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Novo Engine Company records

Identifier: c-00391

Scope and Contents

The collection contains advertising bulletins and engine catalogs of the Novo Engine Company of Lansing, Michigan, manufacturers of industrial power equipment. Also included is a sales training brochure containing a short history of the firm.


  • Creation: 1914 - 1946

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

Historical Note

Novo Engine Company was headquartered in Lansing, Michigan. It was founded as Cady & North, a small repair shop in North Lansing, Michigan, in 1890. This company became Cady & Hildreth, and later Hildreth & Son. In 1901 they became Hildreth Motor & Pump Company, then Hildreth Manufacturing Company in 1906.

The company manufactured two-cycle marine engines and small farm pumps until 1908, when they started making vertical four-cycle hopper-cooled engines. These engines were applied to a variety of farm equipment, pumps, mixers and other devices. Their engines ranged from 2 to 15 horsepower.

Finally in 1911, they adopted the Novo Engine Company name. More modern internal combustion engines were added to the product line, as were hoists and drophammers.



0.25 Cubic Feet (, 4 folders, 4 volumes in box)

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Custodial History

Gift of Frank Stallings, 1966-06-00.

Legal Status

Copyright: Michigan State University

Property Rights: Michigan State University

Novo Engine Company Records
4 Published And Cataloged
August 1967
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Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the University Archives and Historical Collections Repository

Conrad Hall
943 Conrad Road, Room 101
East Lansing MI 48824 US