Collection inventory

Finding Aids

George Marshall Papers

A description of his papers at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: DGI/MM
Date: 2006

Revision history:
Feb 2009 converted to EAD (MRC)
Jun 2009 reprocessed (MRC)

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Marshall, George, plastics engineer.
Title: George Marshall Papers
Dates: 1940s-1965
Quantity: 1 legal-size box, 1 square tube
Abstract: Collection contains correspondence from Wasco Chemical from 1959, photographs of plastics manufacturing facilities, plastics industry-related publications, and piping diagrams for a factory for Great American Plastics in Fitchburg, MA.
Language: English
Repository: Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010

Biographical History

George Marshall worked in the plastics and chemical industries. He worked for the Leominster, Mass. office of Borden Chemical in 1955 and by 1959 had moved to Wasco Chemicals, first in Cambridge, Mass. and then in Sanford, Maine.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The George Marshall Papers consists of blueprints (piping diagrams for a factory for Great American Plastics in Fitchburg, MA), papers (correspondence from Wasco Chemical from 1959), photographs of plastics manufacturing facilities, and publications related to the plastics indutry.


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Related Material

Special Collections Research Center has numerous holdings in the areas of plastics and industrial design. Please refer to the SCRC Subject Index for a complete listing.

Subject Headings


Marshall, George, plastics engineer -- Archives.

Corporate Bodies

Borden Chemical.
Great American Plastics.
Wasco (firm)


Factories -- Fires and fire prevention.
Plastics industry and trade.

Genres and Forms

Plumbing plans.



Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

George Marshall Papers,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Transfer from National Plastics Center and Museum, 11/06/2008. Originally, gift of children of Dorothy and George Marshall.

Table of Contents






Oversize 1 Great American Plastics, Fitchburg, Massachusetts 1964 - piping diagrams, rolled (20 items)
Box 1 Wasco Calculator promotional material 1959-1960
Box 1 Wasco Chemical Co.
Box 1 Water bath casting 1960
Box 1 Miscellaneous 1959-1960
Box 1 Factories late 1940s-? - factories (exteriors and interiors), factory fires, ruins of factories, and a tanker on railroad tracks; locations are largely unidentified, a few include Illinois (Mt. Pulaski and Illiapolis), Massachusetts, and possibly Maine. (2 folders, 70 items)
Box 1 Borden, Casco News 1954-1956
Box 1 DuPont, Lucite Manual 1942
Box 1 Imperial Chemical Industries, Perspex Corrugated Acrylic Sheet, 2d Edition 1958
Box 1 Rohm and Haas, Perspex Design and Fabrication Data 1949, 1961