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Tupperware International, 1970-1971. Concerning lease of space in Museum.

Container:
Box 28 of 56
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 267, Cooper-Hewitt Museum, Records
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Records / Series 1: GENERAL CORRESPONDENCE, 1881, 1897, 1907-1973. / Box 28
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Ann and Thomas Damigella Collection

Creator:
Damigella, Ann.  Search this
Damigella, Thomas  Search this
Names:
Tupperware Home Parties  Search this
Tupperware International.  Search this
Extent:
17 Videocassettes (VHS)
38 Motion picture films
1.25 Cubic feet (4 boxes )
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Videocassettes (vhs)
Motion picture films
Motion pictures (visual works)
Sound recordings
Date:
1951-1997
Summary:
Film, sound recordings and documentary material relating to the history of Tupperware home parties and the Damigella Tupperware distributorship in Everett, Massachusetts.
Scope and Contents:
Because of their long affiliation with Tupperware, the Damigellas have amassed a significant collection of archival documentation and memorabilia relating to the history of Tupperware, and particularly to the sales practices and sales force training methods of this highly successful, widely emulated, international corporation.

The collection includes film, sound recordings and printed material relating to Tupperware sales practices and methods of sales force motivation and control.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged in ten series. Within each series, materials are arranged chronologically.

Series 1: CATALOGS, 1957-1997

Series 2: GAMES AND DEMONSTRATION GUIDES, 1965-1990

Series 3: ADVERTISING, 1970-1980

Series 4: TUPPERWARE INTERNATIONAL, 1960-1990

Series 5: RECRUITMENT, DEALERSHIP AND MANAGERSHIP, 1960-1995. Proscriptive and motivational literature about working for Tupperware. Series 6: SOUND RECORDINGS, 1953; 1977-78

Series 7: OUR WORLD MAGAZINE, 1976-1991. Sales force magazine, containing demonstration, recruitment and sales advice; product information; and profiles of successful dealers, managers and distributors.

Series 8: JUBILEE PUBLICATIONS, 1967-1982. Publications reviewing and highlighting Jubilee, the annual sales force gathering in Orlando, Florida.

Series 9: DAMIGELLA DISTRIBUTORSHIP AND TUPPERWARE HISTORICAL MATERIALS, 1960-1991. News clippings, research reports, and other background information about Tupperware and the Damigella distributorship, including a chronology compiled by Tom Damigella, Jr.and material assembled by the son of Stanley Home Products and Tupperware salesman Norman Squires relating to his contributions to or innovation in the home party plan.

Series 10: MOVING IMAGES, 1951-1991. 54 16mm films and 2@ VHS videotapes. Film and video mastering and duplication were made possible by a gift from Tupperware International.

There are six subseries.

Subseries 1: Promotional/Motivational Films, 1960-1992. Contains promotional and motivational films featuring activities organized by the company to bring dealers and distributors together, usually with statements from Tupperware executives. Contains product promotion films introducing new Tupperware to the sales force. Contains Jubilee films showcasing the annual celebration, showing award ceremonies, games, music and entertainment (including appearances by Anita Bryant, Waylon Jennings and Pat Boone).

Subseries 2: Training Films, 1952-1997. Includes step-by-step guides to planning Home Parties, learning sales techniques, demonstrating products, and introducing new sales promotions. One film gives tips on safe driving to and from the Tupperware parties, for managers using cars leased by the distributorship for their use.

Subseries 3: Corporate Films, 1958-1992. Includes films showing product development from design to end result as well as discussions of business strategies.

Subseries 4: Commercials, 1983-1994. Presents new products; emphasizes effectiveness and efficiency of using Tupperware.

Subseries 5: Home Movies, 1951-1997. Includes home movies shot by Tupperware distributors Tom and Ann Damigella. This material includes tributes to the Damigellas.

