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Glenn Beall Comb Collection

An inventory of the collection at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: MRC
Date: 14 Mar 2019

Biographical History

Glenn Beall is an engineer, consultant, educator and editor in the fields of plastics design, processing, and education. He owned and operated his own company, Glenn Beall Engineering, Inc., from 1968 to 1993. and holds more than 35 patents. He has lectured, written, and provided consulting on many aspects of plastics design, and has held leadership positions in the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) and Society of the Plastics Industry (SPI).

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Glenn Beall Comb Collection contains functional and decorative hair combs dating from the mid-19th century to the early 20th. Almost all are compression-molded of hard rubber (also known as vulcanite), although there are a few examples of other materials and techniques. Several have decorations of glass or jet beads. The donor's original identification numbers (for example "Comb, No. 5") are given below, and all descriptions are based on information provided by the donor.

Arrangement of the Collection

Items are physically arranged as appropriate based on size. They are listed in the inventory below in numeric order, both of the donor's original number and internally-assigned ID numbers.


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.

Subject Headings


Beall, Glenn.


Combs -- History.
Combs -- Specimens.
Hair ornaments.

Genres and Forms

Combs (hair ornaments)

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Glenn Beall Comb Collection,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Gift of Glenn Beall, 2019.

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