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COLLECTION Identifier: Mss:658 1951-2002 P762

Polaroid Corporation research laboratory notebooks

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of Polaroid Corporation research laboratory notebooks created as part of routine research and development activities, circa 1950s-2002. The notebooks contain detailed historical laboratory records created by Polaroid image scientists, organic chemists, polymer chemists, and physicists in the photometric laboratory in the research and development department. The scientists developed and invented Polaroid products, as well as conducted research on a variety of optical, physical, and chemical phenomena. The records form the basis for Polaroid’s patent portfolio that underlies their commercialized inventions as well as novel imaging systems that were never brought to market. The notebooks are hand written and signed by the original investigators and some notebooks include photographs, test strips, graphs, and/or acetate samples. There are a large number of female scientists represented throughout this collection. There are three series in this collection: I. Technical Information Center notebooks; II: Chemical Information Center notebooks; III. Miscellaneous notebooks.


  • 1951-2002


Language of Materials

Materials entirely in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research. Materials stored offsite; access requires advance notice. Please contact for more information on access procedures and reproduction services.


360 linear feet (332 cartons)

Biographical / Historical

ZINK Holdings LLC is a Billerica, Massachusetts-based company that invented and manufactures Zero Ink printing paper. In the early 2000s, former Polaroid employees founded ZINK Holdings, which, acquired some of Polaroid’s assets, mainly research notebooks. The information in the reserach notebooks formed the basis for the company's inventions.


Arranged numerically by research notebook number.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Polaroid Corporation research laboratory notebooks were received by Baker Library Special Collections as a donation from Zink Holdings LLC, 2020.

Processing Information

This collection makes up a distinct grouping of materials that were created by the Polaroid Corporation's research and development scientists. Additional research and development records can be found in the Polaroid Corporation records, series III: research and development records, 1905-2000 (inclusive), 1930-1985 (bulk).


April 2022
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Repository Details

Part of the Baker Library Special Collections, Harvard Business School, Harvard University Repository

Baker Library Special Collections holds unique resources that focus on the evolution of business and industry, as well as the records of the Harvard Business School, documenting the institution's development over the last century. These rich and varied collections support research in a diverse range of fields such as business, economic, social and cultural history as well as the history of science and technology.

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