Motor Wheel Corporation Collection

Summary Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Motor Wheel Corporation.
Motor Wheel Corporation collection
Date [inclusive]
3.0 Cubic feet

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: "Item title, Collection title, Collection Identifier, Michigan State University Archives & Historical Collections, East Lansing, Michigan."

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Biographical Note

Motor Wheel Corporation was formed in 1920 as the result of a merger of the Prudden Wheel Company and Gier Pressed Steel and Auto Wheel. By 1934, Motor Wheel controlled approximately a third of all wheel production in the United States. It was a major manufacturer in Lansing and in Michigan. Motor Wheel was purchased by Goodyear Tire in 1964. The Motor Wheel Plant at 725 E. Saginaw St, Lansing was closed in 1975.

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Scope and Contents note

This collection contains bi-weekly newspapers printed for the employees of Motor Wheel Corporation. In addition to news about employees and the company, there is information about Lansing, Michigan. Of particular interest are the papers from the World War II era. The newspaper was named The Spokesman when the Motor Wheel Corporation became a subsidiary company of Goodyear Tire.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections

Conrad Hall
888 Wilson Road, Room 101
East Lansing , MI, 48824

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Legal Status

Copyright: Michigan State University. Property Rights: Michigan State University.

Conditions Governing Use

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

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company.
  • REO Transportation Museum.


  • Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.)
  • Memorandums
  • Photographs

Geographic Name(s)

  • Lansing (Mich.)
  • Lansing (Mich.) -- History

Personal Name(s)

  • DeYoung, Russell


  • Automobiles -- Wheels

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Collection Inventory

Motor Wheel News 1937-1945 


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Motor Wheel News 1946-1955 


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The Spokesman 1965-1984 


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Box Folder

Newspaper Clippings 1970 

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Inventory Management Incentive Memo 1986   I

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Girls Club Trip Itinerary Flyer 1979 

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Russell DeYoung, Chairman of the Board for Goodyear Tire - Photograph 1966 

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