Inventory of the Morse Twist Drill & Machine Company Records In the New Bedford Whaling Museum Research LibraryProcessed by: Jalien Hollister; machine-readable finding aid created by: Mark ProcknikInventory of the Morse Twist Drill & Machine Company Records In the New Bedford Whaling Museum Research Library

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Historical Note

Scope and Content Note

Information for Researchers

Administrative Information

Description

Added Entries

Inventory of the Morse Twist Drill & Machine Company Records

In the New Bedford Whaling Museum Research Library



Title:
Morse Twist Drill & Machine Company Records
Date Span:
1860-1975
Creator:
Morse Twist Drill & Machine Company
Mss Number:
Mss 116
Extent:
42 linear feet
Abstract:
Administrative records, financial records, legal papers, patents, employee records, buildings and property, advertising, exhibitions, history, public relations and photographs from the Morse Twist Drill & Machine Company, 1860-1975.
Repository:
New Bedford Whaling Museum Research Library
Whaling Museum: (508) 997-0046
Maritime Curator/Librarian: (508) 717-6837

Historical Note

Stephen Ambrose Morse invented the "Morse Patent Straight-Lip Increase Twist Drill" in 1861 and patented it in 1863. The following year, he found interested investors in New Bedford, and a company was organized and funded with $30,000 in capital stock. The original building was a two story wooden building. Mr. Morse left the company shortly thereafter.

In 1889 the capital stock increased to $600,000 and the buildings covered an area equal to one mile. During its first 25 years the company diversified and made other tools, chucks, reamers, and taps. It is also notable that the original board of directors was unchanged with the exception of the addition of Mr. Edward Taber as treasurer.

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Scope and Content Note

The Morse Twist Drill & Machine Company Collection consists of administrative records, financial records, legal papers, patents, employee records, buildings and property, advertising, exhibitions, history, public relations and photographs documenting a New Bedford business during the years 1860-1975.

These papers have been arranged as one collection while maintaining their original provenance as noted on the folders. Many papers were found in their original bundles held together by rubber bands or paper bands. In these cases, the papers were kept as a group and designated as (1 of 2), (2 of 2), etc. The bulk of the papers (1865-1925) represent the early years of the company and the people involved in its early success.

The photographs found in 1990 were removed directly to the photo archives. The photographs found with the 2005 papers have been removed and noted in the separation sheets found with their associated papers in the folders.

Oversize materials have been removed to oversize storage as designated by the separation sheets found in the folders from which they were removed. The oversize bound volumes have been removed to the shelf location.

Arrangement of Collection

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Information for Researchers

Access to Collections

Unrestricted. Consult librarian for an appointment.

Preferred Citation

New Bedford Whaling Museum Research Library Mss 116, [sub-group, series, sub-series, folder/volume as appropriate], [item]

Copyright Notice

The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted materials. The Privacy Act of 1974 (5 United States Code 552a) governs the use of materials that document private individuals, groups, and corporations.

Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a reproduction if the document does not infringe the privacy rights of an individual, group, or corporation. These specified conditions of authorized use include:

- non-commercial and non-profit study, scholarship, research, or teaching
- criticism or commentary
- as a NBWM archives preservation or security copy for research use
- as a research copy for deposit in another institution

If the researcher later uses a copy or reproduction for purposes in excess of "fair use," the researcher is personally liable for copyright, privacy, or publicity infringement and agrees to indemnify the New Bedford Whaling Museum from any legal action as a result of the error. Permission to obtain a photographic, xerographic, digital, or other copy of a document does not indicate permission to publish, exhibit, perform, reproduce, sell, distribute, or prepare derivative works from the document without permission from the copyright holder and from any private individual, group, or corporation shown or otherwise recorded.

Permission to publish, exhibit, perform, reproduce, prepare derivative works from, sell, or otherwise distribute the item must be obtained separately in writing from the holder of the original copyright (or if the creator is dead, from his/her heirs) as well as from any individual(s), groups, or corporations whose name, image, recorded words, or private information (e.g. employment information) may be reproduced in the source material. The holder of the original copyright is not necessarily the New Bedford Whaling Museum. The New Bedford Whaling Museum is not legally liable for copyright, privacy, or publicity infringement when materials are wrongfully used after being provided to researchers for "fair use."

This institution reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order if fulfillment of the order is judged in violation of copyright or federal or state privacy law. This institution also places restrictions on the use of cameras, photocopiers, and scanners in the research room.

