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Guide to the Fifth Avenue Coach Company Collection
  PR 18

New-York Historical Society
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New York, NY 10024
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© 2011 New-York Historical Society

Collection processed by Lauren Gilbert

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on November 10, 2011
Description is in English.

Scope and Content Note

The Fifth Avenue Coach Company Collection documents the Manhattan company's buses, facilities, operations, and employees. Though the collection spans the years of the company's existence (1896-1954), most of the 473 mounted photographs date from 1915 through 1928. The photographs were commissioned by the company for advertising and public relations purposes, as well as for use in employee training. The mounted photographs were originally numbered consecutively and arranged in numerical order, with numerous gaps in the sequence.


Series I is arranged alphabetically by bus type or numerically by bus number when the type is not specified. Within each type, the items are arranged in the following order: exterior, interior, chassis and axles, and engine and parts.

Series II is divided into the following subseries: Activities, Portraits, Uniforms, and Prizes and Awards.

Series III is arranged numerically by street number and alphabetically by place name, and thereunder alphabetically by caption.

Series IV is arranged numerically by street and avenue, and alphabetically by place name, according to the first-named element in the caption provided by the company.

Series V is divided into two subseries: Repairs and Installations and Examples for Drivers and Conductors. Within each subseries, items are arranged alphabetically by caption.

Series VII contains the following subseries: Types J and L, Graphs, and Miscellaneous.

Series IX is divided into the following subseries: Cyanotypes, Bus Views (small format), Bus Views (8 x 10), Street Scenes, Employees, and Miscellaneous. Within each subseries, the items are arranged in an approximate chronological fashion.

The collection is organized into the following series:

  1. Series I: Buses and Automotive Parts
  2. Series II: Employee Photographs
  3. Series III: Company Facilities
  4. Series IV: Street Scenes
  5. Series V: Instructional Images
  6. Series VI: War Relief Effort
  7. Series VII: Diagrams and Charts
  8. Series VIII: Publicity Mock-ups
  9. Series IX: Loose Photographs
  10. Series X: Albums and Scrapbooks