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By Lee Grady, (former) McCormick-International Harvester Collection Archivist
Hello everyone! If you read the line after my name carefully, you noticed that I’m now calling myself the “former” McCormick-International Harvester Collection Archivist. Yes, it’s true. I’ve accepted a new job as Senior Reference Archivist here at the Wisconsin Historical Society. After fifteen years of working with this great collection, I’m moving on.
The good news is that the Historical Society has already found someone great to take my place. Sally Jacobs is the new McCormick-International Harvester Collection Archivist. She has over fifteen years’ experience working with archives collections, doing historical research and teaching workshops. She’s also worked for several years here at the Historical Society, so she’s already familiar with how things work around here. I know you’ll all enjoy working with her, and she’s very excited to work with all of you.
Serving as the McCormick-IH archivist has been a wonderful experience for me. I still think it’s the best collection here at the Historical Society, and one of the best in the world. The collection has everything – family papers, photos, films, business records, advertising – and it tells the story of one of one largest and most interesting companies to ever do business.
As great as the collection is, I think the best thing about my old job was working with all of you. The people I met at Club events were always friendly and enthusiastic. If I was ever getting the least bit tired of my job, all I’d have to do is go to a Club meeting, or give a tour of the Archives to Club members and I’d be re-energized. Your interest and enthusiasm always had a way of rubbing off on me.
In my new job I’ll be working with all of the collections at the Historical Society, so I’ll still have a chance to work with the McCormick-IH Collection from time to time. My new office is in our Archives Research Room, so if you ever have a chance to visit us in Madison, please stop by and see me.
In the meantime, I hope you’ll welcome Sally the same way you welcomed me when I first started with the McCormick-IH Collection. You can contact her the same way you’ve contacted me over the years. She’ll have my old phone number, and her address is the same.
Wisconsin Historical Society in Madison, Wisconsin which houses the McCormick International Harvester Collection
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