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COLLECTION Identifier: Mss:526 1873-1967 W597

Whitin Machine Works patent records

Scope and Contents

The collection consists mainly of patents for Whitin machines and machine parts from 1873-1967. The majority are U.S. patents, but there are also several Canadian patents, as well as French, British, and Russian. The collection also contains a photographs of the Whitin D2 carding machine, drawings, registered trademarks and applications for the registration of trademarks.


  • 1873-1967


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research. Materials stored onsite. Please contact for more information on access procedures and reproduction services.


1 linear feet (2 boxes)

Biographical / Historical

Whitin Machine Works was a textile machinery manufacturer located in Whitinsville, Massachusetts. The firm was initially a subsidiary of the larger textile manufactuer P. Whitin & Sons, owned and operated by John C. Whitin and his brothers James Fletcher Whitin, Paul Whitin, Jr. and Charles Whitin. P. Whitin & Sons. dissolved in 1863 and Whitin Machine Works was incorporated in 1870. The firm was purchased by White Consolidated Industries in 1966 and officially closed in 1976.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

American Textile History Museum Collection, gift of Carolina Specialties.

Processing Information


Baker Library
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Repository Details

Part of the Baker Library Special Collections, Harvard Business School, Harvard University Repository

Baker Library Special Collections holds unique resources that focus on the evolution of business and industry, as well as the records of the Harvard Business School, documenting the institution's development over the last century. These rich and varied collections support research in a diverse range of fields such as business, economic, social and cultural history as well as the history of science and technology.

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