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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Content Note

Arrangement

Restrictions

Index Terms

Separated Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

VIA Records

Transportation

Special Formats

University of Texas San Antonio

A Guide to the John Kight Transportation Collection, 1878-1990



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Kight, John, d. 1989.
Title: John Kight Transportation Collection
Dates: 1878-1990
Creator Abstract: John Kight was a long time employee and historian of successive transportation companies in San Antonio. The records of VIA Metropolitan Transit, kept by Kight, include material from the beginning of mass transit in San Antonio in 1878 to 1990.
Content Abstract: The Kight Transportation Collection documents the history of mass transportation in San Antonio. The collection is divided into three series of records representing the different types of material and the origins of that material: VIA Records, Transportation, and Special Formats.
Identification: MS 26
Extent: 62.5 linear feet (approximately 47,000 items)
Language: The materials are in English.
Repository: University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections

Biographical Note

John Kight was the company historian and custodian of the records of VIA Metropolitan Transit (VIA). Beginning in 1926, he worked in the maintenance shop for the various successive transportation companies in San Antonio. He retired from the San Antonio Transit System in 1974 but maintained an active interest in San Antonio's transportation history until his death in June 1989. During his career and even after his retirement, Kight wrote extensively on transportation history in company publications. The records of VIA, kept by Kight, include material from predecessor transportation companies dating back to the late 19th century; however, most date from 1920-1977. Using his skill as a photographer, Kight also made a detailed visual record of San Antonio's public transportation system in the 20th century.

VIA began operating one hundred years after mass transportation in San Antonio began with cars being pulled along rails by mules in 1878. With a population of 12, 256, San Antonio was then the largest city in Texas. Five different companies began operating electric streetcar service in the 1890s. The lack of standardization and cooperation between the companies caused problems for people who needed to use more than one line. By 1900, the five companies had been consolidated into the San Antonio Traction Company, a single company responsible for all mass transportation in San Antonio. Between 1900 and when VIA began operating in March 1978, mass transportation in San Antonio was run by a succession of separate companies. A brief chronology of the different transit companies in San Antonio is listed after this note. Mass transportation in San Antonio became publicly owned in 1959.

VIA, the first regional transit authority in the nation, and its predecessor companies made many milestones in the history of mass transportation. As advances in technology made improvements possible, San Antonio would be among the first places where innovations were tried. For example, bus service started in 1917 when a converted truck was used to transport servicemen between Fort Sam Houston and downtown. Buses became more and more common in San Antonio throughout the 1920's. Touring buses for sightseers began in 1930. San Antonio was the largest city in the United States to completely convert from streetcars to buses in 1933. Fifty years later rubber tired reproductions of streetcars were put into service on downtown streets by VIA. San Antonio was also the first city in the world to offer air conditioned bus service in 1947. In addition, the maintenance department of the San Antonio Transit System redesigned the air conditioners of the Diesel powered "Dreamliner" buses that arrived in 1960. General Motors adopted the San Antonio design for all Dreamliners. San Antonio was also one of the first cities to use an automatic vehicle monitoring system to pinpoint the location of buses on routes.

Mr. Kight also kept the papers of F. Norman "Pinky" Hill. Mr. Hill was the General Manager of the San Antonio Transit System from 1959 to 1977 and an officer of the American Transit Association (ATA) serving as president in 1967-1968. Prior to his arrival in San Antonio, Mr. Hill held positions with the St. Joseph [Missouri] Railway, Light, Heat and Power Company (1942-1945), National City Lines in St. Louis (1945-1948) and the Baltimore Transit Company (1948-1951). He was also president of the Capitol Transit Company (1951-1955) and Red Arrow Freight Lines (1955-1959) both in Little Rock, Arkansas.

San Antonio Public Transportation Timeline

1878 San Antonio Street Railway Company begins operating between downtown and San Pedro Springs. Cars were pulled along tracks by mules and horses
1889 San Antonio Edison Company formed to create and power an electric railway system.
Sept. 1890 First electric streetcar operated by San Antonio Edison Company (Hot Wells line).
1890 San Antonio Street Railway Company replaces the mules with electric streetcars. Alamo Electric Railway Company formed. Rapid Transit Company formed. A 5th company ran a line to West End Lake.
1898-1900 All five companies which run streetcars in San Antonio merge and form the San Antonio Traction Company.
1917 San Antonio Traction Company merges with San Antonio Gas and Electric Company and becomes the Traction Department of the San Antonio Public Service Company.
1931 Traction Department renamed Transportation Department.
1941-1942 Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority tries to purchase San Antonio Public Service Company.
Oct. 1942 San Antonio City Commissioners buy San Antonio Public Service Company and create City Public Service Board.
Dec. 1942 Transportation Department of City Public Service Board sold to Smith, Young, Tower Corporation, which forms the San Antonio Transit Company.
May 1959 City of San Antonio purchases San Antonio Transit Company. The San Antonio Transit System is formed.
Mar. 1978 Following voter approval, the San Antonio Transit System is dissolved and the county wide VIA Metropolitan Transit begins operations

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Scope and Content Note

The Kight Transportation Collection consists of materials dating from 1878 to 1990, which document the history of mass transportation in San Antonio. The collection is divided into three series of records representing the different types of material and the origins of that material. The series are VIA Records, Transportation, and Special Formats.

