Finding aid created by: DGI/MM
|Feb 2009||converted to EAD (MRC)|
|Jun 2009||additions (MRC)|
Overview of the Collection
|Title:||Ed Michaels Papers|
|Quantity:||1 linear ft.|
|Abstract:||Collection contains papers, reports and newspaper articles on resin transfer molding, including the renovation of the Truman balcony at the White House; photographs and slides from Michaels' career and the products he created; and films.|
|Repository:||Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010
Ed Michaels (1922-2002) was an American inventor and manufacturer in the plastics industry.
Michaels worked with reinforced thermoset plastics and developed zero-shrink polyester resin formulations used in molds for composites, making it possible to mold large parts with light-weight polyester molds. He obtained several patents related to the Resin Transfer Mold Process (RTM). Over the course of his career he formed two companies: Composites Consulting in Sheboygan Falls, WI and Fiberglass, Tooling and Specialties. He used his skills to renovate the White House Truman Balcony using polyester. He died March 26, 2002.
The Ed Michaels Papers contains papers, reports and newspaper articles on resin transfer molding, including the renovation of the Truman balcony at the White House; images (photographs and slides) from Michaels' career and the products he created; and films.
Collection found in no order except the Polaroids which were arranged in two binders, titled Fiberglass Tooling RTM and Repair Rebuilding, and the slides. Slides are labeled and in order as left by Michaels. Arranged in series by format. Polaroids are filed in the order in which they were in the binders. [Processed 2006 by Margaret O. Moore, Donohue Group, Inc., Wethersfield, CT.]
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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.
Automobiles -- Parts.
Gums and resins, Synthetic.
Plastics -- Molds.
Plastics industry and trade.
Genres and Forms
Clippings (information artifacts)
Motion pictures (visual works)
Preferred citation for this material is as follows:
Ed Michaels Papers,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
Transfer from National Plastics Center and Museum, 11/06/2008. Originally, gift of Mrs. Esther Michaels via Thomas E. Doyle.
Papers, reports, and articles
|Papers, reports, and articles|
|Box 1||Miscellaneous - newspaper clippings, including on the Truman balcony renovation at the White House, and papers on resin transfer molding, FRP Manufacturing (Kohler, Inc.) and polyester technology (Koppers)|
|Photographs (387 items)|
|Box 3||Fiberglass plant, series A|
|Box 3||Fiberglass plant, series B|
|Box 3||Fiberglass production|
|Box 2||"Fiberglass Tooling RTM" binder|
|Box 3||Michaels in his office|
|Box 2||"Repair Rebuilding" binder|
|Box 1||Miscellaneous - Banning High School, Ed Michaels with unidentified man, and workers handling plastic pieces (8 items)|
|Slides (1198 items)|
|Box 4, Folder 1||Bway Elixir doors/Alta Manufacturing c. 1962-1984|
|Box 4, Folder 1||Toledo Plant 1970|
|Box 4, Folder 1||Trips 1970-1972|
|Box 4, Folder 1||SPI 1976|
|Box 4, Folder 1||Fritz boat 1976|
|Box 4, Folder 1||RTM - molding, Plastark (?) 1983|
|Box 4, Folder 1||White House gutter & fascia 1983|
|Box 4, Folder 1||SPI, Houston 1984|
|Box 4, Folder 2||Guard doors 1985|
|Box 4, Folder 2||RTM (has identifying list) c. 1984-1987|
|Box 4, Folder 2||RTM, misc.|
|Box 4, Folder 2||Assembly of doors 1986|
|Box 4, Folder 2||Raising/lowering device 1985|
|Box 4, Folder 2||Plenco machine 1986|
|Box 4, Folder 2||Artificial limb 1986|
|Box 4, Folder 2||Macair 1986|
|Box 4, Folder 2||Wet jet 1986|
|Box 4, Folder 2||Van|
|Box 4, Folder 2||Air shroud, Envirex (?), Macair|
|Box 4, Folder 2||Mack Truck|
|Box 4, Folder 3||Wind blade 1987|
|Box 4, Folder 3||Helix I 1987|
|Box 4, Folder 3||RTM (has identifying list) 1987-1988|
|Box 4, Folder 3||Back of house & garden, EEA, Oshkosk river trip 1988|
|Box 4, Folder 4||RTM (has identifying list) 1988-1989|
|Box 4, Folder 4||Misc. raise/lowering device 1988-1989|
|Box 4, Folder 4||Unidentified 1989|
|Box 5||"Fiberglass tool" (18 packets of 14-18 slides each)|
|Box 5||"Transmold" (10 packets of 14-18 slides each)|
|Box 5||Miscellaneous - companies represented include DuPont, Kawasaki, W.H. Brady, Yakima; may also include some personal slides (20 packets of 14-18 slides each)|
|Box 1||Hauff wind blade, RTM, Composites Consulting, "Puebla" and "Working on bus seats" (4 VHS tapes, 1 Beta tape)|