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Whitney Arms Company papers

Call Number: MS 618

Scope and Contents

Correspondence, financial papers, and miscellanea of the Whitney Arms Company of New Haven, Connecticut.


  • 1862-1886


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection are in the public domain. There are no restrictions on use. Copyright status for other collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of the New Haven Water Company, 1947.


1.5 Linear Feet

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

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Correspondence, financial papers, and miscellanea of the Whitney Arms Company of New Haven, Connecticut.

Biographical / Historical

The Whitney Arms Company was established in New Haven by Eli Whitney, who sought to create a more accurate musket, that would still be durable enough for use by soldiers. He located the plant on both sides of the Mill River. Though founded in 1798, operations were still small at the time of Whitney's death in 1825. The factory was eventually handed down to Whitney's son, Eli Whitney, Jr., who ran the company for much of the nineteenth century. In 1888, the Whitney Arms Company was sold to the Winchester Repeating Arms Company.

Guide to the Whitney Arms Company Papers
Under Revision
compiled by Marguerite S. Witkop
January 1980
Description rules
Finding Aid Created In Accordance With Manuscripts And Archives Processing Manual
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Part of the Manuscripts and Archives Repository

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