Listing: HOROLOGICAL LIBRARIES open to the public

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  1. Fortunat Mueller-Maerki

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    #1 Fortunat Mueller-Maerki, Dec 11, 2008
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    Major Specialized Horological Libraries

    1. USA

    2.1.1. National Watch and Clock Library, Columbia PA
    Tel. +1- 717- 684 8261
    Website: http://www.nawcc.org/Library/library.htm
    Online Catalog: http://www.nawcc.us/winnebago/index.asp?lib=??
    Contact: Sharon Gordon, Library Director
    e-mail: library@nawcc.org
    Notes: The broadest and most comprehensive, specialized horological library in the world. Open to the public. Also holds significant uncatalogued archival material.

    1.2. Library of the American Watch and Clock Museum, Bristol CT
    Tel. +1-860-583 6070
    Website: http://www.clockmuseum.org
    Contact: Chris Bailey, Curator
    e-mail: info@clockmuseum.org
    Notes: Strong holdings on the history of industrialized clock making in America (particularly Connecticut, 19th century), extensive collection of 19th century horological trade catalogues. Open only by appointment.

    1.3. Henry Fried Library at the American Watch and Clockmakers Institute, Harrison Ohio
    Tel. +1-866-367 2924
    Website: http://www.awci.com/services/elm-trust.php
    Contact: Lucy Fulecky, Assistant Executive Director
    e-mail: lfuleki@awci.com
    Notes: Best American library for technical information on specific models of watch or clock movements. Open by appointment only.

    1.4. The Lily Library at Indiana University (The Justice Warren Shepro Collection of Books about clocks and time) , Bloomington , Indiana
    Tel. Tel. 812-855-2452
    Website: http://www.indiana.edu/~liblilly/exhibitions/keeping_time_checklist.shtml
    Contact: Joel Silver, Curator of Books
    Notes: The horological books of the late Justice Shepro, former President of the USA Section of the Antiquarian Horological Society, are held at the Lilly Library in Bloomington, IN. The collection is rich on classic british and french horological text of the 18th century, and a selection of horological fiction and horological childrens books.

    1.5 Library of the Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation, Waltham, Mass.
    Tel: 781 893 5410
    Website: http:/www.crmi.org
    Contact: Elln Hagney , Exectuive Director
    e-mail : elln@crmi.org
    Notes: The collection of Horological Literature includes books & documents onEuropean & American clocks & watches. The collection includes rare documerntspertaining to the Waltham Watch Factory and related industries in the WalthamMass area. The library isopen to the public on Thursdays

    2. Europe:

    2.1. Library of the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers, London, UK
    Tel. +44-20-7332 1868
    Website: http://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/Corporation/leisure_heritage/libraries_archives_museums_galleries/city_london_libraries/guildhall_lib.htm
    Online Catalog: http://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/Corporation/leisure_heritage/libraries_archives_museums_galleries/city_london_libraries/catalogue.htm
    Contact: NA
    Notes: The library of the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers of the City of London is the most significant historic specialized horological library in the UK. Today it is operationally fully integrated into the Guildhall library in London including its online catalog. Few contemporary publications, but some of these are supplied by the holdings of the Library of the Antiquarian Horological Society, which is also incorporated operationally into the Guildhall library. Open to the public.


    2.2.2. Library of the British Horological Institute, Upton, UK
    Tel. +44-1636-817 617
    Website: http://www.bhi.co.uk
    Contact: Allan Middleton, Curator
    Online catalog: NA
    Notes: The BHI is the professional body of the watch and clock repair trade in the UK and has operated a library for 150 years. The holdings are extensive, particularly British publications pre 1960s, but they are inadequately catalogued. Open by appointment only.


    2.2.3. Bibliothèque du Musée International d’Horlogerie, La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland
    Tel. +41-32-967 6861
    Website: http://www.mih.ch/mih/renseignements/default.htm
    Online catalog: http://opac.rero.ch/gateway?lng=en
    Contact: Florence Jaquet , bibliothécaire
    Notes: The most comprehensive specialized horological library in Switzerland. Open by appointment only. Technically part of the city library of La Chaux-de-Fond, and as such part of the regional union catalog “rero”.


    2.4. Bibliothek der Deutschen Gesellschaft fuer Chronometrie, Nuernberg, Deutschland
    Tel. +49-911-236 9823
    Website: http://www.dg-chrono.de/bibliothek/bibliothek.html
    Contact: Dr. Bernhard Huber, Bibliotheksleiter
    e-mail: bibliothek@dg-chrono.de
    Online catalog: Downloadable Excel file of approx. 3000 entries on their website.
    Notes: Has the most comprehensive collection of German-language horological periodicals in existence and has produced CD ROM facsimile editions of many of these. Open by appointment.


    2.5. Library at the Nederlands Goud-, Zilver- en Klokkenmuseum Schoonhoven, Nederlande
    Tel. +31-182-385 612
    Website: http://www.ngzkm.nl/
    Contact: Dr. Gemke Jager
    Notes: Open by appointment. Particularly strong holdings in Dutch horology

    If you know of others, add a message to this thread with all the data needed for a listing , and I will incorporate the information into this listing
     
  2. Patricia A

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    The Justice Shepro collection of rare horological books is available to the public at Indiana University in Bloomington. (The Lilly Library is the University's rare book library.) Here is a link, which lists some of the books:

    http://www.indiana.edu/~liblilly/exhibitions/keeping_time_checklist.shtml

    The website also contains general visitor information and directions for how to search the catalog.
     
  3. Fortunat Mueller-Maerki

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    Thank you Patricia, Justice Shepro was an old friend of mine and his horological books warrant an addition of my above list which has now been expanded.

    I welcome further suggestions
     
  4. Frank Menez

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    Would the membership be interested in Minor Horological Libraries?

    The Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation Waltham Mass has a horological library and has documents pertaining to the Waltham Watch Co.
    Many of these documents are not available anywhere else. Frank

    PS The publications in this library include American & European
     
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    Does anyone care to respond to my previous post pertaining to minor Horological libraries? Was my previous post in some way offensive? Perhaps
    the membership is very busy with more important subjects.
     
  6. Fortunat Mueller-Maerki

    Fortunat Mueller-Maerki National Library Chair
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    Sorry for the delay in responding, I have been on the road in California for 10 days and returned late last night.

    I will be glad to add as much detail on the Library of your nice Museum as you can provide me to my listing. There are precious few publically availale horological libraries so I will gladly list all that come to my attention. E mail me all the facts to horology@horology.com
     

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