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COLLECTION Identifier: Mss:59 ca. 1790-1956 S432

Scovill Manufacturing Company records

Scope and Contents

Correspondence, daybooks, inventory books, payrolls, invoices, sales records, and order books. Letter books cover the Chicago and New York City stores as well as the Waterbury, Conn., office. Includes correspondence with the Welsbach Company, a customer, 1898-1913. Also includes World War I office files; employment office records and advertising material from the post-World War I period; maps, plans, and photos; recordings of World War II events; and research reports.

Includes a fragmented copy of a deed to mill and land in Waterbury, Connecticut, dated July 3, 1788. The property may have been purchased in 1808 by Abel Porter & Company, which eventually became Scovill Manufacturing Company. There are also extracts of deeds and mortgages to land owned by William K. Lamson, brother-in-law of James Scovill (1764-1825), circa 1800, and a copy of a survey of Connecticut land known as the Rowley farm, circa 1814, which later was the site of a brass factory operated by Holmes, Hotchkiss, Brown & Elton.


  • 1788-1956


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321 linear feet (942 volumes, 174 boxes, 81 cartons)

Biographical / Historical

Manufacturer of brass objects such as buttons and other fasteners, screws, parts for lamps, tools, etc. Also manufactured daguerrotype plates and photographic supplies. Located in Waterbury, Connecticut. Incorporated in 1850, but the business extended back at least until 1802. Among firms which became part of Scovill were Matthews and Willard, Schrader, Hamilton-Beach, American Pin, and Morency, Van Buren.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Scovill Manufacturing Company records consist of multiple gifts from Yale University between 1970 to 1978.
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Repository Details

Part of the Baker Library Special Collections, Harvard Business School, Harvard University Repository

Baker Library Special Collections holds unique resources that focus on the evolution of business and industry, as well as the records of the Harvard Business School, documenting the institution's development over the last century. These rich and varied collections support research in a diverse range of fields such as business, economic, social and cultural history as well as the history of science and technology.

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