Guide to the Records of Small Beginnings, Inc.
NMAH.AC.0940

Administrative Information

Repository Information

Archives Center, National Museum of American History, February 2007

P.O. Box 37012
 Suite 1100, MRC 601
 Washington, D.C., 20013-7012
 Phone: 202-633-3270
 archivescenter@si.edu

Conditions Governing Access note

The collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use note

Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning intellectual property rights. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

The collection was 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.

Processing Information note

Processed by Alison Oswald, archivist, February 2007.

Existence and Location of Copies note

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.

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Summary Information

Repository
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Creator - (donor).
Croteau, Kenneth S.
Creator - (donor).
Croteau, Winnifred D.
Creator - (donor).
Rogone, Mary S.
Creator - (donor).
Rogone, Philip N.
Creator
Small Beginnings, Inc..
Creator - (donor).
Webber, Austin J., II
Title
Records of Small Beginnings, Inc.
ID
NMAH.AC.0940
Date [inclusive]
1986-2006
Extent
2.00 Cubic feet; 6 boxes
Language
English
Language of Materials note
Some materials in Spanish.
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.

Preferred Citation note

Records of Small Beginnings, Inc., Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.

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Biographical/Historical note

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.

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Scope and Contents note

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 1 contains reference CD-ROM copies for listening and Subseries 2 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 nineteen pages featuring photographs of employees, products and the factory, as well as printed product information.

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Arrangement note

The collection is organized into six series.

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

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

Materials at the National Museum of American History

The Division of Medicine and Science holds artifacts related to this collection. See Accession # 2007.0022:

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.

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Controlled Access Headings

Genre(s)

  • Compact discs
  • Correspondence--1950-2000.
  • Correspondence--2000-2010
  • Patents
  • Photographs--1980-2000
  • Photographs--2000-2010

Subject(s)

  • Diapers
  • Infants--Care
  • Infants--Medical care
  • Inventions
  • Inventors
  • Medical supplies
  • Neonatal intensive care
  • Neonatology
  • Nursing
  • Pacifiers (Infant care)
  • Perinatalogy

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Collection Inventory

 Series 1: Background Information, 1983-2006

 Subseries 1: Articles of Incorporation, 1997-2005

Box
1
Folder
1

 Subseries 2: Small business certification, 2006

Box
1
Folder
2

 Subseries 3: Women’s Business Enterprise Council, 2004-2006

Box
1
Folder
3

 Subseries 4: Corporate identity, undated

Box
1
Folder
4

 Subseries 5: Correspondence, 2002-2003

Box
1
Folder
5

 Subseries 6: Entrepreneur packet, undated

Box
1
Folder
6

 Subseries 7: Articles (Perinatology/Neonatology), 1990-2002

Box
1
Folder
7
Box Folder

American Academy of Pediatrics, “Hospital Discharge of the High Risk Neonate-Proposed Guidelines,” Pediatrics, Volume 102, No. 2: 411-417, 1998 August

1 7

Bond, C. “Integrated neonatal care: vital topics that complement neonatal nursing,” Semin Neonatal, (2002): 437-439, 2002

1 7

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, 1995 June/July

1 7

Browne, Joy V. “Developmental Care-Considerations for Touch and Massage in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit,” Neonatal Network, vol. 19, no. 1, (February 2000), 2000 February

1 7

Cole, Jean Gardner. “Changing the NICU Environment: The Boston City Hospital Model, Neonatal Network, (September 1990): 15-23, 1990 September

1 7

Croteau, Kenneth S. Developmental Care in the NICU, Small Beginnings, Inc., (October 2002), 2002 October

1 7

D’Apolito, Karen. “What is An Organized Infant?” Neonatal Network, (August 1991): 23-30, 1991 August

1 7

Institute for Family-Centered Care. “Briefing Paper Family-Centered Health Care,” (October 3, 1997), 1997 October 3

1 7

McLane, Kathleen M. “Comparison of Interface Pressures in the Pediatric Population among Various Support Surfaces,” JWOCN, (September 2002): 242-251, 2002 September

