Records, ca. 1855-1915, ca. 1925-1935, 1946

J.I. Case Company
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  • Format Mixed Materials; Photos, Drawings, Prints
  • Physical Details
    • 0.7 c.f. and
    • 2833 photographs


  • Product photographs; letters, agents' reports, and collectors' reports to the Case Company, 1855-1913; and other materials. The bulk of the collection is correspondence, primarily dating 1855-1875 from farmers and agents all over the Midwest. The letters include orders for machinery, complaints, praise, tales of woe from farmers having difficulty paying and from agents having difficulty collecting the money owed Case, and inquiries and advice about specific mechanical problems. Of note are two personal letters to J. I. Case from his nephew, A. C. Fish, a student at Tufts College, asking for personal loans for school and for starting up in business. A small number of photographs made in 1946 show a Case-sponsored event at which old and new harvesting and threshing equipment is being demonstrated.
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