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Robert M. Ingersoll Papers

An inventory of his papers at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: MRC
Date: 4 Jun 2019

Biographical History

Robert M. Ingersoll (1924-?) was an American industrial designer. Born in Cooperstown, New York, he enrolled at Syracuse University (SU) in 1942 but left to serve in the Army Air Force during World War II (1942-1946). Following the war he returned to SU and received a B.A. in Industrial Design (1950). He worked as a technical illustrator for Warner New York Corporation and later as a design engineer for General Electric.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Robert M. Ingersoll Papers consists of biographical material, design work, and a small amount of miscellaneous material, all dating from early in his career. Most focuses on product packaging and display.

Biographical material contains draft notes and several copies of Ingersoll's resume.

Design work includes two portfolios, one from his student days, as well as original and reproduction artwork.

Miscellaneous material includes, among other things, a letter of reference and notes on how to approach a design problem.

Arrangement of the Collection

No order.


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Use Restrictions:

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Related Material

Special Collections Research Center has extensive holdings related to plastics. Please search our collections to locate related manuscript collections, and refer to the Classic Catalog to locate published material.

Subject Headings


Ingersoll, Robert M.

Corporate Bodies

Syracuse University -- Alumni and alumnae.


Industrial design -- United States.
Industrial designers -- United States.
Packaging -- Design.

Genres and Forms

Blueprints (reprographic copies)


Industrial designers.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Robert M. Ingersoll Papers,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Purchase, 2019.

Table of Contents

Biographical material

Design work