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Collection TitleMC 06 American LaFrance CompanyCreatorBooth Library
Processed ByKimberly Richards, Rachel Dworkin
Date Completed:Spring 2006
Date Updated:February 2010
Provenance:This collection is a series of donations made by former employees and members of the LaFrance family.
Terms:Aerials, American LaFrance, Asa LaFrance, Blazes, Fire Trucks, The Phoenix, Pumpers, Truxton LaFrance.

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.

Notes:More information can be found in the following collections: Biography Files (BF20-425, BF39-500); Archival Collection (CL 18 - Tom Byrne Papers, CL 11 - John Huonker/ Hi-Bar Collection, CL 91 - Broadway Middle School Library Files); Manuscript Collection (MC 12 - William Lacey Collection); Postcard Collection (PTC.2); Photograph Collection (PC 14, 15); Stereographic Cards (SC 04);  Maps, Architectural Drawings, Oversized (MP); and Subject Files (VF 265-020, VF265-025, and VF265-062).
Extent1.5 linear feet
Date Span1906-1996
AbstractThe American LaFrance Company Collection contains product guides, brochures, specification manuals, blueprints and publications regarding the company's fire engines and other fire equipment.

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TitleDocumentBox NumberFolder NumberLocation
Magazine - ALFCO Stream, American LaFrance employees: January, June 1924; October 1925.MagazineA0101
Magazine - Blazes, American LaFrance employees: January, August, September, October, November, December 1931; February 1932; September 1943; April, June 1944; January 1945; January-February, November-December 1948; January-February 1950; July-December 1951. MagazineA0102
Newsletter - ATO Corporate News: August-September 1970; July 1971.NewsletterA0201
Newsletter - What in Blazes is Going On At American LaFrance: February, May, June, September, October-November, December 1970; January-February, March, April, May, July, December 1971; March 1972; Winter 1973. NewsletterA0202
Newsletter - Craftsman, Figgie International: April, June & July 1982. NewsletterA0203
Newsletter - The Phoenix: The Publication of American LaFrance History: March, June 1996; June 1997; March 1998; April 1999.NewsletterA0204
Booklet - The Man in the Factory Says: A Tour of the American LaFrance Plant, 1932. BookletA0301
Booklet - …about American LaFrance Yesterday and Today…, 1968. (2 versions)BookletA0302
Booklet - First Water: The History of American LaFrance Builder of Fire Engines Since 1832, 1972. BookletA0303
Booklet - First Water: The History of American LaFrance Builder of Fire Engines 1832-1972.BookletA0304
Booklet - ...About American LaFrance, ca. 1960s.BookletA0305
Booklet - The Canadian LaFrance Story by John L. Holden, ca. 1971. BookletA0306
Commemorative envelope with 1860s Fire Pumper stamp for the 150th Anniversary of American LaFrance, 1982. (3 copies)EnvelopeA0401
Booklet - First Water: The History of American LaFrance, 150th Anniversary Edition, 1982.BookletA0402
Invitation and Schedule of Events for the American LaFrance 150th Anniversary Celebration, July 30-August 1, 1982. (2 copies)InvitationA0403
Magazine - American LaFrance 150th Anniversary, 1982.MagazineA0404
Program - Good Neighbor Festival: 160th Anniversary for the Town of Southport, 150th Year of American LaFrance, July 30-August 1, 1982.ProgramA0405
American LaFrance 150th Anniversary folder containing a list of Anniversary coordinators, schedule of events, advertisements and parade information, 1982. DocumentsA0406
Booklet - Fire Apparatus Photo Album of the American LaFrance 150th Anniversary Good Neighbor Festival, 1982.BookletA0407
Program - American LaFrance Employee's First Annual Dinner at the Armory, January 7, 1961.ProgramA0501
Flyer - A Festival of Christmas Music on WENY TV, December 25 sponsored by American LaFrance.FlyerA0501
Catlog - The LaFrance Fire Engine Company, 1902.CatalogA0601
Booklet - The Story of the Chemical Fire Engine, American LaFrance Fire Engine Company, Inc., ca. 1905.BookletA0602
Catalog - The Metropolitan Steam Fire Engine, American-LaFrance Fire Engine Co., 1906.CatalogA0603
Catalog - American LaFrance Modern Fire-Fighting Equipment Catalog, 1947. CatalogA0604
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