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

Workers at Play: Baseball Teams, Bowling Leagues, Company Picnics and Amateur Nights

An online exhibit of images from the Connecticut Business History Collections in Archives & Special Collections of the University of Connecticut Libraries

American Brass Company

Connecticut was a leader in the brass industry in the late 19th century and by the 1890s about 90% of the world’s rolled brass was manufactured in the Waterbury area, thus earning its nickname as the Brass City. 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. In 1922, the Anaconda Copper Mining Company (of Montana) acquired American Brass, although the company retained its own identity until 1960 when the name was changed to Anaconda American Brass. The Anaconda Company merged with Atlantic Richfield in 1977 and the name of the division was changed to ARCO Metals.

Coe Brass Manufacturing Company baseball team, 1890s

American Brass Company workers singing Christmas carols, 1955
Baseball team of the Coe Brass Manufacturing Company of Waterbury, Connecticut, ca. 1890s. Coe Brass merged with other companies in the Waterbury region in 1899 to form the American Brass Company.
American Brass Company workers singing Christmas carols, 1955


Exhibit schedule


American Brass Company

Bristol Brass Company

Farrel Company

Hartford Electric Light Company

New Britain Machine Company

Sargent & Company

Southern New England Telephone Company

Thermos Company

Wauregan-Quinebaug Company

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