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New England Fireworks Company Records

 Collection — Container: MS 3985
Call Number: MS 3985

Scope and Contents

This collection documents the business transactions of the New England Fireworks Company, which produced fireworks from raw materials. Located in Springfield, Massachusetts, the majority of its customers were located throughout New England, although the company took a special order from a firm in Florida to create signal flares. Of interest are the advertisements printed on company stationary that promote their business to fireworks manufacturers, and notes from the Code Authority Board of the Pyrotechnic Manufacturing Industry.

Records include correspondence and invoices from suppliers and commission requests from prospective clients.


  • 1927-1934
  • Majority of material found in 1927-1930


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The collection is open for research.

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Biographical / Historical


1915 - Company is dissolved by an act of the General Court.

1927 - $15,000.00 fine is paid to the state of Massachusetts.

1929 - Company goes out of business.

1930 - Plant burns down in Thompsonville, Connecticut.

Note written by Emmalia Harrington


0.25 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

Language of Materials



Arranged chronogically

Method of Acquisition

Purchased from Charles Apfelbaum Rare Manuscripts and Archives, 2008.

Processing Information

Finding aid written by Emmalia Harrington, March 2009.

Processing Information

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