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Title: Herbert Kellar Papers, 1887-1955

Creator: Kellar, Herbert Anthony, 1885-1955
Quantity: 78.8 c.f. (208 archives boxes)
Call Number: McCormick Mss AC
Abstract: Papers of Kellar, a historian, researcher in agricultural history, and curator for the McCormick Historical Association from 1915 to 1955. The papers consist of personal and professional correspondence; speeches, research notes, and bibliographies relating to Cyrus Hall McCormick, genealogy, the reaper, patent cases, and agriculture; correspondence and other materials documenting Kellar's active membership in professional organizations; and the papers of Solon Robinson, agricultural journalist, and Everett E. Edwards, agricultural historian.

Summary Information
• ...rt Anthony, 1885-1955: : McCormick Mss AC 78.8 c.f. (208 archives boxes) ...
• ... Papers of Kellar, a historian, researcher in agricultural history, and curator for the McCormick Historical Association from 1915 to 1955. The papers consist of personal and professional ...
• ...nd professional correspondence; speeches, research notes, and bibliographies relating to Cyrus Hall McCormick, genealogy, the reaper, patent cases, and agriculture; correspondence and other materials ...
Biography/History
• ... Herbert Anthony Kellar was director of the McCormick Historical Association from 1915 until he was transferred, as Co-ordinator, with the McCor ...
• ... the McCormick Historical Association from 1915 until he was transferred, as Co-ordinator, with the McCormick Collections to the State Historical Society of Wisconsin in 1951. He held this position un ...
• ...exas, 1913-14; instructor European and American History, University of Minnesota, 1914-15; director McCormick Historical Association, Chicago, 1915-51, coordinator McCormick Collection, State Historic ...
• ...ity of Minnesota, 1914-15; director McCormick Historical Association, Chicago, 1915-51, coordinator McCormick Collection, State Historical Society of Wisconsin, 1951-[1955], director experimental divi ...
• ...Made survey of archives, State of Minnesota for American Historical Association, 1914-15; in charge McCormick Centennial celebration, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and Washington and Lee University, ...
Biography/History
• ... 1915-1931 Curator, McCormick Historical Association. ...
• ... 1929 Lucile O'Connor came to the McCormick Historical Association to do an index for Cyrus Bentley's volume on the reaper controversy ...
• ... 1930 Lucile O'Connor joined the staff of the McCormick Historical Association. ...
• ... 1931-1951 Director, McCormick Historical Association. ...
• ... 1931 In charge of McCormick Centennial Celebration at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and Washington and Lee University ...
• ...ork (1800-1831) on Walnut Grove Plantation, Rockbridge County, Virginia. Walnut Grove is the Robert McCormick homestead. ...
• ... 1951-1955 Co-Ordinator of the McCormick Historical Association Collections (which had been removed to the State Historical Society ...
Provenance
• ...spondence with historians and agriculturists in their professional capacity; Kellar's copies of the McCormick Historical Association correspondence, reports, records, and manuscript materials; corresp ...
• ...ional interests were nearly equally divided between first, his activities connected with Cyrus Hall McCormick, including the collateral topics of agricultural history, the reaper and various claims to ...
• ... the reaper and various claims to its invention, restoration of Walnut Grove Plantation (the Robert McCormick homestead in Rockbridge County, Virginia), and his manuscript and Virginiana collecting ac ...
Scope and Content Note
• ...rca 1955. However, some original manuscripts, and copies of some materials pertaining to Cyrus Hall McCormick and the reaper, date back to the 1810's. As curator for the McCormick C ...
• ...Cyrus Hall McCormick and the reaper, date back to the 1810's. As curator for the McCormick Collection, Kellar corresponded with numerous persons, particularly historian Ulrich B. Ph ...
• ... gathered information preparatory to his supervision of the restorations at “Walnut Grove,” the McCormick ancestral home in Virginia; made reports on the progress of the McCormick Historical Associati ...
• ...t “Walnut Grove,” the McCormick ancestral home in Virginia; made reports on the progress of the McCormick Historical Association; and in 1923 completed a three-volume manuscript called “The Life and T ...
• ... and in 1923 completed a three-volume manuscript called “The Life and Times of Mr. C. H. McCormick, 1835-1844” (unpublished). As an historian, Kellar became associated with ...
• ...tion. As a collector, Kellar not only acquired documents and manuscripts for the McCormick Collection, but also accumulated materials in which he was himself professionally interest ...
• ...nsive research done by Kellar and his associates for a projected definitive biography of Cyrus Hall McCormick and a history of agriculture, is in a form which is of limited value for the researcher. K ...
• ...ances, e.g. the Bibliographic References, notation is simply made of where references to Cyrus Hall McCormick and the reaper may be found. Almost all of the research notes would require Kellar's inter ...
