McCormick Harvesting Machine Company Legal and Patent Records, 1830-1896


Summary Information
Title: McCormick Harvesting Machine Company Legal and Patent Records
Inclusive Dates: 1830-1896

Creator:
  • McCormick Harvesting Machine Company
Call Number: McCormick Mss 4X

Quantity: 18.0 c.f. (5 archives boxes and 79 volumes)

Repository:
Archival Locations:
Wisconsin Historical Society (Map)

Abstract:
Records from the McCormick Harvesting Machine Company's early and continuing controversies with other inventors and implement manufacturers. Files from lawsuits are composed of briefs, records, arguments, exhibits, and specifications used in proceedings before civil courts and the U.S. Patent Office. Included also are descriptions of McCormick family patents; volumes showing the history of agricultural machinery patents, some dating back to seventeenth-century Britain; and a manuscript book of the McCormicks' own assignor-assignee patent records between 1860 and 1880.

Language: English

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Arrangement of the Materials

The records are divided into the following categories:

  • Patent Drawings and Specifications
    • McCormick Family Patents
    • McCormick Company and Historical Patents
  • Patent Suits, Court Documents, and Legal Records
  • U.S. Congressional and State Legislative Documents Concerning Agricultural Patents
Contents List
Series: Patent Drawings and Specifications
Subseries: McCormick Family Patents
Note: Including Cyrus, Robert, Robert H., Leander, William S., and Henrietta.
Box   1
Folder   1
Corn Planter (No. 92,200), July 6, 1869
Grain Binder
Box   1
Folder   2
(No. 173,130), February 8, 1876
Box   1
Folder   3
(Reissue No. 8,143), March 26, 1878
Box   1
Folder   4
(No. 22,416), December 9, 1878
Harvester
Box   1
Folder   5
(No. 104,618), June 21, 1870
Box   1
Folder   6
(No. 108,922), November 1, 1870
Box   1
Folder   7
(No. 119,712), October 10, 1871
Box   1
Folder   8
(No. 119,937), October 17, 1871
Box   1
Folder   9
(No. 168,271), September 28, 1875
Box   1
Folder   10
Harvester-British, October 23, 1876
Harvester-Improvement
Box   1
Folder   11
(No. 83,520), October 27, 1868
Box   1
Folder   12
(Reissue No. 3,447), May 18, 1869
Box   1
Folder   13
(Reissue No. 3,538), July 6, 1869
Box   1
Folder   14
(No. 98,394), December 28, 1869
Box   1
Folder   15
(No. 170,388), November 23, 1875
Box   1
Folder   16
(No. 73,485), February 15, 1876
Box   1
Folder   17
(No. 193,770), July 31, 1877
Box   1
Folder   18
Harvester Cutter (No. 976), June 5, 1860
Box   1
Folder   19
Harvester Dropper (No. 82,141), September 15, 1868
Box   1
Folder   20
Harvester Rake-Improvement (No. 82,141), September 15, 1868
Box   1
Folder   21
Harvester Reel (No. 200,796), February 26, 1878
Box   1
Folder   22
Hemp Brake, October 1, 1830
Box   1
Folder   23
Hydraulic Machine Improvement, October 1, 1830
Box   1
Folder   24
Mill Self Stopper Improvement, April 20, 1831
Mower
Box   1
Folder   25
(No. 20,212), May 11, 1858
Box   1
Folder   26
(No. 637), December 21, 1858
Box   1
Folder   27
(No. 975), June 5, 1860
Box   1
Folder   28
(No. 61,228), January 15, 1867
Box   1
Folder   29
(No. 89,324), April 27, 1869
Box   1
Folder   30
(No. 104,618), June 21, 1870
Box   1
Folder   31
