Textile Dye Sample Books collection

Finding aid prepared by Laura R. Rips, January 29, 2016.
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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

Access

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.

Arrangement

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.

Subjects

Color
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)

Genre

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


Container List

Box 1

Chambre Syndicale des Teinturiers. "Carte de Nuances de la Chambre Syndicale des Teinturiers." Autumne, 1927. (1927)

Notes

Folding book with 359 knotted silk floss dye samples. They are labeled in French and numbered 25001-25360.
Box 2

Chambre Syndicale des Teinturiers. "Carte de Nuances de la Chambre Syndicale des Teinturiers." Autumne, 1930. (1930)

Notes

Folding book with 359 knotted silk floss dye samples. They are labeled in French and numbered 31001-31360.
Box 3

Compagnie Française de Produits Chimiques & Matières Colorantes de Saint-Clair-du-Rhône. "Circulaires." ([approximately 1936])

Notes

Binder with hundreds of samples of dyed thread and woven textile samples.
Box 4

William Helburn, Inc. "Eighteen Thousand Color Combinations." ([approximately 1930])

Notes

Published in New York (N.Y.).
Box 5

Box 5: Fédération de la Soie-Rhodiaceta.

Folder 1

Fédération de la Soie. "Carte de Nuances de la Soie-Exportation." ([after 1923])

Notes

Portfolio consists of seven panels with 144 samples of dyed silk ribbon labeled in French. An eighth panel lists stockists in France, England, the United States, Canada, Spain and South America.
Folder 2

[G.R.]. Portfolio with dyed thread samples. (1937, August 31)

Notes

Includes 39 samples of dyed thread labeled in French with handwritten annotations. Sample for "Gris 83" missing.
Folder 3

[G.R.]. Portfolio with dyed thread samples. ([1937])

Notes

Includes 40 samples of dyed thread labeled in French with handwritten annotations. Sample for "Dollar" unattached.
Folder 4

G.R. "Pon 400. Taffetas d’Ameublement." ([approximately 1955])

Notes

Folded sample card with 32 samples of dyed thread, labeled in French. With additional card and textile sample in wax envelope.
Folder 5

G.R. "Carte A. Coloris suivis." ([undated])

Notes

Folded sample card with 44 samples of dyed thread, labeled in French. Stamped with the name "Joseph Hertz, Amsterdam."
Folder 6

G.R. "Carte F. Coloris suivis." ([undated])

Notes

Folded sample card with 27 samples of dyed thread numbered 167-193, labeled in French. Stamped with the name "Joseph Hertz, Amsterdam."
Folder 7

Rhodiaceta. "Comptoir des textiles artificiels." (1938, October 18)

Notes

Folded sample card with eight samples of dyed thread. Labeled in French and numbered 3600-3630 and 3700-3730.
Folder 8

Rhodiaceta. Comptoir des textiles artificiels."" (1940, January 4)

Notes

Folding sample book with 34 samples of dyed thread labeled in French.
Box 6

Box 6: Rhodiaceta. Portfolio with dyed thread samples.

Folder 1

Rhodiaceta. "Filés teints 'Rodia.'" (1952, June)

Notes

Folding sample book with seven samples of dyed thread labeled in French.
Folder 2

Rhodiaceta. "Filés teints 'Rhodia.'" (1953, April)

Notes

Folding sample book with 41 samples of dyed thread labeled in French. Also includes two copies of a Sociéte Rhodiaceta leaflet from January 1955.
Folder 3

Rhodiaceta. "Filés teints 'Rhodia.'" (1955, September)

Notes

Folding sample book with 36 samples of dyed thread labeled in French. Handwritten annotations.
Folder 4

Rhodiaceta. "Coloris Rovate." ([after 1922])

Notes

Folded sample card with 32 samples of dyed thread labeled in French.
Folder 5

[Vulliod Ancel & Cie] . "Nuances grand teint solides à la cuite, au blanchiment, au chlore et à l'eau oxygénée sur viscose mate." ([undated])

Notes

Folding sample book with 36 samples of dyed thread labeled in French and numbered 1-36. Handwritten annotations.
Folder 6

"Nuances de Chaines." ([undated])

Notes

Folded sample card with 47 samples of dyed thread labeled in French.
Folder 7

"Nuances de Chaines." ([undated])

Notes

Folded sample card with 47 samples of dyed thread labeled in French. Thread sample for "gris I4⁴" unattached.
Folder 8

"Portfolio with dyed thread samples." ([undated])

Notes

Two panels with 33 samples of dyed thread labeled in French.
Box 7

Vulliod Ancel & Cie. Portfolio with dyed thread samples. ([1903])

Notes

Sample book with 767 samples of dyed thread, labeled in French and numbered 3001-3768.
Box 8

Vulliod Ancel & Cie. Portfolio with dyed thread samples. ([1903])

Notes

Sample book with 767 samples of dyed thread, labeled in French and numbered 4001-4768.
Box 9

Vulliod Ancel & Cie. Portfolio with dyed thread samples. ([1904])

Notes

Sample book with 719 samples of dyed thread, labeled in French and numbered 5001-5720.
Box 10

Portfolio with dyed thread samples. ([approximately 1927])

Notes

Sample book with 138 samples of dyed thread, labeled in French and numbered 201-296, 300-323, 400-417.
Box 11

Portfolio with dyed thread samples. ([undated])

Notes

Sample book with 55 samples of dyed thread labeled in French.
Box 12

Portfolio with dyed thread samples. ([undated])

Notes

Sample book with 66 samples of dyed thread labeled in French.
Box 13

Portfolio with dyed thread samples. ([undated])

Notes

Sample book with 54 samples of dyed thread labeled in French.
Box 14

Portfolio with dyed ribbon samples. ([undated])

Notes

Sample book with four samples of dyed ribbon, labeled "Pon. 1261."