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Sharon Rogone
Records of Small Beginnings, Inc.,
1986-2006

Extent and Forms of Material: 2 cubic feet, including CD-ROMS and born digital images (6 boxes)
Creator: Small Beginnings, Inc.
Abstract: Records relating to Small Beginnings, Inc., a medical supply company that designs, invents, manufactures, and distributes products for premature infants. The records include contacts with distributors, correspondence, product advertisements, patent and trademark files, photographs, a scrapbook, and oral history interviews with Kenneth S. Croteau, Mary S. “Sharon” Rogone, and Philip N. Rogone.
Repository: Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.; archivescenter@si.edu; 202-633-3270; www.americanhistory.si.edu/archives
Collection Number: AC0940
Processing Note: Processed by Alison Oswald, archivist, February 2007.
© 2007 by the Smithsonian Institution. All rights reserved.

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Conditions Governing Access: The collection is open for research use.
Physical Access: Researchers must handle unprotected photographs with gloves.
Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use: Copyright held by the Smithsonian Institution. Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Reproduction permission from Archives Center: fees for commercial use.
Preferred Citation: [Title and date of item], Records of Small Beginnings, Inc., Archives Center, National Museum of American History, box number X, folder number XX, digital file number XXXXXXXX

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In-depth information about the collection

Administrative/biographical history
Scope and content
System of arrangement
Languages
Acquisition information
Existence and location of copies and originals
Related artifacts
Access points
Container listing

Administrative/biographical history

Small Beginnings, Inc., of Hesperia, California, was founded by Mary S. Rogone and her business partner, Austin J. Webber, II in the late 1990s. It officially incorporated on November 21, 1997, in the State of Nevada. The company specializes in products conceived and developed by healthcare professionals, specifically nurses who work with premature infants. The name “small beginnings” originated from the small amount of money used to start the company and for the tender age of the patients it serves. The company motto is “Clinicians on a Mission” with the entire company dedicated to making better, more innovative products for premature infants.

Mary Sharon Shoffstall was born August 8, 1942 and raised in the San Bernardino Hills of California. She attended Huntington Park High School where she concentrated on math and science and graduated in 1960. She earned degrees as a licensed practical nurse (LPN) in 1976 and as a registered nurse (RN) in 1980 from San Bernardino Valley College. Rogone worked a variety of nursing jobs—labor and delivery and surgical—but found her niche in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).

In the late 1980s, Rogone was motivated by her work in the neonatal intensive care units at St. Bernardine’s Hospital (now St. Bernardine Medical Center) and San Bernardino County Hospital in California to create a better phototherapy mask for premature infants suffering from bilirubin. “Bilirubin is a brownish yellow substance found in bile. It is produced when the liver breaks down old red blood cells. The most obvious symptom of high bilirubin levels is jaundice, a condition in which the skin and whites of the eyes appear yellow. Therefore, some babies who develop jaundice may be treated with special lights (phototherapy) or a blood transfusion to reduce their bilirubin levels.”

Rogone’s phototherapy mask was fashioned out of a variety of hospital materials and was designed to take the pressure off the ocular socket, transfer it to the cheekbone and reduce the ability of light to penetrate the mask. With no objections from fellow nurses or doctors, Rogone developed the Bili-Bonnet Phototherapy Mask and began using it on infants in the NICU. Encouraged by Austin Webber, a medical sales representative she met at the hospital, Rogone formed a financial partnership with Webber. Both Rogone and Webber contributed $1,500.00 to start the business. Webber provided knowledge about materials, manufacturing processes, and distribution while Rogone supplied the ideas and medical background. Rogone began the patent process for the mask in 1992 and was granted US Patent # 5,613,502 for a “Photo therapy eye mask” in 1997. This invention launched Rogone’s inventive career and her company, Small Beginnings, Inc.

In 1995, Sharon married Phil Rogone, a respiratory therapist and physician’s assistant she met while working at St. Bernardine’s Hospital. Phil soon joined the company as Vice President for Marketing and began attending tradeshows to promote the company’s growing line of products. In 1998, Ken Croteau, a respiratory specialist and close friend of Phil and Sharon’s, joined the staff of Small Beginnings, Inc., as the business manager. Croteau established the company’s website, www.small-beginnings.com, and began to recruit distributors. Croteau, along with Sharon Rogone, Philip Rogone, Winnifred Croteau, and Ted Lopez founded Caring Creations, Inc., a separate corporation on May 1, 2002. Caring Creations, Inc., is a vehicle intended to launch Small Beginnings products into the retail market. By 2000, Sharon Rogone left full-time nursing to focus on the company as Chief Executive Officer.

