Harnischfeger Corporation, 1879 – 1984

Title: Harnischfeger Corporation

Call Number: Mss-0497

Bulk: 26.8 cu. ft.

Inclusive Dates: 1879 – 1984

Location: NE, Sh. 021-029; MV F11; OS SM “H”

Abstract:

The collection includes correspondence and biographies for Henry Harnischfeger (1855 – 1930) and Walter Harnischfeger (1895 – 1973). Speeches and writing and personal business papers are also included in the collection. Papers from the Harnischfeger Corporation include: histories, correspondence, business papers, newspaper clippings, anniversary celebrations, employee and retiree activities, product publication, photographs, and crane contracts.

Historical Note:

Henry Harnischfeger was born in Salmuenster Kreislichtern, Hessen Nassau, Germany, on July 10, 1855. His father was Constantine Harnischfeger, a tanner and farmer, and his mother’s maiden name was Christina Adrian. At thirteen, Henry was indentured as an apprentice to a locksmith. In 1872 he and six friends decided to immigrate to the United States, and they landed at Castle Gardens, New York, on April 9.

Through a cousin he secured work with the Singer Sewing Machine Co. Six months he went to Providence, Rhode Island. Harnischfeger worked at the Rhode Island Locomotive Works and then with Browne & Sharpe. After being laid off, he returned to Singer and worked in the tool department of their new plant in Elizabeth, New Jersey from 1874 to 1881. Through friends he met at the Turnverein who had moved to Milwaukee in 1877, he learned of a new company being formed called the Whitehill Sewing Company. He obtained a job as a foreman in their milling department and moved to Milwaukee in November 1881.

It was at Whitehill that Harnischeger met Alonzo Pawling. Pawling was born in Chicago in 1856 and had worked in Milwaukee at Filer & Stowell and in Racine at the J.I case Company before becoming a wood patternmaker at Whitehill. Also at Whitehill was Maurice Weiss, who had come from New York with Harnischfeger. In 1883, these three decided to go into business for themselves, and they started the Milwaukee Tool & Pattern Shop. Mr. Weiss left in 1884 to return to New York, and the partnership of Pawling and Harnischfeger was formed. Pawling relinquished his interest in 1911, and he died in 1914. In 1924 the company became H. Harnischfeger Company, later the Harnischgeger Corporation, but kept P & H as its trademark.

Administrative Note:

The collection was processed on August 16, 1993 by H. Vaeth. Material was added to the collection on June 4, 1994 and Feb. 8, 1996 and processed by Steve Daily. Additional material was added to the collection on March 2000 and processed by Kevin Abing. The collection was reprocessed on November 1, 2011 by Jenny Stevenson.

