Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens is one of the most important historic American country estates in existence today. In 1898, F.A. Seiberling founded The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, naming it after Charles Goodyear, the inventor of the vulcanization process for rubber. It was the turn of the twentieth century and the Industrial Age was forming modern America where cities grew and industries flourished. Akron, Ohio was no exception – it built its foundation on the rubber industry to become the “Rubber Capital of the World.” Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens is Akron’s only National Historic Landmark and Save America’s Treasures project. The Collections Department houses an outstanding array of scholarly resources. Special collections include rare books, manuscripts, photographs, maps, architectural drawings, prints, audiovisual materials, sound recordings, newspapers, journals, and other research materials that are part of the Seiberling legacy. The archives also encompass inactive records of Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens, Inc.