Louis Allis Company

Title: Louis Allis Company

Manuscript Number: Mss-1670

Inclusive Dates: 1934 – ca. 1994

Bulk: 1.8 cu ft.

Location: BV, Sh. 155

Abstract: Louis Allis (1866-1950) was one of Edward P. Allis’ 11 children and worked in his father’s firm for a number of years before ill health forced him to retire temporarily in 1901.  When his health improved, Louis became interested in the Mechanical Appliance Company, which was working on an electric motor.  He became a director in 1901 and was elected president of the company in 1903.  The company grew and moved to 427 E. Stewart St. in 1906.  Louis Allis was known as an innovator, developing one of the first alternating current motors as well as designing motors for specific industry tasks.  The company’s name changed to The Louis Allis Company in 1922.  By the 1940s, it had more than 1,000 employees and sales of more than $20 million.

In 1967, Louis Allis was acquired by Litton Industries, a world-wide leader in the production of integrated technology systems, though Louis Allis retained its name as a division of Litton.  The economic recessions of the 1970s caused Litton to downsize Louis Allis and then sell it to MagneTek, Inc. in 1984. The company experienced a brief resurgence following a leveraged management buyout from MagneTek in 1994, but by 1998, the company filed for bankruptcy and closed the doors to its Milwaukee plant.

Scope and Content: The bulk of the collection is comprised of the Louis Allis Messenger publication, the company’s bi-monthly and later quarterly entertainment magazine.  In addition, the collection includes two other publications specifically for employees, The Sentry and Louis Allis News.  These publications contain information on work-related issues and events.  Rounding out the collection are technical manuals and bulletins, annual and quarterly reports, stockholders reports and material related to the Louis Allis/Litton merger.

Access and Use: No Restrictions.

Language: English.

Administrative Note:  The collection was originally processed by Nicholas Neylon, November 1991.  It was re-processed by Steve Schaffer, December 2014, finding aid written, December 2015.

 

Content Box # File #
The Louis Allis Messenger: Jan-Feb, May-June, Sept-Oct, Christmas 1934 1 1
The Louis Allis Messenger: March-April, Sept-Oct, Christmas 1936 1 2
The Louis Allis Messenger: Complete set, Christmas 1937 1 3
The Louis Allis Messenger: March-April, May-June, July –Aug, Sept-Oct, Christmas 1938 1 4
The Louis Allis Messenger: Complete set, Christmas 1939 1 5
The Louis Allis Messenger: Complete set, Christmas 1940 1 6
The Louis Allis Messenger: January -June,  1941, 1 7
The Louis Allis Messenger: July-October, Christmas 1941 1 8
The Louis Allis Messenger: January-June,  1942 1 9
The Louis Allis Messenger: July-October, Christmas 1942 1 10
The Louis Allis Messenger: January-June, 1943 1 11
The Louis Allis Messenger: July-October, Christmas 1943 1 12
The Louis Allis Messenger: Complete set, Christmas  1944 1 13
The Louis Allis Messenger: Jan-Feb, March-April, May-June, July –Aug, Christmas 1945 1 14
The Louis Allis Messenger: Complete set, Christmas  1946 1 15
The Louis Allis Messenger: Complete set, Christmas  1947 1 16
The Louis Allis Messenger: January-June 1948 1 17
The Louis Allis Messenger: July-October, Christmas 1948 1 18
The Louis Allis Messenger: January-October, No Christmas 1949 1 18a
The Louis Allis Messenger: Complete set,, Christmas 1950 1 18b
The Louis Allis Messenger: March- October, Christmas 1951 1 19
The Louis Allis Messenger: Jan-April, July-October,  Christmas 1952 1 20
The Louis Allis Messenger: January-June 1953 1 21
The Louis Allis Messenger: July-October, Christmas 1953 2 22
The Louis Allis Messenger: January-October, No Christmas 1954 2 23
The Louis Allis Messenger: Volumes 2, 3,  Christmas 1955 2 23a
The Louis Allis Messenger: Volumes 1 ,2, 3,  Christmas 1956 2 24
The Louis Allis Messenger: Volumes, 1, 2, 3, Christmas 1957 2 25
The Louis Allis Messenger: Volumes 1, 2, 3,  Christmas 1958 2 26
The Louis Allis Messenger: January-October, No Christmas 1959 2 27a
The Louis Allis Messenger: Volume 1, No Christmas 1960 3 27b
Luis Allis Product Bulletins: LM-1, SB-1, SP-1-3, SP-5, TB-2275, TB-2323 TB-4433, TB-4434, TB-4437, TB-4438,  TB-7000`1 #10, #15, #104A, #105, #107A, #108E, #116-117, #118C, #128, #129, #131, #450, #1000, #1100, #1150, #1200, #1903, #2212A, #2103, #2250, #2300A, #2352, #2500, #3000, #3151, #4004, #4055, #4200, #4400, #4421, #4431, #4451, #7001, #8010, #10025, #10051, #10102, #10115, #10151, #10175 #10200A, #10251, #10350, #10404, #10500, #10550, #10650, #10703, #10751, #10800, #10850, #10950 #11000, #11008, #11023, #11024, #11025, #11026, #11027, #11028, “This is Louis Allis” (1980) 3 28
Louis Allis Sentry 1945-56: Vol 3, Number 3; Vol 6, numbers 3-4; Vol 8, Numbers1-3; Vol 9, Numbers 1- 3; Vol. 10, Number 1 3 29
Louis Allis News 1957-1968: Jan-April 1957; 1959-60, Vol 2 Numbers 2,4,5,6; 1967 Vol 2, Numbers 2-7, 9: 1968 Vol 3, Number 1 3 30
Louis Allis Messenger Undated Editions 3 31
Louis Allis Annual and Stockholder Reports, 1953-1965 (not inclusive) 3 32
Louis Allis – Miscellaneous Material 3 33
  -Booklet: “Welcome to Our Guests,” November 1957    
  -Louis Allis Co. Folder    
  -Louis Allis Co. Report to Current/Prospective Louis Allis Partners, ca. 1994    
Louis Allis/Litton Industries Merger, 1966-1967 3 34
Litton Industries – Annual/Quarterly Reports, 1968-1969 3 35
     
The Christmas Messenger (Bound version) 1941 3 Loose

 

 


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