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J. D. Adams & Company

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By Thomas Berry

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Collection Overview

Title: J. D. Adams & Company, 1905-1961 and n. d.Add to your cart.View associated digital content.

Predominant Dates:1927-1954

ID: 1/101/29

Primary Creator: Adams, J. D. & Company (1885-1954)

Extent: 1.4 Linear Feet

Arrangement: Group 1, Machinery Records, is arranged by record format, record type, machine class, machine model, and publication date (where known). Digital images are arranged by image number on compact discs. Periodicals and clippings are arranged by title and date.

Subjects: Acme Road Machinery, Adams Fordson Grader, Alaska Highway, Allis-Chalmers, American Manganese Steel, Arthur Martinson, Asphalt kettle, Back-Sloper, Backfill board, Blade, Boot, Bucket elevator, Cab, Cable, Canopy, Case, Caterpillar, Cherokee Construction Company, Chicago Rawhide, City of Woonsocket, Rhode Island, Colorado State Highway Department, Concrete mixer, ConExpo, Construction Aggregates Ltd., Contractor's Favorite, Crawler assembly, Crawler attachment, Crawler conversion, Crawler tractor, Creeper gear, Cross discharge conveyor, Cummins, Cutting edge, Diamond Point, Diesel engine, Disc wheel, Ditching Scraper, Drag scraper, Drum roller, Dump wagon, E-Z Lift, E. F. Craven Company, Elevating grader, Euclid, Final drive, Force-feed loader, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, Fresno scraper, Front dozer, Galion Iron Works, Gas engine, General Paving Company, Giant, Giant Road King, Good Roads Magazine, Grader, Hand control, History, Horse hitch, Hyatt, Indianapolis, Indiana, International Harvester, J. A. Jones, J. D. Adams & Company, J. D. Adams (Canada) Ltd., Jaw crusher, Johnson Creek Logging Company, Jones-Wright Company, Keeley Construction Company, L&M Construction Company, LaPlant-Choate, Leader, LeTourneau-Westinghouse, Lloyd & Wiley, Madison Construction Company, McCormick-Deering, Moldboard, Moldboard extension, Motor grader, Motor grader conversion, Motorized, North Dakota State Highway Department, Oil Sprinkler, Oliver de Silva, One-Man Road Maintainer, Pan scraper, Patrol, Peerless, Plow, Pneumatic tire, Portable concrete mixer, Pouring pot, Power control, Power shift, Power take-off, Profilograph, PTO, Pull grader, Pull maintainer, Pull ripper, Pull scraper, R. J. Nichols, Rein & Dahl, Retread Paver, Reynolds-Alberta Museum, Road drag, Road King, Road Maintainer, Road oiler, Road Patrol, Road plow, Road shaper, Road Show, Roller, Roller bearing, Rooter, Rooter plow, Rotary scraper, Rotary screen, Rotary snow plow, Russell Grader, Scarifier, Scarifier-Grader, Scraper, Screen, Sheepsfoot roller, Shoulder spreader, Shunk, Slip scraper, Slopeboard, Smith, Snow blower, Snow plow, Solid tire, Southern Plow, Spokane County, Washington Road Department, Sprinkling Wagon, Square Deal, St. Clair County, Illinois Road Department, Straight dozer, Stroud Road Machinery, Tandem grader operation, Tar kettle, Taylor County, Texas Road Department, Terminology, Timken, Toronto, Ontario, Track assembly, Trackson, Tractor test, Transmission, Traveloader, Trommel screen, Tumblebug, U. S. Army Air Corps, U. S. Navy, University of Nebraska, Water wagon, Welding symbols, Wheeled scraper, Wheel tractor, Wing plow, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Wolf Creek Dam, World War II, Wright Contracting Company

Forms of Material: Clipping, Comparative spec, Digital image, Operation manual, Parts book, Periodical, Photograph, Price page, Sales correspondence, Sales letter, Sales literature, Sales training, Service literature, Service manual, Testimonial

Languages: English, Spanish;Castilian

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection consists of sales literature, service literature, photographs and clippings discussing the company’s products and history.