• ...cation and teaching career, and his writings and speeches. The second group of papers relate to the McCormick Historical Association of which Kellar was curator (1915-1931) and later director (1931-19 ...
• ...vided into correspondence reports and dockets, financial records, general information regarding the McCormick collections themselves and the operation of the association, materials relating to the Vir ...
Contents List
Series 1: Kellar Personal (1817-1961)   series
• ...d in the Kellar family file are Lucile O'Connor Kellar's years of dedication to her husband, to the McCormick Historical Association, and to her family (including a brother, Kenneth O'Connor, later (8 ...
• ...early in his career to write: a history of agriculture, and “The Life and Times of Mr. Cyrus Hall McCormick.” What he did complete of the latter is filed here (box 16, folder 1; box 16, volumes 22-24) ...
1.2 Kellar Family   subseries
• ... Correspondence re Cyrus Hall McCormick, Jr., 1923-1926.: ...
1.6 Writings and Speeches   subseries
• ... “The Life and Times of Mr. Cyrus Hall McCormick”: ...
• ... “Cyrus Hall McCormick and the Invention of Reaper in 1831 with Notes on its Subsequent Development” - Drafts and N ...
• ... “Cyrus Hall McCormick and the People of Virginia” - Drafts, Notes, and Copy read at Virginia Social Science Associ ...
• ... “The Organization and Preservation of Manuscript Collections in the McCormick Historical Association Library” - read at American Library Association Convention, 16 June 1 ...
Series 2: McCormick Historical Association (1533-1960)   series
• ... Series 2: McCormick Historical Association (1533-1960): ...
• ... Nearly half of the collection is a part of the McCormick Historical Association file (series 2). These records are Kellar's personal copies. Much i ...
• ... 2). These records are Kellar's personal copies. Much is probably duplication of documents found in McCormick Collection manuscripts, e.g. the McCormick Historical Association's official records. ...
• ...pies. Much is probably duplication of documents found in McCormick Collection manuscripts, e.g. the McCormick Historical Association's official records. General correspondence ...
• ...k Historical Association's official records. General correspondence of the McCormick Historical Association in the Kellar papers (2.1) is filed in a strict chronological seque ...
• ...onsists of Kellar's copies of monthly reports to (or dockets of the meetings of) the members of the McCormick family (Cyrus Hall, Jr., Anita McCormick Blaine; Harold F.) or their representatives (Cyru ...
• ...orts to (or dockets of the meetings of) the members of the McCormick family (Cyrus Hall, Jr., Anita McCormick Blaine; Harold F.) or their representatives (Cyrus Bentley and others) to whom Kellar was ...
• ... their representatives (Cyrus Bentley and others) to whom Kellar was responsible as director of the McCormick Historical Association. The arrangement is chronological throughout. ...
• ... include moving and storage expenses of the transition period immediately preceding transfer of the McCormick Collections to the State Historical Society of Wisconsin. Sub-ser ...
• ...d documents filed under research and reference; collected materials re McCormick family genealogy, biography, and memorials. Correspondence, reports, scripts, notes and cl ...
• ...ebrations, and Agricultural Hall of Fame awards are filed here. In the 1940's the “future of the (McCormick) library” became of foremost importance with the demoliton of the building in which the libr ...
• ... collections (1809-1961) include correspondence regarding the acquisition of Virginiana, Americana, McCormick manuscripts, and stamps for the McCormick library. There are also some typewritten copies ...
• ...dence regarding the acquisition of Virginiana, Americana, McCormick manuscripts, and stamps for the McCormick library. There are also some typewritten copies of documents concerning William Massie of ...
• ...cuments concerning William Massie of Rockbridge County, Virginia, a friend of Robert and Cyrus Hall McCormick; and of the Tye River and Blue Ridge Turnpike Company; and from the James Dorman Davidson ...
• ...r and Blue Ridge Turnpike Company; and from the James Dorman Davidson papers, which are part of the McCormick Collections. With the Davidson materials in Kellar's papers are the results of research in ...
• ...ntury. Included is a listing by Kellar's catalogue number of bibliographic references to Cyrus Hall McCormick and the reaper, as follows: ...
• ...anged listing of the agricultural periodical (AP) references; and an alphabetical listing of “non-McCormick references - periodical classification.” Also preserved here are typewritten copies of the m ...
• ...f the materials referred to in the bibliographic references; and newspaper references to Cyrus Hall McCormick copied in manuscript form by Charles O'Connor (a brother of Lucile O'Connor Kellar's) from ...
• ... are arranged chronologically. They deal with the various reaper patent cases with which Cyrus Hall McCormick was involved. The dispute over the invention of the reaper includes materials from the Rob ...