Harnischfeger Family and Early Harnischfeger Corporation Box # Folder #
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Biographies 1 1
Correspondence, 1905 – 1928 1 2
Death and funeral, 1930 1 3
Erninnerungen an Salmunster. Harnischfeger, Adam. 1970 (2 copies) 1 Loose in box
Groundhog Mountain Anthracite Syndicate, 1914 – 1916 1 4
Kawertz Family 1 5
Membership cards and receipts, 1911 – 1930 1 6
School donation, Saleunster, Germany, 1931 1 7
Speeches and writings, 1921 – 1930 1 8
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Walter Harnischfeger Box # Folder #
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Correspondence, 1916 – 1973 1 9
Miscellaneous 1 10
Obituaries, funeral and memorials, 1973 1 11
Personal, 1911 – 1973 1 12
Programs 1 13
Resolutions to Express Sorrow Harnischfeger Corp. Board of Directors National Association of Manufacturers (2 volumes) 1 Loose in box
Retirement letters, 1970 – 1971 1 14
Speeches and writings, 1948 – 1968 1 15
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Harnischfeger Corporation Box # Folder #
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Anniversary booklets: 30th – 60th, 1914 – 1944 1 16
Annual reports, 1919, 1930, 1933 – 1954 1 17
Annual reports, 1955 – 1965 1 18
Annual reports, 1966 – 1976 1 19
Business papers, 1897 – 1920 1 20
Business papers, 1930 – 1942 1 21
Citizens Foreign Aid Committee, 1959 – 1965 1 22
Clippings 1 23
Correspondence, 1899 – 1927 1 24
Correspondence, 1927 – 1960 1 25
Correspondence, 50th Anniversary, 1934 1 26
Correspondence, 60th Anniversary, 1944 2 27
Correspondence, 75th Anniversary, 1957 2 28
Dealer Activities 2 29
Employee memos, 1915 – 1968 2 30
Employee and retirement activities 2 31
History 2 32
Interim reports, 1964 – 1975 2 33
“Leads and Links” P& H Lift, 1950 – 1953 2 34
Memoranda, 1935 – 1940 2 35
Old Timer’s Club – Labor Relations, 1933 – 1935 2 36
P & H Quarter Century Club, 1953 – 1964 2 37
P & H Crowd, Sept-Oct 1926 – March/April 1932 2 37A
Programs 2 38
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Publications Box # Folder #
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Brewery equipment 2 39
Cranes, 1901, 1902, 1905 2 40
Cranes, 1910 – 1919 2 41
Cranes, 1923 – 1925, 1929 2 42
Cranes, 1930 – 1931, 1934, 1936, 1938 2 43
Cranes, 1943, 1945 – 1949 2 44
Cranes, 1950 – 1964 2 45
Cranes, n.d. 2 46
Cranes and hoists, 1912 – 1927 3 47
Crane and service catalogs, 1934 – 1952 3 48
Drilling and boring machines, 1913 – 1923 3 49
Drives 3 50
Excavators and back fillers, 1915 – 1957 3 51
Hoists, 1903- 1960 3 52
Lumber, 1922-1927 3 53
Miscellaneous, 1913 – 1924
– The Plant and its Products, 1913
– Motor Specifications
– P & H Electric Transfer Car, 1922.
– The Single Line Grab Bucket, 1919, 1924.
– Standard Beam Trolleys, 1918.
3 54
Miscellaneous, 1945-1955
– Parking System, 1955
– Scrap Handling Equipment, 1949
– Sierra Loader, 1954
– “Thru-the-Air” Handling, 1946, 1949
– Soil Stabilizer, n.d.
– Welcome to P.H., n.d.
– Welding Positioners, 1945, 1950
3 55
Miscellaneous, 1911 – 1984
– Form letter. “Safeguarding of Machinery” 1911.
– Blueprint. Backfiller, March 1, 1928.
– Diary with Diagrams. Installing clamshell and dragline in Astakos,
Greece, March 24-May 28, 1928
– Pamphlets: “One Year of War” 1942
– “P & H. We’re in to Win” 1942
– National Assn. of Manufacturers. “Industry Believes” 1946
– U.S. Senate Luncheon Menu, April 10, 1946. (Copy) (Original in Mss Not
For Public Use File)
– de Oliveirs, J. Spanish Course for Beginners. Direct Method, Book 1.
U.S. Military Acad. 1948
– West Milwaukee’s Golden Year, 1906-1956.
– Milwaukee School of Engineering. Industrial Advisory Council Annual
Meeting, Feb.1962
– Letter, June 26, 1984, with early P & H stickers attached
