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Arthur Traube/Uvachrome Collection

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Repository: Richard and Ronay Menschel Library, George Eastman Museum
Source - col: Sipley, Louis Walton, 1897-1968
Source: 3M Foundation
Creator - inv: Traube, Arthur, 1878-1948
Source: Wentzel, Fritz Gustav, 1877-1963
Title: Arthur Traube/Uvachrome collection, Louis Walton Sipley/American Museum of Photography collection
ID: RRML.SC0018
Date [inclusive]: 1905-1949, undated
Physical Description: .5 Linear Feet 1 document box
Physical Description: Many items show evidence of soot and fire damage.
Language of the Material: German
Language of the Material: The majority of the materials are in German. Several items are in French and English.

Abstract: This collection consists of the papers of German chemist Dr. Arthur Traube and his development of the Uvachrome process, a variation of the dye imbibition process. The materials date between 1905 and 1949 and comprise correspondence, articles written by Dr. Traube, patents, Uvachrome A.G. materials, and Uvachrome and Uvatype reproductions.

Scope & Contents:The material in this collection primarily relates to German chemist Dr. Arthur Traube's development of the Uvachrome process, which replaced the earlier Diachrome process he had patented in 1906. After introducing the Uvachrome method in 1916 Dr. Traube founded Uvachrom Aktiengesellschaft (Uvachrom A.G.) in 1917 in Munich, Germany.

Correspondence, patents, and Dr. Traube's writings about Uvatype and the Uvachrome process provide a rich resource for those researching dye imbibition techniques in early 20th-century color photography. Also included are pamphlets and manuals published by Uvachrom A.G. describing the new process.


Creation of this finding aid was made possible in part by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, grant #MA-30-15-0019-15.