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Lawrence V. Redman Papers

A description of his papers at Syracuse University

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Redman, L. V. (Lawrence Vincent), b. 1880.
Title: Lawrence V. Redman Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1922-1930
Quantity: 1 folder
Abstract: Collection contains two items related to the career of Lawrence Vincent Redman, a booklet on his phenolic plastic, redmanol, and a certificate of recognition from the American Chemical Society.
Language: English
Repository: Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010

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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Finding Aid Information

Created by: MM
Date: 2006
Revision history: Feb 2009 - converted to EAD (MRC); 22 Oct 2013 - corrected box numbers (MRC)

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Oversize 1 Award, presented to Lawrence Redman by the American Chemical Society, framed 1930
Printed material
Oversize 1 "REDMANOL: A Popular Exposition of the Scientific Merits of Redmanol, the Basic Material of Many Industries" / Redmanol Chemical Products Company 1922 - "Robert Lawrence Vincent Redman" handwritten inside back cover

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