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Jim West Collection

Identifier: MG-326

This collection primarily comprises of presentations and research focusing on clocks. The bulk of the information is about tower clocks in Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana. While the collection does focus on the South and Midwest, there is information on tower clocks throughout the United States. This includes postcards, photographs, illustrations, presentations, and research.

The presentations appear to have been used at NAWCC events, such as Regional and National conferences. Presentation material in this collection include slides--many in the intended order of the preservation--scripts, CD-ROMs, floppy disks, and recordings of the presentation on audio cassette and VHS. Not all presentations contain all of these formats, but some include all or most, including various recordings on multiple formats.

This collection includes research on various clock companies and clock components, organized by company and subjects. This research includes photocopies as well as detailed illustrations by Jim West of specific clocks by various clockmakers.

There are a number of items related to tower clocks throughout many of the states in the United States. The bulk of these items are related to Texas locations -- towns & counties throughout the state. There is also a sizeable number of items related to Louisiana and Arkansas, as well as Mississippi. These items, mainly organized by location, include postcards, newspaper clippings, negatives, and photographs.

Furthermore, this collection also includes a number of larger copies of illustrations and drawings, possibly by Jim West.

There are several scrapbooks in this collection related to Texas tower clocks. Some of these scrapbooks have clippings, correspondence, and articles, while other scrapbooks are laid out more like the presentations found in this collection, but with photographs rather than slides. It's possible that the pictures in some of the scrapbooks are the same images as the slides from the presentations.

There is information and articles related tot he NAWCC Bulletin. This includes research compiled by West with the possible intention of writing articles for the Bulletin, as well as some material West submitted to the Bulletin.

Furthermore, there are two books about courthouses in various countries and parishes of Texas and Louisiana. These books focus primarily on the courthouses in these states. These books are inscribed and were possibly gifts given to West.


  • 1904 - 2005
  • Majority of material found within [ 1978-2001]


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.


11.5 Linear Feet (22 boxes)


This collection is arranged into six series. Several of the series are then further arranged into subseries and sub-subseries.

  • Series I: Research
    • subseries a: Research on Clocks and Clock Companies
    • subseries b: PECO-McClintock Information
    • subseries c: NAWCC Bulletin
  • Series II: Presentations
  • Series III: Postcards & Clippings
    • subseries a: Photographs & Clippings
    • subseries b: Postcards
      • sub-subseries i: West Collection of Postcards, Newspaper Clippings, Negatives
      • sub-subseries ii: Postcards & Slides by State
  • Series IV: Scrapbooks
    • subseries a: Texas Courthouse Tower Clock -- Louisiana Paris Courthouse Clocks -- Louisiana Tower Clocks -- Churches, City Halls, Schools, Banks, etc
    • subseries b: Photobook
  • Series V: Drawings & Illustrations
  • Series VI: Books

This arrangement reflects the original organization of the materials in this collection. Some of the material are similar and scope, but this order was retained in order to reflect the organization used by West. For example, Series III was organized into subseries and sub-subseries to reflect West's organization despite the similarity of the materials.

Technical Access

This collection contains audio cassettes, slides, CD-ROMs, VHS tapes, and 3x5 floppy disks.


Jim West
Variant Title Information Jim West Tower Clock Collection


Kate Van Riper, Archivist
Winter 2018
Description rules

Repository Details

Part of the NAWCC Library and Research Center Archives Repository

514 Poplar St
Columbia PA 17512