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Railway Express Agency Records

Author:
Railway Express Agency.  Search this
Donor:
Karl, Roger F. R.  Search this
Collector:
Mechanical and Civil Engineering, Division of  Search this
Mechanical and Civil Engineering, Division of  Search this
Names:
Adams Express Company  Search this
American Railway Express Agency  Search this
REA Express  Search this
Extent:
3 Cubic feet (10 boxes, 7 map-folders)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1860-1970
Scope and Contents:
Mainly forms, manuals, federal regulations, accounting instructions, and personnel materials. Included are labor agreements, an employee handbook, and information on the employees' sick benefit association. Other materials include drawings of property owned; and photographs, engineering drawings, technical publications relating to railroad passenger car brake equipment; also a public relations publication, "The Pony Express Story."
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged into eight series.

Series 1, Adams Express Company, 1899-1913

Series 2, Railway Express Agency Printed Material, 1914-1965

Series 3, Engineering drawings and publications, 1898-1952

Series 4, Air and Mail Forms, 1954-1964

Series 5, Personnel materials, 1864-1879

Series 6, Schedules and routes, 1929-1967

Series 7, Rates, Rules, and Regulations, 1860-1962

Series 8, Notebook--Bulletins and Circulars, 1929-1958

Series 9, Drawings, 1873-1970
Biographical / Historical:
In 1860 there were three principal transcontinental mail and express routes: By ship from New York to Panama then by portage across the Isthmus to the West Coast and finally back to sea for the last leg to San Francisco; Second, the Butterfield and Fargo Stageline operating from St. Louis through the Indian Territory along the Santa Fe Trail and up to Los Angeles to San Francisco; and third the stageline of Russell, Majors, and Waddell, which traveled from Ft. Levenworth, Kansas to Denver, then over the mountains to Salt Lake City and California terminating in San Francisco. Early in 1860 the Pony Express concept was formed and operated from St. Joseph, Missouri to Sacremento, California. The end of the Pony Express came in 1861 when the telegraph line connected Omaha and San Francisco and officially ended on Oct. 26, 1861.

On November 1, 1866 Wells Fargo & Co. purchased the stage and Pony Express operations from Ben Holladay. At this time there were several express companies; however, by 1914 there were only seven. During World War I these seven companies were consolidated at the direction of the Federal Government into one nationwide organization, the American Railway Express Agency. In 1929 the nations railroads bought the express business and changed the name to Railway Express Agency, Inc. In November 1960 REA Express was adopted as the Company's trade name. In October 1960 acquired Fast Service Shipping Terminals Inc. In January 1961 formed REA Leasing Corp a trailer leasing company. In February 1965 formed with Seven Arts Associated Corp. and Travel Theaters Inc. REA Express Seven Arts Transvision, Inc. In 1965 sold 32 terminals and leased them back. In April 1967 formed REA Express Canada, Ltd. In May 1967 formed Rexco Supply Corp. to conduct tire recapping and automotive parts distribution business. In February 1970 formed The Express Co., Inc. as a subsidiary of REA Holding Corp to conduct an international air freight forwarding business.

On February 21, 1975 the Company filed a petition under Chapter XI of the Bankruptcy Act in Federal Court in New York County listing assets of $41,000,000 and liabilities of $55,000,000. Company said the reasons for the petition included losses created by years of railroad domination as well as high rate of inflation, a recent decline in express shipments, and limited availability of credit.
Provenance:
Gift from Roger F.R. Karl, consulting engineer.
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
Pony express  Search this
Railroads -- Brakes  Search this
Railroads -- Freight  Search this
Transportation  Search this
Blueprints  Search this
Citation:
Railway Express Agency Records, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0260
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Railway Express Agency Records
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-0260
Online Media:

"The Pony Express Story," REA Public Relations & Adv. Division

Collection Author:
Railway Express Agency.  Search this
Collection Donor:
Karl, Roger F. R.  Search this
Collection Collector:
Mechanical and Civil Engineering, Division of  Search this
Container:
Box 1 (Series 2), Folder 2
Type:
Archival materials
Text
Date:
April 3, 1860-October 26, 1861
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Railway Express Agency Records, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
See more items in:
Railway Express Agency Records
Railway Express Agency Records / Series 2: Railway Express Agency Printed Material
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0260-ref35

