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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Erik Furholmen Papers

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


John Kretzschmar Papers

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


Samuel L. Belcher Collection

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