– Desarrollo Nacional Mayo 1982. P & H ad p.68-70.File 52. Misc.
Manuals
– The Metal and Non-Metallic Mining, Milling, Smelting, and Refining
Industries, as a market for overhead
3 56
Miscellaneous, company ads 3 57
Miscellaneous, Reference manuals 3 58
ASEA Industrial Systems Catalog, ca. 1981-82 3 59
Material handing system files 3 60
German Essay Contest, 1930-1941.
– Notices, Clippings, Correspondence, List of Entrants
3 61
Pitching machine 3 62
Statements for Citizen’s Foreign Aid Committee 3 63
Ruckwarts geblickt und seitwarts geschielt, Rudolf Hiller 3 Loose in box
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Advertising Box # Folder #
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Industrial Division, 1957 3 64
Construction & Mining, 1957 3 65
Welder Division, 1957 3 66
Diesel Division, 1957 3 67
Export, 1957 3 68
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Numbered Crane Contracts Box # Folder #
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101 – 199 (1898 – 1899) 4 69
200 -298 4 70
299 – 400 4 71
401 – 501(Sept. 1900 – May 1901) 4 72
502 – 598 (May 1901 – October 1901) 4 73
599 – 700 (Nov. 1901 – March 1902) 4 74
701 – 799 (March 1902 – July 1902) 4 75
800 – 899 (July 1902 – Jan. 1903) 4 76
900 – 999 (Jan. 1903 – July 1903) 4 77
1000 – 1099 (July 1903 – May 1904) 4 78
1100 – 1199 (April 1904 – Nov. 1904) 4 79
1200 – 1301 (Dec. 1904 – March 1905) 4 80
1302 – 1399 (March 1905 – August 1905 4 81
1400 – 1499 (August 1905 – December 1905) 4 82
1500 – 1599 (Dec. 1905 – June 1906) 4 83
1600 – 1699 (April 1906 – June 1906) 4 84
1700 – 1800 (July 1906 – Nov. 1906) 4 85
1801 – 1899 ( Nov. 1906 – Feb. 1907) 4 86
1900 – 1999 ( Feb. 1907 – June 1907) 4 87
2000 – 2120 (June 1907 – July 1908) 4 88
2121 – 2199 (Oct. 1907 – Sept. 1908) 4 89
2200 – 2299 (Oct. 1908 – May 1909) 4 90
2301 – 2399 (May 1999 – Sept. 1909) 4 91
2400 – 2499 (Oct. 1909 – Jan. 1910) 4 92
2500 – 2599 (Jan. 1910 – March 1910) 4 93
2600 – 2699 (March 1910 – July 1910) 4 94
2700 – 2800 (July 1910 – April 1911) 4 95
2801 – 2905 (March 1911 – Sept. 1911) 4 96
2906 – 3001 (Sept. 1911 – Jan. 1912) 4 97
3002 – 3099 (Dec. 1911 – Aug. 1912) 4 98
3100 – 3199 (Aug. 1912 – Jan. 1913) 4 99
3200 – 3299 (Jan. 1913 – May 1913) 4 100
3300 – 3399 (May 1913 – Sept. 1913) 4 101
3400 – 3499 (Sept. 1913 – March 1914) 5 102
3500 – 3603 (March 1914 – Sept. 1914) 5 103
3604 – 3699 (May 1914 – Jan. 1915) 5 104
3700 – 3801 (Jan. 1915 – June 1915) 5 105
3802 – 3899 (June 1915 – August 1915) 5 106
3900 – 3999 ( Sept. 1915 – Oct. 1915) 5 107
4000 – 4099 (Oct. 1915 – Dec. 1915) 5 108
4100 – 4199 (Dec. 1915 – Feb. 1916) 5 109
4200 – 4300 (Feb. 1916 – May 1916) 5 110
4301 – 4400 (April 1916 – June 1916) 5 111
4401 – 4499 (May 1916 – Aug. 1916) 5 112
4500 – 4605 (Sept. 1916 – Nov. 1916) 5 113
4606 – 4699 (Nov. 1916 – Jan. 1917) 5 114
4700 – 4799 (Jan. 1917 – April 1917) 5 115
4800 – 4908 (March 1917 – June 1917) 5 116
4909 – 4999 (May 1917 – July 1917) 5 117
5000 – 5104 (July 1917 – August 1917) 5 118
5105 – 5211(Aug. 1917 – Jan. 1918) 5 119
5212 – 5299 (Nov. 1917 – March 1918) 5 120
5300 – 5401 (March 1918 – May 1918) 5 121
5402 – 5499 (May 1918 – June 1918) 5 122
5500 – 5599 (June 1918 – July 1918) 5 123
5600 – 5699 (July 1918 – October 1918) 5 124
5700 – 5800 (October 1918 – Feb. 1919) 5 125
5801 – 5900 (Feb. 1919 – June 1919) 5 126
5901 – 5999 (July 1919 – Oct. 1919) 5 127
6000 – 6099 (Sept. – Nov. 1919) 6 128
6100 – 6199 (Nov. 1919 – Dec. 1919) 6 129
6200 – 6300 (Jan. 1920 – Feb. 1920) 6 130
6301 – 6404 (Feb. 1920 – April 1920) 6 131
6405 – 6499 (April 1920 – June 1920) 6 132
6500 – 6599 (June 1920 – Oct. 1920) 6 133
6600 – 6700 (Oct. 1920 – Oct. 1921) 6 134
