Raynors HCA 2018-10
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Manuscript Letter Signed “Roswell Lee” 1pp. quarto, U.S. Armory Springfield, December 20, 1820, addressed to Hon. Saml. Lothrop, and reads in part: “...During the last and present year, an excellent forge has been erecteed & put into successful operation for the purpose of working up our borings, turnings and other seraps, and drawing such drafts as are wanted for the Armory; by which it is believed a clear saving will be made of at least $1,000 a year....” Fine condition. The Springfield Armory, located in the city of Springfield, Massachusetts, was the primary center for the manufacture of United States military firearms from 1777 until its closing in 1968, it was one of the first factories in the United States dedicated to the manufacture of weapons. The site is preserved as the Springfield Armory National Historic Site, Western Massachusetts' only unit of the national park system. It features the world's largest collection of historic American firearms. Famous first as the United States' primary arsenal during the American Revolutionary War, and then as the scene of a confrontation during Shays' Rebellion, the Springfield Armory in the 19th and 20th centuries became the site of numerous technological innovations of global importance, including interchangeable parts, the assembly line style of mass production, and modern business practices, such as hourly wages. Numerous firearm models produced at the Springfield Armory from 1794 to 1968 were referred to as "Springfield rifles". The Springfield Armory also contributed to improved business management techniques. Colonel Roswell Lee, hired as superintendent in 1815, brought centralized authority, cost accounting for payroll, time, and materials, and increased discipline to a manufacturing environment—all business practices still in use today.
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Superintendent Lt. Colonel Roswell Lee Reports On The Springfield Armory

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