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Smith & Wesson Company Records, 1920-1973
30 boxes (15 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 267

Abstract:
World famous handgun and handcuff-manufacturing company founded in Springfield, Massachusetts in the 1850s. Comprised of incoming sales and service correspondence with some outgoing correspondence and administrative and financial/legal subject files, including categories such as ads and advertising, American Railway Express, audits, counselors at law, debtors, insurance, legal actions, newsletters, patents and trademarks, personnel, photos, sample parts, sideline ventures, stocks and bonds awards, and Western Union Telegrams. Includes correspondence with the National Rifle Association, Small Arms Industry Advisory Committee, and the United States Revolver Association.

Terms of Access and Use:

The collection is open for research.

Special Collections and University Archives, W.E.B. Du Bois Library, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Historical Note
1854Patent of February 14th is filed under the name of Smith and Wesson for a metallic cartridge repeating magazine pistol and rifle.
1855On April 3rd, No. 1 seven shot Smith & Wesson .22 caliber revolver is patented; it is manufactured until 1861.
1856Books for the partnership of Smith & Wesson are opened.
1857In April the partners rent a shop at 5 Market Street, Springfield Mass., from William L. Wilcox. First recorded income, October 1857, is $12 for a pistol, Serial No. 2 and $1 for cartridges sold to William Amadon, who kept a drug store in Springfield opposite the National Armory.
1858J. W. Storrs advances $500 to secure the New York agency. The shop employees commence working by the piece or as inside contractors instead of by the day. Three women join the ammunition department. Gold or silver plated frames, foliate engraving and ivory stocks are introduced.
1859Joseph M. Hall is made bookkeeper. He takes over for D.B. Wesson who kept the books of account for the first two years.
1860sBesides having to deal with domestic competition, Smith & Wesson find their pistols being copied abroad, where they hold no patents.
1860Smith & Wesson completes a new plant on Stockbridge Street in Springfield. According to the 1860 Massachusetts Industry Census, Smith & Wesson now employs 40 males and 17 females.
1861Production of Model No.1, second issue, .32 rimfire starts and continues till 1868.
1862Employees at the factory number 154, including 14 women out of 36 workers in the ammunition department.
1864Horace Smith's son, Dexter, branches out as a partner in the firm of Smith, Hall & Farmer which takes over the ammunition department of Smith & Wesson.
1866The factory now has 300 employees and can finish as many pistols in a day. Smith & Wesson decides to send a representative to travel in the South and embarks on a modest advertising campaign. In Canada an appreciable demand for arms has arisen because of the Fenian troubles. The first advertisement ever published by Smith & Wesson appears in the Oshawa, Ontario, Vindicator of May 18, 1866.
1867Smith & Wesson also solicits European trade through an ornate exhibit at the Paris Exposition of 1867 and advertising in its official catalog. Distant markets as far away as Yokohama & South America also begin to develop. Smith & Wesson encourages foreign trade by allowing a 5% discount on all sales for export.
1867-1874Charles A. King serves as superintendent of the S. & W. factory.
1870sBy far the largest amount of business transacted with any one customer is Smith & Wesson's series of contracts with the Russian Imperial Government.
Mid-1870sMartin y Perez of Havana buys more than 1,000 "N.M. Russian" revolvers for the use of Spanish officials. Wexel & De Gress also export the model to Mexico, and sales are made through various agents in South America. Smith & Wesson seeks to interest the Turkish, Austrian, Prussian and Persian military and governments.
1871Walter H. Wesson, Daniel's oldest son, comes to work for the firm at the age of twenty-one as clerk and bookkeeper. He soon takes over routine correspondence.