The VIA Records series contains the Records of VIA Metropolitan Transit (VIA) and is composed of ten subseries. It documents local transportation issues in San Antonio and Bexar County. The documents reveal much of the history of transportation in San Antonio and how a large company and agency functioned in San Antonio in the 20th century.

The day to day operations and the flow of communication in the transportation companies are well documented in the correspondence, the Board of Trustees, and the office files subseries. These records show many of the issues with which the transportation companies had to be concerned and how those concerns changed over time.

The ties that the transportation companies had with the San Antonio community are recorded in the local associations subseries as well as the legal and contracts subseries. These documents help to illustrate how various groups in the area viewed mass transportation. The ties that the transportation companies in San Antonio had with transportation companies in other cities is well documented, as are the ties with the manufacturers of buses.

The transportation companies also worked hard to establish a positive image in San Antonio. The VIA publications subseries contains material designed to promote the companies, both to their employees and the San Antonio community. The public image of the transportation companies in San Antonio is also documented in clippings and awards.

The Transportation series focuses on transportation issues that concern more than San Antonio and Bexar County. A large number of national transportation periodicals and information about professional associations provide insight into national and international transportation issues. The papers of F. Norman Hill are also in this series.

F. Norman Hill's papers are useful to compare the operations of San Antonio Transportation System with the other companies with which Hill worked. His leadership role in the American Transit Association (ATA) makes his papers a valuable resource to study how the leaders of the transportation industry reacted to the challenges of the 1960s. A number of regional and national groups concern themselves with mass transportation. Some of these groups are documented in transportation associations. The American Transit Association, the largest professional association of the transit industry, is further documented in American Transit Association meetings and publications. VIA and its predecessors kept a large reference library of national transportation publications providing another avenue in which local authorities could consult national experience and expertise.

The Special Formats series contains non textual records and is divided into three subseries. This arrangement of photographs, negatives and other formats provide a detailed visual record of the history of mass transportation in San Antonio spanning over a century. The growth of the city and the bus system can be examined using this material. This series illustrates the information in the other series, but it is also a rich historical resource by itself.

Journals and serial publications have been separated from the collection and are maintained in the JPL Special Collections reading room. They can be found by searching the UTSA Catalog for "John Kight Transportation Manuscript Collection."

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Arrangement

The collection is arranged as follows:
VIA Records
Transportation
Special Formats

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is housed at UTSA's Main Campus and must be accessed via the John Peace Library Special Collections reading room. To request access, please use the Collections Request Form.

Usage Restrictions

Permission to publish material from the collection must be obtained from University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections.

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Index Terms

Persons
Kight, John, d. 1989.
Hill, F. Norman.
Organizations
Alamo Area Council of Governments.
American Electric Railway Association.
American Street and Interurban Railway Association.
American Transit Association.
Baltimore Transit Company.
Capital Transportation Company (Little Rock, Ark.)
City Public Service (San Antonio, Tex.)
Good Government League (San Antonio, Tex.)
Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce.
HemisFair '68 (1968: San Antonio, Tex.)
National City Lines (St. Louis, Mo.)
San Antonio Public Service Company.
San Antonio Public Service Company. Traction Dept.
San Antonio Public Service Company. Transportation Dept.
San Antonio Traction Company.
San Antonio Transit System.
San Antonio Transportation System.
Texas Transportation Museum (San Antonio, Tex.)
VIA Metropolitan Transit.
Topics:
Buses--Texas--San Antonio--History.
Electric railroads--Texas--San Antonio--Cars.
Local transit--Texas--San Antonio--History.
Transportation--Texas--San Antonio
Transportation--Texas--San Antonio--History.
Urban transportation--Texas--San Antonio--History.
Locations
San Antonio (Tex.)
Genres/formats
Clippings.
Correspondence.
Journals (periodicals).
Legal documents.
Long-playing records.
Minutes.
Negatives (photographic).
Newsletters.
Photographs.
Postcards.
Slides (photographs).
Videotapes.
Local Subjects
San Antonio History
Urban Development and Growth

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Separated Material

Journals and serial publications have been separated from the collection and are maintained in the JPL Special Collections reading room. They can be found by searching the UTSA Catalog for "John Kight Transportation Manuscript Collection."

