Guide to Patsy Sherman Innovative Lives Presentation

Summary
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0599
Creators:
Jerome and Dorothy Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation.
Sherman, Patsy
Dates:
March 12, 1997.
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
0.35 Cubic feet
3 boxes
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Videohistory contains original and reference videos and photographs documenting a lecture program for children by Patsy Sherman, inventor of Scotchgard.

Arrangement
Arrangement
The collection is divided into four series.
Series 1: Original Videos
Series 2: Master Videos
Series 3: Reference Videos
Series 4: Photographs

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Patsy Sherman was born in Minnesota. After graduating from Gustavus Adolphus College in 1952, Sherman was employed by 3M Company. At 3M, Sherman and a fellow researcher, Samuel Smith attempted to create a new synthetic material to use with jet fuel. During their experiments, Patsy accidentally spilled some of the compound on her tennis shoe and noticed that the shoe remained clean. This discovery led to the development of Scotchguard. Scotchguard is a compound used worldwide to repel soil on sofas, chairs, tablecloths, clothing, and other objects that are used daily. Patsy Sherman's name appears on 16 patents awarded to 3M for their inventions. She has been awarded numerous honors for her achievements and was inducted into the Minnesota Inventors Hall of Fame in 1989. She retired from 3M in 1992.

Administration
Processing Information
Collection processed by Alison Oswald, July 16, 1997.
Author
Alison L. Oswald
Immediate Source of Acquisiton
National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution,,Lemelson Center for the Study of Innovation and Invention, Rm. 1016, MRC 604, 12th and Constitution Ave., N.W. 20560.,Made for NMAH.,1997.3177.

Using the Collection
Preferred Citation
Patsy Sherman Innovative Lives Presentation, March 12, 1997, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Terms Governing Use and Reproduction
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. Signed releases on file.
Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open for research.

Ownership and Custodial History
Ownership and Custodial History
This videodocumentation was created by the Innovative Lives Program of the Jerome and Dorothy Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation March 12, 1997. Transferred to the Archives Center July 8, 1997.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Women inventors -- 20th century Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Women chemists -- 20th century Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Videotapes -- 1990-2000 Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Scotchgard Title Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Inventions -- 20th century Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Inventors -- 20th century Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Innovative Lives Program (NMAH public program series) Title Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Textile fabrics -- 20th century Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Chemistry -- 20th century Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Chemists -- 20th century Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Slides Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Photographs Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
3M Company Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Corporation Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Smith, Samuel Personal Name 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
archivescenter@si.edu
http://americanhistory.si.edu/archives