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sleepyastronaut is currently offline  sleepyastronaut
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If you were visiting the NAWCC Museum & Library, which Gruen items would you most look forward to seeing?

According to the NAWCC library catalog, their archives contain "The Gruen collection of Mike Barnett (Manuscript)"

Physical Description : One box.
Summary Note : Gruen material donated by Mike Barnett. See finding aid for more information

Per the Finding Aid for this archive,

Content & Structure
Scope & Content: This collection includes invoices, various publications, and manuals from Gruen Watch Company.

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Re: Gruen at the NAWCC Museum [message #16852 is a reply to message #16851] Sat, 02 July 2022 16:51 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Jenneke is currently offline  Jenneke
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Dunno. Maybe something with personal notes from a Gruen family member? Guess that most that is in the box, is also on mikes website.

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Re: Gruen at the NAWCC Museum [message #16853 is a reply to message #16852] Sun, 03 July 2022 04:09 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Contents of the Mike Barnett Archive at NAWCC:

GRUEN BOX INVENTORY

BOX 1

Envelope 1. Gruen Crystal Chart. 1945
Envelope 2. Standardized parts for the trade. Catalog B. ND
- Standardized parts for the trade. Supplement. ND
Envelope 3. Gruen Material Catalog No. 448. ND 2 copies
Envelope 4. Gruen Material Catalog No. 453. ND 2 copies
Envelope 5. Gruen Material Catalog No. 545. ND 3 copies
Envelope 6. Gruen Material Catalog No. 539. ND 2 copies
Envelope 7. Gruen Horological Manual. 1947. 2 copies
Envelope 8. Comparison table for parts. ND
Envelope 9. Material Cabinet Guide. ND
Envelope 10. Standardized parts for the trade.
1921
Envelope 11. A Worthy Company of Watchmakers. 1917
Envelope 12. A Worthy Company of Watchmakers. 2 copies. 1918


BOX 2

Envelope 1. Standardized parts for the trade. ND
With letter to Ewing Bros., Atlanta, Feb. 19, 1930 Envelope 2. Gruen Watches. A Special Collection. ca 1948. 2 copies
Envelope 3. Escapement drawing. No date
Envelope 4. Gruen Technical Bulletin ND
- No. 2 Gruen Autowind. 3 copies
- No. 3 Autowind Operating and Service
- No. 5 Auto-winds - Models 480 and 480SS. 2 copies
- No. 8 Autowind Model 490SS (3 copies, 2nd typescript)
Envelope 5. Standardized Parts for the Trade 1926 Envelope 6. Priceless Possession of a Few ca 1924.
Envelope 7. Genuine Standardized Parts. Ca 1953
Envelope 8. "Time, Life's Most Important Element," by Fred C. Gruen ND
Envelope 9. Gruen, the Precision Watch. 1950. Small booklet, guarantee and instructions from boxed watch
Envelope 10. Gruen Price lists: Market conditions ca 1942. War conditions. 1947. 1948
Envelope 11. Gruen Telestar Guarantee. ND
Envelope 12. Comparison Table for Parts. 1971. 2 copies
Envelope 13. Gruen Precision Watches ND
Envelope 14. Gruen Technical Bulletins ND
- No. 1. 3 copies
- No. 6. Gruen Calendar Watches
- No. 7. Model 362 - Gruen Ladies Autowind
Envelope 15. Precision Electronic. ND 2 copies
Envelope 16. Gruen Marketing Corp., plus letter from Robert Gruen June 13, 1991. Includes:
- NY Times Magazine, May 19, 1989, Nov. 29, 1988, May 21, 1989
- USA Today May 8, 1989
- Sharper Image (4 different, one Apr. 1989)
- New Yorker/Sharper Image Nov. 13, 1989
- Hammacher Schlemmer (2 different)
- Business Week, May 23, 1988
- B. N. Genius
- Gruen World Times
- Gruen Watchmakers (17 different ads - show all new models of watches and alarm clocks)
- Soviet Military Style Watch
- Oscar de la Renta
- Givenchy

Envelope 17. Gruen Swiss Advertising folder ND Envelope 18. Style Chart for Watch Monograms ND
- Style Chart for Watch Monograms 1925
Envelope 19. Gruen ad 1924
Envelope 20. Literary Digest ads
- 50th Anniversary Watch. Feb. 9, 1924
- Graduation Watch, Apr. 28, 1928
Envelope 21. Material Assortment Card ND
Envelope 22. Gruen Marketing Folder ND
- Precision by Gruen
Envelope 23. Standardized Parts for the Trade ND
Envelope 24. Sheet letterhead and two envelopes, Gruen Watchmakers Guild, Toronto, Canada ND


BOX 3

Gruen Watchmakers Guild. Personal copy of George J. Gruen. Large bound book. 1929

Gruen Guild. Two ring binders with parts lists. ND

Gruen Advertising.
- Literary Digest, Dec. 8, 1917 (Elgin ad on back)
- Saturday Evening Post, Apr. 8, 1922
- Saturday Evening Post, 1938

Collection of Gruen Watch Company Advertisements. Large bound scrap book with advertisements 1911 - 1951

Gruen Watch Materials. 1971
Re: Gruen at the NAWCC Museum [message #16854 is a reply to message #16853] Sun, 03 July 2022 09:34 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Jenneke is currently offline  Jenneke
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That is a huge list! Thanx.

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Re: Gruen at the NAWCC Museum [message #16855 is a reply to message #16853] Sun, 03 July 2022 15:31 Go to previous message
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Quite a bit stands out in there. The last time I was at the library, they were sort staffed and told me that if I was planning to visit again, that I should call ahead and ask for certain archive materials like this to be pulled in advance. This was 2017.

One item does stand out:

sleepyastronaut wrote on Sat, 02 July 2022 22:09
Gruen Watchmakers Guild. Personal copy of George J. Gruen. Large bound book. 1929
I plan to be at the museum and library the week of the York Regional. I plan to mostly spend time with the Hamilton materials and what they have on trench watch, but am more intrigued now with the Gruen Boxes.

Another thing that stands out, the company news magazines are not listed. hmmmm.

Thanks for posting this list.


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