  • 1933 supplement to the engineering manual / American Transit Engineering Association [Call Number: TF701 .A653 Suppl. 1933]
  • The Accelerator, vol. 1; vol. 3-15 [Call Number: HE5634.S36 A23]
  • Lubrication, vol.43-59 [Call Number: TJ1075.A2 L8]
  • Proceedings of the American Electric Railway Engineering Association, 1932 [Call Number: TF701 .A65]
  • Proceedings of the American Street and Interurban Railway Engineering Association, 1908-1910 [Call Number: TF701 .A65]
  • Report of the Twenty-Fourth Annual Meeting of the American Street Railway Association Held at the Philadelphia Museum Philadelphia, PA. September 27-28, 1905 [Call Number: TF701 .A6]

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

John Kight Transportation Collection Papers, 1878-1990, MS 26, University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections.

Acquisition Information

Records were donated in 1994 by Douglas A. Peck of VIA Metropolitan Transit (Acc. 1994-04).

Processing Information

Processed by Eric Hartmann in November 1998.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

VIA Records

Correspondence
Bound volumes of correspondence of the San Antonio Traction Company, The Traction and the Transportation Departments of the San Antonio Public Service Company, and the San Antonio Transportation Company. Most of the letters are written between company officials and concern the day to day operation of the company.
Arranged chronologically.
Box Folder
OM1 San Antonio Traction Company
1 Oversize: 1910
2 Oversize: 1912-1914
Box
OM4 Oversize: 1916-1922
Box Folder
OM1 San Antonio Public Service Company
3 Oversize: September 1919-May 1920
4 Oversize: May 1920-November 1920
Box Folder
OM2 1 Oversize: November 1920-June 1921
2 Oversize: June 1921-June 1922
3 Oversize: June 1922-March 1923
4 Oversize: March 1923-August 1923
Box
83 August 1923-June 1924
Box
84 November 1924-February 1925
June 1925-February 1926
Box
85 February 1926-November 1926
Box
86 November 1926-September 1927
Box
87 September 1927-July 1928
Box
88 August 1928-July 1929
Box
89 July 1929-July 1930
Box
90 July 1930-September 1931
Box
91 September 1931-October 1932
Box
92 October 1932-September 1933
Box
93 September 1933-August 1934
Box
94 August 1934-July 1935
Box
95 July 1935-July 1936
Box
96 June 1936-July 1937
Box
97 July 1937-September 1938
Box
98 September 1938-September 1939
Box
99 September 1939-September 1940
Box
100 September 1940-September 1941
Box
101 September 1941-August 1942
Box
102 San Antonio Transit Company
December 1942-February 1944
Box
103 February 1944-January 1945
Box
104 January 1945-March 1946
Box
105 March 1946-May 1947
Box
106 May 1947- December 1948
Box
107 January 1949-June 1950
Box
108 July 1950-December 1951
Box
109 January 1952-December 1953
Box
110 January 1954-December 1955
Box
111 January 1956-December 1957
Board of Trustees
The minutes of meetings of the board that oversaw public transit in San Antonio. The minutes run uninterrupted between 1959-1977. The minutes often contain clippings, reports and appendices, which board members consulted during the meetings. There is also a small group of minutes from the VIA Board of Trustees in 1984.
Arranged chronologically.
Box Folder
1 Minutes
1 May 1959-July 1960
2 August 1960-July 1961
3 August 1961-July 1962
4 August 1962-July 1963
Box Folder
2 1 August 1963-July 1964
2 January 1965-July 1965
3 August 1965-December 1965
4 January 1966-March 1966
5 April 1966-July 1966
6 August 1966-December 1966
Box Folder
3 1 January 1967-March 1967
2 April 1967-July 1967
3 August-December 1967
4 January-March 1968
5 April 1968-July 1968
6 August 1968-December 1968
7 January-March 1969
8 April 1969-July 1969
Box Folder
4 1 August 1969- December 1969
2 January 1970-April 1970
3 May 1970-July 1970
4 August 1970-December 1970
5 January 1971-March 1971
Box Folder
5 1 April 1971- July 1971
2 August 1971-January 1972
3 February 1972-April 1972
4 May 1972-July 1972
Box Folder
6 1 August 1972- October 1972
2 November 1972-January 1973
3 February 1973-April 1973
