Guide to the Kingsbury, Inc. Papers, 1880-2012

Collection number: MC 250
Size: (25 boxes) (17 cu.ft.)

About Albert Kingsbury and Kingsbury, Inc.

Albert Kingsbury (1863-1943) was born in Goose Lake, Illinois. He graduated from Union High School, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, in 1880. After working as an apprentice and machinist in Ohio, he began studying at Cornell University, and graduated in 1889. He eventually became a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at New Hampshire College (later the University of New Hampshire), and at Worcester Polytechnic College. During this time, Kingsbury carried out much of his research into lubrication and bearings. After working for Westinghouse Electric and Mfg. Company, Kingsbury became an independent consulting engineer.

Kingsbury Machine Works was established in 1912, following the independent success of Albert Kingsbury’s design for a new type of mechanical thrust bearing. This year also marked the successful implementation of a Kingsbury bearing at McCall’s Ferry (Holtwood). Through the First and Second World Wars, and even today, U.S. Navy ships contain Kingsbury bearings.

In 1966, Kingsbury moved its main plant to a different location in Philadelphia, PA. This also included changing the name of the company from Kingsbury Machine Works to Kingsbury, Inc. The 1970s also saw significant additions to the Kingsbury plant, and in 1986 Kingsbury, Inc. purchased Pine-Ihrig Machine Company based in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

About the Kingsbury, Inc. Papers

The collection consists primarily of the financial and business documents and correspondence of Kingsbury Machine Works and Kingsbury, Inc. There are also personal notes, correspondence, and invoices from Albert Kingsbury, particularly during his early career. Multiple photos are included, depicting company picnics, Albert Kingsbury, and engineering equipment. Finally, there are DVDs of a US Navy training film and of video interviews conducted with Kingsbury employees.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open.

Copyright Notice

Contents of this collection are governed by U.S. copyright law. For questions about publication or reproduction rights, contact Special Collections staff.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], [Folder], [Box], Kingsbury, Inc., 1880-2012, MC 250, Milne Special Collections and Archives, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, NH, USA.

Acquisitions Information

Gift from Kingsbury, Inc. 1/27/2014, 2/14/2014.

MC 251 Kingsbury Family Papers, 1889-1982 (Milne Special Collections, University of New Hampshire)

Collection Arrangement

Arrangment of the papers were created during processing.

Collection Contents

Series 1: Business Papers, 1902-1987

(8 boxes)

This series includes business correspondence, corporate materials, patents and patents applications, Kingsbury catalogs and advertisements, documentation and correspondence from the purchase of Pine-Ihrig Machine Company and the construction of the new factory. There are also materials relating to U. S. Navy security and defense.

