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West Point Foundry
Research Materials Directory


Series 02-1A Maps & Deeds

 Deed: H. Dykeman and wife to West Point Foundry 1887.
 Map: Cold Spring showing residences, no date.
 Map: West Point Foundry, no date.
 Note: See Haida Collection WPF archive, Binder 1,4 large maps (copies).

Series 02-1

B Related topics
Cornwall Wall Furnace, Pennsylvania, 1985.Brochures.
Making Iron & Steel The Historic Processes 1700-1900, Jack Chard, 1995.
Jules Verne De La Terre a La Lune, in French language, features book front and print image of the foundry. Undated.
Diary transcription: Elbridge R.Hills, cadet at West Point. July 24, 1865 pertains to a visit to the West Point Foundry to view the casting of Col. Parrott’s guns.
John Ferguson Weir, The Gun Foundry, 1866, oil, 461/2 x 62. At the Putnam County Historical Society.

1.Magazine of Art, American Processional, 1950.  A chronological show of the scientific and technological advances in America as expressed by artists.

2. Letter: written by DeWolf Perry to W.C. Bryant, II, September 20, 1973.  The contents of letter pertain to Weir paintings.

3. A. Letter 1, written by Charlotte Eaton to Dr. Ed. Ezell, August 27, 1986 a request to identity functions of machinery
in Weir painting.

    B. Letter 2, written by Ed. Ezell to C. Eaton, October 9, 1986. His response to identify functions on painting.  He writes of enclosed thesis, however, this paper is not attached.

    C. Diagram of painting and identifications.  Original and copy.

4. A selection of critical review of Weir’s paintings.  Undated.

5. The Recollections of John Ferguson Weir, p52, and re: the Foundry Cartoon.

6. Letter/note: written by unidentified person to Mr. Paulding pertaining to the Weir painting.


Series 02-1C Putnam County

 Incorporation of Cold Spring, April 20, 1870.
 Notes: General to Cold Spring and Foundry.
 Historical Collections of the State of New York, John W. Barber and  Henry Howe, 1842.  P449-451  Putnam County, West Point Foundry,
 Robinson House, etc.
 The Sunday Star, Peekskill, August 7, 1983, "Cold Spring, The Birth of a  Village”, Kathy Daley.
Series 02-1 D. West Point Foundry

Jean Saunders, Curator of WPHS
A Brief History of The West Point Foundry Cold Spring, New York, Jean Saunders, Curator of Putnam County Historical Society, 1972.
Notes taken in the hand of Jean Saunders, Curator of the Putnam County Historical Society, undated, photocopies. Set of three groups of notes.  The information gathered ranged from genealogy to foundry data.
West Point Foundry, Jean Saunders, December 1976, an overview.

Fred H. M. Dunseith, former employee and historian
 Cold Spring History Before 1896, excerpts, Fred H. M. Dunseith.  Written in rhyme time style, undated.
 “It was in 1818…” Fred H.M. Dunseith, undated.  The subject is the West Point Foundry.  History of the West Point Foundry, author unidentified, undated.  Although the author of this essay is unidentified, it is in the Dunseith style.


Series 02-1 D. West Point Foundry - General

Excerpts from The Early History of Cold Spring, West Point Foundry, by Marvin Wilson, 1886.  This is a handwritten transcription.
Note about the West Point Foundry; author unidentified, February 1965.
The West Point Foundry, New York State Historical Association Proceedings of the Seventeenth Annual meeting, 1916.
West Point Foundry Site Historical Data Outline, 1677-1861, excerpt from the Brill Report.
The West Point Foundry, Cornell Sugar Machinery Catalog.
Notes: taken from letters pertaining to the West Point Foundry. This group of notes appears to be partial bits of data from letters.
Notes: general pertaining to Foundry, handwritten.
The Foundry at Cold Spring, chapter 5.  This written material is from an unidentified book.  2 copies.
Newspaper, Annual meeting Oct. 12th, at Memorial Library, G. Kemble, President.  2 copies.
Newspaper, Annual meeting at Mrs. Butterfield’s. Topic of discussion was the Parrott Gun and its developer.
Chaining the Hudson - The Fight for the River in the American Revolution, Lincoln Diamant, 1981.
Notes: handwritten, general with information to 1973.
Newspaper article, untitled, West Point Foundry and photo.
Newspaper article, Bit of History about Cold Spring and Parrot’s Gun Factory source and date unknown.
Newspaper article, History of Philipstown, Nelson DeLanoy,  #344, November 4, 1981, refers to the foundry bill.
Notes handwritten referring to foundry and employees.
Newspaper, The Sunday Star, August 7, 1983, features Cold Spring and The West Point Foundry.
Thomas Davenport and his Descendants, 1962, general information re: Foundry.
Notes: from the diary of Peter Kemble, 1812 and 1817.  The subject of the writing is the Cold Spring location for a business, the river accesses and a road.
Friends of West Point Library Newsletter, #19, October 1991,
Fortifications in America: the Importance of West Point, Marguerita Z. Herman.  West Point Foundry located adjacent to West Point Academy.
Newspaper article, Harriman Park Aided in 7 Wars, undated.
Archeology, magazine, Summer 1994, Industrial Archeology, High-Caliber Discovery.


