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Jack Milgrom Papers

A description of the collection at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: DGI/MM
Date: 2006

Biographical History

Jack Milgrom was an American researcher and consultant in the plastics field. He received his A.B., M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. He performed research in detergent, petroleum and elastomers, and worked in the plastics industry for Foster Grant among other companies. In 1968, Milgrom became a consultant with Arthur D. Little, Inc. and moved to SRI International in 1981. He then became the managing director of Walden Research, Inc. in 1983. Milgrom conducted seminars in the United States and Europe on plastics recycling, packaging and the environment.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Jack Milgrom Papers consists largely of published material and reports collected and written by Jack Milgrom on the subjects of plastics in general, and specifically on the use of plastics in packaging and the recycling of plastics, as well as utility scrap and recycling in the auto industry.

Arthur D. Little reports contains documents and reports written by Milgrom and others at the company. Reports were written for private companies, industry trade groups, and government agencies, such as the Department of Health, Education and Welfare and the Food and Drug Administration.

Conference reports consists of proceedings from various national and international conferences on packaging, recycling, conservation, and waste management.

Printed materials consists of documents and reports written by other individuals, companies, agencies, and industry groups.

Research files contains folders assembled by Milgrom related to various projects with which he was involved. Of particular note in this content area are a series of documents related to the Committee on the Challenges of Modern Society, which was part of the North American Treaty Organization tasked in part with researching waste recycling in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

Writings contains published articles, speeches, and preparatory notes by Milgrom (exclusive of writing done under Arthur D. Little).

Arrangement of the Collection

Arranged into series by general topic.


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

Wiley Encyclopedia of Packaging Technology transferred to rare books for cataloging

Special Collections Research Center has numerous holdings in the areas of plastics and industrial design. Please refer to the SCRC Subject Index for a complete listing.

Subject Headings


Milgrom, Jack.

Corporate Bodies

International Ryder Conference on Beverage Packaging.
Monsanto Chemical Company.
North Atlantic Treaty Organization. -- Committee on the Challenges of Modern Society.


Beverage containers.
Biodegradable plastics.
Conservation of natural resources.
Container industry.
Food -- Packaging.
Plastics in packaging.
Plastics industry and trade.
Recycling (Waste, etc.)
Recycling industry.

Genres and Forms

Clippings (information artifacts)
Technical reports.



Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Jack Milgrom Papers,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Transfer from National Plastics Center and Museum, 11/06/2008. Originally, gift of Jack Milgrom.

Table of Contents

Arthur D. Little reports

Conference reports

Printed materials

Research files