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Hammond Machinery, Inc. Collection

Identifier: RH-A-3472

Scope and Contents

Life is good in Kalamazoo, the city that Hammond Calls Home, a booklet produced by the Hammond Machinery Builders in 1952. Booklet contains information on Kalamazoo education and recreation along with some general information about the city.


  • Publication: 1952


Biographical / Historical

Hammond Machinery Builders, now known as Hammond Roto-Finish, traces its beginnings in Kalamazoo to 1881 with a firm begun by William Hill. W.C. Hammond, who started working there in 1917, purchased the company in 1926 which by that time had gone into the metalworking industry. In 1928, the company moved to its current location at 1600 Douglas Avenue.


.05 Cubic Feet ; 8” x 9”

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Physical Description

The collection amounts to .05 cubic feet and is composed of one small booklet, 8”x9.” The main title is “Life is Good in Kalamazoo.” It has a total of twelve pages with black and white photographs. The color red is also used throughout the booklet. The booklet was produced by Hammond Machinery Builders in 1952 for their 70th anniversary. It contains all types of information about the area and has a centerfold filled with images of machines made by the company.The booklet is in good condition.


This booklet was a part of A-229 which was the W.E. Upjohn Institute Collection. A decision was made to separate this booklet and put it in its own collection.

Hammond Machinery, Inc. Finding Aid
Lynn Houghton
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Repository Details

Part of the Western Michigan University Archives & Regional History Collections Repository

Charles C. and Lynn L. Zhang Legacy Collections Center
1650 Oakland Drive
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5307 US
(269) 387-8490