John K. Parlett Agriculture Collection, 1859-2011

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John K. Parlett was born in St. Mary's County, Maryland, and was a life-long resident of the county and state. He was a farmer and businessman as well as a state legislator, serving as a St. Mary's County Commissioner from 1974-1978 and then as a member of the Maryland House of Delegates from 1981-1986. Parlett and his wife were passionate collectors of agricultural antique artifacts as well as archival materials.
Finding aid linked online to this record.
Donated to the Archives Center in 2005 by Catherine Parlett, widow of the collector.
Organization
Divided into eight series: Series 1, Allis-Chalmers, AGCO Allis, Deutz Allis, 1957-1980, undated; Series 2: Case, Case-IH, International Harvester, 1903-1986, undated; Series 3: John Deere and Company, John Deere Plow Company, 1910-2008, undated; Series 4: Sperry New Holland, 1975-1984, undated; Series 5: Custom Auto and Equipment Sales, Manassas, Virginia, 1979-1981, undated; Series 6: Todd Equipment Company, 1973-1980, undated; Series 7: Assorted Companies, Catalogues, Periodicals, and Publications, 1859-2011, undated; Series 8: Poultry, 1912-1949, undated
Summary
The collection consists of archival materials documenting agricultural practices in America. The material is from national companies as well as local manufacturers and businesses.The collection also contains farming and rural life ephemera and include materials from all regions of the United States. The collection is not livestock or crop specific, and includes materials on dairying, beekeeping, livestock, and crops including tobacco, small grains, hay and forage. It includes almanacs, operator's manuals, catalogues, promotional materials, pocket ledgers and notebooks, mail order catalogs, state fair advertising and catalogues, livestock care and feeding manuals, correspondence, receipts, guarantees, chemical and fertilizer handbooks, account books, "Ladies'" notebooks and calendars, directories, price lists, corporate "yearbooks," clothing advertisements and catalogues, farming practices handbooks, agents' order books, seed guides, National Grange material, farming co-op by-laws and ephemera, agriculture related convention materials, poultry magazines and journals, beekeeping magazines, barn and housing design material, gardening manuals, sales contracts for machinery, appliance manuals, commodity marketing guides, auction catalogues, home canning and meat processing manuals and guides, price lists, and dealer service manuals.
Cite as
John K. Parlett Agriculture Collection,1859-2011, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Repository Loc.
Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of American History : Archives Center. P.O. Box 37012, MRC 601, Constitution Ave., between 12th and 14th Sts., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20013-7012. Call 202-633-3270 for appointment. Fax: 202-786-2453
Date
1859
2011
1859-2011
1820-1850
collector
Parlett, John K. 1937-2005
donor
Parlett, Catherine A
Parlett, John K. Jr
Creator
Allis-Chalmers
b Case IH (Firm)
Deere & Company
International Harvester Company
Sperry New Holland
Todd Equipment, Inc
Physical description
20 cu. ft.; 60 boxes
Local number
2012.3066 (NMAH Acc.)
Digital ID
http://sirismm.si.edu/siris/blank.gif
Topic
Advertising
Agricultural machinery
Barns
Bee culture
Community organization
Cotton farming
Dairy farms
Dairying
Factories
Family farms
Farm buildings
Farm equipment
Farm life
Farm management
Farm ownership
Farm produce
Farmers
Farmers' markets
Farming
Gardening
Harvesting machinery
Hay
Livestock
Machinery
Machinery industry
Poultry
Tobacco
Data Source
Archives Center, National Museum of American History