Bill Moss revolutionised the way people around the world experienced the outdoors in temporary structures. A fabric artist, designer and innovator for over 30 years, Moss redefined tent architecture inventing the ‘Pop Tent’. Utah State University Libraries Special Collections and Archives recently acquired the papers of Bill Moss. The collection is the latest addition to the libraries’ Outdoor Recreation Archive that seeks to preserve the history of the outdoor industry through its assemblage of gear catalogs and magazines, as well as documents and photographs from significant industry figures and designers. The project is a collaboration with USU’s Outdoor Product Design and Development program that trains students for careers in outdoor clothing and gear design. The Bill and Marilyn Moss collection includes business records, photographs, videos, publicity materials, catalogs, patents, correspondence, original artwork and legal papers that will now be available to the general public for research at the Merrill-Cazier Libraryon the university’s Logan campus.
I am pleased that the Moss legacy is being kept in the archives at Utah State University and that the material will be available to the public. Knowing that all the material is in good hands and appreciated is a comfort to me and my family.
Marilyn, one-time president and CEO of Moss, Inc
Preserving the collection and giving students and creatives from around the world access to be able to study the archives is a very large part of my personal intentions with bringing back to life the DNA of the Moss brand and what it has grown to represent for outdoor adventurers young and old.
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