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Transportation Design Department

  • 32
  • collection
  • 1948-2014

The Transportation Design Department fonds is a top level archival unit that encompasses everything in the Archives created by the Transportation Design department. Under the fonds-level are the following collections: Transportation Design Department collection of documents, Photograph collection, and Video collection.

Transportation Design Department

Book 6 - Industrial design societies, Society Art Center Alumni, travel, student projects

This book contains clippings, correspondence, brochures, and photographs related to Jergenson's professional organizations, The Society of Art Center Alumni, an Art Center trip to Europe, and student projects. The section on professional organizations begins with a handwritten brief history of industrial design societies, especially S.I.D. and IDI, and his participation in them over the years. In 1959, he and Strother MacMinn travelled to Norway, Sweden, England, Italy, and France on behalf of the Industrial Design Department and the trip is documented with correspondence and photos. Much of the images of student work are clippings from Art Center catalogs, but also included are photos of Jergenson teaching classes. Of special interest are photographs of students building and testing watercraft for the 1961 Catalina Project.

Book 5 - Freelance designs, trip to Japan, Art Center, visitors

This scrapbook covers Jergenson's freelance career as well as a trip to Japan for Art Center. Photographs, handwritten notes, and advertisements document the many projects he worked on including appliances, automobiles (American Motor Co.), airplanes (Pan Am), boats (Outboard Marine Co.), and advertising. In 1956, Jergenson travelled to Japan with Tink Adams and John Coleman to advise on the design of export items. They visited over 30 factories in six and a half weeks. Photos of the trip are accompanied by an itinerary, student lists, a Kabuki program, and a brochure for the Suehiro Grill in Tokyo. Also included are photographs of notable designers visiting Art Center.

Book 3 - Design projects at General Motors Corp.

This scrapbook documents Jergenson's career at General Motors, predominately during his first tenure there, 1936-1947. Photographs, handwritten notes, advertisements, and his design illustrations highlight the many projects he worked on at GM: Greyhound bus, Cadillac, Delco radio, Frigidaire refrigerator, diesel locomotives. The bulk of the scrapbook focuses on the Train of Tomorrow, from initial idea sketches to building the model. He even included ephemera such as letterhead, a matchbook, and a cocktail napkin. Of interest is an automotive design glossary and a vinyl record titled "Wonderful Train of Tomorrow." The last page of the scrapbook has photographs of Jergenson teaching surface development in 1973.

Correspondence, 1961-1984

This folder contains a wide variety of correspondence from Jergenson's professional life. Letters are to and from colleagues at Art Center and General Motors and corporations working with Art Center, such as Monsanto and Union Carbide. Of interest is a proposed collaboration with DuPont on an Art Center course in Plastic Materials and Methods.

Correspondence, 1941-1961

This folder contains a wide variety of correspondence from Jergenson's professional life. Letters are to and from industrial designers, corporations, professional organizations, and colleagues at General Motors and Art Center. Included here is his 1947 correspondence with various railroad companies regarding his design services after the Train of Tomorrow project was over.

Round Table 6C, 1990.

Raw footage round table discussion on the history and influence of Art Center for use in a video project called "60 Years of Influence."

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