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J. D. Adams & Company

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Machinery Records

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J. D. Adams & Company, 1905-1961 and n. d. | Historical Construction Equipment Association

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

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.

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.

Additional records from this company are not yet cataloged online. Please use the [Contact Us About This Collection] option on this screen to inquire about anything not listed here.

Biographical Note

Organizational 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.

Administrative Information

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


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[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.],
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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.

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