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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.

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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American LaFrance Company Memorandum - Part Number Proposal by George Farr, May 26, 1982. DocumentB0101
American LaFrance Company Memorandum - System Development and Data Processing Review by George Farr, January 10, 1983. DocumentB0102
American LaFrance Company Memorandum - Accounts Receivable System Proposal by George Farr, April 1984.DocumentB0103
American LaFrance Company Memorandum - Labor Reporting System Proposal by George Farr, May 10, 1984.DocumentB0104
American LaFrance-Foamite Corporation Annual Report for the year ending in December 31, 1943. DocumentB0201
Booklet - American LaFrance-Foamite Corporation Annual Report for the year ending in December 31, 1945.BookletB0202
American LaFrance-Foamite Corporation Annual Report for the Year Ended December 31, 1952.BookletB0203
Figgie International Annual Report for 1981.BookletB0204
American LaFrance press release on the 130th anniversary celebration, June 13, 1964. DocumentB0301
American LaFrance press release regarding the new American LaFrance headquarters, April 7, 1982. DocumentB0302
American LaFrance press release regarding improvements in productivity and quality, April 7, 1982. DocumentB0303
American LaFrance press release regarding the company's 150 years of service to fire fighting, April 7, 1982.DocumentB0304
American LaFrance press release regarding their line of garbage trucks, April 7, 1982.DocumentB0305
Ledger - American LaFrance paint shop project book, 1894-1899. (with additional notes)LedgerB0401
Booklet - Trade Name Directory of American LaFrance-Foamite Corporation Fire Protection Equipment Products, March 1, 1944.BookletB0402
Booklet - American LaFrance-Foamite Corporation and Subsidiaries Employee Directory, 1946.BookletB0403
Booklet - The Largest Plant in the World Devoted Exclusively to the Manufacture of Motor Fire Apparatus: American LaFrance Elmira Factory Organization, ca. 1910s. BookletB0404
Report on the performance tests of the American LaFrance armored car, September 15, 1933.DocumentB0405
Ye Oldetime Season's Greetings - Merry Christmas from the home fires of American LaFrance-Foamite, 1948. Greeting CardB0406
American LaFrance Personnel Security Questionnaire filled out by Alexander G. Long, September 6, 1950.FormB0407
American LaFrance-Foamite Corporation memo to motor fire apparatus salesmen regarding new models with attached handbill "Suburban and Rural Fire Fighters: American LaFrance Fire Fighting Equipment Mounted On Your Preferred Commerical Chassis," March 18, 1955. MemorandumB0408
Technical drawing of American LaFrance fire truck model L-7165 with a 1962 Ford F-950 Chasiss by Douglas Gross, October 5, 1961.Technical DrawingB0409
American LaFrance company memo regarding the new logo, April 11, 1996. MemorandumB0410
Booklet - American LaFrance Quarter Century Club Roster, 1954.BookletB0501
Newsletter - Quarter Century Club, American LaFrance: August 27, 1954.NewsletterB0502
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