Lamson and Sessions records

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Lamson and Sessions records

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Special Collections and Archives

Lamson and Sessions records

Lamson and Sessions records

Finding Aid

Prepared by Paul W. Gregor, August 7, 1995; Last Updated: January 2021


Storage Note: This collection is housed in a climate-controlled environment off site and requires at least up to three weeks for retrieval. Please call or email the department with requests for this material prior to planning your visit. Oversized materials remain in Special Collections and Archives.


Historical Note: In 1866 the company that later became Lamson and Sessions was founded in Mt. Carmel, CT., by Thomas Lamson, Isaac Lamson, and Samuel Sessions. The company produced nuts and bolts. In 1869 the Corliss steam engine eliminated the company's dependence on water power, and enabled the ownership to move the company to Cleveland. In 1883, the company became a corporation. In 1921 it merged with the Falls Rivet Company of Kent, begun in 1914 by Roy H. Smith. Subsequently, the company continued to expand. Roy H. Smith served as President for many years preceding his death in 1963. Lamson and Sessions has since undergone many changes. Today they own Midland Steel and other manufacturing divisions. Only one segment of the company, located in Sylmar, CA., continues the production of "fasteners," specifically nuts, bolts, and rivets for the aviation industry. Other divisions produce truck body assemblies, plastic pipe and fittings, telecommunications fluid duct and drainage conduit, and electrical conduit.

Arrangement: The files in this series are grouped by subject and listed chronologically.


Box 23
Folder -- Contents

  1. Publications: "Bolts, Nuts and Screws," compiled by A.E.R. Peterka, 1941
  2. Property Deed and Blueprints
  3. Correspondence and Miscellaneous, 1914-1926
  4. Patents -- Correspondence -- Sketches -- Blueprints, 1920-1929
  5. Blueprints -- Correspondence -- Bureau of Water Works, 1920
  6. Correspondence -- Photograph -- American Bolt Company, 1931
  7. Correspondence -- James A. Eden proposal, 1933-1936
  8. National Recovery Administration (NRA), 1933
  9. Correspondence -- American Steel and Wire Company, 1934-1936
  10. Correspondence -- The "Arenz Thread"
  11. Correspondence -- from John Hassall Inc., 1935
  12. Correspondence -- from Robert Heller and Associates, 1934-1935
  13. Correspondence -- to and from Ralph Upson 1936-1937
  14. Correspondence -- Miscellaneous, 1930-1939
  15. Blueprints -- Correspondence -- Kent City Park, 1934-1939
  16. Correspondence -- Tables -- Graphs -- Capital Expenditures, 1940-1949
  17. Newsletters -- Miscellaneous -- Veteran's Apprenticeship Program, 1940-1949
  18. Photographs -- Veteran's Apprenticeship Program, 1940-1949
  19. Smith, Alexander M., "Screw Threads" reprint of article published in The Iron Age, August 22, 1940
  20. Reports -- Cost Accounting -- Time Studies, 1950-1959
  21. Correspondence -- to and from Delcevare King, 1950-1959
  22. Report -- McKinsey and Company (consultants) "Review of Executive Compensation," 1955
  23. Report -- Lamson and Sessions to Prudential Insurance as part of loan request, 1956
  24. Report -- Luce, Smith, and Scott, Inc. "Insurance Survey," 1957
  25. Report -- Delcevare King -- "The Lamson and Sessions Company , 1957 and 1958," 1957
  26. Reports -- Annual -- Consolidated Financials, 1939, 1946-1960
  27. Clipping -- Obituary of R. H. Smith, November 10, 1963
  28. Reports -- Shareholders -- Consultants and Internal -- Board Minutes, 1960-1969
  29. Reports -- Quarterly, 1968-1972
  30. Clippings -- Correspondence -- Photographs -- Ray Smith, dedication of Smith Hall, KSU, 1969
  31. Report -- Capital Expenditures Audit: Birmingham (AL) facility, Kent (OH) facility, 197x (undated)
  32. Reports -- Correspondence -- Board Minutes, 1970
  33. Reports -- Board Minutes, 1971
  34. Reports -- 1968-1971 Annuals -- Audited Financial Statements, 1970-1971
  35. Reports -- Board Minutes -- Financials, 1972
  36. Proposal of Services -- Peat Marwick Mitchell and Co. 1972, Arthur Young and Company, 1972
  37. Reports -- Tender offer for Youngstown Steel Door Company, August 1976
  38. Reports (Internal) -- Strategic Plan for Fastener Group, 1978-1980
  39. Reports -- Board Minutes, 1980-1982
  40. Reports -- Board of Directors and Audit Committee, 1980
  41. Advertisements
  42. Miscellaneous

Box 24
Folder -- Contents

  1. Photographs (Oversize) -- (3) Board of Directors 1965, 1966, and undated
  2. Photographs -- (9) Chicago (IL) -- shop floor, storm damage, 1946-1968
  3. Photographs -- (15) Kent (OH) New addition open house and ribbon cutting, Oct. 20, 1948
  4. Photographs -- (11) Kent (OH) Personnel in various departments, 1948, 1953
  5. Photographs -- (3) Fellowship Presentation, October, 1949
  6. Photographs -- (14) Cleveland (OH), West 85th St. -- Wire Mill interiors, Rod heading process and machinery, 1950, 1955
  7. Photographs -- (2) Cleveland Personnel Visiting Kent, January 1951
  8. Photographs -- (8) Birmingham (AL) -- Shop floor 1952, 1953
  9. Photographs -- (6) Kent (OH) Exterior of facility, Executives 1953, 1954, 1956
  10. Photographs -- (7) Years of Service Award Presentation 1953, 1959, 1960
  11. Photographs -- (26) Testimonial Dinner honoring R.H. Smith, Jan. 26, 1955
  12. Photographs -- (26) Cleveland (OH) -- Machinery (punch presses, shavers), Finished products, 1955, 1956
  13. Photographs -- (12) Cleveland (OH), Tiedeman Road site and groundbreaking, 1955-1956
  14. Photographs -- (4) Industrial Engineering Conference May 1955
  15. Photographs -- (2) Award for E Bond Sales, 1956
  16. Photographs -- (4) Christmas Party Dec. 20, 1959
  17. Photographs -- (10) Sales Conference 1960, 1961, 1966
  18. Photographs -- (12) Cleveland (OH) construction of new addition, 1961
  19. Photographs -- (4) New York Stock Exchange, first trade 1968
  20. Photographs -- (9) Miscellaneous Factories and Personnel -- various locations

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