Series 02-1E. Civil War

New York State
New York State and the Civil War, May 1962, published by the NY Civil War Centennial Commission.
West Point Foundry: Contribution to Civil War Effort, Susan Chitwood, Putnam County Days, and June 13, 1998.
Civil War Days in a Country Village, Colin T. Naylor, Jr., Highland Press, Peekskill, NY, 1961.
Notes: The Swamp Angel, Parrott Gun, handwritten notes, unidentified author.
New York Times, May 19, 1966, Lincoln Idea Could Have Erased a London.  The subject of this article is the foundry and the guns.
Peekskill Evening Star, Monday, February 20, 1967, scourge of Fort Fisher…, an article featuring the iron clad ships made at the foundry.
New York Post  TRAVEL, Tuesday, June 23, 1992, Genteel Savannah’s going great guns, Jack Biesterfeld.
Index: To the Drawings in the Record Book of the West Point Foundry, 1846-1878. Copy, source is the New York Historical Society.
Civil War Naval Ordnance, Naval History Division, Navy Department, 1969,Eugene B. Canfield, Jamestown, NY.  Autographed copy.
E. Ordnance - General      2 folders
90th Anniversary Military Goods Catalog, Bannerman, January 1955, 2 pages, one showing shell types and one an article on flintlocks.
Thesis, Edward Clinton Ezell, June 1963, The Development of Artillery for the United States Land Service Before 1861: with Emphasis on the Rodman Gun.
Cannons, An Introduction to Civil War Artillery, Dean S. Thomas, June 1986.
The Artilleryman, winter 1990, “Confederate Veteran’s Article Describes Gettysburg Artillery", John Pruifoy, p.19.
Civil War Times Illustrated, September/October 1995, Lincoln's Secret Arms Race, Harold Holzer. 2 copies.
Note: Cal Berkemer, Historic sketch of the Artillery of the United States.  Handwritten note re: Cold Spring foundry “lay claim to preeminence in field armament".
Archaeology, May 1995, Civil War Espionage, Andrew Slayman.
Civil War Times, 1973, Manufacturing Cannon in the Confederacy, Larry J. Daniel.
Look to the Earth Historical Archaeology and the American Civil War, Clarence R. Geier, Jr. and Susan E. Winter, 1994.  Copy of book.
Field Artillery Weapons of the Civil War, James C. Hazlett,
Edwin Olmstead, M. Hume Parks letter from author 1991.
Preliminary Inventory of the Records of the Bureau of Ordnance,
William F.  Shonkwiler, Washington 1951, National Archives, letter.
Register of Civil War Artillery, Federal Donations & Surviving Examples, Bore Size and Description, Don Lutz, Wayne Stark, Edwin Olmstead, August 23, 1989. 2 copies.
Post Card: Fort Sumter National Monument, Charleston, S.C., 1964, from Carl and Reid, to Jean Saunders.  This card features a photograph of a Parrott Gun.

