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National History Day: Labor/Manufacturing Industry

Suggested topics based on available primary sources

Richardson-Sloane Special Collections Center

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321 N Main Street 

Davenport, IA 52801-1490


Mondays: 9am-8pm

Tue - Sat: 9am-5:30pm

Sundays and Holidays: CLOSED





from our Archive & Manuscripts Collections

1997-01 "Labor" - QC labor newsletter. May 1951-January 1966. 1 archive box. Rg. 38 Sec.10

1996-09 Sieg Company history. Scrapbook 100 years; tax returns 1917-1930's; licenses; paperwork. 1 rec. ctr. Carton. Rg. 38 Sec.10


Ephemera - Business & Industry -

Hostetler, J. B. Davenport Iowa: A Textbook for manufacturers[1905]. Panoramic Photographs. Oversize. Map Case #2 Drawer #7

Machinist Convention Souvenir Booklet [1911] Pamphlet. Oversize. Print.

McNabney, R. F. “Labor Unions”[1936]. Typed.


Deere & Co.

 "Interview: William Hewitt, the Quest for excellence". JD Journal [Vol. 11, Winter 1982/83] pp. 4-7

"Riding the Farm Boom". Business Week. [27 Oct 1973] pp. 74-78

"The Five Best-Managed Companies" Dun's Business Month [Dec 1981] pp. 59-78

"William A. Hewitt of Deere & Company". Forbes. [15 June 1966] pp. 30-36

Annual Reports [1981-1993] Periodical.

Burck, Charles G. "For  William Hewitt it Was an Easy Ascent". Fortune. [Aug 1976] pp. 166-176

Challenge to and Architect: Deere & Co. Administration Center [June 1964] Oversize. Map Case #2 Drawer #4

Deere & Company Administrative Center [1964, 1979, 1988] Pamphlet. 

Deere & Company Library - Unique References Sources [1986] Typed.

JD Journal [Vol. 14 No. 1, 1985] Periodical. 

John Deere Foundry, East Moline, Illinois [1972, 1980]

John Deere Waterloo Operations. "How We Build a John Deere Tractor" [ca. 2000] Flier.

John Deere Waterloo Tractor Works [1976] Leaflet.

Makers of Plenty: John Deere...The Man and the Company [Sept 1963] Pamphlet. Oversize. Map Case #2 Drawer #4

Reflections of an Era [1976] Leaflet.

Rudnitsky, Howard. "Plowing a Straight Furrow". Forbes. [12 Apr 1982] pp. 52-53

TRACKS [Dec 1980] Periodical.



Buyer's Guides [1990-1994] Periodical


International Harvester

Annual Report [1980] Periodical

Farmall Tractor Works [ca. 1930s] Pamphlet



Naumann, William L. "The Story of Caterpillar Tractor Co." [1977] Pamphlet

Welcome to Open House! [27 Sep 1981] Flier

Annual Reports [1987-1998] Periodical