1874W. & C. Scott & Sons of Birmingham becomes Smith & Wesson's agents in England, later they merge with P. Webley & Sons. Smith & Wesson's agents in Paris and Argentina stamp their names on revolvers to protect against fake copies being sold as S. & W. originals. Henry M. Morehous succeeds Charles King as superintendent. The No.3 revolver aquires the title of "American" to distinguish the regular from the Russian model. Horace Smith, at the age of sixty-five, sells his interest in Smith & Wesson to his partner D. B. Wesson, who becomes sole proprietor. Smith & Wesson discontinues the manufacture of the rimfire Nos. 1 and 1-1/2 and prepares to make automatic ejector models of smaller calibers less than .44 caliber.
1877Smith & Wesson produces decorated pistols of the American model which had been exhibited at the San Francisco Fair. An addition is built on the factory to obtain machinery space for the production of the .32 centerfire ejector.
1877/1878About the time the factory ceases production of Nos. 1 & 1-1/2, Mexico and South America are flooded with imitations. (Some probably came from Belgium, but there were domestic copyists too.)
1878Completion of the Russian Government contracts, in January 1878, leaves Smith & Wesson free to start a new model .44 embodying all the improvements developed in the .38 and .32 calibers.
1879At the end of 1879 Smith & Wesson fills a special order from the Turkish Government for 5,000 pistols of the No.3 New Model in .44 rimfire. (These are the arms that comprise the "Turkish Model" as it is styled by collectors.) Production of revolving rifle starts.
1880First double action produced by Smith & Wesson is a .38 caliber.
1881Joe H. Wesson contracts to work for one year in the machine shop as a machinist and draftsman.
1882Walter H. Wesson made a partner in the firm.
1887Frank Wesson loses his life in a railroad accident, Joe Wesson becomes a partner in the firm.
1893Horace Smith dies on January 15th, in Springfield. First single shot .22 model is introduced.
1903Smith & Wesson manufactures a revolver for the .32 long cartridge.
1906Daniel B. Wesson dies on August 4th, at the age of eighty-one.
1917-1918During World War 1, the U.S. purchases 153,311 of the justly famed Model-1917 side-swing revolver.
1921Smith & Wesson begins the manufacture of handcuffs and continues to make them up to 1940; and thereafter, they are reintroduced in 1952.
1922Smith & Wesson is incorporated under the laws of Massachusetts on December 20, 1922.
1924In September the company branches out into the manufacture of small water motors. The plant has 185,000 sq. ft.
1925Officers: Harold Wesson- President, D. B. Wesson- Vice President, F. H. Wesson- Treasurer, George Chapin- Clerk.
1930sA truly target grade .32 cal. gun is put together in the late 1930s.
1945Plant located at Springfield with 185,000 sq.ft. of floor space has a production capacity of about 125,000 firearms per annum. Officers: President- Harold Wesson, Vice President & Treasurer- H. Wesson, Clerk-George P. Chapin, Sales Manager-David H. Murray and Service Department- F. H. Miller. Net assets, as of November 10, 1944- $890,708, with 500,000 shares of stock.
1957Officers: President- Carl R. Hellstrom, V. President & Treasurer Frank H. Wesson, Sales Manager- Harold 0. Austin, Assistant Plant Manager- Daniel B. Wesson.
1965Smith & Wesson is now controlled by Bangor Punta Alegre Sugar Corporation. The 200 acre site has 350,000 sq. ft. of floor space and on an adjacent 31 acre site, a 100,000 sq. ft. plant addition is under construction.
1973According to a March 1973 New York Times article, "Gun Industry", sales for Smith & Wesson are at $43.3 million and a net income of $8.3 million is realized.
1984As stated in Moody's Industrial Manual, Smith & Wesson is acquired by Lear-Siegler Inc., February 24, 1984.
1986The latest change in the company's ownership occurs in 1986. Smith & Wesson (handguns and handcuffs) is acquired by Gregor: Hutchings of F. H. Tomkins-PLC of United Kingdom for $113 million ($67 million English pounds). The consumer products division now encompasses the handguns, handcuffs and identi-kit system.
Scope and Contents of the Collection

