Significant activities of the Foundation include:

  • In July 2016 the SWHF began doing the “factory letters” that used to be done through the Smith & Wesson corporation. Roy Jinks, the factory historian, became the historian for the SWHF. His experience in the factory as well as historian allows the SWHF to continue with the letters, now known as Letters of Authenticity.
  • Funding the digital reproduction and indexing of the Smith & Wesson factory records
  • Working with museum to ensure a continuous flow of “factory letters” and other access to research information
  • Purchasing historically significant Smith & Wesson materials for preservation
  • Funding specific research, publication, preservation or display projects
  • Issuing “Letters of Authenticity” and “Historical Letters” to enhance the provenance of Smith & Wesson firearms.

Document Search Examples

Pre-war Registered Magnum Registration #2968

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Pre-war Registered Magnum Registration #409  

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Pre-war K-32 Target revolver serial #675715

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Digital reproduction and indexing work has been contracted to AMS Imaging of Rhode Island (Now known as Konica Minolta). This organization is a recognized leader in the field and their assistance with the work so far has been invaluable. The AMS Imaging Production Control System (PCS) individually tracks each box of documents as they move through the production process. All boxes of incoming documents or media are logged and a unique bar code is assigned and a label is printed to track each box as it moves through the imaging process. The PCS System compares data generated at each production step for continuity and completeness.

In order to make the task easier to manage The Foundation decided to break the 500 boxes of records held at CVHM into several parcels of work, or projects. Each project addresses records for a specific time period,

Funding of our activities has been provided through memberships, estate bequests and other donations.

The Smith & Wesson Historical Foundation is a tax-exempt public charity under Section 501(c)(3)