Biographical Note

Historical information:

 

J. D. Adams invented the first successful leaning-wheel pull grader in 1885, and founded J. D. Adams & Company. The Company, which was reorganized as J. D. Adams Company circa 1929, also produced elevating graders, sheepsfoot rollers, dozers, grader attachments, pull and rotary scrapers, force-feed loaders, and related equipment. Its Welding Division marketed an arc welder in 1936. Headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, Adams had a Canadian affiliate, J. D. Adams (Canada) Ltd., with offices in Toronto, Ontario, and Winnipeg, Manitoba. Adams was purchased by LeTourneau-Westinghouse (Collection 461) in 1953; L-W retained the Adams brand name for its recognition value until c. 1960.

Adams had cross-marketing relationships with several other manufacturers, including Acme Road Machinery Company (Collection 26), The Baker Manufacturing Company (Collection 133), and Smith Trailer Corporation (Collection 1824). Some Adams literature includes Acme and Smith products, and Baker marketed Adams Road King graders in addition to its own.

Model nomenclature:

Adams used at least two series of model designations for pull graders. One was the “Grader” series, and the other was the “Patrol” series.

Lterature dating and numbering:

Brochures and spec sheets apparently used a date-based numbering system, using the two digits for the year and a two-digit serial number. The second two digits cannot directly be for the month, as numbers greater than 12 were observed.

Subject/Index Terms

Acme Road Machinery
Adams Fordson Grader
Alaska Highway
Allis-Chalmers
American Manganese Steel
Arthur Martinson
Asphalt kettle
Back-Sloper
Backfill board
Blade
Boot
Bucket elevator
Cab
Cable
Canopy
Case
Caterpillar
Cherokee Construction Company
Chicago Rawhide
City of Woonsocket, Rhode Island
Colorado State Highway Department
Concrete mixer
ConExpo
Construction Aggregates Ltd.
Contractor's Favorite
Crawler assembly
Crawler attachment
Crawler conversion
Crawler tractor
Creeper gear
Cross discharge conveyor
Cummins
Cutting edge
Diamond Point
Diesel engine
Disc wheel
Ditching Scraper
Drag scraper
Drum roller
Dump wagon
E-Z Lift
E. F. Craven Company
Elevating grader
Euclid
Final drive
Force-feed loader
Fort Bragg, North Carolina
Fresno scraper
Front dozer
Galion Iron Works
Gas engine
General Paving Company
Giant
Giant Road King
Good Roads Magazine
Grader
Hand control
History
Horse hitch
Hyatt
Indianapolis, Indiana
International Harvester
J. A. Jones
J. D. Adams & Company
J. D. Adams (Canada) Ltd.
Jaw crusher
Johnson Creek Logging Company
Jones-Wright Company
Keeley Construction Company
L&M Construction Company
LaPlant-Choate
Leader
LeTourneau-Westinghouse
Lloyd & Wiley
Madison Construction Company
McCormick-Deering
Moldboard
Moldboard extension
Motor grader
Motor grader conversion
Motorized
North Dakota State Highway Department
Oil Sprinkler
Oliver de Silva
One-Man Road Maintainer
Pan scraper
Patrol
Peerless
Plow
Pneumatic tire
Portable concrete mixer
Pouring pot
Power control
Power shift
Power take-off
Profilograph
PTO
Pull grader
Pull maintainer
Pull ripper
Pull scraper
R. J. Nichols
Rein & Dahl
Retread Paver
Reynolds-Alberta Museum
Road drag
Road King
Road Maintainer
Road oiler
Road Patrol
Road plow
Road shaper
Road Show
Roller
Roller bearing
Rooter
Rooter plow
Rotary scraper
Rotary screen
Rotary snow plow
Russell Grader
Scarifier
Scarifier-Grader
Scraper
Screen
Sheepsfoot roller
Shoulder spreader
Shunk
Slip scraper
Slopeboard
Smith
Snow blower
Snow plow
Solid tire
Southern Plow
Spokane County, Washington Road Department
Sprinkling Wagon
Square Deal
St. Clair County, Illinois Road Department
Straight dozer
Stroud Road Machinery
Tandem grader operation
Tar kettle
Taylor County, Texas Road Department
Terminology
Timken
Toronto, Ontario
Track assembly
Trackson
Tractor test
Transmission
Traveloader
Trommel screen
Tumblebug
U. S. Army Air Corps
U. S. Navy
University of Nebraska
Water wagon
Welding symbols
Wheeled scraper
Wheel tractor
Wing plow
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Wolf Creek Dam
World War II
Wright Contracting Company

Administrative Information

Repository: Historical Construction Equipment Association

Accruals:

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:

• Duval Craven Papers, included sales correspondence and sales training materials.