1 7

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, 2000

1 7

Sandor, Laszlo. Inventions: Once Upon a Time. Neonatal Intensive Care, vol. 13, No. 6 (October 2000): 30-32, 2000 October

1 7

 Subseries 8 : Magazine and newspaper clippings, 1986-2003

Box
1
Folder
8

 Subseries 9: Miscellaneous, 1988-2002

Box
1
Folder
9

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 Series 2: Oral History Interviews and Logs, 2007 January 17-18

 Subseries 1: Reference Copies, 2007

Box Disk

Croteau, Kenneth S., Total Running Time: 56:13, 2007 January 18

1 RCD 940.1

Croteau, Kenneth S., Total Running Time: 15:02, 2007 January 18

1 RCD 940.2

Rogone, Mary S., Total Running Time: 59:45, 2007 January 17

1 RCD 940.3

Rogone, Mary S., Total Running Time: 57:13, 2007 January 17

1 RCD 940.4

Rogone, Mary S., Total Running Time: 26:36, 2007 January 17

1 RCD 940.5

Rogone, Philip N., Total Running Time: 59:42, 2007 January 18

1 RCD 940.6

Rogone, Philip N., Total Running Time: 17:39, 2007 January 18

1 RCD 940.7

 Subseries 2: Originals, 2007

Box Disk

Croteau, Kenneth S., Total Running time: 56:13, 2007 January 18

5 OCD 940.1

Croteau, Kenneth S., Total Running Time: 15:02, 2007 January 18

5 OCD 940.2

Rogone, Mary S., Total Running Time: 59:45, 2007 January 17

5 OCD 940.3

Rogone, Mary S., Total Running Time: 57:13, 2007 January 17

5 OCD 940.4

Rogone, Mary S., Total Running Time: 26:36, 2007 January 17

5 OCD 940.5

Rogone, Philip N., Total Running Time: 59:42, 2007 January 18

5 OCD 940.6

Rogone, Philip N., Total Running Time: 17:39, 2007 January 18

5 OCD 940.7

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 Series 3 : Product Information, 1994-2004

 Subseries 1: Small Beginnings, Inc., Products, 1988-2002

Box Folder

Products overview (booklets), undated

5 13

Fantastic Four(Bili-Bonnet, Bebeonkers, Lil’ & Nu’ Pacee, Cuddle Buns Diapers), undated

