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Public Programs

  • 13
  • Department (fonds)
  • 1981-

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.

Public Programs

Art Center (Europe)

  • 19
  • Department (fonds)
  • 1978-2003

The Art Center (Europe) fonds is a top level archival unit that includes the Art Center (Europe) document and photographs collections.

Art Center (Europe)

Graduate Industrial Design Department

  • 36
  • Department (fonds)
  • 1996-

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

Graduate Industrial Design Department

Graphic Design Department

  • 27
  • Department (fonds)
  • 1946-

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

Graphic Design Department

Graduate Transportation Systems and Design Department

  • 62
  • Department (fonds)
  • 2012

The Graduate Transportation Systems and Design Department fonds is a top level archival unit that encompasses everything in the Archives created by the Graduate Transportation Systems and Design department. Under the fonds-level are the following collections: Graduate Transportation Systems and Design document collection, Photograph collection, and the Graduate student thesis collection

Graduate Transportation Systems and Design Department

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

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

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

Campus photographs

  • Collection
  • 1940-2014

This collection contains photographs of the Art Center campuses, including the grounds, exteriors and interiors of the buildings, and construction projects.

Events photographs

  • Collection
  • circa 1947-2002

This collection contains documentation of various events hosted by ArtCenter. Graduation is one of the best represented events from the late 1950s - 1990s. Other events include corporate meetings, fundraising dinners, campus events like the groundbreaking and dedication for the Pasadena Hillside campus, staff parties and events, and visitor events.

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

People photographs

  • Collection

This collection contains images of Art Center College of Design presidents, faculty, students, staff, alumni, and visitors.

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

Exhibitions and Galleries

  • 15
  • Department (fonds)
  • 1933-

The Exhibitions fonds is a top level archival unit that encompasses everything in the Archives documenting the various exhibitions and galleries at ArtCenter, beginning in the 1930s. Under the fonds-level are the following collections: Exhibitions collection and the Exhibitions photograph collection.

Exhibitions and galleries

Environmental Design Department

  • 24
  • Department (fonds)
  • 1992-2014

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

Environmental Design Department

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

Type Specimen Collection

  • TS

Collection of type specimen, including books, individual pages, and marketing materials.

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