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Baker Acquires Waltham Watch Collection

Baker Library of the Harvard Business School has acquired the 20th-century records of the Waltham Watch Company. The 500 cartons of documents-including correspondence, invoices, over 250 volumes of business ledgers, plus numerous designs and manufacturing blueprints-were generously donated by the Charles River Museum of Industry. The acquisition is particularly exciting because Baker already held a large collection of Waltham Watch Company records and documents dating from 1854 to the early 20th century. The new material covers the period up to the 1950s, when the company ceased operation. The union of these two previously dispersed collections provides a tremendous resource for the study of a major New England industry and the vicissitudes of a business overlapping two centuries. It offers scholars a rare opportunity to study a single New England company from its inception to its demise. For further information, please contact Nicole Hayes, Baker's coordinator of public services, at 6-7944 or nhayes@hbs.edu.

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