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Barber-Greene Company, 1918-1935 and n. d. | Historical Construction Equipment Association

By Thomas Berry

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Collection Overview

Title: Barber-Greene Company, 1918-1935 and n. d.Add to your cart.

ID: 1/101/138

Primary Creator: Barber-Greene Company (1917-1987)

Extent: 0.1 Linear Feet

Arrangement: Group 1, Machinery Records, is arranged by record format, record type, subseries, machine class, machine model, and publication date (where known).

Subjects: 1933 World's Fair, A. Guthrie & Company, Allied Machinery Company, American Can Company, Asphalt paver, Asphalt plant, Astec, Astec Industries, Athey, Aurora, Illinois, Badger, Barber-Greene, Belt conveyor, Belt loader, Berks County Prison, Box car loader, Brandon Lock, Bucket loader, Car mover, Car unloader, Caterpillar, Century of Progress Exposition, Chain hoist, Chicago, Illinois, Concrete conveyor, Conveyor, Conveyor idler, Crawler assembly, Deck screen, Detroit River Tunnel, Five Star Industries, Flatcar, Fort Peck Dam, Joliet, Illinois, Ladder trencher, Loyal Order of Moose, Merchandise Mart, Mississippi River, Model nomenclature, Mooseheart, Illinois, Oregon, Ohio, Overhead traveler, Overpeck Creek Bridge, Pugmill, Reading, Pennsylvania, Ridgefield, New Jersey, Roadmixer, Roadtec, Ryan Company, Ryan Construction Company, Scoop Truck, Selflo, Serial number nomenclature, Slat conveyor, Smith Engineering Works, St. Paul, Minnesota, Syracuse, New York, Telsmith, Thompson Road Viaduct, Toledo & Ohio Central, Travel Plant, Trencher, Weiler, Western United Gas & Electric Company, West Side Sewage Treatment Works, Windsor, Ontario, Wood frame conveyor, World’s Fair

Forms of Material: Brochure, Catalog, Mailer, Owner list, Plant layout, Sales literature, Spec sheet

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection consists of sales literature discussing the company’s products.

Biographical Note

Barber-Greene was founded in 1917 in Aurora, Illinois. It developed one of the first self-propelled, free-traveling asphalt pavers in 1934, and acquired Smith Engineering Works (Collection 519), maker of Telsmith crushers, in 1960.

Astec Industries (Collection 349) acquired Barber-Greene in 1987. Astec’s Roadtec line of pavers was derived from Barber-Greene’s. Astec sold the Barber-Greene paver line to Caterpillar, Inc. (Collection 228), which continued to use the Barber-Greene name through at least 1998. Literature published by Cat for Barber-Greene machines is listed under Barber-Greene.

As of fall 2006, Five Star Industries (Collection 3093) built the Weiler line of road wideners and windrow elevators based on designs developed by Barber-Green Company.

Model nomenclature:

Barber-Greene used a 300-series for all conveyors, 500-series for bucket loaders, 700-series for trenchers and 800-series for all asphalt products until c. the mid-1950s. Afterward, conveyors were in a PS-series, trenchers in a TA-series, and pavers in an SA, then an SB series. Paver designations changed again c. 1985, when the 200 series was introduced.

Serial number nomenclature:

The model number was the prefix for all serial numbers. Initially, this was followed by a one-digit or two-digit numeral that is believed to be a lot number. A date code, consisting of the last two numbers of the year of manufacture, replaced the earlier number for the years c. 1947 through c. 1954. After 1954, an “X” followed the model number. The serial number itself followed the prefix. In some instances, the date numerals were used as a suffix. Serial numbers were not common between models.

Subject/Index Terms

1933 World's Fair
A. Guthrie & Company
Allied Machinery Company
American Can Company
Asphalt paver
Asphalt plant
Astec
Astec Industries
Athey
Aurora, Illinois
Badger
Barber-Greene
Belt conveyor
Belt loader
Berks County Prison
Box car loader
Brandon Lock
Bucket loader
Car mover
Car unloader
Caterpillar
Century of Progress Exposition
Chain hoist
Chicago, Illinois
Concrete conveyor
Conveyor
Conveyor idler
Crawler assembly
Deck screen
Detroit River Tunnel
Five Star Industries
Flatcar
Fort Peck Dam
Joliet, Illinois
Ladder trencher
Loyal Order of Moose
Merchandise Mart
Mississippi River
Model nomenclature
Mooseheart, Illinois
Oregon, Ohio
Overhead traveler
Overpeck Creek Bridge
Pugmill
Reading, Pennsylvania
Ridgefield, New Jersey
Roadmixer
Roadtec
Ryan Company
Ryan Construction Company
Scoop Truck
Selflo
Serial number nomenclature
Slat conveyor
Smith Engineering Works
St. Paul, Minnesota
Syracuse, New York
Telsmith
Thompson Road Viaduct
Toledo & Ohio Central
Travel Plant
Trencher
Weiler
Western United Gas & Electric Company
West Side Sewage Treatment Works
Windsor, Ontario
Wood frame conveyor
World’s Fair

Administrative Information

Repository: Historical Construction Equipment Association

Access Restrictions: There are no restrictions on this collection.

Acquisition Method:

This is an artificial collection comprised of records from multiple accessions. Initial records in this collection were found in files. Additional records have been added from:

• Judd Griffith Collection, Accession 2000-0113 (received Sep 22 2000)

• Donald W. Frantz Collection, Accession 2005-0150 (received Dec 31, 2005). Filed with his collection per his request.

Other Note: Rick Worth has an extensive collection of Barber-Greene manuals, literature, photographs and other materials at the Astec plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee.