Records, approximately 10,000 items, are comprised of incoming sales and service correspondence, with some outgoing correspondence, and administrative and financial/legal subject files. The bulk of the sales and service correspondents represented in this collection are individual gun users, sharpshooters, pawn shop owners, gun clubs, gun dealers, collectors, policemen and police organizations, military personnel, boys clubs, schools, exporters and foreign agents. Of special interest is the correspondence of the National Rifle Association (N.R.A.) (1926-1927, 1943-1944), Small Arms Industry Advisory Committee (1941, 1944), United States Revolver Association (1927-1928), and other letters from gun legislation factions, firearms manufacturers and foreign countries. The correspondence, from U.S. and foreign sources, contains original handwritten and typed letters, carbon copies, and some printed form letters.

Administrative and financial/legal records, comprised of materials found scattered throughout the papers, have been reorganized into manageable subject files. Among these files are items from the following categories: ads and advertising, American Railway Express, audits, counselors at law, debtors, insurance, legal actions, newsletters, patents and trademarks, personnel, photos, sample parts, sideline ventures, stocks and bonds awards, Western Union Telegrams and others as identified in the various series.

This collection offers resources for researchers interested in the history of firearms, firearms industry and labor, gun legislation, and gun-ownership around the 1920s and early 1940s.


Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

The collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation

Cite as: Smith and Wesson Company Records (MS 267). Special Collections and University Archives, W.E.B. Du Bois Library, University of Massachusetts Amherst.

History of the Collection

Processing Information

Processed by Mike Milewski, Spring 1990.


Additional Information
Contact Information
Special Collections and University Archives
W.E.B. Du Bois Library
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Amherst, MA 01003-9275

Phone: (413) 545-2780
Fax: (413) 577-1399
Link to SCUA
Language
English.
Sponsor
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Series Descriptions
1923-1973
1 box, 0.5 linear ft.

This series consists of general subject correspondence, addressed primarily to the company's president, Harold Wesson, and to its secretary George P. Chapin. Included in this administrative series are letters from individuals, agencies, committees and companies. The subject content ranges from personnel matters and proposals to memberships and invitations. Of special interest are the folders pertaining to Gun Legislation (1923-1929, 1944), Post World War II Plans, and Criminal Investigations/Testimonies. The widest range of dates for the entire collection is represented by this series.

1923-1945
1 box, 0.5 linear ft.

These are records that were received by the Treasurer, Frank H. Wesson, and other executive officers. Documented in this series are the companies dealings concerning financial and legal transactions with governmental offices, individuals, U.S.courts, counselors at law, and foreign governments. Of particular interest are the legal notices for the years, 1925-1929; these include trustee writs with release notices and assignment of future wages.

1920-1973
27 boxes, 13.5 linear ft.

By volume, this series represents 90% of the collection. It contains general subject files (box-3) and specific correspondence files from individuals, agents and companies (boxes 4-6). The domestic/foreign revolver & pistol sales and service requests can be found by geographical location in boxes 7-25, which are divided into three major sub-series:

Subseries 1 (Advertising) consists of subject files such as ads & articles, circulars, and price lists; and correspondence files from various publishing companies such as American Rifleman and Sporting Goods Buyer along with letters from individuals such as William Remington.

Subseries 2 (Domestic Sales and Service) consists of subject files for firearm manufacturers, railroads and U.S. Government and Military. The bulk of the sales and service correspondence is contained in this series which is arranged by individual state. For the most part, these files have not been sorted with the exception of some special folders that have been identified for easier access, especially the files for Massachusetts.

Subseries 3 (Export Sales and Service) is made up of files from exporters, especially noteworthy are the files of the Remington Arms Co.-Export Division and Winchester Repeating Arms Co., 1927. Also included are subject files, i.e. the file for Frederick N. Bungey, export division of "S&W", (1924-1929); and finally correspondence for other locations: Canada, Caribbean, Central & South America, and other countries located throughout the world.

1924-1945
0.5 box, 0.2 linear ft.

Prior to 1924, Smith and Wesson exclusively manufactured firearms; thereafter, they took on miscellaneous work that was suitable to their machinery. Series: 4 contains files on some of these side-line ventures which were proposed, such as production of an automobile brake accessory and bookkeeping machine; and undertakings which were pursued by the company, such as a shock absorber, aircraft screw tool and dish washing machine parts. Especially well documented are the files for flush valves, which also contain some patent and design information.

1925-1967,
0.5 box, 0.2 linear ft.

These photos were separated from the general collection and have been cross-referenced with their original locations. The photos are of individuals, Ed McGivern (the famous sharpshooter), test bullets used in evidence, and other miscellaneous subject matters.

Contents List
Series 1. Administrative
1923-1973
1 box, 0.5 linear ft.