Pony Express Story [booklet]

Collector:
Karl, Roger F. R.  Search this
Collection Author:
Railway Express Agency.  Search this
Collection Donor:
Karl, Roger F. R.  Search this
Collection Collector:
Mechanical and Civil Engineering, Division of  Search this
Extent:
1 Item (Ink on paper., 7.4" x 5.5")
Container:
Box 1 (Series 2), Folder 2
Type:
Archival materials
Booklets
Date:
Unknown
Local Numbers:
AC0260-0000001 (AC scan no.)
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
Pony express  Search this
Genre/Form:
Booklets
Collection Citation:
Railway Express Agency Records, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
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Railway Express Agency Records
Railway Express Agency Records / Series 2: Railway Express Agency Printed Material / "The Pony Express Story," REA Public Relations & Adv. Division
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0260-ref619

Central Overland califronia and Pikes peak Express Company Pony Express Route map for 1860-1861

Collection Author:
Railway Express Agency.  Search this
Collection Donor:
Karl, Roger F. R.  Search this
Collection Collector:
Mechanical and Civil Engineering, Division of  Search this
Container:
Map-folder 3
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
undated
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Railway Express Agency Records, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
See more items in:
Railway Express Agency Records
Railway Express Agency Records / Series 9: Drawings
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0260-ref722

Patent Model for Rule for Describing Polygonal Forms Invented by M. Jeff Thompson

Maker:
Thompson, Meriwether J.  Search this
Physical Description:
metal (overall material)
wood (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 3.7 cm x 34 cm x 11 cm; 1 15/32 in x 13 3/8 in x 4 11/32 in
Object Name:
protractor
Place made:
United States: Missouri, Saint Joseph
Date made:
1858
Associated Date:
1858-10-12
Subject:
Mathematics  Search this
Protractor  Search this
Patent Models  Search this
ID Number:
MA.315262
Accession number:
219305
Catalog number:
315262
See more items in:
Medicine and Science: Mathematics
Protractors
Science & Mathematics
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a7-4f1d-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_904310
Online Media:

The Pony Express -- A Pioneer of the Bell System [black & white advertisement; tear sheet]

Advertiser:
American Telephone and Telegraph Company  Search this
Collection Creator:
Ayer (N W) Incorporated.  Search this
Extent:
1 Item (Ink on paper., 8.4" x 5.1".)
Container:
Box 21 (Series 2), Folder 1, book 109
Type:
Archival materials
Tear sheets
Advertisements
Date:
1912
Scope and Contents:
Pony Express rider galloping away on a fresh horse.
Local Numbers:
AC0059-0000009 (AC Scan)
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research use.

Physical Access: Researchers must use microfilm copy. Researchers must handle unprotected photographs with gloves. Researchers must use reference copies of audiovisual materials. When no reference copy exists, the Archives Center staff will produce reference copies on an "as needed" basis, as resources allow.

Technical Access: Viewing the film portion of the collection without reference copies requires special appointment, please inquire; listening to audio discs requires special arrangement. Do not use original materials when available on reference video or audio tapes.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Reproduction permission from Archives Center: reproduction fees may apply. Publication and production quality duplication is restricted due to complex copyright, publicity rights, and right to privacy issues. All duplication requests must be reviewed and approved by Archives Center staff. Potential users must receive written permission from appropriate rights holders prior to obtaining high quality copies.
Topic:
Horses  Search this
telephone  Search this
Communication  Search this
Pony express  Search this
advertising  Search this
Genre/Form:
Tear sheets
Advertisements -- 1910-1920
Collection Citation:
NW Ayer & Sons, incorporated Advertising Agency Records, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
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N W Ayer Advertising Agency Records
N W Ayer Advertising Agency Records / Series 2: Proof Sheets / American Telephone and Telegraph Company telephone, telegraph
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0059-ref8423

