Archives Center, National Museum of American History

Cox & Sons Company Records


Collection ID:
Cox & Sons Company
1900-1935, undated
Physical Description:
.15 Cubic feet
1 box
Collection consists of photographs and catalogues documenting the work of Cox & Sons Company. Located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Bridgeton, New Jesery it manufacturered pipe cutting and threading machines as well as many other tools and machinery.

Content Description

Content Description
Collection consists primarily of black and white photographic prints of the machinery that was manufactured by Cox & Sons Company. There are also a few catalogues with illustrations and specifications for these products. Photographs of workers inside the shop and outside of the Bridgetown, New Jersey building and exterior views of the building itself can also be found among the materials. A photograph of a letter from the Chicago Pneumatic Tool Company to Cox & Sons Company in reference to the suit filed in the United States Court at Philadelphia against the Philadelphia Pneumatic Tool Company, Keller Tool Company, and all others for infringement of Boyer Pneumatic tool patents is also part of this collection. Materials are arranged in chronological order.


Collection is arranged in one series.

Biographical / Historical

Biographical / Historical
Cox & Sons Company were engineers and manufacturers of pipe cutting and threading machinery in addition to many other machines and tools including threading dies; die chaser grinders; socket tapping machines; scrap bundling machines for brass, iron, or steel; fuel oil burners; fuel oil apparatus; Siemens reversing valves; steam engine-driven machines; and air compressors. The company was in the Lafayette Building in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and in Bridgeton, New Jersey. According to a leaflet, in the Jay T. Last Collection held by the Huntington Library, Cox & Sons Company exhibited their products at the United States Centennial Exhibition held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1876.


Vanessa Broussard-Simmons
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Collection purchased from Walter Grossman, 1981.
Processing Information
Collection processed by Vanessa Broussard-Simmons, archivist, 2023. Finding aid encoded by Audrey Willius, intern, 2023.
Custodial History
Collection transferred to the Archives Center from the Division of Work & Industry in February 2022.

Using the Collection

Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open for research. Unprotected photographs must be handled with gloves.
Preferred Citation
Cox & Sons Company Records, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Conditions Governing Use
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.

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Other Repositories
University of California, Libraries, Calisphere, Jay T. Last Collection of Graphic Arts and Social History, Cox & Sons exhibits, Philadelphia exhibition, 1876


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