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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Organization

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Series I. Accident Report and Photographs, 1945

Series II. Employee Information, 1943-1973

Series III. Labor Union Material, 1947-1980, n.d.

Series IV. Operation and Instruction Manuals, 1947-1972, n.d.

Series V. Time and Expense Record Books, 1958-1969

Series VI. Time Tables, 1956-1972

University of Texas Arlington

A. M. Spratt Railroad Collection:

A Guide



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Spratt, Archie, 1906-
Title: A. M. Spratt Railroad Collection
Inclusive Dates: 1943-1980
Bulk Dates: 1947-1973
Identification: AR454
Extent: 0.8 linear ft.
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Library

Biographical Note

A. M. Spratt was born east of Sanger, Texas, on November 15, 1906 and lived there most of his life. He owned a café in Sanger until he became a brakeman for the Santa Fe Railway Company in July, 1943, working on the line from Purcell, Oklahoma to Cleburne, Texas. Spratt joined the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen shortly after his employment and fought for improved working conditions for most of his career. He remained with the company until 1972 when he retired.

Sources:


  • A. M. Spratt Railroad Collection, AR454, Box 1, Folder 2, Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Library.
  • A. M. Spratt Interview, 7 July 1987, OH86.

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Scope and Contents

The collection, in two letter-sized document boxes, is composed of material collected and saved by A. M. Spratt over the course of his career as a railroad brakeman.

The collection is organized in six series. The first series is Accident Report and Photographs, which documents a railroad accident on April 14, 1945 (location unknown). The second series is Employee Information, which consists of a variety of material related to employees, such as forms, seniority lists, rules, regulations, and health information. The third series is Labor and Union Material which includes agreements, constitutions, convention information, and printed material relating to several railway unions such as the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen, United Transportation Union, and the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers. The fourth series, Operation and Instruction Books, includes railroad equipment operation rules, safety precautions, and instruction booklets. The fifth series is Time and Expense Record Books which belonged to A. M. Spratt. The last series is Time Tables and consists of Santa Fe and Burlington Northern railroad time tables for the public and employees.

The material contained in the A. M. Spratt Railroad Collection is of value to researchers interested in railroads in the South or any technical or historical aspects of the railroad industry in general.

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Organization

The A. M. Spratt Railroad Collection is organized in six series:
Series I. Accident Report and Photographs, 1945 (0.02 linear feet (1 folder))
Series II. Employee Information, 1943-1973 (0.2 linear feet (4 folders))
Series III. Labor Union Material, 1947-1980, n.d. (0.18 linear feet (5 folders))
Series IV. Operation and Instruction Books, 1947-1972, n.d. (0.2 linear feet (4 folders))
Series V. Time and Expense Record Books, 1958-1969 (0.15 linear feet (3 folders))
Series VI. Time Tables, 1956-1972 (0.05 linear feet (1 folder))

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Restrictions

Access

Open for research.

Literary Rights Statement

Permission to publish, reproduce, distribute, or use by any and all other current or future developed methods or procedures must be obtained in writing from Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Library. All rights are reserved and retained regardless of current or future development or laws that may apply to fair use standards.

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Index Terms

These records are indexed under the following headings in the catalog of The University of Texas at Arlington Library. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons or places should search the catalog using these headings.
Persons
Spratt, Archie, 1906- --Archives.
Organizations
Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway.
Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen.
Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers.
Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railway.
Santa Fe Railway Company.
United Transportation Union.
Subjects
Railroads--Employees.
Railroads--Employees--Labor unions.
Railroads--United States.
Alternate Titles
Texas Labor Archives.

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Administrative Information

Citation

A. M. Spratt Railroad Collection, AR454, Box number, Folder number, Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Library.

Acquisition

The materials in the A. M. Spratt Railroad Collection were donated to the Special Collections Division, The University of Texas at Arlington Library, by Archie M. Spratt on July 30, 1987.

