John Lyon Collyer Papers,1909-1976.

Collection Number: 3265

Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections
Cornell University Library


DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
John Lyon Collyer papers, 1909-1976.
Collection Number:
3265
Creator:
Collyer, John Lyon,
Quantity:
9 cubic ft.,
Forms of Material:
Audio Tapes, Correspondence, Films, Photographs, Printed Material
Repository:
Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
Abstract:
Photographs, correspondence, printed items, speeches, clippings, films and tapes concerning the public activities of John L. Collyer. Material covers his tenure as president of B.F. Goodrich; most of this material concerns rubber.
Language:
Collection material in English


BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE

John Lyon Collyer (1893-1979) was born at Chelsea-on-Hudson, New York in 1893, to a family of shipbuilders and boat operators. He attended Cornell University and graduated in 1917 with a degree in mechanical engineering. During these years he was a member and later coach of the crew team. He took a job with Bethlehem Steel in their Wilmington shipyards. In 1923, he accepted the vice-presidency of the English-owned Dunlop Tire and Rubber Company in Buffalo, New York, and worked his way to the position of co-managing director of Dunlop's international operations. In 1930 he married Georgia Forman Elliott, a widow with two children. Collyer and his wife had a daughter, Georgia, in 1930. At this time he moved to England, continuing to work for Dunlop until 1939, when he moved back to the U.S. to assume the presidency and chief executive position at B.F. Goodrich Co., in Akron, Ohio. He contributed greatly to the development and production of synthetic rubber, a material in great demand in World War II. Collyer served in this position with Goodrich for 25 years, and was on the board of directors of several corporations, including Cornell University. A benefactor of Cornell, he gave the Collyer Boathouse on Cayuga Lake inlet. Collyer died in 1979 at Vero Beach, Florida.
Cornell University Class of 1917.

COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

Photographs, correspondence, printed items, speeches, clippings, films and tapes concerning the public activities of John L. Collyer. Material covers his tenure as president of B.F. Goodrich; most of this material concerns rubber.
SUBJECTS

Names:
Collyer, John Lyon, 1893-
Elliott, Georgia Forman.
B.F. Goodrich Company.
Bethlehem Steel.
Dunlop Tire and Rubber Company.

Subjects:
Mechanical engineering.
Mechanical engineers.

Form and Genre Terms:
Photographs.
Speeches.


INFORMATION FOR USERS

Cite As:
John Lyon Collyer. Papers, #3265. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.

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