American Hardware Mfg. Assoc.-conference
1944-1945

Box 1:1
American Nationalist Committee
1945

Box 1:2
Angier, R.H.-consulting engineer
1928-1929

Box 1:3
Barrington Associates-economic research
1928

Box 1:4
Criminal Investigations-testimony
1924, 1926-1928

Box 1:5
Crossman, Captain E.C.-shooting game
1928

Box 1:6
Department of Commerce-Bureau of Standards
1929

Box 1:7
Note:
Department of Commerce-Geneva Conference
1925

Box 1:8
Douglas Aircraft Company-thank you card
1944

Box 1:9
Dun, R.G. & Co.-mercantile agency
1925-1927

Box 1:10
Employer's Association of Hamden County
1924-1926

Box 1:11
Equipment and supplies-office
(1924-1927) 1943

Box 1:12
Gun Legislation
1923-1929, 1943

Box 1:13-17
Harvard Band
1942

Box 1:18
"Hickory Level"-game preserve
1925

Box 1:19
Historical Items
1929, 1945

Box 1:20
International Patrol
1942

Box 1:21
Invitations
1927, 1945

Box 1:22
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
1925

Box 1:23
Memberships
1926, 1927, 1945, 1946

Box 1:24
National Safety Council
1943

Box 1:25
Newcomen Society of England
1945

Box 1:26
Newsletters-Smith & Wesson Company
1969, 1970

Box 1:27
Notary Public
1929

Box 1:28
Pershing, General J.J.-gift of revolver from Woodrow Wilson
1943

Box 1:29
Personnel
1925-1929, 1943-1945

Box 1:30
Post War Plans (WW-II)
1943-1945

Box 1:31
Prison Inmate Reform
1924, 1926

Box 1:32
Production Engineering Company
1945

Box 1:33
Prohibition Enforcement
1926

Box 1:34
Small Arms Industry Advisory Committee
1941, 1945

Box 1:35


Box 1:x-ref
Note:
Springfield Chamber of Commerce
1927-1928

Box 1:36
Note:
Symonds, Frank W.
1965, 1973

Box 1:37
United States Post Office-Department of The Solicitor
1927-1928

Box 1:38
United States Revolver Association
1927-1928

Box 1:39
Western Union Telegraph Co. & Telegraphic Code
1928-1929, 1945

Box 1:40
Series 2. Financial and Legal
1923-1945
1 box, 0.5 linear ft.

Affidavits and Oaths
1924-1928

Box 2:1


Box 2:x-ref
Note:
Audit (includes detailed chart of revolver sales, FY-1928)
1923-1928

Box 2:2
Audit
1945

Box 2:3
Bill of Sale for Scrap Materials
1926

Box 2:4
Chapin National Bank
1925-1927

Box 2:5


Box 2:x-ref
Note:

(see Roberts, Roberts, & Cushman; and Warren, Garfield, Whiteside & Lamson; see also other subject files this series and Series 4. Subsidiaries)

Debtors
1926-1927

Box 2:6
Dunham, Carrigan & Hayden Co.
1929

Box 2:7
Excise Tax, Massachusetts Business Corp.
1925

Box 2:8
Insurance
1925-1929, n.d.

Box 2:9
Insurance
1942, 1945

Box 2:10
Legal Notice-Assignment of Wages, Trustee Writs, etc.
1925-1929

Box 2:11-15
Manufacturers Appraisal Company-1918 Appraisal
1927

Box 2:16


Box 2:x-ref
Note:
Patent Protests
1928

Box 2:17
Patents
1925-1929

Box 2:18
Note:
Property-Stockbridge & Willow St.
1925

Box 2:19
Property-Wilbraham Road
1926-1927, 1945

Box 2:20
Roberts, Cushman & Woodberry
1926, 1929

Box 2:21
Roberts, Cushman & Woodberry -Sloan Company
1929

Box 2:22
Roberts, Cushman & Woodberry -Trademarks
1943

Box 2:23
Roberts, Roberts, & Cushman-Counselors at Law (Tariff Commission & "Alpha" revolver)
1924-1925

Box 2:24


Box 2:x-ref
Note:
Spring Rights
1925

Box 2:25
Springfield, City of-Assessor's & Treasurer's Offices
1927, 1943

Box 2:26
Stocks and Bonds
1925-1929, 1943, 1945

Box 2:27


Box 2:x-ref
Note:
Trademark-Australia
1929

Box 2:28
Trademark -Bolivia
1929

Box 2:29
Trademark -Brazil
1929

Box 2:30
Trademark -Czechoslovakia (mottled hammer and trigger)
1921, 1929

Box 2:31
Trademark -Great Britain (Monogram "S&W")
1929

Box 2:32
Trademark -Honduras
1929

Box 2:33
Trademark -Mexico
1929

Box 2:34
Trademark -renewals-Panama, Peru, Greece, Norway and Germany
1927

Box 2:35
Trademark -Spanish infringements in Guatemala
1929

Box 2:36
Trademark -"S & W" Hardware
1929

Box 2:37
Trademark -Turkey
1929

Box 2:38


Box 2:x-ref
Note:
United States Tariff Commission
1925

Box 2:39
Warren, Garfield, Whiteside, & Lamson-counselors at law (taxes)
1925-1927

Box 2:40-42
Series 3. Sales and Service
1920-1973
27 boxes, 13.5 linear ft.

