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The following is a partial listing of Internet resources available about Pullman and its related topics.

Pullman Reference Books Online (NEW)
Pullman Related Websites
| Articles | Strike & Labor |
Neighborhood Sites
| Planned Communities |
Pullman Family | Genealogical Resources

Click to link to a short bibliography of Pullman resources.
Click to link to a timeline of Pullman related points in history.

Pullman Reference Books Online (NEW)

Doty, Mrs. Duane. The Town of Pullman Illustrated. Chicago: T.P. Struhsacker, Publisher, 1893, reprint 1974.
Online version available on Google books

Husband, Joseph. The Story of the Pullman Car. A.C. McClurg & Co., Publisher, 1917.
Online version available on Google books

Lindsay, Almont. The Pullman Strike: The Story of a Unique Experiment and of a Great Labor Upheaval. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1942.
Online version available on Google books

Swan, David and Terry Tatum, Editors. The Autobiography of Irving K Pond. Oak Park: Hyoogen Press, Publisher, 2009.
Excerpt available on Hyoogen Press - pp81-91 on construction of town on Pullman

US Strike Commission. Report on the Chicago Strike of June-July, 1894. G.P.O., Publisher, 1895.
Online version available on Google books

General Pullman Related Websites
Historical | Landmark | Locations

Historical References
Richard T. Ely article from Harper's Magazine (Feb 1885)

Written from a labor standpoint, but provides images and descriptions of the town and the life in Pullman. http://www.library.cornell.edu/Reps/DOCS/pullman.htm

Pullman's First Car - excerpt from The London Times
Article on the start of the Pullman Company.

At Home in the Heartland - an exhibit on family life in Illinois from 1700 to the present.
A wonderful teaching aid from the Illinois State Museum site, takes the visitor through decisions that Alexander Curtis, a new employee to the Pullman Company, makes in moving to Pullman with lots of historical background information and a teaching guide.
Click on the "Alexander Curtis" link on the page referenced below.

The Pullman Era - The History Files Online
Chicago Historical Society website - 12 page overview of Pullman and the Pullman Era 1800s to present, with Photo Gallery and Bibliography.

Landmark Status

National Historic Landmark Program
- National Park Service website
Nationally significant historic places are designated by the Secretary of the Interior because they possess exceptional value or quality in illustrating or interpreting the heritage of the United States.
The Pullman Historic District was granted this designation in 1970, through the work of its residents.
Learn more about the program and the Pullman designation.
http://www.nr.nps.gov/nhl/ (links to Pullman District listing)

Chicago Landmarks - City of Chicago website
This site provides information on the City of Chicago designated historic landmarks, including the Historic Pullman District. View and architectural style guide, themed tours of Chicago landmarks, learn about the architects of these buildings and more.

Illinois Historic Preservation Agency
Administers all state and federal historic preservation and incentive programs in Illinois, including the National Register of Historic Places.


National Trust for Historic Preservation's 1999
11 Most Endangered Sites Listing

In 1999, the National Trust for Historic Preservation named the Pullman Administration and Factory complex to its Most Endangered listing for the damage that was sustained to the buildings after a December 1998 fire. http://www.nthp.org/news/docs/19990614_11most.html

Related Locations

Pullman State Historic Site

The Illinois Historic Preservation Agency owns and preserves the surving portions of the original Pullman factory complex as well as the Hotel Florence as the Pullman State Historic Site.


George Pullman - Graceland Cemetery web site
Brief overview of George Pullman and views of his gravesite at Graceland Cemetery in Chicago, Illinois.

A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum
A museum to promote, honor and celebrate the legacy of A. Philip Randolph and contributions made by African-Americans to America's labor history, through the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, their legacy and contributions.

Illinois Railway Museum - Union, Illinois
"The Largest Railway Museum in America," this museum is dedicated to the preservation and operation of railroad and mass transit rolling stock and the display of related artifacts in a realistic setting.
The museum also features many Pullman passenger, dining and other cars in their holdings. They also maintain the Pullman Library that houses an extensive collection of construction drawings, photographs and technical data from the Pullman Company.

The Pullman House - Golden, Colorado
The Golden Landmarks Association is rebuilding and restoring the historic log house of George M. Pullman, owned by Pullman when he lived in Colorado during the 1860s. Pullman used this ranch and other businesses to raise the money he needed to realize his dream of creating the famed Pullman Palace Car Company.

