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Bakelite Museum Collection

An inventory of the collection at Syracuse University

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Bakelite Museum
Title: Bakelite Museum Collection
Inclusive Dates: 1985-1994
Quantity: 0.25 linear ft. (1 flat oversize box)
Abstract: Printed material and a photograph from the Bakelite Museum in England
Language: English
Repository: Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010

Biographical History

The Bakelite Museum was started by Patrick Cook as a collection of "plastics in the home" and other domestic items dating from the time of plastics' first invention in the mid-nineteenth century until the present day. Their focus was especially on the "inter-war years" and art and design (rather than science). The museum was first officially opened in Greenwich, UK in 1983. It then moved to Somerset in 1994 and remained there for 25 years before closing with the intention to relocate to the History of Bakelite Museum in 2020.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Bakelite Museum Collection consists of photographs and printed material.

Photographs contains one printed image.

Printed material contains brochures, post cards, a membership application, a newsletter, and posters.

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Arrangement of the Collection

Photographs contains a single item. Printed material is in no particular order.

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Access Restrictions

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.

Use Restrictions

Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

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Related Material

The Special Collections Research Center has a variety of material related to plastics. Please search our collections for more.

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Subject Headings


Beall, Glenn.
Cook, Patrick.


Plastics -- History.
Plastics -- Museums.

Genres and Forms


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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Bakelite Museum Collection,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Gift of Patrick Cook, 2019

Finding Aid Information

Created by: KD
Date: 23 Apr 2019
Revision history:

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Oversize 1 Reproduction undated - image shows one unidentified man, Sylvia Katz, Patrick Cook, Glenn Beall, and Colin Williamson (1 item)
Printed material
Oversize 1 Miscellaneous 1985-1994, undated - postcards, 1985 issue of Pastiche, membership application, brochures, posters (2 folders)

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