Agricultural equipment catalogs collection.

The Agricultural Equipment Catalogs collection consists of approximately 3,500 agricultural machinery sales catalogs, promotional brochures, price lists, owner’s manuals, and illustrated parts lists dating from the late 19th century through the 1940s. The major emphasis lies in tractors and thresher...

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The Agricultural Equipment Catalogs collection consists of approximately 3,500 agricultural machinery sales catalogs, promotional brochures, price lists, owner’s manuals, and illustrated parts lists dating from the late 19th century through the 1940s. The major emphasis lies in tractors and threshers, but the entire range of farm equipment can be found in these catalogs, representing some 150 different manufacturers and suppliers—primarily Midwestern firms, with a limited representation of Canadian companies other international companies. Substantial materials come from cities in which the foremost farm equipment companies (Caterpillar, John Deere, Case, International Harvester and Minneapolis Moline) were located—Peoria and Moline, Illinois; Racine, Wisconsin; Chicago and Minneapolis. Also represented are important companies at La Porte, Indiana (Advance-Rumely) and Battle Creek, Michigan (Nichols and Shepherd) that ultimately evolved into Allis Chalmers and Oliver, respectively. The most generously represented firms are John Deere (296 pieces), International Harvester (160), Avery Ross Machinery Co. (103), J. I. Case (121), Caterpillar (138), Nichols and Shepherd/Oliver (103), and Huber Manufacturing of Marion, Ohio (85).
Call Number:MSS 495
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Item, Folder number and/or title, Box number, Agricultural Equipment Catalogs collection, MSS 495, Special Collections, MSU Libraries, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
Source of Acquisition:
Immediate source of acquisition unknown. Collection acquired from a private donor in the 1980s, with additional purchases and donations ongoing.
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The collection provides a fascinating illustrated panorama of the history of agricultural machinery from the heyday of the steam engine through the development of the gasoline-powered tractor. It supplies primary data for the scholar exploring aspects of the history of agricultural technology and invaluable illustrations and parts lists for the restorer of antique equipment.
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Finding aid online: http://as.lib.msu.edu/repositories/2/resources/1953