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Burroughs Corporation records. American Arithmometer Company records

 Collection
Identifier: CBI 90, Series 3
The collection contains information about the American Arithmometer Company, including a description of the incorporation and first meeting of the Board of Directors; agreements with the Boyer Machine Company; correspondence; financial records; cash books, ledgers and journals; time books; and specifications for the Detroit factory.
Scope and Contents This is one series of the Burroughs Corporation Records (CBI 90). Please see the other series finding aids for further information regarding the Burroughs Corporation.

Dates

  • 1886-1905

Creator

Language of Materials

English

Access to materials:

Access to the collection is unrestricted.

Copyright:

The Charles Babbage Institute holds the copyright to all materials in the collection, except for items covered by a prior copyright (such as published materials). Researchers may quote from the collection under the fair use provisions of the copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code).

Extent

14 boxes (7.3 cubic feet)

Overview

Collection contains information about the American Arithmometer Company, including a description of the incorporation and first meeting of the Board of Directors; agreements with the Boyer Machine Company; correspondence; financial records; cash books, ledgers and journals; time books; and specifications for the Detroit factory.

Historical Note

The American Arithmometer Company was the forerunner of the Burroughs Corporation. It was incorporated in January of 1886 in St. Louis, Missouri, by four men: William S. Burroughs, Richard M. Scruggs, Thomas Metcalfe, and William R. Pye. Their purpose was to sell the adding machine invented by William S. Burroughs. The original capital stock was $100,000, divided into 1000 shares. These four men were also the original shareholders and members of the Board of Directors. The American Arithmometer Company operated out of the shop of the Boyer Machine Company, also located in St. Louis, Missouri. In 1902, Joseph Boyer became the president of the American Arithmometer Company. In 1904 the factory and general offices were moved to Detroit, Michigan, and in 1905 the company's name was changed to the Burroughs Adding Machine Company.

Arrangement of Collection

The materials are arranged alphabetically by subject or type of material.

Acquisition:

The records were given to the Charles Babbage Institute by Unisys Corporation in 1991.

Related Material

This is one series of the Burroughs Corporation Records (CBI 90). Please see the other series finding aids for further information regarding the Burroughs Corporation.

Title
Burroughs Corporation Records. American Arithmometer Company Records, 1886-1905. Finding Aid.
Author
Prepared by Susan A. Stepka, September 1995; revised by Carrie Seib, October 2003.
Date
2003
Language of description
English

Collecting Area

Part of the Charles Babbage Institute Archives Collecting Area

Contact:

612-624-5050