Subseries 6: Acquired Films, 1961. Non-Tupperware films acquired by the Damigellas.
Biographical / Historical:
Ann and Tom Damigella already had experience selling Stanley Home Products when they encountered Tupperware in 1947. Mr. and Mrs. Damigella foresaw great possibilities with the new product, and immediately decided to add Tupperware to the line of products they offered door to door. In 1950, they attended the first "round table" meeting with Earl Tupper (inventor of Tupperware), Brownie Wise (who perfected Tupperware's home party sales system) and sixteen to twenty other Tupperware distributors from around the country. The Damigellas quickly became some of the top Tupperware sales people in the country; in 1952 they were awarded a Cadillac as one of the top six movers of Tupperware in North America. Self-proclaimed Tupperware people, their son, Tom Damigella, Jr., and son-in-law, Jon Nelson, followed them into the business, making the Damigella Distributorship the oldest and among the most successful distributorships in the country -- the distributorship has been in the top 25 in sales every year since the early 1960s. Tom. Jr. manages the distributorship since his father's retirement in 1994; Jon Nelson went on to become one of Tupperware's regional vice-presidents.
Related Materials:
Tupperware may also be found in the Museum's Division of Domestic Life (now Division of Cultural and Community Life). Researchers interested in the history of Tupperware should also consult the Earl Tupper (AC#470) and Brownie Wise (AC#509) Collections in the Archives Center.
Provenance:
The collection was donated to the Archives Center of the National Museum of American History by Ann and Thomas Damigella in July 1997.
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research but the fils are stored off-site and special arrangements must be made to work with it. Contact the Archives Center for information at archivescenter@si.edu or 202-633-3270.
Rights:
Most items have copyright and/or trademark restrictions. Tupperware films: Most duplication and use of films in commercial and non-commercial productions requires written permission from the Tupperware Corporation. See repository for details.
Topic:
Plastic container industry -- 1950-2000  Search this
Product demonstrations -- 1950-2000  Search this
Sales -- Plastic containers -- 1950-2000  Search this
Direct selling -- 1950-2000  Search this
Genre/Form:
Motion pictures (visual works)
Sound recordings
Citation:
Ann and Thomas Damigella Collection, 1951-1997, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0583
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Ann and Thomas Damigella Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8c3d57e27-6305-48fe-a45e-f55047dc2f00
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-0583
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Tupperware International

Collection Creator:
Damigella, Ann.  Search this
Damigella, Thomas  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1960-1990 
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research but the fils are stored off-site and special arrangements must be made to work with it. Contact the Archives Center for information at archivescenter@si.edu or 202-633-3270.
Collection Rights:
Most items have copyright and/or trademark restrictions. Tupperware films: Most duplication and use of films in commercial and non-commercial productions requires written permission from the Tupperware Corporation. See repository for details.
Collection Citation:
Ann and Thomas Damigella Collection, 1951-1997, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0583, Series 4
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Ann and Thomas Damigella Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8e167db6d-1419-4303-8d48-616fafde21bc
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0583-ref40

"Frische zwischen Gestern und Heute. Tupperware in Deutschland." Published in conjunction with Tupperware exhibit at the European Design Center in Brussells

Collection Creator:
Damigella, Ann.  Search this
Damigella, Thomas  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 9
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1978
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research but the fils are stored off-site and special arrangements must be made to work with it. Contact the Archives Center for information at archivescenter@si.edu or 202-633-3270.
Collection Rights:
Most items have copyright and/or trademark restrictions. Tupperware films: Most duplication and use of films in commercial and non-commercial productions requires written permission from the Tupperware Corporation. See repository for details.
Collection Citation:
Ann and Thomas Damigella Collection, 1951-1997, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
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Ann and Thomas Damigella Collection
Ann and Thomas Damigella Collection / Series 4: Tupperware International
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep86758c6dc-798d-47d5-a2d2-b33175c007c8
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0583-ref41

"Tupperware," 6-page brochure, Italian

Collection Creator:
Damigella, Ann.  Search this
Damigella, Thomas  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 9
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
ca. 1960s
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research but the fils are stored off-site and special arrangements must be made to work with it. Contact the Archives Center for information at archivescenter@si.edu or 202-633-3270.
Collection Rights:
Most items have copyright and/or trademark restrictions. Tupperware films: Most duplication and use of films in commercial and non-commercial productions requires written permission from the Tupperware Corporation. See repository for details.
Collection Citation:
Ann and Thomas Damigella Collection, 1951-1997, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
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Ann and Thomas Damigella Collection
Ann and Thomas Damigella Collection / Series 4: Tupperware International
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8c29b622a-8051-483c-8b13-79178a8392bc
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0583-ref42

