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ABS resins.
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Antiques.
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Armored vehicles, Military
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Automobiles
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Bakelite
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Bakelite.
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Beverage containers.
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Billiards
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Biodegradable plastics.
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Blow Molding.
1
Brooms and brushes.
1
Business and Industry
43
Celluloid.
2
Cellulose acetate.
1
Chemical engineering
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Chemical plants.
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Combs
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Combs.
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Conservation of natural resources.
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Container industry.
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Engineers
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Eyeglasses.
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Factories
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Factories.
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Flatware
2
Food
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Food containers.
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Gearing.
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Glass fibers.
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Gums and resins, Synthetic.
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Gums and resins.
1
Hair
1
Hair ornaments
5
Hair ornaments.
4
Hydraulic machinery.
1
Industrial Design
6
Industrial designers
1
Industrialization
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Injection molding of plastics.
5
Kitchen utensils
1
Manufacturing processes.
1
Mechanical drawing
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Melamine.
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Methyl methacrylate.
1
Mirrors
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Molding (Plastics)
1
Molding materials.
1
Moldings
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New York State
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Nitrocellulose.
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Ornamental combs
5
Ornamental combs.
4
Packaging.
1
Patents.
2
Phenolic resins.
1
Piping.
1
Plastic containers.
3
Plastic jewelry.
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Plastic novelties.
1
Plastic tableware
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Plastic tableware.
2
Plastics
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Plastics as art material.
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Plastics in automobiles.
2
Plastics in boatbuilding.
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Plastics in building.
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Plastics in electric engineering.
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Plastics in household appliances.
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Plastics in interior decoration.
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Plastics in medicine
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Plastics in packaging.
5
Plastics industry and trade
12
Plastics industry and trade.
37
Plastics machinery industry
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Plastics machinery.
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Plastics plants
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Plastics plants.
2
Plastics workers
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Polyethylene
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Polyethylene terephthalate.
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Polystyrene.
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Polytef.
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Product formulas.
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Pyralin.
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Recycling (Waste, etc.)
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Recycling industry.
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Science and medicine
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Styrene.
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Sunglasses industry.
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Sunglasses.
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Tableware
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Technical drawings.
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Thermoplastics.
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Thermosetting composites.
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Thermosetting plastics.
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Toothbrushes.
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Trade literature.
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Traffic engineering.
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Traffic flow.
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Tupperware Home Parties.
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Women
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Wooden novelties.
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Working class.
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World War, 1939-1945
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Manuscripts

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.

Clicking on a manuscript title will take you away from the Plastics Collection site to the main Syracuse University library finding aids.

F. Reed Estabrook Papers

Contains the personal and professional papers of F. Reed Estabrook, businessman in the plastics field.

 

F. W. Gray Comb Designs

Collection consists of two scrapbooks containing templates of designs for plastic hair combs. The templates are pasted onto the pages of printed books.

 

Foster Grant Collection

Foster Grant was an American plastics molding and manufacturing firm specializing in eyewear. Originally founded in 1919 by Sam Foster to produce ladies hair accessories, the first piece of eyewear sold in 1929 at the Woolworth in Atlantic City. Collection contains company publications and sales materials including a training binder from the 1970s containing photographs and handwritten directions on how to create an epoxy mold; and photographs of die molds, Foster Grant products from World War II and sales displays.

 

Fred Conley Collection

Clippings, memorabilia, photographs of the American plastics pioneer.

 

George Friese Collection of Plastics Union Ephemera

Collection consists of union-related pieces of ephemera from George Friese’s career in the plastics industry in the Leominster, Massachusetts area.

 

George Marshall Papers

Collection contains correspondence from Wasco Chemical from 1959, photographs of plastics manufacturing facilities, plastics industry-related publications, and piping diagrams for a factory for Great American Plastics in Fitchburg, MA.

 

Gerard Designs Collection of Mold Drawings

Collection consists of drawings of molds created by Gerard Designs for various companies in the plastics and other industries. Most drawings contain initials of Robert McGee.

 

Glenn Beall Comb Collection

Collection of antique and modern plastic hair combs.

 

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.

 

Irwin Casper Collection of Brush Product Literature

Collection contains catalogs and product literature on various brands of hair brushes, combs, toothbrushes, household brushes, and industrial brushes from American and international companies.

 

J. Harry DuBois Papers

Collection consists of the personal and professional papers of J. Harry DuBois, covering his long career in the plastics industry. It includes scrapbooks and photograph albums of his family and world-wide travel for business, photographs and slides, and audio and film reels.

 

Jack Milgrom Papers

Collection consists largely of published material and reports collected and written by Jack Milgrom on the subjects of plastics in general, and specifically on the use of plastics in packaging and the recycling of plastics, as well as utility scrap and recycling in the auto industry.

 

James A. E. Halkett Papers

Artifacts and a few papers related to plastics engineer James A. E. Halkett.

 

Jen Cruse Antique Comb Collection

Collection of plastic hair combs

 

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.

 

John Wesley Hyatt Collection

Collection consists of the Executive Committee Meeting Minutes of the Celluloid Company, 1890 to 1905, two bound volumes of patents obtained by John Wesley Hyatt, including one for the first celluloid billiard ball and several other patents for billiard ball coatings and knife-handles; a booklet on Hyatt's acceptance of the Perkin Medal, 1914; six photographic portraits; and a relief sculpture of the John Wesley Hyatt commemorative award.

 

Joseph McDonald Collection of Plastics Patents

Collection contains copies of patents for plastic food and beverage containers collected by Joseph McDonald from 1951 to 1989, in the course of his work for Sweetheart Plastics, Inc. and a selection of technical offprints and reports.

 

Lawrence V. Redman Papers

Collection contains two items related to the career of Lawrence Vincent Redman, a booklet on his phenolic plastic, redmanol, and a certificate of recognition from the American Chemical Society.

 

Lowell Novelty Company Records

Collection consists of eight documents of the Lowell Novelty Company from 1940 to 1941. The documents include a copy of the official drawings of Waterproof Accessory, and papers related to the Board of Directors and dissolution of the company.