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University of Connecticut University Libraries Archives & Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center

All in a Day's Work:
Photographs of Women in Connecticut Industry from
Archives & Special Collections of the
University of Connecticut Libraries


Exhibit schedule


American Brass Company

Cheney Brother Silk Manufacturing Company

Farrel Company

New Britain Machine Company

New Haven Railroad

Thermos Company

Wauregan-Quinebaug Company



American Brass Company, Waterbury

Connecticut was a leader in the brass industry in the late 19th century and by the 1880s about 90% of all rolled brass was manufactured in the state's Naugatuck Valley. The American Brass Company was formed in 1899 from the consolidation of several smaller companies in that region.

Immigrants from southern and eastern Europe in the late 19th and early 20th centuries were particularly attracted to the jobs available in the burgeoning brass industry. These photographs show women workers in 1899 in the Insulating Department of the Wire Mills of the Ansonia Copper and Brass Company in Waterbury, which merged with the American Brass Company later that year. While we cannot be sure, it is very likely that these women were recent immigrants to the state.

For more information about the American Brass Company Records, see the finding aid to the materials.

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