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Lawrence V. Redman Papers

A description of his papers at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: MM
Date: 2006

Biographical History

Lawrence Vincent Redman (1880-1946) was a Canadian chemist and a leader in the industrial applications of plastics.

Born Robert Lawrence Vincent Redman on September 1, 1880 in Oil Springs, Ontario, Canada, he earned his degree at the University of Toronto 1908 and studied at University of Kansas. In 1913, he established Redmanol Chemical Products Company to produce a plastic (redmanol) similar to bakelite. The Redmanol company, the Condensite Company of America, and General Bakelite were consolidated in 1922 into the Bakelite Corporation. Redman was vice president and director of research and retired in 1939. He was a member of the American Chemical Society and its president in 1932.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Lawrence V. Redman Papers contains printed material (a booklet on Redman's phenolic plastic, redmanol) and memorabilia (a certificate of recognition from the American Chemical Society).

Arrangement of the Collection



Access Restrictions:

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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

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. There are also artifacts made of redmanol in the holdings.

Subject Headings


Redman, L. V. (Lawrence Vincent), b. 1880.

Corporate Bodies

Bakelite Corporation.
Redmanol Chemical Products Company.


Phenolic resins.
Plastics industry and trade.

Genres and Forms



Chemical engineers.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Lawrence V. Redman Papers,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Transfer from National Plastics Center and Museum, 11/06/2008. Originally, gift of Alice Redman Gooch, 2004.

Table of Contents


Printed material