University of Connecticut

Yale & Towne Manufactoring Co. Records

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Overview of the
Records

History

Scope and Content

Organization

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative
Information

 

Detailed Description

Series I: History, n.d.,
1878-2001

Series II: Oral Histories and
Employee Memoirs, n.d., 1874-2001

Series III: Strike History,
1869-1988

 

Yale & Towne Manufacturing Company
Records

Finding aid prepared by Francesca Ford.

Finding aid encoded by Betsy Pittman in 2002 and
2003.

This finding aid was prepared with generous support from
the Connecticut Humanities Council.

© 2003 University of Connecticut

Overview of the
Records

Creator: University of Connecticut–Stamford. Yale &
Towne Project.
Title: Yale & Towne Manufcturing Company Records.
Dates: 1869-2001
Abstract: Yale & Towne Manufacturing Company was
established in 1868 by Linus Yale and Henry Towne in
Stamford, Connecticut. Yale & Towne Manufacturing
was the leading employer in the Stamford, Connecticut,
area for many years.
Quantity: 2.5 linear feet
Identification: MSS20020113

History

Yale & Towne Manufacturing Company was established
in 1868 by Linus Yale and Henry Towne in Stamford,
Connecticut. Linus Yale was the inventor of the tumbler
lock. He died in New York on December 24, 1868, never
knowing that his company would become the leading
manufacturer of locks in the world. Henry Towne expanded
the company from locks to materials handling in 1875. Yale
& Towne Manufacturing was the leading employer in the
Stamford, Connecticut, area.

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Scope and Content

The collection contains a broad range of materials
documenting building history, union strikes, and employee
memoirs at the Yale & Towne Manufacturing Company in
Stamford, Connecticut, including correspondence, newspaper
articles, magazine articles, oral history audio tapes,
photographs, video tapes, maps and artifacts.

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Organization

Series I: History (n.d., 1878 –
2001) consists of maps, photographs, and
videotape.
Series II: Oral Histories and Employee
Memoirs
(n.d., 1874 – 2001) consists of audio
tapes collected by University of Connecticut students,
as well as photographs and newspaper clippings donated
to the Yale & Towne Project by former
employees.
Series III: Strike History (1869 –
1988) contains newspaper articles collected by
University of Connecticut students and research
conducted by David Kelly for his thesis at Yale
University entitled “The Strike at Yale & Towne and
the Stamford General Strike” which is also included in
the collection.

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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

There are no access restrictions on this collection.

Restrictions on Use

Permission to publish from these Papers must be obtained
in writing from both the University of Connecticut
Libraries and the owner(s) of the copyright.

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Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following
controlled access subject terms.
Organizations:
Yale & Towne Manufacturing Company
Places:
Stamford (Conn.)
Subjects:
Hardware Connecticut History.
Locks and keys Connecticut History.
Manufactures Connecticut.
Stamford (Conn.) Business, industries and trades
Manufactures.
Stamford (Conn.) Labor.
Trademarks Connecticut Stamford History
Sources.
Document Types:
Artifacts.
Audiotapes.
Correspondence.
Interviews.
Magazines.
Maps.
Newspaper clippings.
Oral histories.
Photographs
Videotapes.

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Related
Material

Separated Material

Hennessy, Thomas F. Locks and lockmakers of
America.
Rev. 3rd. ed. Park Ridge, Ill.: Locksmith
Publishing Corp., c1997. Call Number 3

#887: The Yale & Towne Manufacturing Company vs.
Yale’s Hardware Store. Appellant’s brief. Superior Court,
No. 43277. June 26, 1934
Fairfield County, CT: Supreme
Court of Errors of the State of Connecticut. October Term,
1934. Call Number 4

Same as above, except instead of Appellant’s brief, the
title is: Plaintiff’s appeal from Superior Court for
Fairfield County
. (2 copies) Call Number 5

Fifty Years of a Successful Industry, 1868-1918.
Stamford, CT: Yale & Towne Manufacturing Company,
c1919. Call Number 2

History of the Trade-Mark “Yale.” 4th edition .
Stamford, CT: Yale & Towne Manufacturing Company,
c1930. Call Number 1

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Administrative
Information

Preferred
Citation

[Item, Folder #], Yale & Towne Manufacturing Company
Records. Jeremy Richard Library, University of Connecticut
Libraries.

Acquisition
Information

Collected by the Yale & Towne Project and University
of Connecticut–Stamford students and presented to the
Jeremy Richard Library in July 2002.

Accruals

Additional materials were added to the collection in
November 2002 and December 2003.

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Detailed
Description

Series I: History, n.d., 1878-2001

1:1 Site History, 1978
1:2 Site, 19th Century photo reproductions including
Stamford Historical Society Collection, n.d.
1:3 Site Map, Photo reproduction, 1908
1:4 Henry Street building, construction, 1920
1:5 Building description/history, 1980
1:6 Demolition, photos and negatives, 1982
1:7 Site photo, 1982
1:8 Environmental Impact Study, 1983
1:9 Site Photos, 2001 March
1:10 Site Photos from Christine Irwin, 2000 May 5
1:11 National Register Nomination, and correspondence,
1980
1:12 Urban Development Action Grant/Newspaper article
“Developer Abandons Plan for Yale & Towne Project”,
1979
2:13 Four factory scenes, photo reproductions, 1900
Stamford Historical Society Collection Photo
reproductions
[photocopy] 1900
1920
1945-1946
ca. 1950
Historic Neighborhood News, Spring,
2000-2001
3 “Stamford” Beers Atlas [photo reproduction],
1878
“Birds Eye View Stamford” [photo reproduction],
1883
Daily Advocate supplememt, 1912 April 3
“Once a Lock Company”, Stamford Advocate,
n.d.
Saturday Evening Post Advertisements, 1910
September 24 and October 15
5 Site Tour video tape, 2001 April
Yale & Towne site map, March 1921
Shelf “Plot Plan of Yale & Towne Mfg. Co.”, map
mounted on plywood, 1921 March
1:13 “Discovering the Lost World of Yale & Towne”,
Historic Neighborhood News, Spring 2000
2:27 “Wages and Hours of Work in the Lock and Wood Screw
Industries”, State of Connecticut, Department of Labor,
May 1937
2:28 The Magazine of Management, 1948 Fall
6:43 Strike accounts (New York, Bridgeport and Stamford,
Connecticut papers), 1945 November – 1946 April
4 Heather Alexander’s Project Notes for “Unlocking
Yale & Towne: The Impact of a Giant Industry on its
Surroundings, 1868-1955″, 2001-2003

