Nathan Horwitt collection,
[193-]-[196-]
SIL-CH.1991-127-1

Summary
Collection ID:
SIL-CH.1991-127-1
Creators:
Horwitt, (George) Nathan, 1889-1990.
Dates:
[193-]-[196-]
Languages:
Undetermined
Physical Description:
4 cubic feet
Repository:
Smithsonian Libraries
This collection documents Horwitt's major projects from the 1930s to the 1960s.Project files include drawings, sketches, blueprints, correspondence, patents, legal correspondence, clippings, financial reports, and advertisements for Horwitt's projects. Samples of logos and letterheads he designed are included as well. The most thorough documentation pertains to the Braquette, the Cyclometer, the Museum Watch, and the Beta Chair. Drawings, sketches, blueprints, and plans are boxed separately, mostly flat. Interviews with individuals who worked with and knew Horwitt are on audio cassettes, "Recollections of Nathan Horwitt." Two short videos, "The Legend behind the Museum Watch" and "Movado Worldwide Museum" are stored on 3/4 in. video cassettes.

Arrangement note
Arrangement note
Arranged in six record groups; 1) Project files; 2) Drawings, sketches, and blueprints; 3) Film and video; 4) Photographs and Transparencies; 5) Sound Recordings; and 6) Reference Material.

Biographical/Historical note
Biographical/Historical note
Industrial designer. Born Romania, 1889. Horwitt studied at City University of New York, New York University, and the Art Students' League, New York. In the 1920s, Horwitt formed his own, short-lived company, Design Engineers, Inc. He served as an advertising copywriter for the pharmaceutical company, E.R. Squibb, after serving in World War II.
Horwitt is best known for his design of a numberless black-face watch that has become known as the "Museum Watch" and was produced by the Movado Watch Company. He also designed the 1930 Beta chair and the Braquette, a frameless picture frame. His innovative designs for timepieces incorporated the classic elements of modern design while retaining some of the traditional elements of telling time, such as the circular face.

Location of Other Archival Materials Note
Location of Other Archival Materials Note
Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Applied Arts Department. Models and prototypes of approximately 25 objects, including models of the Museum Clock, the Cyclox clock, the Braquette, and the Beta Chair.
Location of Other Archival Materials Note
Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Drawings and Prints Department. Three drawings of Horwitt's designs for perfume bottles.
Location of Other Archival Materials Note
Movado Web Page. Information on Horwitt's work for the Movado Watch Company can be found on the company's web site, http://www.movado.ch/nhorwit.html.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access note
Unrestricted research use onsite by appointment. Permission of staff required to photograph materials.

Other Finding Aids note
Other Finding Aids note
19-page Research Guide.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Braquette, Inc. Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Cooper-Hewitt Design Archive. Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Design Engineers, Inc. Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Horwitt, (George) Nathan, 1889-1990. Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Howard Miller Clock Company. Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Movado Watch Corporation. Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Beta Chair Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Repository Contact
Smithsonian Libraries
Smithsonian Libraries
P.O. Box 37012
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Phone: (202) 633-3872
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