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John MacKay Shaw Papers

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Acc. 47

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Collection Summary


Shaw, John MacKay Papers



Collection ID

Acc. 47


Shaw, John MacKay


2 boxes


Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries


Materials in English       

Detailed Collection Information

Description of Collection

The collection includes a biography (volume one of two, carbon-copy), "Mitten: The Story of a Life," written by John M. Shaw; Correspondence, 1919-1926 (copies and originals) between Thomas E. Mitten, his son Arthur A. Mitten, John M. Shaw, and Harvard University President Charles William Eliot, relating to Eliot's interest in the "Mitten Plan" for industrial cooperation; Philadelphia Rapid Transit Company's advertising campaign, 1928-1929, regarding the capacity of the local press to report on transit matters, with particular attention to the Broad Street Subway; "Service Talks," 1920-1929, a house organ for the Philadelphia Rapid Transit Company, and "Service Talks," later replaced by "Tulley Talks," 1923-1929, a similar publication for the Mitten-controlled International Railway Company in Buffalo, New York.

Patron Information

Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Temple University’s online library catalog: http://diamond.temple.edu/record=b1619770~S12

Research Access

Collection is open for research.

Collections Stored Off-Site

This collection may be housed off-site at the Library Depository, and require up to two business days to retrieve. Please review the finding aid and be prepared to identify specific materials to be retrieved. Contact the Special Collections Research Center in advance of your visit, so that materials may be relocated to the reading room for research.

Publication and Copyright Information

The John MacKay Shaw Papers are the physical property of the Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries. Temple University holds literary rights only for material created by university employees and to material given to the university with such rights specifically assigned. For all other material, literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. Researchers are responsible for determining the identity of rights holders and obtaining their permission for publication and for other purposes where stated.

Preferred Citation

[Description and date of item], [Box/folder number], John MacKay Shaw Papers, Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Administrative Information

Processing Information

Finding aid revised according to contemporary archival standards in February 2014 by Katy Rawdon, Coordinator of Technical Services.

Index Terms

The following headings have been used to index the description of this collection in Temple University’s electronic catalog:

Personal/Family Names:

Eliot, Charles William, 1834-1926. 

Mitten, A. A. 

Mitten, Thomas Eugene, 1864-1929. 

Corporate Names:

International Railway Company (Buffalo, N.Y.) 

Philadelphia Rapid Transit Company.


Cooperative societies--New York (State)--Buffalo. 

Cooperative societies—Pennsylvania--Philadelphia. 

Working class—Pennsylvania--Philadelphia. 

Labor movement—Pennsylvania--Philadelphia. 


Management--Employee participation--New York (State)--Buffalo. 

Management--Employee participation—Pennsylvania--Philadelphia. 

Local transit--New York (State)--Buffalo. 


Philadelphia (Pa.)

Material Types:







 Biography - "Mitten: The Story of A Life", undated

 Correspondence - Thomas E. Mitten, A.A. Mitten, John M. Shaw, and Charles W. Eliot, 1919-1926

 News Clippings and Printed Material - Reporting of the Broad Street Subway in the Press, 1928-1929



 "Service Talks/Tulley Talks" (Buffalo, NY), February 1923 - January 1929

 "Service Talks" (Philadelphia), April 1920- December 1925

 "Service Talks" (Philadelphia), January 1926- December 1927

 "Service Talks" (Philadelphia), January 1928 December 1928

 "Service Talks" (Philadelphia), January 1928- December 1929

 (Note: Philadelphia Service Talks includes an Index)