4 May 1973
Box Folder
7 1 June 1973-July 1973
2 August 1973-October 1973
3 November 1973-January 1974
4 February 1974-April 1974
Box Folder
8 1 May 1974-July 1974
2 August 1974-January 1975
3 February-April 1975
4 May-July 1975
Box Folder
9 1 August 1975-September 1975
2 October 1975-January 1976
3 February 1976-July 1976
4 August 1976-September 1976
Box Folder
10 1 October 1976-January 1977
2 February 1977-May 1977
3 1983-1984
4 City Clerk, 1959-1967
Office Files
Material such as correspondence, reports and other reference information concerning issues and concerns of the transportation companies. Most of the information was produced by the different departments and groups within the San Antonio Transit System (1959-1977). This material includes a great deal of the professional correspondence of F. Norman Hill while he was General Manager. Other materials relating to Mr. Hill are kept in the Hill series of the Transportation series (TS1).
Arranged alphabetically and organized by topic.
Box Folder
11 Administration Building
1 1947
2 1948-1968
3 1951-1962
4 1963-1969
Box Folder
12 1 Alamo Guided Tours, 1965-1969
2 Automobiles, 1959-1968
3 Bids, 1964
4 Consultants, 1962-1970
Correspondence
5 Commendations, 1971-1973
6 Complaints, 1971-1973
Inquiries
7 1961-1964
8 1965-1971
9 1965-1970
Box Folder
13 1 1972-1978
2 Marketing, 1960-1965
3 Equipment, 1960-1962
4 Extensions, 1965
5 Furniture, undated
Gray Line
6 Bylaws and Membership, 1959-1967
Correspondence
7 1961-1964
Box Folder
14 1 1965-1972
HemisFair
2 1963-1964
3 1965-1966
4 1967-1968
History
5 General, 1904-1968 and undated
Box Folder
15 1 Nostalgia, 1974-1982 and undated
Inspection and Surveys
2 1905-1907
3 1909
4 1909-1910
Box Folder
16 1 1910
2 1911
3 1911
Box Folder
17 1 1912-1938
Inventory
2 Fares, undated
3 Price list, undated
4 Routes, undated
5 Routes, undated
6 Schedules, undated
7 Volume One, undated
Box Folder
18 1 Volume Two, undated
2 Kight, John, 1956-1981
Maps
City
3 Undated
4 1948-1976
5 Geographic, 1949
6 Romana Plaza, 1940-1968
Transit
7 Undated
8 [1920]-1957
9 1958-1986
Box Folder
OM3 Oversize materials, undated
Box Folder
19 Miscellaneous
1 Undated
2 1946-1971
Personnel
3 Benefits, 1965-1966
4 Group Records, 1961
5 Insurance, 1956-1961
6 Miscellaneous, 1937-1983
Box Folder
20 1 Retirees, 1950-1977
2 Seniority List, 1966-1968
3 Vacation, undated
4 Retirement Plan, 1973
Public Relations
5 1970 and undated
6 1982-1990
7 Purchase of San Antonio Transportation Company, 1964
Rates
8 Fare Application, 1961
Senior Citizens
Chicago
9 General, 1970
10 Study, 1970
Box Folder
21 1 Clippings, 1970-1974
2 Correspondence, 1969-1974
3 Dallas, 1971-1972
4 Miscellaneous, 1968-1970 and undated
Plan for Implementation
5 1972
6 1972-1975
Senior Citizen Study
7 1969-1970
Box Folder
22 1 1969-1970
2 1969-1970
3 Various Cities, 1970 and undated
4 Students 1960-1974
Box Folder
23 Reports
1 Annual, 1948-1971
2 Budget, 1966
3 Carpenter Body Works, 1983
4 Bus Service in the Greater Northwest, 1985
5 Mass Transit, 1966
6 NIACD Report, 1965
Passenger loads
7 1929-1936
Box Folder
24 1 1936-1938
2 Request for Transit Communications System, 1983
3 Route Analysis Procedures, 1986
4 San Antonio Urban Design Mechanism Study, 1972
5 Service Station, 1946
6 Summary of Operating Results, 1960-1982
7 System Cost Analysis Evaluation Form, undated
8 Skillcraft Industries Incorporated, 1983
9 Tri Party Downtown Transportation Initiative, 1984
Box Folder
25 Urban Transportation Study
1 1964-1969
2 1970
Schedules
Pocket
3 1946-1965
4 1968-1969
5 1970-1974
6 1975-1977
Box Folder
26 1 1978
2 1979-1980
3 1981
4 1982
5 1983-1984
6 1985-1986
Box Folder
27 1 1987
2 1988-1989
3 1990
Box Folder
OM3 2 Oversize materials, 1979-1981
Box Folder
27 4 Texas Transportation Museum, 1964-1974
Traffic
5 Bus lane, 1959-1964
6 Bus Stops, 1962-1968
Box Folder
28 1 Capacity of Urban Transit Models, 1962
2 Expressway, 1963-1971
3 Mall Studies, 1965-1970
4 Parking, 1959
5 Pedestrian, 1964-1966
6 Validation Plan, 1962-1963
Clippings