Subject files: general



Anniston Warehouse Corporation-ordinance depot
1944

Box 3:1
Commission for Harry Guthrie
1925-1926

Box 3:2
Connors, Charles J.-manufacturers representative (Minnesota)
1945

Box 3:3
Correspondence-no addresses given
(1924-1927), 1945, n.d.

Box 3:4
Government Contracts, Commissions on
1942

Box 3:5
History of "Smith & Wesson"
1943, 1945

Box 3:6
Hotels
1924-1928

Box 3:7
Note:
Murray, David H.(Sales Manager)-personal
1943-1945

Box 3:8
National Rifle Association (N.R.A.)
1926-1927, 1943-1944

Box 3:9
Pistol Certificates
1924, 1926

Box 3:10
Post Cards (envelopes are stored in box-30)
1927, 1943-1945

Box 3:11
Prepaid Parts Shipment -bills
1926

Box 3:12
Promotional Propositions
1926-1929, (1942-1945)

Box 3:13
Repair -estimates
1925-1929, n.d.

Box 3:14
Repair -parts (actual pieces)
1925, n.d.

Box 3:15
Repair -tags & tickets


Box 3:16-17
Note:
Repaired Revolver Shipments
1926, 1929

Box 3:18
Revolver Barrel Troubles
1926

Box 3:19
Revolver Sketch
n.d.-

Box 3:20
Russell, John, Cutlery Company
1925

Box 3:21


Box 3:x-ref
Note:

(see Appendix--"Sharpshooters")

Skelly, J. J. (traveling salesman)
1927-1928

Box 3:22
Sketch (pencil sketch of old revolver)
n.d.

Box 3:23
Springfield Museum of Fine Arts (S & W Exhibit of Revolvers)
1944

Box 3:24
Targets, 20-yard revolver
n.d.

Box 3:25
United States Department of Commerce
1925, 1928, 1929

Box 3:26
United States Revolver Association
1928-1929

Box 3:27
Winchester Stores
1924-1929

Box 3:28
Note:

(see also Series 3. Sales and Service, Sub-series 2. Domestic Sales & Service- The Winchester/Simmons Co. Stores at: Atlanta (GA), Chicago (IL), St. Louis (MO), and Toledo (OH))

SUB-SERIES 1. ADVERTISING



Ads and Articles
1925-1929, n.d.

Box 4:1
Ads and Articles -postcards, tags, etc.
1924-1925, n.d.

Box 4:2
Circulars
1925-1929, n.d.

Box 4:3
Circulars -Hershey's
1944

Box 4:4
Correspondence:
1924-1929, 1943-1945

Box 4
A


Box 4:5
American Rifleman


Box 4:6
B-C


Box 4:7
D


Box 4:8
E-G


Box 4:9
H-L


Box 4:10
Livermore & Knight Co.


Box 4:11
Note:
M-O


Box 4:12
P


Box 4:13
Q-R


Box 4:14
Remington, William B., Inc.


Box 4:15
S


Box 4:16
"Sporting Goods Buyer"


Box 4:17
T-W


Box 4:18
Smith and Wesson Revolvers
ca. 1943

Box 4:19
Retail Prices
1925

Box 4:20
Suggested Retail Price Lists
1973

Box 4:21
SUB-SERIES 2. DOMESTIC SALES & SERVICE



Subject files: Firearms Manufacturers:



Colt Patent Firearms Manufacturing Co.
(1924-1928) 1945

Box 5:1
Harrington & Richardson Arms Co.
1925-1927

Box 5:2
Remington Arms Co.
1926-1929

Box 5:3
Note:
Savage Arms Corporation
1925

Box 5:4
Springfield Armory-Massachusetts
1925, 1928, 1944

Box 5:5
Stevens, J., Arms Co.
1928

Box 5:6
Winchester Repeating Arms Co.
1927-1928

Box 5:7
Note:
Railroads:



Akron, Canton & Youngstown Railway Co.
1927-1928

Box 5:8


Box 5:x-ref
Note:
American Railroad Express Company 1924, 1927


Box 5:9
Note:
Atlanta and West Point Railroad Co.
1924

Box 5:10
Atlanta, Birmingham & Atlantic Railway Co.
1924

Box 5:11
Atlantic Coast Line Railroad Co.
1924-1929

Box 5:12-13
Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Co.
1925-1929

Box 5:14
Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen
1926

Box 5:15


Box 5:x-ref
Note:
Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad Co.
1924-1928

Box 5:16
Note:
Chicago and North Western Railroad Co.
1924-1926

Box 5:17
Chicago Junction Railroad
1927-1928

Box 5:18
Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago & St. Louis R.R. Co.
1924

