Bobcat donated 56 cubic feet of its records to the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C.
Corporate records on the company's manufacturing, marketing and business development are now in the museum's Archives Center and join an extensive collection of agricultural, industrial and business papers.
The records focus primarily on production, marketing and advertising from the 1940s to the present to illustrate how a small, family-owned business emerged as an industry leader.
Photographs, product literature, advertisements, employee newsletters, drawings, scrapbooks and audio-visual materials are included in the donation as well as notes on a 1985 trip to Japan where employees learned about Japanese manufacturing and engineering techniques. Later Bobcat implemented some of these techniques in its factories.
The papers join the museum's extensive collection of agricultural, industrial and business papers, including William C. Kost farm records and the Southern Agricultural Oral History Project.
"We are honored to have these Bobcat historical records captured for future generations to research," says Leroy Anderson, marketing communications manager and historian at Bobcat. "The archives are a snapshot showing how the brand has been built over the past 50 years. In addition to customer and internal publications, the collection includes dozens of films and videos, such as "Bobcat A Go-Go," "Bobcat Boogie," "Bobcat Square Dance," "Bobcat Kid," the first safety training film, and its sequels, "Bobcat Bootcamp" and "Operator Improvement."
A selection of Bobcat's records will be on view from Nov.30, 2009, through Jan. 17, 2010.