News Clippings and editorials from the San Antonio Express News and the San Antonio Light about transportation in San Antonio.
Box Folder
28 Editorials
7 1964-1967
8 1968-1972
9 General, 1952-1972
Box Folder
29 1 Good Government League, 1960-1972
Legal and Contracts
This subseries contains documents and legal concerns such as local, state and federal regulation of public transportation. Information about labor contracts is also in this subseries. There are also contracts between the San Antonio public transportation companies and other entities. Contracts concerned matters such as providing supplies to the bus system and providing bus service to schools and military bases.
Arranged by type of document and organized chronologically.
Box Folder
29 Contracts
2 Advertising
3 Alamo Heights, 1949-1959
4 Armored Motor Service, 1942-1950
4 City Armored Service, 1960-1969
5 City Public Service Board, 1942-1951
6 Comptroller of Public Accounts, 1950-1958
Fort Sam Houston
7 School Bus Service, 1964-1967
8 Transportation License
9 1944-1958
10 1959-1962
11 Fuels and Lubricants, 1956-1959
Box Folder
30 1 Goodrich Tire, 1944-1958
2 Granada Hotel, 1954-1961
3 Gulf Oil, 1946-1969
4 Industrial Cleaning, 1947-1956
5 Kelly Air Force Base, 1947-1968
6 Lackland Air Force Base, 1944-1958
7 Lawn Maintenance, 1948-1958
8 Miscellaneous, 1942-1969
9 Mobile Oil, 1964-1967
10 San Antonio Independent School District, 1940-1955
11 Southwestern Bell, 1958
12 Texaco, 1960-1967
13 Texas Company, 1944-1959
14 Transit Tower, 1943-1958
15 Tulahoma Gas Company, 1954-1961
Box Folder
31 1 United States Post Office, 1942-1958
2 Vending Machine, 1946-1963
Federal
3 Fair Labor Standards Act, 1964-1966
4 Miscellaneous, 1961-1966
5 Urban Mass Transit Act, 1964
Ordinances
6 1921-1941
7 1947-1970
State
Buses
8 School Bus Regulation, 1962-1965
9 Size of Buses, 1959
10 Legislature, 1969
Box Folder
32 1 Miscellaneous, 1963-1969
2 National Legislative Conference, 1967
3 Roster, 1956-1970
Taxes
4 Miscellaneous, 1949-1962
5 Motor Fuel, 1949-1965
6 Private versus Municipal, 1960-1970
7 Trial de Nova, 1962
Labor
8 Agreements, 1916-1950
Box Folder
33 Compulsory Arbitration
1 1957-1961
2 1961-1967
Pay board
3 1971-1972
4 1971-1972
5 Reports, 1971
Box Folder
34 1 United States Department of Labor, 1958-1964
Wages
2 Data, 1958-1970
3 Discussion, 1969
4 General, 1969-1970
5 Survey, 1969-1970
Local Associations
Contains information about the contact between groups in south Texas like the Alamo Area Council of Governments and the San Antonio River Authority and the transportation companies. These contacts mostly concerned the role of public transportation in San Antonio.
Arranged by association name and organized chronologically.
Box Folder
34 Alamo Area Council of Governments (AACOG)
Executive Committee
6 1969
7 1970
Box Folder
35 1 1971
2 1972-1973
3 General, 1970-1972
4 Archdiocese of San Antonio, 1965-1966
5 City Public Service
6 Downtown Association
Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce
7 Armed Forces Committee, 1965-1971
Box Folder
36 1 General, 1968-1971
Highway and Public Works
2 1966-1967
3 1968-1971
4 Urban Improvement, 1961-1966
5 Miscellaneous, 1956-1970
6 Municipal Advisory Council, 1960-1967
7 Oozlfinch Fort Sam Houston, 1961-1962
Box Folder
37 1 Research and Planning Council, 1962-1963
2 San Antonio Athletic Club, 1967-1970
San Antonio City Government
General
3 1959-1966
4 1970-1973
5 Model Cities Program, 1968
6 Regional Planning, 1966
7 Traffic Coordinating Committee, 1968
San Antonio River Authority
General
8 1970
Box Folder
38 1 1971-1973
2 River Corridor Study, 1973
3 Southwest Foundations, 1967-1968
4 Southwest Research Institute, 1965-1968
Buses
This subseries includes registrations and insurance information as well other material from the companies' maintenance departments in which John Kight worked for over forty years. Some information about the routes traveled by the buses is in this subseries including a sample of bus transfers. This subseries also provides a detailed look at some of the equipment used by the transportation companies in San Antonio.
