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Stearns-Ames collection, [ca. 1838-1894]

Stearns-Ames collection, [ca. 1838-1894]

Ames Manufacturing Company. Bronze Foundry

Collection Information

Size: 0.2 linear ft. (on partial microfilm reel)

Summary: Correspondence, castings record, financial materials, photographs and printed materials relating primarily to the work of the Bronze Division of the Ames Manufacturing Company.

Biographical/Historical Note

The Ames Manufacturing Company, Chicopee, Massachusetts, was founded in 1835 by James Tyler Ames and his brother, Nathan Peabody Ames. The company manufactured small tools, cotton machinery, swords, cannons, and did casting of bells. It began manufacturing large bronze statuary circa 1850.


Donated 1986 by Malcolm Stearns, Jr., who purchased them from Parke Bernet, New York, in the 1960s. There are numerous notations on the backs of letters and photographs. It is not known who added this information.

Additional Forms Available

Microfilm reel 3828 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm. Contact Reference Services for more information.

How to Cite This Collection

Stearns-Ames collection, [ca. 1838-1894]. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.