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Plastics Hall of Fame Records

A description of the collection at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: SDG
Date: 29 Jul 2011

Biographical History

The Plastics Hall of Fame is an industry educational organization founded to celebrate those "who, through dedication, work and accomplishment have contributed most significantly to the growth and success of the plastics industry." In October of 1972, Modern Plastics magazine in cooperation with The Society of the Plastics Industry (SPI) established the Plastics Hall of Fame. The first induction took place during the National Plastics Exposition and Conference held in Chicago from November 5 to 9, 1973. In 1974 the concept was expanded to include posthumous induction into the Hall of Fame to honor great contributors to the plastics industry. In 1976, Modern Plastics shifted responsibility for inducting members to the Society of the Plastics Industry (SPI) and after the 1982 event, the Plastics Academy Inc. (a tax exempt organization), was founded to manage the Hall of Fame nominations and inductions.

[Adapted from information given on the Plastics Academy website.]

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Plastics Hall of Fame Records contains correspondence, organizational notes, meeting minutes, member lists, press clippings, nomination forms, biographies, photographs, event information, induction ceremony programs and other materials related to the organization.

Administrative material contains documents regarding the operation of the organization including bylaws, nomination forms, procedural documents, membership lists, press releases, and relevant correspondence to and from the Plastics Hall of Fame. Also included are materials associated with the National Plastics Center & Museum, such as project estimates, floor plans, and exhibition drawings.

Nominations and inductions includes biographies and photographs of members of the Plastics Hall of Fame as well as materials relating to their nominations including nomination forms, letters of recommendation, articles, and additional biographical information. This series also contains materials relating to Plastics Hall of Fame induction ceremonies, such as notes and memos, event plans, program scripts, invitations, and event programs.

Most of the Photographs are formal shots (portrait photographs) of Hall of Fame inductees. The vast majority are prints or reproductions, but there are a few negatives and color slides.

Printed material contains newspaper and magazine articles relating to the organization and members of the Plastics Hall of Fame, as well as some issues of the Plastics Academy publications. Also included are studies and research reports relating to plastics in building construction.

Arrangement of the Collection

The collection is arranged alphabetically by subject.


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

Corporate Bodies

National Plastics Center & Museum.
Plastics Hall of Fame.
Society of the Plastics Industry.
The Plastics Academy, Inc.


Plastics -- Research.
Plastics industry and trade -- History.
Plastics industry and trade -- Technological innovations.
Plastics industry and trade -- United States.

Genres and Forms

Clippings (information artifacts)
Negatives (photographs)
Programs (documents)
Slides (photographs)



Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Plastics Hall of Fame Records,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Original collection, gift of National Plastics Center and Museum, 2010.

Later additions, gift of various individuals and organizations.

Table of Contents

Administrative material

Nominations and inductions


Printed material