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Harris Automatic Press Company Records, 1900-1939

Creator:
Harris Automatic Press Company Dayton, Ohio
Collector:
Graphic Arts Collection (NMAH, SI)
Information Technology and Communications, Div. of (NMAH, SI)
Donor:
GSS Printing Equipment Company
Physical description:
6.5 cu. ft. : 6 boxes, 4 oversize folders
Type:
Blueprints
Collection descriptions
Catalogs
Photograph albums
Photographs
Scrapbooks
Newsletters
Date:
1900
1900-1939
20th century
1900-1950
Notes:
In 1890 jewelers and tinkerers Alfred and Charles G. Harris developed a new printing press with an automatic feeder. Their first press was a revolutionary breakthrough, delivering ten times what a pressman could feed by hand. The Harris Automatic Press Company was responsible for many printing innovations during the early 1900s including the first commercially successful offset lithographic press and the first two-color offset press. The company became one of the world's largest and most successful manufacturers of printing equipment.
Summary:
The collection contains photographs and photograph albums of the presses, the factory and employees; a scrapbook; trade literature and catalogs; newsletters; blueprints of the presses; and a written history of the company.
Cite as:
Harris Automatic Press Company Records, 1900-1939, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Topic:
Inventors
Offset printing
Printing
Printing industry
Printing machinery and supplies
Printing presses
Printing--History
Printing--Instruments
Local number:
1991.0312 (NMAH Acc.)
Data Source:
Archives Center - NMAH

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