Guide to Plastic Pioneers Association Interviews

Summary
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.1235
Creators:
Plastics Pioneers Association
Dates:
1952 September 18-20
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
1 Boxe
Repository:
Audio recordings of interviews with members of the Plastics Pioneers Association about the plastics industry, its origins, and evolution.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The collection consists of four 1/4 inch open-reel audiotapes produced in 1968.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
The Plastic Pioneers Association (PPA) was formed in the 1940s to provide individuals involved with plastics invention, innovation, and manufacturing an opportunity to meet with colleagues to share stories about the history of plastics. In 1948 the PPA became a formal organization "of individuals who are persons of accomplishment in the Plastics Industry, and who wish to foster the bonds of friendship and fraternalism among them." At the time, in order to be a member an individual had to have made "a contribution to the growth of the industry and worked at least fifteen years plastics. According to the PPA webiste, membership currently "is capped at 250 active members, and the term of service in the industry required is 25 years or more."
The PPA is dedicated to education as well as documenting and preserving the histories of people who contributed to the plastics industry. The Plastic Pioneers Interviews represents part of this effort
http://www.plasticspioneers.org/Home/tabid/52/Default.aspx

Administration
Existence and Location of Copies
Reference CDs made by the Archives Center.
Processing Information
Collection processed by NMAH staff in 2011.
Processing Information
Collection processed by Wendy Shay, undated
Author
Wendy Shay

Using the Collection
Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements
Researchers must use reference audio CDs. Original 1/4 inch open-reel audio tapes are not available for research use.
Conditions Governing Use
Copyright status unknown. No releases exist. Collecion items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning intellectual property rights. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply.
Preferred Citation
[Plastic Pioneers Association Interviews, September 18-20, 1968], Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, Tape number x.
Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open for research.

Related Materials
Related Archives Center collections:
Albany Billiard Ball Company Records, 1869-1973 (011)
Leo H. Baekeland Papers, 1881-1968 (005)
Celluloid Corporation Records, 1892-1935 (009)
Earl S. Tupper Papers, circa 1914-1982 (470)
Grace Jeffers Collection of Formica Materials, 1913-2003 (0565)

Custodial History
Custodial History
The collection was transferred from the Division of Science and Medicine in 2011.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Plastics -- 1920-2000 Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Laminated plastics Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Celluloid Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Bakelite Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
billiards - equipment and supplies Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Styrene Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Plexiglas Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Plastics Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Molding -- Plastics Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Plastics industry and trade Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Dow Chemical Company Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Celanese Corporation of America Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Albany Billiard Ball Company (Albany, New York) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Bakelite Corporation Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Formica Corporation. Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
General Electric Company Corporate 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