Airline Motor Coaches Collection, 1920-1983 | East Texas Research Center

By Greg Garcia & Kyle Ainsworth, 2011

Collection Overview

Title: Airline Motor Coaches Collection, 1920-1983Add to your cart.

ID: B/125

Extent: 3.0 Linear Feet

Subjects: Bus lines -- Texas -- Nacogdoches, Bus lines -- Timetables, Scrapbooks, Small business -- Texas, East, Transportation -- Records and correspondence

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The collection, which ranges from 1920-1983, is primarily composed of reunion photographs, industry newspapers, and company forms. There are also 10 bus schedules from the 1930s and 40s, reunion correspondence, a guest register, journal articles and several scrapbooks.

Collection Historical Note

The Airline Motor Coaches Company (AMC) of Nacogdoches arose in 1924 through the vision and leadership of former school teacher C.D. Thomas. He created a bus company that was, by the mid-1930s, an established and respected facilitator of travel throughout East Texas. Beginning with just a Model “T” running between Corrigan and Lufkin, Thomas steadily expanded the company through a series of mergers and acquisitions with other local operators. During World War II, the AMC reached its height. One of the selling points for bus companies from the very beginning was that they offered service to places not covered by the passenger rail network. During the war, this fact, combined with the rationing of raw materials like oil and rubber, made busses the only viable means of public transportation for much of the region. In 1945, the AMC employed over 150 people and operated busses from Houston to Shreveport.

Although it was sold to Dixie Trailways in 1946, the camaraderie of AMC’s former employees remained high long after the company ceased to exist. Well-attended reunions in the 1970s demonstrated just how close-knit the Airline Motor Coaches family remained.

Subject/Index Terms

Bus lines -- Texas -- Nacogdoches
Bus lines -- Timetables
Scrapbooks
Small business -- Texas, East
Transportation -- Records and correspondence

Administrative Information

Repository: East Texas Research Center

Related Materials:

The issue of "The Kilgore Daily News" is located with oversize items from other corporate collections in the closed stacks.

Burrows, Florine Rusche. Oral history interview. Discusses background and owners of bus lines in Nacogdoches.  ETRC OH-58

Trojanowski, E. A. Oral history interview. Discusses experiences as a mechanic for the Airline Bus Line.  ETRC OH-59

Oliver, George Ethan. Bus transportation in East Texas since 1923. Thesis (M.A.), Stephen F. Austin State College, 1950. ETRC HE5633.T4 O4 1950x

Preferred Citation: [Item], Airline Motor Coaches Collection (B-125), East Texas Research Center, Ralph W. Steen Library, Stephen F. Austin State University.


Box and Folder Listing


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Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Company History: “Just Get on the Bus and Go”Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Clarence T. English biographical sketch; Partial Airline Reunion Committee letterAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Staff and motor coach photos (42 total)Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Staff and motor coach photos (82 total); Route Map; and 1936 ScheduleAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Staff and motor coach photos (72 total)Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Staff photos (20 total); and Mary Mackechney letterAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Employee children photos (40 total)Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Staff, new terminal construction, and Reunion Photos (67 total)Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Reunion newspaper articles, 1971-1983Add to your cart.
Folder 10: List of employeesAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: Driver and board member photos (7 total)Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Motor coach photos (8 total)Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Bus depot café photos (5 total)Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Employee children photos (14 total)Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Driver photos (19 total)Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Employee photos (30 total)Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Employee photos (57 total)Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Mary Mackechney 1942 history; and 1947 employee list, 1945; 1947Add to your cart.
Folder 19: National Bus Travel Association Mileage Log No. 25 (1945); Six log supplements (1941-1943); and mileage chart for Texas (1945), 1941-1945Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Bus Review, 6 no.1, Spring 1973Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Motor Busses in Texas, 1912-1930  (Austin: Texas Bus Owners Association, 1912-1930Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Bus Ride: The Journal of Bus Transportation, 7, no.6, November-December 1971Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Bus History, 2, no.1, January-March 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 24: The Official National Bus Guide, 45, no.10, September 1973Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Airline Motor Coaches Reunion Guest Register, 1971; 1973; 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Reunion Materials – Invitation, Newspaper Articles (some are duplicates of Folder 9) , Reunion Committee CorrespondenceAdd to your cart.
Folder 27: Airline Motor Coaches: A Photographic History by Joan Henson Anderson, 2010Add to your cart.
Folder 28: Airline Motor Coaches Scrapbook, pages 1-26, 1923-1946Add to your cart.
Folder 29: Airline Motor Coaches Scrapbook, pages 27-52, 1923-1946Add to your cart.
Folder 30: Airline Motor Coaches Scrapbook, pages 53-78, 1923-1946Add to your cart.
Folder 31: Airline Motor Coaches Scrapbook, pages 79-98, 1923-1946Add to your cart.
Folder 32: Bus Safety Newspaper ArticlesAdd to your cart.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Airline Motor Coaches newspaper scrapbook, (poor condition), 1944-1984Add to your cart.
Folder 2: "The Steering Wheel" Newspaper, 1939-1940Add to your cart.
Folder 3: "The Steering Wheel" Newspaper, 1942 Convention Issue, May 12, 1942Add to your cart.
Box 3Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Airline Motor Coaches Bus Schedule, April 1937Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Henderson-Shreveport Motor Coaches Bus Schedule (recto); Monzingo Bus Line Schedule (verso), April 1937; February 1938Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Airline Motor Coaches Bus Schedule, April 1938Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Airline Motor Coaches Bus Schedule, September 1938Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Airline Motor Coaches Bus Schedule, December 1940Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Airline Motor Coaches Bus Schedule, May 1942Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Airline Motor Coaches Bus Schedule, May 1942Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Airline Motor Coaches Bus Schedule, May 1942Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Airline Motor Coaches Bus Schedule, September 1945Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Airline Motor Coaches Bus Schedule, 1940'sAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: Trailways Calendar, 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Issues of "The Trail Blazer" Newspaper,  (poor condition), February 1947 – November 1949Add to your cart.
Oversized 1Add to your cart.
Item 1: "The Kilgore Daily News", Bus Terminal Edition, 9, no.53 (March 3, 1939), pages 1-4Add to your cart.
Case 7, Drawer 18

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