Guide to the Robert G. Pflaum Slide Collection, 1910-2000 AIS.2010.01

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Summary Information

Repository
ULS Archives & Special Collections
Title
Robert G. Pflaum Slide Collection
Creator
Pflaum, Robert G., 1938-2007
Collection Number
AIS.2010.01
Date [bulk]
Bulk, 1970-1985
Date [inclusive]
1910-2000
Extent
2.5 linear feet
Abstract
The Robert G. Pflaum Slide Collection documents railroads and streetcar transit systems and includes 35 mm slides and manuscript material in the form of maps, news articles, and ephemera. While there is a focus on Pittsburgh, content documenting railroads or streetcars can be found for Ohio, West Virginia, Maryland, Colorado, and Michigan. Digital reproductions of the collection are available online.

Preferred Citation

Robert G. Pflaum Slide Collection, 1910-2000, AIS.2010.01, Archives & Special Collections, University of Pittsburgh Library System

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Biography

Robert G. Pflaum was born November 9, 1938 to Robert H. and Mabel Becker Pflaum in Pittsburgh, Pa. Pflaum's life-long fascination with streetcars began at an early age. According to his son, Pflaum, "as a very young boy, once took a trolley token from a dish in his grandparents' living room, boarded the first trolley that passed by, and rode that trolley all day long until it returned in front of the house later that day where his grandfather met him at the curb and walked him home."

Pflaum also lived in Denver, Chicago, and Columbus as the family followed his father’s career as a regional salesman, but often returned to Pittsburgh in the summers. He purchased a hobby shop in Columbus which he ran for 43 years, returning to Pittsburgh on weekends to ride and to photograph streetcars. Robert G. Pflaum died on May 9, 2007.

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Scope and Content Notes

The Robert G. Pflaum Slide Collection includes 35 mm slides and manuscript material in the form of maps, news articles, and ephemera. Titles of files have been left as created by the donor. Inventories created by Pflaum are available to some slide files.

The collection documents railroads and streetcar transit systems. While there is a focus on Pittsburgh, content documenting railroads or streetcars can be found for Ohio, West Virginia, Maryland, Colorado, Michigan, and Canada. Even though Pflaum was an avid rail and streetcar photographer, he like many rail fans, purchased collections of slides for his own reference. The original photographer is noted where known.

Several abbreviations can be found in the collection. These abbreviations and their meanings are as follows: PCC (President's Conference Committee), D & RGW (Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad), C & S (Colorado and Southern Railroad), B & O (Baltimore and Ohio Railroad), and M & NF (Moorehead and North Fork Railroad).

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Arrangement

Pflaum had several arrangements for this collection. Items may be found grouped by manufacturer, such as GE; by rail line, such as Pennsylvania or New York Central; or by specific car type, such as PCC trolley cars. He was also known to occasionally group them by time period as well. The collection was originally organized into slide presentation trays that appeared to follow a subject and date order, which has been maintained.

Series I. Slide Presentations, 1900-2000

Series II. Manuscript Materials, 1910-1990

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

ULS Archives & Special Collections, March 2013

University of Pittsburgh Library System
Archives & Special Collections
Website: library.pitt.edu/archives-special-collections
412-648-3232 (ASC) | 412-648-8190 (Hillman)
Contact Us: www.library.pitt.edu/ask-archivist

Access Restrictions

No restrictions.

Copyright

The University of Pittsburgh holds the property rights to the material in this collection, but the copyright may still be held by the original creator/author. Researchers are therefore advised to follow the regulations set forth in the U.S. Copyright Code when publishing, quoting, or reproducing material from this collection without the consent of the creator/author or that go beyond what is allowed by fair use.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Robert G. Pflaum in February 2010.

Existence and Location of Copies

Digital reproductions of the collection are available electronically at http://historicpittsburgh.org/collection/robert-g-pflaum-photograph-collection.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Pittsburgh Railways Company.

