Professor Albert H. Munsell (1858-1918)
Index to Volume A
Index to Volume B
Part 1, pp 1-20
Part 2, pp 21-40
Part 3, pp 41-50
Part 4, pp 61-60
Part 5, pp 81-100
Part 6, pp 101-120
Part 7, pp 121-140
Part 8, pp 141-160
Part 9, pp 161-180
Part 10, pp 181-200
Part 11, pp 201-220
Part 12, pp 221-230
Part 1, pp 231-250
Part 2, pp 251-270
Part 3, pp 271-290
Part 4, pp 291-310
Part 5, pp 311-329
Part 6, pp 330-350
Part 7, pp 351-370
Part 8, pp 371-390
Part 9, pp 391-412
Part 10, pp 413-420
A. H. Munsell Color Diary
We are pleased to make these diaries available online. The links at left are individual PDFs, each in the range of 0.5 to 1MB. They represent all of volumes A and B in
approximately twenty page increments. The index pages list the names of people mentioned in the diaries. Sorry, but there is no
subject index. If you would like to create one, we will gladly publish it here!
Note that some PDFs are actually more than 20 pages. We grouped the tiles by the page number in the typed copies. Many pages
were inserted with letter notation (4a, 4b, 4c, etc). Also, some of the handwritten pages are unnumbered. You may want to download
the document before or after to make sure you get the desired pages.
Below is the text from the cover sheet in the diary binders as received.
It was slightly edited for typographical errors.
The diary hereby made available is one kept by A. H. Munsell during the years in which he was developing both the Munsell
color system and apparatus and charts by which to explain it.
A typewritten copy was made at the Munsell Color Company in the years 1920-23 from 6 volumes of a handwritten diary kept
by Professor Munsell. Drawings and sketches were all hand-traced, and handwriting was inserted where corrections or
additions were made in the original. Volume A covers the period 1899 through May 1908; volume B, May 1908 through 1918.
In 1939 the Inter-Society Color council, with permission from the Munsell family and company, deposited a bibliofilm
negative of this typed material with the American Documentation Institute, their Document No. 1307. Early documents of this
Institute now filed with the photo-Duplication Division of the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., from which photoprints
of microfilm positives may be ordered.
This copy of the Munsell Diary is one of three photocopied by Hunter Associates Laboratory in the spring of 1973 from the original
typed copy loaned to Dorothy Nickerson by the Munsell Color Company. The three copies are filed with Miss Nickerson, the
Rochester Institute of Technology through Milton Person (these copies are now at the Munsell Color Science Laboratory), and
the Hunterlab library.
Reports of the development and application of the Munsell Color Systems since 1918 are available in the two historical papers
by D. Nickerson: 1940, Journal of the Optical Society of America, 30, 575-586; 1969, Color Engineering, 7, 42-51.
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