Pullman Articles

Pullman Series - Chicago Sun-Times
A series of 1999 articles by Sun-Times architecture critic, Lee Bey, highlight the importance of Pullman in history and amplify the need for attention to this southside community.
Pullman at History's Hub - April 11, 1999
Before History Vanishes - April 12, 1999
Pullman Plans Steam Ahead - May 10, 1999

Pullman Strike and Labor History Sites

1894: The Pullman Strike - Chicago Public Library web site
Provides a brief synopsis of the strike and some bibliography information as well as links to other historical Chicago events.

The Origins of Labor Day - PBS Newshour Online
From the 100 year anniversary of Labor Day in 1996, this piece looks back on the impact of the Pullman Strike on the labor movement and the start of the Labor Day holiday in the US.

The Pullman Strike - Illinois Labor History web site
Provides an overview of the formation of the American Railway Union, the place of Pullman in that history and Jennie Curtiss's speech to the American Railway Union.

The Homestead and Pullman Strikes
A Vassar College student's work on the election of 1896, this piece covers the Pullman Strike and paralls it with the Homestead Strike of 1892. Provides historical quotes and images.

Pullman Neighborhood Sites

Pullman Civic Organization - This strong civic organization, which represents the approximately 800 families who live in the district, was founded in 1960, when the entire historic section of Pullman from 111th Street to 115th Street (also originally known as the Original Town of Pullman) was threatened with total demolition to create an industrial park. The Organization defeated the proposal and has begun a lengthy process of improving the community. The Organization continues to preserve the historic nature and quiet atmosphere of this landmark community. Today, volunteers and working committees strive to continue to make Pullman one of Chicago's most interesting, nice, and safe places to live. The Pullman Civic Organization holds monthly "Town Hall" meetings for residents to discuss issues in the Pullman community.

Historic Pullman Garden Club - a neighborhood site
Pullman benefits from a group of very talented residents who not only take care and pride in their private garden spaces, but also a number of public gardens in the neighborhood. The Garden Club maintains a series of public garden spaces in Pullman, such as the Arcade Park beds and the Gateway Gardens, but also host regular programs and an annual Garden Walk of private gardens in the district.

Pullman State Historic Site
The Illinois Historic Preservation Agency owns this site that preserves the Hotel Florence and the surviving portions of the industrial complex, including the Clock Tower, developed in the early 1880s by George M. Pullman (1831-1897) to build luxury railroad passenger cars.

The Pullman Branch of the Chicago Public Library
This site provides information about the Pullman branch of the Chicago Public Library system. The library was part of the campus of the Pullman School of Manual Training (now the Gwendolyn Brooks Academy of the Chicago Public Schools), just to the west of the Pullman factory.

Other Planned Community Sites

Walkerville, Ontario
This company town for wiskey maker, Hiram Walker, is now incorporated into Windsor, Ontario, Canada and is a thriving historic community today.  Follow the "Hiram Who?" and "Places Then/Now" links for more about this history.

Lowell, Massachusetts
Lowell's planned textile mill city,in scale, technological innovation, and development of an urban working class, marked the beginning of the industrial transformation of America.

Saltaire, England
The model community for the Sir Titus Salt's wollen mill, this town was said to be the basis for George Pullman's plan for his town of Pullman.

New Harmony, Indiana
New Harmony, a planned community, was first a spiritual sanctuary that later became a haven for international scientists, scholars and educators who sought equality in communal living.

Pullman Family Sites

Pullman Memorial Universalist Church - Albion, NY
George M. Pullman built this church in 1894, as a memorial to his parents, in his home town of Albion, NY. The church was designed by Pullman architect, Solon S. Beman, and stained glass by Louis C. Tiffany.

Archive of program from the Dedication Service for the Pullman Memorial Universalist Church (1894)
http://books.google.com > Dedication of Pullman Memorial Universalist Church

New York Times archive article on the dedication of the church, with descriptions of the interior.
New York Times - Feb 1, 1895 (PDF)

Genealogical Research Sites

Chicago History Museum (formerly the Chicago Historical Society) http://www.chicagohs.org/

Chicago Public Library - Archival Center Holdings
at the Harold Washington Library Center

Calumet Regional Community Collection - 1850-1975

Historic Pullman Collection – 1882 1979

Newberry Library
The Newberry Library has extensive holdings for genealogical research.

Railroad Collections - Pullman Company Archives listings
This archive consists of 1,600 square feet of ledgers, drawings, work orders, and financial records of the Pullman Corporation from the 1870s until 1959. http://www.newberry.org/nl/collections/bibguide.html#rail

South Suburban Genealogical & Historical Society
SSG&HS holds the Pullman Collection, consisting of personnel records from Pullman Car Works circa 1900-1949. There are approximately 200,000 individuals represented in the collection

Pullman Car Works personnel records

  Historic Pullman Foundation - a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization
p: 773.785.8901 | e: foundation@pullmanil.org