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Fort Wayne Electric Company collection

 Collection — Folder: S0480
Identifier: S0480

Scope and Contents

This collection includes typeset documents from the Fort Wayne Electric Company in Fort Wayne, Indiana ranging from 1889-1891 regarding purchasers of two types of electric systems.


  • 1888-1955

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Historical Note

The Jenney Electric Light Company (headed by Ronald T. McDonald) was formed in Fort Wayne, Indiana in November 1881, based on an electric arc lamp and dynamo invented by James A. Jenney. In 1888, the Thomson - Houston Company obtained a controlling interest and renamed the company as the Fort Wayne Electric Company. It manufactured several lighting systems, including the "Wood", which produced electric arc lighting and "Slattery", which was an induction system of alternating electric incandescent lighting. In 1893, the company went into receivership, and its shares were purchased in that year by the Fort Wayne Electric Corporation, also headed by McDonald. In 1899, the Fort Wayne Electric Works purchased the company, and it eventually merged with General Electric in 1911.

"Fort Wayne Electric Company". Beatty, John D., ed. (v. 1). History of Fort Wayne and Allen County, Indiana, 1700-2005. Evansville,IN: M.T. Publishing Company, Inc., 2006. Print. ISLI

"Fort Wayne Electric Works". Vintage Machinery. Retrieved 2014/12/24.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from B. and B. Wrecking Company on 1968/10/10.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2014/12/24 by Edythe Huffman. EAD finding aid created 2014/12/24 by Edythe Huffman.
Fort Wayne Electric Company collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.