Collection ID: M.96

Collection context

Summary

Creator:
Waterbury Farrel Foundry and Machine Company (1880)
Date:
1890-1962
Abstract:
The Waterbury Farrel Foundry and Machine Company made metal-working industrial machines.With the growing brass industry in Waterbury in the mid 1800s, there was a need for metal-working machinery and quicker repair services. This collection is largely composed of photographs and descriptions of the machines as well as product catalogs from the twentieth century.
Extent:
2 Linear Feet and 1 records center carton, 1 manuscript box, and 9 volumes
Language:
English .

Background

Rules or conventions:
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Scope and Content:

The Waterbury Farrel Foundry and Machine Company made metal-working industrial machines. With the growing brass industry in Waterbury in the mid 1800s, there was a need for metal-working machinery and quicker repair services.

In this collection there are photographs with descriptions of machines, product catalogs, training manuals which were probably used in the apprenticeship program, the employee bulletin Farrelite, and hand written notes about the industrial machines.

Biographical / Historical:

The Farrel Foundry Company started in Ansonia, CT in 1848. It was founded by a man named Almon Farrel along with his son Franklin Farrel. They built a small iron and brass foundry along with a machine shop. With the growing brass industry in Waterbury, there was a need for metal-working machinery and quicker repair services. The Farrel's took this as an opportunity to expand their company and they opened another branch in Waterbury in 1851. This branch was eventually purchased by its manager, Edward C. Lewis in 1880. It became a separate corporation with a new name of Waterbury Farrel Foundry and Machine Co. The company grew exponentially throughout the years. In 1926 the company instituted an apprentice training school to help with the increased demand of engineers, skilled mechanics, and toolmakers. In 1994 the company purchased a location in Brampton, Ontario. The plant in Waterbury eventually shut down and it was all moved to Canada where it is still operating to this day under the name Waterbury Farrel, Inc.

Access

LOCATION OF THIS COLLECTION:
63 Prospect St
Waterbury, CT, USA
CONTACT:
(203) 753-0381
scrawford@mattmuseum.org