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Standard Tool Records

A description of the collection at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: DGI/MM
Date: 2006

Biographical History

Lionel B. Kavanaugh (1889-1991) and Robert Stowell founded Standard Tool in Leominster, Mass, in 1911. The company made molds and presses for injection molding.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Standard Tool Records contains drawings of comb designs created for different companies; publications; and photographic prints and negatives of molds, machinery, factory interiors and building exteriors.

Arrangement of the Collection

Arranged into series by format and chronologically within. The photographs and negatives are arranged numerically by the numbers appearing on them.


Access Restrictions:

The majority of our archival and manuscript collections are housed offsite and require advanced notice for retrieval. Researchers are encouraged to contact us in advance concerning the collection material they wish to access for their research.

Use Restrictions:

Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

Related Material

Special Collections Research Center has numerous holdings in the areas of plastics and industrial design. Please refer to the SCRC Subject Index for a complete listing.

Subject Headings


Kavanaugh, Lionel B.

Corporate Bodies

Standard Tool (Leominster, Mass.) -- Archives.


Plastics -- Molds.
Plastics industry and trade.

Genres and Forms

Drawings (visual works)
Negatives (photographs)



Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Standard Tool Records,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Transfer from National Plastics Center and Museum, 11/06/2008. Originally, photographs and publications gift of Abraham Brangrazi, 1989; remainder from unknown source.

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