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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-Foamite Corporation, Quarter Century Club By-Laws with an Amendment, February 23, 1959.DocumentsB0503
American LaFrance memo regarding operating instructions for apparatus with automatic transmissions, December 8, 1959. MemorandumB0601
Notes on American LaFrance product numbers and titles, ca. 1950s.NotesB0602
American LaFrance Relief & Pilot Valve diagram, ca. 1950s.Technical DrawingB0603
Technical drawing of the American LaFrance Governor Control Handle, ca. 1950s.Technical DrawingB0604
Techincal Drawing of the American LaFrance Governor Control Handle, April 19, 1946.Technical DrawingB0605
Manual - Operation, Service and Overhaul Instructions for American LaFrance 900 Series Fire Engine, ca 1940s.ManualB07
Pamphlet - Instructions for American LaFrance Protexall Dry Chemical Fire Extinguisher.PamphletC0101
Booklet - Operation, Service and Overhaul Instruction Manual for Commercial Chassis Twinflow Pump, Nineteenth Edition. (2 versions)BookletC0102
Booklet - Operation, Service and Overhaul Instruction Manual for American LaFrance Pump Twinflow 900 Series. BookletC0103
Technical specifications for American LaFrance Spartan/1 fire engine. HandbillC0104
Specification guide for the American LaFrance "Little Mo" fire truck. BookletC0105
Technical specification for American LaFrance Engine Model J.DocumentsC0106
Technical specifications for the American LaFrance 900 Series, Cab-Ahead-of-Engine Delux Custom Built Triple Combination Pumper and American LaFrance 6 Cylinder Engines.BookletC0107
Technical specifications for American LaFrance 900 Series Cab-Ahead-of-Engine Delux Custom Built Tractor Drawn Aerial.DocumentsC0108
Notes on Standard Pump, Pump Ratio, Gates & Location, and Suction Size.NotesC0109
Booklet - Fire Engine Tests and Fire Stream Tables, National Board of Fire Underwriters, April 1953.BookletC0201
The Iowa State College Bulletin 125: Fire Department Pump Operator's Handbook, 1954.BookletC0202
Booklet - Standards on Volunteer Fire Departments for Rural and Small Community Service, National Fire Protection Association, May 1958.BookletC0203
Booklet - Suggested Specifications of the National Board of Fire Underwriters for Motor Fire Apparatus As Recommended by the National Fire Protection Association and Approved by the International Association of Fire Chiefs, June 1960.BookletC0204
Fire Stream Friction Loss and Fire Stream Discharge siding chart, compliments of Akron Brass Mfg. Company.DocumentsC0205
Advertisement - New Device Gives You Fogfoam or Solid Foam Stream from Rockwood's Famous SG Type Nozzles, Rockwood Sprinkler Co.HandbillC0206
Article - Fog Nozzle Studies by Warren Y. Kimball, Manager, NFPA Fire Services Department and Editor of Fireman, 1955.ArticleC0207
Booklet - Studies of Fire Department Fog Nozzles for the Committee on Fire Department Equipment by the National Fire Protection Association and the International Association of Fire Chiefs, July 8-16, 1952.BookletC0208
Operator's Manual: American LaFrance 700 Series.ManualC03
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