Financial records, 1879-1984

International Harvester Company

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  • Financial records of the International Harvester Company, formed in August, 1902, by a consolidation of the McCormick Harvesting Machine Company, the Deering Harvester Company, and the Plano Manufacturing Company, all in the Chicago area; the Milwaukee Harvester Company in Wisconsin; and the Warder, Bushnell, & Glessner Company (Champion) at Springfield, Ohio. International Harvester thus came into control of the country's harvesting equipment, with about 90 per cent of its grain-binder production and 80 percent of its mowers, the two chief harvesting machines. The financial records are chiefly those of the predecessor Deering, Milwaukee, and Plano companies before they consolidated in 1902.
  • Time and payroll records of the predecessor companies have been microfilmed. Most post-1902 records once in Series 2Z were returned to International Harvester. Remaining in hard copy are Deering Harvester Company roadmen records (1892-1902), one 1896 volume of employee records, and one of payroll records (1935-1938); Milwaukee Harvester Company agent records (1898-1901); Champion Division, IHC, agencies and sales records, 1903; IHC annual settlement with agents records (1904-1913); Plano Division time and payroll records (1903-1908); and McCormick Division payrolls for clerks, foremen, and assistants (1899-1919).
  • The processed portion of this collection is summarized above, dates 1881-1938, and is described in the register. There are additional accessions which date 1879-1984 and are described below.


  • Forms part of the McCormick Collection.
  • The majority of the processed portion of this collection is available only on microfilm.
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