Talalay Foam Rubber Archives

Range: 1920s - 1994 Size: 12 cubic feet Record Group: 99/250

Dr. Joseph Talalay and his sons, Leon and Anselm, were integral players in the history of rubber. They developed and perfected a process to make latex sponge rubber that was more sustainable than other processes. Much of their work occurred at the B.F. Goodrich Company in Akron, Ohio during the 1950s and '60s. The process was used by over 20 countries across the world and has continued to be used to create mattresses, pillows and other products comprised of foam rubber. The archive contains material relating to the Talalay Foam Rubber Process and the Talalay Family and includes agreements, correspondence, patents, products, processes, reports, foam rubber samples, and blueprints and photographs of plants and machinery.

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Semon, Waldo L., Papers

Range: 1926 - 1990 Size: 9 cubic feet Record Group: 99/245

Waldo L. Semon (1898-1999) was a renowned American inventor who worked for the B.F. Goodrich Company in Akron, Ohio. He is credited with inventing methods for making polyvinyl chloride useful and for inventing vinyl, the world's second most used plastic. His papers include experiment notebooks, research notes, correspondence, and subject files relating to rubber research and Semon's years as a research chemist at B.F. Goodrich.

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Resnik, Judith

Range: 1976 - 1986 Size: 4 cubic feet Record Group: 99/100

Collection includes technical materials, notes, and memorandums pertaining to space shuttle flight.

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National Inventors Hall of Fame

Range: 1973 - 1999 Size: 37 cubic feet Record Group: $content.recordGroup

The National Inventors Hall of Fame is a non-profit organization dedicated to inventors and their inventions. Formerly located in Akron, Ohio in a facility known as Inventure Place, the hall served as a science and technology museum and library, inventor’s workshop, and a national resource center for creativity. The records consist of board meeting minutes, records of CEO Richard Nichols, and information on inductions, programs, Inventor's Conferences, and construction of the hall.


Lockheed Martin Tactical Defense Systems Records

Range: 1908 - 1959 Size: 28 cubic feet Record Group: 99/128

Lockheed Martin Tactical Defense Systems in Akron, Ohio was the successor of Goodyear Aerospace, a former subsidiary of The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company. The records mainly cover the development and manufacturing of airships and include photographs, photograph albums, and glass plate slides. Of special note are the factory construction logbooks and photographs depicting the assembly of the airships U.S.S. Akron and the U.S.S. Macon.

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Flickinger, Maynard L., Papers

Range: 1924 - 1987 Size: 1 cubic feet Record Group: 99/131

Maynard L. Flickinger (1900-1990) was an engineer and airship designer who worked for The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company’s Aeronautics Department, Goodyear-Zeppelin Corporation, and Goodyear Aircraft Corporation. His papers predominantly contain photographs and printed materials relating to airship design and airship travel, especially the U.S.S. Akron and the U.S.S. Macon.

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D'Ianni, Dr. James D.,Collection of Alfin Rubber Materials

Range: 1945 - 1947 Size: 1 cubic foot Record Group: $content.recordGroup

Dr. James D. D'Ianni (1914-2007) was a noted rubber scientist from Akron, Ohio who worked for The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company and is known for his contributions to the development of synthetic rubber during World War II. The collection contains materials relating to the development and usage of Alfin synthetic rubber by Dr. D'Ianni and Dr. Avery A Morton of M.I.T. and includes reports, graphs, tables, and correspondence.


Colley, Russell S.

Range: 1944 - 1971 Size: 1 cubic foot Record Group: 99/239

Patents, articles, photo album, photographs, news clippings, and correspondence regarding Colley's development of pressurized flight suits.

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Akron Council of Engineering and Scientific Societies

Range: 1945 - 2005 Size: 8 cubic feet Record Group:

ACESS, an organization consisting of technical and scientific societies, represents over 3,000 engineers, scientists and technicians in the greater Akron area. Included in this collection are board minutes; records of ACESS banquets and programs; and their publication, The Akron Technical Journal.

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