Arranged by topic and organized alphabetically.
Box Folder
38 5 Air Conditioning, 1960-1961
6 Automatic Vehicle Monitoring, 1981-1983
7 Bids, 1964
Certificates
8 1960-1966
Box Folder
39 1 1967-1985
Communications,
2 1982
3 1983
4 1983
Correspondence
5 1930-1948
6 1957-1960
7 1960-1967
8 Disposal of Buses, 1961-1969
9 Dreamliner, 1960
Box Folder
40 1 Exhaust Pipes, 1969
Fuel
2 1961-1963
3 1964-1966
GMC
Advertisements
4 1963-1968 and undated
5 1968-1970 and undated
6 Correspondence, 1961-1962
Insurance
General
7 Undated
8 1966-1972
9 Safety Survey, 1970
10 List of Buses, 1959-1967
11 Mack Bus, 1961
12 Maintenance, 1972-1973
Box Folder
41 1 Mileage, 1932
2 Miscellaneous, undated
3 Owner's Manual, 1948-1971 and undated
4 Propane, 1956-1970
5 Radio, 1979
6 Replacement Program, 1961-1965
Reports
7 Blue Bird Body Company, 1983
8 Carpenter, 1970 and undated
Box Folder
42 1 Neoplan Bus, 1983
2 Ontario Bus, 1983
Specifications
3 1964
4 1965-1967
5 1969-1971
6 Seats, 1967
7 Signs, 1961-1964
8 Streetcars, 1932-1982
Box Folder
43 1 Tires, 1961-1963
Transfers and Passes
Passes
2 1939-1944
3 1945-1948
4 1978
Transfers
5 Books, 1926-1987
6 Correspondence, 1945
7 Route changes, undated
8 General, undated
Box Folder
44 1 Upholstery, 1961-1968
United States Department of Transportation
2 1962-1977
3 1979
4 1981-1982
Awards
This material concerns the Fleet Magazine Maintenance efficiency award, which was won by the transportation system in San Antonio for 45 consecutive years. This subseries includes reports submitted to Fleet. These reports summarized the year's maintenance activities so that San Antonio could be considered for the award. There is also information on awards won by SATS and VIA.
Arranged by award name and organized chronologically.
Box Folder
44 Charles A. Coffin Medal
5 1927
6 1927-1928
7 1927-1929
Maintenance Efficiency
8 1936-1937
Box Folder
45 1 1937-1938
2 1938-1939
3 1939-1940
4 1940-1941
5 1941-1942
Box Folder
46 1 1942-1943
2 1943-1944
3 1944-1945
4 1945-1946
5 1946-1947
6 1947-1948
7 1948-1949
8 1949-1950
9 1950-1951
10 1951-1952
Box Folder
47 1 1952-1953
2 1953-1954
3 1954-1955
4 1955-1956
5 1956-1957
6 1957-1958
7 1958-1959
Box Folder
48 1 1959-1960
2 1960-1961
3 1961-1962
4 1962-1963
5 1963-1964
6 1964-1965
7 1966
8 1967-1973
Box Folder
OM3 3 Oversize materials, 1949-1951
Box Folder
48 9 Commendations, 1964-1970
VIA Publications
This subseries contains journals and newsletters published by the bus company. Some of these publications were for employees and others were for customers. Several articles by John Kight are within these publications.
Arranged by publisher and title and organized chronologically.
Box Folder
48 10 San Antonio Traction Company, 1903-1910
San Antonio Public Service Company
11 The Broadcaster, 1927-1932
Box Folder
49 General
1 1923-1938
2 1938-1946
3 Manuals, 1923-1929
4 Records of Constructing and Changing of Routes, undated
5 City Public Service, The Broadcaster, 1968-1982
Box Folder
50 2 San Antonio Transit Company Manuals, 1944-1954
San Antonio Transit System
3 Manuals, 1962-1974
Roadrunner
4 1961-1964
5 1970-1976
Box Folder
OM5 1 Oversize: Accelerator and Roadrunner clippings, 1956-1969
Box Folder
50 VIA Metropolitan Transit
6 Buster the Bus Book, undated
7 Rider Reader, 1981-1988
VIA Roadrunner
8 1981-1984
9 1985-1988
10 1988-1990
11 Voz del Barrio, 1968
Other Cities
This subseries contains some correspondence with officials in other bus systems and reference information. A large number of labor contracts can be found here.
Arranged by city and organized chronologically.
Box Folder
51 1 Cincinnati, 1964-1972
Dallas
Clippings
2 1955-1972
3 1973-1974
General
4 1946-1964
5 1969-1972
6 1973-1974
7 Fort Worth, 1950-1969
8 Houston, 1940-1985
9 Laredo, 1969-1976
10 Louisville, 1954-1964
Box Folder
52 1 Memphis, 1963-1964
2 Miscellaneous, 1941-1972
3 San Francisco, 1966
4 St. Louis, 1948-1964
5 Twin Cities, 1956-1964
6 Washington D.C., 1961-1963
Labor Contracts
7 Undated
8 1953-1960
9 1964-1973
10 1974-1975