Box 5:19
Delaware, Lachawanna Western Railroad Co.
1926

Box 5:20
Florida East Coast Railway Co.
1926

Box 5:21
Georgia Railroad
1926

Box 5:22
Grand Trunk Railroad System
1928

Box 5:23
Illinois Central Railroad Co.
1925

Box 5:24
Lehigh Valley Railroad Co.
1927

Box 5:25
Louisville & Nashville Railroad Co.
1927

Box 5:26
Minneapolis, St. Paul & Sault Ste. Marie R.R. Co.
1924-1925

Box 5:27
Mississippi Central Railroad Co.
1924-1925

Box 5:28
Missouri Pacific Railroad Co.
1926-1928

Box 5:29
New York Central Railroad Co.
1924-1929

Box 5:30
New York, New Haven and Hartford Railway Co.
1926

Box 5:31
Nickel Plate Road
1926-1927

Box 5:32
Norfolk and Western Railway Co.
1923-1928

Box 5:33
Pennsylvania Railroads
1925-1928

Box 5:34
Rock Island Lines
1925

Box 5:35
Santa Fe Railroad
1924, 1927

Box 5:36
Seaboard Air Line Railway Co.
1924-1928

Box 5:37
Southern Railway Co.
1924-1929

Box 5:38
Southern Railroad System
1924-1929

Box 5:39
Tennessee Railroad Co.
1925-1926

Box 5:40
Toledo Terminal Railroad Co.
1924, 1927

Box 5:41
Union Pacific System
1924, 1926

Box 5:42
United States Government and Military:



Army
1928-1929

Box 6:43
Chemical Warfare Service
1943

Box 6:44
Coast Guard
1944

Box 6:45
Department of the Interior-Indian Service
1926, 1928

Box 6:46
Military Personnel (personal sales & service letters/orders while on active duty in the Armed Forces)
1924-1929, 1942-1946, n.d.

Box 6:48-51
Navy and Marines
1943-1944

Box 6:52
Post Office Department
1924-1929

Box 6:53
Treasury Department
1924-1926

Box 6:54
War Department
1928, 1944, n.d.

Box 6:55
Correspondence (by individual state)
1939, (1924-1929, 1942-1946)


Alabama


Box 7:56-60
Arizona


Box 7:61-62
Arkansas


Box 7:63-64
Alaska


Box 7:65
California


Box 8:66-70
California -Andrew Carrigan Company
1924, 1926

Box 8:71
California -Linforth, Paul S. (mfg. rep.)
1939, 1943

Box 8:72
Colorado


Box 8:73
Connecticut


Box 8:74-75
Delaware


Box 9:76
Delaware -E.I. Dupont de Nemours & Co. Inc. (with blueprint)
1927

Box 9:77
District of Columbia


Box 9:78
Florida


Box 9:79-85
Georgia


Box 10:86-91
Hawaii


Box 10:92
Idaho


Box 10:93
Idaho -Dudley, Erle P.
1945

Box 10:94
Illinois


Box 11:95-100
Illinois -Hibbard, Spencer, Bartlett & Co.
1925-1926

Box 11:101-104
Illinois -von Lengerke & Antoine
1924-1925

Box 11:105
Indiana


Box 12:106-109
Iowa


Box 12:110-112
Kansas


Box 12:113-114
Kentucky


Box 13:115-120
Kentucky -Bellenap Hardware & Mfg. Co.
1927

Box 13:121
Louisiana


Box 13:122-124
-Lee Hardware Co.


Box 13:125
Maine


Box 14:126
Maryland


Box 14:127
Massachusetts


Box 14:128-133
Massachusetts -Keyes, George H.


