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American Locomotive Company (ALCO) Collection

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Overview of the Collection

Title: American Locomotive Company (ALCO) Collection
Inclusive Dates: circa 1940-1960
Quantity: 2 linear ft.
Abstract: Advertisements, articles, photographs related to the American manufacturer of diesel engines and other railroad equipment
Language: English
Repository: Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010

Biographical History

The American Locomotive Company was incorporated in 1901 by merging 7 small locomotive companies with the Schenectady Locomotive Engine Manufactory (incorprated 1848). In 1955, the company changed its name to Alco Products, Incorporated. In 1964, the Worthington Corporation Acquired Alco. Alco has headquarters in New York City and a main plant in Schenectady, N.Y., with other plants in Auburn and Dunkirk, N.Y., and Latrobe, Pa. Alco's Schenectady facilities have affiliations with General Electric Company there.

Alco's main products have been steam locomotives, diesel-electric locomotives, diesel engines and generators, specialized forgings, high-quality steel, and armed tanks. Alco also made some short-lived ventures into automobiles and nuclear energy in the early days of those industries.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

The American Locomotive Company (ALCO) Collection consists of printed material and photographs related to the American manufacturer of railroad equipment.

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Access Restrictions

The majority of our archival and manuscript collections are housed offsite and require advanced notice for retrieval. Researchers are encouraged to contact us in advance concerning the collection material they wish to access for their research.

Use Restrictions

Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

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Subject Headings

Corporate Bodies

Alco Products, Incorporated.
American Locomotive Automobile Company.


Diesel locomotives -- Design and construction.
Locomotive industry -- United States.
Locomotive works -- United States.
Locomotives -- Design and construction.
Manufacturers -- United States.

Genres and Forms

Clippings (information artifacts)



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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

American Locomotive Company (ALCO) Collection,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Gift of Alan J. Byrnes, 2017.

Finding Aid Information

Created by: MRC
Date: 2 Aug 2017
Revision history:

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Oversize 1 Notebook of photos undated - gray covers, printed with ALCO logo
Oversize 1 Photographic specification cards undated - photograph on front, specs on the back
Printed material
Oversize 1 Advertisements undated
Oversize 1 Articles 1950

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