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Mary Bachman Papers

A description of the collection at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: MRC
Date: 26 Mar 2019

Biographical History

Mary Bachman is a member of the Antique Comb Collectors Club and editor of their newsletter. The club was formed as the Antique Comb Collectors Club (ACCC or AC3), and later became the Antique Comb Collectors Club International (ACCCI). She is also the author of Collector's Guide to Hair Combs: Identification and Values (1998).

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Mary Bachman Papers contains Antique Comb Collectors Club material, correspondence, photographs, printed material, subject files, and videorecordings.

The Antique Comb Collectors Club material conains address lists, communications with members and the Board of Directors, issues of the club newsletter (a few in hard copy, with a complete set on CD), club documents and publicity, and so on.

Correspondence contains general correspondene with other collectors and a small amount with sellers.

Photographs consists primarily of photographs of other collectors' combs. Many are labeled on the back.

Printed material contains clippings by and about Bachman and other comb collectors, including Jen Cruse and Belva Green, as well as pieces on combs and comb collecting generally.

Subject files were undifferentiated when received, and have been sorted by topic. Most of these have to do with various materials used in comb-making and manufacture, including horn, ivory, jet, and plastics.

Videorecordings contains "How to make a celluloid comb" and a VHS tape of a European television program.

Arrangement of the Collection

Material is arranged alphabetically by name or topic. Within each folder, where appropriate, items are arranged chronologically.


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.

Related Material

See also the Mary Bachman Antique Comb Collection. Special Collections Research Center has several other collections related to hair combs, as well as a considerable amount of material related to plastics history and production generally. Please search our collections to locate other collections related to plastics and industrial design, and refer to the Classic Catalog to locate cataloged publications. Please also visit the Plastics Collection Website.

Subject Headings


Bachman, Mary.
Beall, Glenn.
Cruse, Jen.
Green, Belva.
Miller, Betty, 1933-

Corporate Bodies

Antique Comb Collectors Club (U.S.)
Antique Comb Collectors Club International.


Hair ornaments -- Collectors and collecting.
Ornamental combs -- Collectors and collecting.
Ornamental combs -- Societies and clubs.

Genres and Forms

Clippings (information artifacts)
Research notes.
Slides (photographs)
Video recordings.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Mary Bachman Papers,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Gift of Mary Bachman, 2019.

Table of Contents

Antique Comb Collectors Club material



Printed material

Subject files