The American Dyestuff Reporter (ADR) actively covered textile research and industry events from its inception in 1917 until 1998. ADR was purchased by AATCC in 1999.

AATCC has digitized the entire ADR collection.

  • Members can request ADR issues of interest at no cost from AATCC staff.
  • This project began in 2017 and was completed in December 2018.
  • The eighty-one years of ADR cover the important developments of textile research, dyeing, finishing, and test method development in the American textile industry, and is a treasure-trove of technical knowledge related to our industry.

The ADR Editorial Index, each year from 1922-1998 is available to all online.

  • Issues and articles from Vols. 1-9 (1917-1921) are also available to members, however no Editorial Index was provided for those issues.
  • Those interested in obtaining ADR issues are welcome to join as AATCC members.
  • Members may fill out a Request Form to request pdfs of individual issues.

ADR Abstracts Available to Members:
Members can search EBSCO Textile Technology Complete to find abstracts pertaining to ADR articles. Check the ADR Editorial Indexes below to locate and request the digital article from AATCC.

ADR and AATCC: Joint Partners in Textile Progress

The American Dyestuff Reporter (ADR) played a major role in the establishment of AATCC.  Louis A. Olney, founder of AATCC, was a professor of chemistry and dyeing at the Lowell Textile School, was involved with key management of several textile firms in the Lowell area, and served as the first editor of the technical section of ADR, for more than twenty years, shortly after ADR came into existence. Olney was asked to actively cover textile research and industry events in ADR from its inception in 1917. Through his editorials, Olney actively solicited for the formation of a “Technical Association of the American Textile Industry”.  He stressed the opportunity for developing and propagating needed scientific standards for testing dyes and textiles.  These editorials led to meetings that resulted in the formation of AATCC.  Olney continued as the technical editor for more than twenty years.  ADR was purchased by AATCC in 1999.

For more information on ADR and AATCC, download and read Dyeing for a Living, a history of the first 75 years of AATCC.

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