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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Biography/Administrative History
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms
  • Additional collection guides

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Nash Motors Company Records
    Dates: 1890-1938
    Collection Number: GC 1344
    Creator/Collector: Thomas B. Jeffery Company Nash Motors Company
    Extent: (Boxes: 5 legal, 14 letter, 6 1/2 letter, 1 record storage)
    Repository: Seaver Center for Western History Research, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
    Los Angeles, California 90007-4057
    Abstract: The records were created by the Thomas B. Jeffery Company of Kenosha, Wisconsin and the Nash Motors Company of Maryland. Correspondence; financial and accounting records; insurance records; purchase contracts and inventory lists; Rambler price and parts lists, catalogs, sales brochures and magazines; patents. A few personal papers of Thomas B. Jeffery’s last will and testament and estate.
    Language of Material: English

    Access

    Research is by appointment only

    Publication Rights

    Permission to publish, quote or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder

    Preferred Citation

    Nash Motors Company Records. Seaver Center for Western History Research, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

    Biography/Administrative History

    Jeffery produced its first automobile in the U.S. in 1902. In 1916 the Jeffery Company was sold to the Nash Motors Company which moved its headquarters to Kenosha.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The records were created by the Thomas B. Jeffery Company of Kenosha, Wisconsin and the Nash Motors Company of Maryland. Correspondence; financial and accounting records; insurance records; purchase contracts and inventory lists; Rambler price and parts lists, catalogs, sales brochures and magazines; patents. A few personal papers of Thomas B. Jeffery’s last will and testament and estate. Notable are clippings, correspondence, patent records and lawsuit records beginning in 1902 for challenges by George B. Selden’s patent to automobile manufacturers. Papers include the Association of Licensed Automobile Manufacturers, a group formed to collectively defend against the patent challenge. The collection also includes the following: a magazine article (dated 1975) about Thomas B. Jeffery; and NHM curator notes (dated 1977).

    Indexing Terms

    Automobile industry and trade.

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