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Smithsonian Houses Bobcat Archives

Historical materials find new home

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Smithsonian archivists Craig Orr and Alison Oswald examine Bobcat materials at the National Museum of American History.
Smithsonian archivists Craig Orr and Alison Oswald examine Bobcat materials at the National Museum of American History.

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History acquired 56 cubic feet of records from Bobcat Co. This donation includes corporate records relating to American manufacturing and marketing as well as business development. Housed in the museum’s Archives Center, these papers join the museum’s extensive collection of agricultural, industrial and business papers. A selection of these records is scheduled to be on view from Nov. 30 through Jan. 17, 2010.

The Bobcat Co. records focus primarily on production, marketing and advertising. They span a period from the 1940s to the present, and illustrate the progression of a once-small, family-owned company that emerged as an industry leader. The donation includes photographs, product literature, advertisements, employee newsletters, drawings, scrapbooks and audiovisual materials. The collection also contains notes on a 1985 trip to Japan, during which employees learned about Japanese manufacturing and engineering techniques, some of which were implemented in Bobcat factories. These papers are available for research and complement the Archives Center’s agricultural holdings, which include the Everett Bickley Collection, the William C. Kost Farm Records and the Southern Agricultural Oral History Project.

To learn more about the museum, visit http://americanhistory.si.edu.


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