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Administrative Information

Provenance

The Morse Twist Drill & Machine Company Records were acquired by the New Bedford Whaling Museum through multiple accessionsduring the years 1990 and 2005: B90-40, B90-41 and 2005.19. The 1990 accessions were papers taken, with permission, directly from the Morse Twist Drill & Machine Co. building by members of the Museum. The 2005 accession was acquired through a private party who had found the papers in the building prior to its demolition.

Processing Information

Processed by: Jalien Hollister, 2007

Encoded by: Mark Procknik, 1 August 2013

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Description

Please Consult Research Library for Detailed Description of Collection

Series I: Administrative Records, 1864-1915, 1921-1947 [1.75 linear feet]
The administrative records consist of corporate records, board of director records and correspondence. The corporate records consist of the early incorporation records from 1864. The director's records consist of corporation meetings, minutes and reports. Edward S. Taber's papers are also included. The correspondence is largely from other people and companies.
Series II: Financial Records, 1864-1953, 1968-1969 [6 linear feet]
Financial records consists of stock certificates (1864-1899) and other stock holder information. Balance sheets consist of ledger books, balance sheets and manufacturing account statements. Sales accounts and other accounts consist of sales accounts and other accounts. Orders and invoices consist of orders and invoices from numerous individuals and companies. Receipts, notes and inventories consist of receipts for orders for drills and other goods. Financial notes, bonds and obligations consist of receipts and other documents concerning Morse Twist Drill & Machine Company financial dealings. Depreciation and inventories consist of accounts for building, land, machinery and tools and their depreciation. This series also includes accounts of lists and inventories of machines and tools. Price Lists consist of collected price list materials, brochures, lists and discount sheets. Massachusetts Taxes consists of state tax forms and correspondence with the Massachusetts tax commissioner and the Department of Corporations and Taxation. IRS Taxes consists of tax forms and correspondence with the IRS.
Series III: Legal Papers, 1868-1940 [1.75 linear feet]
Legal Papers consists of legal suits and briefs, correspondence, the American Standard Tool Co. Legal Suit and the Brown and Sharpe Legal Suit, in addition to contracts and agreements.
Series IV: Patents, 1864-1906 [2 linear feet]
Series IV contains patent letters, patent circulars, and other patent materials. This series also includes patent assignments and agreements in addition to related correspondence. The G. R. Stetson papers are arranged collectively because they are so numerous.
Series V: Employee's Records, 1864-1931, 1937-1944 [1.5 linear feet]
Employee's records consists of bonds, contracts, and agreements, in addition to payroll and salaries. This series also contains papers related to employee relations, the Massachusetts Department of Corporations and Taxation, the United States Department of Labor, unions, National War Labor Board, and Related Material.
Series VI: Buildings and Property, 1873, 1880-1906, 1915-1924, 1939, 1948, 1997 [6 inches]
Buildings and property records consist of materials related to the property and buildings owned by the Morse Twist Drill & Machine Company. Drawings of the buildings are also included.
Series VII: Publications, 1872, 1877-1974, 1987 [6 linear feet]
Series VII consists of catalogs and associated papers, in addition to non-Morse catalogs, price lists, guides, manuals, in-House publications, and collected newspaper articles.
Series VIII: Advertising, 1864, 1880-1906, 1925-1970 [1.25 linear feet]
Advertising records consist of ads, ads in publications, ads in flyers, ads in pamphlets, newspaper advertising, printer's proofs, and advertising ephemera.
Series IX: Exhibitions, 1875-1905 [3 inches]
Seris IX contains materials related to exhibitions, including the U.S. Centennial Exhibit, the World's Columbian Exposition, among others.
Series X: History, 1864-1914, 1921-1923, 1940, 1947, 1961, 1966, 1984 [4 inches]
This series consists of various accounts written over the years about the history of Morse Twist Drill & Machine Company in addition to the history of drilling.
Series XI: Public Relations, 1947-1963 [8 inches]
Public relations records contain materials relating to events for Morse Twist Drill & Machine Company customers.
Series XII: Technical Papers, 1818, 1854, 1868-1898, 1908-1910, 1925-1939 [6 inches]
Series XII consists of papers found in the collection documenting the technical aspect of making drills.
Series XIII: Associated Materials, 1888, 1901-1903, 1917, 1944-1947, 1972 [6 inches]
Related materials consist of extraneous papers found in the collection.
Series XIV: Photographs, 1864, 1911-1917, 1938, 1964
All photographs in this collection have been removed to the photo archives.

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Added Entries

Accounts
Business records
Electric drills
Electric drills--History
Industries--New Bedford
Legal briefs
Legal documents
Models (Patents)
Morse Twist Drill and Machine Company (New Bedford, Mass.)
Morse Twist Drill and Machine Company (New Bedford, Mass.)--History
New Bedford (Mass.)--Industries

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