Scrapbook created by W. D. MacFarlane who was a partner, with his brother Robert, in the MacFarlane Old Dye Works in Albany, New York. The book contains chemical solutions for dying textiles, newspaper clippings, marriage and obituary notices, poems and political cartoons.
Scope and Contents:
This scrapbook contain several handwritten directions for preparation of chemical solutions for dying textiles various colors; newspaper clippings relate to a variety of subjects; and several marriage and obituary notices concerning the MacFarlane and Albright families of Albany. In addition, there are numerous clippings of poems and several political cartoons.
Biographical / Historical:
W.D. MacFarlane was apparently in the dyeing business in Albany, New York (MacFarlane's Old Dye Works) as a partner with his brother Robert. Their father, Robert MacFarlane (1815 1883) had emigrated from Scotland to the United States in 1836, where he carried on the family trade of dyeing, but also engaged in more intellectual pursuits, serving as editor of the Scientific American for seventeen years. There is little information on his sons.
This collection was presumably a part of the Warshaw Collection, which was purchased from Augusta Warshaw, widow of Isadore Warshaw, in 1971.
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