Arthur Ehrat Papers, 1865-2005, 2011 (bulk 1970-1990)
Pro Form Fitness Products Inc
Porter Equipment Company
Icon Health and Fitness Inc
Basketball Products International
Fleckner, John A. 1941-
Music, Sports and Entertainment, Division of, NMAH, SI
10 cu. ft. : 26 boxes
1865-2005, 2011 bulk 1970-1990
Farmer, grain elevator manager, inventor.
Papers, primarily relating to Ehrat's invention of the breakaway basketball rim, including patents, licensing documents, and litigation documents; also photographs of Ehrat and his prototypes, audiovisual materials including oral history interviews with him conducted by John Fleckner, videos of appearances he made, and papers relating to his other inventions and ideas. The most voluminous portion of the records relates to the challenges Ehrat went through getting his invention patented, and defending himself and his invention from infringement claims. There are papers from eight civil action lawsuits. Some of the companies and persons involved in these challenges are Basketball Products International, Diversified Products, Gared Company, Icon Health and Fitness Inc., Nixdorff-Krein Industries, Porter Equipment Company, Pro Form Fitness Products, Toss Back, William Dittrich, Ralph Staubly, and Frederick Tyner. 2015 addendum documents William A. Dittrich's work with Ehrat on basketball related inventions.
Arthur Ehrat Papers, 1865-2005, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Sporting goods industry
2005.3107 (NMAH Acc.)
2015.3036 (NMAH Acc.)
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