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MS 162 - Winchester and Marlin Firearm Catalogues and Literature


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Box MS162.01

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Title: MS 162 - Winchester and Marlin Firearm Catalogues and Literature, 1933-1999Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1960-1999

Primary Creator: Winchester Repeating Arms Company

Other Creators: Marlin Firearms

Extent: 1.0 Boxes

Arrangement: Winchester and Marlin catalogs and price lists are arranged according to date.

Date Acquired: 12/00/1999. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: Firearms

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Collection includes Winchester catalogs 1960-1999; Winchester price lists begin in 1933 and end in 1991 but are not complete.

Marlin price lists consist of the years 1946, 1953, 1961 and 1982; Marlin catalogs include 1960, 1962-1999, and a parts catalog.

Collection Historical Note

Winchester began in New Haven, Connecticut, in 1849 as the New Haven Arms Company.  Purchased by Olin Family’s Western Cartridge Company in 1931 Winchester became the Winchester-Western Co. During World War II the company was acquired by the GIAT Industries (Groupement des Industries de l’Armee de Terre, Army’s Industry Group) owner of Browning Arms and Fabrique Nationale (FN) of Belgium. In the early 1980’s Winchester headquarters moved from New Haven to Alton, IL and the Olin Corporation diversified its interests in firearms through plants in Hingham, Massachusetts, and Japan. The former New Haven headquarters became the U. S. Repeating Arms Company which manufactured ammunition for Winchester firearms. In 1981 employees of the Winchester Corporation purchased the gun-manufacturing division but difficult times during the 1980’s lead to its sale to investors in 1987. Winchester now manufactures only in the United States under the name U.S. Repeating Arms Company. Marlin Firearms Company is considered the oldest family owned firearms company in the United States.

Started in New Haven Connecticut in 1863 by John Mahlon Marlin, Marlin manufactured pistols until the introduction of Ballard rifles in 1875. In 1881 the first lever-action repeating rifle made his company famous and the business was incorporated as the Marlin Firearms Company. During 1915 the capital stock and the Marlin plant were purchased by William P. Bonbright & Co. Inc. under a contract with Albert F. Rockwell. In 1917 Marlin Firearms reorganized and purchased the Hopkins & Allen Arms Company. Despite the efforts to hold on to the company it failed to meet mortgage payments and went into foreclosure in 1922. In 1924 Frank Kenna purchased the buildings that housed the Marlin Firearms Company for $100.00 at a sheriff’s sale. In 1926, after negotiating with the bank to purchase the mortgage of The Marlin Fire Arms Company for $95,000, Kenna reincorporated the company as Marlin Firearms.

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Administrative Information

Repository: McCracken Research Library

Accruals: Winchester 1982 Catalog ADW07-1181, Gift of Jim Nielson, 1998/03/11

Access Restrictions: McCracken Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials. Restrictions may exist on reproduction, quotation or publication. Contact McCracken Research Library for more information.

Acquisition Source: Gift of James S. Rhodebeck, December, 1999.

Preferred Citation:

MS 162 Winchester and Marlin Firearms Catalogs and Literature Collection, McCracken

Research Library, Buffalo Bill Historical Center.

Box and Folder Listing

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Box MS162.01Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 1: Winchester CatalogsAdd to your cart.
Folder 162.1.01-4: Winchester-Western annual catalogs, 1960 to 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 162.1.05-8: Winchester Firearms annual catalogs, 1982 to 1999Add to your cart.
Folder 162.1.0009: Component parts and price books, 1933 , 1960Add to your cart.
Folder 162.1.0010: Annual Price ListsAdd to your cart.
Dates included: 1952, 1954, 1955, 1957, 1972, 1973, 1987, and 1990.
Folder 162.1.0011: Winchester-Colt Commemorative Set Flyer, undatedAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 2: Marlin CatalogsAdd to your cart.
Folder 162.1.0012: Marlin advertisements for 336 rifle, 1949 , 1955Add to your cart.
Folder 162.1.13-7: Marlin Annual Catalogs, 1960 to 1999Add to your cart.
No catalog for 1961.
Folder 162.1.0018: Marlin annual price lists & correspondenceAdd to your cart.
Dates included: 1940, 1941, and 1953.
Folder 162.1.0019: Marlin component parts and price booksAdd to your cart.
Dates included: 1946, 1961, 1982, and undated.

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