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John J. Bowman Collection

Identifier: MG-018
This collection contains information and material related to the Bowman Technical School of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. This includes exams, school catalog distribution letters, and testimonials. Furthermore, this collection contains articles written and publisehd for the Jewlers' Circular-Keystone as well as questions submitted to the Jewlers' Circular-Keystone that were answered by Bowman. Additionally, this collection includes correspondence and contractual information related to the publication of the Jeweler Engravers Manual. The collection also contains personal notes and drafts of articles that discuss Bowman's first-hand experience of being in Europe at the start of World War I.


  • 1904 - 1991
  • Majority of material found within 1948-1955


Language of Materials



Conditions Governing Use

These records are open to researchers for personal or scholarly research. Most of the records in the collection are available for photocopy, depending on the preservation needs of the material as well as other variables not specified here. Researchers, however, are responsible for obtaining copyright permission to use materials and documents. These records are part of the permanent collection in the archives of the Library & Research Center of the National Watch and Clock Museum and researchers are required to comply with the Archive Rules when using the collection.


2 Linear Feet (4 boxes)

Biographical / Historical

John J. Bowman was the long-time director of the Ezra F. Bowman Technical School in Lancaster, PA. He became the director in 1901 when his father and school founder, Ezra, died. He served as Technical Editor of the Jewelers' Circular-Keystone from 1907 to 1955, answering subscriber questions from 1941 to 1951. He helped found the Horological Insttitue of America in 1921. He passed away on Oct. 19, 1959 at age 81.


This collection is arranged into four series.

  • Series I: Bowman Technical School
  • Series II: Publications
  • Series III: Correspondence
  • Series IV: Non-Horological Interests


John J. Bowman

Processing Information

This collection was processed and partially described before May 2016. During the Summer of 2016, the collection was revisited and the archival description was expanded. It is unclear if the order of the collection present at the time of the revision accurately reflected the original order. The order in which the collection was found in 2016 has been maintained as it is presented here.
Kate Van Riper, Archivist
Summer 2016
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Repository Details

Part of the NAWCC Library and Research Center Archives Repository

514 Poplar St
Columbia PA 17512