5 14

Arm immobilizer, undated

5 15

Baby blotters poly absorbent shields, undated

2 1

BabyCrates, undated

2 2

Bebeonkers, undated

2 3

Bebmoostash, undated

2 4

Bed Buddy, undated

2 5

Bili-Bonnet, 1988-1992

2 6

Bili-Bonnet drawing, undated

6 1

Climate Cover/Cozy Cover (isolettes), 2000-2002

2 7

Cuddle Buns, undated

2 8

Lamby snuggler, undated

2 9

Pacee Pacifier, undated

2 10

Pacee Pacifier—testing information, 2000-2002

2 11

Newborn nest Plush Pad, undated

2 12

Posture Pillow Cover, undated

2 13

Preemie gown, undated

2 14

Preemie nest set, undated

2 15

Preemie nest pattern, 1999

2 16

Preemie swaddler, undated

2 17

Privacy Poncho, undated

2 18

Security baby wrap, undated

2 19

Miscellaneous sketches, undated

2 20

 Subseries 2 : Disclosure Statements, 1999-2003

Box Folder

Disclosure statements, 2000, 2003

2 21

Mosley, B.B. (Colic comfort system), 2001

2 22

Porter, Kathleen (Cuddle-Up), 1999

2 23

 Subseries 3: Competitors, 1994-2004

Box Folder

A Lunt Design, Inc. (diaper), undated

2 24

Children’s Medical Ventures, 1994-2002

2 25

ConvaTec (pediatric urine collector), 1998

2 26

Drager Neonatal Care Systems, (isopheres and posture pillows), 2003

2 27

Hy Tape Corporation (waterproof adhesive tape), undated

2 28

Marquette Medical, Inc. (phototherapy eye shields), 1997

2 29

Novatex International (vinyl coated fabric), 2004

2 30

Rock-A-Bye (disposable diapers), 2000

2 31

Tushies Diapers, 2000

2 32

 Subseries 4: Miscellaneous, 1999, 2001, undated

Box Folder

Fabric samples (paper), undated

2 33

NICU informational sheets, undated

2 34

Small Beginnings, Inc., NICU booklet, undated

2 35

Ripngrip Industries, 2001

2 36

Testing (flammability requirements), 1999

2 37

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 Series 4: Financial/Accounting Records

 Subseries 1: Catalogs, 2001-2005

Box
3
Folder
1

 Subseries 2: Price Lists, 2000, 2003, undated

Box Folder

Price list, 2000, undated

3 2

Price list (custom admin kit), undated

3 3

Price lists (hospitals), 2003

3 4

 Subseries 3: Distributors, 1993-2006

Box Folder

Lists, 1999

3 5

Blank contracts, 2003, 2004, undated

3 6

Late invoice policy, 2003

3 7

ADI Medical, 2004

3 8

Advanced Medical Systems, Inc., 2000-2004

3 9

Align Medical, 2001-2003

3 10

Aqua Guard, 1999

3 11

Arbo Medical, Inc., 1993

3 12

Banner Health System, 2004

3 13

Cardinal Health (correspondence and invoices), 2002-2004

3 14

Cardinal Health (trace sales reporting), 2003-2004

3 15

Cardinal Health (sales reports), 2003

3 16

Care Medical, Inc., 2001-2002

3 17

Comedical, 2000

3 18

Finucane Enterprises, Inc., 2000-2001

3 19

Gene R. Gerondale, 2000

3 20

Goldstein Medical, 1999

3 21

HealthTrust (purchasing group), 2002, 2003

3 22

HUB Specialty Medical Products, 2000-2004

4 1

Intermountain Healthcare, 2002

4 2

International Hospital Supply Company, 2004

4 3

Kentec Medical, Inc., 2001-2003

4 4

KM Medical, 2001, 2003

4 5

Logan, Kathleen Mollihan, 2003

4 6

Marian Medical, 2006

4 7

Medical Supply Company, 2003

4 8

Metro Med, Inc., 2003

4 9

Moran, Janice, 2001-2004

4 10

Novation, 2006

4 11

Owens & Minor, 2006

4 12

Premier Purchasing Partners, 2004

4 13

SecureMed, LLC, 2000-2002

4 14

Sentry Medical Products, undated

4 15

Tacy Medical, Inc., 2000

4 16

Ultracare Products, undated

4 17

Vital Care, 2003

4 18

West Branch Medical, 2003

4 19

Wren Medical, 2003

4 20

 Subseries 4: Licenses and Agreements, 1998-2005

Box Folder

License and Compensation Agreements, 1999

4 21

Clayton, Eileen (gavage feeding system to comfort and stimulate and mature sucking in neonates), 1999

4 22

Cook, Linda (nipple type pacifier to comfort, stimulate and mature sicking in a neonate), 1998-2005

4 23

D'Eugenio, Diane (teaching cards), 2000

4 24

Kainovic, Ilija (uterine massage device), 1998

4 25

Porter, Kathleen (Cuddle-Up), 2000, 2002

4 26

 Subseries 5: Finances, 2000-2002

Box Folder

Sales Summary, 2000 January-July

4 27

Expense Allocations, [2000?]

