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Boston Watchmakers Collection

 Collection — Container: MS 5052
Call Number: MS 5052

Scope and Contents

This collection documents the business activities of John P. Adams from 1871-1902. Adams sold and repaired watches from his location at 10 State Street. Included are letters and invoices received by Adams from such Boston manufacturers and suppliers as the E. Howard Watch and Clock Company and Nelson H. Brown. The correspondence consists of inquiries from both suppliers and customers regarding purchases and repairs. Of interest is the business transacted between Adams and the E. Howard Watch and Clock Company, which was founded by Edward Howard and Charles Rice. This firm made watches according to Howard’s own innovative designs and were among the first watchmakers to introduce a stem-winding watch. Included is the trade card that explains how to wind the new watch.


  • 1871-1902
  • Other: Date acquired: 07/00/2010

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This collection is open for research.

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16.00 Items (16 folders)

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Arrangement Note

Arranged alphabetically.

Source of Acquisition

Stuart Lutz

Method of Acquisition


Processing Information

Finding aid written by Lauren Pey, October 2010.
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