Diary

Collection Collector:
Robinson, Franklin A., Jr., 1959- (actor)  Search this
Container:
Box 39, Folder 11
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1950
Collection Restrictions:
Unrestricted research use on site to portions of collection, but some papers of living persons are restricted. Access to restricted portions may be arranged by request to donor. Gloves required for unprotected photographs. Viewing film portions of the collection and listening to LP recording requires special appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Archives Center does not own exclusive rights to these materials. Copyright for all materials is retained by the donor, Franklin A. Robinson, Jr.; permission for commercial use and/or publication may be requested from the donor through the Archives Center. Military Records for Franklin A. Robinson (b. 1932) and correspondence from Richard I. Damalouji (1961-2014) are restricted; written permission is needed to research these files. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
The Robinson and Via Family Papers, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
See more items in:
Robinson and Via Family Papers
Robinson and Via Family Papers / Series 2: Robinson Family / 2.6: Robinson, Franklin A.
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0475-ref167
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Mechau, Frank, 4359CY: Dangers of the Mail and Pony Express (Pair)

Collection Creator:
Richard York Gallery  Search this
Container:
Box 41, Folder 94
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1994-1995
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Collection Citation:
Richard York Gallery records, circa 1865-2005, bulk 1981-2004. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Richard York Gallery records
Richard York Gallery records / Series 2: Artists' Artwork Files / 2.1: General
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-richyorg-ref3966

Wyoming State Capitol, Cheyenne, Wyoming, Murals: "Frontier Cavalry Officer" ("The Soldier"), "Railroad Builders, Surveyors," "Pony Express Rider," "Indian Chief Cheyenne," "Stagecoach," "Cattlemen," "Trappers,"

Collection Creator:
True, Allen Tupper, 1881-1955  Search this
Extent:
(includes 1 illustrated notebook)
Container:
Box 5, Folder 42
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1917-1918
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research. Patrons must use microfilm copy.
Collection Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Collection Citation:
The Allen Tupper True and True family papers, 1841-1987
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Allen Tupper True and True family papers
Allen Tupper True and True family papers / Series 8: Project Files
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-truealle-ref100

Mountain States Telephone and Telegraph Company Building, Denver, Colorado, Murals include: "Primitive Communication--The Smoke Signal," "Pioneer Communication--The Pony Express," "Mountain Construction," "The Crucible of Science," "The Wings of Though...

Collection Creator:
True, Allen Tupper, 1881-1955  Search this
Container:
Box 5, Folder 61-65
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1927-1929
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research. Patrons must use microfilm copy.
Collection Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Collection Citation:
The Allen Tupper True and True family papers, 1841-1987
See more items in:
Allen Tupper True and True family papers
Allen Tupper True and True family papers / Series 8: Project Files
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-truealle-ref117

Orphans Preferred: The Twisted Truth and Lasting Legend of the Pony Express

Creator:
National Postal Museum  Search this
Type:
YouTube Videos
Uploaded:
2011-10-15T14:01:25.000Z
YouTube Category:
Education  Search this
Topic:
Postal service;Letter mail handling;Stamp collecting  Search this
See more by:
SmithsonianNPM
Data Source:
National Postal Museum
YouTube Channel:
SmithsonianNPM
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:yt_D3QPhrXJGdE

The Pony Express Keeps Delivering

Creator:
National Postal Museum  Search this
Type:
YouTube Videos
Uploaded:
2010-05-20T22:45:06.000Z
YouTube Category:
Education  Search this
Topic:
Postal service;Letter mail handling;Stamp collecting  Search this
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SmithsonianNPM
Data Source:
National Postal Museum
YouTube Channel:
SmithsonianNPM
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:yt_TPzucGVg7Oc

Story of a Pony Express Rider

Creator:
National Postal Museum  Search this
Type:
YouTube Videos
Uploaded:
2010-09-01T17:10:43.000Z
YouTube Category:
Education  Search this
Topic:
Postal service;Letter mail handling;Stamp collecting  Search this
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SmithsonianNPM
Data Source:
National Postal Museum
YouTube Channel:
SmithsonianNPM
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:yt_h3UmYfJEoEo

