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Individual sheets, booklets, advertisements, and other material showing the use of specific type faces.
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
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.
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.
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 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).
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
The George Jergenson papers offer an overview of his life, especially his career in industrial design. Organized during his retirement years, this collection consists of correspondence, scrapbooks, photographs, and artwork. One of the highlights is the General Motors Train of Tomorrow that he designed, a three-year labor of love for Jergenson. From concept sketches to spec sheets to a film of the finished cars, the collection documents the entire project. Another focus of this collection is his surface development teaching materials which he used while at General Motors to share his expertise with young designers and engineers.
Series 1 contains personal materials including biographical notes with ancestral origins, lists of events, financial papers, and detailed accounts of his departure from Art Center.
Series 2 consists of letters from Jergenson's employment at General Motors Styling and Art Center School, as head of Industrial Design. Occasional course outlines, meeting minutes, and expense reports can also be found.
Series 3 contains course outlines, lecture notes, annotated bibliographies, speeches, and reports compiled by Jergenson while teaching at Art Center and in later years. A 1959 re-accreditation report from Art Center reviews curriculum, student services, demographics, school events, and a professional directory.
Series 4 contains materials related to Jergenson's freelance work from 1944-1968 for American Motors Corporation (AMC), Outboard Marine Corporation, and Pan Am. Included are correspondence, contracts, design evaluations, market research reports, meeting notes, and technical drawings.
Series 5 consists of work Jergenson did while at General Motors Styling. The earlier files relate to his design work for the Train of Tomorrow. The later files showcase his expertise in surface development.
Series 6 contains materials related to several professional industrial design organizations including IDEA, IDI and IDSA. This series also includes materials from the Society of Art Center Alumni such as articles of incorporation, correspondence about scholarships and contributions, and meeting minutes.
Series 7 consists of an array of images from throughout Jergenson's life. Included here are family photographs and slides of his paintings. There are images from Art Center and a surface development slide show. Of interest are photos of his design sketches for the Train of Tomorrow. There are also slides of Eero Saarinen's iconic Styling Administration Building at the General Motors Technical Center.
Series 8 contains seven scrapbooks which offer an overview of Jergenson's life, especially his careers in industrial design and education. Compiled by Jergenson in the 1980s, they consist mostly of clippings, photographs, and correspondence with some handwritten exposition.
Series 9 has five 8mm movies shot by Jergenson. The films cover the General Motors Train of Tomorrow, Art Center trips to Paris, London, and Japan, and the Catalina Project, a Product Design student project.
Series 10 contains original paintings by Jergenson, as well as a few items from other artists. Also included is a list of titles, dates, and other details for slides of Jergenson's paintings.
The collection contains a complete set of six Biba mail-order catalogues (1968-1969) that showcases clothing from the Biba department store in London run by Barbara Hulanicki. The catalogues were designed by John McConnell and featured different models and photographers. Also included is the 1973 Biba newspaper, commemorating the opening of the new Biba department store in Kensington.
The Photography Department Field Trip photographs are mainly images of students working on location shoots, most of which are Eddie Kaminski's class field trips. In addition, there are images of student work made on these shoots. These negatives and contact prints are believed to have been donated by an alumnus, most likely Morgan Sinclaire (PHOT 1942) based on the similarities with images in his collection. Some of the names and dates were identified by Richard Ham (PHOT 1951) in 2004.
The Marion Strahl Boyer papers consist mainly of photographs taken by Strahl during Art Center Photography Department field trips in 1942. Of interest is a trip to Yosemite with instructor Ansel Adams. Also included are photocopies of two magazine articles about Art Center photography students and six advertisements for Art Center School.