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Textile Dye Sample Books collection
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administration Information
  • Historical Note
  • Scope and Content
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Textile Dye Sample Books collection
    Dates: [approximately 1900]-1955
    Collection Number: mssTextile
    Extent: 28 items 14 boxes
    Repository: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens Manuscripts Department
    The Huntington Library
    1151 Oxford Road
    San Marino, California 91108
    Phone: (626) 405-2191
    Fax: (626) 449-3477
    Email: reference@huntington.org
    URL: http://www.huntington.org
    Abstract: This collection is comprised of sample books and cards, produced primarily by French dye and textile manufacturers.
    Language of Material: The records are in French and English.

    Administration Information


    Collection is open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information, please go to following web site .

    Publication Rights

    The Huntington Library does not require that researchers request permission to quote from or publish images of this material, nor does it charge fees for such activities. The responsibility for identifying the copyright holder, if there is one, and obtaining permission rests with the researcher.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of Item], Textile Dye Sample Books collection, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

    Acquisition Information

    Purchased from David Bergman, April 2012.

    Historical Note

    The majority of items in the collection were produced by textile and dye manufacturers in Lyon, France. A major center for the silk trade, Lyon's economy has historically centered around its textile and dye industries. Lyon became an important location for the manufacture of synthetic dyes and artificial fibers in the mid-nineteenth century, and throughout the twentieth century.

    Scope and Content

    The collection consists of catalogs and sample books produced by various dye and textile manufactures. All items in the collection were produced by French manufacturers, except for "Eighteen Thousand Color Combinations," published in New York by William Helburn.
    Textile and dye manufacturers represented in the collection include: Chambre Syndicale des Teinturiers, Compagnie Française de Produits Chimiques & Matières Colorantes de Saint-Clair-du-Rhône, Fédération de la soie, Vuilliod Ancel & Cie. Eight items in the collection are of unidentified origin, but are labeled in French.
    The collection demonstrates the evolution of France's dye and textile industries from the early to mid-twentieth century. Thousands of examples showcase synthetic dyes, natural and artificial fibers, fashionable colors, and color nomenclature.


    The collection is arranged alphabetically according to manufacturer. Most volumes are housed in separate boxes, except for small items that are grouped together. Unidentified items are organized by size.

    Indexing Terms

    Corporate Names

    Chambre Syndicale des Teinturiers
    Compagnie Française de Produits Chimiques & Matières Colorantes de Saint-Clair-du-Rhône.
    Fédération de la Soie
    Rhodiaceta (Firm)
    Vulliod Ancel & Cie.
    William Helburn, Inc.


    Color in the textile industries
    Dyes and dyeing - Handbooks, manuals, etc.
    Dyes and dyeing - Silk
    Dyes and dyeing - Textile fibers
    Textile fabrics - France - History - 20th century - Sources
    Textile fabrics - Sample books
    Textile industry - History - 20th century - Sources
    Lyon (France)


    Sample books - France - 20th century
    Sample books - United States - 20th century