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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