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COLLECTION Identifier: Mss:526 1845-1912 LMS

Lowell Machine Shop records

Scope and Contents

Directors' minutes, 1845-1905; dividend books, 1846-1911; incomplete runs of general accounting records. The coverage is more complete for the early years (1845-1850) and for 1912, the year of the merger. Fairly lengthy series include bills rendered, 1864-1912; suppliers, 1864-1912; orders, ca. 1859-1906; work in progress, 1880-1912; and outgoing letters, 1870-1894 and 1899-1907. Includes letters of J. Thomas Stevenson, Robert H. Stevenson, William A. Burke, and H. C. Perham, treasurers; and Charles L. Hildreth and A. H. Morton, agents.


  • Creation: 1845-1912

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research. Materials stored offsite; access requires advance notice. Contact for more information.


45 linear feet (447 volumes, 9 boxes, 5 cartons)

Biographical / Historical

Textile machinery manufacturing company, Lowell, Mass. Incorporated 1845. In its early years it also manufactured locomotives, turbine water-wheels, machine tools, and paper-mill machinery. In 1912 the firm merged with the Saco-Pettee Company to form the Saco-Lowell Machine Shops.The shops in Lowell were closed in 1931.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of the Saco-Lowell Machine Shops, 1931.

Related Materials

Subsequent records of the Lowell Shops can be found in the Saco-Lowell Shops Collection.

Baker Library
April 2019
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Repository Details

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

Baker Library Special Collections and Archives 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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