Singer Manufacturing Company Records, 1850-circa 1975

Summary Information

Title: Singer Manufacturing Company Records
Inclusive Dates: 1850-circa 1975

  • Singer Manufacturing Company
Call Number: U.S. Mss AI; Micro 703; Micro 2002; Micro 2013; Micro 2014; Micro 2019; Micro 2020

Quantity: 90.0 cubic feet (192 archives boxes, 11 flat boxes, 1 card box) and 579 reels of microfilm (35 mm)

Archival Locations:
Wisconsin Historical Society (Map)

Records of the sewing-machine manufacturing company founded by Isaac M. Singer in 1851. The processed portion of the collection consists mainly of nineteenth century records, a large quantity of which is available only on microfilm. Included are historical materials, incorporation records, outgoing and incoming administrative correspondence, advertising materials and publications, subject files, and legal and financial records. The outgoing correspondence (primarily 1877 to 1924) covers many aspects of the company's business and includes letters dating from the presidencies of George McKenzie, Frederick G. Bourne, and Douglas Alexander that concern domestic and foreign management policy and routine administrative matters. Legal records and correspondence, 1846-1906, pertain to patents, litigation, and contracts. Subject files include circular letters; examiners' reports on company problems; and traveling notebooks of company executives. There are also extensive files about losses experienced in Russia following the 1917 Revolution, in Central Europe during the 1930s and 1940s, and in Japan and Germany during World War II. A large quantity of nineteenth century financial records, the majority of which are available only on microfilm, pertain to overall financial operations as monitored by the New York City office and to the operations at the Elizabethport, New Jersey factory. A few records and letterbooks relate to subsidiary companies or companies acquired by Singer such as the Wheeler and Wilson Company, the Morley Sewing Machine Company, and the National Machine Company.


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Language: English

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