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Chromolithograph scrapbook

Identifier: MSD-0000-014

Collection Statement

The document case contains one chromolithograph scrapbook of unknown origin. It has many pages of colorful die-cut images pasted on the acidic and brittle scrapbook pages.


  • Circa 1880

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Usage Restrictions

Copyright interests for this collection have been transferred to DePauw University.

Historical Sketch

Chromolithography is a chemical process. The process is based on the rejection of grease by water. The image is applied to stone, grained zinc or aluminium surfaces, with a grease-based crayon or ink. Chromolithographs became prominent after the Civil War because of their low production costs and ability to be mass-produced, and because the methods allowed pictures to look more like hand-painted oil paintings. A chromolithograph scrapbook is characterized by the heavy use of colorful pieces of die-cut images of various people, animals, and scenes of which this scrapbook is an excellent example.


1.06 Cubic Feet (1 document case)

Language of Materials


Chromolithograph scrapbook
Wesley Wilson
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
Description is in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Archives of DePauw University and Indiana United Methodism Repository

Roy O. West Library
405 S. Indiana St.
Greencastle Indiana 46135 United States