As the company grew, more products were developed. The company now offers: Bebeonkers (oral suction device), Lil’ and Nu’ Pacee Pacifiers, Cuddle Buns™ Diapers; Preemie Nest (swaddler and positioning device); Bed Buddy (positioning device); Baby Blotters (absorbent, moisture proof plastic blotters); Abdominal Pillow; Head Pillow; Wedge Pillow; Preemie Gown; Arm immobilier; Baby Crates™ (allows moisture to flow through and away from the baby), Baby Blankee™; Isosphere™ covers (for NICU warmers); Universal Climate Cover II, and the Privacy Poncho.

Not all products are developed and patented by Small Beginnings, Inc. The company inspires and assists budding inventors, especially nurses and other healthcare professionals to realize their dreams. The Pacee Pacifier sold by Small Beginnings (US Patent # 4,909,253) was invented by Linda L. Cook from Infrapreem, Inc., of Connecticut. Cook licensed her invention to Small Beginnings in 1999 so they could commercially develop, produce and market the pacifier as the Lil’ and Nu’ Pacee Pacifier. In a 1998 letter Cook wrote to Rogone, “It is so good to know there are people like you in the world that are out there to help nurses. Thank you.” Other products, such as the Cuddle Buns™ Diapers, are not patented, but the name is trademarked.

United States Utility Patents:
Photo therapy eye mask #5,613,502
Infant positioning device #6,381,787
Thermal and humidity barrier for extremely premature infants #6,210,320
 
United States Design Patents:
Infant positioning device D440,805
Suction tube D449,378
Privacy cape D458,435

Scope and content

Series 1, Background Information, 1983-2006, is divided into nine subseries and includes articles of incorporation for the business, correspondence, corporate identity branding, and journal articles and magazine and newspaper clippings about Small Beginnings, Inc. The correspondence consists of thank you letters from hospitals and medical centers for visits made by Small Beginnings staff during the holiday season and a September 2001 letter from Kenny Loggins discussing his partnership with Small Beginnings to distribute his CD “More Songs from Pooh Corner.” The Entrepreneur packet was created by Kenneth Croteau of Caring Creations, Inc., to assist potential inventors/entrepreneurs in developing ideas into a patented product and bringing it to the marketplace.

Series 2, Oral History Interviews and Logs, 18 January 2007, is divided into two subseries. Subseries A contains reference CD-ROM copies for listening and Subseries B consists of master CD-ROMs. The interviews were created digitally using a Marantz PMD 660 recorder. The oral history interviews were conducted by National Museum of American History staff members Maggie Dennis and Judy Chelnick. The interviewees include Kenneth S. Croteau, Mary S. “Sharon” Rogone, and Philip N. Rogone, founders of and business partners in Small Beginnings, Inc. Each interview has a time code log. Full text transcripts do not exist.

Series 3, Product Information, 1994-2006, is divided into four subseries.

Subseries 1, Small Beginnings, Inc. Products, 1998-2004, contains documentation on the products made available by Small Beginnings, Inc. The company offers a wide variety of products for neonatal intensive care units and newborn nurseries. This subseries is arranged alphabetically by product name. The bulk of the documentation consists of printed product literature that was disseminated to distributors and/or at conferences. In some instances, such as the Bili-Bonnet, Climate Cover, and Pacee Pacifier—correspondence, testing information, and sketches exist.

Subseries 2, Disclosure Statements, 2000-2003, contains waivers and agreements between Small Beginnings, Inc., and individuals which state that an idea or ideas will not be used or revealed to others.

Subseries 3, Competitors, 1994-2004, includes files on competitors in the neonatal medical supply business. The documentation is primarily product literature and company overviews. The subseries are arranged alphabetically by company name.

Subseries 4, Miscellaneous, 1999, 2001, undated, contains printed paper examples of the fabric Small Beginnings used on its products and a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) booklet designed for parents of preemie infants. The booklet provides a checklist of tasks for parents to be conscious of when caring for their premature infant.

Series 4, Sales Records, 1993-2006

Subseries 1, Catalogs, 2001-2005, contains catalogs in hard copy and on CD-ROM for distributors and other interested parties.

Subseries 2, Price lists, 2000, 2003, undated, includes itemized pricing lists for all Small Beginnings products and special pricing lists designed for hospital admission kits. There is also a pricing list with similar competitor products and the savings gained by using Small Beginnings products.

