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Title: Gilman Manufacturing Company Photograph Album

Collection Date(s): 1930s

Extent and Forms of Material: .33 cubic feet (1 box)

Creator: Gilman Manufacturing Company

Abstract: An album of photographs of mining equipment manufactured by Gilman Manufacturing Company, Janesville, Wisconsin, including factory scenes and forges.

Repository: Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. archivescenter@si.edu 202-633-3270 www.americanhistory.si.edu/archives

Collection Number: AC1057

Processing Note: Processed by Kiley Orchard (intern), 2008; supervised by Vanessa Broussard Simmons, archivist.

 

INFORMATION FOR USERS OF THE COLLECTION

Conditions Governing Access: The collection is open for research use.

Physical Access : Researchers must handle unprotected photographs with gloves.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use: Copyright held by the Smithsonian Institution. Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Reproduction permission from Archives Center: fees for commercial use. All duplication requests must be reviewed and approved by Archives Center staff.

Preferred Citation: Title and date of item, Gilman Manufacturing Company Photograph Album, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, box number X, folder number XX, digital file number XXXXXXXX

 

IN-DEPTH INFORMATION ABOUT THE COLLECTION

Administrative History : Gilman Manufacturing Company was founded in 1936 by George Gilman. The company moved to Janesville, Wisconsin, in 1946 and remained Gilman Engineering and Manufacturing Company until 1948 when it was purchased by Parker Pen Company. It was later bought by Gisholt and then Giddings and Lewis. The company is currently associated with Johann A. Krause Maschinenfabrik of Bremen, Germany. Key products include custom, automated assembly equipment, manual stations, modular and lean cells, simultaneous engineering service, and both light and heavy duty transport systems.

Source: http://www.usitoday.com/article_printview.asp?Articleid=732 (Last viewed September 25, 2008)

Scope and Content: The collection consists of a photographic album, probably created in the 1930s, including images of pneumatic rock drills and related parts made by the Gilman Manufacturing Company. Many of the photographs are captioned with the name of the tool or tool part, size, and part number. Other photographs document Gilman automatic heat treating machines which hardened and tempered steel drill bits. The album includes images of the Central Drill Steel Shop of the Commerce Mining and Royalty Company in Cardin, Oklahoma, where steel bits from fourteen mines were brought for heat treatment. Photographs at the end of the album document operations in Gilman’s manufacturing plant, including heat treating, milling and grinding machines, and lathes. These machines were operated by a system of overhead belts. A few loose photographs are housed in a folder.

System of Arrangement: This collection is arranged in one series.

 Series 1, Photograph Album, undated

Custodial History: Transferred to the Archives Center from the Division of Work and Industry in 2007.

Access Points:

Subject/Names:
Gilman Manufacturing Company
Commerce Mining and Royalty Company

Subject/Topical:
Drilling and boring
Factories
Forges
Manufacturing
Mining equipment

Geographic:
Cardin ( Oklahoma)
Janesville ( Wisconsin)

Form/Genre:
Photograph albums -- 20 th century
Photographs -- 20 th century

CONTAINER LISTING

 

Box

Folder

 

 

 

Series 1, Photograph Album, undated

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1

Loose photographs, undated

 

 

Photograph album, undated

 

 

 

 

 

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