Genre(s)

  • Articles
  • Maps
  • Slides (Photographs)

Geographic Name(s)

  • Altoona (Pa.)
  • Baltimore (Md.)
  • Cass (W. Va.)
  • Colorado
  • Fells Point (Baltimore, Md.)
  • Michigan
  • New York (N.Y.)
  • Pittsburgh (Pa.)

Subject(s)

  • Business and Industry
  • Cable cars (Streetcars) -- United States -- Photographs
  • Electric railroads -- Cars -- United States -- Photographs
  • Street-railroads -- United States -- Photographs
  • Transportation -- United States -- Photographs

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Previous Citation

Robert G. Pflaum Slide Collection, 1910-2000, AIS.2010.01, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh

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Collection Inventory

Series  I. Slides, 1939-1986 

Scope and Content Notes

This series contains 35mm slides and select inventories created by Pflaum which accompanies the collection. Subjects include views of trains, stations, Pittsburgh Transit system, and streetcars. Also included are various views of Colorado, New York City, Pittsburgh, West Virginia, and Western Maryland. The majority of images in the collection were taken by Pflaum. Other images were collected by Pflaum and are generally labeled with the photographer's name somewhere on the mount. Slides have been numbered so that their original order could be maintained. Digital reproductions of selected slides from the collection are available online.

  BoxFolder
Inventories for Box 1 11

This folder contains Pflaum's original inventory to the slides in box 1.

  Tray
PCC Vol. I    100.0 slides 1

This tray contains views of street cars from Baltimore, Maryland (Baltimore Transit); Birmingham, Alabama; Cleveland, Ohio (Cleveland Transit); Boston, Maine; Brooklyn, New York ( Brooklyn & Queens Transit); Chicago, Illinois (C.T.A.); Cincinnati, Dallas, Texas; Detroit, Michigan; El Paso, Texas (El Paso City Lines); Johnstown, Pennsylvania (Johnstown Traction Company); Los Angeles, California (Los Angeles M.T.A.); and Kansas City, Kansas (Kansas City Public Service).

  Tray
PCC Vol. II 2

This tray contains views of street cars from Los Angeles, California (Los Angeles M.T. A., Pacific Electric); Louisville, Kentucky (PCC); Montreal, Canada; Newark, New Jersey (Newark C.P.T.); Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Philadelphia Suburban Transit Co., Septa); Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (Port Authority Transit); San Diego, California (S.D.E.R.); San Francisco, California (S.F.M.); Shaker Heights, Ohio (Shaker Heights Rapid Transit); and Toronto, Canada; Unidentified Locations (Leonard's Subway and Public Service Coor. Trans.).

  Tray
PCC Vol. III 1946-1977 3

This tray contains view of street cars from Toronto, Canada; Quebec, Canada (Montreal PCC); Minneapolis, Minnesota; Washington D.C. (D.C. Transit); Melbourne, Florida; Mexico City, Mexico; Tampico, Florida; Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh; Los Angeles, California (Pacific Electric); Chicago, Illinois (Chicago PCC); Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (SEPTA); El Paso, Texas; Kansas City, Kansas; and various others.

  Tray
PCC Vol. IV 4

This tray contains views of street cars from El Paso, Texas; Atlantic City, New Jersey; Newark, New Jersey; Brooklyn, New York; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (Port Authority Transit); Boston, Massachusetts (MBTA, Riverside Station); San Francisco, California (SFMR); Chicago, Illinois (Chicago PCC); Washington, DC (D.C. Transit).

  Tray
PGH PCC (a) 5

This tray contains views of street cars from the Pittsburgh neighborhoods of Arlington, Downtown, Mount Washington, Oakland, Wilkinsburg, Bellview, Westview, South Hills Junction; Southside; Dormont, Beltzhoover, and Squirrel Hill.

  Tray
PGH II PCC 6

This tray contains views of street cars from the Pittsburgh neighborhoods of Dormont, South Hills, Beltzhoover, East Liberty, Mt. Washington.

  BoxFolder
Inventories for Box 2 21

This folder contains Pflaum's original inventory to the slides in box 2.