Reaper Cutting Apparatus-Change of Height (No. 1,255), January 7, 1862
Box   1
Folder   32
Reaping Machine, June 21, 1834
Reaping Machines-Improvements
Box   1
Folder   33
(No. 3,895), January 31, 1845
Box   1
Folder   34
(No. 5,335), October 23, 1847
Box   1
Folder   35
(Reissue No. 825), September 20, 1859
Box   1
Folder   36
Self Raker (Reissue No. 3,979), May 17, 1870
Box   1
Folder   37
Self-Sharpening Plow, November 19, 1833
Box   1
Folder   38
Side Hill Plow, June 13, 1831
Box   1
Folder   39
Violin Teaching Improvement, April 21, 1831
Box   1
Folder   40
File Papers of McCormick Patents, 1845, 1847
Box   1
Folder   41
Interference Against the Self Rake, after 1862
Box   1
Folder   42
Model of the First Successful Reaper (placard), undated
Box   1
Folder   43
Patent Agreement with Walter A. Wood Co., 1875
Box   1
Folder   44
Patent Drawings, 1883
Box   1
Folder   45
Patent Suit (Obed Hussey), 1848
Box   1
Folder   46
Patent Suit, July 12, 1876
Box   1
Folder   47
Petition Regarding Plow Patent, 1844
Subseries: McCormick Company and Historical Patents
Physical Description: Bound volumes 
Drawings
Volume   1
1851-1880 (originally Vol. 1 of 17)
Note: Note on wrapper: “May be Patent Ledger-contains no drawings HM 7/22/1893”
Volume   2
1852-1859 (originally Vol. 2 of 17)
Volume   3
1855-1859 (originally Vol. 3 of 17)
Volume   4
1861-1863 (originally Vol. 5 of 17)
Volume   5
1864-1866 (originally Vol. 6 of 17)
Volume   6-8
1867-1868 (originally Vol. 7-9 of 17)
Volume   9
1867 (originally Vol. 10 of 17)
Volume   10
Specifications, 1868 (originally Vol. 11 of 17)
Volume   11
Specifications and Claims, 1869 (originally Vol. 12 of 17)
Volume   12
Specifications, 1869 (originally Vol. 13 of 17)
Drawings
Volume   13
1866-1871 (originally Vol. 14 of 17)
Volume   14
1869 (originally Vol. 15 of 17)
Volume   15
1869-1870 (originally Vol. 16 of 17)
Volume   16
1870 (originally Vol. 17)
Volume   17
Miscellaneous, undated (originally Vol. 18)
Volume   115
Assignor /Assignee Ledgers, circa 1860-1880
Volume   18
Proceedings Before U.S. Patent Office-Butler Extension Case, 1860 (originally Vol. 13)
Volume   19
Harvester Drawings, 1859-1860
Volume   20
Harvester Specifications and Claims
Note: Detached label also reads: “In Part, See book of drawings for all, 1871”
Volume   21
List of Patents (U.S.), 1790-1847
British Patents
Volume   22
Specifications and Drawings, Reaping Machines, 1799-1864
Abridgment of Specifications-Agriculture
Volume   23
1618-1876
Volume   24
1867-1870
Volume   25
American Harvester Patents, 1825-1851
Note: Attached note reads: “Certified Copy of Letter Patent Cyrus Hall McCormick, 1834 patent is in book, American Patents, [U]G 83.”
Series: Patent Suits, Court Documents, and Legal Records
Box   2
Folder   1
American Law Register, Vol. IV, No. V, March 1856
Appleby, John F.
Volume   113
Interference Between Applications of J. F. Appleby and C. B. Withington-Improvements in Grain Binders, Appleby's Brief, circa 1883
Volume   114
Appleby vs. Withington and Struck vs. Appleby vs. Withington
Box   2
Folder   2
Atkins, Jearum-Memorial to Congress for the Relief of, 1871
Aultman, Cornelius
Box   2
Folder   3
Cyrus McCormick vs., 1876
Box   2
Folder   4
Cyrus and Leander J. McCormick vs., 1876
Box   2
Folder   5
Aultman and Co. vs. W. E. Nichols, 1878
