Formed in 1929, the Minneapolis-Moline Company located in Hopkins, Minnesota produced farm and industrial machinery, including steam and gas tractors. At its peak, Minneapolis-Moline operated dealerships around the United States and was one of the largest agricultural companies in the world.
More than 14,000 black and white negatives make up the “Minneapolis-Moline Negative Collection” which is now available to the public. This collection includes images taken between the 1930s and 1960s of tractors, implements, and power units in the factory, dealer showroom, or working in farm fields. Images also show the interior and exterior of factories, including the Hopkins and Lake Street plants. The Minneapolis-Moline Company’s commercial photographer, Arthur H. Jensen, photographed these images and donated them to the Minnesota Historical Society.
Each image is described in a searchable list in the Society’s online library catalog and a topical finding aid is available. Almost 2,000 images have been printed and scanned and are now available online as part of the Visual Resources Database. Photographs may be ordered online or through the Library’s Copy Service. Searchable web access to the full database of 14,180 images will be available in the near future. For more information, call 651.259.3000 or log onto: http://collections.mnhs.org/visualresources/