Box 1
Box 1, Folder 1Correspondence to Albert Kingsbury (3 letters), 1902-1914
Box 1, Folder 2Corporation Service Company, materials relating to certificate of incorporation, 1921-1927
Box 1, Folder 3Employee "Thank you" letter to A. Kingsbury, Dec. 1931
Box 1, Folder 4Business correspondence, Dec 1941-Feb. 1942
Box 1, Folder 5Business correspondence, March 1942
Box 1, Folder 6Business correspondence, April-August 1942
Box 1, Folder 7Business correspondence, Sept.-Dec. 1942
Box 1, Folder 8Correspondence with A. Kingsbury, 1937-1945
Box 1, Folder 9Corporation Service Company Bylaws update, 1965
Box 1, Folder 10Bylaws and commentary, stock purchase agreement, 1965
Box 1, Folder 11Certification of Incorporation (change of name), 1967
Box 1, Folder 12Restated bylaws; certificate of authority from state of Pennsylvania, 1979
Box 1, Folder 13Annual stock holders meetings, 1966, 1967, 1973, 1974
Box 1, Folder 14Duties of Directors (2 versions), undated
Box 1, Folder 15Employees Manual, Kingsbury Machine Works,Inc., c. 1960
Box 1, Folder 16Correspondence with Alison Kingsbury Bishop, Director of KMW, 1945-1975
Box 1, Folder 17Correspondence with Alison Kingsbury Bishop re: official changes in organization, 1975
Box 1, Folder 18Correspondence with Alison Kingsbury Bishop re: Kingsbury, Inc., 1980-1983
Box 1, Folder 19Report for Annual Stockholders meeting, 1987
Box 2
Box 2, Folder 1Pine-Ihirg Machine Company, 1979
Box 2, Folder 2Pine-Ihirg Machine Company, 1980
Box 2, Folder 3Pine-Ihirg Machine Company, 1981
Box 2, Folder 4Kingsbury Catalogs, 1925, 1952
Box 2, Folder 5Kingsbury Catalogs, 1954-1966
Box 2, Folder 6Kingsbury Catalogs, 1966-1969
Box 2, Folder 7Kingsbury Catalogs, 1974-1987
Box 2, Folder 8Kingsbury Catalogs, 2004-2009
Box 2, Folder 9Kingsbury Catalogs, 2009-2010
Box 2, Folder 10-13Kingsbury Catalogs, undated
Box 2, Folder 14Kingsbury Newsletters (6), 1983-1985
Box 2, Folder 15Internal memos from J. R. Prairie (marketing), 1977-1979
Box 3
Box 3, Folder 1-6Miscellaneous invoices and cash disbursements, 1912-1920
Box 3, Folder 7Fire insurance, 1945
Box 3, Folder 8-11Directors' and Officers' liability insurance, 1977-1982
Box 3, Folder 12Workers' houry wages, 1931
Box 3, Folder 13Kingsbury Machine Works bank book, 1942
Box 3, Folder 14National Storage Co., 1962-1966
Box 3, Folder 15Shareholders certificate (after name change), 1975
Box 3, Folder 16-17Corporation Service Co.: Delaware Corp. law literature
Box 3, Folder 18Letter from tax consulatant, 1943
Box 3, Folder 19-20Income and tax statements, 1982
Box 3, Folder 21Temporary denial order for product shipment to Italy, 1982
Box 4
Box 4, Folder 1Patent Record Book, 1927-1053
Box 4, Folder 2Patents: table of contents
Box 4, Folder 3-17Patents
Box 5
Box 5, Folder 1-7Patents
Box 5, Folder 8List of awarded and pending patents, 1931-1940
Box 5, Folder 9Certificate and report for U.S. Patent #4,501,505, 1985
Box 5, Folder 10U.S. Patent #4,568,204, 1986
Box 5, Folder 11Certificate for patent #7,237,957, 2007
Box 5, Folder 12-13Invoices from patent lawyers, 1911-1918
Box 5, Folder 14Correspondence with patent lawyer, 1938
Box 5, Folder 15International patent, 1959
Box 5, Folder 16Patent certificate written in Japanese
Box 5, Folder 17-26Business advertisements, 1937-1962
Box 6
Box 6, Folder 1-2U.S. Navy general specification for machinery
Box 6, Folder 3Emergency Defence Measures, 1950
Box 6, Folder 4U.S. Navy instructions for classified materials, 1957
Box 6, Folder 5-11Security and defense: correspondence and documents, 1957-1967
Box 6, Folder 12Security and classified informantion procedures, 1967-1968
Box 6, Folder 13Security and classified informantion procedures, 1969
Box 7
Box 7, Folder 1-11New Plant: construction documents, 1965-1967
Box 7, Folder 12-16New test facility: construction documents, 1971-1975
Box 8
Box 8, Folder 1-2Factory additions, 1978-1979
Box 8, Folder 3-10Articles on thrust bearing mechanics and lubrication, 1938-1986
Box 8, Folder 11"The Virginia Class Submarine Program: A Case Study", 2002
Box 8, Folder 12Literature on U.S. submarines, 2002
Box 8, Folder 13"Major Sites with Kingsbury Bearings" (powerpoint presentation)
Box 8, Folder 14Powerline Magazine, Kimura Corporation, July/August 2002
Box 8, Folder 15"Kingsbury Bearings", Sound & Vibration, October 2003

Series 2: Albert Kingsbury: Personal Materials, 1897-1983

(2 boxes)
Box 9
Box 9, Folder 1-3AK order cards (3x5 notecards)
Box 9, Folder 4"Experiments with an Air-lubricated Journal" by Prof. Albert Kingsbury, 1897
Box 9, Folder 5Handwritten notes on thrust bearings, 1909-1920
Box 9, Folder 6Handwritten notes on thrust bearings, 1924-1930
Box 9, Folder 7"Aftermath" Worcester Polytechnic Institute yearbook, 1900
Box 9, Folder 8Cornell alumni news, 1940
Box 9, Folder 9“A Bearing on Fame”: article about Albert Kingsbury in Oilways Magazine, 1941
Box 9, Folder 10Typed article on Albert Kingsbury and Kingsbury thrust bearing (unidentified author), 1941
Box 9, Folder 11“Recollections”, by Albert Kingsbury, 1942
Box 9, Folder 12“Development of the Kingsbury Thrust Bearing” in Mechanical Engineering, by Albert Kingsbury, 1950
Box 9, Folder 13“Some highlights and data about Albert Kingsbury and Kingsbury, Inc.”, by W. Rowell Chase, 1983
Box 10
Box 10, Folder 1-12AK Field Notebooks Nos. 18-31, 1907-1918

