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Howard Head Papers

Creator:
Head, Howard, 1914-1991 (inventor, business executive)  Search this
Names:
Head Ski Company.  Search this
Prince Manufacturing, Inc.  Search this
Bruner, Wally, 1931-  Search this
Budge, Dan  Search this
Cash, Pat  Search this
Cosby, Bill, 1937-  Search this
Douglas, Mike, 1925-  Search this
Ford, Gerald R., 1913-2006  Search this
Francis, Arlene  Search this
Savalas, Telly, 1924-  Search this
Shore, Dinah, 1917-  Search this
Shriver, Pam  Search this
Tiriac, Ian  Search this
Van Patten, Dick, 1928-  Search this
Watson, Tom  Search this
Extent:
11 Cubic feet (25 boxes, 1 oversize folder)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Videodiscs
Tax records
Patents
Advertisements
Audiocassettes
Clippings
Dictaphone cassettes
Drawings
Correspondence
Photographs
Date:
1926-1991
bulk 1955-1991
Scope and Contents:
The Head Papers, 1926-1991, consist of correspondence, calendars, notes, company records (Head Ski Company and Prince Manufacturing Inc.), drawings, sketches, advertisements, product information, photographs, and slides documenting the development and design of both the Head ski and Prince oversized tennis racket. The collection is arranged into eight series:
Arrangement:
The collection is divided into eight series.

Series 1: Biographical Materials, 1926-1991

Series 2: Correspondence and Writings, 1943-1991

Series 3: Head Ski Company Records, 1943-1990

Series 4: Head Ski Company Reunion Materials, 1986

Series 5: Prince Manufacturing, Inc. Records, 1971-1991

Series 6: Historical Collection Materials, 1986-1991

Series 7: Posters, undated

Series 8; Audiovisual Materials, 1940s-1991
Biographical / Historical:
Howard Head was born July 31, 1914 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He attended William Penn Charter and graduated from Harvard in 1936 with a degree in engineering. From 1939 to1947, Head worked for Glenn L. Martin Company as a riveter and engineer. He left Martin and founded the Head Ski Company in Timonium, MD in 1948. The former aircraft engineer, developed, designed, manufactured, and marketed the first metal laminate skis in 1950 called the "Head Standard" which revolutionized the ski industry. These skis were made of two layers of aluminum bonded around a core of plywood at very high pressure; the outer layer was made of plastic. By 1952, Head introduced skis with edges made of tempered steel. His skis were lighter and faster than wood and earned the nickname "cheaters" by the industry. In 1969, Head introduced a fiberglass/metal ski, but this ski combined with a diversified product line of javelin and aluminum tennis rackets could not strengthen his company nor stop a takeover by AMF in 1970. In 1968, Head formed a tennis division of Head Sports Inc., to develop a metal tennis racket which he introduced at the U.S. Open in 1969. After Head sold his interests in Head Sports Inc., he became chairman of the board for Prince Manufacturing Inc., in 1971. He decided to enlarge the width and length of the traditional tennis racket, more than doubling its "sweet spot." He developed and patented a line of new aluminum rackets and introduced the "Prince Advantage" in 1976. The Prince racket company was sold to Cheesebrough Ponds in 1982. Head, who died in 1991, revolutionized both the ski and tennis industries.
Related Materials:
Artifacts donated to the National Museum of American History, Division of Cultural History (now Division of Cultural and Community Life) on May 19, 1997, include downhill skis, ski poles, ski boots, ski bindings, cross sections of downhill skis, competition medals, Prince tennis rackets, and racket covers.
Separated Materials:
Materials at the National Museum of American History