• ...ved. The dispute over the invention of the reaper includes materials from the Robert vs. Cyrus Hall McCormick controversy, Hussey vs. McCormick, Seymour and Morgan vs. McCormick, Manny vs. McCormick, ...
• ...n of the reaper includes materials from the Robert vs. Cyrus Hall McCormick controversy, Hussey vs. McCormick, Seymour and Morgan vs. McCormick, Manny vs. McCormick, the McCormick Patent Extension Cas ...
• ... from the Robert vs. Cyrus Hall McCormick controversy, Hussey vs. McCormick, Seymour and Morgan vs. McCormick, Manny vs. McCormick, the McCormick Patent Extension Cases of 1848, 1859, and 1861, as wel ...
• ...Cyrus Hall McCormick controversy, Hussey vs. McCormick, Seymour and Morgan vs. McCormick, Manny vs. McCormick, the McCormick Patent Extension Cases of 1848, 1859, and 1861, as well as various other ri ...
• ...rmick controversy, Hussey vs. McCormick, Seymour and Morgan vs. McCormick, Manny vs. McCormick, the McCormick Patent Extension Cases of 1848, 1859, and 1861, as well as various other rivals and contro ...
• ...-engraved reprint of the 1885 pamphlet, Memorial of Robert McCormick...Including the Early History of the McCormick Reaper; and the published pamphlet, ...
• ... Memorial of Robert McCormick...Including the Early History of the McCormick Reaper; and the published pamphlet, The L ...
• ... and the published pamphlet, The Life and Works of Robert McCormick Including the Invention of the Reaper by Robert Hall McCormick and James Hall Shie ...
• ...The Life and Works of Robert McCormick Including the Invention of the Reaper by Robert Hall McCormick and James Hall Shields. Also included here are galley proof and page proof of ...
• ...re are galley proof and page proof of The Invention of the McCormick Reaper (unpublished) by Cyrus Bentley. ...
2.4 General Information re Collections and Operation of Association   subseries
• ... “Notes for Article on McCormick Historical Association for Illinois Libraries,” ...
• ... Copies of McCormick and Harvester Correspondence, 1855-1902. ...
• ... Short Essays on the Reaper, Harvesting, and the McCormick Reaper Company, 1917-1943; n.d.: ...
• ... Index for “The Invention of the McCormick Reaper,” n.d.: ...
• ... Letters from C. A. Spring, Jr. to Cyrus Hall McCormick, 1865-1866. : (copies): ...
• ... Miscellaneous Research on C. H. McCormick and Reaper, 1831-1872; 1911; 1934-1940; n.d. ...
• ... Documents re McCormick's Hill-Side Plow, 1831-1843.: ...
• ...McCormick Family: ...
• ... Cyrus Hall McCormick, Sr.: ...
• ... Cyrus Hall McCormick, Jr. - Drafts of Articles, 1919; 1936; n.d. ...
• ... Harold McCormick, 1912; n.d.: ...
• ... Stanley McCormick, 1912; n.d.: ...
• ... Anita Eugenie McCormick Blaine - Articles and Drafts, 1938; 1954. ...
• ... Robert McCormick; Leander J. McCormick; Stephen McCormick; William McCormick - Drafts of Articles, ...
• ... Robert McCormick; Leander J. McCormick; Stephen McCormick; William McCormick - Drafts of Articles, ...
• ... Robert McCormick; Leander J. McCormick; Stephen McCormick; William McCormick - Drafts of Articles, 1896; 193 ...
• ... Robert McCormick; Leander J. McCormick; Stephen McCormick; William McCormick - Drafts of Articles, 1896; 1932-1933.: ...
• ... Clippings and article reprints re McCormick Family, 1877; 1931-1969; n.d.: ...
• ... Legal Materials re McCormick Family - Miscellaneous, 1842-1952; n.d.: ...
• ... Memorials to McCormick Family: ...
• ... Bust of C. H. McCormick at Richmond, Virginia, 1932-1933.: ...
• ... H.A.K.'s drafts of suggestions for McCormick Historical Association and semi-biographical; n.d. ...
2.5 Virginia Collections (Virginiana, Americana, McCormick, Manuscripts and Stamps)   subseries
• ... 2.5 Virginia Collections (Virginiana, Americana, McCormick, Manuscripts and Stamps): ...
2.6 Research and Reference (Bibliographical References to Cyrus Hall McCormick and the Reaper)   subseries
• ... 2.6 Research and Reference (Bibliographical References to Cyrus Hall McCormick and the Reaper): ...
• ... Part 3, Non-McCormick References: ...
• ... “Non-McCormick References - Machine Classification”: ...
• ... “Non-McCormick References - Periodical Classification”: ...
• ... BB014 Recollections of Cyrus H. McCormick, n.d. ...
