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Welcome to the Booth Library manuscript index. 

The manuscript index contains links to finding aids for the collections of the Booth Library.  Each finding aid has a description of that collection along with a listing of the items within that collection.  The Booth Library staff and volunteers are updating the index daily in order to make your research experience more productive.

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Collection TitleMC 06 American LaFrance CompanyCreatorBooth Library
Processed ByKimberly Richards, Rachel Dworkin
Date Completed:Spring 2006
Date Updated:February 2010
Provenance:This collection is a series of donations made by former employees and members of the LaFrance family.
Terms:Aerials, American LaFrance, Asa LaFrance, Blazes, Fire Trucks, The Phoenix, Pumpers, Truxton LaFrance.
Historical:

American LaFrance, originally called the LaFrance Manufacturing Company, was established by Jon Vischer and Truckson LaFrance in Elmira in 1873. The company manufactured steam fire engines and other firefighting equipment. In 1900, it merged with several other firefighting apparatus manufacturers. In 1903, this new company became known as American LaFrance Fire Engine Co. In 1985, the Elmira plant was shut down by American LaFrance’s parent company, Figgie International, Inc. After years of financial difficulties and multiple owners, American LaFrance ceased production in January 2014.

Notes:More information can be found in the following collections: Biography Files (BF20-425, BF39-500); Archival Collection (CL 18 - Tom Byrne Papers, CL 11 - John Huonker/ Hi-Bar Collection, CL 91 - Broadway Middle School Library Files); Manuscript Collection (MC 12 - William Lacey Collection); Postcard Collection (PTC.2); Photograph Collection (PC 14, 15); Stereographic Cards (SC 04);  Maps, Architectural Drawings, Oversized (MP); and Subject Files (VF 265-020, VF265-025, and VF265-062).
Extent1.5 linear feet
Date Span1906-1996
AbstractThe American LaFrance Company Collection contains product guides, brochures, specification manuals, blueprints and publications regarding the company's fire engines and other fire equipment.


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TitleDocumentBox NumberFolder NumberLocation
Field Servicemen's Training School notebook, January 10-21, 1955.NotebookC04
Firefighter training course material including articles on fire, fire fighting and equipment maintenance and use, ca. 1953.NotebooksC05
American LaFrance Airfoam Truck Mounted Systems instructions, product specifications and photos, ca. 1960s.NotebookC0601
Souvenir card from the American Caramel Company featuring John Bowers as John Ridd in "Loorna Doone," 1922. Souvenir CardC0602
Contract for payment from the Detroit Motor Car and Supply Company, March 30, 1907. DocumentC0605
Booklet - Welcome to Ward LaFrance, 1971. Company history and product guide. BookletC0701
Contains information on the records of Engines, Rebuilt Engines, Trucks and Boilers regarding part numbers and locations of where trucks were shipped to.NotebookD01
American LaFrance Fire Protection Equipment. Binder contains letters, documents, photographs, blueprints, magazines and specification guides from the M.F.A. Sales Engineering Department for various fire trucks and equipment manufactured by American LaFrance from the 1957 - 1960.BinderF
American LaFrance Fire Protection Equipment. Binder contains letters, documents, photographs, blueprints, magazines and specification guides from the M.F.A. Sales Engineering Department for various fire trucks and equipment manufactured by American LaFrance from the 1957 - 1960.BinderG
American LaFrance Fire Protection Equipment. Binder contains letters, documents, photographs, blueprints, magazines and specification guides from the M.F.A. Sales Engineering Department for various fire trucks and equipment manufactured by American LaFrance from the 1957 - 1960.BinderH
George Farr, American LaFrance Data Processing Manager's notebook on company data processing procedures, systems and techniques, ca. 1980s. NotebookI
American LaFrance Automotive Sales Manual, September 1964. NotebookJ0000
Album contains photgraphs, mounted on linen of the company and products. Many of the photographs are labeled.AlbumD02
Book contains bound copies of the newsletter: The Fireman's Herald from January 2, 1890 to December 25, 1890.BookE
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