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The E-Sylum:  Volume 11, Number 14, April 6, 2008, Article 6

SCOVILL MANUFACTURING EMPLOYEES GRAY BUTLER AND EDWARD DAVIS

Web site visitor Roberta (Butler) Palmeri writes: "I was
doing some research online, looking for anything about our
late family friend Edward H. Davis. I was surprised to find
all of this information about him, and also about Scovill
Manufacturing of Waterbury CT. My father, Gray L. Butler,
was a manufacturing engineer at Scovill's for many years,
and he was a close friend of Mr. Davis. How interesting!
After my father passed away in 1984, we discovered several
large metal file cabinets full of patents from Scovill Mfg."

"This whole thing started when I began investigating the
history of a painting hanging in our hallway, a gift from
Mr. Davis during the 1960's. He was famous for his worldly
travels and had quite a collection of dusty old things in
his home back then.

"The history behind any individual can be fascinating ...
visiting your website surely educated me about such things
that I thought were permanently buried, along with my father,
Mr. Davis and Scovill Manufacturing Co."

[I put Roberta in touch with Dick Johnson and George Fuld,
who had provided us with the information on Scovill.
Roberta's email address is rpalmeri100@comcast.net, and
she would be happy to learn if anyone has additional
information on her father or Mr. Davis. -Editor]

Dick responded: "I did considerable research on Scovill a
decade ago. My specific interests were the die engravers
who worked for the company over its history. I found 59 of
these and documented their vital records (birth, death &
such). I even tracked down the dies Scovill had on hand
when they went out of business.

"The best resources I found were at the Waterbury Public
Library, Mattituck Museum, but best of all, most records
are in the Baker Library at Harvard Business School at
Harvard University, where records on the officers are
located. I searched the dies at the Connecticut State
Library and Pennsylvania State Library."

 HOW MUSEUMS HANDLE DIES: THE SCOVILL DIE EXPERIENCE
 esylum_v09n09a15.html

 ACCOUNT OF THE FULD VISIT TO SCOVILL MANUFACTURING COMPANY
 esylum_v09n12a03.html

 PORTION OF SCOVILL ARCHIVES SAVED FROM DESTRUCTION
 esylum_v09n15a15.html

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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