Finding aid created by: SDG
Date: 29 Jul 2011
|Mar 2012||updated (SCJ)|
|10 Feb 2014||additions (MRC)|
|5 Dec 2018||additions (MRC)|
|27 Feb 2018||additions (MRC)|
|30 Apr 2019||1 packet of photos added; all photos identified and sorted (MRC)|
Overview of the Collection
|Creator:||The Plastics Academy, Inc.|
|Title:||Plastics Hall of Fame Records|
|Quantity:||3.0 linear ft|
|Abstract:||Records of the Plastics Academy related to the organization of the Plastics Hall of Fame containing correspondence, organizational notes, meeting minutes, member lists, press clippings, nomination forms, biographies, photographs, event information, induction ceremony programs and other materials related to the Plastics Hall of Fame.|
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010
The Plastics Hall of Fame is an industry educational organization founded to celebrate those "who, through dedication, work and accomplishment have contributed most significantly to the growth and success of the plastics industry." In October of 1972, Modern Plastics magazine in cooperation with The Society of the Plastics Industry (SPI) established the Plastics Hall of Fame. The first induction took place during the National Plastics Exposition and Conference held in Chicago from November 5 to 9, 1973. In 1974 the concept was expanded to include posthumous induction into the Hall of Fame to honor great contributors to the plastics industry. In 1976, Modern Plastics shifted responsibility for inducting members to the Society of the Plastics Industry (SPI) and after the 1982 event, the Plastics Academy Inc. (a tax exempt organization), was founded to manage the Hall of Fame nominations and inductions.
[Adapted from information given on the Plastics Academy website.]
The Plastics Hall of Fame Records contains correspondence, organizational notes, meeting minutes, member lists, press clippings, nomination forms, biographies, photographs, event information, induction ceremony programs and other materials related to the organization.
Administrative material contains documents regarding the operation of the organization including bylaws, nomination forms, procedural documents, membership lists, press releases, and relevant correspondence to and from the Plastics Hall of Fame. Also included are materials associated with the National Plastics Center & Museum, such as project estimates, floor plans, and exhibition drawings.
Nominations and inductions includes biographies and photographs of members of the Plastics Hall of Fame as well as materials relating to their nominations including nomination forms, letters of recommendation, articles, and additional biographical information. This series also contains materials relating to Plastics Hall of Fame induction ceremonies, such as notes and memos, event plans, program scripts, invitations, and event programs.
Most of the Photographs are formal shots (portrait photographs) of Hall of Fame inductees. The vast majority are prints or reproductions, but there are a few negatives and color slides.
Printed material contains newspaper and magazine articles relating to the organization and members of the Plastics Hall of Fame, as well as some issues of the Plastics Academy publications. Also included are studies and research reports relating to plastics in building construction.
The collection is arranged alphabetically by subject.
The majority of our archival and manuscript collections are housed offsite and require advanced notice for retrieval. Researchers are encouraged to contact us in advance concerning the collection material they wish to access for their research.
Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.
National Plastics Center &
Plastics Hall of Fame.
Society of the Plastics Industry.
The Plastics Academy, Inc.
Plastics -- Research.
Plastics industry and trade -- History.
Plastics industry and trade -- Technological innovations.
Plastics industry and trade -- United States.
Genres and Forms
Clippings (information artifacts)
Preferred citation for this material is as follows:
Plastics Hall of Fame Records,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
Original collection, gift of National Plastics Center and Museum, 2010.
Later additions, gift of various individuals and organizations.
Nominations and inductions
|Box 1||Bylaws, Plastics Academy 23 Jan 1998|
|Box 1||Correspondence - includes Plastics Hall of Fame, inductees, and members of the plastics industry|
|Box 1||Elections and procedures (4 folders)|
|Box 1||Membership lists - Plastics Academy members and Plastics Hall of Fame inductees|
|Box 1||Minutes 1998|
|Box 1||Museum and exhibitions - National Plastics Center and Museum, and Plastics Hall of Fame exhibitions|
|Box 1||Press releases 1976-1998|
|Box 2||Recommendations, administration|
|Box 2||Miscellaneous 1976-1998 - includes introductory speeches, internal and external communications, membership application, and a cd-r with images of trophies and medals|
|Nominations and inductions|
|Box 2||Biographies of hall of fame inductees (2 folders)|
|Box 2||Induction ceremony 1976-1979 - correspondence, scripts, financials, etc. relating to event planning, budget, guests, and speakers (2 folders)|
|Box 2||Induction ceremony 1982 - correspondence, scripts, financials, etc. relating to event planning, budget, guests, and speakers (2 folders)|
|Box 3||Induction ceremony 1982 - correspondence, scripts, financials, etc. relating to event planning, budget, guests, and speakers|
|Box 3||Induction ceremony programs 1973, 1976, 1979, 1982, 1986-1988, 1991, 1993-1994, 1996-1997, 1999-2000, 2003, 2005-2006, 2008-2009, 2011-2012, 2014-2015, 2018 (6 folders)|
|Box 4||Nomination materials - forms, schedules, deadlines|
|Box 4||Nominations 1972-1973, 1976, 1979, 1982 - forms, letters of recommendation, biographies, etc. (7 folders)|
|Box 5||Nominations 1993-1998 - forms, letters of recommendation, biographies, etc. (2 folders)|
|Box 5||Nominations, posthumous - correspondence, forms, etc.|
|Box 5||Correspondence about|
|These had already been separated from the photographs to which they refer when the collection was received.|
|Box 5||Bill Cruse, India Trip 1957|
|Box 5||Hall of Fame inductees - digital files, tif and jpg format; file listing; prints with filenames on reverse CD-ROM (ID#: plast_hof_001)|
|Box 5||Hall of Fame inductees, A-G (3 folders)|
|Box 6||Hall of Fame inductees, H-W (3 folders)|
|Box 6||Miscellaneous - includes group shots, photos of inductees receiving award, packet of photos from Russia|
|Box 6||Miscellaneous, unidentified|
|Box 6||Slides and negatives - some identified, some not|
|Box 6||Clippings about Hall of Fame 1972-2009|
|Box 6||Clippings about people|
|Box 6||Clippings, miscellaneous|
|Box 6||Publications - issues of Plastics Academy News, Hall of Fame Newsletter|
|Box 6||Reports, miscellaneous|
|SMANCA, Thermoplastic Duct (PVC) Construction Manual, (1974)
ASHRAE Standard, Energy Conservation in New Building Design (1975)
|Box 6||Technical Report, Fire Research Project - includes slides (2 folders)|
|Box 6||Miscellaneous - brochure, notecards, etc.|