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Brooks Palmer Collection

Identifier: MG-011

This collection consists of Brooks Palmer's correspondence, primarily regarding clocks and watches. This includes information on the early years of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors (NAWCC), as Palmer was an early member of the association. This includes information on several national conventions and chapters.

Additionally, there is correspondence regarding an article written by Brooks, "Your Clock May Be an Antique," published in March, 1946. This collection contains photographs and drawings of clocks and watches, drafts of his articles, newspaper clippings and articles about industry subjects. There are personal notes and items, such as travel brochures and articles from childhood.


  • 1900 - 1955
  • Majority of material found within 1944-1953


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.


1.5 Linear Feet (4 boxes)

Biographical / Historical

Brooks Palmer was the president of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors from 1951-1953. He authored The Book of American Clocks and A Treasury of American Clocks, two heavily quoted resources of information in the industry. He died on January 9, 1974 at the age of 73.


This collection is arranged in alphabetical order by correspondent, subject, or organization. This system of arrangement does not seem to be representative of the original order of the collection.


Brooks Palmer

Processing Information

This collection was processed an partially described before May 2016. During the Summer of 2016, the collection was revisited and the archival description was expanded. The order of the collection present at the time of the revision does not seem to 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
Description rules

Repository Details

Part of the NAWCC Library and Research Center Archives Repository

514 Poplar St
Columbia PA 17512