Box   2
Folder   6
Aultman and L. Miller: Mowing Machine-Improvement (Reissue No. 1,243), December 10, 1861
Volume   81
Aultman vs. Holley et al., 1870
Aultman, Miller & Co.
McCormick Harvesting Machine Company vs., 1892 [nos. 4484, 4485]
Volume   82
Defendant's Record
Volume   83
Complainant's Record
Volume   84
Complainant's Paper Exhibits
Volume   85
McCormick Harvesting Company vs. C. Aultman and Co. 1892 (originally Vol. 4)
Box   2
Folder   7
Baldwin, Hopkins and Peyton, 1882
Box   2
Folder   8
Billings, Orson vs. Cyrus McCormick et al., after 1873
Box   2
Folder   9
Black, John S.-Cyrus and Robert McCormick vs., 1844
Box   2
Folder   10
Brady, Gilbert A.: Tension for Sewing Machines (No. 277,449), May 15, 1883
Box   2
Folder   11
British Patents-Various Persons, May 7, 1860
Box   2
Folder   12
Bryan, Mathew and Elisha-Agreement, 1849
Box   2
Folder   13
Christy, George H.: Infringements of Marsh and Other Machines, Opinions on, September 10, 1875
Box   2
Folder   14
Coffman, Christopher: Grain Binder, May 26, 1880
Commissioners of Patents - Decisions
Volume   39
1869
Volume   40
1871
Box   2
Folder   15
Davis, John S.: Grain Binder (No. 261,590), July 25, 1882
Box   2
Folder   16
Deering [William] vs. McCormick, Deering vs. Winona Harvester, 1889
Deering, William vs. The McCormick Harvester Machine Co., U.S. Circuit Court District of Minn.
Volume   86
Defendant's Record
Volume   87
Complainant's Record
Volume   88
Defendant's Paper Exhibits
Volume   89
Deering [William] Harvester Co. vs. Whitman & Barnes Mfg. Company, Circuit Court of the U.S., Defendant's Record, 1893
Box   2
Folder   17
Dent, L. A.: Notes on Reaping Before 1855, circa 1897
Box   2
Folder   18
Dick, William N.: Twine Tension for Harvesters (No. 405,083), June 11, 1889
Box   2
Folder   19
Donnellan, C. E.: Grain Binder (No. 167,997), September 21, 1875
Box   2
Folder   20
Eppelman, Jesse: Contract with C. H. McCormick, 1858
Box   2
Folder   21-22
Farwell, John V.: Cyrus McCormick vs., 1880, 1882
Box   2
Folder   23
Flaherty, Patrick vs. McCormick, 1884-1885
Box   2
Folder   24
Gage and Whitely vs. Bartholow, 1856-1868
Box   2
Folder   25
Gorham, Marquis L. (Decision-Aultman vs. McCormick), 1894-1895
Volume   93
Graham for Whitmer, McCormick Harvesting Machine Co. vs., 1887 (originally Vol. 10)
Box   2
Folder   26
Harvesting Machines, Improvements in, 1840-1860
Box   2
Folder   27
Hill, E. K.: Tension for Twine Binders (No. 369,710), September 13, 1887
Box   2
Folder   28
Hoagland, A.: Tension for Sewing Machines (No. 17,835), July 21, 1857
Hussey, Obed
Box   2
Folder   29
Reaper, December 31, 1833
Volume   94
vs. McCormick, U.S. Circuit Court, N. D. Illinois, 1857-1859
Box   2
Folder   30
vs. the United States, 1848
Volume   37
Hussey Extension Case, 1861 (Patent of 1847)
Hussey Mfg. Co. vs. McCormick Harvesting Machine Co
Volume   95
U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Northern District of Illinois, Complainant's Record and Exhibits [No. 833]
Volume   96
Circuit Court of the United States, Northern District of Illinois, George V. Willson [sic] & Elmore A. Barnes, Trading as the Surviving Co-Partners, Defendant's Record
Volume   97
U.S. Circuit Court, N. Dist., Defendant's Exhibits [No. 83]
Volume   98-103
