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Edwin S. Cramp papers

Identifier: MSS 0202

Scope and Contents

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.


  • Creation: 1899-1910


Language of Materials

Materials entirely in English.

Access Information

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Use of materials from this collection beyond the exceptions provided for in the Fair Use and Educational Use clauses of the U.S. Copyright Law may violate federal law. Permission to publish or reproduce is required from the copyright holder. Please contact Special Collections Department, University of Delaware Library,

Biographical Note

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.


.2 linear foot (180 items)


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, which operated out of Wilmington, Delaware.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchase, 1990

Materials Available in Alternative Format

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

Shelving Summary

Box 1: Shelved in SPEC MSS manuscript boxes

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

OCLC Number

Processing Information

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


Finding aid for Edwin S. Cramp papers
University of Delaware Library, Special Collections
2021 November 10
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Delaware Library Special Collections Repository

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