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Plastics manuscript collection of the billiard ball
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The Plastics Collection includes books, periodicals, manuscripts, and over 2,500 plastic objects produced from the late-19th Century to the present day that represent facets of the development of the plastics industry. The collection includes papers related to individual plastic innovators and to companies, both exceptional and representative of developments in plastics production, design and marketing.



  1. New Special Collections Research Center exhibit, “Survival Kit: Provisions for your Research Journey,” on display in the Plastics Pioneers Reading Room on the 6th floor of Bird Library. The exhibition utilizes a selection of artifacts, documents, and photographs from the Edwin F. Bushman Papers, a mid-century plastics engineer, and the Plastics Artifacts Collection.



♦ The Plastics Collection founding support provided by Harry Greenwald and Greenwald-Haupt Charitable Foundation.
♦ This version of the Plastics Collection website was made possible by a gift in honor of Dewey Rainville by the Plastics Pioneers Association - Plastics History and Artifacts Committee.


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