The plastics manuscript collections include personal papers and company records related to the development of the plastics industry, mostly in the United States. The collections contain product and process designs and patents; printed company advertising and published catalogues; technical specifications and reports; and papers, articles and other writings by a variety of notable individuals.

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British Celanese Ltd. Letter

Letter from H. W. Walsh describing visit to British Celanese Ltd.


Edwin F. Bushman Papers

Collection contains correspondence, technical reports, product literature, photographs, hand drawings, technical drawings and blueprints that relate to acrylic and fiberglass production.


Erik Furholmen Papers

Patent information, technical reports, publicity, company data, product data; bulk relates to Chicago Molded Plastics Corporation and some of its products.


Eugene F. Phillips Papers

American mechanical engineer; collection includes papers, research files, samples of plastic and plastic products, and memorabilia


Fred Conley Collection

Clippings, memorabilia, photographs of the American plastics pioneer.


Irvin I. Rubin Papers

Professional papers related to the career of Plastics Hall of Fame member Irvin I. Rubin; including correspondence, company records, illustrations and other materials related to injection molding companies Robinson Plastics Corp. and Irvin I. Rubin Plastics Corp.; texts and illustrations used in Rubin's writing about injection molding; and copies of many of his publications.


John Kretzschmar Papers

Clippings, correspondence, printed material relating to American engineer and to plastics generally.


John M. DeBell Papers

Professional papers related to the career of Plastics Hall of Fame member John M. DeBell; including biographical material and memorabilia, correspondence, company records,technical reports, and other materials related to DeBell's work for the U.S. military and DeBell and Richardson.


National Plastics Center & Museum Records

Collection consists of administrative records, financial records, and publicity materials from the Museum in Leominster, Massachusetts.


Plasticos Industriales Extrusos, S.A. Collection

Collection consists of photographs of the exterior of the Plasticos Industriales Extrusos plant and product literature in Spanish of the Plinex line manufactured by Plasticos Industriales Extrusos.


Plastics Hall of Fame Records

Records of the Plastics Academy related to the organization of the Plastics Hall of Fame containing correspondence, organizational notes, meeting minutes, member lists, press clippings, nomination forms, biographies, photographs, event information, induction ceremony programs and other materials related to the Plastics Hall of Fame.


Plastics Product Literature Collection

Collection consists of product literature, catalogs, objects and technical bulletins on plastic products and plastic applications by numerous plastic and chemical companies. Most emanate from American companies but the collection includes some from Japanese companies, as well as a few from France, Germany, Australia and the United Kingdom.


Samuel L. Belcher Collection

Biographical material, patent information, and product data related to Samuel Belcher's innovations in blow molding.