The American Horology Archive

Preserving & Promoting Horology Heritage
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American Herritage

The watchmaking industry played a vital role in American history. Early innovators like Edward Howard and Aaron Dennison helped develop the concept of using interchangeable parts in the manufacturing process.

This ingenuity and innovation propelled the industrial revolution in the United States and around the globe.

Despite being often overlooked, the products of the American watch companies represented the pinnacle of technological innovation for nearly a century.

The Archive

The American Horology Archive is a growing collection of original factory records, material catalogs, trade publications, and marketing materials distributed by American watch companies including Elgin, Waltham, Hamilton, and Illinois.

These resources are being digitized and published online for reserachers and enthusiasts.

Contributions & Collaborations

Archive materials, records, and images have been graciously provided or digitized by the following:

Pocket Watch Database
Internet Archive
Google Patents
Google Books
Harvard Library
Library of Congress
& Individual Supporters of the American Horology Archive

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Digitized publications provided in the archive are in public domain and can be freely distributed. Attribution is requested but not required.

Modern photography, video, and commentary are protected by copyright.