Zeiss Historica

ZHSlogoZeiss Historica is a nonprofit, educational organization that is dedicated to the research and preservation of the history of the Carl Zeiss optical firm, its affiliates, subsidiaries, people and products from its founding in 1846 to the present. Since Zeiss has been and is a trailblazer in the world of optics and mechanical instruments, these products are highly innovative and collectable. Our organization is not directly affiliated with the firms of Carl Zeiss but rather keeps close track of Zeiss collectibles as well as their history and development.

Twice yearly, the society publishes the Zeiss Historica Journal. Since 1978 this publication has provided the collecting community with numerous, authoritative and clearly illustrated documentation that describes in detail a wide selection of Zeiss collectible products; their evolution, design, and function. We also address biographies of prominent figures in science, optics, and photography related to Zeiss. The material is collected and contributed by society members interfacing with each other, Zeiss experts and other interested parties in free exchange of information.

Since most of our worldwide members collect the various products and catalogs of the firms, we have a collective knowledge of the historical data associated with all of these marvelous instruments. Major Zeiss collectibles items include: Zeiss Ikon (including predecessor firms such as Goerz, Ernemann, Ica, and others) and Carl Zeiss cameras as well as photographic lenses, historic microscopes, telescopes, binoculars, their catalogs and provenance.

Our own logo is based on the famous logo used by Carl Zeiss beginning in 1903 using two unified lens cells with the company name and location within.