locomotives by the Southern Iron & Equipment Company during the period circa 1900-1960.

Repository: Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. archivescenter@si.edu 202-633-3270 www.americanhistory.si.edu/archives

Collection Number: AC0354

Processing Note: Craig Orr, archivist, June 1993; revised Christine S. Windheuser, volunteer, June 2010.

INFORMATION FOR USERS OF THE COLLECTION

Conditions Governing Access: The collectionis open for research use.

Physical Access: Researchers must handle unprotected photographs and negatives with gloves.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use: Copyright held by the Smithsonian Institution. Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Reproduction permission from the Archives Center: reproduction fees may apply.

Preferred Citation: [Title and Date of item], Southern Iron & Equipment Company Records, dates, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, box number X, folder number XX, digital file number XXXXXXXX

IN-DEPTH INFORMATION ABOUT THE COLLECTION

Administrative History: The Southern Iron & Equipment Company, a family-owned business located in Atlanta, Georgia, was a major re-conditioner of locomotives in the period circa 1900-1960. The company purchased locomotives, refurbished them, and then sold them. In addition, the company did repair and reconditioning work on behalf of various railroads.

Scope and Content: These records document the rebuilding of locomotives by the Southern Iron & Equipment Company during the period circa. 1903-1960. They consist of one folder of "Memorandum of Locomotive Numbers," 4 " x 6 " cards recording sales of rebuilt locomotives, five boxes of prints for  which a printed catalog is available and one box of 28 glass negatives. The "Memorandum," forty-eight pages total, lists the locomotives by number and shows the company from which it was purchased, type of locomotive, manufacturer, and to whom it was sold. The cards, alphabetically arranged by purchaser, record the type of locomotive, manufacturer, its number, and the purchase price. The cards contain most complete information on the period circa 1903-1924; after that, only the number of the locomotive was noted on the card. The prints are organized by railroad .

Acquisition Information: The written and photographic records of the Southern Iron & Equipment company were purchased from the company at the time of its dissolution by a Mr. Witbeck, a collector of railroad photographs. The records were subsequently purchased from him by Mr. Edward Bond of Marietta, Georgia. Mr. Bond donated them to the National Museum of American History in December 1988.

Custodial History: The records were transferred from the Division of Transportation to the Archives Center on September 25, 1989.

Access Points:

Subject/Names:
Southern Iron & Equipment Company

Subject Topical:
Repairing
Transportation
Railroad equipment industry
Locomotives
Locomotive Works-Georgia
Railroads--Equipment and Supplies
Locomtove industry
Railroads--rolling-stock

Subject-Geographical:
Atlanta (Ga.)
Georgia

Form/Genre:
Card files

CONTAINER LISTING

Box Folder  
7    4" x 6 " cards recording sales of rebuilt locomotives
1   Prints of locomotives and other background material, numbers 1-500
2   Prints of locomotives and other background material, numbers 600-900s
3   Prints of locomotives and other background material, numbers 1000-1500s
4   Prints of locomotives and other background material, numbers 1600-2400s
5   Edson notes and Southern Iron and Equipement Catalog, undated
6   Unnumbered box of twenty-eight negatives, undated
5   "Memorandum of Locomotive Numbers image #2

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