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David King Poster Collection

  • H_M_C_T_ DKP
  • Collection

King’s Poster collection is the first one in the United States. It includes primarily the political and cultural posters. King’s posters offer a visual history of the global political radicalization of the late 1960s and early 1970s, including the Anti-Apartheid Movement in South Africa and the Anti-Nazi League in Britain​.​

King, David

Leah Hoffmitz Milken Papers

  • H_M_C_T_ LHM
  • Collection
  • 1970 - 2015

Collection contains the personal and professional papers of Leah Hoffmitz Milken, including work done by Hoffmitz Milken for Letterform Design, her personal design firm; research and materials related to courses she taught at ArtCenter College of Design and other schools; and work by her students at ArtCenter and other schools.

Items in the collection are predominantly visual and include sketches of letterforms and typefaces; printing proofs; posters; photographs; and a small collection of student work on CDs. There is relatively little correspondence or original writings.

Books given as part of the original donation are not included in this description. They can be found cataloged in the online catalog at http://library.artcenter.edu/.

Hoffmitz Milken, Leah

Pouchée Ornamented Collection

  • H_M_C_T_ POC
  • Collection
  • 1782

Acquired from the UK-based private press of I.M. Imprimit, the Pouchée Specimen Sheets are a rare collection of antique ornamented types, originally produced at the foundry of Louis John Pouchée (b. 1782, d. 1845). The letters were engraved by hand in the 1820s as patterns from which metal types could be made and sold to poster printers. They are richly ornamented fat-face styles, incorporating images of flowers, fruit, animals, musical instruments, agricultural implements, and Masonic symbols within the letterforms.

Ramone Muñoz Collection

  • H_M_C_T_ RMC
  • Collection

Muñoz’s donation includes 16 Posters by different artists and 48 magazines of the typographic journal "Upper and Lower Case."

Muñoz, Ramone

Type Specimen Collection

  • H_M_C_T_ TS
  • Collection

Individual sheets, booklets, advertisements, and other material showing the use of specific type faces.

Vernon Simpson Papers

  • H_M_C_T_ VS
  • Collection
  • 1910-2001

Collection contains personal and professional materials related to the life and work of Vernon Milton Simpson, printer in Los Angeles, California, including his work with California Institute for the Arts.

Items in the collection are predominantly printed works, including pages and final copies of the "Red Books" specimen binders; marketing material for bicentennial posters; and the posters themselves. There is relatively little correspondence or original writings.

Books given as part of the original donation are not included in this description. They can be found cataloged in the online catalog at http://library.artcenter.edu/.

Simpson, Vern Milton

International Initiatives records

  • RG 10
  • Collection
  • 2000-2008

These International Initiatives files document the programs and projects of the department, including Designmatters, from its inception in 2001. The bulk of the collection, the files of Series 2, documents Designmatters projects such as the Nyumbani village in Kenya and class sponsorships. Series 3 contains materials related to the biennial Art Center Design Conference, from initial planning to post-conference feedback. The Centro de Diseño y Arte documented in Series 4 is a Mexican art school established under the guidance of Art Center faculty and staff. Departmental computer files are on CDs in Series 5. Series 6 consists of posters advertising Designmatters programs, as well as a few of student work.

International Initiatives

Toyota Lecture collection

  • RG 124
  • Collection
  • 1986-2010

The Toyota Lecture collection consists of posters, videos, and audiotapes of the lectures. The Toyota Motor Corporation Endowed Lecture Program was established in 1984 through a generous $1 million endowed gift to Art Center College of Design from Toyota. The endowment was used to bring accomplished professionals working in fields directly related to Art Center's departments, as well as architects, writers, historians, critics, and social commentators, to speak on campus.

In June 2009, the name of the lecture series changed to The Big Picture.

Art Center Wives Club records

  • RG 18
  • Collection
  • 1956-1977

Newsletters, minutes, correspondence, photographs, and other materials document the planning activities, events and meetings of the Art Center Wives Club. The majority of the documents is the club newsletters which provide information regarding the club and its members. Often the newsletters included annual schedules, membership lists, and synopses of meeting minutes. The second largest group of materials is minutes and mostly mirrors what can be found in the newsletters. Correspondence includes letters to the general membership, thank you notes, and invitations to Art Center Wives Club events such as the new student reception and an Annual Student Faculty party. Guidelines and suggestions for how to run meetings, program schedules, and questionnaires sent to the members all provide additional insight into the club’s activities. A play script written by a club member and performed for new students, is a humorous look at the wives’ view of their husbands’ experiences at Art Center. Two photographs also document the women working on the play.

Art Center Wives Club

Accreditation records

  • RG 20
  • Collection
  • 1959-2010

Accreditation reports submitted to both the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and to the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) provide a tremendous amount of insight into Art Center's curriculum, financial health, and administrative policies. Both draft and final versions of self studies detail such information as enrollment statistics, curriculum development, finances, education and experience of the faculty, and campus facilities (including the Library). In addition, reports filed by the accrediting agencies after site visits are also illuminating. The bulk of the material relates directly to Art Center, but two items are more general: an accreditation report which assesses its influences on universities and colleges in the West by Keith Warner for WASC (1977), and a directory of National Schools of Art (1978).

