West Bend Company Records, 1911-1989

Summary Information

Title: West Bend Company Records
Inclusive Dates: 1911-1989

  • West Bend Company
Call Number: Milwaukee Mss 121; Milwaukee Micro 64; Micro 1156; PH 3780; PH 3853

Quantity: 46.0 cubic feet (91 archives boxes, 19 flat boxes), 1 reel of microfilm (35 mm), 49 reels of film, and 1 videorecording; plus additions of 476 photographs, 0.2 cubic feet of photographs, 2 drawings, and 3 pieces of ephemera

Archival Locations:
UW-Milwaukee Libraries, Archives / Milwaukee Area Research Ctr. (Map)
Wisconsin Historical Society (Map)

Records of a West Bend, Wisconsin, manufacturing firm best known for its production of aluminum cookware. Included are minutes; annual and other reports; financial records; union agreements; property, patent, and other legal records; materials on government production contracts; promotional materials; extensive product literature; other company publications; files on the Aluminum Wares Association; and photographs and films showing production processes, physical plant development, employees, sales techniques, and products. The records provide information on West Bend development of cookware, small appliances, outboard motors, military supplies, and other products; sex roles in advertising; marketing strategies; wartime conversion of industry; an employee home ownership program; and other topics. Also present is a scrapbook on the West Bend Country Club and home movies from 1948 trips to Cuba and Guatemala.

Language: English

URL to cite for this finding aid: http://digital.library.wisc.edu/1711.dl/wiarchives.uw-whs-mil00121
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