"Tupperware," 6-page brochure, United Kingdom

Collection Creator:
Damigella, Ann.  Search this
Damigella, Thomas  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 9
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
ca. 1960s
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research but the fils are stored off-site and special arrangements must be made to work with it. Contact the Archives Center for information at archivescenter@si.edu or 202-633-3270.
Collection Rights:
Most items have copyright and/or trademark restrictions. Tupperware films: Most duplication and use of films in commercial and non-commercial productions requires written permission from the Tupperware Corporation. See repository for details.
Collection Citation:
Ann and Thomas Damigella Collection, 1951-1997, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
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Ann and Thomas Damigella Collection
Ann and Thomas Damigella Collection / Series 4: Tupperware International
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8fc924f01-1ebc-4261-b349-15b2994f5b1b
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0583-ref43

"Tupperware and You" flyer, United Kingdom

Collection Creator:
Damigella, Ann.  Search this
Damigella, Thomas  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 9
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
ca. 1990
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research but the fils are stored off-site and special arrangements must be made to work with it. Contact the Archives Center for information at archivescenter@si.edu or 202-633-3270.
Collection Rights:
Most items have copyright and/or trademark restrictions. Tupperware films: Most duplication and use of films in commercial and non-commercial productions requires written permission from the Tupperware Corporation. See repository for details.
Collection Citation:
Ann and Thomas Damigella Collection, 1951-1997, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
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Ann and Thomas Damigella Collection
Ann and Thomas Damigella Collection / Series 4: Tupperware International
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8c4c81d0e-63ca-4ce6-870f-08fb560347c8
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0583-ref44

"Tupperware Rose" Teaspoon

Commissioned by:
Tupperware  Search this
Maker:
William Rogers Mfg. Co.  Search this
Parent company:
International Silver Company  Search this
Physical Description:
silver plate (overall material)
electroplated (overall production method/technique)
Measurements:
overall: 18.4 cm x 5.5 cm; 7 1/4 in x 2 5/32 in
Object Name:
spoon
Place made:
United States: Connecticut, Hartford
Date made:
1954
Engraved date:
1954-04
Subject:
Business  Search this
Promotional Item  Search this
Beverages  Search this
Tea Drinking  Search this
Flowers  Search this
Credit Line:
Earl T. Shannon
ID Number:
2011.0261.01
Accession number:
2011.0261
Catalog number:
2011.0261.01
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Cultural and Community Life: Domestic Life
Food
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746b3-a0c5-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1422346

"Tupperware Rose" Teaspoon

Commissioned by:
Tupperware  Search this
Maker:
William Rogers Mfg. Co.  Search this
Parent company:
International Silver Company  Search this
Physical Description:
silver plate (spoon material)
electroplated (spoon production method/technique)
ink (certificate material)
plastic (packaging material)
paper (certificate material)
Measurements:
overall: 15.5 cm x 3.1 cm; 6 3/32 in x 1 7/32 in
Object Name:
spoon
Place made:
United States: Connecticut, Hartford
Date made:
1954
Engraved date:
1954-04
Subject:
Business  Search this
Promotional Item  Search this
Beverages  Search this
Tea Drinking  Search this
Flowers  Search this
Packaging  Search this
Credit Line:
Earl T. Shannon
ID Number:
2011.0261.02
Accession number:
2011.0261
Catalog number:
2011.0261.02
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Cultural and Community Life: Domestic Life
Food
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746b4-1b30-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1422354

"Tupperware Rose" Teaspoon

Commissioned by:
Tupperware  Search this
Maker:
William Rogers Mfg. Co.  Search this
Parent company:
International Silver Company  Search this
Physical Description:
silver plate (overall material)
electroplated (overall production method/technique)
Measurements:
average spatial: 3.1 cm x 15.5 cm; x 1 1/4 in x 6 1/8 in
overall: 1/2 in x 6 1/8 in x 1 1/4 in; 1.27 cm x 15.5575 cm x 3.175 cm
Object Name:
spoon
Object Type:
flatware
Place made:
United States: Connecticut, Hartford
Date made:
1954
Engraved date:
1954-04
Subject:
Business  Search this
Promotional Item  Search this
Beverages  Search this
Tea Drinking  Search this
Flowers  Search this
Credit Line:
Jerry Wise
ID Number:
1994.0118.01
Catalog number:
1994.0118.01
Accession number:
1994.0118
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Cultural and Community Life: Domestic Life
Food
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746b3-a0c4-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1159955
Online Media:

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