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COLLECTION Identifier: Mss:534 1935 P738

Plymouth Motor Corporation Photograph Collection


This collection consists of black and white photographic prints that depict manufacturing activities at Plymouth Motor Corporation circa 1935.


  • 1935

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research. Materials stored onsite. Please contact for more information.


1.5 linear feet (2 boxes)

The collection consists of sixty-seven black and white photographic prints that depict manufacturing activities at Plymouth Motor Corporation circa 1935. The photographs illustrate the automobile manufacturing process from start to finish, including the building of engine and transmission parts, the assembly and painting of automobile chassis, and the preparation of completed automobiles for shipment. The images are accompanied by extensive captions that describe the operation or equipment shown. The photographs and captions are numbered 1 to 90. Twenty-three of the numbered images were replaced with cards reading “this picture is mounted and filed separately for use with Plymouth IM1406.” The photographs are arranged in their original numerical order.

Historical Note:

The Plymouth Motor Corporation was established in 1928 as a division of Chrysler Motor Corporation. The Plymouth division was launched to give Chrysler a niche in the emerging lower cost segment of the automotive market. The first Plymouth models came off the assembly line in 1929.

Series Outline

The collection is arranged in the following series:

  1. Series I. Plymouth Motor Corporation Photographs, ca. 1935
  2. Series II. Original captions for Plymouth Motor Corporation Exhibit Photographs, ca. 1935

Physical Location



The Plymouth Motor Corporation sent the collection to Harvard Business School in 1942 for use in an exhibit displayed in Baker Library.

Processing Information

Processed: August 2001

By: Maggie Hale

Processing note:

The photographs were originally housed in a severely deteriorated loose-leaf binder. During the Historical Collections manuscript photograph project, the photographs and captions were removed from the binder. The caption pages were photocopied onto acid- free paper and placed with their corresponding photograph in Mylar enclosures. The photographs were filed in their original numeric order. The photographs were placed in folders within an acid-free box. The original captions were retained and placed in a separate box.

Plymouth Motor Corporation. Plymouth Motor Corporation Photograph Collection, ca. 1935: A Finding Aid
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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