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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:

[Trade catalogs on recreational equipment : golf clubs, golf carts, golf balls, golf clothing, golf bags, athletic footwear, skis, baseball gloves, baseball bats, basketballs, bowling bags, camping equipment, exercise equipment, footballs, billiard accessories, lawn games, luggage, racquetballs, soccer balls, sportswear, tennis bags, tennis balls, tennis racquets ... ]

Author:
Austad Company  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries American History Trade Literature Collection DSI  Search this
Physical description:
<1> v. : ill. (col.)
Type:
Catalogs
Trade catalogs
Date:
1980
1980-
Topic:
Sporting goods  Search this
Golf clubs (Sporting goods)  Search this
Camping equipment industry  Search this
Athletic shoes  Search this
Rackets (Sporting goods)  Search this
Call number:
053545
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_705473

[Trade catalogs on sports clothing and equipment : jerseys, helmets, pads, tackling dummies, warm-up suits, athletic shoes, uniforms, portable goals, backboards, bowling shoes and shirts, varsity letters, athletic supporters, trainers supplies, volley and soccer balls, basketballs, footballs, hockey balls, skates, punching bags, gloves, mats ... ]

Author:
American Sporting Goods Company  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries American History Trade Literature Collection DSI  Search this
Physical description:
<1> v. : ill
Type:
Catalogs
Trade catalogs
Date:
1946
1946-
Topic:
Sports uniforms  Search this
Sporting goods  Search this
Balls (Sporting goods)  Search this
Rackets (Sporting goods)  Search this
Athletic shoes  Search this
Call number:
052768
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_693458

Les Arts des instruments

Author:
Le Monnier M (Pierre-Charles) 1715-1799 Description et usage des principaux instruments d'astronomie. 1984  Search this
Chaulnes, Michel-Ferdinand d'Albert d'Ailly duc de 1714-1769 Nouvelle méthode pour diviser les instruments de mathématique et d'astronomie. 1984  Search this
Chaulnes, Michel-Ferdinand d'Albert d'Ailly duc de 1714-1769 Description d'un microscope et de différents microm̀etres destinés à mesurer des parties circulaires ou droites ... . 1984  Search this
Roubo M (André Jacob) 1739-1791 Traité de la construction des théàtres et des machines théàtrales. 1984  Search this
Garsault, François A. de (François Alexandre) ca. 1692- 1778? Art du paumier-raquetier et de la paume. 1984  Search this
Duhamel du Monceau M. 1700-1782 L'Art de faire les pipes à fumer le tabac. 1984  Search this
Blakey, William L'Art de faire les ressorts de montres. 1984  Search this
Physical description:
iv, 60, 44, 67, 18, iv, 34, 34, 32 p., [73] p. of plates : ill. ; 37 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1984
Topic:
Scientific apparatus and instruments  Search this
Rackets (Sporting goods)  Search this
Tobacco pipes  Search this
Call number:
T7 .D44 1984 v. 13
T7.D44 1984 v. 13
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_309318

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