Waterman International Harvester Collection, 1905-1913

Summary Information
Title: Waterman International Harvester Collection
Inclusive Dates: 1905-1913

  • Waterman, Henry A.
  • International Harvester Company
Call Number: Milwaukee Historic Photo Collection 34

Quantity: 0.5 cubic ft. (1 box)

Archival Location:
Milwaukee Public Library (Map)

Album of images and ephemera from H.A. Waterman, superintendent of the International Harvester Company's Milwaukee plant. Includes photos of tractors, the Harvester Milwaukee Band, and Waterman's colleagues at Harvester and the Western Electric Company.


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Language: English

URL to cite for this finding aid: http://digital.library.wisc.edu/1711.dl/wiarchives.mwpl-mhpc0034
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Henry A. Waterman (1872-1955) was born in Canada and came to the United States in 1882. He graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1896 and began work at the Brown and Sharpe Manufacturing Company as an engineer. In 1900 he became the plant manager for the McCormick Harvesting Machine Company in Chicago but left two years later for the Western Electric Company, also in Chicago. Waterman came to Milwaukee in 1905 to become the superintendent of the International Harvester Company plant there. He left in 1913 when he got a new job as manager of design and manufacture at the M. Rumely Company in La Porte, Indiana.

The International Harvester Company began in the 1830s when Cyrus Hall McCormick produced a horse-drawn reaper. He later moved to Chicago, and with his brother formed the McCormick Harvesting Machine Company in 1847. A merger with the Deering Harvester Company, Milwaukee Harvesting Machine Company and several other smaller companies in 1902 created the International Harvester Company. The company was now producing motorized tractors and plows, and later produced trucks, mowers, and other equipment. After several years of decline, the company reorganized as the Navistar International Corporation in 1986 and is still active today.

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains a photograph album from H.A. Waterman when he was superintendent of the International Harvester Company in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The album contains photographs of the International Harvester plant in Milwaukee, as well as employees and the Harvester Band. There are also photos of a tractor in Nebraska, photos of a trip to Montreal, and various ephemera. There are also loose photos of tractors, the Harvester Milwaukee Band, various Harvester employees, Western Electric Company employees, and some newspaper clippings.

Arrangement of the Materials

The collection is in no discernible order. The clippings and loose photos are foldered individually. The identified photos are listed first, followed by the unidentified photos, and then the photograph album.

Preferred Citation

Waterman International Harvester Collection, 1905-1913, Collection 34. Milwaukee Historic Photo Archives, Milwaukee Public Library, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Related Material in the Milwaukee Public Library
Archival Collections

Publications and Other Items

The International Harvester Co. March 8, 1913

The International Trail

Administrative/Restriction Information
Access Restrictions

There are no access restrictions on the materials. The collection is open to all in accordance with state law. The public may view collections from the Milwaukee Historic Photo Archives by appointment at the Central Library. To request an in-person appointment, create/login to your Special Collections Account. If you have any questions, please contact the Archives and Special Collections Department at mplarchives@milwaukee.gov.

Use Restrictions

The researcher assumes full responsibility for conforming with the laws of libel, privacy, and copyright which may be involved in the use of this collection (Wisconsin Statutes 19.21-19.39).

Acquisition Information

Donation information is currently unavailable. Materials accessioned as a Historic Photo Collection.

Processing Information

Initial processing by unknown. Final processing by Bob Jaeger, 2020.

Contents List
Box   1
Folder   1
Clippings, 1913
Box   1
Folder   2-5
Waterman, Henry A., 1911, undated
Box   1
Folder   6
Wiedermann, George, 1910
Box   1
Folder   7
Adams, Charles, 1909
Box   1
Folder   8
Tractor, International Harvester, 1911
Box   1
Folder   9
Memorial Cup, presented to H.A. Waterman, 1913
Box   1
Folder   10
Harvester Band, Milwaukee, 1912
Box   1
Folder   11
Frank Barkovac Band, undated
Box   1
Folder   12
Factory Engineers, Western Electric Co., 1905
Box   1
Folder   13-20
Group Portraits, unidentified, undated
Box   1
Folder   21
Tintype, unidentified, undated
Box   1
Album, 1910-1913
Physical Description: 1 volume