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Synthane Corporation World War II scrapbooks

1943-1947, 1.75 linear feet

44

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Historical Society of Montgomery County. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in our reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

Summary Information

Repository:
Historical Society of Montgomery County
Creator:
Heaton, Ronald E., 1898-1987
Title:
Synthane Corporation World War II scrapbooks
Date [inclusive]:
1943-1947
Call Number:
44
Extent:
1.75 Linear feet
General Physical Description note:
11 volumes
Language:
English
Abstract:
Synthane Corporation in Oaks, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania manufactured Bakelite laminated products before World War II. They shifted to war production after hostilities broke out, and offered special benefits to employees who left to serve in the military. The Synthane Corporation World War II scrapbooks, 1943-1947, contain correspondence between Ronald E. Heaton, assistant treasurer for Synthane Corporation, and employees who served in the military during World War II. Letters make up the bulk of the collection but there are also a few photographs of servicemen, and some ephemera, pamphlets, newsletters, and circulars produced by Synthane about the war effort.
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Biography/History

Synthane Corporation in Oaks, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania manufactured Bakelite laminated products before World War II. They shifted to war production after hostilities broke out. Synthane paid a bonus to employees who left to serve in the military, and also contributed towards their life insurance policies upon request.

Ronald Ellwood Heaton (1898-1987) was assistant treasurer for Synthane Corporation during World War II. He was also a historian, and penned several books including Masonic Membership of the Founding Fathers,  Valley Forge, Yesterday and Today,  Loud and Clear: The Story of our Liberty Bell.

Scope and Contents

These scrapbooks contain correspondence between R. E. Heaton, assistant treasurer for Synthane Corporation, and Synthane Corporation employees who served in the military during World War II. Letters received by Synthane Corporation as well as copies of letters sent are included. Most of the letters deal with administering the financial benefits and insurance offered by the company, but some are more personal in nature. There are also a few photographs of servicemen, and some ephemera, pamphlets, newsletters, and circulars produced by Synthane about the war effort. The letters are arranged alphabetically by correspondent.

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Publication Information

Historical Society of Montgomery County

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Celia Caust-Ellenbogen and Michael Gubicza through the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories

Sponsor

This preliminary finding aid was created as part of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories. The HCI-PSAR project was made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Access Restrictions

Contact Historical Society of Montgomery County for information about accessing this collection.

Immediate Source of Acquisition Note

Gifts of Robert R. Titus (Oaks, PA), April 18th, 1959 (accession #10724) and Ronald E. Heaton (Oaks, PA), May 23rd, 1958 (accession #10663).

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • Synthane Corporation.
  • United States. Army.
Geographic Name(s)
  • Montgomery County (Pa.)
  • Upper Providence (Montgomery County, Pa. : Township)
Subject(s)
  • Employee fringe benefits
  • Life insurance
  • Soldiers
  • World War, 1939-1945

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