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Teaching Materials from the Natural Rubber Bureau


Held at: Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections [Contact Us]370 Lancaster Ave, Haverford, PA 19041

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in their reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

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These materials were created and sent by the Natural Rubber Bureau located in Washington DC. Though little can be found about the bureau itself, its location on K Street suggests it was a lobbying organization. The history of natural rubber production and use in the US suggests the organization may have been disbanded in the 1960s due to the rise in use of nationally produced synthetic rubber and the sale of rubber production plants to privatized companies.

This item is a teaching kit intended to provide lesson plans for instructors about the history of natural rubber production, natural rubber's use in modern US society, and the current state of the rubber industry. The kit includes a timeline of the use of natural rubber spanning from its initial use by Europeans in the 16th century to the 1950s, photographs and facts about natural rubber production (specifically in Southeast Asia), a booklet with lesson plans and potential projects about the importance of natural rubber in multiple academic subjects, and fictional letters between kids in Malaysia and the US discussing the production and use of natural rubber in their respective environments.

Four items

Gift of Robert Galford, 2019. Previously owned by his father, J.B. Galford.

Processed by Eli Cole and Anna Katzive, completed September 2023


Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections
Finding Aid Author
Eli Cole and Anna Katzive
Finding Aid Date
September, 2023
Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use

Use Restrictions

Standard Federal Copyright Law Applies (U.S. Title 17)

Collection Inventory

Teaching materials.
Box 5

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