John Coleman papers

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John Coleman papers


  • 1956-1963 (Creation)


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(1909 November 3 - 1970 November 27)

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John Dee Coleman (INDU 1936) was born on November 3, 1909 in Chicago, Illinois. After graduating from the Art Center School in 1936, he worked for several aviation companies and the General Motors Styling Section. He returned to Art Center in 1947 to join the faculty. Not only did he teach Industrial Design for over 20 years, he was also instrumental in establishing Art Center’s collaborative relationship with the automotive industry with fellow former GM employees and Art Center faculty George Jergenson and Strother MacMinn. He died on November 27, 1970 in Los Angeles.

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The John Coleman papers consist mainly of photographs of an Art Center trip to Japan. Coleman, along with President Edward A. Adams, Transportation faculty George Jergenson and alumnus Frank Y. Nakamura (PROD 1956), went to Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, and Kyoto from November 3 to December 21, 1956 to conduct a series of clinics, lectures, and factory visits to discuss and observe contemporary industrial design.

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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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      Gift of Carson Pritchard

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      Books: Art Center in Japan 1956 and The Future of Japanese Industrial Design.

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      CF, 05/2019

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