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McCormick-International Harvester Collection Bibliography

Below you will find a thematic bibliography developed by curators at the Wisconsin Historical Society. The subjects selected provide information on the history of the McCormick and International Harvester companies, agricultural equipment, Cyrus Hall McCormick and family, tractors, advertising, lithography, and posters.

Books on the history of the McCormick Harvesting Machine Company and International Harvester Company

  • Marsh, Barbara; "A Corporate Tragedy: The Agony of International Harvester Company" . New York: Doubleday and Co., 1985.
  • Carstensen, Fred; "American Enterprise in Foreign Markets: Studies of Singer and International Harvester in Imperial Russia". Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1984.
  • Ozanne, Robert W.; "A Century of Labor-Management Relations at McCormick and International Harvester". Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1967.
  • Ozanne, Robert W.; "Wages in Practice and Theory; McCormick and International Harvester, 1860-1960". Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1968.

Historical works with an emphasis on the development of agricultural equipment

  • Baumheckel, Ralph and Kent Borghoff; "International Harvester Farm Equipment: Product History, 1831-1985". American Society of Agricultural Engineers, 1997.
  • Fay, Guy; "International Harvester Experimental and Prototype Tractors." Osceola, Wisconsin: Motorbooks International, 1998.
  • Hurt, R. Douglas; "Agricultural Technology in the 20th Century". Manhattan, KS: Sunflower University Press, c. 1991.
  • Hurt, R. Douglas; "American Farm Tools from Hand-Power to Steam-Power". Manhattan, KS: Sunflower University Press, c. 1982.
  • Klancher, Lee; "Farmall Tractors". Osceola, Wisconsin: Motorbooks International, 1995.
  • Wendel, C.H.; "150 Years of International Harvester". Sarasota, Florida: Crestline Publishing, 1981.
  • Iconographix Photo Archive Series, Photographs from the McCormick-International Harvester Company Collection, edited with introduction by P.A. Letourneau. Six titles in the series cover IHC tractors: Farmall Regular, Farmall F-Series, Farmall H, Farmall M, Tractors and Farmall Super Series.

Cyrus Hall McCormick and family

  • Harrison, Gilbert A.; "A Timeless Affair: the life of Anita McCormick Blaine". Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1979.
  • Hutchinson, William T.; "Cyrus Hall McCormick, Vols. I & II". New York: Appleton-Century Co., New York, 1935.
  • Roderick, Stella Virginia; "Nettie Fowler McCormick." Rindge, NH: Smith Publisher, Inc., 1956.

Books for collectors of International Harvester tractors

  • Fay, Guy; "International Harvester Tractor Data Book". Osceola, Wisconsin: Motorbooks International, 1997.
  • Fay, Guy; "Farmall Letter Series Tractors: Originality Guide". Osceola, Wisconsin: Motorbooks International, 1999.
  • Updike, Kenneth; "International Harvester Tractor Identification Guide, 1939-1985". Wisconsin: Kenneth Updike, 1995.

Books on the history of advertising

  • Fraser, James;" The American Billboard: 100 Years." N.Y.: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1991.
  • Lears, T.J. Jackson; "Fables of Abundance: A Cultural History of Advertising in America." New York: Basic Books, 1994.
  • Marchand, Roland; "Advertising the American Dream: Making Way for Modernity, 1920-1940". Berkeley: University of California Press, 1985.
  • Norris, James D; "Advertising and the Transformation of American Society, 1865-1920". New York : Greenwood Press, 1990.

Books on the history of lithography

  • Griffits, Thomas Edgar; "Colour printing, a practical demonstration of colour printing by letterpress, photo-offset lithography and drawn lithography, with illustrations demonstrating alternative methods of production and including a comprehensive colour chart. London: Faber and Faber, 1949.
  • Marzio, Peter C.; "The Democratic Art: Chromolithography, 1840-1900: Pictures for a 19th Century America". Boston: D.R. Godine, 1979.

Books on the history of posters

  • Hutchison, Harold Frederick; "The Poster: An Illustrated History from 1860". New York: Viking Press, c. 1968.
  • Rickards, Maurice; "The Rise and Fall of the Poster". Newton Abbot, England: David & Charles, 1971.