Talalay Foam Rubber

Range: 1920s - 1940s Size: 40 cubic feet Record Group: $content.recordGroup

Agreements, correspondence, journals, proposals, patents, formulae and process descriptions, blueprints, photographs, and sample rubber products relating to the Talalay Foam Rubber process for manufacturing latex foam rubber. Chronicles the history and development of this invention which revolutionized the foam rubber industry.

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Stan Hywet Hall Foundation, Inc.

Range: 1955 - 1960 Size: 1 cubic foot Record Group:

This collection consists of business records, correspondence concerning funding, profile of the executive director, John Paolano, minutes of meetings, and publications concerning Stan Hywet.

Shoman, Edward C. Papers

Range: 1930 - 2003 Size: 4.34 cubic feet Record Group: 99/133

Edward C. Shoman was the marketing manager of big tire sales at the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company in Akron, Ohio. Included in the papers are business correspondence, reports, and personal notes from his 34 years at Goodyear in addition to numerous Goodyear related photographs, slides, video tapes, and published materials that mostly document Goodyear's off-the-road tires.

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Shilts, W. D.

Range: 1908 - 1955 Size: 2 cubic feet Record Group:

Correspondence, clipping file and research notes of William Delbert Shilts, official of the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, including a manuscript history of the company, 1898-1927.

Semon, Waldo

Range: 1926 - 1966 Size: 9 cubic feet Record Group: 99/245

Materials from Semon's years as a research chemist for BFGoodrich, including experiment notebooks, research notes, correspondence, and general files relating to rubber research arranged by topic.

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Seiberling, Willard P.

Range: 1859 - 1964 Size: 29 cubic feet Record Group: 99/130

The Willard P. Seiberling Papers contain personal and business correspondence, drawings, photographs, negatives, blueprints, and legal documents from one of the members of Akron's "founding families" of the rubber and tire industry. While not a complete record of Willard Seiberling's business activities at the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. and Seiberling Rubber Co., it does give some insight into his work at these companies as well as his interest in railroads and aviation.

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Nelson, Daniel

Range: 1900 - 1941 Size: 9 cubic feet Record Group:

Research material for American Rubber Workers & Organized Labor, 1900-1941. Materials include: research notes, phonotaped interviews, materials regarding the United Rubber Workers (URW), meeting minutes, manuscripts, notes and materials relating to many rubber companies, demographic studies, articles, news clippings, chapter critiques, and correspondence.

McDonald, Peter Papers

Range: 1964 - 2013 Size: 7.0 Record Group:

Peter McDonald (1930-2013) was a tire designer/engineer with The Firestone Tire & Rubber Company and a tire forensics expert who served as a consultant and expert witness on numerous murder trials throughout the United States and Canada.  His papers include correspondence, drawings, patents, news releases, publications, newspaper clippings, photographs, slides, audio/video, and training materials that document his life and work and the trials that he worked on.

House, John D.

Range: 1938 - 1941 Size: 0.1 cubic feet Record Group:

Correspondence and other materials of CIO field representative, principally regarding United Rubber Workers activity at the Gadsden, Alabama, plant of the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company.

Gross, Alan “AirshipAl” Collection

Range: 1922 - 2017 Size: 114 cubic feet Record Group: $content.recordGroup

Alan “AirshipAl” Gross is an airship aficionado and collector of all things airship.  He worked on the ground crew at the Flushing Airport in New York City and helped found two airship companies, Airships International Ltd. and Airship Enterprises Inc.  The collection includes information on various airships important in the history of lighter-than-air flight including the Goodyear, Budweiser, SeaWorld, Shamu, MetLife, Fuji, and Jordache blimps, to name a few.  Materials include press kits, flight manuals, drawings, books, journals, newspaper clippings, photographs and slides, videotapes and films, musical scores, phonograph recordings, inflatables, clothing, and airship toys and collectibles.  View the photographs and slides from the collection here.

Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company Records, Aviation Series

Range: 1900 - 1991 Size: 36 cubic feet Record Group: 99/106

The materials consist of documents (e.g., correspondence, press releases, reports, press clippings), photographs, publications, blueprint drawings, videotapes, and small artifacts primarily from – or created by – the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. Public Relations Dept. and maintained in the corporate archives. The records are arranged by the following topics: Airplanes, Airships, Balloons, Missiles/Rockets/Space and General corporate information on aviation.