1896-1897 (originally Vols. 11-19)
Box   2
Folder   31
Invention of Reaping Machines, 1854
Box   2
Folder   32
Karn, Edwin B.: Roller Tension for Self Binders, Etc. (No. 395,059), December 25, 1888
Box   2
Folder   33
Locke, Sylvanus D.: Grain Harvester and Binder (No. 389,848), September 18, 1888
Box   2
Folder   34
Lottridge, W.: Grain Binder (No. 338,091), March 16, 1886
McCormick Extension Cases - U.S. Patent Office
Volume   28
1845 (Improvement in Reaping machines)
1848
Volume   29
Reaping Machine
Volume   30
Improvement in Reaping Machine, 1834 Patent (certified copies)
Volume   31
The McCormick Extension Case of 1848
Volume   32-33
1859 (1834 patent)
Volume   34-35
1861
Volume   36
1861 (Patent of 1847)
Box   2
Folder   35
McCormick Harvesting Machine Co.-Articles of Incorporation (IL), 1879
Volume   26
McCormick-Ketchum Interference, U.S. Patent Office record, 1852
Box   2
Folder   36
Mann Harvester-Invention and Development, 1893
Box   2
Folder   37
Mann vs. Bayliss, 1874-1876
Box   3
Folder   1
Mann, Henry F. vs. The Slifer, Walls and Shriner Mfg. Co., 1871
Box   3
Folder   2
Mann, Henry F.: Self-Binding Harvesters, 1901
Manny, John H.
Box   3
Folder   3
Cyrus McCormick vs., 1858
Box   3
Folder   4
Miscellaneous Patents, 1851-1855
Box   3
Folder   5
vs. Cyrus McCormick (U.S. Supreme Court), 1857-1858
McCormick vs. Manny [John H.]
U.S. Circuit Court, Northern District of Illinois
Volume   104
Defendant's Testimony
Volume   105
Complainant's Testimony
Volume   106
U.S. Supreme Court, 1854-1858
Marsh, Charles W.
Box   3
Folder   6
Marsh and W.W. Marsh-Reaper Improvement (No. 21,207), August 17, 1858
Box   3
Folder   7
Marsh and W.W. Marsh-Harvester Rake (No. 41,080), January 5, 1864
Box   3
Folder   8
Marsh et al. vs. Cyrus McCormick et al. (D. J. Powers), 1879
Box   3
Folder   9
Marsh vs. Cyrus McCormick, circa 1875
Volume   107
Marsh vs. McCormick, Harvesters
Box   3
Folder   10
Marsh, James S.: Mower (No. 112,263), February 28, 1871
Volume   43
Mathews, Daniel vs. McCormick, Black and Co. Superior Court of Augusta Co. Va., 1838
Volume   44
Mathews vs. Robert and Cyrus McCormick, Augusta Co. Va., 1843
Minneapolis Harvester Co.
Box   3
Folder   11
Cyrus McCormick vs., 1882
McCormick HM Co. vs. Minneapolis H. Works, USCC Dist. of Minn.
Volume   108
Defendant's Record (originally Vol. 12)
Volume   109
Complainant's record (originally Vol. 13)
Box   3
Folder   12-14
Miscellaneous
Box   3
Folder   15
Morton, G. B.: Grain Binder (No. 256,357), April 11, 1882
Box   3
Folder   16
Osborn, T. A., Emery, J. S., and McDowell, J. L. vs. U.S., 1875
Box   3
Folder   17
Patent Case Index (Preble's), 1884
Pennsylvania Central Railroad
Volume   110
McCormick Harvesting Co. vs. Pa. Central Railroad, 1881 (originally Vol. 91)
Volume   111
Cyrus Hall McCormick vs. the Pa. Central Railroad Co., Case on Appeal, 1881
Box   3
Folder   18
Production Reports, Miscellaneous Data, 1864, 1900
Box   3
Folder   19
Reaper Case-U.S. Supreme Court, 1858
Box   3
Folder   20
Resume of Answer to Suit by the U.S., circa 1923
Box   3
Folder   21
Rugg, George H. vs. Cyrus McCormick, 1851-1852
Volume   112
Seymour and Morgan vs. McCormick (Supreme Court of the United States)
Box   3
Folder   22
Shuman, G. W.: Harvester (No. 377,647), February 7, 1888
Box   3
Folder   23