Pamphlet and Post Card:  Fort Pulaski National Monument, Georgia;
The Fort was armed with Parrott Guns. The publication is a good source of Civil War historical information for fort bombardment battle and officers involved.
American Heritage, March 1990, The Fires of Norfolk, “At war’s outbreak a frightened commander was ready to give away the Union’s greatest navy yard.”
Newspaper article: partial article, The Putnam County…, and undated.  The article mentions the Merrimac’s engines were made at The West Point Foundry.
Copy of photograph of the Boat “Mendota” and Monitor “Sacus” on the James River 1864.
Copy of photograph of the Gun Boat Mendota, “Bringing Parrott Gun into Position…”
Copy of photography of  “Fort Hell Interior, Looking East at Petersburg.”


Series 02-2A2 Gouverneur Kemble (1786-1875)

Biography, handwritten of G. Kemble I. Inv. 246.
The Recollections of John Ferguson Weir, p29-30.
Letters, 4 carbon copies 1824- 1834, all refer to the building of a road around Breakneck and developing a business at Cold Spring.
Letter transcription: G. Kemble, March 1840 pertaining to Foundry operation.
Calendar of Joel R. Poinsett Papers, 1941, #422 1841, Poinsett To G. Kemble pertaining to gaining employment.
Series 027 G. Kemble Personal Papers

43 Letter copies(1839-1841), content index.  The subject matter of the letters is business, politics and personal. The copies are difficult to read.  Source is unknown.
Series 02-2A4 Robert P. Parrott
United States Patent Office, R.P. Parrott, Improvement in the Manufacture of Ordnance, 1861.
Stock Certificate, one share, West Point Foundry, 1854.  Original in archives.
Letter: written by Tami A. Kahrs to Charlotte Eaton,
September 1993.  Autographed letter copy of R.P. Parrott.
Letter: written by Francis C. Dale to  New York Civil War Centennial Commission, November 28, 1962.  This Letter is a response to a pamphlet “New York State and the Civil War”.  Mr. Dale corrects the naming of Parrott’s residence and provides additional information about his house and land.
15 Letter series, copies: Parrott to Navy Board 1864-1865.  Original copy series in archives.
Letter transcription, “To the Editor”, unknown source or note taker.
Letter mentions R.P. Parrott as a delegate to a convention in Philadelphia to support the oncoming War Between the States.
Series 02-3A Physical Plant

4. Cornell Co.
The Old Blacksmith Shop

Series 02-4 A Machinery
WPF& Boring Mill, wheel patterns 1823
Locomotive engines
 POWER magazine March 1903


Series 02-5A Domestic Production

Sunnyside-Washington Irving’s Home, Joseph T. Butler, 1962.  Reference to a cast iron bench made at the West Point Foundry.
Hacienda La Esperanza Sugar Mill Steam Engine 1861, A National Mechanical Engineering Landmark, 1979.
List of Wheel Patterns Now on Hand, and Daily Increasing, June 1, 1821.


Series 02-5B Structures and Transportation

The American Neptune, winter 1992, The Lasting Injury: The Revenue Marine’s First Steam Cutters, Robert M. Browning, and Jr. Reference to the Marine Cutter Spencer.
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships, Naval History Division, Department of the Navy, Washington, D.C. 1976.  A brief biography.
Inland Seas-Quarterly Bulletin of the Great Lakes Historical Society,
Fall 1948 and handwritten notes.
Letter: written Wendy Kail to Jean Rosenwald, October 7, 1998. This letter contains information pertaining to Capt. Williams 1801-1846.
Lighthouse, Cape Canaveral, 1860. Several sources, National Archives, Encyclopedia Americana, Engineering magazine (1866), and photocopies of lighthouse photos (1966).

Locomotives:
1.Copies of the following locomotives; The South Carolina, The Experiment, The West Point, The DeWitt Clinton (3 views),
The Phoenix, James locomotive, The Best Friend and The West Point.