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Transportation

Hill, F. Norman
The personal papers of F. Norman "Pinky" Hill, longtime General Manager of the San Antonio Transportation System and President of the American Transit Association. Material in this subseries contains information about his jobs prior to arriving in San Antonio and some personal correspondence. His activities with the San Antonio Transportation system are documented in Office files (VS3) and other subseries in the VIA series. Records of Mr. Hill's activities with the American Transit Associations and other professional organizations are kept in the Transport Associations subseries (TS3).
Arranged by topic and organized chronologically.
Box Folder
53 Correspondence
1 1945
2 1946
3 1947
4 1948-1949
5 1950
6 January-August 1962
7 September-December 1962
8 1963
Box Folder
54 1 1971
2 1972
3 1973
Baltimore Transit Company
Arbitration
4 1945
5 1945
Box Folder
55 1 Baltimore Engineer, 1950
Bulletins
2 1950
3 1950
4 Contract, 1950
5 Fares, 1950
General
6 1949
7 1949-1950
Box Folder
56 1 1950
Manuals
2 Coach Operation, undated
3 Fire, 1952
4 Parking, 1949
Preventive Maintenance
5 1949
6 1950
7 Operating Department, 1948
8 Parts Inventory, 1950
Box Folder
57 1 Personnel, 1949-1950
2 Real Estate, undated
3 Statistics, 1948-1950
4 Supervisory, undated
5 Tire Contract, 1949-1950
6 Capitol Transportation Company, 1950 and undated
National City Lines
7 Beaumont City Lines, 1944-1946
8 Contract Data, 1947 and undated
9 East St. Louis, 1952
Box Folder
58 1 Financial, 1945-1947
2 Forms, undated
General
3 1945-1946
4 1947-1948
5 1949-1951
Manuals
6 1500 Mile Inspection, 1947
7 3000 Mile Inspection, undated
8 15000 Mile Inspection, undated
Box Folder
59 1 Management, 1947
2 Montgomery, 1946-1948
3 St. Louis, 1950
4 St. Louis Public Service Company, 1949
5 Statistics, 1946
6 Tulsa, 1948
7 Scouting, 1954-1955
University of Colorado
Development
8 1965-1966
Box Folder
60 1 1967
2 General, 1961-1970
Transportation Associations
Correspondence and other communication with regional, national and international transportation groups. This includes material from F. Norman Hill when he was an officer of the ATA. Communications with groups and associations in the San Antonio area, most of which concern bus service in the city, are documented in the Local Associations subseries (VS6).
Arranged by association name and publisher and organized chronologically.
Box Box
61 American Transit Association
1 Awards, 1965-1969
2 Annual Reports, 1959-1967
Board of Directors
3 Correspondence, 1961-1967
4 Minutes, 1962-1967
Meetings
5 Las Vegas, 1967
6 Washington D.C.
7 Membership, 1960-1967
Committees
8 Administrative, 1967
Box Folder
62 1 Advertising Revenue, 1961-1964
2 Bus Design, 1952-1958
3 Clean Air, 1961-1966
4 Clerical, 1960-1967
Executive
5 1960-1967
Box Folder
63 1 1968
2 1968
3 1969
4 Executive and Finance, 1969
5 Finance and Special Dues, 1969-1970
6 Highway Capacity, 1960-1962
7 Labor Relations, 1962-1968
8 Law, 1959-1960
Box Folder
64 1 Nominations, 1959-1969
2 Program, 1960-1968
3 Purchase and Stores, 1958-1969
4 Tax Advisory, 1953-1962
5 Urban Transit Radio, 1953-1968
Conventions
6 1967
1968
7 General
Box Folder
65 1 General
2 Program
3 1969-1970
4 1970
5 Midyear, 1968-1969
Box Folder
66 1 Western Regional, 1967-1969
Correspondence
2 Director
3 General, 1968-1969
4 Directories, 1936-1970
5 Fares, 1961-1969
Manuals
6 The Case Interview Plan, 1949
Box Folder
67 1 Transit Fact Book, 1944-1960
Labor Relations
2 Case Interview System, 1953
3 Consumer Price Index, 1958-1964
4 Labor Practices Report, 1956-1969
5 Wages, 1965-1972
Legislation
6 Transit Housing Act, 1962-1964
7 Urban Transportation Act, 1964-1969
Box Folder
68 1 Municipal Ownership, 1958-1963
2 Papers Presented, 1955-1959
3 Philadelphia Transit Authority, 1959-1969
4 Press Releases, 1959-1969
Special Inquiry Services
5 Correspondence, 1970-1972
Questionnaires
6 1955-1963
Box Folder
69 1 1964-1967
2 1968-1969
Statistics
3 General, 1964-1965
4 Operating Ratio, 1959-1960
5 Tires, 1960-1967
Box Folder
70 1 Transit Traffic, 1970-1972
2 Air Pollution Conference, 1966
3 Automotive Safety Foundation, 1967
4 Canadian Transit Association, 1968
5 Electric Railroad Association, 1969-1971
International Conference
6 1967-1968
7 1968-1969
Box Folder
71 1 Miscellaneous, 1961-1967
Midwest Transit Association
2 1951-1952
3 1953
4 1954
5 1954
Box Folder
72 1 National Research Council,
2 NDTA, 1968
3 Regional Transit Association, 1975
4 Texas Transit Association, 1961-1968
Texas Transportation Institute
5 1961-1965
6 1966-1968
7 Texas Manufacturing Association, 1963-1970
Box Folder
73 1 Transit Data Summaries, 1970-1972
Transportation Publications
National Transportation journals kept as reference material by VIA.
Arranged by publication name and organized chronologically.
Box Folder
73 2 Bus Ride, 1968
3 Collector's Item, 1981-1982
4 Electric Railway Journal, 1929
8 Labor Track Work, 1930
9 Metro Magazine, 1990
Box Folder
74 1 Miscellaneous, 1925-1969
3 San Antonio Tourism Publications, 1965-1972
4 The Texas ERA, 1962
5 Traffic Engineering, 1962
6 Traffic Quarterly, 1958-1968
United States Department of Transportation
7 Department of Transportation News, 1972
8 Innovation in Public Transportation, 1981

