Baxter D. Whitney began building a planing machine in 1837. He continued to head the company which he founded to manufacture woodworking machines until 1900, when he relinquished the position to his son W. M. Whitney, who served until 1953, when the Whitney family interest was purchased by a group in the company management.
Many photographs and engravings of various types of woodworking machines, mounted on stiff backings. There is advertising and historical/biographical material relating to the Whitney company.
Baxter D. Whitney Collection, Archives Center, 1870-1957, National Museum of American History