Hardware Trade Catalog Collection


Quantity:  34 volumes (4 linear feet)
Access: Open for research
Acquisition: Donated by the New York State Office of General Services, October 17, 2006
Processed by: H.E. Weltin, Senior Librarian

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Historical Note

The trade catalogs that make up this collection were used first by the New York State Department of Architecture and later the New York State Department of Public Works, Division of Architecture (the predecessor agencies to the New York State Office of General Services) to identify and order hardware for state office buildings they maintained. These buildings included the State Education Building and the State Capitol, both in Albany.

Scope and Content Note

Trade catalogs from the first half of the twentieth century featuring hardware, in particular hardware and locks for doors, windows, and cabinets.

E. V. Rockwood's name appears on a number of the catalogs in this collection.  Rockwood must have been an employee of the Department of Public Works, Division of Architecture, but his exact function within the department is not known.  A 1937 letter from William E. Haugaard, Commissioner of Architecture, and its reply can be found in Ives, catalogue number 16.

The collection is arranged alphabetically by company name.

Company Product Line Date
Albany Hardware & Iron Co. (Albany, N.Y.) general hardware ca. 1925
Clark Witbeck Co. (Schenectady, N.Y.) general hardware 1921
Corbin (New Britain, Conn.)
aka Corbin Cabinet Lock Company, and P&F Corbin. ("Successor to the American Hardware Corporation" printed on catalog)
locks 1938 and 1940
Eagle Lock Co. (Terryville, Conn.) locks 1914
H.S. Getty & Co. (Philadelphia, Pa.) hardware for doors and windows 1941, 1951, and 1964
Glynn-Johnson Corporation (La Porte, Ind.) door holding devices 1932, 1941
H.B. Ives Co. (New Haven, Conn.) hardware for windows and doors ca. late 1920s and 1931
Lockwood Manufacturing Co. (South Norwalk, Conn.)
aka Lockwood Hardware Manufacturing Co. (Fitchburg, Mass.)
hardware for doors 1914 and 1932
National Lock Co. (Rockford, Ill.) general hardware (called the "Rockford Line of Hardware" on the earlier catalog) no dates
Norwalk Lock Company (South Norwalk, Conn.) and Segal Lock & Hardware Co. locks 1926 and 1939 (with supplements to 1957)
Reading Hardware Company (Reading, Pa.) hardware for windows and doors ca. 1909, 1931, and ca. 1947
Richards-Wilcox Manufacturing Co. (Aurora, Ill.) hardware for doors and elevators 1928 and no date
Oscar C. Rixson Co. (Chicago, Ill.) hardware for doors 1940 (2 copies)
Russell & Erwin Division, The American Hardware Corporation (New Britain. Conn.).  Used "Russwin" as trademark and trade name. hardware for doors 1909 and ca. 1950s.
Sargent & Co. (New Haven, Conn.) hardware for doors 1916, 1922, 1926, and no date
Yale & Towne Manufacturing Co. (Stamford, Conn.) locks and hardware for doors ca. 1910 and no dates
Non-catalog item: Binder labeled "Old Standard Hardware Specifications, 1926 & 1928 with notes & revisions." Contains pages from catalogs, copies of forms, handwritten notes and lists, and typewritten notes and lists.    ca. 1928
Last Updated: May 24, 2021