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Bakelite Museum Collection

An inventory of the collection at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: KD
Date: 23 Apr 2019

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.

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.

Arrangement of the Collection

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


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

The Special Collections Research Center has a variety of material related to plastics. Please SCRC Online, our digital portal, or search our collections for more.

Subject Headings


Beall, Glenn.
Cook, Patrick.


Plastics -- History.
Plastics -- Museums.

Genres and Forms


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

Table of Contents


Printed material