How Buffalo Bill Became a Water Tycoon

Creator:
Smithsonian Channel  Search this
Type:
YouTube Videos
Uploaded:
2014-10-10T04:00:03.000Z
YouTube Category:
Entertainment  Search this
See more by:
smithsonianchannel
Data Source:
Smithsonian Channel
YouTube Channel:
smithsonianchannel
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:yt_5p971bSWCow

The Pony Express Diamond Jubilee: Revisiting the Excitement of the 1935 Re-ride

Creator:
National Postal Museum  Search this
Type:
Lectures
YouTube Videos
Uploaded:
2010-05-21T14:33:25.000Z
YouTube Category:
Education  Search this
Topic:
Postal service;Letter mail handling;Stamp collecting  Search this
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SmithsonianNPM
Data Source:
National Postal Museum
YouTube Channel:
SmithsonianNPM
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:yt_IunnUuqTrXI

Hollywoods Historical Mishaps: The Pony Express

Creator:
National Postal Museum  Search this
Type:
YouTube Videos
Uploaded:
2010-03-24T21:51:02.000Z
YouTube Category:
Education  Search this
Topic:
Postal service;Letter mail handling;Stamp collecting  Search this
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SmithsonianNPM
Data Source:
National Postal Museum
YouTube Channel:
SmithsonianNPM
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:yt_Unu8gVef7r4

Shotguns and stagecoaches : the brave men who rode for Wells Fargo in the Wild West / John Boessenecker

Title:
Brave men who rode for Wells Fargo in the Wild West
Author:
Boessenecker, John 1953-  Search this
Subject:
Wells, Fargo & Company Employees  Search this
Physical description:
xix, 348 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Type:
Books
Biography
History
Place:
West (U.S.)
Date:
2018
19th century
Topic:
Stagecoaches--History  Search this
Coaching (Transportation)--History  Search this
Stagecoach robberies--History  Search this
stagecoach drivers--stage riders--riding shotgun  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1094692

Drawing of a Pony Express rider

Collection Creator:
United Telegraph Workers.  Search this
Western Union Telegraph Company  Search this
Container:
Box 866
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
undated
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.

Gloves must be worn when handling unprotected photographs and negatives. Special arrangements must be made to view some of the audio visual materials. Contact the Archives Center at 202-633-3270.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Western Union Telegraph Company Records, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
See more items in:
Western Union Telegraph Company Records
Western Union Telegraph Company Records / Series 23: Photographs / 23.14: Addenda (2017)
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0205-ref10680

Pony Express Route, April 3, 1860-October 24, 1861

Series Creator:
Warshaw, Isadore, 1900-1969  Search this
Container:
Map-folder 7
Type:
Archival materials
Graphic Materials
Date:
undated
Scope and Contents:
Illustrated map published by Union Pacific Railroad.
Series Restrictions:
Collection is open for research. Some items may be restricted due to fragile condition.
Series Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Series Citation:
Warshaw Collection of Business Americana Subject Categories: Express, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
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Warshaw Collection of Business Americana Subject Categories: Express
Warshaw Collection of Business Americana Subject Categories: Express / Business Records and Marketing Material
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0060-s01-01-express-ref149

Images

Series Creator:
Warshaw, Isadore, 1900-1969  Search this
Container:
Box 6, Folder 7
Type:
Archival materials
Graphic Materials
Date:
undated
Scope and Contents:
Color reprint titled The Pony Express, 1860 (Maynard Dixon, 1925). 14 large, color stamps promoting Wells Fargo services.
Series Restrictions:
Collection is open for research. Some items may be restricted due to fragile condition.
Series Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Series Citation:
Warshaw Collection of Business Americana Subject Categories: Express, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
See more items in:
Warshaw Collection of Business Americana Subject Categories: Express
Warshaw Collection of Business Americana Subject Categories: Express / Business Records and Marketing Material / Wells Fargo
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0060-s01-01-express-ref87

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