Collection SPEC 1 - Adams Family collection

JETRO students on airplane stairs. (L-R): Harutsugu Ito (PROD 1957), Takuo Hirano (PROD 1957), Ke... JETRO students at airport. (L-R): Harutsugu Ito (PROD 1957), Kenji Ekuan (PROD 1957), Mikio Nagam... Genichiro Inokuma with JETRO students. (L-R): Mitsuhiko Tera (PROD 1957), Shohei Harada (TRAN 195... JETRO students in the student store. Edward A. "Tink" Adams at home tending his bonsai. Edward A. "Tink" Adams at home with construction workers. The garden of the Tink Adams home. Virginia Adams in the garden at home. Tink Adams and George Jergenson at the Tink Adams home. Tink Adams on his deck. The living room of Tink Adams's house. Small home on the site of Tink Adam's Silverlake house, before the lake was created. Wedding ceremony of Tink and Virginia Adams in the garden of their home. Art Center School student work on display at the Los Angeles County Museum in Exposition Park. Art Center School student work on display at the Los Angeles County Museum in Exposition Park. Kem Weber teaching Industrial Design to Louis Mazzetti (PROD 1940). One of the Westmore brothers giving a makeup demonstration. Student working on her rendering of furniture. Student working on her rendering of furniture. People viewing the architectural model of a proposed Art Center School on Wilshire Boulevard.
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Adams Family collection

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  • 1928-1999 (Creation)

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1.5 linear feet (5 boxes)

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(1898 August 03 - 1981 December 01)

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Edward A. "Tink" Adams founded the Art Center School in 1930. Ill health forced his retirement from active management of the college in 1964, and complete retirement in 1969. He continued to serve as chairman of the Board of Trustees until he died on 01 December 1981.

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(1912 April 17 - 1999 April 07)

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The Adams Family Collection consists 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.

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Copyright held by Art Center College of Design (Pasadena, Calif.).

Digital materials and catalog records are made available for educational and research purposes only and cannot be reproduced, distributed, or published without written permission from Art Center College of Design.

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