Subseries 3, Distributor Information, 1993-2006, consists of documentation on distributors around the United States who are distributing or considering distributing Small Beginnings, Inc., products. Arranged alphabetically by the name of the distributor, this subseries consists primarily of contracts—the independent distributor contract—between Small Beginnings, Inc., and the distributor.

The contract details the sales representatives appointment, terms, permitted sales, distributor sales and service obligation, supplier organizations, prices, orders, payment, shipment, trademark protection, no competitive products, proprietary rights protection, warranty, disclaimer, and warrant service, limitations or remedies and liability, termination, taxes, duties, import permits, approvals, and general provisions. In some instances, there is correspondence with a distributor and sales report information detailing the product type, cost and to which hospital it was sold.

The Advanced Medical Systems file also contains vendor sales information. This report details what Small Beginnings product(s) were sold, to whom, when, how many, the price, and any shipping details.

The HealthTrust file documents a “purchasing group.” A purchasing group negotiates with suppliers to provide member facilities with high quality supplies, equipment, and other services at competitive prices through national, regional and local supply agreements. Small Beginnings did not enter into a formal agreement with HealthTrust but explored the idea of becoming a prospective vendor.

Subseries 4, Licenses and Agreements, 1998-2005, includes license and compensation agreements with five individuals (Eileen Clayton, Linda Cook, Diane D’Eugenio, Ilija Kainovic, and Kathleen Porter) for a variety of products. The agreements cover the definitions, license grants, royalties and payments; term and termination; best effort; breach and cure; patent, applications, prosecution and ownership; new inventions; infringement; representations by the licensee; force majeure; and other rights and conditions.

There are also letters of agreement for purchase and compensation documents. These agreements between Small Beginnings, Inc., and said party states what the product/idea is, how much it will cost, if the product/idea will be commercially produced and marketed, and if the product/idea can be altered. There is one agreement among the officers of Small Beginnings, Inc., dated 1999 which states that any and all future intellectual property(s) and/or product(s) and/or idea(s) shall be the property of the individual and not Small Beginnings, Inc.

Subseries 5, Finances, 2000-2003, contains sales summary data, expense allocations, invoices, and cost analyses. The sales summary provides an itemized breakdown of Small Beginnings’s inventory for the period January 1, 2000 to July 10, 2000. The expense allocation spreadsheet of January 2000 to July 2000 provides a detailed breakdown of salary payments, office equipment, goods sold, and other line items such as printing, attorney’s fees, and shipping supplies. Also provided is the total actual expenses, total income, difference, and starting and ending balance information. The invoice reports provide information about the customer, the invoice number, date due (0-30 days, 31-60 days or 61-90 days or over 90 days), amount due, purchase order number and the date paid. The projected cash flow from January 2000 to May 2000 details the amount of cash taken in and cash spent. The cost analyses provide a breakdown by list price, materials, manufacturing, labor costs, and packaging for six products: Bili-Bonnet, Climate Cover, Iso-sphere Covers, Baby-Crates, Security Baby Wrap, and Baby Blotters, Preemie Swaddler, Preemie Gown, Privacy Poncho, Bed Buddie, Posture Pillow, Preemie Nest, Bebeonkers and Pacee Pacifier.

Subseries 6, Neonatal Conference Programs, 1998-2002, consists primarily of conference programs and, in some instances, only the program cover.

Subseries 7, American Hospital Association Guide (partial), 1998, contains a partial print out of hospitals located in Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, and Ohio.

Series 5, Patent and Trademark Files, 1991-2002, contains copies of patent and trademark information relating to Small Beginnings, Inc., products. The trademark file includes documentation with the law firm of Townsend and Townsend and Crew LLP and the United States Patent and Trademark office for Small Beginnings, Peeweeonkers, Bebeonkers, Nasalonkers (all infant nasal suction devices), and Doctor Nurse Apparel, (DNA) trademark logos. The patent files contain correspondence, drawings and narrative text for Bebeonkers, Bili-Bonnet, Climate Cover, Pacee Pacifier, Positioning Device, Preemie Nest, and Privacy Poncho.

Series 6, Photographs and Scrapbook, 1987-2007

Subseries 1, Photographs, 2000-2001, are arranged by topic and include color and color photocopies documenting some of Small Beginnings products, a 2001 Christmas party, a 2000 neonatal conference, and office and factory images.

