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Guide to the H.C. Shaw Company Collection
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Description
The H.C. Shaw Company Collection consists of business-related material generated by a pioneering Stockton, California, agricultural implement dealer and manufacturer best known for the invention, sales, and production of the celebrated Stockton Gang Plow, a device noted for its role in facilitating cultivation of California's Central Valley.
Background
Dating from 1867, the H.C. Shaw Company was one of the oldest and most venerated businesses of Stockton, California. Its founder, Col. H. C. Shaw (d. 1904) is known mainly for his invention of the Stockton Gang Plow, a device that for the first time combined several plow blades set parallel into one mechanism, thus facilitating cultivation of Central California's vast fields in less time and with less labor than previously possible. In addition to making and selling gang plows, the company sold a variety of agricultural goods and implements, including wagons, buggies, carriages, and carts.
Extent
7 linear feet
Restrictions
The library can only claim physical ownership of the collection. Users are responsible for satisfying any claimants of literary property.
Availability
Collection is open for research by appointment.