2 people found this helpful
Dear CAPT Creekman,
So good to hear from you and thank you for posting your request to History Hub.
Unfortunately, the Navy considers contract files to be temporary records, via my old copy of SECNAVINST 5212.5C, and they are normally destroyed six years after the payment of the last invoice. We do hold some contract files from the prewar period, and we have contract and contract administration files from the postwar period, but none from the war years.
The only suggestion I can make is to see whether the West Point Industries, the successor company to West Point Foundry and Machine Company, maintains any kind of company archives that might contain the company's copy of the contracts.
I wish you luck in your research.
Wow, it's good to hear from you after all this time! I know that your data is authoritative so I will stop considering NARA as a potential source of information. I actually have contacted West Point Industries and visited their site, just a half mile from the original downtown factory in West Point, GA. Because of their move (and the demolition of their old buildings), they can't seem to find their archived records--but they are still looking. Send me your email address and I'll follow up with some additional information you may find interesting.