Artifacts were donated to the Division of Cultural History (now Division of Cultural and Community Life) on May 19, 1997,and include downhill skis, ski poles, ski boots, ski bindings, cross sections of downhill skis, competition medals, Prince tennis rackets, and racket covers.
Provenance:
This collection was donated to the National Museum of American History by Martha Head and The Howard and Martha Head Fund, Inc., May 19, 1997.
Restrictions:
Collection is open for redsearch. No reference copies of audiovisual materials available at this time.
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:
Tents  Search this
Inventions -- 20th century  Search this
Philanthropists  Search this
Rackets (Sporting goods)  Search this
Sporting goods industry  Search this
Skis and skiing  Search this
Genre/Form:
Videodiscs
Tax records
Patents
Advertisements
Audiocassettes
Clippings
Dictaphone cassettes
Drawings -- 20th century
Correspondence -- 1930-1950
Photographs -- 20th century
Citation:
Howard Head Papers, 1926-1991, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0589
See more items in:
Howard Head Papers
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-0589
Online Media:

President Gerald Ford letter to Pat Oliphant

Creator:
Ford, Gerald R., 1913-2006  Search this
Oliphant, Pat, 1935-  Search this
Ford, Gerald R., 1913-2006  Search this
Type:
Correspondence
Date:
199-?
Topic:
Cartoonists  Search this
Presidents  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)14941
See more items in:
Susan Conway Gallery records, circa 1928
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_14941
Online Media:

Benjamin Layton collection

Creator:
Layton, Benjamin  Search this
Names:
Agnew, Spiro T., 1918-1996  Search this
Ford, Gerald R., 1913-2006  Search this
Layton, Benjamin  Search this
Marshall, Thurgood, 1908-1993  Search this
Nixon, Pat, 1912-1993  Search this
Nixon, Richard M. (Richard Milhous), 1913-1994  Search this
Rockefeller, Nelson A. (Nelson Aldrich), 1908-1979  Search this
Washington, Booker T., 1856-1915  Search this
Wright, Richard, 1908-1960  Search this
Extent:
3.45 Linear feet (5 boxes; 1 folder)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Cartes-de-visite
Postage stamps
Programs
Tintypes
Correspondence
Newsletters
Cabinet photographs
Black-and-white photographs
Portraits
Photographic prints
Pamphlets
Photographs
Etchings
Copy prints
Date:
circa 1865-1977
Summary:
The Benjamin Layton collection documents the life, family history, and interests of Benjamin T. Layton. Items date from circa 1865 to 1977. The collection measures 3.45 linear feet and is composed of newsletters, clippings, pamphlets, newspapers, correspondence, certificates, photographs, memorabilia, books, stamps, etchings, and programs.
Scope and Contents:
The collection documents the life, family history, and collecting interests of World War II veteran and federal employee Benjamin T. Layton. Layton grew up in Virginia and settled in Kensington, Maryland. Notable aspects of the collection include nineteenth-century photographs of African Americans, photographs of Layton's family, 1970s political photographs, and first editions of Richard Wright's Black Boy and Booker T. Washington's Up from Slavery and Working with the Hands. Family photographs and memorabilia reflects the family's roots in Virginia and the Washington, D.C., area. Layton's historical photograph collection draws from photographers in the Mid-Atlantic and New England.

Items date from circa 1865 to 1977. The collection measures 3.45 linear feet and is composed of newsletters, clippings, pamphlets, newspapers, correspondence, certificates, photographs, memorabilia, books, stamps, etchings, and programs. It has been arranged in three series: Series I: Biographical Files, 1913-1977, Series II: Photographs, circa 1865-1977, and Series III: Printed Material, 1901-circa 1976. Some items in Series II and Series III are oversized.
Biographical / Historical:
Benjamin Thomas Layton was born on December 24, 1917, in Hanover, Virginia, to a prominent Virginia family. His maternal great-grandfather, Ballard Trent Edwards, was a freeborn African American man who opened a school for formerly enslaved people and served for eight years in the Virginia House of Delegates. His father, William Brown Layton, was the superintendent of the Negro Reformatory of Virginia (later the Virginia Manual Labor School), a reform school for African American boys located in Hanover County.

Layton was an athlete and scholar, playing varsity tennis and attending Virginia Union University in Richmond, Virginia. He did graduate work in social sciences at the University of Chicago and Howard University, but his studies were interrupted by the draft in 1941.

