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About the McCormick-International Harvester Collection

Enlarge McCormick's Patent Va. Reaper, 1849.

McCormick's Patent Va. Reaper, 1849

The oldest poster in the McCormick-International Harvester Collection, printed in 1849, one year after Cyrus McCormick had relocated his factory to Chicago. WHI 4286

International Harvester's roots extend back to 1831, when Cyrus McCormick first tested a mechanical reaper in a Virginia wheat field. In 1902 the McCormick Harvesting Machine Company merged with four of its rivals to form the International Harvester Company.

Since 1951 the Wisconsin Historical Society has collected artifacts and records of the McCormick family, the McCormick businesses and their competitors, and International Harvester Co. itself. The McCormick-International Harvester Collection currently occupies 5,000 cubic feet and contains more than 500,000 photographs.

Have Questions?

Send questions concerning the collection to:

McCormick-IHC Archivist
Archives Division
Wisconsin Historical Society
Madison, WI 53706