Idaho National Harvester Company photographs and other material
Scope and Contents note
This collection contains 21 photographs as well as the book One man harvester and a manuscript for "Little Idaho." The photographs are of The Idaho Harvester and general farm scenes.
- Idaho National Harvester Company (Organization)
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The manufacturing plant known as Idaho National Harvester Company was founded around 1904 by Gainford Mix and his older brother Ulyssess. Cornelius Quesnell and A.M. Anderson had a dream and a design to make a horse drawn/pushed grain harvester, but they did not have the capital to back the project. The Mix brothers were able to provide the financing of a prototype. Jerome Day (Gainford's brother-in-law) was also called upon for financial backing. This combination of investment and ingenuity lead to the "Little Idaho" being produced. It was called that because it was smaller and lighter than its competition. The harvester cut 4 foot swaths and required 4 horses and 2 men to operate. It was eventually redesigned to cut 8 foot swaths and use 6-8 horses depending on the grade of the land. Demand quickly outpaced production capacity. Eleven factory workers need a week to build the 1909 model. Two years later, interest spread to South America and Russia, but the plant could only produce two harvesters per week. Later, in the aftermath of World War 1, gas powered engines replaced the Little Idaho and production ceased entirely.
1.5 linear feet (1 container)
Language of Materials
The Idaho National Harvester Co. was founded in 1904, using money from the Mix brothers and design by Cornelius Quesnell and A.M. Anderson. The "Little Idaho" was a horse-drawn harvesting machine. The collection consists of research images on the Little Idaho, and some Quesnell family images.
Immediate Source of Acquisition note
Purchased from Tom Robinson in 2004.
General Physical Description note
1 container, including 21 photographic prints
Processing Information note
Collection processed by Megan Dazey.
This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.
- Agriculture Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Grain -- Harvesting -- United States -- Photographs Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Harvesting machinery -- Photographs Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Photographic prints Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Photographs Subject Source: Archiveswest
- Technology Subject Source: Archiveswest
- Guide to the Idaho National Harvester Company photographs and other material
- Complete Description
- Finding aid prepared by Normandy Helmer
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- Language of description
- Script of description
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.