Layton served with distinction in the U.S. Army during World War II, leading truck convoys carrying soldiers, supplies, weapons, and prisoners of war during the Battle of the Bulge. He also worked in military intelligence. His last active duty assignment was commanding a military detachment in Baumholder, Germany. His decorations included the Bronze Star, which he was awarded in 1977. He attained the rank of lieutenant colonel before retiring from the Army in 1963.

From 1963 to 1966 he worked in Europe, then returned to the United States in 1966, where he was an ROTC instructor at Chamberlain Vocational High School in Washington, D.C. He left in 1967 to become an equal-opportunity specialist at the United States Department of Agriculture, from which he retired in 1985. His brother William W. Layton also lived and worked in the Washington, D.C., area.

Layton had a passion for collecting and donated coins, paper money, and military artifacts to the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. He also donated objects relating to clubs and fraternities to the Anacostia Community Museum. He was a member of numerous organizations, including the Retired Officers Association, the Reserve Officers Association of the United States, the American Legion, the Prince Hall Masons, the Kiwanis Club of Wheaton, and the Federation Nationale des Anciens Combattants, a French veterans group.

Layton was married twice, his first marriage to Irma Goode ending in divorce. He lived in Kensington, Maryland, with his second wife Marguerite, with whom he had two daughters. He died on February 15, 2001, at age 83 and is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
Related Materials:
The Anacostia Community Museum houses more items in the Benjamin Layton Collection, including buttons, fraternity paddles, lapel pins, and medals.

Order to Report for Induction, 1941. 1993.3172.04. The Price of Freedom: Americans at War, National Museum of American History.

Notice to Appear for Physical Exam, 1940. 1993.3172.03. The Price of Freedom: Americans at War, National Museum of American History.

Layton Family Collection, 228 THL, Stewart Bell Jr. Archives, Handley Regional Library, Winchester, VA, USA.
Provenance:
The Benjamin Layton collection was donated to the Anacostia Community Museum in two accretions in 1976 and 1978 by Benjamin Layton.
Restrictions:
Use of the materials requires an appointment. Please contact the archivist to make an appointment: ACMarchives@si.edu.
Rights:
The Benjamin Layton collection is the physical property of the Anacostia Community Museum. Literary and copyright belong to the creator or their legal heirs and assigns. Rights to work produced during the normal course of Museum business resides with the Anacostia Community Museum. For further information, and to obtain permission to publish or reproduce, contact the Museum Archives.
Topic:
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (U.S.)  Search this
African American newspapers  Search this
African American veterans  Search this
African American soldiers  Search this
Bronze Star Medal (U.S.)  Search this
African American families  Search this
Politicians -- United States  Search this
Genre/Form:
Cartes-de-visite
Postage stamps
Programs
Tintypes
Correspondence
Newsletters
Cabinet photographs
Black-and-white photographs
Portraits
Photographic prints
Pamphlets
Photographs
Etchings
Copy prints
Citation:
Benjamin Layton collection, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution, gift of Benjamin Layton.
Identifier:
ACMA.06-031
See more items in:
Benjamin Layton collection
Archival Repository:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-acma-06-031
Online Media:

Opening Ceremony for National Air and Space Museum

Creator:
Farrar, Richard  Search this
Subject:
Collins, Michael 1930-  Search this
Ford, Gerald R. 1913-2006  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Office of Public Affairs  Search this
National Air and Space Museum  Search this
Viking Mars Program (U.S.)  Search this
Physical description:
8 x 10;
Type:
Black-and-white photographs
Date:
1976
July 1, 1976
Topic:
Special events  Search this
Local number:
SIA RU000371 [76-8428-15]
Restrictions & Rights:
No access restrictions Many of SIA's holdings are located off-site, and advance notice is recommended to consult a collection. Please email the SIA Reference Team at osiaref@si.edu
No Copyright - United States
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_396616

