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Allison Transmission Visitors' Book
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Processed by: Benjamin Clark, March 2006

Organizational Note:

James A. Allison was born in Niles, Michigan on August 11, 1872 to Noah and Myra Allison. The Allison family moved to Indianapolis in 1880. James A. Allison was a founding partner of the Concentrated Acetylene Company, later known as the Prest-O-Lite Company, with Carl G. Fisher in 1909. James A. Allison established the Allison Speedway Team Company in 1913. It was renamed the Allison Engineering Company in 1917 and was then located on the Westside of Indianapolis. Allison died of pneumonia on August 4, 1928, whereupon the company was sold to General Motors. Allison was one of the founders of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the Indianapolis 500 mile race.

The Allison Transmission Division underwent several name changes before arriving at its present name in 1987, but the company was always known for its quality, innovation, and manufacturing support of the military during World War I, World War II, and the Vietnam Conflict. To this day the company continues to manufacture transmissions for tanks and buses.


Bodenhamer, David J. and Robert G. Barrows, eds. Encyclopedia of Indianapolis. Bloomington, IN: IU Press, 1994.
Indiana State Library. "Indiana Biography Series." v.74.p.82.c.3.

Scope and Content Note:

This collection contains the visitors’ book of Allison Transmission. The notes in the book were written by former employees who had joined the military for the war. Most of the notes contain the name and address of the individual, a brief note explaining what the individual is doing for the military, a greeting to his former co-workers, and the Allison Transmission department number where he had worked.

Folder Listing:

1. Allison Transmission visitors’ notes, Feb. 22-July 1, 1943
2. Allison Transmission visitors’ notes, July 2-Oct. 4, 1943
3. Allison Transmission visitors’ notes, Oct. 4, 1943-Jan. 12, 1944
4. Allison Transmission visitors’ notes, Jan. 13-May 17, 1944
5. Allison Transmission visitors’ notes, May 18-Nov. 21, 1944
6. Allison Transmission visitors’ notes, Nov.21, 1944-July 10, 1945
7. Allison Transmission visitors’ notes, July 11, 1945-Dec. 1, 1947

Collection Information:

Size of Collection:
1 manuscript box
Collection Dates:


Lawrence E. Dewey, Indianapolis, IN, 23 September 2005
Access: This collection is open for research.
Reproduction Rights:
Permission to reproduce, exhibit, or publish material in this collection must be obtained from the Manuscript Section, Indiana State Library.  Possession of a reproduction from an Indiana State Library collection does not constitute permission for use.
Language Materials are entirely in English
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