Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Oliver mss., 1860-1952, include letters, 1875-1890, and printed material, 1860-1952, of the Oliver Corporation, manufacturers of agricultural machinery, Chicago, Illinois.

History of firm: in 1929 four single line companies, the Oliver Chilled Plow Works, South Bend, Ind.; the Hart-Parr Company, wheel tractor manufacturers, Charles City, Iowa; Nichols and Shepard, harvesting machinery company, Battle Creek, Mich.; and the American Seeding Machine Company, Springfield, Ohio, merged to form the Oliver Farm Equipment Company. In the fall of 1944 this company acquired the Cleveland Tractor Company and the firm name was changed to the Oliver Corporation.

This collection consists of scrapbooks, loose papers and annual reports as follows: 1) Oliver Chilled Plow Works. 2 scrapbooks, 1879-1890 and 1879-1896, containing mss. and printed letters, 1880-1890, printed advertising pamphlets, circulars, broadsides and newspapers clippings; loose papers, 187?-1906, consist of mss. letters, 1881-1890, printed circular letters, advertising circulars, broadsides and newspaper clippings. 2) Nichols and Shepard. 2 scrapbooks, 1860-1898 and 1901, containing letters, 1875-1880, pictures, printed advertising and newspaper clippings. 3) Oliver Farm Equipment Company. Printed annual reports, 1929-1943. 4) Oliver Corporation. Printed annual reports, 1944-1951; and prospectus offering 171,090 shares of common stock of the Oliver Corporation, February 13, 1952.

Included also is a mimeographed address on the history of the Oliver Corporation delivered by A. King McCord before the Los Angeles Society of Security Analysts, November 14, 1951.

Collection size: 27 items

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