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Rubbermaid Inc. public relations miscellany

1980-2000
 Collection
Accession: 2217

Abstract

Rubbermaid Incorporated is an American manufacturer and distributor of many household items. The collection is comprised of a public relations file consisting mostly of clippings and tear sheets, generally notices of the company in local papers and the trade press. Most deal with company performance, organizational culture, and personnel changes, with particular notices of Stanley C. Gault (1926-2016), CEO from 1980 to 1991.

Dates

  • 1980-2000

Creator

Extent

133 item(s)

Historical note

Rubbermaid Incorporated is an American manufacturer and distributor of many household items. It was incorporated in Ohio as the Wooster Rubber Company on May 19, 1920. Originally a manufacturer of toy balloons, it suffered a severe loss of business in the early Depression. In 1934, James R. Caldwell (1897-1977) joined the company as president and brought with him a line of colored rubber dustpans and drainboards that he had developed and marketed in New England under the brand name "Rubbermaid." The company greatly expanded its line of colored rubber housewares, adding vinyl covered wire products like coathangers and dish racks in the late 1940s and all-plastic goods in the mid-1950s. It was renamed Rubbermaid Incorporated in 1957.

Scope and Contents

A public relations file consisting mostly of clippings and tear sheets, generally notices of the company in local papers and the trade press. Most deal with company performance, organizational culture, and personnel changes, with particular notices of Stanley C. Gault (1926-2016), CEO from 1980 to 1991. There are also press releases, organizational charts, brochures (including a short company history), an advertising calendar and other color advertising of company products, and a memo critical of a proposal from trend guru Faith Popcorn (1947-).

Conditions Governing Access

No restrictions on access; this collection is open for research.

Language of Materials

English


Additional Information

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Finding Aid & Administrative Information

Title:
Rubbermaid Inc. public relations miscellany
Status:
Description rules:
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description:
English
Script of description:
Latin

Revision Statements

  • 2021: Ashley Williams

Repository Details

Repository Details

Part of the Manuscripts and Archives Repository

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