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Collection documents Norman Squires's career as a salesperson for the Aluminum Cooking Utensil Company of America, Stanley Home Products, and Encyclopedia Britannica. Norman Squires conceptualized and implemented the party plan method of direct selling.
Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
This collection documents Squires's professional life as a salesperson with four companies: Aluminum Cooking Utensil Company of America (WearEver Company), Stanley Home Products, Encyclopedia Britannica and Tupper Corporation. Most of the materials relate to the creation of the hostess party plan and his achievements in sales. There is very little information about his personal life other than a few family photographs. The collection is useful for understanding selling techniques dating from the 1930s through the 1950s.
The collection is arranged into five series.
Series 1, Background Materials, circa 1908-2006
Series 2, Aluminum Cooking Utensil Company of America, circa 1934, 1936, undated
Series 3, Stanley Home Products, 1938-1946, undated
Series 4, Encyclopedia Britannica, 1956-1958
Series 5, Tupper Corporation, 1950
Adrienne Cain and Vanessa Broussard Simmons
Immediate Source of Acquisiton
Daniel T. Squires donated his father's papers in 2006 and requested that the materials be titled the "Norman W. Squires Collection."
Collection processed by Adrienne Cain (intern) and Vanessa Broussard Simmons, archivist, 2008.
Using the Collection
Restrictions on Access
Collection open for research on site by appointment. Unprotected photographs must be handled with gloves.
Norman W. Squires Collection, 1936-2006, Archives Center, National Museum of American History. Gift of Daniel T. Squires.
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.
Materials in the Archives Center
Stanley Home Products Collection (NMAH.AC.0788)
Earl S. Tupper Papers (NMAH.AC.0470)
Brownie Wise Papers (NMAH.AC.0509)
Ann and Thomas Damigella Collection (NMAH.AC.0583)
Helen Hoch Tupperware Films (NMAH.AC.0865)
Jon and Sylvia Boyd Tupperware Films (NMAH.AC.0870)
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
P.O. Box 37012
Suite 1100, MRC 601
Washington, D.C. 20013-7012