  Tray
Western Maryland 1

This tray contains views of trains in Eastern United States (Norfolk Southern); Chicago, Illinois (Chicago Aurora & Elgin); unidentified locations (Chessie System, Western Maryland R.R., Cambria & Indiana Railroad).

  Tray
Kindig; C&S; D & RGW Monarch; D & RGW Silverton, 1939-1940 2

This tray contains images of the Colorado Southern and were taken by Richard Kindig.

  Tray
West Side; Rayonier Photographed by Mac Owen 3

This tray contains 14 images of Rayonier's Trains that were photographed by Mac Owen. The remaining images are located in El Dorado County, California (Diamond & Caldor R.R. trains).

  Tray
B & O 4

This tray contains views of train cars from Ohio (Toledo Lake Erie & Western R.R.) and unidentified locations (Penn Central, Pullman Standard, Norfolk & Western, B & O, C & O).

  Tray
Colo #1 5

This tray contains views of trains and train cars from the Rio Grande, a shop car, and Durango & Silverton.

  Tray
Colo #3 6

This tray contains views of trains and train cars of the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad, Denver & Rio Grande (D & RGW).

  BoxFolder
Inventories for Box 3 31

This folder contains Pflaum's original inventory to the slides in box 3.

  Tray
Horseshoe Curve; Cass; PGH 1

This tray contains views of train cars from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (Allegheny); Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Altoona, Pennsylvania; Ludington, Michigan; and Cass, West Virginia (Cass Scenic R.R.); Peninsula, Ohio (Cuyahoga Valley Line); Lima, Ohio (LIMA Locomotive Works Incorporated); unidentified location (Heisler, Penn Central, Conrail).

  Tray
D & RGW/Colorado 2

This tray contains views of trains and train cars from Horseshoe Curve, PA; Englishtown, N.J.; South Amboy, N.J.; Elkland, Pennsylvania; Altoona, Pennsylvania; El Dorado, Arkansas.(El Dorado & Wesson Railroad); Crossett, Arkansas; Charlestown, New Hampshire; and Nashville, Arkansas; Baltimore, Maryland (Baltimore & Ohio); Roanoke, Virginia (Norfolk & Western); Golden, Colorado (Golden City & San Juan); Durango, Colorado (Denver & Rio Grande Southern);Pennsylvania, New York (Wellsville, Addison and Galeton Railroad); Champaign, Illinois (Illinois Terminal); unidentified locations (Uintah Railway, Southern, DL & G, Florence & Cripple Creek, D.L.S.W.R.R, Wellsville, Springfield Terminal, Colorado & Southern, D & RGW, Mississippi Central).

  Tray
Narrow Gauge Train & Rio Grande Train 3

This tray contains views of trains from Colorado (Narrow Gauge Railroad, Rio Grande Railroad).

  Tray
Assortment of trains and cities 4

This tray contains views of trains from South Hills Village, the Chicago South Shoreland, the Milwaukee Road car, and a Durham & Southern Train.

  Tray
Galena Brick & W. VA 5

This tray contains views of train cars from Galena, Ohio; Colliers, West Virginia; Weirton, West Virginia; Cumberland, Maryland; Xenia, Ohio; Rowlesburg, West Virginia; Widen, West Virginia; Christiansburg, Virginia; Grafton, West Virginia; and Marion, Ohio; Unidentified locations (Southern Railway, Conrail, Amtrak, Penn Central, Santa Fe, Lehigh Valley and B&O).

  Tray
Areas of West Virginia 6

This tray contains views of train cars and surrounding landscape from Ellamore, West Virginia; New River Gorge, West Virginia; Ronceverte, West Virginia; Greenbriar River, West Virginia; Marlinton, West Virginia; White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia; Cotton Hill, West Virginia; Swandole, West Virginia; Harpers Ferry, West Virginia; Cumberland, Maryland (Turbo Train); Parkersburg, West Virginia; and Shay, West Virginia; unidentified locations (B & O, Turbo Train, Amtrak, Cass Scenic Railroad).

  BoxFolder
Inventories for Box 4 41

This folder contains Pflaum's original inventory to the slides in box 4.

