Massey-Ferguson Business History at Ontario Agricultural Museum

By Staff

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.

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