On Sunday, March 13, 2016, CBS Sunday Morning aired a special broadcast titled “Guns in America”. The first segment featured a history of guns in America and looked at Connecticut as a hub of gun manufacturing and featured images from the collections here at Connecticut State Library. Samuel Colt and Oliver Winchester revolutionized the gun industry and the firearms they produced played a major role in American history.
The Pratt & Whitney Company Foundation donated the collection of Colt-made weapons and business records to the State Library on March 7, 1957. To learn more about the collection and see more images please visit our Flickr collection, check out our guide to the Colt Collection or see a timeline of the Coltsville National Historical Park.
Want to view the CBS Sunday Morning segment? See it here.