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Collection Title:CL 162 Carol A. Hall American LaFrance PapersCreator:Chemung County Historical Society
Processed By:Rachel Dworkin
Date Completed:May 2017

The items in this collection were donated to the Booth Library by Carol A. Hall in 2017.


Elmira (N.Y.); Fire Engines; Fire fighting equipment industry; Manufactures


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.

Scope:The Carol A. Hall American LaFrance Papers contains promotional material, photographs, and newspaper clippings associated with American LaFrance; and magazines from the Society for the Preservation and Appreciation of Antique Motor Fire Apparatus in America.

Located on Reading Room Unit 04, Shelf 02. Shares a box with CL 161.

Extent:.25 Linear Feet
Date Span:1959-2014

This collection contains items related to the American LaFrance Company including photographs, newspaper clippings, and promotional material.

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TitleDocumentBox NumberFolder NumberLocation
Newsletter - Blazes, American LaFrance: May 1974; May 1975.Newsletter010101
Newsletter - ATO Corporate News, 1974.Newsletter010102
American LaFrance 150th Anniversary packet, 1982, containing the following: Figgie International 1981 Annual Report; American LaFrance promotional literature; press releases about American LaFrance history. Booklet010103
Program - American LaFrance 175h Anniversary Celebration and Grand Opening, October 19-20, 2007.Program010104
Booklet - On the Road with Tour de LaFrance, ca. 1984.Booklet010105
Remembering American-LaFrance by Walt McCall, 2014.Manuscript010105
This folder contains the following photographs associated with American LaFrance: factory assembly line, 1970s; American LaFrance President Gerald Peters & Elmira plant manager Richard Borghi, 1970s; American LaFrance national sales conference attendees, October 10-13, 1971; aerial views of American LaFrance plant, various dates; historic fire trucks display, 2007.Photograpphs010201
This folder contains newspaper clippings regarding American LaFrance, 1959-1975.Newspaper Clippings010301
Magazine - Enjine!-Enjine!, Society for the Preservation and Appreciation of Antique Motor Fire Apparatus in America: Fall 1986; Summer & Fall 1988; Fall 1989; Fall 1990; Summer 1991. Magazine010401

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