Subseries 2, Digital images, 2007, consists of office, factory and employee images taken by National Museum of American History staff members Judy Chelnick, Maggie Dennis and Alison Oswald.

Subseries 3, Scrapbook, 1987-2000, consists of 19 pages featuring photographs of employees, products and the factory, as well as printed product information.


System of arrangement

Series 1, Background Information, 1983-2006
Subseries 1, Articles of Incorporation, 1997-2005
Subseries 2, Small business certification, 2006
Subseries 3, Women’s Business Enterprise Council, 2004-2006
Subseries 4, Corporate Identity, undated
Subseries 5, Correspondence, 2001-2003
Subseries 6, Entrepreneur packet, undated
Subseries 7, Articles (Perinatalogy/Neonatology), 1990-2002
Subseries 8, Magazine and newspaper clippings, 1983-2003
Subseries 9, Miscellaneous, 1988-2001
Series 2, Oral History Interviews and Logs, 18 January 2007
Subseries 1, Reference copies of interviews, 2007
Subseries 2, Original interviews, 2007
Series 3, Product Information, 1994-2004
Subseries 1, Small Beginnings, Inc. Products, 1998-2004
Subseries 2, Disclosure Statements, 1999-2003
Subseries 3, Competitors, 1994-2004
Subseries 4, Miscellaneous, 1999, 2001, undated
Series 4: Financial/Accounting Records, 1967-1971
Subseries 1, Catalogs, 2001-2005
Subseries 2, Price lists, 2000, 2003, undated
Subseries 3, Distributor Information, 1993-2006
Subseries 4, Licenses and Agreements, 1998-2005
Subseries 5, Finances, 2000-2002
Subseries 6, Neonatal Conference Programs, 1998-2002
Subseries 7, American Hospital Association Guide (partial), 1998
Series 5, Patent and Trademark Files, 1991-2002
Series 6, Photographs and Scrapbook, 1987-2007
Subseries 1, Photographs, 2000-2001
Subseries 2, Digital images, 2007
Subseries 3, Scrapbook, 1987-2000


Languages

Some materials in Spanish.


Acquisition information

The records were donated by Small Beginnings, Inc., through Mary S. Rogone, Philip N. Rogone, Austin J. Webber II, Kenneth S. Croteau and Winnifred D. Croteau, February 2007.


Existence and location of copies and originals

Copies of born digital images taken of Small Beginnings Inc., office, factory, and employees by National Museum of American History staff members Judy Chelnick, Maggie Dennis, and Alison Oswald are available on CD-ROM and electronically at the Archives Center's Digital Library.


Related artifacts

Artifacts (accession # 2007.0022) donated to the Division of Science, Medicine & Society include:

  • Bili-Bonnet mold with masking tape
  • Bili-Bonnet mold with foam inserts
  • Pacifier choking test stand (includes barbell and pacifier)
  • Pac black foam disk
  • Diapers from Children’s Medical Ventures
  • Diaper, prototype 1 from Mexico, Small Beginnings, Inc.
  • Diaper, prototype 2 from Mexico, Small Beginnings, Inc.
  • Diaper, prototype 3 from Mexico, Small Beginnings, Inc.
  • Diaper, prototype 4 from Mexico, Small Beginnings, Inc.
  • Diaper, prototype 5, Small Beginnings, Inc.
  • Diaper, final version production model
  • Diaper, ultra preemie production model, 2003
  • Diaper, Pampers Preemie Swaddler from Procter & Gamble
  • Oral suction device, Bebeonkers
  • Pacifier, Original Pacee with product literature, Small Beginnings, Inc.
  • Pacifier, second generation with packaging, Small Beginnings, Inc.
  • Pacifier, Competitor’s “Soothie” Children’s Medical Ventures
  • Pacifier “Lil’ Pacee,” Small Beginnings, Inc.
  • Phototherapy mask, competitors, Children’s Medical Ventures
  • Phototherapy mask, Bili-Bonnet #1, Small Beginnings, Inc.
  • Phototherapy mask, Bili-Bonnet #2, Small Beginnings, Inc.
  • Phototherapy mask, Bili-Bonnet #3, Small Beginnings, Inc.
  • Packaging, new Bili-Bonnet, Small Beginnings, Inc.
  • Packaging, old Bili-Bonnet, Small Beginnings, Inc.
  • Phototherapy mask, original preemie Bili-Bonnet, Small Beginnings, Inc.
  • Posture pillow sets for preemies, Small Beginnings, Inc.
  • Bed Buddy 36” for ultra preemies, Small Beginnings, Inc.
  • Preemie nest set, Small Beginnings, Inc.
  • Bendy Bumpy, Children’s Medical Ventures
  • Bulb syringe “Adult Yankauer,” taken from NICU
  • Suction tube with collecting bottle, Delee taken from NICU (for use after c-section)
  • Bulb and syringe, taken from NICU
  • Catheter, size 6 cut, for suction, taken from NICU
  • Catheter for oral and nasal use (by Ballard)
  • Pen, Small Beginnings, Inc.
  • Phototherapy mask, original ultra preemie, cat #OIC 38, Small Beginnings, Inc.
  • Pacifier, ‘Nu’ Pacee” in packaging, Small Beginnings, Inc.


