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Edwin S. Cramp papers

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Edwin S. Cramp was the President of the Standard Arms Company which operated out of Wilmington, Delaware. The company was involved in producing and selling the Smith-Condit military rifle to various governments, including those of Great Britain and China. This endeavor included a business agreement between the Standard Arms Company and the Vickers, Sons & Maxim, Ltd. company of Great Britain.

Although Cramp resigned as President of the Standard Arms Company in March, 1909, he continued to be involved with the company and its business. He was also involved with establishing the American Control & Equipment Company, which sought to secure commissions and contracts for war material, ships, railroads, and the development of natural resources in foreign countries.

Biographical information derived from the collection.

This collection consists of correspondence (1905-1910) to and from Edwin S. Cramp during and after his term as President of the Standard Arms Company. Five individuals figure prominently in this collection: E. S. Cramp, Irenee DuPont (Vice-President of Standard Arms from 1908), Charles M. Dally (private dealer of armaments), H. C. Wilson (Captain and later Major in the U. S. military and associated with the Sub-Target Gun Company), and B. Atwood Robinson (President of the Sub-Target Gun Company). The correspondence primarily concerns the development of designs for automatic machine-guns, and the negotiation of contracts supplying these guns to the military of Great Britain, Russia, and China. The prominent companies involved include: the Standard Arms Company, the Sub-Target Gun Company, the Smith-condit Arms Company, and the American Control & Equipment Company, (USA); the Vickers, Sons & Maxim, Ltd., and the Birmingham Small Arms Company, (Great Britain); and the Hotchkiss Company (France).

Also included in the collection are financial reports of Sir W. G. Armstrong, Whitworth & Co. and Vickers, Sons & Maxim, Ltd. and contemporary newspaper clippings concerning Russia, China, Great Britain, and France.

Box 1: Shelved in SPEC MSS manuscript boxes

Removals: Shelved in SPEC MSS oversize boxes (24 inches)

A digital copy of material in this collection is available at the University of Delaware Digital Institutional Repository.

Purchase, 1990

Processed by Lori Bridgers, 1991. Encoded by Jaime Margalotti, November 2021.

Publisher
University of Delaware Library Special Collections
Finding Aid Author
University of Delaware Library, Special Collections
Finding Aid Date
2021 November 10
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Collection Inventory

C. M. Dally, 1905 October-November.
Box 1 Folder F1
Scope and Contents

Sale of arms to various companies,testing and inspection of rifles and automatics

Physical Description

5 items

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  1. C. M. Dally, 1905 October-November
C. M. Dally, W. D. Condit, E. S. Cramp, 1907 April-July.
Box 1 Folder F2
Scope and Contents

Design of automatic machine-gun for presentation to British government

Physical Description

10 items

Wm. K. DuPont (V.P. of Standard Arms), C. M. Dally, E. S. Cramp, 1907 August.
Box 1 Folder F3
Physical Description

8 items

E. S. Cramp, C. M. Dally, Wm. K. DuPont, 1907 September-December.
Box 1 Folder F4
Scope and Contents

DuPont dies in December

Physical Description

12 items

E. S. Cramp, A. L. Dawson (of Vickers, Sons & Maxim), I. DuPont, C. M. Dally, H. C. Wilson., 1908 March-December.
Box 1 Folder F5
Scope and Contents

Patent of noiseless guns

Physical Description

11 items

E. S. Cramp, H. C. Wilson, C. M. Dally, F. L. Emery, 1909 January.
Box 1 Folder F6
Scope and Contents

Co-operation with Hotchkiss, development of gun for Chinese military

Physical Description

11 items

I. DuPont, E. S. Cramp, F. L. Emery, H. C. Wilson, 1909 February.
Box 1 Folder F7
Scope and Contents

Development of military rifle, proposed negotiations with China, Britain, Russia

Physical Description

10 items

E. S. Cramp, C. M. Dally, W. D. Condit, H. C. Wilson, F. E. Muzzy, G. A. Lee, 1909 March.
Box 1 Folder F8
Scope and Contents

Contract between Cramp and Standard Arms, business between Standard Arms and Sub-Target Co., resignation of Cramp

Physical Description

13 items

E. S. Cramp, I. DuPont, C. M. Dally, B. A. Robinson, 1909 April-July.
Box 1 Folder F9
Scope and Contents

Arms supplies for Russia and China

Physical Description

11 items

E. S. Cramp, H. C. Wilson, B. A. Robinson, C. M. Dally, I. DuPont, 1909 August-December.
Box 1 Folder F10
Scope and Contents

Design of silencer for machine guns

Physical Description

11 items

E. S. Cramp, B. A. Robinson, C. M. Dally, H. C. Wilson, 1910 January.
Box 1 Folder F11
Scope and Contents

Sale of arms to China, establishment of American Control & Equipment Company

Physical Description

11 items

E. S. Cramp, B. A. Robinson, C. M. Dally, H. C. Wilson, R. E. Budlong, 1910 February-March.
Box 1 Folder F12
Scope and Contents

Same as F11

Physical Description

11 items

R. E. Budlong, E. S. Cramp, H. C. Wilson, B. A. Robinson, 1910 April.
Box 1 Folder F13
Scope and Contents

Same as F12

Physical Description

13 items

E. S. Cramp, H. C. Wilson, I. DuPont, R. E. Budlong, 1910 May.
Box 1 Folder F14
Scope and Contents

Same as F11

Physical Description

14 items

E. S. Cramp, C. M. Dally, H. C. Wilson, B. A. Robinson., 1910 June-September.
Box 1 Folder F15
Scope and Contents

Same as F11

Physical Description

12 items

E. S. Cramp, B. A. Robinson, C. M. Dally., 1910 October-December; undated.
Box 1 Folder F16
Scope and Contents

Sale of arms to China, Britain, folding of Standard Arms

Physical Description

9 items

Miscellaneous, 1899-1903, 1909-1910, undated.
Box 1 Folder F17
Scope and Contents

Brief financial reports of Sir W. G. Armstrong, Whitworth & Co. and Vickers, Sons & Maxim, Ltd. Also newspaper clippings about Russia, China, Great Britain, France

Physical Description

12 items

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