• Circle S Corporation Collection, accession 2003-0078 (received Jun 2 2003), donated most of the parts books, which were removed from a Master Parts Binder.

• Arthur McNae, accession 2005-0123 (received Aug 24 2005), donated a large amount of sales literature.

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

• Maier-Daily Papers, Accession 2009-0217 (received Jan 13, 2010)

• Harry E. Young II Papers, Accession 2011-0316 (received Mar 15, 2012)

Related Materials: Collection 461, LeTourneau-Westinghouse Company, continues the Adams line of motor graders.

Other Note: The Indiana State Library has a collection of J. D. Adams records. This is their website; their phone number is 317-232-3671.  In addition, Art Van Camp, 277 Stephenson Point Road RR3, Port Perry, Ont

Other URL: http://www.statelib.lib.in.us/


Box and Folder Listing


Browse by Group:

[Group 1: Machinery Records, 1905-1961 and n. d.],
[Group 2: Photographic media, 1885 and n. d.],
[Group 3: Business Records, 1943-1954 and n. d.],
[Group 4: Periodicals, 1942 and n. d.],
[All]

Group 2: Photographic media, 1885 and n. d.Add to your cart.
Series 1: Photographs, 1885 and n. d.Add to your cart.
Subseries 1: 8x10 photographs, 1885 and n. d.Add to your cart.
Subject 1: Pull graders, n. d.Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Little Wonder, n. d.Add to your cart.
8x10 B&W static photograph no. 4333A, J. D. Adams Little Wonder horse-drawn pull grader, left front view, published by Wabco.
Folder 2: Unidentified, c. 1885 and n. d.Add to your cart.
Item 1: 75894, c. 1885Add to your cart.
8x10 B&W action photograph, unidentified J. D. Adams horse-drawn pull grader, rear view showing leaning wheel action. Heavily retouched, title from number written on back.
Item 2: 89975, n. d.Add to your cart.
8x10 B&W static photograph, unidentified J. D. Adams tractor-drawn pull grader,right front view in storage yard. Title from number written on border.
Subject 2: Motor graders, n. d.Add to your cart.
Folder 1: No. 10, n. d.Add to your cart.
8x10 B&W static photograph, J. D. Adams No. 10 motor grader conversion of undientified wheel tractor, left front view. Machine is believed to be owned by Reynolds-Alberta Museum, Wetaskiwin, Alberta.
Folder 2: No. 102, n. d.Add to your cart.
8x10 B&W action photograph, J. D. Adams No. 102 motor grader conversion of undientified wheel tractor, right front view.
Folder 3: Unidentified, n. d.Add to your cart.

8x10 B&W action photograph, unidentified J. D. Adams 1940s-1950s motor grader lettered

"Prince Edward," left front view.

Series 2: Illustrations, n. d.Add to your cart.
Illustrations, as used in early sales and service literature, on photographic paper.
Folder 1: Pull graders, n. d.Add to your cart.
Item 1: n. d.Add to your cart.
8x10 illustration of J. D. Adams Leaning Wheel  No. 12 pull grader, on photograph paper. Right broadside view.
Item 2: 3860, n. d.Add to your cart.
8x10 illustration of J. D. Adams Leaning Wheel  No. 84 pull grader, on photograph paper. Right broadside view. Title is from a number written on the back.
Item 3: 230823, n. d.Add to your cart.
8x10 illustration of J. D. Adams Leaning Wheel  No. 105 pull grader, on photograph paper. Left front view. Title is from a number written on the back.
Item 4: 1236, n. d.Add to your cart.
8x10 illustration of J. D. Adams Leaning Wheel  No. 125 pull grader, on photograph paper. Left front view. Title is from a number written on the back.
Series 3: Digital images, n. d.Add to your cart.
Item 1: Image 4245, n. d.Add to your cart.
Scanned 8x10 B&W photograph, J. D. Adams Model 50 motor grader, sloping in ditch. Rights retained by donor Duane Parsons.
Item 2: Image 4979, n. d.Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
B&W static photograph, J. D. Adams Leaning Wheel Grader No. 11 pull grader, scanned from parts book 3511. Viewable by clicking the green arrow.

Browse by Group:

[Group 1: Machinery Records, 1905-1961 and n. d.],
[Group 2: Photographic media, 1885 and n. d.],
[Group 3: Business Records, 1943-1954 and n. d.],
[Group 4: Periodicals, 1942 and n. d.],
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