Processing Information

Finding aid prepared by Tara Kirk, March 2005.

The collection was accessioned as 88-1.

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Container List

 

Series I. Accident Report and Photographs, 1945

Report documenting a railroad accident, including photographs.
Box Folder
1 1 Railroad Accident Report, 1945
Twelve pages of photographs with descriptions documenting a railroad accident on April 14, 1945. Location unknown.

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Series II. Employee Information, 1943-1973

Seniority lists, employee rules, regulations, and health information.
Arranged by document type.
Box Folder
1 2 Employee Forms, 1963, 1973
Chain gang cars regulation proposal and time & return delay report for A.M. Spratt.
3 Employee Rules and Information, 1949-1969
Booklets created by the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway System: Form 1610 Standard List of Numbers Assigned to Stations, February 1, 1949; General Rules for the Guidance of Employees, 1959; Rules Governing Time Service Operating Department, December 6, 1959; Rates, Rules and Regulations for Trainmen, January 1, 1966; Rates, Rules and Regulations for Conductors, August 12, 1966, March 1, 1969..
4 Employee Rules and Information, 1968
Rates, Rules and Working Conditions for Trainmen represented by Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen, June 1, 1968; Rates, Rules and Working Conditions for Yardmen represented by Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen, June 1, 1968.
5 Health and Medical Information, 1956-1968
Contains booklets on heath insurance, first aid, and physical examinations for employees.
6 Seniority Lists of Enginemen, 1943, 1960
The Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railway Company booklets.

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Series III. Labor Union Material, 1947-1980, n.d.

Labor union agreements, constitutions, rules and regulations, convention meeting program, and printed material.
Arranged by document type.
Box Folder
1 7 Labor Union Agreements, 1947-1965
Union agreements between various Santa Fe railroad companies and labor organizations.
8 Labor Union Constitutions, 1960-1968
Constitutions for the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen and the United Transportation Union.
9 Labor Union Convention Material, 1980, n.d.
Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers convention program, an undated Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen letter, and a humorous list of railroad job descriptions.
10 Labor Union Printed Material, 1964
Official weekly publication, Trainman News, Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen. November 30, 1964.

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Series IV. Operation and Instruction Manuals, 1947-1972, n.d.

Railroad equipment operation rules and instruction booklets.
Arranged by document type.
Box Folder
2 1 Rules and Instructions Booklets, 1947-1966
Rules Governing Time Service (1947); Fort Worth Union Passenger Station Company Operating Rules (1951); Safety Rules (1953); Rules, Operating Department (1953, 1966).
2 Rules and Instruction Booklets, 1954-1971
Car Seals Application, Condition, Recording and Care (1954); General Instructions and Rules for Train Handling and Operation of the Brake System in Locomotives and Cars (1953, 1957, and 1963); B. E. Pamphlet 20-G for Trainmasters and Train and Engine Crews (1959, 1971).
3 Rules and Instruction Booklets, 1970, n.d.
Remote Controlled Equipment Rules (1970); Instruction Description and Operation covering Air Brake Equipment (n.d.).
4 Operating Bulletins, 1972
The Atchison Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Co., Western Lines, Northern Division, Operating Bulletins, January 1, 1972.

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Series V. Time and Expense Record Books, 1958-1969

Railroad time and expense record books for A.M. Spratt.
Arranged chronologically.
Box Folder
2 5 Railroad Time Books, 1958, 1964
Railroad time books for A. M. Spratt which provide his hours worked and miles traveled.
6 Time and Expense Record Books, 1963-1965
Railroad employees time book and expense records for A. M. Spratt.
7 Time and Expense Record Books, 1966-1968

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Series VI. Time Tables, 1956-1972

Railroad time tables for the public and for employees.
Arranged chronologically.
Box Folder
2 8 Time Tables, 1956-1972
Public system time table for Burlington Route and employee time tables for the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Co. Western Lines, Northern Division and Eastern Lines, Middle Division.

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