Scope and Contents
The subject category "Rubber" contains material pertaining to the manufacturing and sales of rubber and rubber-based products, including India rubber and synthetic rubber. The materials primarily relate to tires, but also includes information about shoes, rubber stamps, rubber belting, tubing, fabrics, hoses, and medical instruments. While there is some subject overlap, see subject category Shoes for records primarily concerning the shoe industry.
The bulk of the subject category contains business records, advertisements, and catalogues created by manufacturers and distributors of rubber and rubber products. Materials include records of patents and invoice records. Companies represented within the records include Goodrich Corporation, Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, and Firestone Tire and Rubber Company.
Additional material includes literature from professional organizations, case records, serial publications, and realia in the form of a rubber coaster. Material related to specific subject areas provides brief overviews of the history of rubber, manufacturing and maintenance of rubber products, and the role of rubber in trades related to medicine, agriculture, firefighting, shoes, tiles, and stamps.
No single topic is explored in depth, though some publications may provide general and historical overviews of various aspects of the rubber industry. A small amountnumber of German language material is included in the collection and is indicated in folder descriptions when present.