Cyrus Hall McCormick, Jr., Subject File, 1840-1942

Scope and Content Note

Sales Department General Letters, 1904-1927 (5 reels)

Collection of letters from International Harvester Company, mostly addressed to “Sales Departments” or “General Agents,” and written on company letterhead. The letters are written on a variety of topics, including changes to vehicle parts and part numbers, pricing, sales goals and strategies, marketing campaigns, and information regarding the terms and limits of maintenance and service agreements.

Canada, General and Special Letters, 1920-1938 (2 reels)

Appears to cover the same topics as the Sales Department General Letters. The obvious exception is that these letters relate to products and services in the Canadian market.

Price Sheets, 1976-1988 (5 reels)

Collection of documents which list International Harvester/Navistar products (binders, tractors trucks, bailers etc.), the options and additional equipment available for each model and the price of each component or package.

U.S. Accounting, 1903-1938 (1 reel)

Contains a variety of letters, agreements and contracts. Most of the letters appear to be sent from the company to “comptrollers” or “local branches” providing instructions regarding accounting practices, expense reports, collections, etc. There are also letters addressing salary agreements, requests for invoices, expense reports, preparation of annual statements and employee salary agreements.

Canadian Accounting, 1913-1938 (1 reel)

Contains a variety of letters, agreements and contracts. Most of the letters appear to be sent from the company to “comptrollers” or “local branches” providing instructions regarding accounting practices, expense reports, collections, etc. There are also letters addressing salary agreements, requests for invoices, expense reports, preparation of annual statements and employee salary agreements.

U.S. Annual Statements of Sales, 1918-1960 (8 reels)

Ledger sheet entries of products and sales totals. This collection is in chronological order and is organized by geographical region. No other types of documents were seen in this collection.

Appraisements of Deering Division, 1902 (2 reels)

A single 3600 page document contained in two reels. The document is an appraisal of the Deering Division prepared by Manufacture's Appraisal Company of Chicago. The document describes each building within the division, its construction style and the materials used on the interior and exterior of the building. Items appraised include: Construction of factory buildings, fences and gates, sidewalks, planking, paving, dockage, pipe and fittings, shafting, iron works, sprinkler systems, jigs and dies, fire apparatus, pulleys, electrical, wood cutting forms, horses, and warehouses. The document also contains appraisals of the various types of machinery and figures depreciation. Specific construction materials are mentioned.

Invoice Appraisals (3 reels)

This document is the same as Appraisements of Deering Division, except this appraisal was prepared by The American Appraisal Company of Milwaukee.

Invoices of the International Harvester Company, McCormick Division, 1902 (2 reels)

A set of eleven volumes which constitute an appraisal of the McCormick Division prepared by American Appraisal Company of Milwaukee. The document describes each building within the division, its construction style and the materials used on the interior and exterior of the building. Items appraised include: Construction of factory buildings, fences and gates, sidewalks, planking, paving, dockage, pipe and fittings, shafting, iron works, sprinkler systems, jigs and dies, fire apparatus, pulleys, electrical wiring and equipment, dust collector piping, reaper works, twine mill, malleable iron plant, saw mill plant and warehouses. Specific construction materials are mentioned.

International Harvester Company, McCormick Division Appraisal, 1902 (3 reels)

Another appraisal of the McCormick Division produced by the Manufacturer's Appraisal Company and very similar to the document described in Invoices.

Archive Inventory (4 reels)

A set of typed and handwritten forms titled “International Harvester Company Historical Records Inventory and Work Sheet.” These documents are apparently the result of efforts by Company archives personnel to catalog the contents of the archives prior to the transfer of materials to the Wisconsin State Historical Society. The sheets contain series titles and a description of the materials contained in the series. The descriptions are written in varying degrees of detail. The materials which are the subject of these sheets appear to be the same material which is now part of the McCormick-International Harvester Company Archives at the Wisconsin State Historical Society.

Collection Department, 1906-1949 (2 reels)

A collection of general letters and circulars from the Collection Department informing employees about procedural changes and other business related matters.

Motor Truck Product Committee Reports, 1957-1967 (1 reel)

Detailed summaries of meetings of the Committee and the decisions reached during the period from 1957 to 1967. Some of these summaries are 4 to 5 pages long.

AG News Clips, 1948-1953 (1 reel)

This reel contains newspaper and magazine clippings concerning agricultural equipment, taken from various sources and assembled into a collection. Clips contain information on new plants, plant expansions, statements by International Harvester personnel, new product lines, accomplishments and awards.

Canton News Clips, 1948-1953 (1 reel)

This is a collection of news articles taken mainly from the Canton Ledger and all concerning activities at Canton Works plant. Many of the articles discuss working conditions, union activity, strikes, walkouts and labor relations efforts. This is another short reel.

Truck News Clips, 1977-1979 (1 reel)

A collection of magazine and newspaper articles regarding International Harvester motor vehicles. Most of the articles contain information about vehicle performance, convenience and safety. There also appears to be a few copies of advertisements within this collection.

News Releases, 1937-1988 (1 reel)

Also titled “Corporate News and Press Releases.” These are company press releases typewritten on company letterhead. The subjects are varied but most relate to general company news such as plant openings and expansions, new products, etc.

General News Clips, 1960-1962 (1 reel)

Newspaper clippings related to the International Harvester company and its product lines.

News Clips, 1973-1981 (3 reels)

Newspaper and magazine clippings from various sources around the country and featuring IHC-related articles.

Microfilm Record Codes/Index Sheets/Inventory Sheets (32 reels)

These reels contain indices of microfilm collections (Attachment 4). According to a letter found within this collection, all plant departments were instructed to microfilm all vital records. The departments were also required to furnish the “Central Depository” a copy of the Record Code. The Record Code forms contain titles and codes for the microfilmed records.