Archetype Press records

  • RG 21
  • Collection
  • 1940-2009

This collection consists of documents, such as award certificates given to Archetype Press, project planning records, and open house invitations. There are some examples of student work, notably pages from an unpublished project of Robert Bly poems.

Some publications prior to 1989 are not technically from the Archetype Press, but are still included here, as precursors to similar projects that would eventually be produced by the Press and that department.

Also of note in the collection are two boxes of examples of presswork from Vern Milton Simpson Typography from the 1940s – 1970, using the same type that are at the Archetype Press.

Archetype Press

Integrated Studies Department records

  • RG 26
  • Collection
  • 1996-

The Integrated Studies Department records consist of four folders and digital files which are mostly emails related to the Digtal Media Workshops offered by the department.

An older document from 1996, when the department was called Foundation Studies, is from the Chair, Ramone Munoz, regarding the death of faculty member Burne Hogarth. Related is a portfolio of 24 laminated color photocopies of sketches made by Burne Hogarth while teaching Analytical Figure Drawing.

Integrated Studies Department

Humanities and Sciences Department records

  • RG 29
  • Collection
  • 2007-

The Humanities and Sciences records consist of a few folders and digital files of mostly email announcements of the Big Picture lecture series and various Research Symposiums. Of note are a couple syllabi for the Art of Research class.

Humanities and Sciences Department

Graduation collection

  • RG 45
  • Collection
  • 1951-2018

The Graduation Collection consists mainly of the programs and videos for each ArtCenter graduation. The programs list the graduating students (by department in later years) and the commencement speakers. The student promotional materials are cards and handouts created by the students and distributed at Grad Show. The student-produced Grad Books contain photographs of the graduating students in the spirit of a traditional yearbook, while rarely an actual book. The Graduation Posters are similar to the Grad Books with photos of the students. This collection also includes copies of commencement speeches and a few examples of ArtCenter diplomas.

Architectural Documentation and Special Projects records

  • RG 47
  • Collection
  • 1940-2008

A large portion of this collection consists of administrative records related to the Ellwood building, Design Research Complex, and South Campus. Materials include meeting agendas and minutes, timelines, reports, and planning documents. Dana Hutt was included in many of the planning meetings for the Sinclaire Pavilion, South Campus and the Design Research Complex, and documents reflect her involvement.

Another large component of this collection consists of research. Dana Hutt did research on the Ellwood building at the Art Center Archives and Cal Poly Pomona Archives. Other research about the Ellwood building includes original documents from Peter Blake, who was an architect and close friend to Ellwood. The records include correspondence to Ellwood and his family, articles related to Ellwood, and an obituary on Ellwood by Blake. These records were given to Dana Hutt by Peter Blake for her research and to be kept by Art Center. At the time of her research on the Ellwood building, she was preparing to write a book on the history of the building. Research from Caltech related to the Wind Tunnel is also included in the collection.

Finally, the collection contains planning documents related to the L.A. Now book project, that Dana Hutt worked on with Richard Koshalek.

Office of Architectural Documentation and Special Projects

Career and Professional Development records

  • RG 58
  • Collection
  • 1984-2011

The Career and Professional Development records document their main programs and consist mostly of notices for guest speakers (especially the Business Dialogue Series), their On-Campus Recruitment program and internship program. The Administrative Files include two folders on courses the department offered to students to prepare them for their careers. The Annual Reports include statistics on job placement and internships. The Graduate Employment Survey tallies student responses regarding jobs and salaries after leaving ArtCenter. The Guest Speakers series contains announcements for the Business Dialogue Series and Career Chats. The Internships series contains information on companies who hired ArtCenter students as interns. The Mentorship series documents the department's mentor program called The Dot Exchange. The Recruitment files include information on companies that visit ArtCenter to hire newly graduated students.

Career and Professional Development

Adams family papers

  • SPEC 1
  • Collection
  • 1928-1999

The Adams family papers consist mainly of photographs of Art Center School in the early 1950s, especially of students and faculty in classroom settings. Also included are some personal photos of Tink and Virginia's 1951 wedding, their Silverlake home, and Tink with his bonsai. Most of the faculty in the Art Center photos have been identified by Virginia Adams. Of interest are the photographs of Japanese exchange students through the JETRO program, including Kenji Ekuan. Three oversized photographs are housed separately.

Adams's correspondence concerns design work he was hired to do, mainly for Sloan's Liniment package and counter display. Virginia's correspondence consists of materials sent to her as a member of Art Center's Board of Trustees. The magazine advertisements are a varied collection torn out of magazines from the early part of the 20th century. The reminiscences about Tink's house, written by his daughter, discuss the purchase and renovation of his Silverlake home.

The plaque (box 5) was presented to Adams by Japanese designers and reads: "In appreciation of Edward A. Adams' continuous interest to educate and help Japanese designers, some of whom have enrolled in the Art Center School to become leaders in the development of design in Japan. 1965" Below the inscription is a list of names that includes some Art Center alumni.

Adams, Edward A.

Kenneth Staley papers

  • SPEC 10
  • Collection
  • 1939-2004

The Kenneth Staley papers are mainly his memoir that documents his experiences at Art Center before and after World War II, his involvement during the war as a rifleman, and his career at General Electric Company. Photocopies of his sketches, a photograph of himself during the war, and the original letter from Art Center confirming his enrollment (1939) are included.

Staley, Kenneth T.

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