Access points

Subjects/Topical:
Inventions
Inventors
Neonatology
Nursing
Perinatalogy

Subjects/Names:
Croteau, Kenneth
Rogone, Mary S.
Rogone, Philip N.

Form/Genre:
Correspondence
CDs
Scrapbook
Patents
Photographs


Container listing

BOX FOLDER  
    SERIES 1, BACKGROUND INFORMATION, 1983-2006
1 1 Subseries 1, Articles of Incorporation, 1997-2005
  2 Subseries 2, Small business certification, 2006
  3 Subseries 3, Women's Business Enterprise Council, 2004-2006
  4 Subseries 4, Corporate identity, undated
  5 Subseries 5, Correspondence, 2002-2003
  6 Subseries 6, Entrepreneur packet, undated
  7 Subseries 7, Articles (Perinatology/Neonatology), 1990-2002
    American Academy of Pediatrics, "Hospital Discharge of the High Risk Neonate-Proposed Guidelines," Pediatrics, Volume 102, No. 2, (August 1998): 411-417.
    Bond, C. "Integrated neonatal care: vital topics that complement neonatal nursing," Semin Neonatal, (2002): 437-439.
    Browne, Joy V. The Colorado Consortium of Intensive Care Nurseries: Spinning a Web of Support for Colorado Infants and families, Zero to Three, (June/July 1995): 18-23.
    Browne, Joy V. "Developmental Care-Considerations for Touch and Massage in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit," Neonatal Network, vol. 19, no. 1, (February 2000)
    Cole, Jean Gardner. "Changing the NICU Environment: The Boston City Hospital Model, Neonatal Network, (September 1990): 15-23.
    Croteau, Kenneth S. Developmental Care in the NICU, Small Beginnings, Inc., (October 2002)
    D'Apolito, Karen. "What is An Organized Infant?" Neonatal Network, (August 1991): 23-30.
    Institute for Family-Centered Care. "Briefing Paper Family-Centered Health Care," (October 3, 1997)
    McLane, Kathleen M. "Comparison of Interface Pressures in the Pediatric Population among Various Support Surfaces," JWOCN, (September 2002): 242-251.
    Robinson, Karyn M. "Developmental Care of the Premature Infant. What Parents Should Know about the Developmental Care of their Premature Infant Graduation Day from the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit until Four Months Corrected Age" (masters thesis, George Washington University, 2000), 1-34.
    Sandor, Laszlo. Inventions: Once Upon a Time. Neonatal Intensive Care, vol. 13, No. 6 (October 2000): 30-32.
  8 Subseries 8, Magazine and newspaper clippings, 1986-2003
  9 Subseries 9, Miscellaneous, 1988-2002
    SERIES 2, ORAL HISTORY INTERVIEWS AND LOGS, 2007 JANUARY 17-18
    Subseries 1, Reference Copies, 2007
1 10 Croteau, Kenneth S., 2007 January 18
RCD 940.1
Total Running Time: 56:13
    Croteau, Kenneth S., 2007 January 18
RCD 940.2
Total Running Time: 15:02
  11 Rogone, Mary S., 2007 January 17
RCD 940.3
Total Running Time: 59:45
    Rogone, Mary S., 2007 January 17
RCD 940.4
Total Running Time: 57:13
    Rogone, Mary S., 2007 January 17
RCD 940.5
Total Running Time: 26:36
  12 Rogone, Philip N., 2007 January 18
RCD 940.6
Total Running Time: 59:42
    Rogone, Philip N., 2007 January 18
RCD 940.7
Total Running Time: 17:39
    Subseries 2, Originals, 2007
5 26 Croteau, Kenneth S., 2007 January 18
OCD 940.1
Total Running Time: 56:13
    Croteau, Kenneth S., 2007 January 18
OCD 940.2
Total Running Time: 15:02
  27 Rogone, Mary S., 2007 January 17
OCD 940.3
Total Running Time: 59:45
    Rogone, Mary S., 2007 January 17
OCD 940.4
Total Running Time: 57:13
    Rogone, Mary S., 2007 January 17
OCD 940.5
Total Running Time: 26:36
  28 Rogone, Philip N., 2007 January 18
OCD 940.6
Total Running Time: 59:42
