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Clyde Iron Works records

 Collection
Identifier: S2365

Scope and Contents

The collection contains records of Clyde Iron Company (1889), Northwestern Supply Company (1899), Northwestern Manufacturing Company (1899), Clyde Iron Works, Cleveland Duluth Company, Inc. (1920), Willamette Clyde Company (Oregon, 1923), Cleveland Duluth Holding Company of Minnesota (1926) and Clyde Iron Works Sales Company (renamed Clyde Sales Company) the sole distributor for Clyde Iron Works. There are no records of the Clyde Equipment Company.

There are gaps in the records which consist of minutes, documents, payroll records and time books, contracts, ledgers, journals, stock certificates, logging manuals, marketing materials, and photographs. Records are arranged in the following series: Administrative Records, Board and Stockholders minutes; Financial Records; Marketing (includes serials); Glass Plate Negatives (prints of all glass plate negatives are located in Box 11); Photographs; Oversized Photographs; Stamp Hammer Pattern Book.

Dates

  • 1889-1970

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

Open for use in the Kathryn A. Martin Library, Archives and Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

This collection may be protected by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code). It is the user's responsibility to verify copyright ownership and to obtain all necessary permissions prior to the reproduction, publication, or other use of any portion of these materials. Researchers may quote from the collection under the fair use provision of the copyright law.

Biographical / Historical

Clyde Iron Works, Inc. was a manufacturer of heavy equipment with its beginning in Duluth, Minnesota in 1889. Its manufacturing plant was located at 29th Avenue West and Michigan street from 1908. It had sales warehouses in several cities, including New York, Chicago, Savannah, and New Orleans.

The company manufactured logging tools and eventually built cranes that could handle up to 2,000 tons. Its initial acclaimed machine was the McGiffert Log Loader first sold in 1902 whose inventor became a company officer. Clyde's Whirley cranes are used in world ports including Duluth and applied to jobs including offshore drilling.

Clyde was sold to Barium Steel Co. of Ohio in 1944 and sold several more times before the Duluth operation closed in 1986, moved to St. Paul, and merged with the marine division of American Hoist & Derrick to become AmClyde. In 1988, Duluth Engineering & Manufacturing Co. bought Clyde's idled equipment, leased Clyde's facilities, and employed some former Clyde staff to make replacement parts for AmClyde's custom-built cranes.

The 10.5 acre site in Duluth's Lincoln Park neighborhood was purchased for redevelopment in 2003.

Extent

54.00 Linear Feet

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

The collection contains records of Clyde Iron Company (1889), Northwestern Supply Company (1899), Northwestern Manufacturing Company (1899), Clyde Iron Works, Cleveland Duluth Company, Inc. (1920), Willamette Clyde Company (Oregon, 1923), Cleveland Duluth Holding Company of Minnesota (1926) and Clyde Iron Works Sales Company (renamed Clyde Sales Company) the sole distributor for Clyde Iron Works. There are no records of the Clyde Equipment Company.

Arrangement of Materials:

Series arrangement:

Administrative Records, Board and Stockholders minutes

Financial Records

Marketing (includes serials)

Glass Plate Negatives, prints of all glass plate negatives are located in Box 11

Photographs

Oversized Photographs

Stamp Hammer Pattern Book

Physical Location

This collection is located at the University of Minnesota Duluth Archives. For more information about this collection or to make an appointment, contact us at libarchives@d.umn.edu or 218-726-8526.

General

This collection is part of the Northeast Minnesota Historical Collections, which are housed in the University of Minnesota Duluth Archives at the Kathryn A. Martin Library, and are on permanent loan from the St. Louis County Historical Society.
Title
Guide to the Clyde Iron Works records
Author
Finding Aid Authors: P. Maus.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Collecting Area Details

Contact The University of Minnesota Duluth Archives and Special Collections Collecting Area

Contact:
Kathryn A. Martin Library
University of Minnesota Duluth
416 Library Drive
Duluth MN 55812-3001
(218) 726-8526