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Rasmus Sørnes Collection

Identifier: MG-381

This smaller collection includes drawings, plans, and photographs related to the astronomical clocks created by Rasmus Sørnes during the mid-20th Century. The language used to label the drawings in this collection is Norwegian, as Sørnes was from Norway. A small number of the illustrations have hand-written English translations. Many of the drawings relate to the astronomical elements of creating an astronomical clock. There are illustrations involving calculations of the planets, sun, and moon.

There are also a couple of pages on a Primstav, a Norwegian Calendar Stick. This includes information on the Winter side and the Summer side of the calendar stick. Norwegian Calendar sticks include runic illustrations that indicate different dates, and the pages included in this collection explain, in Norwegian, what dates these illustrations correspond with.

These documents were used by Rasmus Sørnes' son, Tor Sørnes. Tor Sørnes used these records to write the book, Klokkemakeren, Rasmus Sørnes, which was first published in 2003.


  • circa 1930s-1950s


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 (2 folders)


Rasmus Sørnes

Tor Sørnes

Kate Van Riper, Archivist
Autumn 2017
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Repository Details

Part of the NAWCC Library and Research Center Archives Repository

514 Poplar St
Columbia PA 17512