    Rogone, Philip N., 2007 January 18
OCD 940.7
Total Running Time: 17:39
    SERIES 3, PRODUCT INFORMATION, 1994-2004
    Subseries 1, Small Beginnings, Inc., Products, 1988-2002
  13 Products overview (booklets), undated
  14 Fantastic Four, undated
(Bili-Bonnet, Bebeonkers, Lil' & Nu' Pacee, Cuddle Buns Diapers)
  15 Arm immobilizer, undated
2 1 Baby blotters poly absorbent shields, undated
  2 BabyCrates, undated
  3 Bebeonkers, undated
  4 Bebmoostash, 2001
  5 Bed Buddy, undated
  6 Bili-Bonnet, 1988-1992
6 1 Bili-Bonnet drawing, undated
2 7 Climate Cover/Cozy Cover (isolettes), 2000-2002
  8 Cuddle Buns, undated
  9 Lamby snuggler, undated
  10 Pacee Pacifier, undated
  11 Pacee Pacifier-testing information, 2000-2002
  12 Newborn nest Plush Pad, undated
  13 Posture Pillow Cover, undated
  14 Preemie gown, undated
  15 Preemie nest set, undated
  16 Preemie nest pattern, 1999
  17 Preemie swaddler, undated
  18 Privacy Poncho, undated
  19 Security baby wrap, undated
  20 Miscellaneous sketches, undated
    Subseries 2, Disclosure Statements, 1999-2003
  21 Disclosure statements, 2000, 2003
  22 Mosley, B.B. (Colic comfort system), 2001
  23 Porter, Kathleen (Cuddle-Up), 1999
    Subseries 3, Competitors, 1994-2004
  24 A Lunt Design, Inc. (diaper), undated
  25 Children's Medical Ventures, 1994-2002
  26 ConvaTec (pediatric urine collector), 1998
  27 Drager Neonatal Care Systems, (isopheres and posture pillows), 2003
  28 Hy Tape Corporation (waterproof adhesive tape)
  29 Marquette Medical, Inc. (phototherapy eye shields), 1997
  30 Novatex International (vinyl coated fabric), 2004
  31 Rock-A-Bye (disposable diapers), 2000
  32 Tushies Diapers, 2000
    Subseries 4, Miscellaneous, 1999, 2001, undated
  33 Fabric samples (paper), undated
  34 NICU informational sheets, undated
  35 Small Beginnings, Inc., NICU booklet, undated
  36 Ripngrip Industries, 2001
  37 Testing (flammability requirements), 1999
    SERIES 4, SALES RECORDS, 1993-2006
3 1 Subseries 1, Catalogs, 2001-2005
    Subseries 2, Price lists, 2000, 2003, undated
  2 Price list, 2000, undated
  3 Price list (custom admin kit), undated
  4 Price lists (hospitals), 2003
    Subseries 3, Distributors, 1993-2006
  5 Lists, 1999
  6 Blank contracts, 2003, 2004, undated
  7 Late invoice policy, 2003
  8 ADI Medical, 2004
  9 Advanced Medical Systems, Inc., 2000-2004
  10 Align Medical, 2001-2003
  11 Aqua Guard, 1999
  12 Arbo Medical, Inc., 1993
  13 Banner Health System, 2004
  14 Cardinal Health (correspondence and invoices), 2002-2004
  15 Cardinal Health (trace sales reporting), 2003-2004
  16 Cardinal Health (sales reports), 2003
  17 Care Medical, Inc., 2001-2002
  18 Comedical, 2000
  19 Finucane Enterprises, Inc. 2000-2001
  20 Gene R. Gerondale, 2000
  21 Goldstein Medical, 1999
  22 HealthTrust (purchasing group), 2002, 2003
4 1 HUB Specialty Medical Products, 2000-2004
  2 Intermountain Healthcare, 2002
  3 International Hospital Supply Company, 2004
  4 Kentec Medical, Inc., 2001-2003
  5 KM Medical, 2001, 2003
  6 Logan, Kathleen Mollihan, 2003
  7 Marian Medical, 2006
  8 Medical Supply Company, 2003
  9 Metro Med, Inc., 2003
  10 Moran, Janice, 2001-2004
  11 Novation, 2006
  12 Owens & Minor, 2006
  13 Premier Purchasing Partners, 2004
  14 SecureMed, LLC, 2000-2002
  15 Sentry Medical Products, undated
  16 Tacy Medical, Inc., 2000
  17 Ultracare Products, undated
  18 Vital Care, 2003
  19 West Branch Medical, 2003
  20 Wren Medical, 2003
    Subseries 4, License Agreements, 1998-2005
