John E. Adriance Papers


Dutchess County Historical Society

549 Main Street

Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

Postal Address:

PO Box 88

Poughkeepsie NY 12602

(845) 471-1630

Access Number


Processed by

Finding Aid Author: Gregory Wiedeman, 2012

Arranged by: unknown, circa 1999

Described by: Gregory Wiedeman, 2012

Preservation work: Gregory Wiedeman, 2012

Encoded by: n/a

Date Completed

2013 January 3


John E. Adriance


1 linear ft


Inclusive: 1882 – 1910        

Bulk: 1882 – 1910

Conditions Governing Access

No Restrictions



Scope and Content

The collection consists of five letterpress copybooks, a black ledger, and a scrapbook of newspaper clippings. Three of the letterpress copybooks include business correspondence of Adriance, Platt & Co. from 1894-1910. These letters are sometimes signed by John E. Adriance or Albert Glass and concern prices, orders, affairs of their foreign offices in Germany, England, Russia, and France, personnel, labor practices, union agitation, machine design, expansion into other products, and proposed insurance and corporation taxes.

Two letterpress copybooks are from John E. Adriance and primarily concern the business matters of Adriance, Platt & Co. This includes correspondence concerning personnel, financial transactions, and foreign markets and competitors from 1891 until 1904. Material also concerns personal matters such as the Adriance family’s health, decoration of their home, items ordered, stamp collecting, and social organizations.

Also included is a scrapbook of clippings on polo matches, obituaries, programs, and the wedding notice of John E. Adriance and Mary Hasbrouck.

Historical Note

John P. Adriance began making harvesting machines in Worchester, Mass., in 1854. He moved to Poughkeepsie, N.Y., in 1857, and began manufacturing the Buckeye mower and reaper. The company name was changed to Adriance, Platt & Co. as early as 1866. In 1867, he was successful in attaching a self-raker to the Buckeye reaper. The name "Buckeye" is a trademark given to the mowing machine, which first successfully introduced two driving-wheels and a double-jointed folding cutter bar. In 1889, Adriance introduced a lighter and more compact rear-discharge harvester and binder. The company was bought out by the Moline Plow Co., Moline, Ill., in 1913 and eventually became part of the Minneapolis-Moline Co.


The Collection was donated to the Dutchess County Historical Society by the Beacon Historical Society in 1999.

Subject Headings

Manufacturing industries; Polo; Accounting; Labor unions

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Container List (next page)

Container List

Box 1




File 1

Adriance, Platt & Co. letterpress copybook

1894 – 1902

File 2

Adriance, Platt & Co. letterpress copybook

1902 – 1907

File 3

Adriance, Platt & Co. letterpress copybook

1907 – 1910

File 4

John E. Adriance letterpress copybook

1891 – 1898

File 5

John E. Adriance letterpress copybook

1895 – 1904

File 6

Blank ledger with loose materials in back


File 7

Scrapbook of clippings concerning John E. Adriance and polo

1882 – 1886