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Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company Records

Range: 1898 - 1993 Size: 800 cubic feet Record Group: 99/106

Correspondence, annual reports, financial reports, news releases and publicity, advertising, historical materials, materials relating to company history, historical materials relating to Charles Goodyear, audio-visual materials, photographs, scrapbooks, publications, aviation materials, materials relating to labor relations, employee activities, products files, materials relating to plants, plantations, realty and property, public relations, racing, scrapbooks, photograph albums, and news clippings.

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Goodrich, (B.F.) Company

Range: 1868 - 1990 Size: 500 cubic feet Record Group: 99/132

Board of Director's minutes; annual reports; journals, ledgers, and other accounting records of the parent company, various domestic subsidiaries, and BFGoodrich International; advertising material; publications and news releases; speeches by corporate officials; registrations of patents and trademarks; research center reports and other files; product information; photographs and films.

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General Tire and Rubber Company Records, Public Relations Series

Range: 1915 - 1996 Size: 168 cubic feet Record Group: 99/103


The General Tire and Rubber Company was founded in Akron, Ohio in 1915.  It originally focused on truck and then automobile tires, but later branched into aerospace and defense, entertainment and broadcasting, chemicals/plastics, and industrial products.  Although Continental AG bought General Tire in 1987, it continues to develop, produce, and market tires for automotive applications.  The Public Relations Series consists of company publications, scrapbooks, advertisements, posters, calendars, and banners as well as photographs of foreign and domestic plants and installations, dealerships, and equipment.   It also consists of over a thousand motion picture films, videos, and sound recordings.

General Tire and Rubber Company Records

Range: 1940 - 1973 Size: 155 cubic feet Record Group: 99/103

The General Tire and Rubber Company was founded by Akron natives William O’Neil and Winfred E. Fouse.  Opening their first production plant in East Akron on September 29, 1915, the new company began making just repair materials for tires, but moved on to produce their own brand of tires, becoming the fifth major manufacturer of tires in the United States, expanding into other industrial fields along the way.  General Tire’s discovery of oil-extended rubber in 1949 would cause a major legal debate over patent rights with larger tire manufacturers. The bulk of these records relate to the major legal court cases involving General Tire and several of the other major rubber companies (both national and international) over the patent rights to the use of oil-extended rubber.  They contain court records, exhibits, technical reports, manufacturers literature, and other material, both original and microfilm.

Flickinger, Maynard L. Papers

Range: 1924 - 1987 Size: 0.75 cubic feet Record Group: 99/131

The Maynard L. Flickinger Papers were created while Flickinger worked for the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co.’s Aeronautics Department, Goodyear Zeppelin Corporation, and Goodyear Aircraft Corporation.  The papers predominantly contain photographs and printed materials pertaining to an airship design or airship travel, especially the USS Akron and the USS Macon.

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Firestone, Elizabeth Parke

Range: 1940 - 1970 Size: 55 cubic feet Record Group:

The papers collected by Elizabeth Parke Firestone (wife of Harvey S. Firestone, Jr.) include: correspondence, materials relating to clubs and interests of Harvey S. Firestone, Jr., speeches, writings, materials regarding Twin Oaks (the family's Akron residence), family photographs, miscellaneous medals and awards, phonodisks, and news clippings.

Endres, Dr. Kathleen L. Collection

Range: 1841 - 2018 Size: 6 Record Group: 99/253

Dr. Kathleen L “Kitty” Endres is a distinguished professor emerita of Communications at The University of Akron. This collection is comprised of files and collected materials assembled and used by Dr. Endres during her career as a professor of Communications and Women’s Studies at The University of Akron.

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Collyer, John L.

Range: 1939 - 1976 Size: 1 cubic foot Record Group:

News clippings and photographs of Mr. Collyer, former president of BF Goodrich Company.

Baldwin, Frank B. Papers

Range: 1919 - 1972 Size: 6.2 cubic feet Record Group: 99/134

Frank B. Baldwin was an employee of the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company under their flight operations department and later their astronautics and undersea warfare sales department. He also served as a pilot and personal aide to Paul W. Litchfield, president and later CEO and Chairman of Board of Goodyear. Included in the papers are photograph albums, logs, and subject files from his 34 years at Goodyear in addition to numerous Goodyear related film strips, slides, published materials, and artifacts.

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Alfin Rubber Materials of Dr. J. D. D'Ianni

Range: 1945 - 1947 Size: 1 cubic foot Record Group:

This collection contains materials related to the development of Alfin rubber. J. D. D'Ianni, of the Research Division of the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company along with Dr. Avery A Morton of M.I.T., worked on the development and usage of this synthetic rubber. Includes reports, graphs, tables, and correspondence.