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American Car and Foundry Company World War II era photographs

Accession 1993.257

Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library


PO Box 3630
Wilmington, Delaware, 19807
302-658-2400
research@hagley.org

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[Description and dates], Box/folder number, American Car and Foundry Company World War II era photographs (Accession 1993.257), Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807

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Descriptive Summary

Title: American Car and Foundry Company World War II era photographs
Dates: 1943-1944
Accession Number: 1993.257
Creator: Sanborn Studio
Extent: 16 items
Physical Description: 15 photographic prints : b&w ; 8 x 10 in. or smaller. 1 item (medal).
Location: GL Box 1.
Language of Material: English
Repository: Hagley Museum and Library: Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department
Abstract: American Car & Foundry Company purchased the Jackson and Sharp Company of Wilmington, Delaware, in 1901. From the end of World War One to 1938, the plant built small pleasure boats. These photographs document different activities at the American Car & Foundry Company shipyard in Wilmington, Delaware, during World War Two. There are several photos taken on the occasion of the presentation of the Army-Navy "E" award (1942).
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Administrative Information


Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

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Historical Note

American Car & Foundry Company purchased the Jackson and Sharp Company of Wilmington, Delaware, in 1901. From the end of World War One to 1938, the plant built small pleasure boats. During World War Two, its production was devoted to building landing barges, LCM tank lighters, aluminum pontons, plywood smoke barges for the American forces and YMS minesweepers for the British Navy. The plant was closed around 1945.

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Scope and Content

These photographs document different activities at the American Car & Foundry Company shipyard in Wilmington, Delaware, during World War Two. There are several photos taken on the occasion of the presentation of the Army-Navy "E" award (1942). Images show ship launchings, shipbuilding, BYMS British motor minesweepers, an undated bird's eye view of the A.C.F. plant, and caricatures of A.C.F. draftsman, Robert C. Martin. There are magazine clippings of three A.C.F. advertisements showing landing craft (one was published in The Marine News, April 1943) and a few other clippings. The collection includes a small medal with the words, "War Service Ship Building," and the image of a ship.

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Access Points

American Car and Foundry Company--Employees.
American Car and Foundry Company--Miscellanea.
American Car and Foundry Company.
Bird's-eye view prints--Delaware--Wilmington.
Clippings.
Shipbuilding--United States.
USS Swivel ARS 36 (Ship).
War rallies--Delaware--Wilmington.
World War, 1939-1945--Equipment and supplies.
World War, 1939-1945--War work.
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