2. Engineer magazine, Sept. 21, 1877, features diagrams of three Locomotives and biographical data.

3. The Putnam County News, July 14, 1976, The History of Philipstown, Nelson Delanoy, #67, re: early railroads.

4. NAHO, Fall 1981, NYS Museum, Harbinger of a New Age, The Dewitt Clinton, David Maldwyn Ellis.

5. The Call Board Newsletter of the Mohawk & Hudson Chapter, N.R.H.S., June 1988, The West Point Foundry, Bob Lowe.

6. General information on early locomotives, gift of Elma Boyd Gregg.

7. The History of the First Locomotives in America, book author unidentified, Chapter XXVII (27).

8. A Short History of American Locomotive Builders in the Steam Era, John H. White, 1982.

9. Peekskill Evening Star, January 4, 1969, Cold Spring Foundry Made Country’s First Locomotives, one of four articles, Anna Wirtz Domas. }


Series 02-5C Ordnance Production
                        See Civil War, R. Parrott files

Ship prints, “Spanish Gun-Boat No.1-Testing her Guns at Cold Spring…”
How to Make A Cannon, Sam Geer, May 15, 1991.
Record of Firing  & blueprint, 2 copies, oversized package.
Government contracts with Parrott, 1867-1868. Oversized package.


Series 02-5D Cornell

1 page showing three items, domestic in use.
Series 02-6 C Housing

The Archaeology and Economic History of the Civil War Ear Workers Housing Complex at West Point Foundry, Cold Spring, New York. Vol 1, Joel W. Grossman, 1993.
Series 02-7D Employees

 William Humphreys, Jr. 1831-1904.
1. Biography written by Jean Saunders, January 1978.
2. History of Philipstown, Nelson Delanoy, 1983.
3. Patent Office Report, W. Humphreys Rotary Engine, 1860.
4. Photo image from book.
Old West Point Foundry Employed 400 to 600 Men, Hugh C. Wilson.
American History Illustrated, May 1972, Fight for the 8-Hour Day, Gerald G. Eggert.
 Putnam County News and Recorder, August 23, 1956, re: Vinegar Hill and Mount Rascal the location of employee housing.
The Philipstown Times, March 4, 1948, obituary - Old Resident Passes Away, Brownlee Weeks Wilson employee of foundry.
West Point Foundry Strike (1864) A.G. Eisenhower and Matt Petrie.
Letters from T.S. Fillebrown to Dorothy in correspondence providing general information.  Mr. Fillebrown writes of seeking employees in the British Isles.  Originals in archives.
The Evening Post, September 26, 1844, White Slaves.  The article addresses the issues of employees caught in system of depending upon the company store to provide their food and other needs.  This article makes a point of noting that the WPF did not employee this practice.
Indenture; copy taken by son from the Marian Workman, Los Angeles, CA. The indenture is for Le Grand R. Wilson, 1850.
Series 02-8 Decline and Transition

 Receivership WPF
1. The Real Estate Bulletin, April 30, 1887.
2. Newspaper article, 1883,1884  “Re-Organized”

Astoria Silk Works 1920
1. Cold Spring Recorder, June 18, 1920, Foundry Deal Closed.
2. Map, showing “Upper Pond” and “Upper Dam”, G.P. Santon. July 10,1922, copy, the original in archives.


Series 02-9 Preservation Period

A. Deuterium Corp. Development
Newspaper, The Evening News, June 29,1970, "Fire Ruins Chemical Firm Factory in Cold Spring.”
Newspaper article, July 1, 1970, %500,000 Fire Completely Destroys Omega Chemical Corp. Plant Saturday.”  The article pertains to a rebuilding by the Deuterium Corp. “the parent company.”
Newspaper, The Evening Star, September 2, 1972, "$5 M Hilton Complex Planned At Cold Spring.”
Newspaper, The Putnam County News & Recorder, September 6, 1972, "Hilton Inns to Develop Foundry Property.”
Informational Meeting on Cold Spring’s Hilton Motel, November 10th, ?
Newspaper, The Evening Star, March 30, 1973, "Cold Spring Voices Strong Backing.”
 Newspaper, The Putnam County News and Recorder, April 4,1973, "Hilton Hotel Complex Gets “Green Light” From Village Residents at Public
       Hearing on Thursday Night. “
Newspaper, The Evening Star,  April 11, 1973, "Cold Spring support unanimous.”
Newspaper article, May 2, 1973, "Planning Commission of Village Receive Application From Old Foundry Corporation February 12.”
 Newspaper article, unidentified source and date.  Article pertains to “enlargement of the Inn to double its initial capacity…”

B. Reports & Studies
National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination Form. 1973,

Brill Report, 1979, Ralph Brill.  A comprehensive report of the West Point Foundry site featuring historic documentation, geography, building development, technology, appendices, and illustrations. 148 pages, 1 original, 1copy.

