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William N. Weeden Color Printing Manuscript 1886

RIT Libraries, Cary Graphic Arts Collection

Dates of Original: 1886

American inventor William Weeden’s manuscript account of his experiments in color-printing seeking a simpler alternative to the complex and laborious process of chromolithography, with thirteen small-scale specimens of color printing from blocks of solid, water-soluble ink, compounded of gum and powdered watercolor. Weeden’s experiments constitute a largely unknown effort to revolutionize color printing by devising a means of printing multiple colors simultaneously. As an inventor and patent holder, Weeden was aware of the importance of documenting the history of his inventions to address... Read more

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Potsdam Railroad, 1850 to 2000

Potsdam Public Museum

Potsdam is located in St. Lawrence County, New York and was founded in 1806 and was the site of both the St. Lawrence Academy (Now SUNY Potsdam) and Clarkson University.

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Merrick Historical Photographs

Merrick Library

Dates of Original: c. 1900-2001

The Merrick Library began in 1891, in the hayloft of a stable on the Cammann family farm, where Edward C. Cammann and good friend Richard P. Kent had put together a collection of 50 books given to them by family and friends. A few months later, the library was moved to a shack on the William Hewlett farm on Merrick Avenue, between Merrick Road and Kirkwood Avenue. A third move brought the Library to a 15-foot room on the ground floor of the newly-built tower of the Merrick Water Company on Kirkwood Avenue, behind the Church of the Redeemer.

The library's fourth home at 2369... Read more

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Suffrage Documents of the New York State Federation of Women’s Clubs

Elmira College - Gannett-Tripp Library

Dates of Original: 1912-1918

The New York State Federation of Women’s Clubs was established in 1894. As outlined in the certificate of incorporation, the objective of the organization was to, “bring into relationship of mutual helpfulness the various clubs of women throughout the state and to make combined action possible when deemed expedient. (Subgroup III: 1:1:2).” The favorable response to the mission of the Club spurned a rapid growth in membership, by the second annual convention in 1896, 186 clubs within the state were represented.

Education, industrial conditions, forestry, welfare work, prison... Read more

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