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  • Karl, Roger F. R.
  • Pony express
  • Railroads -- Freight
  • Railroads -- Brakes
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  • Adams Express Company
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  • REA Express
    Railway Express Agency Records, 1898-1969.
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    Karl, Roger F. R. (donor).
    Railway Express Agency Records, 1898-1969.
    Phy. Description: 
    3 cubic feet
    9 boxes
    Digital Reference: 
    Finding aid
    Bio / His Notes: 
    The American Railway Express Agency was formed in 1917, when the federal government consolidated the nation's express companies in order to further the war effort. The company was purchased jointly by the nation's railroads in 1929, and its name was changed to Railway Express Agency, Inc. The company's name was changed to REA Express, and it conducted business under that title until 1975, when it filed for bankruptcy.
    Scope and Content: 
    Mainly forms, manuals, federal regulations, accounting instructions, and personnel materials. Included are labor agreements, an employee handbook, and information on the employees' sick benefit association. Other materials include drawings of property owned; and photographs, engineering drawings, technical publications relating to railroad passenger car brake equipment; also a public relations publication, "The Pony Express Story."
    Divided into 8 series: arranged (1) Adams Express Company, (2) Railway Express Agency--printed material, (3) Engineering drawings and publications, (4) Forms--air and mail, (5) Personnel materials, (6) Schedules and routes, (7) Rates, Rules, and regulations, (8) Notebook--Bulletins and circulars.
    Gift of Roger F.R. Karl, consulting engineer. Transferred from the Division of Mechanical and Civil Engineering.
    Finding aids: 
    Reigster with container list linked online to this record.
    Cite as: 
    Railway Express Agency Records,1898-1969, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
    Pony express
    Railroads -- Freight
    Railroads -- Brakes
    Adams Express Company
    American Railway Express Agency
    REA Express
    Repository Loc: 
    Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of American History : Archives Center. P.O. Box 37012, Suite 1100, MRC 601, Constitution Ave., between 12th and 14th Sts., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20013-7012. Call 202-633-3270 for appointment. Fax: 202-786-2453.
    Mechanical and Civil Engineering, Division of (collector).
    Railway Express Agency (author)
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    Archives Center at American HistoryACNMAH 0260Add Copy to MyList

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