|Scope and content note|
The Curtiss-Wright Corporation Archives - Patent Files collection consists primarily of materials relating to patents issued to and maintained by the Curtiss-Wright Corporation and its subsidiaries from the 1910s to the 1950s, though the bulk of the materials pre-date World War II. The majority of the collection is original patent certificates. Other materials include records of litigation proceedings, correspondence, memoranda, aircraft drawings and blueprints, reports, sales brochures, meeting minutes, and annual reports.
The collection is arranged in four series: Patents, Patent File Wrappers, Patent Litigation, and Curtiss-Wright Corporation Records. Series I contains original patents and related materials issued or assigned to the Curtiss-Wright Corporation and related organizations. Covering the years between 1911 and 1939, the series is further divided into two subseries: United States Patents and International Patents. Series II consists of file wrappers prepared by the United States Patent Office, containing a complete record of the patent's history. The third series includes materials from Curtiss-Wright's numerous litigation proceedings in defense of its patents. The fourth series contains business records created by the Curtiss-Wright Corporation including photocopies of historic patent and stock documents, division minutes, and reports for the U.S. Navy Department.
Researchers may wish to consult other collections in the NASM Archives:
Curtiss-Wright Corporation Records, Acc. XXXX-0067. This collection includes reports and technical reports from various Curtiss-Wright divisions, legal documents, corporate and financial records, drawings and blueprints. There are additional patent certificates and related materials.
Clement Melville Keys Papers, Acc. XXXX- 0091. Clement Melville Keys (1876-1952) was a financier and corporate organizer who headed the Curtiss group of companies during the merger that formed Curtiss-Wright.