Soloman, Wolff (?) vs. C. H. and L. J. McCormick, circa 1873
Stine, William H.
Box   3
Folder   24
Tension for Self Binders (No. 379,083), March 6, 1888
Box   3
Folder   25
Tension Device for Grain Binders (No. 394,891), December 18, 1888
Box   3
Folder   26
Sylla, Philo and Adams, Augustus: Grain and Grass Harvesters- Improvements (Reissue No. 725), May 17, 1859
Volume   38
Sylla and Adams Extension Case, 1867 (Extension of letters patent, dated September 20, 1853)
Box   3
Folder   27
Thomson, John: Tension Device for Sewing Machines (No. 292,964), February 5, 1884
Box   4
Folder   1
USA vs. Union Pacific Railroad Co. and Others, 1873
Box   4
Folder   2
Walter A. Wood Mowing and Reaping Machine Co. vs. William Deering and Co. et al., 1894
Wheeler, Cyrenus Jr.
Box   4
Folder   3
Wheeler vs. The Clipper Mower and Reaper Co., 1872
Box   4
Folder   4
Wheeler vs. John English and Others, 1861
Box   4
Folder   5
Wheeler vs. C. H. and L. J. McCormick, undated
Volume   92
Wheeler, Cyrenus, Jr. vs. Cyrus H. McCormick and Leander J. McCormick, 1871
Wheeler vs. McCormick
Volume   90
Pleadings and Proofs
Volume   91
Exhibits
Box   4
Folder   6
Whitely, Andrew vs. D. P. Holloway, 1864
Volume   41
Whitley, Interference Between McCormick and, 1876 (originally Vol. 23)
Box   4
Folder   7
Whitely, W., J. Fassler and O. Kelly vs. C. H. and L. J. McCormick, 1880
Series: U.S. Congressional and State Legislative Documents Concerning Agricultural Patents
Box   5
Folder   1
Columbian Exposition Reports-Senate Resolution on, 1900
Box   5
Folder   2
Congress-Resolution Extending Testimony on McCormick Patent Extension, 1861
Box   5
Folder   3
Congressional Record, August 8, 1876
Box   5
Folder   4
Congressional Record, February 8, 1910
Box   5
Folder   5
House Journal, Extracts from, 1847-1861
Box   5
Folder   6
House Miscellaneous, 1849-1850, 1854-1855, 1860-1861
Box   5
Folder   7
House Patent Committee-Christy Testimony, 1878
Box   5
Folder   8
House Reports, 1849-1856
Box   5
Folder   9
Senate Bill-Relief of Cyrus McCormick (S.261), 1852
Senate Committee on Patents
Volume   27
Documents, McCormick, Hussey & Moore & Hascell [sic] Extension Cases, 1852-1856
Volume   42
Arguments Before the Committee on Patents of the Senate and House of Representatives, 1878
Box   5
Folder   10
Senate Document-Cyrus McCormick vs. the United States, 1857-1858
Box   5
Folder   11
Senate Interstate Commerce Committee, 1886
Box   5
Folder   12
Senate Journal, Extracts from, 1847-1848
Box   5
Folder   13
Senate Miscellaneous, Extracts from, 1849-1850, 1857-1858
Box   5
Folder   14
Senate Report, Extracts from, 1847-1856
Box   5
Folder   15
Illinois Legislature-Resolution Against Extension of Reaper Patent, 1855
Box   5
Folder   16
Michigan House-Resolution on McCormick Reaper Patent, 1861
Box   5
Folder   17
Michigan Senate-Resolution on Moore and Haskell Harvester, 1849
Box   5
Folder   18
New York Legislature-Resolution Against Extension of Reaper Patent, 1855
Box   5
Folder   19
North Carolina-Agreement and Power of Attorney, undated
Box   5
Folder   20
Ohio House-Resolution Against Extension of Reaper Patent, 1856
Box   5
Folder   21
Pennsylvania House-Resolution on Patent Renewal, 1855
Box   5
Folder   22
Wisconsin Legislature-Resolution Against Reaper Patent, 1855