Friday, May 20, 2011

Digital Resource: The Plastics Collection at Syracuse University

 "I just want to say one word to you, just one word. . . . Are you listening? . . . Plastics.  . . . There's a great future in plastics. Think about it."
The Special Collections Research Center at the Syracuse University Library has created an on-line exhibit featuring its plastics collection. The website "combines narratives about the people, materials, and corporations responsible for our cultural embrace of plastic with a searchable digital collection of original research materials from Syracuse University Library, including manuscripts, printed materials, photographs, and artifacts. . . . The Plastics Collection at the Syracuse University Library, founded in 2008, is the largest university-based resource on the history of plastics. The purpose of the Plastics Collection is to serve as a research and programming center to advance the study and understanding of plastics in modern society, including its role in chemistry, technology, industry, marketing, health, art, design, and other fields." The exhibit, divided into Industry, Collection, and People sections, may be browsed by topic or searched.