Austin History Center

Glastron Boat Company Records

An Inventory to the Collection

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Glastron Boat Company
Title: Glastron Boat Company Records
Inclusive 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 depicting the boats and manufacturing facilities.
Identification: AR.2011.002
Quantity: .4 linear feet (1 box)
Location: Archives stacks
Language: The records are in 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 1960's. In addition to its sales success Glastron achieved success in the boat racing sport after the creation of a factory racing program. Glastron moved its manufacturing operations to New Braunfels, Texas in 1984 and in 1987 was acquired by Genmar Industries and eventually relocated to Little Falls, Minnesota in the 1990's. 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, includes material relating the history of the organization, its products, and the celebration of its 50th Anniversary. The collection consists of advertising and promotional materials in the form of brochures, photographs and audiovisual materials (DVD and VHS tapes) and correspondence. It also includes black and white photographs depicting the Glastron boats and manufacturing facilities.


Collection is arranged by material type.


Restrictions on Access

Open to all users.

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 Boating Company.
Austin (Tex.)
New Braunfels (Tex.)
Little Falls (Min.)
Boats and Boating.
Document Types:
Advertising and promotional material.
Audiovisual material.

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

Processing Information

Finding aid created and encoded by Rusty Heckaman on January 16, 2014.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Glastron Boat Company Records, 1956-2006

Box Folder
1 1 Glastron reunion files, 1995
2 Advertising records, 1956-1975
3 Glastron 50th anniversary, 1956-2006
4 Photographs, undated
5 Photographs, undated
Glastron the first 50 years, 1956-2006
The Glastron story , 1956-1975
The Glastron story , 1956-1975