Massey-Harris-Ferguson Collection


The Massey-Harris-Ferguson Collection exemplifies the history and growth of the industrial corporation in Canada's past. It is an important resource for researchers in Canadian rural and agricultural history. The collection covers the period 1806-1986 and includes pamphlets, brochures and circulars, photographs, magazines, correspondence, annual reports, marketing material, sales agreements, biographies; as well, it documents the company's production and history in Canada and overseas including many firms that joined Massey. In addition, there are important literary magazines encouraged by Hart Massey--the Trip Hammer, Massey's Illustrated and Massey's Magazine. Currently, materials may be searched in the library catalogue, Primo, using keywords and the phrase "Massey-Harris-Ferguson Collection."  Daniel Massey (1798-1856) began manufacturing farm implements at Bond Head but moved to Newcastle in 1849. Alanson Harris (1816-94) established a foundry at Beamsville in 1857, and relocated to Brantford in 1872. First known as the Massey Manufacturing Co. in 1870, the company moved its headquarters to Toronto in 1879 and competed in international markets. In 1891, Massey and A. Harris and Son Co. merged to form Massey-Harris Company Ltd. Others mergers included Bain Wagon Company (1896), Patterson Brothers & Co. (1891), J.O. Wisner, Son and Co. (1891), W.H. Verity & Sons (1892), and Johnston Harvester Company (1910) located in Batavia, New York. The company became Massey-Harris-Ferguson Limited with the Harry Ferguson merger in 1953 that added an important tractor component; this was strengthened with the merger with F. Perkins Ltd. (1959) which specialized in diesel engines. Massey-Harris prospered in the 1960s and 1970s with its tractor and combine production lines but declined in a rapidly changing farm equipment market during the 1980s.


75.4 m

Type(s) Of Materials: 
Audiovisual Material
Published Material
Unpublished Material and Manuscripts
How To Access: 

XA1 RHC A0388-XA1 RHC A0471

This collection is available for viewing on-site in Archival & Special Collections during our regular business hours.