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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, 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.

Transportation Design Department

  • 32
  • Fondo
  • 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

Transportation Design Department records

The bulk of the collection came from Department Chair, Ron Hill's office.
This collection consists of 3 series.

Corporate sponsored project files form Series 1. The majority of the work here pertains to corporate sponsored automobile design projects. Included are scope of the projects, letters of intent, class schedules, lists of students assigned to projects, and various memos and faxes pertaining to the funding, time requirements, and/or timing of the specified project. These files are arranged by year, term and corporate sponsor.

Series 2 (Syllabi) contain course syllabi, 1992, 1997, 2009 -

Series 3 (Printed Material) contains brochures, event programs, and design contest. Box 2, Folder 15 contains a hand written obituary by Don Kubly on the death of Strother MacMinn.

Transportation Design Department

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