Series 3: Awards and Commendations

Box 11
Box 11, Folder 1Franklin Institute of Pennsylvania - Elliott Cresson Medal, 1923
Box 11, Folder 2Patron Membership in American Red Cross (Mr. and Mrs. Kingsbury), 1930
Box 11, Folder 3John Scott Medal and Gold Medal of the ASME, 1931
Box 11, Folder 4Certificate: A.S.M.E. Medal, 1931
Box 11, Folder 525th Anniversary of "Kingsbury" thrust bearing at Holtwood, 1937
Box 11, Folder 6Army-Navy "E" Award: Invitation, 1942
Box 11, Folder 7Army-Navy "E" Award: Photo album, 1942
Box 11, Folder 8Commendation from U.S. Coast Guard, 1943
Box 11, Folder 9Commendation from Bureau of Ships, 1945
Box 11, Folder 10Dedication of Kingsbury Hall, UNH, 1950
Box 11, Folder 11Kingsbury Hall, UNH, correspondence, 1949-1950
Box 11, Folder 12Newcome Society pamphlet on Kingbury Hall, 1950
Box 11, Folder 13U.S. Department of Defense recognition, 1985
Box 11, Folder 14First Kingsbury Thrust Bearing: International Historic Mechanical Engineering Landmark, 1987
Box 11, Folder 15Export Archievements, 2002
Box 11, Folder 16Kingsbury Centennial Celebration, 2012
Box 11, Folder 17Certificate: Emeritus Life Membership in American Association for the Advancement of Science , 1938

Series 4: Audio-Visual Materials, 1914-2001

(3 boxes)
Box 12
Box 12, Folder 1Photos: Annual company picnics, 1923-1936, 1968
Box 12, Folder 2Photos: A. Kingsbury at 25th Anniversary of Holtwood , 1937
Box 12, Folder 3Photo and letter re: pine tree hat rack (C. M. Allen), 1943
Box 12, Folder 4Advertisement photographs from Nordberg Manufacturing Co., 1952
Box 12, Folder 5Chamber of commerce award, 1966
Box 12, Folder 6William Lotz photographs of factory additions, 1971
Box 12, Folder 7Photos: Army-Navy “E” award flag
Box 12, Folder 8Photo: Albert Kingsbury Library, Durham, NH (cyanotype)
Box 12, Folder 9Photos: Susquehanna River
Box 12, Folder 10Photos: Oshkosh meeting, 1996
Box 12, Folder 11Photos: Kingsbury, Inc. 85th anniversary, 1997
Box 12, Folder 12Photos: Old facility, 2002
Box 12, Folder 13Photos: Board of Shareholders, 2005, 2006, 2011
Box 12, Folder 14Miscellaneous photographs
Box 12, Folder 15Miscellaneous negatives
Box 12, Folder 16Miscellaneous slides: Outside shot, Kingsbury repair and service division; Hall plaque, Professor Kingsbury; Outside shot, Kingsbury Oshkosh division; Generator #5 with original bearing
Box 12, Folder 17Photos: 90th Anniversary of Kingsbury, Inc., 2002
Box 12, Folder 18-28Photos: Early bearing/factory/dam
Box 13
Box 13, Folder 1Kingsbury's First Century: Video Interviews conducted August 2011 (DVD)
  • e. 1 Interview with Mike Brawley (2 copies)
  • e.2 Interview with Wayne Calderon (2 copies)
  • e.3 Interview with Bill Chambers (2 copies)
  • e.4 Interview with Alison Chase (2 copies)
Box 13, Folder 2Kingsbury's First Century: Video Interviews conducted August 2011 (DVD)
  • e.5 Interview with David Chase (2 copies)
  • e.6 Interview with Eve Clulow (2 copies)
  • e.7 Interview with Terry Conger (2 copies)
  • e.8 Interview with Scan Decamillo (2 copies)
Box 13, Folder 3Kingsbury's First Century: Video Interviews conducted August 2011 (DVD)
  • e.9 Interview with Geoffrey DeMers (2 copies)
  • e.10 Interview with David Fields (2 copies)
  • e.11 Interview with Anthony Gatti (2 copies)
  • e.12 Interview with Alison Jolly (2 copies)
Box 13, Folder 4Kingsbury's First Century: Video Interviews conducted August 2011 (DVD
  • e.13 Interview with Skip McGinley (2 copies)
  • e.14 Interview with Daniel Matthews (2 copies)
  • e.15 Interview with Richard Ninomon (2 copies)
  • e.16 Interview with Jerry Powers (2 copies)
Box 13, Folder 5Kingsbury's First Century: Video Interviews conducted August 2011 (DVD)
  • e.17 Interview with Charlene Schmidt (2 copies)
  • e.18 Interview with Bill Strecker (2 copies)
  • e.19 Interview with Gerard Vogt (2 copies)
Box 13, Folder 6 Kingsbury Thrust Bearing U.S. Navy Training Film (DVD) Declassified public domain
Box 13, Folder 7 Kingsbury Oral History Project: Joseph Caldwell Hill (9/24/2015) DVD
Box 14
Box 14, Folder 1Photos: Albert Kingsbury, Machinery in Durham, NH, and Kingsbury factory employees
Box 14, Folder 2Photos: bearings, mechanical plans, and factory equipment, c. 1914
Box 14, Folder 3Photos: Company picnics, 1926, 1929
Box 14, Folder 4Photo: Company picnic, c. 1970
Box 14, Folder 5Photo: Company picnic with clowns, 1974
Box 14, Folder 6Photos: ASME-International Historic Michanica Engineering Landmark ceremony, 1987
Box 14, Folder 7Photos: Battleship New Jersey presentation, 2007
Box 14, Folder 8Photo album: Kingsbury Inc., Christmas Party, 2001