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Special Formats

Photographs
Over 3000 prints, most taken by John Kight, Many of the photographs were taken to provide publicity shots and visual records for the company. Others were taken for personal reasons. The maintenance department in which Kight worked is especially well documented. Many of the prints have negatives in the negatives subseries (SFS2).
Arranged by subject in photograph and organized chronologically.
Box Folder
74 VIA
Buses
9 Gray line, 1935-1970 and undated
10 Interior
Routes
Bus 600
11 Undated
Box Folder
75 1 Undated
2 General, 1971-1979 and undated
3 Traffic Guide, undated
General
4 Undated
5 1925-1975
Garage
Buses
6 Undated
7 1936-1975
8 Cars, 1927-1980 and undated
Construction Equipment
9 Undated
10 1941-1963
11 1964-1978
12 Emergency Vehicles, 1962-1975
Box Folder
76 Equipment
1 Undated
2 1927-1957
3 1958-1962
4 1963-1975
Trucks
5 Undated
6 1955-1957
7 1958
8 1959-1962
9 1962-1975
Individuals
10 Construction, 1957-1964 and undated
11 Drivers, 1953-1967 and undated
Mechanics
Inside Garage
12 Undated
13 1936-1957
14 1958-1960
Box Folder
77 1 1961-1965
2 1966-1973
3 Outside Garage, 1929-1975 and undated
4 Office Workers, 1911-1970 and undated
Box
OM6 Oversize: Personnel Photographs , undated
Photographs are arranged alphabetically by name
Box Folder
77 Portraits
5 A-K, 1901-1969 and undated
6 L-Z, 1928-1967 and undated
Unidentified
7 Undated
8 1930-1990
Groups
9 Boarding Buses, 1957-1967 and undated
10 General, 1943-1970 and undated
11 Mechanics, 1902-1977 and undated
12 Officials, 1903-1971 and undated
Unidentified
13 Undated
14 1927-1972
Box Folder
78 Properties
1 Construction, 1927-1973 and undated
2 Garage, 1933-1975 and undated
3 General, 1957-1979 and undated
4 Interior, 1956-1970 and undated
5 Stops, 1971-1980 and undated
6 Transportation Building, 1956-1969 and undated
7 Yard, 1927-1955
Presentations and Awards
8 Awards, 1944-1974 and undated
9 Presentations, 1958-1981 and undated
10 Parties and Receptions, 1967-1974
Box Folder
79 Publicity
General
1 Undated
2 1943-1983
Box Folder
OM8 Oversize: Displays
1 Display 1-25
2 Unlabeled
Box Folder
79 Tracks
3 Undated
4 1900-1970
Trolleys
5 Undated
6 1878-1965
7 Celebrities, 1932-1968
8 HemisFair, 1967-1968
9 Military, 1941-1969 and undated
San Antonio
10 Undated
11 1904-1964
12 1965-1978
13 Trains, 1926-1969
Box Folder
80 1 Miscellaneous, 1956-1981 and undated
2 National City Lines, undated
3 Other Cities, 1960-1961 and undated
Negatives
Some negatives have prints in the photographs subseries (SFS1) but the similarity among several prints made it difficult to assign each negative with a print. There are also some negatives that have no matching print.
Arranged by subject in negative and organized chronologically.
4 Awards, 1958-1970
5 Buildings, 1959-1962 and undated
6 Buses, 1963-1970 and undated
7 Cars and Trucks, 1964-1973 and undated
Maintenance Shop
8 Undated
9 1960-1978
Box Folder
81 1 Miscellaneous, 1962 and undated
People
2 Undated
3 Undated
4 1963-1971
5 San Antonio, 1973 and undated
6 Streetcars, 1930-1968 and undated
Other Formats
Contains a selection of slides, postcards, videotapes and LPs used by VIA. A small number of artifacts, dating from the streetcar era, are included.
Arranged by format and organized chronologically.
Box
Slide Cabinet Slides, (Slides are kept in cabinet; Inventory Available) 1972
Buses
People
Trolleys
People
Presentations
VIA
Box Folder
81 Post Cards
7 VIA, 1961
Box Folder
82 1 Trolley Museums, undated
2 Promotional, undated
Video Tapes
3 Undated
4 Undated
5 1978
Box Folder
OM3 Oversize: LPs
4 The Modern Streetcar, undated
5 Oversize materials, undated
Box
OM7 Artifacts, undated
Oversize: Safety can
Box
112 Rail
Extent (4 pieces)
Measurement devices

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