Special Collections and Archives Finding Aids
This collection mainly consists of orders for MacDonald's merchandise and bills to the company. Also included are samples of MacDonald's products (see Copies of MacDonald's Farmers Almanac and MacDonald's Medicines), some of Jeremiah's diploma's and certificates (see Diplomas, Degrees, and Certificates of Jeremiah MacDonald), and some family photographs (see Photographs and Postcards).
It is not definitely known how the State University of New York at Binghamton acuired the collection. It is possible that it was donated by Mrs. Marion Rury (Dr. Jeremiah MacDonald's granddaughter) sometime around 1966.
It has been subsequently learned that the MacDonald Collection was purchased accidently along with some printing equipment from the Atlas Printing Company. Prof. Ken Lindsay of the Art Department had arranged for the purchase of hand presses circa. 1966. The occasion was an auction sponsored by the Johnson City Press.