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Smith and Wesson Company

Smith & Wesson Records, 1920-1973.
30 boxes (15 linear feet).
Call no.: MS 267

World famous handgun and handcuff-manufacturing company founded in Springfield, Massachusetts in the 1850s.

The Smith and Wesson records are 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.

Historical Note
1854 Patent of February 14th is filed under the name of Smith and Wesson for a metallic cartridge repeating magazine pistol and rifle.
1855 On April 3rd, No. 1 seven shot Smith & Wesson .22 caliber revolver is patented; it is manufactured until 1861.
1856 Books for the partnership of Smith & Wesson are opened.
1857 In 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.
1858 J. 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.
1859 Joseph M. Hall is made bookkeeper. He takes over for D.B. Wesson who kept the books of account for the first two years.
1860s Besides having to deal with domestic competition, Smith & Wesson find their pistols being copied abroad, where they hold no patents.
1860 Smith & 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.
1861 Production of Model No.1, second issue, .32 rimfire starts and continues till 1868.
1862 Employees at the factory number 154, including 14 women out of 36 workers in the ammunition department.
1864 Horace 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.
1866 The 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.
1867 Smith & 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.
1867-1874 Charles A. King serves as superintendent of the S. & W. factory.
1870s By far the largest amount of business transacted with any one customer is Smith & Wesson’s series of contracts with the Russian Imperial Government.
Mid-1870s Martin 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.
1871 Walter 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.
1874 W. & 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.
1877 Smith & 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.
1877/1878 About 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.)
1878 Completion 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.
1879 At 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.
1880 First double action produced by Smith & Wesson is a .38 caliber.
1881 Joe H. Wesson contracts to work for one year in the machine shop as a machinist and draftsman.
1882 Walter H. Wesson made a partner in the firm.
1887 Frank Wesson loses his life in a railroad accident, Joe Wesson becomes a partner in the firm.
1893 Horace Smith dies on January 15th, in Springfield. First single shot .22 model is introduced.
1903 Smith & Wesson manufactures a revolver for the .32 long cartridge.
1906 Daniel B. Wesson dies on August 4th, at the age of eighty-one.
1917-1918 During World War 1, the U.S. purchases 153,311 of the justly famed Model-1917 side-swing revolver.
1921 Smith & Wesson begins the manufacture of handcuffs and continues to make them up to 1940; and thereafter, they are reintroduced in 1952.
1922 Smith & Wesson is incorporated under the laws of Massachusetts on December 20, 1922.
1924 In September the company branches out into the manufacture of small water motors. The plant has 185,000 sq. ft.
1925 Officers: Harold Wesson- President, D. B. Wesson- Vice President, F. H. Wesson- Treasurer, George Chapin- Clerk.
1930s A truly target grade .32 cal. gun is put together in the late 1930s.
1945 Plant 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.
1957 Officers: President- Carl R. Hellstrom, V. President & Treasurer Frank H. Wesson, Sales Manager- Harold 0. Austin, Assistant Plant Manager- Daniel B. Wesson.
1965 Smith & 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.
1973 According 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.
1984 As stated in Moody’s Industrial Manual, Smith & Wesson is acquired by Lear-Siegler Inc., February 24, 1984.
1986 The 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.


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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

Sponsor
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Language
English.


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

Subjects
  • Pistols--Design and construction
Contributors
  • National Rifle Association
  • Small Arms Industry Advisory Committee
  • Smith and Wesson
  • United States Revolver Association
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