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[Trade catalogs from Burroughs Co.]

Variant company name:
Established 1869  Search this
Company Name:
Burroughs Co.  Search this
Related companies:
Charles Burroughs Co.  Search this
Notes content:
"Burroughs" molding equipment for molding thermo-plastics ; Hydraulic presses, accumulators, pumps, and other equipment.
Includes:
Trade catalog and photographs
Black and white images
Physical description:
5 pieces; 2 boxes
Language:
English
Type of material:
Trade catalogs
Trade literature
Place:
Newark, New Jersey, United States
Date:
1900s
Topic (Romaine term):
Pumping machinery and air compressors  Search this
Plastics and rubber  Search this
Industrial equipment or mechanical machinery (including supplies and components)  Search this
Topic:
Air-compressors  Search this
Industrial equipment  Search this
Machinery  Search this
Plastics industry and trade  Search this
Pumping machinery industry  Search this
Rubber industry and trade  Search this
Record ID:
SILNMAHTL_9493
Location:
Trade Literature at the American History Museum Library
Collection:
Smithsonian Libraries Trade Literature Collections
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILNMAHTL_9493

J. Harry DuBois Collection on the History of Plastics

Creator:
DuBois, J. Harry, 1903-1986  Search this
Names:
Bakelite Corporation  Search this
Boonton Rubber Company.  Search this
Charles Burroughs Co.  Search this
Dow Chemical Company  Search this
General Electric Company  Search this
Mybroy Ceramics Corporation.  Search this
Shaw Insulator Company.  Search this
Former owner:
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Physical Sciences  Search this
Extent:
2.66 Cubic feet (8 boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Catalogs
Date:
circa 1900-circa 1975
Summary:
J. Harry DuBois (1903-1986) was an industrial consultant in the field of petrochemicals and plastics. In 1927 at General Electric his studies resulted in extending the use of laminated plastics.
Scope and Contents:
This collection of trade catalogs, research reports, correspondence, photographs, and other historical material relating to the plastics industry was donated by J. Harry DuBois.

Included are trade catalogues of the General Bakelite Company, Bakelite Corporation, and competitors in the plastics industry in the 1920's and 1930's, including Dow Chemical and General Electric; material relating to the Boonton Rubber Company, including Richard W. Seabury's notebooks, 1911-1923; memoranda of 1916, 1918, 1923, and 1926 concerning the history of Boonton's early use of Bakelite for molded products; catalogues, photographs, and a blueprint of a 1897 hydraulic press from Charles Burroughs Company; research reports, 1925-1932, of Sigfreid Higgins, on mechanical development research at the Bakelite Corporation; reports on sales development research, 1941-1946, at the Bakelite Corporation; experimental notes, correspondence on possible patents and other materials concerning the use of Bakelite and rubber for printing plates; reports, notes, and and miscellaneous photographs on the history of the plastics industry; Zylonite trade catalogues, pre-1900; and Recto trademark patent and patent drawing.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged into six series.

Series 1: Bakelite Catalogs, 1910-1944

Series 2: Plastics Trade Catalogs, circa 1920-1953

Series 3: Boonton Rubber Co., 1911-1974

Series 4: Charles Burroughs Co., 1879-1929

Series 5: Sigfried Higgins and Bakelite Printing Plates, 1925-1959

Series 6: Plastic Publications and miscellaneous Materials, circa 1890-1975
Biographical / Historical:
J. Harry DuBois (1903-1986) was an industrial consultant in the field of petrochemicals and plastics. DuBois began his career in the plastics industry at General Electric in 1927. His studies resulted in extending the use of laminated plastics. In GE's molding division he pioneered work on compression molded acetates, injection molding, radomes and low pressure laminates. In 1944 he became vice president of Shaw Insulator Company. He also worked at Plax Corporation, Mycalex Corporation of America and Tech Art Plastics. In 1972 he was president of Mybroy Ceramics Corporation. A member of the Society of the Plastics Industry and the Society of Plastics Engineers, DuBois collected much of this material while writing his book, Plastics History U.S.A, published in 1972 by Cahner Publishing Company of Boston.
Related Materials:
Materials at Other Organizations

Syracuse University Libraries, Special Collections Research Center

J. Harry DuBois Papers, 1940-1943

Collection consists of the personal and professional papers of J. Harry DuBois, covering his long career in the plastics industry. It includes scrapbooks and photograph albums of his family and world-wide travel for business, photographs and slides, and audio and film reels.
Provenance:
The collection was donated by J.H. Dubois in 1981.
Restrictions:
The 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.
Topic:
Plastics -- Molding  Search this
Plastics  Search this
Petroleum chemicals  Search this
Chemistry  Search this
Genre/Form:
Catalogs -- 1910-1960
Citation:
J. Harry Dubois Collection of the History of Plastics, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0008
See more items in:
J. Harry DuBois Collection on the History of Plastics
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8cdb663ea-2edd-49ee-8bcc-91c986b21592
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-0008
Online Media:

Charles Burroughs Co.

Collection Creator:
DuBois, J. Harry, 1903-1986  Search this
Container:
Box 4
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1897-1929
Scope and Contents:
Includes Material relating to the Charles Burroughs Company, manufacturers of hydraulic machinery and molding equipment for plastics. Includes a trade catalog of molding equipment and hydraulic machinery (1929); photographs of Burroughs machines; copies of patents; and a blueprint for a hydraulic press (1897).
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research.
Collection 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.
Collection Citation:
J. Harry Dubois Collection of the History of Plastics, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0008, Series 4
See more items in:
J. Harry DuBois Collection on the History of Plastics
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep88fc3c201-ef89-4d9d-9228-c77ea3836d0e
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0008-ref20

Blowing Press 1 Mold [photograph]

Names:
Charles Burroughs Co.  Search this
Collection Creator:
DuBois, J. Harry, 1903-1986  Search this
Extent:
1 Item (Silver gelatin on paper., 9.7" x 7.6".)
Container:
Box 4, Item Leather Portfolio III
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
undated
Local Numbers:
AC0008-0000005.tif (AC Scan No.)
Restrictions:
Unrestricted research use on site by appointment. Photographs must be handled with cotton gloves unless protected by sleeves.
Collection 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.
Topic:
Plastics industry and trade  Search this
Collection Citation:
J. Harry Dubois Collection of the History of Plastics, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
J. Harry DuBois Collection on the History of Plastics
J. Harry DuBois Collection on the History of Plastics / Series 4: Charles Burroughs Co.
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep865e09067-2c58-486d-906e-2913c1a15568
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0008-ref551

Hydraulic Sheeter [photograph]

Names:
Charles Burroughs Co.  Search this
Collection Creator:
DuBois, J. Harry, 1903-1986  Search this
Extent:
1 Item (Silver gelatin on paper., 9.7" x 7.6".)
Container:
Box 4, Item Leather Portfolio III
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
undated
Local Numbers:
AC0008-0000006.tif (AC Scan No.)
Restrictions:
Unrestricted research use on site by appointment. Photographs must be handled with cotton gloves unless protected by sleeves.
Collection 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.
Topic:
Plastics industry and trade  Search this
Collection Citation:
J. Harry Dubois Collection of the History of Plastics, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
J. Harry DuBois Collection on the History of Plastics
J. Harry DuBois Collection on the History of Plastics / Series 4: Charles Burroughs Co.
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8de90eca6-18bf-44de-ab91-275f6a5002a1
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0008-ref552

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