Murray Pletz collection, 1968-1991

Overview of the Collection

Pletz, Murray J.
Murray Pletz collection
1968-1991 (bulk)
.5 linear feet, (1 box)
Collection Number
This collection contains materials from Murray Pletz related to his business, JanSport from 1968 to 1991.
Utah State University, Merrill-Cazier Library, Special Collections and Archives Division
Special Collections & Archives
Merrill-Cazier Library
Utah State University
Logan, UT
Telephone: 4357978248
Fax: 4357972880
Access Restrictions

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances.

Permission to publish material from the Murray Pletz collection must be obtained from theManuscript Curator and/or the Special Collections Department Head.


Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection consists of materials related to JanSport created and collected by brand's designer Murray Pletz from 1968 to 1991. The materials include original design sketches of clothing and bags, textile swatches, early JanSport logo designs, magazine clippings related to JanSport, and a biographical note about JanSport written by Murray Pletz in 1987, located in folder 7. The materials in folder 7 and folder 8 were each originally held in a 3-ring binder.

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Restrictions on Use

It is the responsibility of the user to obtain permission to publish from the owner of the copyright (the institution, the creator of the record, the author or his/her transferees, heirs, legates, or literary executors). The user agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the Utah State University Libraries, its officers, employees, and agents from and against all claims made by any person asserting that he or she is an owner of copyright. Permission to publish material from the Murray Pletz collection must be obtained from the Special Collections Manuscript Curator and/or the Special Collections Department Head.

Preferred Citation

Initial Citation: Murray Pletz collection USU_COLL MSS 557. Special Collections and Archives. Utah State University Merrill-Cazier Library. Logan, Utah.

Following Citations:USU_COLL MSS 557, USUSCA.

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The materials are arranged chronologically, with undated materials first.

Processing Note

Processed in May 2021.

Acquisition Information

This collection was donated to USU Special Collections and Archives by Murray Pletz in 2021.

Related Materials

Outdoor Recreation Catalogs (BOOK COLL 72) Outdoor Recreation Serials (BOOK COLL 72a) Michael Hodgson and Therese Iknoian outdoor industry collection (USU_COLL MSS 548)

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Murray Pletz collection,   (bulk 1968-1991) Return to Top

Container(s): Box 1

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 1
Boat Gear pamphlet
1 2
JanSport Logo designs
1 3
JanSport pamphlets and business card
1 4
Color board
1 5
Magazine clippings
1 6
Competitive Market Review notes
1 7
Notes, sketches, and magazine clippings
1 8
Sketches and magazine clippings
1 9
Article from The Herald about JanSport
1991 October 28

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Subject Terms

  • Clothing and dress.
  • Fashion designers--Sport clothes--United States--20th century
  • Sports clothing--United States--History--20th century

Titles within the Collection

  • JanSport