  Tray
Michigan/NW./Stations 1

This tray contains views of train cars and surrounding landscape from Morrow, Ohio; Dayton, Ohio; Mogadure, Ohio; Delaware, Ohio; Wellston, Ohio; Canal Winchester, Ohio; New Lexington, Ohio; Jackson, Ohio; Ridgely, West Virginia; Uniontown, Pennsylvania; Connellsville, Pennsylvania; Island Airlines; Whimpy's Hamburgers in Dayton; Parsons, West Virginia (Western Maryland Depot); Lima, Ohio (DT &I Station); unidentified locations (Cadillac & Lake City Railway, Northern Pacific, D & RGW, Western Maryland, Chessie System, B&O, Southern, Hacking Valley Station and Pennsylvania Railroad).

  Tray
Ohio River & Western 2

This tray contains views of stations, buildings, tunnels, trains and train cars from Herlans, Ohio; Cumberland, Ohio; Alledonia, Ohio; Jacobsburg, Ohio; Bellaire, Ohio; New Lexington, Ohio; Perryopolis, Pennsylvania (Perryopolis Tunnel); Spraat, Ohio; Barnsville, Ohio; Lewisville, Ohio; and Ozark, Ohio; unidentified locations (Burkart Station, Moxahala Tunnel, DT & I Tunnel, OR & W Depot, Kirkbridge Farm, B & O, C & MV Tunnel).

  Tray
Pittsburgh and Assortments of Trains 3

This tray contains views of scenery, street cars and trains from Pittsburgh. Some of the street cars, trains and train cars that can be found are Allegheny, Nickel Rate Road, Conrail, Chessie System, Whitewater Valley, Fort Wayne Railroad, Penn Central, Family Line System, and Port Authority.

  Tray
Cass & Shay, WV 4

This tray contains views of scenery, street cars, and trains from Pittsburgh. These represent equipment from Allegheny, Nickel Rate Road, Conrail, Chessie System, Whitewater Valley, Fort Wayne Railroad, Penn Central, Family Line System, and the Port Authority of Allegheny County.

  Tray
Fells Point, Baltimore 5

This tray contains views of street cars and the neighborhoods in Fells Point, Baltimore.

  Tray
PGH 6

This tray contains views of street cars featuring the Pittsburgh neighborhood of Beltzhoover and surrounding communities of Mt. Lebanon, Castle Shannon, and the South Hills.

  BoxFolder
Inventories for Box 5 51

This folder contains Pflaum's original inventory to the slides in box 5.

  Tray
Meadow River; Cass Equipment; Junction City Mill 1

This tray contains images from Rainelle, West Virginia; Cass, West Virginia (Cass shops); Junction City, Ohio; an unidentified location and subjects including Heisler, a Meadow River Camp car, a Meadow River caboose, coal docks, a lumber mill, and Mower Lumber.

  Tray
Freedom Train 2

This tray contains images of train cars in Ashely, Ohio; Columbus, Ohio; Crystal Lake, Illinois; and Circleville, Columbus; as well unidentified locations and subjects including American Freedom Train, Southern Pacific, N&W, and Alabama Boat Builders.

  Tray
NY Trip & RR, 1995 3

These images were taken during a trip by Robert G. Pflaum. This tray contains images of warehouses and tracks in New York City, South Brooklyn Railway (S.B.K.), NYCH RR, Garages, Army Depot, Brooklyn Eastern District Terminal (BEDT). Locations that have been identified in this tray are Brooklyn, NY; and New York Cross Harbor.

  Tray
NYC Trip, 1996 4

This tray of images were taken by Robert G. Pflaum during a trip to New York. Images were taken of Hoboken Station; floats and ferrys; the Statue of Liberty; the Brooklyn Bridge; warehouses, and Hell Gate Bridge. The locations identified are Manhattan, Hoboken, Long Island, Staten Island, Ellis Island, Brooklyn, and Hudson Bay.