Box 14:134
Massachusetts -Springfield (Peerless Handcuff Co.)
1944

Box 14:135


Box 14:x-ref
Note:
Michigan


Box 15:136-139
Minnesota


Box 15:140-142
Note:
Mississippi


Box 16:143-145
Missouri


Box 16:146-151
Missouri -Schmelner C.
1924-1925

Box 16:152
Missouri -Wyeth Hardware & Mfg. Co.
1925-1927-

Box 16:153
Montana


Box 17:154
Montana -McGivern, Ed (sharpshooter, etc.)
1926, 1929, 1943

Box 17:155
Nebraska


Box 17:156-157
Nebraska -Lee Kountze Hardware Co.
1927

Box 17:158
Nevada


Box 17:159
New Hampshire


Box 17:160-161
New Jersey


Box 17:162-163
New Mexico


Box 17:164
New York


Box 17/18:165-176
New York -Weed & Co.
1927-1928

Box 17/18:177
North Carolina


Box 19:178-182
North Carolina -Abernethy, A.T. (pastor)
1929

Box 19:183
North Dakota


Box 19:184
Ohio


Box 19/20:185-193
Oklahoma


Box 19/20:194-195
Oregon


Box 19/20:196-197
Pennsylvania


Box 21:198-204
Pennsylvania -Tryon, Edward K.
1925-1929

Box 21:205
Rhode Island


Box 21:206
South Carolina


Box 22:207-210
South Dakota


Box 22:211
Tennessee


Box 22/23:212-217
Texas


Box 22/23:218-222
Utah


Box 24:223
Vermont


Box 24:224
Virginia


Box 24:225-229
Washington


Box 24:230-231
West Virginia


Box 25:232-237
Wisconsin


Box 25:238-239
Wyoming


Box 25:240
SUB-SERIES 3. EXPORT SALES & SERVICE



Exporters:



Arkell & Douglas, Inc.
1924-1927

Box 26:1
Astlett, H.A. & Co.
1927

Box 26:2
Davega
1928

Box 26:3
Donneli & Palmer
1926-1927

Box 26:4
Dunn, John, Son & Co.
1924

Box 26:5
Grace, W. R. & Co.
1926

Box 26:6
Hanberger-Polhemus Co.
1924-1925

Box 26:7
Hasenclever & Co.
1926-1927

Box 26:8
Hunter, John H. & Son, Inc.
1928

Box 26:9
Markt & Hammacher Co.
1924-1927

Box 26:10
Markt & Hammacher Co. & Schaefer Co.
1926, 1928

Box 26:11
Muller and Phipps (Asia) Limited
1927

Box 26:12
Pan-American Exporters
1925

Box 26:13
Pan-American Exporters Trading Company
1924-1928

Box 26:14
Remington Arms Company, Inc.-export
1927

Box 26:15
Schwab, H. W. & I.
1927

Box 26:16
Snow Shipping Company
1927-1929

Box 26:17
Winchester Repeating Arms Co.-export
1927

Box 26:18
Subject files:



American Exporter
1945

Box 26:19
American Express Company


Box 26:20
American Manufacturers Export Assoc.
1929

Box 26:21
Bungey, Federick N. (export div. S. & W.)
1924-1929

Box 26:22
Driggs Ordinance and Engineering Co. Inc.
1928

Box 26:23
First National Bank of Boston-foreign


Box 26:24
Foreign Credit Interchange Bureau
1926

Box 26:25
International Pan American Committee
1929

Box 26:26
International Trade Developer Corp.
1926

Box 26:27
Pan American Society
1945

Box 26:28
Correspondence-by geographical location



Canada
1924-1929, 1943-1946

Box 26:29-33
Canada-Defense Industries Limited
1944

Box 26:34
Caribbean



Cuba
1924-1929

Box 27:35-36
Dominican Republic
1924-1929

Box 27:37
Haiti
1924

Box 27:38
Jamaica
1929

Box 27:39
Puerto Rico
1923-1929

Box 27:40
Central America



Costa Rica
1924-1929

Box 27:41
El Salvador
1924-1929

Box 27:42
Guatemala
1925-1929

Box 27:43-44
Honduras
1925-1929

Box 27:45
Nicaragua
1925-1928

Box 27:46
Panama
1923-1928, 1943

Box 27:47
Panama of-Canal Zone
1925-1929

Box 27:48
Mexico
1923-1929

Box 27:49-50
Mexico
1943, 1945

Box 27:51
South America



Argentina
1924-1929

Box 28:52
Argentina -Martin Engstrom
1925-1929

Box 28:53-54
Bolivia
1927-1928

Box 28:55
Brazil
1924-1929, 1946

Box 28:56-61
Chile
1925-1929, 1943

Box 28:62
Columbia
1924-1928

Box 28:63
Ecuador
1924-1929

Box 28:64
Paraguay
1927-1928

Box 28:65
Peru
1922-1929

Box 28:66
Uruguay
1924, 1928

Box 28:67
Other Countries Throughout the World



Afghanistan
1925

Box 29:68
Africa
1925, 1927, 1945

Box 29:69
Australia
1925-1927, 1944

Box 29:70
Austria
1927

Box 29:71
Belgium
1926-1929

Box 29:72
Burma
1927

Box 29:73
China
(1922-1929), 1944-1945

Box 29:74
Dutch East Indies (Indonesia)
1929

Box 29:75
Egypt
1927, n.d.

