National Museum of American History
Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
1.5 cubic feet, including photographs (3 boxes, 4 VHS tapes)
The Sherman Poppen Papers document the snurfer, the predecessor of the snowboard that he invented in 1965. The snurfer, a sled that was ridden while standing up, originally consisted of two skis bound together. Snurfer competitions fueled the development of the snowboard as a piece of sporting equipment. This collection contains material describing the snurfer’s place in snowboarding history, and the associated business and legal aspects.