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    Leo H. Baekeland Papers, 1863-1968.
     
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    Creator: 
    Baekeland, L. H. (Leo Hendrik), 1863-1944 (collector, author).
    Title: 
    Leo H. Baekeland Papers, 1863-1968.
    Uniform Title: 
    Bakelite
    Velox (photographic paper)
    Phy. Description: 
    15.38 cu. ft.
    49 boxes.
    Medium : 
    Some photonegatives : silver gelatin on nitrocellulose.
    Bio / His Notes: 
    Baekeland came to the U.S. in 1890 from Belgium. His first major invention was "Velox" photographic paper. He started the Nepera Chemical Co. in 1893, and in 1899 sold it to Eastman Kodak. He is best known for inventing the first commercial synthetic resin, to which he applied the trademark "Baeklite." In 1910 the General Bakelite Company, later the Bakelite Corporation, was organized to manufacture and distribute the raw materials for making phenolic parts.
    Scope and Content: 
    These papers include student notebooks; private laboratory notebooks and journals; commercial laboratory notes; diaries; patents; technical papers; biographies; newspaper clippings; maps; graphs; blueprints; account books; batch books; formula books; order books; photographs; and correspondence to, from, and regarding Baekeland, 1887-1943. The photographs include photoprints, as well as original glass plate and film negatives; subject matter includes personal and family documentation, and pictures taken on family travels in the United States and Europe.
    Organization: 
    Series 1, Reference Materials, 1863-1868 and undated; Series 2, Published and Unpublished Writings (by Leo H. Baekeland), 1884-1945; Series 3, Correspondence, 1888 1963; Series 4, Diaries, 1907 1943; Series 5, Reading and Lecture Notes, 1878-1886; Series 6, Laboratory Notebooks, 1893-1915; Series 7, Commercial Laboratory Notebooks, 1910 -1920; Series 8, Bakelite Company, 1887-1945; Series 9, Patents, 1894-1940; Series 10, Bakelite Corporation Ledgers, 1910-1924, 1935, 1939; Series 11, Photographs, 1889-1950 and undated; Series 12, Audio Materials, 1976.
    Provenance: 
    Transferred from the Division of Physical Sciences, 1983/04/05; also diaries from donor, 1984/03/28.
    Finding aids: 
    Finding aid.
    Cite as: 
    Leo H. Baekeland Papers, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
    Subject-Topical: 
    Chemistry
    Plastics -- 1880-1970
    Phenolic resins
    Travel -- Photographs
    Chemists -- 1880-1970
    Inventors -- 1880-1970
    Subject-Name: 
    Nepera Chemical Co.
    Bakelite Corporation
    Form / Genre: 
    Photographs -- 19th-20th century -- Black-and-white negatives -- Nitrate
    Photographs -- 19th-20th century -- Black-and-white photoprints -- Silver gelatin
    Photographs -- 19th-20th century -- Black-and-white negatives -- Glass
    Diaries -- 1880-1970
    Notebooks -- 1880-1970
    Professional papers -- 1880-1970
    Clippings -- 1880-1970
    Laboratory notes
    Personal correspondence -- 1880-1970
    Repository Loc: 
    Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of American History : Archives Center. P.O. Box 37012, Suite 1100, MRC 601, Constitution Ave., between 12th and 14th Sts., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20013-7012. Call 202-633-3270 for appointment. Fax: 202-786-2453.
    Local Number: 
    1984.3065 (NMAH Acc.)
    1988.3001 (NMAH Acc.)
    1984.3024 (NMAH Acc.)
    1988.3017 (NMAH Acc.)
    1988.3002 (NMAH Acc.)
    Components: 
    Baekeland, L. H. (Leo Hendrik), 1863-1944 Laboratory table with chemistry equipment : ca. 1900.
    Item Information
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    Archives Center at American HistoryACNMAH 0005Add Copy to MyList

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