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Series II: Oral Histories and Employee Memoirs,
n.d., 1874-2001

2:13 Stamford Advocate article, 1874 May 8
Yale & Towne Advertisement, n.d.
Stamford Advocate article, n.d.
Stamford Advocate article, 1934 May 27
2:14 Worker housing newspaper articles, 1926 March
5
2:15 Al Koprowski letter, 2000 June 21
2:16 Employee sports photos and articles, 1922-1923
“Yaletowne’s Girl Bowlers Grown Famous”, Photograph
from Stamford Advocate, ca. 1927
2:17 Hogan Family memoirs, photos and newspaper
articles, 1922-2000
2:18 Mehan Family memoirs, photos and correspondence,
1942-1993
2:19 Apprentice School photos and oral history,
1909-1946
2:23 Employee memoirs correspondence, 1918-2001
2:24 Lock Museum History, photos, 2001
2:25 25 Ann Durland Files, n.d.
2:26 Yale & Towne vs. Yale Hardware Store, 1936
2:28 “We Cut the Finest Keys”, photographs of commerical
key sign, n.d.
2:29 “Yale in the World of Tomorrow”, pamphlet from New
York World’s Fair, 1939
3 “Linus Yale, Jr., Lock Expert”, advertisement from
Saturday Evening Post 1910 October 15
“Mr. Never-Close-the Door, Mr.
Always-Slam-the-Door-Goodbye”, Advertisement from
Saturday Evening Post, 1910 September 24
“Once a Lock Company”, Stamford Advocate,
n.d.
Wartime Identification Badge, n.d.
“Your Earnings Record”, Record of earnings of Helen
Gacher Cossett, 1937-1951
5 Employee badge, Lucy Bivona, 1943
Oral History audiotape Ed Chrostowski, 2001
Oral History audiotape Bruno Cornilio, 2001
Oral History audiotape Helen Gacher Cossett,
2001
Oral History audiotape Jean Davis, 2001
Oral History audiotape Ann Duplex, 2001
Oral History audiotape Ann Durland, 2001
Oral History audiotape Jane Karwoski, 2001
Oral History videotape John Valmis, Ann Durland,
and Frank Spisinski, 2001
Oral History audiotape Lucy Bivona Morabito,
2001
Oral History audiotape Carmine Salvatore and
Dominic Sabia, 2001
Oral History audiotape Ron Salvatore, 2001
Oral History audiotape Frank Spisinski, 2001
Oral History audiotape Jerome Sturm, 2001
Oral History audiotape Charles Vail, 2001
Oral History audiotape Julius Wilensky, 2001
Oral History videotape Paul Lee, 2001
5:Binder Transcript of Julius Wilensky, Manager Yale &
Towne, oral history, 2001
Transcript of John Valmis, Ann Durland, and Frank
Spiniski, employees of Yale & Towne, videotape,
2001
Transcript of Carmine Salvatore and Dominic Sabia,
employees of Yale & Towne, oral history, 2001
Transcript of Jerome Sturm, Union Lawyer for the
International Association of Machinists, oral history,
2001
Transcript of John Valmis, employee of Yale &
Towne, oral history, 2001
Letter from Jack Cavanaugh, reminiscences of work
at Yale & Towne, 1999
Letter from John Valmis, reminiscences of work at
Yale & Towne, 2000

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Series III: Strike History, 1869-1988

2:20 Correspondence and newspaper article, 1890
2:21 Union organization efforts, 1937
2:22 Newspaper articles, 1945-1980
David Kelly thesis “The Strike at Yale & Towne
and the Stamford General Strike”, 1988 May 18
6:27 Stamford Advocate articles [photo
reproductions], 1869-1870
6:28 Stamford Advocate articles [photo
reproductions], 1873-1874
6:29 Stamford Advocate articles [photo
reproductions], 1890
6:30 Stamford Advocate articles [photo
reproductions], 1892
6:31 Stamford Advocate articles [photo
reproductions], 1894
6:32 Stamford Advocate articles [photo
reproductions], 1945 March – May
6:33 Stamford Advocate articles [photo
reproductions], 1945 September – October
6:34 Stamford Advocate articles [photo
reproductions], 1945 November – December
6:35 Stamford Advocate articles [photo
reproductions], 1946 January
6:36 Stamford Advocate articles [photo
reproductions], 1946 February
6:37 Stamford Advocate articles [photo
reproductions], 1946 March
6:38 Stamford Advocate articles [photo
reproductions], 1946 April
6:39 Stamford Advocate articles [photo
reproductions], 1947 February
4:40 David Kelly’s Research Notebook Volume I, n.d.
4:41 David Kelly’s Research Notebook Volume II,
n.d.
6:42 David Kelly’s Research Notebook Volume III,
n.d.
6:43 Periodical accounts of strike, November 1945-April
1946
3 Life Magazine, 1946 January 14
Newspaper article “Unions in a Company Town”, 1983
October 30

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