New Holland Records, 1902-1906, 1971-1987

Object ID:  MG0272

1 box     3 folders

Repository:  LancasterHistory (Organization)

Shelving Location:  Archives South, Side 8

Description:  Collection contains company, employee, and product information of New Holland and its predecessors. The correspondence refers to orders for engines and farm equipment.

Creators:  Ford New Holland; Sperry Corporation; Sperry New Holland; New Holland Machine Company; New Holland Machine Works.

Conditions for Access:  No restrictions.

Conditions Governing Reproductions:  Collection may not be photocopied. Please contact Research Staff or Archives Staff with questions.

Language:  English

Source of Acquisition: Folders 1-2 were a gift from John P. (Jack) Kiehl, 25 April 1994. Folder 3 was transferred from the New Holland Machine Co. Information File in the Library.

Administrative/ Biographical History:     New Holland Machine Company

Abe Zimmerman opened a repair shop in October 1895 in New Holland, Pennsylvania. This was the beginning of a company that would eventually sell its equipment throughout the world. Zimmerman’s New Holland Machine Company was an innovator of agricultural equipment, including the portable feed mill in 1899, the freeze-proof cylinder tank engine in 1901, and the stone crusher in 1910. The company grew through the 1920s, and although it encountered financial difficulties during the Great Depression, the company survived. New Holland Machine Company introduced the Nolt mobile pickup hay baler in 1940 and reestablished itself as a leader in agricultural equipment. New Holland Machine Company is now known as Case-New Holland or CNH, a conglomeration of leaders in agricultural and construction equipment.

Brief timeline of New Holland Machine Company (founded 1895):

1947: Sperry Corporation acquires New Holland Machine Company (Sperry New Holland)

1986: Ford Motor Company acquires Sperry Corporation (Ford New Holland, Inc.)

1991: FiatGeotech acquires Ford New Holland, Inc. (N.H.Geotech)

1993: N.H.Geotech changes name to New Holland

1999: New Holland merges with Case Corporation (Case-New Holland or CNH)

Related Materials:

“History.” New Holland. Accessed December 18, 2007 at

“History of CNH.” Case-New Holland. Accessed December 18, 2007 at


Herr, Stephen R. Pennsylvania industries. Dover, Pa. : Bloodroot Chapter, Dover High School, Pennsylvania Federation of Junior Historians, 1980. 680 / H564

Luttringer, Homer K. The innovators how creative people developed the New Holland way to transform a company. Lancaster, Pa.: Ford New Holland, Inc., 1990. 631.3 / L974

Mr. Fisher’s company : history of New Holland, 1940-1985. 2006. 681.763 / G559

Weymer, Richard A. “Development and production of the New Holland gasoline engine : the contributions of Abram M. Zimmerman.” Journal of the Lancaster County Historical Society 91 (1987/88): 24-36. 974.9 / L245/  v.91 

Folder 1     Gift of John P. (Jack) Kiehl, 25 April 1994.

Insert 1  Three vinyl New Holland decals. The Meyercord Co., Carol Stream, Illinois. No date.

Insert 2  Employee information

Calculator for Your Retirement Investment Plan Benefits. Sperry Rand. No date.

“When you have a complaint, talk about it…” Explains the Complaint System and the steps to take for resolution. Sperry Rand New Holland. (6195071-7-71P) [1971].

Insert 3  “Kreider Centrifugal Dryers.” Product brochure with specifications for three models. Ford New Holland. (31001130-3/87-MB) [1987].


Folder 2     New Holland publications and folder. Gift of John P. (Jack) Kiehl, 25 April 1994.

Your Job With Sperry Rand-New Holland. Employee handbook. (6195056-3-71W) [1971].

Safety booklet for employees. “We need your help to protect our most valuable resource”  (6135214-2-71 API) [1971].

This is Sperry New Holland. Sperry New Holland Division of Sperry Rand Corporation. 1973.

Envelope for keeping employee information, presented to John P. Kiehl. (6195113-4-71G) [1971].


Folder 3     The items in this folder were transferred from the New Holland Machine Co. Information File in the Library.

Insert 1  Letter and postcard from A. M. Zimmerman to J. C. Leib & Company, Stewartstown, Pennsylvania regarding an order. Letterhead and postcard of A. M. Zimmerman, New Holland Machine Works. 16 July 1902, 30 July 1902.

Insert 2  Letter and note from New Holland Machine Co. to J. C. Leib & Co., Stewartstown regarding the purchase of farm equipment. Letterhead of New Holland Machine Co. 26 May 1903, 27 July 1903.

Insert 3  Letter from D. M. Wenger to J. C. Leib & Co. regarding future orders of the Columbus Engine. A. M. Zimmerman and Landis Brothers of Rheems, Pennsylvania are also mentioned. Letterhead of New Holland Machine Co. 31 March 1906.