The Mel Shapiro papers are his correspondence with Art Center Registrar Karla Martell as he inquires about the Photography program and then submits his portfolio and application. Of interest is his Personal Profile, a four-page form required of all applicants, that asks for demographic data as well as professional objectives and whether or not a prospective student has good taste.
The Morgan Sinclaire photographs are images of Art Center Photography Department field trips and studio assignments shot by Sinclaire while he was a student. Also included are photographs he took later in life while traveling.
The Photography and Imaging Department fonds is a top level archival unit that encompasses everything in the Archives created by the Photography and Imaging department. Under the fonds-level are the following collections: Photography and Imaging collection of documents and Photograph collection.
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.
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.
The Product Design Department fonds is a top level archival unit that encompasses everything in the Archives created by the Product Design department. Under the fonds-level are the following collections: Product Design Department collection, Department Chairs collections, and Photograph collection.
The Public Programs fonds is a top level archival unit that encompasses everything in the Archives created by the Public Programs department. Under the fonds-level are the following collections: Public Programs collection of documents and Photograph collection.
The Richard Ham papers are mainly images taken by Ham of location shoots in 1941 (while he was a student) and in 1949 (while he was an instructor). Also included are articles from photography magazines on Art Center projects, Ham's memoirs, and written remembrances of Art Center and Will Connell.
The Richard Hartt photographs consist of a single portrait of Photography Department faculty member C. K. Eaton. The image was probably taken by a student for a class assignment and captures Eaton's fun personality.
This small collection consists of a copy of the Art Center commencement speech given on September 23, 1966 by Robert A. Sandberg, then Director or Advertising and Public Affairs, Kaiser Aluminum & Chemical Corporation, and one black and white photograph of Sandberg.