1 Reply Latest reply on Feb 1, 2021 10:38 AM by Sylvia Naylor

    Seeking records on Bell and Howell Company

    James Beebe Newbie

      I need help finding records on Bell & Howell Company during World War II.  Specifically, I am looking for records about contracts, parts and equipment they manufactured, etc.

        • Re: Seeking records on Bell and Howell Company
          Sylvia Naylor Scout

          Dear Mr. Beebe,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          According to Army disposition schedules, contracts prior to November 1966 were systematically destroyed by the Army once their administrative use ended. The National Archives has custody of correspondence between contractors and Army ordnance or quartermaster units, especially if there was a problem during production or with the contract. They rarely include copies of the contract as an enclosure or specific information concerning the contractor.  Records of private contractors remained in the custody of the contractor.  Please contact that company or corporation for access to these records.


          We searched the National Archives Catalog and located a series titled Correspondence Regarding Research and Development, 1928-1954 in the Records of the Office of the Quartermaster General (Record Group 92) that may contain records about the type of equipment. For more information about these records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at archives2reference@nara.gov.


          Further, we searched the Catalog for any records relating to Bell and Howell and located 1 collection, 2 series, 36 file units & 2 items in various record groups. Please note that some of the records have been digitized and may be viewed using the Catalog. For access to non-digitized records, please contact the unit listed in the description.


          Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and pursuant to guidance received from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), NARA has adjusted its normal operations to balance the need of completing its mission-critical work while also adhering to the recommended social distancing for the safety of NARA staff. As a result of this re-prioritization of activities, you may experience a delay in receiving an initial acknowledgement as well as a substantive response to your reference request from RDT2 and various other NARA reference units. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.


          Lastly, you may want to contact the company itself and inquire about the records you are seeking. Their website is https://bellhowell.net/


          We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your research!