Connecticut company which was the world's largest producer of ivory products. They started out making ivory combs, eventually expanded to produce piano components and other products, including military aircraft and other products during World War II. The company closed in 1986.
Records documenting Pratt, Read and Company; its early competitor and later partner, Comstock, Cheney and Company; and a number of predecessor, subsidiary and related companies. Other topics include the late 19th century African ivory trade and Pratt, Read's production of troop-carrying gliders during World War II.
Pratt, Read Corporation Records, 1839-1990, Archives Center, National Museum of American History