Glastron Boat Company Records
An Inventory of the Collection
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.
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.
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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.
The collection was a donation of William D. Gaston owner of the records and member of original founding of Glastron Boating Company.
Glastron Boating Company Records (AR.2011.002). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library.
Donation Date: 2011 January 13, 2018 April 20
Finding aid created and encoded by Rusty Heckaman on January 16, 2014. Additions and updates added by Kelly Hanus in 2018.
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