• ... BB301 Chronicles of the Builders “ Life of C. H. McCormick,” n.d. : to BB39 ...
• ...d. : to BB39 Heroes of the Nation “ C.H. McCormick and the Reaping Machine,” 1902.: ...
• ... n.d. : to BB79 Letter from M. C. Shields to C. H. McCormick, 1865, October 5.: ...
• ... BG55 Family Record and Biography Compiled by Leander J. McCormick, 1896 : to BG82 Letter from Mary C. Shiel ...
• ... RM16 Letter to C.H. McCormick from F.E. Elmendorf, 1881, March 12 to RM Miscellaneous.: ...
• ... MM53 Articles of Agreement between C. H. McCormick and O. S. Gage, 1877, December 1 to MM538 Letters of C. H. McCormick, ...
• ...les of Agreement between C. H. McCormick and O. S. Gage, 1877, December 1 to MM538 Letters of C. H. McCormick, 1831-1848; n.d.: ...
• ... ML057 Letter of M.M. Armstrong to L. McCormick 1878, November 28 : to ML24 Machines manu ...
• ... 1878, November 28 : to ML24 Machines manufactured by rival firms McCormick and Hussey, n.d.: ...
• ... ML4834 McCormick vs. Manny, 1855 : to ML67 ...
• ... ML81 Cyrus Hall McCormick and the Reaper - Thwaites, 1905 ...
• ... ML84 34th Congress, 1st Session, 2nd Session - Renewal of McCormick Patent, 1855-1856.: ...
• ...y vs. United States, 1899, September 14 : to ML852 McCormick Patent Extension, 1861.: ...
• ... ML852 McCormick Patent Extension, 1861.: ...
• ... ML876 McCormick Extension Case, 1859.: ...
• ... ML878 McCormick Extension Case, 1861.: ...
• ... ML88 Interference between C.H. McCormick and Henry Green, 1852.: ...
• ... ML882 Papers from Patent Office: Interference of McCormick vs. Hite, 1855 : to ML97 ...
• ...onvention, 1872 : to UM28 Letter of H.H. Finley to McCormick, 1876, November 29.: ...
• ... Notes on other harvesting machines taken from McCormick Company letters, 1850-1860.: ...
• ...McCormick Family and Miscellaneous, 1831, May - 1885, Septem ...
• ... Analysis by Kellar of statements (1888-1922) relating to invention of McCormick Reaper, 1924, December; 1925, September. ...
• ... Analysis by Kellar of statements (1867-1897) relating to invention of McCormick Reaper, 1925, October.: ...
• ...ng to reaper invention (1831-1860) : compiled from McCormick Collection sources by Kellar for C. Bentley, 1925, ...
• ...ng to reaper invention (1847-1911) : compiled from McCormick Collection sources by Kellar for C. Bentley, 1926, ...
• ... Copies of printed and manuscript materials in McCormick Collection pertaining to invention of reaper: ...
• ... Evidence forming the basis on which replica of original C.H. McCormick 1831 Reaper was constructed, 1931.: ...
• ...McCormick (Patent) Extension Case of February 1848 ...
• ... Hussey vs. McCormick and McCormick (Patent) Extension Case of 1848 to Congress 1852-1856;: ...
• ... Hussey vs. McCormick and McCormick (Patent) Extension Case of 1848 to Congress 1852-1856;: ...
• ... Seymour and Morgan vs. McCormick 1851-1854, 1846; 1849-1857.: ...
• ... Manny vs. McCormick (“The Great Reaper Case”), 1854-1856; 1856-1858; 1 ...
• ...McCormick Patent Extension Case of 1859 (Re ...
• ...McCormick Patent Extension Case of 1861 (Re ...
• ... Advertisements and “Certificates” for the McCormick Reaper (related material): ...
• ... Miscellaneous notes on McCormick Reapers and Mowers exhibited in Europe and United States, ...
• ... Awards, Exhibitions of, and References to, McCormick (and other) Reapers outside the United States: ...
• ...engravers reprint of the 1885 pamphlet, Memorial of Robert McCormick...Including the Early History of the McCormick Reaper , ...
• ... Memorial of Robert McCormick...Including the Early History of the McCormick Reaper , 1898.: ...
• ... Published pamphlet, The Life and Works of Robert McCormick Including his Invention of the Reaper by Robert Hall McCormick and James Hall Shie ...
• ...The Life and Works of Robert McCormick Including his Invention of the Reaper by Robert Hall McCormick and James Hall Shields, 1910.: ...
• ... Invention of the McCormick Reaper, The, by Cyrus Bentley: ...
• ... Miscellaneous photo copies of McCormick Reaper advertisements and order blanks, etc., 1845 ...
• ...McCormick (Patent) Extension Case of 1848, : miscel ...