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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Biographical/Historical Note
  • Administrative Information
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: F. Weber & Company, Inc. records
    Date (inclusive): 1865-1973
    Number: 950018
    Creator/Collector: F. Weber & Co.
    Physical Description: 18 Linear Feet (41 boxes)
    The Getty Research Institute
    Special Collections
    1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100
    Los Angeles 90049-1688
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10020/askref
    (310) 440-7390
    Abstract: Manufacturer of artists' materials, including paints, papers, and other supplies. Records contain trade catalogs and price lists, paint formula books, sample books, and business papers, trade catalogs and sample books of other companies, and lectures written and delivered by F. Weber.
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    Language: Collection material is in English

    Biographical/Historical Note

    Successors to Janentzky & Weber Manufacturers & Importers, F. Weber & Company, Inc. was established in 1853 and incorporated in 1920. The company manufactured artists supplies, including painting and drawing supplies, mathematical instruments, materials for gilders, sign and coach-painters, china decorators, engineers, lithographers, etchers and engravers, as well as materials for pyrography or wood burning, and wax and paper flowers. Their main office was located at 1125 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, and branch houses existed at 709 Locust St., St.Louis, Missouri, and 5 North Charles Street, Baltimore, Maryland.
    Frederick Weber was a chemist, author, lecturer and painter.

    Administrative Information


    Open for use by qualified researchers.

    Publication Rights

    Preferred Citation

    F. Weber & Co., Inc. Records, 1865-1973, Research Library, The Getty Research Institute, Accession number 950018.

    Acquisition Information

    The archive was accessioned by the Getty Research Library, Special Collections in 1995, although received prior to 1995.

    Processing History

    Pamela Johnson, library assistant at the Getty Conservation Institute, began processing the collection in early 1994. Jill Markman, also from the library of the Conservation Institute, took over the processing in 1995. Jocelyn Gibbs assisted her in the processing and arrangement of the papers, and compiled the finding aid March 1996.

    Digitized Material

    Selected items from Series II. Paint formula books have been digitized. Click here  for digital images.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The archive of F. Weber & Company, Inc. contains printed catalogues and brochures, ledgers with financial and technical information (including paint formulas), correspondence and other business papers, manuscripts of lectures and photographs from trade fairs. The material dates from 1865-1971, with the bulk of the material from the first 3 decades of the 20th-century.
    Paint formula books, ca. 1865-1967, undated (ca. 30), are handwritten ledgers documenting most aspects of F. Weber & Company's manufacture of paint, including special orders and customers. Many of the ledgers include inserted paint samples. All of the ledgers cover a span of years; some as many as 20 years. All of the ledgers are fragile.
    Sample books, 1925-1951, (ca. 30 items) include printed books, brochures and cards which provide samples of artists' materials for sale by Weber. These include samples of canvas, various types of paints, inks, papers and colored pencils.
    Business papers (2.5 lin. ft.) 1870-1973, n.d., include 4 small wage and expense account books from the 1870s; a ledger of Weber Co. stock on hand for 1897; 3 stock certificate books, 1921-1963; blueprints, drawing and specifications for an F. Weber manufacturing building, 1917; and by-laws and incorporation papers, 1920-1921. The F. Weber & Company's participation in trade fairs and expositions (1922-1941, n.d.) is documented with some correspondence, printed material and ca. 15 photographs. There are also ca. 15 lectures (and announcements for lectures) by F. Weber, ca. 1922-35, in mss. and printed form, on the technical aspects of artists materials, especially paints. A scrapbook contains clippings, brochures and flyers about his lectures.
    Other companies' trade catalogs and price lists (ca. 40 items) were collected by the F. Weber & Company in the course of doing business, and date from 1870-1951.
    Monographs from the collection have been accessioned to the Reseach Library's general collection.

    Arrangement note

    The collection is arranged in 5 series: Series I. Trade catalogues and price lists, ca. 1876-1962; Series II. Paint formula books, ca. 1865-1967; Series III. Sample books, ca. 1925-1951; Series IV. Business papers, ca. 1870-1973; Series V. Other companies' trade catalogues and sample books, ca. 1870-1951

    Indexing Terms

    Subjects - Topics

    Artists' materials
    Artists' materials industry
    Artists' materials -- Formulae
    Paint -- Catalogs
    Paint materials
    Paint industry and trade -- United States
    Painting -- Materials


    Janentzky and Weber, Manufacturers and Importers
    Weber, Frederick
    F. Weber & Co.