Massey-Ferguson Business History at Ontario Agricultural Museum

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From Ministry of Agriculture & Food P.O. Box 38 Milton, Ontario, Canada L9T 2Y3.

The records of Massey-Ferguson's 140 year business history which are intimately tied to Ontario's agricultural and industrial roots, are being donated to the Ontario Agricultural Museum.

This timely donation by Varity Corporation, Massey-Ferguson's parent company, is aimed at preserving the company's history for the people of Ontario. It is a significant contribution to the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food's centennial celebrations.

These records chronicle farming history, rural life and the development of agricultural technology particularly in Ontario. Among the items being donated: prices and parts catalogues, operations manuals, photographs, annual reports and information on plants and subsidiaries worldwide. Last year similar records were donated to the Museum, now one of Canada's foremost agricultural history research centres.

An automated inventory and index system has been designed for immediate retrieval of information. By retaining these records at the Museum, they will be much more accessible to farmers, students, hobbyists and historians. Anyone requiring information can contact the Library/Archives directly.

Varity Corporation is an industrial management holding company whose major international interests also include Massey-Ferguson farm machinery, Perkins diesel engines, MF industrial machinery, Pacoma hydraulic products, and Dayton Walther parts for automotive, agricultural and industrial aftermarkets.

The Ontario Agricultural Museum is located 5 kilometers west of Mil ton, Ontario. Researchers are welcome 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday.

For more information, call: Mr. Ed Arundell, Director External Affairs and Public Policy, Varity Corporation, at (416) 593-3700; or Susan Bennett, Research and Reference Librarian, Ontario Agricultural Museum, at (416) 878-8151.