5 1

Invoices, 2001

5 2

Projected Cash Flow, 2000

5 3

Cost Analyses, 2000-2002, undated

5 4

 Subseries 6: Neonatal Conference Programs, 1998-2002

Box Folder

Developmental Interventions in Neonatal Care, 1998, 1999, 2002

5 5

The Fetus & Newborn, 1999, 2001

5 6

National Conference of Neonatal Nursing, 1998-2002

5 7

First National Neonatal Nurses Conference, 2001

5 8

Miscellaneous (American Association for Respiratory Care, Pacific Northwest Association of Neonatal Nurses, and Southern California Association of Neonatal Nurses), 1999

5 9

 Subseries 7: American Hospital Association Guide (partial), 1998

Box
5
Folder
10

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 Series 5: Patent and Trademark Files, 1991-2002

Box Folder

Trademark information, 1998-2002

5 11

Bebeonkers, 2001-2002

5 12

Bili-Bonnet, 1996-1997

5 13

Climate Cover, 1998-2000

5 14

Pacee Pacifier, 1991, 2000, 2002

5 15

Positioning device/preemie nest, 1999-2001

5 16

Privacy Poncho, 2000, 2002

5 17

U.S. Department of Commerce Export Assistance, 1999

5 18

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 Series 6: Photographs and Scrapbook, 1987-2002

 Subseries 1: Photographs, 2000-2001

Box Folder

Bed Buddy and preemie nest, 2000

5 19

Christmas, [2001?]

5 20

Conference, 2000

5 20

Office and factory spaces, 2001

5 20

Phototherapy masks, 2002

5 20

Pacee pacifier and syringe bulb, 2001

5 20

 Subseries 2: Digital images (on CD-ROM)

Box Folder Disk

Small Beginnings, Inc., exterior

5 25 AC0940-0000001

Small Beginnings, Inc., exterior looking down alley

5 25 AC0940-0000002

Small Beginnings, Inc., exterior sign on door #16

5 25 AC0940-0000003

Pacifier test with 2 lb. weight (Ken Croteau in background)

5 25 AC0940-0000004

Pacee pacifier 3rd and final model

5 25 AC0940-0000005

Pacee pacifier 1st model

5 25 AC0940-0000006

Pacee pacifier 2nd model

5 25 AC0940-0000007

3 pacifiers. R to L: 1st version, 2nd version, 3rd version and final version

5 25 AC0940-0000008

Positive and negative large molds for pacifiers

5 25 AC0940-0000009

Small pacifier mold

5 25 AC0940-0000010

Staging area for products. L to R: Phil Rogone, Judy Chelnick and Maggie Dennis.

5 25 AC0940-0000011

Plastic Bebeonkers boxes

5 25 AC0940-0000012

Cuddle Buns diaper boxes

5 25 AC0940-0000013

Monoprene beads used in positioning devices

5 25 AC0940-0000014

Warehouse shelving at Small Beginnings, Inc.

5 25 AC0940-0000015

Warehouse shelving at Small Beginnings, Inc. L to R: Maggie Dennis, Phil Rogone, Judy Chelnick AC0940-0000016

5 25 AC0940-0000016

Cutting room (L to R: Judy Chelnick and Maggie Dennis)

5 25 AC0940-0000017

Dies for original Bili-bonnets

5 25 AC0940-0000018

Patterns for products

5 25 AC0940-0000020
Box Folder Disk

Fabric rolls

5 25 AC0940-0000019

Finished products for shipping

5 25 AC0940-0000021

Sewing room (L to R: Judy, Maggie, Rebecca Coates)

5 25 AC0940-0000022

Rebecca Coates packing products in sewing room

5 25 AC0940-0000023

L to R: Maggie Dennis, Phil Rogone and Judy Chelnick

5 25 AC0940-0000024

Early Bili-bonnet sketch, circa 1990

5 25 AC0940-0000025

Scrapbook page featuring Sharon Rogone and Austin J. Webber, II

5 5 AC0940-0000026

L to R: Sharon Rogone, Maggie Dennis, and Judy Chelnick

5 25 AC0940-0000027

New ideas/sketches folder

5 25 AC0940-0000028

Competitor's diaper

5 25 AC0940-0000029

Small Beginnings, Inc., diaper (micro preemie model)

