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Bausch and Lomb records

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: RITArc-0394

Scope and Contents

The Bausch and Lomb records contain a compiled employee magazine book, a commemorative scrapbook, an expense book and an early reproduction advertisement. A large portion of the collection focuses on the 75th anniversary of Bausch and Lomb in 1928. This includes many clippings about celebrations and stories of the company’s successes.


  • Creation: 1874-1929
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1926 - 1929


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to researchers.

Biographical / Historical

John Jacob Bausch and Henry Lomb, both German immigrants, met in Rochester, New York when Bausch was trying to establish himself as an optician. In 1853, Bausch approached Lomb about becoming a partner in an optical company, asking Lomb to invest his $62 savings. Bausch came up with the idea of making frames from rubber instead of horn while Lomb was away fighting in the Civil War. This transition from horn to rubber led to decreased production costs and increased sales. The firm expanded its operations and began producing lenses for a variety of purposes including microscope, binocular, and camera lenses. By 1890, Bausch & Lomb Optical Company had established itself as a major manufacturing force in Rochester, employing over 3,000 employees and producing 15 to 20 million lenses per year. In 1928, Bausch & Lomb Optical Company celebrated their 75th anniversary. Henry Lomb served on the Board of Trustees for the Rochester Athenaeum and Mechanics Institute from 1885-1891. His cousin Carl Lomb also served on the board from 1916-1939. Many other prominent Bausch and Lomb executives also contributed to the board and growth of the University, including M. Herbert Eisenhart.


1 Box(es) (1 oversized lid box containing 4 objects. )




This collection contains an expense book, a scrapbook, a compilation of employee magazines and numerous clippings related to the history of Bausch and Lomb and especially to the celebration of the company’s 75th anniversary.


Collection consists of 4 objects.

Physical Location

C.S. South, Shelf 545

Processing Information

Finding aid created by Emily Kolenberg in July 2012.


Bausch and Lomb records
RIT Archives
Emily Kolenberg
10 July 2012
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Repository Details

Part of the RIT Archives Repository

Rochester NY 14623 USA