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Allen Stross audio

Allen Stross (PHOT 1948) discusses his student years at Art Center going into great detail about photography lessons and assignments, including Ansel Adams’s zone system. While looking at a 1950 school catalog and some photographs, he reminisces about field trips to Malibu and his favorite instructor, Al King. He talks about his professional work in Detroit and Berkeley and recounts some of his favorite photographs, including the llama photo that won him a car.

Stross, Allen

Allen Stross transcript

Allen Stross (PHOT 1948) discusses his student years at Art Center going into great detail about photography lessons and assignments, including Ansel Adams’s zone system. While looking at a 1950 school catalog and some photographs, he reminisces about field trips to Malibu and his favorite instructor, Al King. He talks about his professional work in Detroit and Berkeley and recounts some of his favorite photographs, including the llama photo that won him a car.

Stross, Allen

Gary Meyer transcript

Gary Meyer (ILLU 1959) discusses his student years at Art Center including his interactions with the Japanese students from JETRO. While looking at a list of teachers from the 1950s, he reminisces about their teaching styles and personalities. He talks about his professional work with Universal Studios and other clients. Lastly, he discusses his return to Art Center as a teacher.

Meyer, Gary M.

Gary Meyer audio

Gary Meyer (ILLU 1959) discusses his student years at Art Center including his interactions with the Japanese students from JETRO. While looking at a list of teachers from the 1950s, he reminisces about their teaching styles and personalities. He talks about his professional work with Universal Studios and other clients. Lastly, he discusses his return to Art Center as a teacher.

Meyer, Gary M.

Memoirs, 2000-2001

Included here are two letters to Los Angeles Valley College reminiscing about Will Connell, a letter to Art Center's alumni association recounting his time at Art Center, and a short essay written for his family titled "Some Miscellaneous Events I Remember About Life At Art Center."

Bill Meriwether papers

  • SPEC 21
  • Collection
  • 1942-1994

The Bill Meriwether papers consist mainly of photographs taken by Meriwether during his years as a Photography student at Art Center. Of interest is a scrapbook with photographs of a Photography Department beach party after World War II. The letters were written by him and Will Connell and list faculty and students alphabetically and gives updates on their activities and addresses after the war scattered them. Also included are magazine articles about Art Center photography students.

Meriwether, Bill

George Jergenson papers

  • SPEC 11
  • Collection
  • circa 1900-1989

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.

Jergenson, George

Plaque

Brass plate inscribed "To Otto Halmer In Appreciation For Many Years Of Being A Friend In Need To The Guys In The Black And White Lab At Art Center College Of Design Presented Sept 1967" mounted on wood.

Otto Halmer plaque

  • SPEC 89
  • Collection
  • 1967 September

The Otto Halmer plaque was given to the Photography instructor by the Art Center black and white photography lab upon his retirement in September 1967.

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