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Guide to the Dexter Company Records

Collection Overview

Date Span: 1904-1954
Creator: Dexter Company
Extent: 20.00 linear feet.
Collection Number: MSC0344
Repository: University of Iowa Special Collections
Summary: Washing machine manufacturing company in Fairfield, Iowa. Corporate records, financial reports, correspondence, patents, etc.

Alternate Extent Statement: Photographs in box 14.

Access: This collection is open for research.

Use: Copyright restrictions may apply; please consult Special Collections staff for further information.

Acquisition: These papers were given to the University by the Dexter Company in 1958.

Preferred Citation: Records of the Dexter Company, The University of Iowa Libraries, Iowa City, Iowa.

Repository: University of Iowa Special Collections
Address: Special Collections Department
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City, IA 52242
Phone: 319-335-5921
Curator: Greg Prickman

The Dexter Company was founded in 1894 in Dexter, Iowa, by R.D. Hunt and L.V. Gaines. This washing machine manufacturing company moved to Fairfield, Iowa, in 1904. In 1936, it entered into partnership with the Ohio firm that manufactured the Nash-Kelvinator. Philco purchased the Dexter Company in 1954, at which time the company had just begun to manufacture clothes dryers as well as washing machines.

The records of the Dexter Company date from 1904 to 1954, and document the company's history up to the time that it was bought by Philco. Approximately twenty linear feet of records, housed in some seventeen boxes, make up the collection. Corporate reports, financial statements, patents, advertising, correspondence, and stockholders agreements combined with legal papers, contracts, auditor's reports, and payroll registers give a fairly complete picture of this company's activities up to the mid-1950s.

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This collection is indexed under the following subject terms.

Washing machine industry

Geographic Names:
United States -- Iowa -- Fairfield
United States -- Iowa -- Fairfield

Businessmen and Businesses