News editor for Caterpillar Tractor Company (1927-1933); freelance
agricultural journalist (1933-1971). Brochures, correspondence, manuscripts, clippings, serials, photographs, and posters
relating to the development of agricultural machinery in the United States, Canada, and Europe, particularly the history of
tractors and combines.
Floyd Halleck Higgins was born on May 15, 1886, in Keokuk, Iowa. After graduating from Iowa State College in Ames, he
moved to Chicago and western Canada to work in a variety of public relations positions including Director of Public
Relations, National Association of Farm Equipment Manufacturers (1922-1926). Higgins moved to California in 1927 where he
became the News Editor for Caterpillar Tractor Company. He immediately found that farm machinery history "was gathered by
each company's ad men when they needed to get up something for a 'special number' of some publication in which its ads
appeared." In self defense, Higgins began collecting materials relating to the origins of combines and tractors but his
interests expanded to include all forms of farm mechanization.
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