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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
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Howard Head Papers
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-0589
Online Media:

Prince Manufaturing Inc. Records

Collection Creator:
Head, Howard, 1914-1991 (inventor, business executive)  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1971-1991
Scope and Contents:
In 1971, Head became chairman of the board for Prince Manufacturing Inc. In 1973, he proposed a tennis racket design for increased "polar moment of inertia" and a racket that would make one play better, keep the ball in play longer, help one win games, and essentially add a whole new dimension to the game. To do this, Head proposed a racket with a larger head for more hitting room. This series contains historical background, executive records, drawings, financial records, product information, promotional/publicity materials, newspaper clippings, publications, and photographs. Of note are the drawings documenting the process of invention and design for the larger head on the racket and the many celebrities found in the photographs.
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for redsearch. No reference copies of audiovisual materials available at this time.
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:
Howard Head Papers, 1926-1991, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0589, Series 5
See more items in:
Howard Head Papers
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0589-ref180

Posters

Collection Creator:
Head, Howard, 1914-1991 (inventor, business executive)  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
undated
Scope and Contents:
The poster series consists of Prince Manufacturing Inc. promotional posters, a PS Steinbronn Sport Couture poster and a personalized Howard's Head Is All Together poster. The posters are undated and there are multiple copies. Autographed copies are noted in the container list.
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for redsearch. No reference copies of audiovisual materials available at this time.
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:
Howard Head Papers, 1926-1991, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0589, Series 7
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Howard Head Papers
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0589-ref224

Prince Manufacturing, Inc./Vince Van Patten, undated

Collection Creator:
Head, Howard, 1914-1991 (inventor, business executive)  Search this
Container:
Map-folder 1
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for redsearch. No reference copies of audiovisual materials available at this time.
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:
Howard Head Papers, 1926-1991, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
See more items in:
Howard Head Papers
Howard Head Papers / Series 7: Posters
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0589-ref225

Prince Manufacturing Inc./The Prince Graphite, undated

Collection Creator:
Head, Howard, 1914-1991 (inventor, business executive)  Search this
Container:
Map-folder 1
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for redsearch. No reference copies of audiovisual materials available at this time.
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:
Howard Head Papers, 1926-1991, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
See more items in:
Howard Head Papers
Howard Head Papers / Series 7: Posters
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0589-ref227

Prince Manufacturing Inc./Pat Cash, undated (2 copies)

Collection Creator:
Head, Howard, 1914-1991 (inventor, business executive)  Search this
Container:
Map-folder 1
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for redsearch. No reference copies of audiovisual materials available at this time.
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:
Howard Head Papers, 1926-1991, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
See more items in:
Howard Head Papers
Howard Head Papers / Series 7: Posters
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0589-ref228

Audiovisual Materials

Collection Creator:
Head, Howard, 1914-1991 (inventor, business executive)  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1940s-1991
Scope and Contents:
The audio visual materials consist of audio cassettes and moving images. The audio cassettes provide oral history accounts of Howard Head and the Head Family. Other audio casettes include speeches/talks given by Head and interviews with friends/colleagues. The film and video cassettes contain documentation on skiing and tennis and some biographical information. Of particular note are the Head Ski Reunion videos and advertising segments for Prince Manufacturing Inc.
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for redsearch. No reference copies of audiovisual materials available at this time.
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:
Howard Head Papers, 1926-1991, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0589, Series 8
See more items in:
Howard Head Papers
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0589-ref231

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