  21 License and compensation agreements, 1999
  22 Eileen Clayton, 1999 (gavage feeding system to comfort and stimulate and mature sucking in neonates)
  23 Linda Cook, 1998-2005 (nipple type pacifier to comfort, stimulate and mature sicking in a neonate)
  24 Diane D'Eugenio, 2000 (teaching cards)
  25 Ilija Kainovic, 1998 (uterine massage device)
  26 Kathleen Porter, 2000, 2002 (Cuddle-Up)
    Subseries 5, Finances, 2000-2002
  27 Sales summary, January 2000-July 2000
5 1 Expense allocations, [2000?]
  2 Invoices, 2001
  3 Projected cash flow, 2000
  4 Cost analyses, 2000-2002, undated
    Subseries 6: Neonatal Conference Programs, 1998-2002
  5 Developmental Interventions in Neonatal Care, 1998, 1999, 2002
  6 The Fetus & Newborn, 1999, 2001
  7 National Conference of Neonatal Nursing, 1998-2002
  8 First national Neonatal Nurses Conference, 2001
  9 Miscellaneous (American Association for Respiratory Care, Pacific Northwest Association of Neonatal Nurses, and Southern California Association of Neonatal Nurses), 1999
  10 Subseries 7, American Hospital Association Guide (partial), 1998
    SERIES 5, PATENT AND TRADEMARK FILES, 1991-2002
  11 Trademark information, 1998-2002
  12 Bebeonkers, 2001-2002
  13 Bili-Bonnet, 1996-1997
  14 Climate Cover, 1998-2000
  15 Pacee Pacifier, 1991, 2000, 2002
  16 Positioning device/preemie nest, 1999-2001
  17 Privacy Poncho, 2000, 2002
  18 U.S. Department of Commerce Export Assistance, 1999
    SERIES 6, PHOTOGRAPHS AND SCRAPBOOK, 1987-2002
    Subseries 1, Photographs, 2000-2001
  19 Bed Buddy and preemie nest, 2000
  20 Christmas, [2001?]
  21 Conference, 2000
  22 Office and factory spaces, 2001
  23 Phototherapy masks, 2002
  24 Pacee pacifier and syringe bulb, 2001
    Subseries 2, Digital images (on CD-ROM), 2007
  25 Small Beginnings, Inc., exterior
AC0940-0000001
    Small Beginnings, Inc., exterior looking down alley
AC0940-0000002
    Small Beginnings, Inc., exterior sign on door #16
AC0940-0000003
    Pacifier test with 2 lb. weight (Ken Croteau in background)
AC0940-0000004
    Pacee pacifier 3rd and final model
AC0940-0000005
    Pacee pacifier 1st model
AC0940-0000006
    Pacee pacifier 2nd model
AC0940-0000007
    3 pacifiers. R to L: 1st version, 2nd version, 3rd version and final version
AC0940-0000008
    Positive and negative large molds for pacifiers
AC0940-0000009
    Small pacifier mold
AC0940-0000010
    Staging area for products. L to R: Phil Rogone, Judy Chelnick and Maggie Dennis.
AC0940-0000011
    Plastic Bebonkers boxes
AC0940-0000012
    Cuddle Buns diaper boxes
AC0940-0000013
    Monoprene beads used in positioning devices
AC0940-0000014
    Warehouse shelving at Small Beginnings, Inc.
AC0940-0000015
    Warehouse shelving at Small Beginnings, Inc. L to R: Maggie Dennis, Phil Rogone, Judy Chelnick
AC0940-0000016
    Cutting room (L to R: Judy Chelnick and Maggie Dennis)
AC0940-0000017
    Dies for original Bili-bonnets
AC0940-0000018
    Fabric rolls
AC0940-0000019
    Patterns for products
AC0940-0000020
    Finished products for shipping
AC0940-0000021
    Sewing room (L to R: Judy, Maggie, Rebecca Coates)
AC0940-0000022
    Rebecca Coates packing products in sewing room
AC0940-0000023
    L to R: Maggie Dennis, Phil Rogone and Judy Chelnick.
AC0940-0000024
    Early Bili-bonnet sketch, circa 1990
AC0940-0000025
    Scrapbook page featuring Sharon Rogone and Austin J. Webber, II
AC0940-0000026
    L to R: Sharon Rogone, Maggie Dennis, and Judy Chelnick
AC0940-0000027
