W. C. Caton's unpublished guide of 5 January 1976 has been quoted verbatim in the preceding description. See also the pamphlet International Harvester in Russia, 1850–1972. Both are available at the IH Archives.
Note: On exhibit in the archives is an unpublished blueprint of the layout of the Lubertzy plant.
In chronological order, some of the more important subjects on which the correspondence, reports, and memoranda focus may be listed as follows:
Feasibility study of manufacture in Russia. Acquisition of Lubertzy Works. Start-up and organizational problems of Lubertzy Works. Tariff matters. Cost differential between Russian manufacture and Chicago manufacture.
War-time financing of Russian business. Questions of exchange and the problem of credit. Shipment of goods to Russia—problems and risks involved. Depreciation of the rouble. Efforts to safeguard IH funds in Russia. The problem of getting funds out of Russia. Manufacturing difficulties caused by war-time shortages.
Regulations imposed by Kerensky government and later by the Soviets on IH and other companies. Progressive deterioration of labor relations. Confiscation of some IH properties. Closing of all IHC branches and sub-branches.
Closing of the General Office in Moscow. Seizure and nationalization of Lubertzy Works and subsequent denationalization.
Re-nationalization of Lubertzy Works and final suspension of all IHC claims thereto.