International Harvester Company Glass Negative Series, circa 1900-1939

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Title: International Harvester Company Glass Negative Series
Inclusive Dates: circa 1900-1939

  • International Harvester Company
Call Number: Micro 2029; PH 3702; PH 3703; PH 3704; PH 3705; PH 3706; PH 3707; PH 3708; PH 3709; PH 3710; PH 3711; PH 3712; PH 3713; PH 3714; PH 3715; PH 3716; PH 3717; PH 3718; PH 3727; PH 3728; PH 4285

Quantity: 40 reels of microfilm (35 mm), approximately 4,000 photoprints, 3,200 copy negatives, and 5,000 glass plate negatives

Archival Locations:
Wisconsin Historical Society (Map)

Microfilmed copies, prints, and some originals of over 12,000 glass plate and nitrate negatives from the Advertising, Extension, Consumer Relations, and Engineering Departments of the International Harvester Company, a Chicago, Illinois based manufacturer of trucks, engines, farm machinery and implements, and construction equipment formed in 1902. Images include depictions, from approximately 1900 to 1939, of the company's product line, factories (McCormick, Deering, Plano, Champion, Osborn and Weber Wagon Works), dealerships and showrooms, employees, expositions and county fairs, agricultural methods and practices, field testing of equipment, foreign subsidiaries, manufacturing equipment and processes, product development and servicing, promotional activities, rural landscapes and small towns, road construction, railroads, binder twine mills and plantations. Among the subjects documented are the activities of a large-scale, diversified, multinational manufacturing corporation, the mechanization of agriculture, the growth of the modern transportation industry, and the transition of the United States to an urbanized industrial nation.


The project to arrange, microfilm, print, and describe the series was made possible by a grant from the Brooks and Hope B. McCormick Foundation.

Language: English

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