    New ideas/sketches folder
AC0940-0000028
    Competitor's diaper
AC0940-0000029
    Small Beginnings, Inc., diaper (micro preemie model)
AC0940-0000030
    L to R: Judy Chelnick and Phil Rogone talking
AC0940-0000031
    Original artwork by Sharon Rogone for isolette covers
AC0940-0000032
    L to R: Judy Chelnick, Ken Croteau, and Maggie Dennis discussing diaper prototypes
AC0940-0000033
    Thick tab diapers/Mexico prototypes of 1st diaper
AC0940-0000034
    Ken Croteau holding diaper prototype #5 manufactured but never approved for use
AC0940-0000035
    Display of diaper crotch size
AC0940-0000036
    Diaper prototype sequence, 2000 to 2003
AC0940-0000037
    Children's Medical Ventures phototherapy mask
AC0940-0000038
    Children's Medical Ventures phototherapy mask
AC0940-0000039
    L to R: Judy Chelnick, Phil Rogone, Maggie Dennis; seated Sharon Rogone
AC0940-0000040
    L to R: Phil Rogone, Alison Oswald, Judy Chelnick, Maggie Dennis; seated Sharon Rogone
AC0940-0000041
    L to R: Ken Croteau, Alison Oswald, Judy Chelnick, Maggie Dennis; seated Sharon Rogone
AC0940-0000042
    L to R: Ken Croteau, Alison Oswald, Judy Chelnick, Maggie Dennis; seated Sharon Rogone
AC0940-0000043
    Sewing machine station in sewing room
AC0940-0000044
    Diaper tabs from sewing room
AC0940-0000045
    Preemie nest pattern
AC0940-0000046
    Preemie nest pattern underside with Velcro pillow elements
AC0940-0000047
    4 lb. baby example not anatomically correct
AC0940-0000048
    2 lb. baby example (Ken Croteau's demo baby)
AC0940-0000049
    Ken Croteau holding Small Beginning's teddy bear made in China; no longer manufactured
AC0940-0000050
    1 lb. baby example
AC0940-0000051
    Judy Chelnick and Alison Oswald outside a Japanese restaurant in Hesperia, CA
AC0940-0000052
    Judy Chelnick and Alison Oswald in Small Beginnings office
AC0940-0000053
    Judy Chelnick and Alison Oswald in Small Beginnings office
AC0940-0000054
    World map indicating distribution of Small Beginnings, Inc., products
AC0940-0000055
    Motivational and inspirational messages
AC0940-0000056
    Motivational and inspirational messages
AC0940-0000057
    Bud Lee? (Sharon Rogone's father)
AC0940-0000058
    Rebecca Coates, Small Beginnings, Inc., employee at sewing machine.
AC0940-0000059
    Rebecca Coates, Small Beginnings, Inc., employee
AC0940-0000060
    Pam Croteau, Small Beginnings, Inc., employee
AC0940-0000061
    Ken Croteau, Small Beginnings, Inc., employee
AC0940-0000062
    Baby in positioning pillow during Ken Croteau's oral history interview
AC0940-0000063
    Baby in positioning pillow during Ken Croteau's oral history interview
AC0940-0000064
    Baby in positioning pillow during Ken Croteau's oral history interview
AC0940-0000065
    Baby in positioning pillow during Ken Croteau's oral history interview
AC0940-0000066
    Baby in positioning pillow during Ken Croteau's oral history interview
AC0940-0000067
    Motivational and inspirational messages framing an American flag
AC0940-0000068
    Motivational and inspirational messages
AC0940-0000069
    Motivational and inspirational messages
AC0940-0000070
    Motivational and inspirational messages
AC0940-0000071
    Examples of baby dolls
AC0940-0000072
    Pacifier choke test
AC0940-0000073
    Motivational and inspirational messages
AC0940-0000074
    Subseries 3, Scrapbook, 1987-2000
6 2 Scrapbook (reference copy), 1987-2000
  3 Scrapbook (original), 1987-2000

 

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