Collection ID: M.97

Collection context

Summary

Creator:
The Waterbury Clock Company and Timex
Date:
1890-1999
Abstract:
This collection is an artifical collection compiled from various acquisitions by the Mattatuck Museum. The Waterbury Clock Company Collection contains bulletins, patents, price list catalogs, and Timex marketing folders spanning from the late 1800s to the late 1900s.
Extent:
.42 Linear Feet and 1 Manuscript Box
Language:
English .

Background

Rules or conventions:
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Scope and Content:

The Waterbury Clock Company Collection contains patents including a copy of the popular Mickey Mouse watch patent; marketing folders from Timex, which contain photos and watch catalogs; price lists; and bulletins. Additionally, there is also an Army – Navy "E" Award program given to the company in 1943 for meeting war production standards.

Biographical / Historical:

The Waterbury Clock Company started out as a branch of the Benedict and Burnham Manufacturing Company. It became its own separate company in 1857, which operated under its own title, The Waterbury Clock Company. The growth of this company was extraordinary. Starting out as a small facility to their clocks being considered "standard" in every part of the world. Robert H. Ingersoll worked with the Waterbury Clock Company, helping reduce costs and perfecting a system of mass production. Eventually in 1922 the Waterbury Clock Company absorbed Ingersoll. When the Great Depression hit, like so many other companies at that time, they struggled financially. What helped them through the Depression was the ever-popular Mickey Mouse design along with others. That couldn't save them however and they were eventually bought by a Norwegian Company in 1942. The name of the company changed to The United States Time Corporation in 1944, which is now Timex.

Indexed Terms

Places:
Waterbury, Connecticut

Access

LOCATION OF THIS COLLECTION:
63 Prospect St
Waterbury, CT, USA
CONTACT:
(203) 753-0381
scrawford@mattmuseum.org