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Kenneth Richards Papers

An inventory of his papers at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: --
Date: Feb 1968

Biographical History

Kenneth Richards (1902-??) was an American sportsman and inventor. He was an authority on guns and was the inventor of the "Shooting Master" choke and the Richards method for checking shotgun and ammunition performance. He spent much of his life in Massachusetts where he owned several businesses, including Master Chokes, Inc., The Shooting-Master Corp., and the True Art Fly Co.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Kenneth Richards Papers consists of correspondence, business files, manuscripts, patents and ideas, and a small amount of published material.

Correspondence is both incoming and outgoing and includes a small amount of correspondence by others.

Business files contains material related to Richards' various gun and fishing tackle businesses, and includes correspondence, photographs, publicity material, bills and receipts, and corporation records.

Manuscripts contains a typescript copy of Richards' pamphlet, "The Richards Quick Check Method for Checking Shotgun Patterns and Chokes."

Patents and ideas includes correspondence, patent applications, and sketches.

Published material contains copies of Richards' pamphlet, "The Richards Method for Checking Shotgun and Ammunication Performance."

Arrangement of the Collection

Richards' correspondence is arranged chronologically, correspondence by others is arranged alphabetically. Business files contain companies owned by Richards first, arranged alphabetically; related material follows, listed alphabetically by type. Patents are listed first alphabetically by type, followed by ideas (one folder of sketches).


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.

Subject Headings


Richards, Kenneth, 1902- -- Archives

Corporate Bodies

Master Chokes, Inc.
The Shooting-Master Corp.
True Art Fly Co.


Archery -- Technological innovations.
Fishing tackle -- Technological innovations.
Shotguns -- Technological innovations.

Genres and Forms

Manuscripts (document genre)



Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Kenneth Richards Papers,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Table of Contents


Business files


Patents and ideas

Published material