Guide to the Physical Science Oral History Collection
NMAH.AC.0248

Summary
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0248
Creators:
Becker, Leonard, ?-1985
Dates:
1976
Languages:
English
Collection is in English.
Physical Description:
2 cubic feet
1 box
5 audiocassete tapes
Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Leonard Becker was a major participant in the development and marketing of Vinyl plastic.

Scope and Contents note
Scope and Contents note
Tapes contain Leonard Becker's recollections regarding the origin and development of vinyl plastic, covering experiments undertaken in conjunction with Union Carbide & Carbon Co., Nitro, W. Va. Tapes contain information on the various stages in production of men's plastic belts, including dipping, extrusion, fabrication, sealing, and cementing.

Arrangement note
Arrangement note
Collection arranged into one series.

Biographical/Historical note
Biographical/Historical note
This collection consists of five cassette tapes recording the reminiscences of Leonard Becker, a major participant in the development and marketing of Vinyl plastic.

Administration
Processing Information note
Collection processed by Craig A. Orr, 1989
Author
Finding aid prepared by Craig A. Orr
Immediate Source of Acquisition note
Collection donated by Leonard Becker, through J. Harry DuBois and the Plastics Institute of America, 1978.

Using the Collection
Preferred Citation note
Physical Science Oral History Collection, 1976, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Conditions Governing Use note
Copyright restrictions.
Conditions Governing Access note
Collection is open for research.

Custodial History note
Custodial History note
Transferred to the Archives Center by Jon Ekolund, Curator of Chemistry, October 1986.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Physical Sciences, Division of (NMAH, Smithsonian Institution). Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Union Carbide and Carbon Corporation. (Nitro (W. Va.)) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Belts (Clothing)--Plastic Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Oral history Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Plastics Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Vinyl polymers--History Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
P.O. Box 37012
Suite 1100, MRC 601
Washington, D.C., 20013-7012
Phone: 202-633-3270
archivescenter@si.edu