State Dinner Given by Emperor Hirohito and Empress Nagako at Castle

Creator:
Hofmeister, Richard K  Search this
Subject:
Ford, Gerald R. 1913-2006  Search this
Ford, Betty 1918-2011  Search this
Hirohito Emperor of Japan 1901-1989  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Office of Public Affairs  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Physical description:
8 x 10;
Type:
Black-and-white photographs
Place:
United States
Date:
1975
October 3, 1975
Topic:
Presidents  Search this
Local number:
SIA RU000371 [75-12051-07]
Restrictions & Rights:
No access restrictions Many of SIA's holdings are located off-site, and advance notice is recommended to consult a collection. Please email the SIA Reference Team at osiaref@si.edu
No Copyright - United States
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_396250

Opening of National Air and Space Museum (NASM)

Creator:
Farrar, Richard  Search this
Subject:
Collins, Michael 1930-  Search this
Rockefeller, Nelson A (Nelson Aldrich) 1908-1979  Search this
Ripley, S. Dillon (Sidney Dillon) 1913-2001  Search this
Ford, Gerald R. 1913-2006  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Office of Printing and Photographic Services  Search this
National Air and Space Museum  Search this
Physical description:
Color slides; 35mm;
Type:
Color transparencies
Date:
1976
July 1, 1976
Local number:
SIA Acc. 11-009 [76-8824]
Restrictions & Rights:
No access restrictions Many of SIA's holdings are located off-site, and advance notice is recommended to consult a collection. Please email the SIA Reference Team at osiaref@si.edu
No Copyright - United States
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_391970

Giant Pandas at National Zoo

Creator:
Neufeld, Harry B  Search this
Subject:
Reed, Theodore H  Search this
Ford, Gerald R. 1913-2006  Search this
Boggs, Hale 1914-1972  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Photographic Services Division  Search this
National Zoological Park (U.S.)  Search this
Physical description:
35mm;
Type:
Black-and-white negatives
Date:
1972
June 6, 1972
Local number:
SIA Acc. 11-009 [72-5691]
Restrictions & Rights:
No access restrictions Many of SIA's holdings are located off-site, and advance notice is recommended to consult a collection. Please email the SIA Reference Team at osiaref@si.edu
No Copyright - United States
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_386328

When the center held : Gerald Ford and the rescue of the American presidency / Donald Rumsfeld

Author:
Rumsfeld, Donald 1932-  Search this
Subject:
Ford, Gerald R. 1913-2006  Search this
Rumsfeld, Donald 1932-  Search this
Physical description:
xvii, 331 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Type:
Biography
Biographies
Place:
United States
Date:
2018
1974-1977
Topic:
Presidents  Search this
Politics and government  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1093093

Gerald R. Ford / Douglas Brinkley

Author:
Brinkley, Douglas  Search this
Subject:
Ford, Gerald R. 1913-2006  Search this
Physical description:
xviii, 199 p. ; 22 cm
Type:
Biography
Place:
United States
Date:
2007
1974-1977
Topic:
Presidents  Search this
Politics and government  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_834290

The Presidential campaign, 1976 / [compiled under the direction of the Committee on House Administration, U.S. House of Representatives]

Author:
United States Congress House Committee on House Administration  Search this
Subject:
Carter, Jimmy 1924-  Search this
Ford, Gerald R. 1913-2006  Search this
Physical description:
3 v. in 5 : ports. ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
United States
Date:
1978
1979
1978-1979
1976
Topic:
Presidents--Election  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_834410

Write it when I'm gone : remarkable off-the-record conversations with Gerald R. Ford / Thomas M. DeFrank

Author:
DeFrank, Thomas M  Search this
Ford, Gerald R. 1913-2006  Search this
Subject:
Ford, Gerald R. 1913-2006  Search this
Ford, Gerald R. 1913-2006  Search this
DeFrank, Thomas M  Search this
Physical description:
258 p., [8] p. of plates : ill ; 24 cm
Type:
Biography
Interviews
Place:
United States
Date:
2007
C2007
1974-1977
1977-1981
1981-1989
1989-
Topic:
Presidents  Search this
Politics and government  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_837598

