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Mss:598 1854-1929

Waltham Watch Company. Waltham Watch Company records, 1854-1941 (inclusive), 1854-1929 (bulk): A Finding Aid

Baker Library Special Collections, Harvard Business School, Harvard University


Harvard Business School, Boston MA 02163.

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: Mss:598 1854-1929
Repository: Baker Library Special Collections, Harvard Business School, Harvard University
Title: Waltham Watch Company records
Date(s): 1854-1941 (inclusive)
Date(s): 1854-1929 (bulk)
Quantity: 111 linear feet (1009 volumes, 52 boxes, 3 cases)
Language of materials: English
Abstract: Records of watch manufacturer Waltham Watch Company of Waltham, Mass., founded in 1850.


Gift of Waltham Watch Company, 1938. Wright, Brown, Quinby and May papers were gift of Wright, Brown, Quinby and May, 1942. Typewritten histories by E. A. Marsh, were gift of Dudley Dumaine, 1964.

Conditions Governing Access:

Collection is open for research. Some materials may be stored offsite; access requires advance notice. Contact specialcollectionsref@hbs.edu for more information.

Existence and Location of Copies:

A publication entitled "American Watch Co. Waltham, Mass. Incorporated 1854. New Orleans Exposition 1884-85" from Box TE-3, Scrapbook "A"-advertising booklets and other printed advertising, 1895-1899, is available as a digital surrogate .
Vols. AD-1 and AD-2 (Treasurer's Reports, 1859-1899) is available on microfilm (1 reel, 35 mm.) for use in the Historical Collections Reading Room, Baker Library. Order no. 84-0192.
Vols. RC-1 and RC-2 (2 histories of E. A. Marsh, c.1889 and c.1921) is available on microfilm (1 reel, 35 mm.) for use in the Historical Collections Reading Room, Baker Library. Order no. 65-7615.
Pay rolls, 1871-1875, (portions of v. KC-6, KC-7, KC-8 and KC-9) are available on microfilm (1 reel, 35mm.) from Historical Collections, Baker Library. Order no. 85-4668.

Preferred Citation:

Cite as: Waltham Watch Company records. Baker Library Historical Collections. Harvard Business School.

Historical Note:

Waltham Watch Company was a watch manufacturer founded in 1850 in Waltham, Mass. The firm was known as the American Watch Company from 1859 to 1885. It was renamed the American Waltham Watch Company in 1885 and retained this name until 1906. The company went into bankruptcy in 1948. Various attempts at reorganization proved unsuccessful and it ceased operations in the 1950s. The Waltham Precision Instrument Company was an instrument manufacturer loosely descended from the older firm.

Series Outline

The collection is arranged in the following series:

Scope and Content Note:

This collection includes administrative records, treasurer's reports, general accounts, purchase and receiving records, wage rate books, payroll records, production by employees. There are miscellaneous legal papers, advertising data, illustrated price lists and catalogues. Some records relate to the allied firm of Robbins and Appleton, which had the sales agency for Waltham watches. Includes a few papers of the patent law firm of Wright, Brown, Quinby and May; the Cadillac and Packard Motor Car Companies, and Potter Brothers, Chicago. Also includes 22 volumes of records of the Dubois Watch Case Company, 1907-1923.

Container List

Additional Index Terms

Clock and watch making -- Massachusetts.
Clocks and watches -- Marketing.
Patent suits.
Metal products.
Manufactures -- Massachusetts -- Waltham.
Account books.
Clock and watch makers.
Aldrich, E. T.
Fitch, Ezra Charles, 1847-1932.
Marsh, Edward A.
Matalene, H. W.
Moore, Charles W.
Brown, A. H.
Waltham Watch Company.
American Waltham Watch Company.
American Watch Company.
Cadillac Motor Car Company.
Dubois Watch Case Company.
Packard Motor Car Company.
Potter Brothers.
Robbins and Appleton.
Waltham Improvement Company.
Warren Telechron Company.
Wright, Brown, Quinby and May.
Wolcott and Holcomb.
General Electric Company.
Industrial Jewel Company.
Sangamo Electric Company.