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Plastics manuscript collection of the billiard ball
Books and Journals of the Modern Plastics book
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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.


Thank you to SU Libraries Plastics Partners!

  1. ♦ The Plastics Collection founding support provided by Harry Greenwald and Greenwald-Haupt Charitable Foundation.

  2. ♦ 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.



It is with deep sadness that Syracuse University Libraries mourns the passing of Patsy Beall, a dear friend. Patsy will be forever remembered in our hearts and always hold a place of honor in the PPA Plastics Reading Room, a gift of Glenn and Patsy Beall. Gifts may be made in Patsy's honor to help support the Plastics Collection.


Learn more about ways to support the Plastics Collection at Syracuse University Libraries.

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