Goodyear Donates Historic Films


Some of the more important historic events captured in the collection include the maiden flight of the USS Akron, the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair, one of the first Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parades, the unveiling of Admiral Richard Byrd’s snow cruiser, the 1960 breaking of the land speed record, the building of the Alaska Pipeline, and the Akron Rubber Strike of 1936.  Also included is blimp footage of numerous sporting events such as Super Bowls, Olympics, and NASCAR and Grand Prix races. 

The films, which are now inventoried and available to the public, are of use to students, historians, scholars, and documentary film makers.  These and other resources on the history of Goodyear and the rubber and polymer industry are available by visiting Archival Services located in Room LL10 of the Polsky Building in downtown Akron.  Public hours are Monday thru Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Additional information about Archival Services and its collections can be found on the department’s website at

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