Smith & Winchester Manufacturing Company records
- Smith & Winchester Manufacturing Co. (Organization)
Conditions Governing Access
Five volumes in Series VI. Employment records contain personal information and are restricted for 80 years from the date of their creation. They are v.269, v.270, and v.271 (payroll books) and v.288 and v.289 (time books).
Extent157 linear feet (345 volumes, 29 boxes, 17 cartons, 51 flat boxes)
Phelps & Spafford flourished until the financial crash of 1837, when the company's losses forced it to close. The partners sold the business to Charles Smith and Harvey Winchester, two employees who were also Spafford's brothers-in-law. Re-organized as Smith, Winchester & Company, the firm continued to grow and sold its papermaking and related machines to mills in the U. S. market—including to California's first paper company in 1856—and global markets such as Canada, Mexico, India, Japan, China, Europe, and South America. Through the 19th century, Smith, Winchester developed and produced innovative papermaking equipment, such as paper cutting and paper-bag-making machines. The company was incorporated in 1905 as the Smith & Winchester Manufacturing Company. It continued as an independent business until 1965, when it was purchased by Cameron Machines. The company was sold to H. L. Diehl in 1969, and its manufacturing operations ceased soon after.
- Series I. Financial records, 1833-1960
- Series II. Manufacturing records, 1877-1953
- Series III. Shipping records, 1875-1950
- Series IV. Orders and salesrecords, 1879-c. 1950s
- Series V. Correspondence, 1845-1934
- Series VI. Employment records, 1879-1960
- Series VII. Corporation and legal documents, 1860-1908
- Series VIII. Advertisements, 1888-c. 1940
- Series IX. Affiliated business records and personal papers, 1840-1959
- Series X. Drawings, c. 1870s-1944
- Series XI. Photographs, undated, 1923, 1945
- Series XII. Memorabilia, undated, c. 1934
Transferred to Baker Old Class Collection:
- Pray, Thomas, Jr. Twenty years with the indicator. (Boston: American Steam Gauge and Valve Mfg. Co., 1909, c1908)QSRC.05 P921 1909 (call number)
- Post's paper mill directory (New York: L. D. Post)ENV :49 P851904/05-1905/06, 1910, 1914-1915, 1919, 1922-1923, 1926, 1928-1929 (call number)
- Lockwood's directory of the paper and allied trades (New York, Vance Pub. Corp.) ENV :49 L811903/1904, 1906-1907, 1910, 1913-1920, 1922-1929, 1931-1934, 1938-1944, 1946, 1949-1950(call number)
- Smith & Winchester Manufacturing Co. collection of ephemera. Baker Business Historical Collections -- Baker Old Class RBK S642
Transferred to Trade Catalog Collection:
- Paper and pulp mill catalogue (Chicago, Ill.: Edward B. Fritz, [c1923]-) RIAV.62 P214 1924-1930, 1932-1934(call number)
- Smith, Winchester & Co. Descriptive catalogue of Paper machinery (Hartford, Conn.: Case, Lockwood & Brainard Co., 1876) RIAV.62 S642 2 copies (call number)
By: Laura Morris, Gena Pliakas, and Tim Mahoney
- Account books.
- Calenders (Papermaking)
- Paper bag industry.
- Paper industry.
- Paper mills – Equipment and supplies.
- Papermaking machinery industry.
- Papermaking machinery.
- Papermaking – Equipment and supplies
- Smith & Winchester Manufacturing Co.
- South Windham (Conn.)
- Smith & Winchester Manufacturing Co. Smith & Winchester Manufacturing Co. Records, 1833-1960 (inclusive): A Finding Aid
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