6701 – 6800 (Oct. 1921 – March 1922) 6 135
6801 – 6902 (April 1922 – July 1922) 6 136
6903 – 7001 (August 1922 – October 1922) 6 137
7002 – 7099 (Nov. 1922 – Feb. 1923) 6 138
7100 – 7199 (March 1923 – June 1923) 6 139
7200 – 7313 (June 1923 – Dec. 1923) 6 140
7314 – 7399 (Dec. 1923 – March 1924) 6 141
7400 – 7500 (March 1924 – October 1924) 6 142
7501- 7599 (Oct. 1924 – Feb. 1925) 6 143
7600 – 7699 (Feb. 1925 – July 1925) 6 144
7700 – 7799 (July 1925 – Oct. 1925) 6 145
7800 – 7899 (Dec. 1925 – Feb. 1926) 6 147
7900 – 7999 (Feb. 1926 – March 1926) 7 148
8000 – 8099 (August 1926 – October 1926) 7 149
8100 – 8200 (December 1926 – Feb. 1927) 7 150
8201 – 8299 (March 1927 – July 1927) 7 151
8300 – 8400 (August 1927 – Nov. 1927) 7 152
8401 – 8500 (Nov. 1927 – April 1928) 7 153
8501 – 8599 (April 1928 – July 1928) 7 154
8600 – 8699 (July 1928 – Oct. 1928) 7 155
8700 – 8802 (Nov. 1928 – Jan. 1929) 7 156
8803 – 8901 (Jan. 1929 – May 1929) 7 157
8902 – 9002 (May 1929 – August 1929) 7 158
9003 – 9014 (August 1929) 7 159
9015- 9029 (August 1929 – Sept. 1929) 7 160
9030 – 9035 (Sept. 1929 – April 1930) 7 161
9036 – 9049 (Aug. 1929 – Nov. 1929) 8 162
9050 – 9065 (Jan. 1930 – April 1930) 8 163
9066 – 9080 (Jan. 1930 – Sept. 1937) 8 164
9081 – 9160 8
9161 – 9257 9
9258 – 9343 10
9344 – 9420 11
9421 – 9511 12
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Numbered Product Photographs Box #
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Miscellaneous product photos H-1
Miscellaneous product photos H-2
Miscellaneous product photos H-3
Miscellaneous product photos H-4
Miscellaneous product photos H-5
Miscellaneous product photos H-6
Miscellaneous product photos H-7
744-1248; 1474, 1464; 1554 – 1555, 1591, 1593; 1601 – 1699 H-8
1702 – 1837 H-9
1839 – 1999; 2072 – 2739; 3010; 3220 H-10
4066 – 4501; 5036 – 5976; 6057 – 6478 H-11
6820 – 6604; 7039 – 7978; 8005 – 8999 H-12
9000 – 9894 H-13
9928 – 9995; 10025 – 10211 H-14
10213 – 10825 H-15
10827 – 10970; 11008 – 11092 H-16
11105 – 11668 H-17
11670 – 11949; 12008 – 12093 H-18
12094 – 12401 H-19
12403 – 12994A; 13043 – 13132 H-20
13141 – 13863 H-21
13667 – 14302 H-22
14305 – 14589 H-23
14591 – 14989A H-24
15111 – 15911 H-25
16013 – 16043 H-26
16113 – 16195; 16220 – 16297 H-27
16309 – 16330; 16431 – 16498; 16505 – 16519 H-28
Harnischfeger employees H-29
Excavators, miscellaneous, interior of Harnischfeger plant, working products H-30
Stationary cranes, mobile cranes H-31
Product photos H-32
Harnischfeger family photos, miscellaneous building and product photos, slide presentation to Mr. Blum H-33
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Oversize Location
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Walter Harnischfeger Memorial Album NE Sh. 029
P & H Excavator News 1958, 1959 MV F11
P & H Shovel News Nos. 158, 558, 657, 957 MV F11
Electric Shovel News Nos. 9141, 10141, 11241, 12241 MV F11
P & H Lift 1951, 1953 MV F11
50th anniversary certificate of membership in Milwaukee Turners of Henry Harnischfeger, 1928 OS SM “H”
Photo album 60th Birthday Walter Harnischfeger NE Sh. 029
Shovel News bound editions NE Sh. 029
P & H Lift bound editions 1946-1949 NE Sh. 029
P & H Lift & Weld News bound editions 1948-1954 NE Sh. 029
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Oversize Photograph Box # Location
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Product number: 851 – 14164 101 NE Sh. 028
Product number: 15572 – 16460 102 NE Sh. 028
Product number: 16531 – 21226 103 NE Sh. 028
Product number: 21257 – 22625 104 NE Sh. 028
Product number: 22651 – 28421 105 NE Sh. 028
Product number: 518179 – 58517 106 NE Sh. 028
Miscellaneous 107 NE Sh. 028

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