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Pouchée Ornamented Collection

  • H_M_C_T_ POC
  • Collection
  • 1782

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.

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

Charlie Potts photographs

  • SPEC 81
  • Collection
  • 1905-1940

The Charlie Potts photographs were primarily taken by Potts while he was a student and consist mainly of portraits of models. Also included are four early photographs of his family members and a few images labelled Preston Duncan Studio.

Potts, Charles

Vernon Simpson Papers

  • H_M_C_T_ VS
  • Collection
  • 1910-2001

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

Adams family papers

  • SPEC 1
  • Collection
  • 1928-1999

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.

Virginia Adams artwork

  • SPEC 70
  • Collection
  • Late 1930s - early 1940s

Artwork by Virginia Adams, late 1930s-early 1940s, consisting of 20 pieces of mostly advertising original art, many in mat boards 7.5" x 8". Enclosure titled "Los Angeles Fashion Report Spring 1939" with 9 loose sheets of original fashion artwork. Several printed advertisements (some on newsprint) for I. Magnin & Co.

Adams, Virginia Legakes

Photography and Imaging Department

  • 30
  • Department (fonds)
  • 1931-

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.

Photography and Imaging Department

Advertising Department

  • 22
  • Department (fonds)
  • 1931-

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

Advertising Department

Development

  • 7
  • Department (fonds)
  • 1932-

Development

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

Morgan Sinclaire photographs

  • SPEC 67
  • Collection
  • 1934-1990

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.

Sinclaire, Morgan

Irene Vermeers papers

  • SPEC 2
  • Collection
  • 1935-1937

The Irene Vermeers papers consist almost entirely of photographs of Art Center School in the mid-1930s, especially faculty portraits and student work. Some of her images were less formal and capture rare candid images of students. The bulk of the collection is photographs of an Industrial Design Department class project from the mid-1930s taught by Kem Weber, whose objective was to design and build a model for a future Art Center campus to be located on Wilshire Boulevard.

Also included in this collection are Art Center Photography faculty Al King's color theory notebooks and the camera and tripod she used as a student.

Gutterman, Irene

Marion Strahl Boyer photographs

  • SPEC 12
  • Collection
  • 1935-1942

The Marion Strahl Boyer photographs consist mainly of images 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.

Strahl, Marion

Kenneth Staley papers

  • SPEC 10
  • Collection
  • 1939-2004

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.

Photography Department Field Trip photographs

  • SPEC 115
  • Collection
  • circa 1940-1942

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.

Unknown

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

Daniel Otto photographs

  • SPEC 54
  • Collection
  • circa 1940

The Daniel Otto photographs are a self-portrait taken while he was a Photography student at Art Center School.

Otto, Daniel

Archetype Press records

  • RG 21
  • Collection
  • 1940-2009

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.

Archetype Press

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