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Group 1: Machinery records, 1918-1935 and n. d.Add to your cart.
Series 1: Sales literature, 1918-1935 and n. d.Add to your cart.
Subseries 1: General sales literature, 1918-1935 and n. d.Add to your cart.
Folder 1: General Product Line, 1918-1927 and n. d.Add to your cart.
Item 1: Standardized Material Handling Machines, 1918Add to your cart.
Barber-Greene sales literature: Brochure discusses portable and stationary belt conveyor, wood frame conveyor, box car loader, Style A and Style B self-feeding bucket loader; overhead traveler; chain hoist; Climax Scoop Truck slip scraper for boxcar unloading; and Badger car unloader. Includes owner list and discussion of applications and productivity. Photograph subjects include Loyal Order of Moose headquarters power plant, Mooseheart, Illinois; Western United Gas & Electric Company plant, Joliet, Illinois; bucket loader loaded out on flat car; and bucket loader owned by Ryan Company Contractors, Chicago, Illinois. 36 pages, slight wear.
Item 2: Catalog No. 4, 1920Add to your cart.
Barber-Greene sales literature: Brochure discusses 20 bucket loader; portable and stationary belt conveyor; slat conveyor; wood frame conveyor, box car loader, overhead traveler; chain hoist; Climax Scoop Truck slip scraper for boxcar unloading; and Badger car unloader. Includes owner list and discussion of applications and productivity. Photograph subjects include numerous owners. 36 pages, slight wear.
Item 3: Contractors' Loading Layouts, Booklet S-271, 1927Add to your cart.
Barber-Greene sales literature: Brochure discusses applications and spec sheet for 25 and 42B bucket loader; concrete conveyor; portable and stationary belt conveyor; and ladder trencher. Photograph subjects include numerous owners. 36 pages, slight wear.
Item 4: Standardized Material Handling Machines, n. d.Add to your cart.
Barber-Greene sales literature: Brochure discusses: 74 Selflo belt loader; 24C Coal Loader bucket loader; portable and stationary belt conveyor; 92 car unloader; Radial Bin; conveyor idler; radial stacker, include crawler-mounted machine used at Fort Peck Dam, Montana; 28, 38D Snow Loader and 82 bucket loader; Travel Plant roadmixer, combining 82 bucket loader and 98 pugmill; Heavy Duty Travel Plant roadmixer, combining 62A bucket loader and 68 pugmill on Athey crawler assembly; asphalt plant using 68 and 98 pugmill; 879 crawler asphalt paver; and 44C, 44C Pipeline Special, 54 Utility Special and 64 Service Special ladder trencher. 12 pages, defaced and soiled.
Folder 2: Bucket loaders, 1935Add to your cart.
Item 1: Bulletin No. 82, Jun 1935Add to your cart.
Barber-Greene sales literature: Spec sheet discusses 82 bucket loader. Four pages, defaced and soiled.
Folder 3: Trenchers, c. 1926Add to your cart.
Series 1: Folder 4426, 1926?Add to your cart.
Barber-Greene sales literature: Mailer and spec sheet discusses 44B ladder trencher. Eight pages, worn.
Folder 4: Concrete conveyors, 1929-1931Add to your cart.
Item 1: New Applications and Setups: Handling Wet Concrete, 1929Add to your cart.
Barber-Greene sales literature: Brochure discusses concrete conveyor, portable and stationary conveyor and radial stacker applications. Photograph subjects include numerous construction projects, including: Marshall Field Merchandise Mart Building, Chicago, Illinois; Brandon Lock, Joliet, Illinois; Toledo & Ohio Central dock, Oregon, Ohio; West Side Sewage Treatment Works, Chicago, Illinois; and 28S concrete mixer and 18”x100’ concrete conveyor on flat car, A. Guthrie & Company, Overpeck Creek Bridge, Ridgefield, New Jersey. 32 pages, mutilated.
Item 2: Concrete Handling, 1931Add to your cart.
Barber-Greene sales literature: Brochure discusses concrete conveyor spec sheet and applications. Includes condensed history of concrete conveyor usage. Photograph subjects include numerous construction projects, including: American Can Company Building, Century of Progress Exposition (1933 World’s Fair) and Merchandise Mart, all in Chicago, Illinois; Detroit River Tunnel, Detroit, Michigan-Windsor, Ontario;  Toledo & Ohio Central dock, Oregon, Ohio; Berks County Prison, Reading, Pennsylvania; lock reconstruction, Mississippi River, St. Paul, Minnesota; Brandon Lock, Joliet, Illinois; Thompson Road Viaduct, Syracuse, New York; and 28S concrete mixer and 18”x100’ concrete conveyor on flat car, A. Guthrie & Company, Overpeck Creek Bridge, Ridgefield, New Jersey. Last page discusses bucket loader; Standard, Pipeline Special, Service Special and Utility Special ladder trencher; portable and stationary conveyor; slat conveyor; and car unloader. 48 pages, defaced.
Folder 5: Conveyors, 1935Add to your cart.
Item 1: Bulletin No. 74, Oct 1935Add to your cart.
Barber-Greene sales literature: Brochure discusses Selflo crawler belt loader. Four pages, defaced.
Item 2: Bulletin 61-A, Dec 1935Add to your cart.
Barber-Greene sales literature: Spec sheet discusses Aurora portable conveyor line. Six pages, defaced and soiled.
Folder 6: Deck screens, 1935Add to your cart.
Item 1: Bulletin V62, Mar 1935Add to your cart.
Barber-Greene sales literature: Spec sheet discusses vibrating deck screen attachment for 62 bucket loader. Four pages, defaced and soiled.


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