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Armand G. Winfield Papers, 1960-1980

Collector:
Winfield, Armand G
Cooper-Hewitt Design Archive
Subject:
New Mexico Corrections Dept
Cooper-Hewitt Design Archive
California Dept. of Industrial Relations Committee on Attitude Response and Evaluation
United Nations Industrial Development Organization
Society of Plastics Engineers
Winfield Fine Art in Jewelry (Firm)
Affordable House (Norwich, Conn.)
New York World's Fair (1939-1940 : New York, N.Y.)
Physical description:
18 cu. ft.: 11 boxes, 1 model
Type:
Photographs
Collection descriptions
Sources
Correspondence
Drawings
Sketches
Design patents
Blueprints
Builder's models
Stage designs
Place:
United States
Midland (Tex.)
Scott Air Force Base (Ill.)
Date:
1960
1960-1980
20th century
Notes:
Armand G. Winfield, pioneering plastics researcher and consultant. Throughout the past fifty-six years Winfield has done extensive research and development in the areas of plastics in architecture and building, art, museum work, industry (applications engineering), and low cost housing for developing countries. In addition, he has worked in the entertainment field on the application of plastics for stage sets and amusement parks. His career is documented in over 300 published articles, chapters and books on plastics and other subjects, almost 90 of which are concerned with plastics in building and architecture.
Armand G. Winfield has been involved professionally in the plastics and business fields since 1939. He graduated from Franklin & Marshall College in 1941 and did graduate work at the University of New Mexico, the State University of Iowa and at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo. He began his career in museum work using synthetic lattices and acrylics for the preservation of specimens. His interest shifted to the plastics materials in the mid-1940s, and he invented the first mass-producible process for embedding specimens in acrylics. As a principal in Winfield Fine Art in Jewelry in New York City, he conducted precursory work for the electronics encapsulation field and pioneered biological, medical and art embedments in the United States.
Professor Winfield has been on the teaching faculties of Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster, Pa. (Undergraduate Teaching Fellowship: 1939-1941); Harris Teachers' College (1950) and Washington University School of Engineering (1956) in St. Louis, Mo.; Yale University Art School (1960-1961) in New Haven, Conn.; Pratt Institute Industrial Design Department (1964-1970) in Brooklyn, N.Y.; Visiting Critic in Architecture (Plastics), The College of the City of New York (1968-1969), New York, N.Y.; Adjunct Professor of Plastics Engineering, University of Massachusetts Lowell (1978-1981), Lowell, Mass.; and Research Professor Mechanical Engineering (Plastics), the University of New Mexico (appointed 1993), Albuquerque, N.M. He has also been an invited lecturer at over 40 other colleges and universities in the United States and abroad.
Summary:
The eleven boxes contain documentation relating to project files including business correspondence, invoices, sketches, contracts and agreements, research materials, brochures, photographs, slides and models. This collection, which includes some biographical material and which is specifically related to the design process and to the use of plastics, is interesting because it sufficiently covers the work of this inventor and experimenter. This collection includes Winfield's work in plastics in conjunction with architecture, building and design.
Cite as:
Armand G. Winfield Papers, 1960-1980, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Topic:
Plastics designers
Plastics--Research
Plastics industry and trade--History
Plastics as art material
Plastics in building
Industrial designers
Local number:
2012.3090 (NMAH Acc.)
1993-76-1
Data Source:
Archives Center - NMAH

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