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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Eugene F. Phillips Papers

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


Polymeric Systems Collection

Collection consists of 36 copy color and black and white photographs of a manufacturing facility; and five 7" plastic sound discs manufactured with polystyrene by Richardson Company Polymeric Systems Division. The use of polystyrene was purported to eliminate surface noise from the discs.


Standard Comb Photographs

Three undated photographs of the exterior of the Standard Comb building (later Standard Pyroxoloid).