Austin History Center

Glastron Boat Company Records

An Inventory of the Collection

Collection Summary

Creator: Glastron Boat Company
Title: Glastron Boat Company Records
Dates: 1956-2006
Abstract: Glastron Boat Company was founded in 1956 and was one of the first companies to produce fiberglass boats. The company manufactured boats in Austin and New Braunfels, Texas until the 1990s when it was sold and moved to Minnesota. The collection, dating from 1956 to 2006, consists of promotional records advertising the company's product line, 50th anniversary material celebrating Glastron's history, and photographs and slides depicting the boats and manufacturing facilities.
Accession number: AR.2011.002
Quantity: .4 linear feet (1 box)
Location: Archives Stacks, Outer Vault
Language: English
Repository: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library,
810 Guadalupe, PO Box 2287, Austin, TX 78768

Administrative History

Glastron was founded in Austin, Texas by Bob Hammond, Bill Gaston, Bob Shoop, and Guy Woodard on October 14, 1956. The marketing and sales experience of Bill Gaston, Bob Shoop, and Guy Woodward combined with Bob Hammond's fiberglass design and production experience led the company in its rapid expansion and development. The company's production increased from an initial 24 units in year one to 4,000 units in year three and saw the expanding company outgrow three different production facilities during its first four years in business.

Glastron had risen to number one in its industry in 1966 and had become a publicly traded company in the 1960s. In addition to its sales success, Glastron achieved success in the boat racing sport after the creation of a factory racing program. They manufactured the Batboat for the 1966 Batman movie, which later was used in the TV series. In 1984, Glastron moved its manufacturing operations to New Braunfels, Texas and in 1987 the company was acquired by Genmar Industries and eventually relocated to Little Falls, Minnesota in the 1990s. In 2006 Glastron held a 50th Anniversary celebration that saw the gathering of nearly 500 people. Glastron continues to manufacture boats today.

Scope and Contents

The Glastron Boat Company Records, 1956-2006, include materials relating the history of the organization, its products, and the celebration of its 50th Anniversary. The collection consists of advertising and promotional materials dating from 1956 to 1975 in the form of brochures, black-and-white photographs, color slides, and audiovisual materials. The material documenting the 1995 Glastron Family Reunion consists of articles and timelines about the history of the company as well as meeting agendas, invitations, and correspondence. Bound booklets and a DVD titled Glastron: The First 50 Years produced for the Glastron 50th anniversary celebration in 2006 document the history of the company throughout the decades through text, photos, and video footage. The black-and-white photographs depict various Glastron boats, manufacturing facilities, and employees during the 1960s. The color slides depict Glastron products from the late-1960s to early-1980s as well as a Sachs moped plant, Grumman canoes, and snowmobiles (the SnoJet). Also of note in the collection are drawings of boat designs from 1971.


Collection is arranged by material type.


Access Restrictions

Open to all users.

Advance notice is required for any audiovisual materials that do not have an access copy already created. Turnaround time for requested access copies will be no less than one week and is determined by the number of items requested and their duration.

Restrictions on Use

The Austin History Center (AHC) is the owner of the physical materials in the AHC collections and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. Written permission must be obtained from the AHC before any publication use. The AHC does not necessarily hold copyright to all of the materials in the collections. In some cases, permission for use may require seeking additional authorization from the copyright owners. Consult repository for more details.

Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Gaston, Bill.
Hammond, Bob.
Shoop, Bob.
Woodward, Guy.
Glastron Boat Company.
Austin (Tex.).
New Braunfels (Tex.).
Boats and Boating.
Document Types:
Promotional materials.
Audiovisual materials.
Black-and-white photographs.
Color slides.

Related Material

Austin Files

  • AF-Boats and Boating B4496
  • AF-Postcards-Boats and Boating P6150 (10)


  • Abba Dabba Do-Austin Boat Builders Association
  • Austin Boat Builders Association

Administrative Information

Custodial History

The collection was a donation of William D. Gaston owner of the records and member of original founding of Glastron Boating Company.

Preferred Citation

Glastron Boating Company Records (AR.2011.002). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library.

Acquisition Information

Donor #:DO/2011/005

Donation Date: 2011 January 13, 2018 April 20

Processing Information

Finding aid created and encoded by Rusty Heckaman on January 16, 2014. Additions and updates added by Kelly Hanus in 2018.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Glastron Boat Company Records, 1956-2006

Box Folder
1 1 Glastron reunion, 1995
2 Advertising records, 1956-1975
3 Glastron 50th anniversary, 2006
4-5 Photographs, undated
6 Boat drawings, 1971
The Glastron Story (Videocassette), 1956-1975
Location ArchivesCollection
Outer Vault Color Neg. Drawer Various Glastron products and manufacturing facilities, 1960s-1980s