Series 5: Oversize Material

Oversize Box 1
Oversize Box 1, Item 1Letter book: Albert Kingsbury correspondence, 1898-1912
Oversize Box 1, Item f. 1Scans from letter book, TIFF files (6 DVDs)
Oversize Box 1, Item f. 2Scans from letter book, PDF files (2 CDs)
Oversize Box 2
Oversize Box 2, Folder 1Newspaper clippings, 1918-2013
Oversize Box 2, Folder 2Published articles from "Engineering", clipped by AK, 1940-1943
Oversize Box 2, Folder 3Photos: Kingsbury company picnics, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1974, 1975, 1976 and undated
Oversize Box 2, Folder 4Boys Town: Honorary citizenship certificate for Albert Kingsbury, 1943
Oversize Box 2, Folder 5Tribute for Kingsbury, Inc. from city of Philadelphia,
Oversize Box 2, Folder 6United States Dept. of Defense Quality Excellence Award, 1985
Oversize Box 2, Folder 5Program for Kingsbury, Inc. 90th anniversary, 2002
Oversize Box 3
Oversize Box 3, Item 1Kingsbury Inc. binder: "The Best Support In The Industry", photos of Kingsbury products
Oversize Box 3, Item 2"Champions of Industry" (VHS)
Oversize Box 3, Item 3Micrometer set
Oversize Box 3, Item 4Name plates: Margaretta M. Clulow and Quentin F. Clulow
Oversize Box 3, Item 5ASME lapel pin
Oversize Box 3, Item 6Engraving plates, business cards
Oversize Box 3, Item 7Dresser-Rand certificate for Kingsbury, Inc., (wooded plaque) 1995
Oversize Box 3, Item 8DOD certificate designating Kingsbury, Inc. a Commemorative "E" Company, (wooded plaque) 1995
Oversize Box 3, Item 9Quality Management System Approval certificate, (wooded plaque) 2000
Oversize Box 4
Oversize Box 4, Item 1Annotated scrap book, containing photographs and drawings of bearings, scientific data, Kingsbury logos, Kingsbury advertisements, powerhouses and ships
Oversize Box 4, Item 2Albert Kingsbury’s drafting set
Oversize Box 4, Item 3Albert Kingsbury's Micrometer set
Oversize Box 4, Item 4Miscellaneous photographs taken from a display, including Kingsbury anniversaries, employees, and factory additions
Oversize Box 4, Item 5Kingsbury Machine Works Order Book, #2, 1935-1943
Oversize Box 4, Item 6Framed certificate of Albert Kingsbury’s diploma from Cuyahoga-Falls High School, (loose item)1880
Oversize Box 4, Item 7Framed certificate of Albert Kingsbury’s membership in The Sigma Xi Society, 1882
Oversize Box 5
Oversize Box 5, Item 1Kingsbury Machine Works Order Book, #3, Nov 1942-Aug 1946
Oversize Box 6
Oversize Box 6, Item 1Kingsbury Machine Works Order Book, #4, Aug 1946-Dec 1950
Oversize Box 7
Oversize Box 7, Item 1Kingsbury Machine Works Order Book, #5, Dec 1950-Dec 1953
Oversize Box 8
Oversize Box 8, Item 1Kingsbury Machine Works Order Book, #6, Dec 1953-Dec 1956
Oversize Box 9
Oversize Box 9, Item 1Kingsbury Machine Works Order Book, #7, Sept 1956-Jan 1957
Oversize Box 10
Oversize Box 10, Item 1Kingsbury Machine Works Order Book, #8, June-Sept 1958
Oversize Box 11
Oversize Box 11, Item 1Cloth E-Award banner (manufactored by Philadelphia Quartermaster Depot, US War Dept.)
Oversize Box 11, Item 23x6' nylon E-Award with star banner
Map Drawer C-4Blueprints

Thrust bearing blueprints, No. 46067 and No. 260680, drawn by Alison Mason Kingsbury, Jr. Aug. 19, 1918

Auto lunch case table, No. 360871, Kingsbury Machine Works, June 9, 1922

Plan of parcel for new plant, 1966