The presidency of Gerald R. Ford / John Robert Greene

Author:
Greene, John Robert 1955-  Search this
Subject:
Ford, Gerald R. 1913-2006  Search this
Physical description:
xv, 256 p. ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
United States
Date:
1995
C1995
1974-1977
Topic:
Politics and government  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_530148

Gerald R. Ford

Author:
United States National Archives and Records Administration  Search this
Subject:
Ford, Gerald R. 1913-2006  Search this
Gerald R. Ford Library  Search this
Physical description:
28 p., [1] : ill. ; 28 cm
Type:
Biography
Place:
United States
Date:
1994
Topic:
Presidents  Search this
Presidents--History  Search this
Call number:
CT275.F685 U56 1994
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_560415

Gerald R. Ford's date with destiny : a political biography / Edward L. and Frederick H. Schapsmeier

Author:
Schapsmeier, Edward L  Search this
Schapsmeier, Frederick H  Search this
Subject:
Ford, Gerald R. 1913-2006  Search this
Physical description:
xxi, 351 p. : port. ; 22 cm
Type:
Biography
Place:
United States
Date:
1989
C1989
1969-1974
1974-1977
Topic:
Presidents  Search this
Politics and government  Search this
Call number:
CT275.F685 S29 1989
CT275.F685S29 1989
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_410594

Time and chance : Gerald Ford's appointment with history / James Cannon

Author:
Cannon, James M. 1918-  Search this
Subject:
Ford, Gerald R. 1913-2006  Search this
Nixon, Richard M (Richard Milhous) 1913-1994  Search this
Physical description:
xvi, 496 p. : ill. ; 25 cm
Type:
Biography
Place:
United States
Date:
1994
C1994
1969-1974
1974-1977
Topic:
Presidents  Search this
Watergate Affair, 1972-1974  Search this
Politics and government  Search this
Call number:
CT275.F685 C2 1994
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_458775

Gerald Ford : a bibliography / compiled by John Robert Greene

Author:
Greene, John Robert 1955-  Search this
Subject:
Ford, Gerald R. 1913-2006  Search this
Physical description:
xxxviii, 148 p. : 1 port. ; 25 cm
Type:
Books
Bibliography
Date:
1994
Call number:
Z8308.34 .G74 1994X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_466188

The times of my life / Betty Ford, with Chris Chase

Author:
Ford, Betty 1918-  Search this
Chase, Chris  Search this
Subject:
Ford, Betty 1918-  Search this
Ford, Gerald R. 1913-2006  Search this
Physical description:
xi, 305 p., [12] leaves of plates : ill. ; 24 cm
Type:
Biography
Place:
United States
Date:
1978
C1978
Topic:
Presidents' spouses  Search this
Presidents  Search this
Call number:
E867 .F66 1978X
E867.F66 1978X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_111587

A time to heal : the autobiography of Gerald R. Ford

Author:
Ford, Gerald R. 1913-2006  Search this
Subject:
Ford, Gerald R. 1913-2006  Search this
Physical description:
454 p., [8] leaves of plates : ill. ; 24 cm
Type:
Biography
Place:
United States
Date:
1979
C1979
Topic:
Presidents  Search this
Call number:
CT275.F685 A1t
E866 .F67 1979X
CT275.F685A1t
E866.F67 1979X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_119493

Gerald Ford and the future of the presidency / by Jerald F. terHorst

Author:
TerHorst, Jerald F  Search this
Subject:
Ford, Gerald R. 1913-2006  Search this
Physical description:
xiv, 245 p., [16] leaves of plates : ill. ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1974
[1974]
Call number:
CT275.F685 T3
CT275.F685T3
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_52734

Gerald R. Ford, 1913- : chronology, documents, bibliographical aids / edited by George J. Lankevich

Author:
Ford, Gerald R. 1913-2006  Search this
United States President (1974-1977 : Ford)  Search this
Subject:
Ford, Gerald R. 1913-2006  Search this
Physical description:
183 p. ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
United States
Date:
1977
1974-1977
Topic:
Politics and government  Search this
Sources  Search this
Chronology  Search this
Call number:
CT275.F685.A1
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_94957

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