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Illinois Tractor Company Collection

Processed by: Jenna Gernand, July 2013


  1. Collection Information
  2. Historical Sketch
  3. Photographs
  4. Scope and Content Note
  5. Box and Folder Inventory
Collection Information

Volume: 1 box
Dates: 1913-1998
Restrictions: None
Reproduction: Permission to reproduce or publish material in this collection must be obtained in writing from the McLean County Museum of History
Provenance: Gift
Location: Archives


Historical Sketch

The Illinois Tractor Company was in business in Bloomington for a brief period, likely between 1913 and 1924. Super-Drive tractors were assembled at a site on the corner of Lincoln and Clayton streets from purchased parts, including Climax engines. Today, Illinois Super-Drive tractors are rare collector’s items.

  • Illinois Tractor Company Advertisement

  • Illinois Tractor Company Advertisement

  • Illinois Super Drive Tractor, Illinois Tractor Company

Scope and Contents Note

The Illinois Tractor Company collection consists primarily of business documents and advertisements from 1916 through 1922.

The folders contain a newspaper article about a Bloomington collector of Illinois Super-Drive tractors, company documents such as standard parts records and service reports, and illustrated advertisements for Illinois Tractors.

The loose items include an illustrated instruction and parts manual for the Model “C” Illinois Super-Drive tractor and a photo book featuring the tractor being operated in the fields. There is also a book pertaining to Kelsey Wheel Co. Inc. of Detroit, Michigan, which might have supplied parts for the Illinois Tractor Company.

Box and Folder Inventory
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Folder 1: Newspaper Articles
1.1 “Collector restores a bit of forgotten history” by Chris Anderson, August 12, 1998, Pantagraph, 2 pages.
Folder 2: Company Documents
2.1 Letter from Illinois Tractor Co. to A. W. Tipton on company stationary, February 18, 1922, 1 page.
2.2 Climax Engineering Co. Price List of Parts brochure for Models T and TU Engine, September 1921, Clinton, Iowa
2.3 Brochure on the Parrett Tractor
2.4 Service Report for the Illinois Tractor Company, 3 pages.
2.5 Standard Parts Record for the Illinois Tractor Company, 6 sheets.
Folder 3: Advertisements
3.1 Advertisement to see the Illinois Tractor at a tractor demonstration during the week, Daily Bulletin, August 23, 1916, 1 page.
3.2 “Something that Everyone Interested in the Commercial Growth of Bloomington Should Know,” advertisement for The Illinois Silo and Tractor Company, the Pantagraph, March 1917, includes list of sales from January 1 to March 1, 1917, 2 pages.
3.3 Advertisement for the Illinois Super Drive “The Master Drive 3-4 Plow Farm Tractor of America,” the Pantagraph, March 4, 1920, 1 page.
3.4 Advertisement for the Illinois Super-Drive Tractor, undated, includes pictures and descriptions of the tractor, 4 pages.
Folder 4: Miscellaneous
4.1 City Directory Search for the Illinois Silo and Tractor Co., 1913-1924, 1 page.