Archaeological Investigation of Site 1of Washington Street Urban Renewal Areas, New York City, 1987.  West Point Foundry notation I-7 to I-8.  Foundry Cove  Resource Inventory and Plan for Adaptive Re-Use, Village of Cold Spring, Putnam County, New York, The Scenic Hudson Land Trust, Inc. 1996.

C. General
West Point Foundry , National Register of Historic Places,1973.
Newspaper article, unidentified source and date, Old Foundry Bell Becomes Legacy of Central School.
Newspaper, The Evening News, November 24, 1972, Marina Plans Recall Historic Foundry. This article is a general historic
Newspaper, The Putnam County News and Recorder, December 12, 1979, Phase One of West Point Foundry Site Completed.

Newspaper, Gannett Westchester Newspapers, February 11, 1979, Hudson’s ironclad heritage lives, Ralph Brill interview.
Newspaper, unidentified source, December 8, 1978, Survey of West Point Foundry Site Under Way.
Newspaper, unidentified source, January 5 $[1]983, Foundry Tour January 9th.
Newspaper, unidentified source, 1981, Foundry Tour Set For May 17th.
         Map of site enclosed.

D. General Correspondence and inquires

1. Letter correspondence: written by unidentified author (letterhead is American Savings Bank) to William J. Hageny, Supervising Principal of Haldane Central School, April 10, 1946.  The writer is responding to Mr. Hageny’s request for information referring to the foundry.  His response is negative for historical essay however he does report on documents held by the local historical society. Envelope with letter notes that letter is from a Kemble relative. 1p. Office copy.

2. Letter correspondence: written by William Sherman, October 6, 1980 to Tom Rick.  The letter is a thank you for his visit and a response to questions that Mr. Rick raised.  Mr. Sherman writes of wooden teeth for mortise gears and their source and he enclosed Ed Rutsch’s report on the foundry.  1p.

3.  Letter correspondence: written by Francisco Javier Blanco, The Conservation Trust of Puerto Rico, June 17, 1988 to Tom Rick, Manitou Machine Works, Inc. Cold Spring.  Mr. Blanco’s thank you letter is in reference to his recent visit and the information he was able to obtain from Mr. Rick about the West Point Foundry.  Blanco invites Rick to Puerto Rico to “see two examples of the Foundry’s handiwork.”  1p.

Letter correspondence # 4 - #13 is general inquiry for resource information pertaining to the West Point Foundry.  The letters are as listed.

4.E.M. Eller, Rear Admiral USN, 23 September 1960 to Miss Dorothy Gills.

5.Mrs. Charles Franklin, October 21, 1970 to D. Pomones  (Redirected letter).

6. Mrs. Charles Franklin, September 6, 1978 to Jeanne Sellnau, Art Institute of Chicago.(copy)

7. Jeanne Sellnau, 15 August 1978 to Historical Society, Cold Spring.

8. Nelson H. Lawry, 20 February 1980 to Irma W. Franklin, Cold Spring.

9. Joan H. Geismar, November 27, 1985 to Jean Rosenwald, Cold Spring.

10.Charlotte B. Eaton, November 20,1990 to Bob Isleib. (copy)

11. Michael P. Musick, National Archives, May 15, 1990 to Jean Rosenwald, Cold Spring.

12. Jean B. Rosenwald, April 4, 1990 to National Park Service. (copy)

13. Jean B. Rosenwald, April 4, 1990 to National Park Service.  (copy)

14. Mary Alice Cline, October 14, 1981 to The Curators PCHS.

15. Gerald L. Moss, March 14, 1997 to Mary Schlesinger, PCHS.


RESEARCH MATERIALS
Series 027 Putnam County Personal Papers

Letter Series 1839-1841, 43 letters with content index.  The subject matter of the letters is a mix of  business and politics. Some subjects featured are the Stockbridge Furnace sale, political appointments, the Militia, Bankrupt Law, Hamilton’s attack on WPF, Bills, settlement of estate, Post Office at Farmer’s Mill, Staten Island, Army pay, etc. Several of this series’ copies are difficult to read.