  Tray
Fells Point; Mt. Claire; M & N.F 5

This tray contains views of buildings, trains and train cars from Gore, Virginia; Morehead, Kentucky; Baltimore, Maryland (B&O Museum); unidentified locations (Winchester & Western Rail Car, Durham & Southern, and Morehead & Morgan Fork).

  Tray
Topical Images 6

This tray contains views of equipment, suspended foot bridges, riverboats, signs, a car ferry, a towboat, a steel mill, tracks, and stations from Wheeling, West Virginia; Johnstown, Pennsylvania; Ellamore, West Virginia; Marietta, Ohio; Fly, Ohio; Brilliant, Ohio; Portsmouth, Ohio; Norristown, Pennsylvania; Decatur, Indiana; and Horseshoe Curve, Pennsylvania; as well as unidentified locations showing a Pennsylvania Railroad station and an El Station.

  BoxFolder
Inventories for Box 6 61

This folder contains Pflaum's original inventory to the slides in box 6.

  Tray
Narrow Gauge 1

This tray contains views of trains and buildings including the Sumpter Valley Facilities, Sumpter Valley Railroad, and the West Side Rail Road.

  Tray
Pittsburgh PCC 2

This tray contains view of street cars from the Pittsburgh neighborhoods and surrounding communities including Downtown, Polish Hill, the South Hills, Mt. Lebanon, and Allentown.

  Tray
Small Mixed Boxes 1-5 3

Views of trains included in this tray represent Norfolk & Western, Baltimore & Ohio, Western Maryland, and Meadow River Camp cars.

  Tray
Small Trays #1-5 4

This tray contains views of trains and airplanes in unidentified locations representing the New York Central Railroad; Nickel Rate Road; an NC & SL car, and Island Airline.

  Tray
Small Trays #6-10 5

This tray contains views of trains and street cars from Carver, Maryland (Edaville R.R); Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Philadelphia Street Car); Cleveland, Ohio; Baltimore, Maryland; Frankford Junction, Pennsylvania; and unidentified locations that include equipment from the Beebe River Railroad, a Wiscasset & Quebec train car, Edaville Railroad, Norfolk & Western, Fourth Street Elevator, Western Maryland; Shaker Heights Rapid Transit, Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, and the Cass Scenic Railroad.

  Tray
Small Trays #11 6

This tray contains views of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad with the majority of views being unidentifiable.

  BoxFolder
Inventories for Box 7 71

This folder contains Pflaum's original inventory to the slides in box 7.

  Tray
PGH(b) PCC 1

This tray contains views of street cars from the Pittsburgh neighborhoods and surrounding communities. Street cars represent the areas of the South Hills, Downtown, Mt. Lebanon, Castle Shannon, Dormont, Fineview, and Mt. Washington. They include the following routes: Smithfield-Carson, Broadway-La Salle, Grant-6, South Hills Junction, Library P-R-W (Pittsburgh Railways), Smithfield-P&LE TFR (Transfer); Arlington Avenue, Fourth Avenue- Grant, Forbes-Grant, Arlington-McArdle, Smithfield-Ft. Pitt, Mt. Lebanon Loop, Suburban-Alton, Washington-Church, Smithfield & Liberty, Liberty Avenue, Castle Shannon, Dormont, 6th Street Bridge, Smithfield Street, Mt. Washington, Avalon Loop, Henderson Street, Fineview, Wood Street, Smithfield Street Bridge, Arden, Pennsylvania, and Westview, Pennsylvania.

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Series  II. Manuscript Materials, 1910-1986 

Scope and Content Notes

This series contains train route maps of Ohio and other routes throughout the eastern United States. Also included is a cause of delay form dated 1910, several news articles and additional inventories to slides that appear to be missing from the collection.

  BoxFolder
Train Route Maps 81
  Folder
Inventories for Missing Slides 2

Inventories for slides that appear to be missing.

  Folder
"Trolley Buffs Preserve History of Coke Region System", July 15, 1973 3
  Folder
"Cause of Delay Form" for The Denver and Rio Grande R. R. Co., November 13, 1910 4

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