5 25 AC0940-0000030

L to R: Judy Chelnick and Phil Rogone talking

5 25 AC0940-0000031

Original artwork by Sharon Rogone for isolette covers

5 25 AC0940-0000032

L to R: Judy Chelnick, Ken Croteau, and Maggie Dennis discussing diaper prototypes

5 25 AC0940-0000033

L to R: Judy Chelnick, Ken Croteau, and Maggie Dennis discussing diaper prototypes

5 25 AC0940-0000033

Ken Croteau holding diaper prototype #5 manufactured but never approved for use

5 25 AC0940-0000035

Display of diaper crotch size

5 25 AC0940-0000036

Diaper prototype sequence, 2000-2003

5 25 AC0940-0000037

Children's Medical Ventures phototherapy mask

5 25 AC0940-0000038

Children's Medical Ventures phototherapy mask

5 25 AC0940-0000039

L to R: Judy Chelnick, Phil Rogone, Maggie Dennis; seated Sharon Rogone

5 25 AC0940-0000040

L to R: Phil Rogone, Alison Oswald, Judy Chelnick, Maggie Dennis; seated Sharon Rogone

5 25 AC0940-0000041

L to R: Ken Croteau, Alison Oswald, Judy Chelnick, Maggie Dennis; seated Sharon Rogone

5 25 AC0940-0000042

L to R: Ken Croteau, Alison Oswald, Judy Chelnick, Maggie Dennis; seated Sharon Rogone

5 25 AC0940-0000043

Sewing machine station in sewing room

5 25 AC0940-0000044

Diaper tabs from sewing room

5 25 AC0940-0000045

Preemie nest pattern

5 25 AC0940-0000046

Preemie nest pattern underside with Velcro pillow elements

5 25 AC0940-0000047

4 lb. baby example not anatomically correct

5 25 AC0940-0000048

2 lb. baby example (Ken Croteau's demo baby)

5 25 AC0940-0000049

Ken Croteau holding Small Beginning's teddy bear made in China; no longer manufactured

5 25 AC0940-0000050

1 lb. baby example

5 25 AC0940-0000051

Judy Chelnick and Alison Oswald outside a Japanese restaurant in Hesperia, CA

5 25 AC0940-0000052

Judy Chelnick and Alison Oswald in Small Beginnings office

5 25 AC0940-0000053

Judy Chelnick and Alison Oswald in Small Beginnings office

5 25 AC0940-0000054

World map indicating distribution of Small Beginnings, Inc., products

5 25 AC0940-0000055

Motivational and inspirational messages

5 25 AC0940-0000056

Motivational and inspirational messages

5 5 AC0940-0000057

Bud Lee? (Sharon Rogone's father)

5 25 AC0940-0000058

Rebecca Coates, Small Beginnings, Inc., employee at sewing machine

5 25 AC0940-0000059

Rebecca Coates, Small Beginnings, Inc., employee

5 25 AC0940-0000060

Baby in positioning pillow during Ken Croteau's oral history interview

5 25 AC0940-0000063

Pam Croteau, Small Beginnings, Inc., employee

5 25 AC0940-0000061

Ken Croteau, Small Beginnings, Inc., employee

5 25 AC0940-0000062

Baby in positioning pillow during Ken Croteau's oral history interview

5 25 AC0940-0000064

Baby in positioning pillow during Ken Croteau's oral history interview

5 25 AC0940-0000065

Baby in positioning pillow during Ken Croteau's oral history interview

5 25 AC0940-0000067

Baby in positioning pillow during Ken Croteau's oral history interview

5 25 AC0940-0000066

Motivational and inspirational messages

5 25 AC0940-0000069

Motivational and inspirational messages

5 25 AC0940-0000071

Motivational and inspirational messages

5 25 AC0940-0000070

Examples of baby dolls

5 25 AC0940-0000072

Pacifier choke test

5 25 AC0940-0000073

Motivational and inspirational messages

5 25 AC0940-0000074

 Subseries 3: Scrapbook, 1987-2000

Box Folder

Scrapbook (reference copy), 1987-2000

6 2

Scrapbook (original), 1987-2000

6 3

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