Box 29:76
England
1924-1929, 1945

Box 29:77
Finland
n.d.

Box 29:78
France
1920, 1925-1929 1944-1945

Box 29:79
Germany
1924-1929

Box 29:80
Greece
1925, 1927

Box 29:81
Hong Kong
1926-1927

Box 29:82
Hungary
1927-1928

Box 29:83
India
1924-1926

Box 29:84


Box 29:x-ref
Note:
Iran
1945

Box 29:85
Israel-Palestine (Crown Agents for the Colonies)
1924

Box 29:86
Italy
1924-1928

Box 29:87
Malaysia
1927

Box 29:88
Nigeria
1928

Box 29:89
Norway
1942

Box 29:90
Philippines
1924-1929

Box 29:91
Poland
1927-1929

Box 29:92
Russia
1928

Box 29:93
Siam
1927

Box 29:94
Sicily
1924, 1926

Box 29:95
South Africa, Union of
1943

Box 29:96
Spain
1921, 1925, 1927

Box 29:97
Spain -Balearic Islands
1927

Box 29:98
Sweden
1926-1928

Box 29:99
Switzerland


Box 29:100
Thailand
1927

Box 29:101
Turkey
1925-1928

Box 29:102


Box 29:x-ref
Note:
Series 4. Subsidiaries
1924-1945
0.5 box, 0.2 linear ft.

Automatic Wrench Corporation (letter of interest)
1927

Box 30:1
Automobile Attachment (letter of interest)
1928

Box 30:2
Daley Exerciser (letter of interest)
1928

Box 30:3
Electric Drills (patent search)
1925

Box 30:4
Flashlight Sighting Device w/sketch (offer)
1929

Box 30:5
Flush Valve-Toilet (production of)
1927-1928, 1943, 1945

Box 30:6
Flush Valve-Toilet -application for "S&W" trademark
1929

Box 30:7
Flush Valve-Toilet -dishwashing machine (bid form)
1942-1943

Box 30:8
Flush Valve-Toilet -Livermore & Knight Co. (ads)
1928-1929

Box 30:9
Flush Valve-Toilet -Milner, Henry J. (engineer)
1927

Box 30:10
Flush Valve-Toilet -Patents (counselors-Roberts, Cushman & Woodberry)
1929

Box 30:11
Hinges (S.& W. negative reply to offer)
1928

Box 30:12
Miscellaneous inventions offered for mfg.-accepted and denied
1924-1929, 1945

Box 30:13
National Car Advertising Co. (contract search)
1924

Box 30:14
Safety Razor (decline of offer)
1928

Box 30:15
Shook Absorbers (production of)
1926-1927

Box 30:16
Series 5. Photographs
1925-1967,
0.5 box, 0.2 linear ft.

Alfonso, Rafael-Cuban Embassy, Washington, D.C. (revolver-1926)
1927

Box 30:1
Ashman, Samuel- West Yellowstone, Montana (2 full body photos w/ fish & bobcat)
1926

Box 30:2
Austin, William G.- Michigan (revolver-.22 caliber-1910)
1945

Box 30:3
Bliss, J. E.- Iowa City, Iowa (full body photo w/ sixgun)
1927

Box 30:4
Department of Commerce- Bureau of Standards (4 photos of bullets w/ barrel markings)
1929

Box 30:5
Note:
Gaunaurd, Celestino- Habana, Cuba
1927

Box 30:6
von Henneberg, F. W.- Massachusetts (full body photo showing sharpshooting)
1925

Box 30:7
McGivern, Ed- Montana (shooting contest)
1926

Box 30:8
Miles, Clarence F.- Massachusetts (rifle manufactured by Frank Wesson, ca. 1873)
1943

Box 30:9
Pedroso, Juaquin- Habana, Cuba (5 full body photos showing stance)
1927

Box 30:10
Police Department- Newark, New Jersey (automatic pistol- 635 caliber)
n.d.

Box 30:11
Siess, James- Bossier City, Louisiana (old revolver, ca. 1860)
1967

Box 30:12

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Subjects
  • Firearm--Law and legislation.
  • Firearms industry and trade--Connecticut.
  • Hand guns.
  • Parker, Amos, b. 1792.

Contributors
  • National Rifle Association
  • Small Arms Industry Association
  • Smith and Wesson Company
  • United States Revolver Association

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