Preliminary Guide to the Sally Fox Innovative Lives Presentation
NMAH.AC.0646

Summary
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0646
Creators:
Fox, Sally
Jerome and Dorothy Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation.
Person, Abigail
Dates:
1997
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
0.25 cubic feet
3 boxes
Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History

Scope and Contents note
Scope and Contents note
This collection contains 5 1/2 hours of footage documenting Sally Fox, an inventor of a commercially spinnable naturally colored cotton. This video was created on November 14, 1997.

Arrangement note
Arrangement note
The collection is divided into three series.
Series 1: Original Videos, 1997
Series 2: Master Videos, 1997
Series 3: Reference Videos, 1997

Biographical/Historical note
Biographical/Historical note
Sally Fox began growing brown cotton in 1982 and experimented with crossbreeding it. By 1985, some of Fox’s plants growing from cross-pollinated seeds produced green cotton as well as brown. These naturally colored cottons were brought to the marketplace in 1989, when Fox established her company, Natural Cotton Colours, Inc., in Arizona. FoxFibre is the registered trademark of her naturally colored cotton. Fox developed several different types and colors of cotton--pink, yellow, lavender, brown, green, and red. Crossbreeding two types, reddish-brown Coyote and traditional white Pima produces the bronze brown Buffalo FoxFibre. The six varieties of FoxFibre include three browns: Coyote (reddish), Buffalo (mocha), and New Brown; and three greens: Green FoxFibre, Palo Verde (sage), and New Green. FoxFibre is naturally colored, so there is need to bleach or dye the fabric. The Coyote and Buffalo FoxFibre are naturally flame resistant. FoxFibre is environmentally friendly because it is grown organically, without the use of chemical pesticides.

Administration
Processing Information note
Processed by Alison Oswald, archivist, July 1998; revised January 2001.
Existence and Location of Copies note
Original videos digitized in 2014. See repository for details.
Author
Finding aid prepared by Alison Oswald
Immediate Source of Acquisition note
Created by the Jerome and Dorothy Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation on November 14, 1997.

Using the Collection
Preferred Citation note
Sally Fox Innovative Lives Presentation, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
Conditions Governing Access note
Collection is open for research.
Conditions Governing Use note
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions. Copies of release forms exist.

Custodial History note
Custodial History note
The collection was transferred from the Lemelson Center to the Archives Center on May 1, 1998.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Fox Fibre. Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Natural Cotton Colours, Inc. Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Cotton growing--1980-2000 Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Cotton--1980-2000 Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Interviews--1980-2000 Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Inventions--1980-2000 Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Inventors--1980-2000 Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Inventors--20th century Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Oral history--1980-2000 Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Spinning--1980-2000 Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Videotapes--1990-2000 Genre/Form 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