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Great Western Manufacturing Company photograph collection

Call Number: RH PH 550


This collection contains photographic prints and negatives and some textual materials from the Great Western Manufacturing Company in Leavenworth, Kansas, Kansas' oldest manufacturing firm.


  • Creation: approximately 1891-1942


Conditions Governing Access

Glass plate and flexible negative originals are only issued if the curator or head of Public Services gives permission.

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.

History of the Great Westn Manufacturing Company

Great Western was founded in 1858 in Leavenworth, Kansas. Originally manufacturing steam engines and repair parts for steam boats, as well as wood-burning stoves, in the 1880s the company began a line in large milling engineering. Post World War II, when the demand for milling equipment became virtually nonexistent, Great Western turned its focus instead to manufacturing sifting and screening equipment. Great Western continues in the early 21st century to focus on building screening and sifting equipment.

[Information retrieved from the Great Western Manufacturing website,]


.75 Linear Feet (2 document cases + 1 oversize box)

Language of Materials


Physical Location

RH PH 550

Physical Location

RH PH 550(f)

Processing Information

Collection formerly located at RH MS P576, RH MS-P P576, and RH MS-P P576(f).

Guide to the Great Western Manufacturing Company Collection
Great Western Manufacturing Company photograph collection
Finding aid encoded by rw, 2008. Finding aid revised by mwh, 2020.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.
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Preferred citation
Great Western Manufacturing Company collection, RH PH 550, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

1450 Poplar Lane
Lawrence KS 66045-7616 United States