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A.L. Pratt & Co. Collection

Identifier: RH-A-3698

Scope and Contents

Although titled A. L. Pratt and Co, this company could not be located. A. L Pratt appears to be Arthur L. Pratt. Pratt was described as a capitalist in one directory. His house was included a 1909 picture book of Kalamazoo, and he and his wife appear in the Kalamazoo Gazette. He was in the wagon business with George Winans under the Winans, Pratt, and Co. name. The company went out of business around 1893. It is found in that years directory, but by 1895 Pratt is associated with Specialty Manufacturing Co. Most likely the ad comes from Winans, Pratt, and Co.

A footnote on Winans, Pratt, & Co is they were taken to the Michigan Supreme Court over chattel mortgages made when the company was insolvent in 1893.


  • Creation: ca. 1890



1 Sheets ; 12” x 6 ½"

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Physical Description

This collection is stored in one folder and is .05 cubic feet and contains a brochure about the A.L Pratt and Co. buggies and wagons. The brochure would have originally been folded together. Spread out it comes to 12” x 6 ½’. The condition overall is good, however there is some damage to the edge and care needs to be taken with the folds as the paper is weak there.


This collection is composed of an advertisement for the A. L. Pratt & Co. The collection was acquired through the Starring Endowment.

A.L. Pratt & Co. Collection Finding Aid
Dylan Tilbury
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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