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Armand G. Winfield Papers

Creator:
Winfield, Armand G.  Search this
Names:
Affordable House (Norwich, Conn.)  Search this
California. Dept. of Industrial Relations. Committee on Attitude Response and Evaluation  Search this
Cooper-Hewitt Design Archive  Search this
New Mexico. Corrections Dept.  Search this
New York World's Fair (1939-1940)  Search this
Society of Plastics Engineers  Search this
United Nations Industrial Development Organization  Search this
Winfield Fine Art in Jewelry (Firm)  Search this
Extent:
18 Cubic feet
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Photographs
Correspondence
Stage designs
Sketches
Blueprints
Drawings
Builder's models
Design patents
Place:
Midland (Tex.)
Scott Air Force Base (Ill.)
Date:
1960 - 1980
Scope and Contents:
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.
Biographical / Historical:
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 lecture at over 40 other colleges and universities in the United States and abroad.
Provenance:
All materials were donated to the museum by Armand G. Winfield in 1992. Transferred to the Archives Center in 2012.
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Rights:
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.
Occupation:
Industrial designers -- United States  Search this
Plastics designers -- United States  Search this
Topic:
Plastics in building  Search this
Plastics industry and trade -- Sources -- History -- 20th century -- United States  Search this
Plastics as art material  Search this
Plastics -- Research  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Correspondence
Stage designs
Sketches
Blueprints
Drawings
Builder's models
Design patents
Citation:
Armand G. Winfield Papers, 1960-1980, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.1271
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Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-1271

Plastics : a new dimension in buildings : a non-profit traveling, educational and technical exhibit of outstanding examples of plastics in buildings / sponsored by the Plastics in Buildings Professional Activity Group of the Society of Plastics Engineers, inc. ; [edited by Cyrus H. Thomas]

Author:
Thomas, Cryus H  Search this
Society of Plastics Engineers  Search this
Physical description:
84 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Type:
Congresses
Date:
1961
C1961
Topic:
Plastics  Search this
Plastics in building  Search this
Call number:
TA455.P5 P715 1961
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_414605

Plastiques = Plastics

Title:
Plastics
Author:
Society of the Plastics Industry of Canada  Search this
Subject:
Canadian Corporation for the 1967 World Exhibition  Search this
Expo (International Exhibitions Bureau) ) (1967 : Montréal, Québec)  Search this
Physical description:
50 p. : ill ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1963
C1963
Topic:
Plastics in building  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_827908

[Trade catalogs on plastic and fiberglass sheeting ... ]

Author:
Alsynite Company of America  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries American History Trade Literature Collection DSI  Search this
Physical description:
<1> v. : ill. (some col.)
Type:
Catalogs
Trade catalogs
Date:
1947
1947-
Topic:
Plastics  Search this
Plastics in building  Search this
Glass fibers  Search this
Alsynite (Brand name)  Search this
Call number:
052001
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_675099

Plastics for architects and builders [by] Albert G. H. Dietz

Author:
Dietz, Albert G. H (Albert George Henry) 1908-  Search this
Physical description:
viii, 129 p. illus. (part col.) 29 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1968
[c1969]
Topic:
Plastics in building  Search this
Plastics  Search this
Call number:
TA668 .D5X
TA668.D5X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_3323

ETFE : technology and design / Annette LeCuyer

Author:
LeCuyer, Annette W  Search this
Physical description:
160 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 31 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
2008
Topic:
Fluoropolymers  Search this
Building materials  Search this
Polyethylene terephthalate  Search this
Plastics in building  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_909500

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