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Leo H. Baekeland Papers, 1863-1968

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Author:
Baekeland, L. H (Leo Hendrik) 1863-1944
Subject:
Nepera Chemical Co
Bakelite Corporation
Physical description:
Some photonegatives : silver gelatin on nitrocellulose
15.38 cu. ft
49 boxes
Type:
Photographs
Collection descriptions
Diaries
Notebooks
Professional papers
Clippings
Laboratory notes
Personal correspondence
Date:
1863
1863-1968
1880-1970
19th-20th century
Notes:
Baekeland came to the U.S. in 1890 from Belgium. His first major invention was "Velox" photographic paper. He started the Nepera Chemical Co. in 1893, and in 1899 sold it to Eastman Kodak. He is best known for inventing the first commercial synthetic resin, to which he applied the trademark "Baeklite." In 1910 the General Bakelite Company, later the Bakelite Corporation, was organized to manufacture and distribute the raw materials for making phenolic parts.
Summary:
These papers include student notebooks; private laboratory notebooks and journals; commercial laboratory notes; diaries; patents; technical papers; biographies; newspaper clippings; maps; graphs; blueprints; account books; batch books; formula books; order books; photographs; and correspondence to, from, and regarding Baekeland, 1887-1943. The photographs include photoprints, as well as original glass plate and film negatives; subject matter includes personal and family documentation, and pictures taken on family travels in the United States and Europe.
Cite as:
Leo H. Baekeland Papers, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Topic:
Chemistry
Plastics
Phenolic resins
Travel
Chemists
Inventors
Local number:
1984.3065 (NMAH Acc.)
1988.3001 (NMAH Acc.)
1984.3024 (NMAH Acc.)
1988.3017 (NMAH Acc.)
1988.3002 (NMAH Acc.)
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