The Ward M. Canaday Center

for Special Collections

The University of Toledo

Finding Aid

Tillotson Manufacturing Company Records


Size: 1 linear ft.
Provenance: Received from Dave Ramsey

Access: Open

Collection Summary: Small set of records from Tillotson Manufacturing Company dating from 1933 to 1972. Includes company appraisal and parts lists

Subject(s): Business and Commerce

Related Collections: Acklin Stamping Company Records, MSS-139; Dana Holding Corporation Records, MSS-242 

Processing Note: Volumes are in fair condition. Materials are fragile and exhibit some mold/mildew damage. Should be handled with care.

Copyright: The literary rights to this collection are assumed to rest with the person(s) responsible for the production of the particular items within the collection, or with their heirs or assigns.  Researchers bear full legal responsibility for the acquisition to publish from any part of said collection per Title 17, United States Code.  The Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collections may reserve the right to intervene as intermediary at its own discretion.

Completed by: Tom Smith, November 2016

Historical/Biographical Sketch

Founded in 1914 in Toledo, Ohio, The Tillotson Manufacturing Company manufactured carburetors for the early automotive industry. In the 1940’s, they developed the first diaphragm carburetor which revolutionized engine technology, allowing small, handheld engines to operate in any position. The company still exists today simply as Tillotson. They continue to produce carburetors, as well as fuel injection systems and other automotive components.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of three volumes produced by the Tillotson Manufacturing Company. Two volumes are an appraisal of the Bordan Avenue plant from 1964. The third is a set of bound parts lists for various engine and automotive models from 1933 to 1971. The parts lists are not filed in any particular order.


Folder List





Vol. I

Appraisal, Tillotson Manufacturing Company, Toledo, OH. 1964


Vol. II

Appraisal, Tillotson Manufacturing Company, Toledo, OH. 1964



Lists of Parts, Tillotson Manufacturing Company, Toledo, OH. 1933-1972