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AIGA, the professional association for design (formerly American Institute of Graphic Arts)The Archives Room
233 Broadway, 17th floor
New York, NY 10279www.aiga.org/design-archives-info
The bulk of the collection consists of printed records, including: AIGA newsletters and journals since 1922; AIGA conference collateral since 1985; AIGA competition collateral as well as exhibition catalogues documenting selections from AIGA national juried competitions since 1915; AIGA design annuals since 1980; and membership directories since 1928. In addition, the collection includes binders of 35 mm slides from travelling exhibitions from the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s; flat files housing works by AIGA Medalists collected since 2004; and flat files housing works by AIGA chapters dating back to 1988. The collection also contains printed ephemera from the early beginnings of the
organization as well as materials from the AIGA annual, tapes from
past talks, national conferences, lecture series and seminars.
Contact: Heather Strelecki, Archivist, 212 710 3145
Archives of American Art (Smithsonian Institute)Research Centers and OfficesWashington, DC and New York, NYwww.aaa.si.edu
With over 20 million items in its continually growing collections, the Archives is the world’s largest and most widely used resource dedicated to collecting and preserving the papers and primary records of the visual arts in America.
Rare Book and Manuscript LibraryButler Library at Columbia University535 West 114th Street, 6th floor EastNew York, NY 10027library.columbia.edu/locations/butler.html
Until 2010, annual selections from “Fifty Books of the Year,” “The Book Show,” and “50 Books/50 Covers” were given to the Rare Books and Manuscripts Library at Columbia’s Butler.
Contact: Jane Siegel, Graphic Arts Subject Specialist
The Chicago Design Archivewww.chicagodesignarchive.org
The Chicago Design Archive provides the one permanent, online record of excellent design created by local professionals from the late 19th century to the present.
Chicago Design MuseumBlock Thirty Seven108 N. State Street, 3rd FloorChicago, IL 60602chidm.com
Contact: Tanner Woodford
City College of New YorkThe Morris Raphael Cohen LibraryNorth Academic Center (NAC) Room 5/301160 Convent AvenueNew York, NY 10031library.ccny.cuny.edu/main"The George Lois Big Idea Archive" from legendary art director, designer and ad man, comprises films, TV and radio commercials, print ads, posters, scripts, correspondences, photos, memorabilia and numerous other items from a remarkable career spanning more than 65 years.
Cooper-Hewitt Smithsonian Design MuseumDoris and Henry Dreyfuss Memorial Study Center
2 East 91 Street
New York, NY 10128
A variety of materials, ranging from slides and book covers to
promotional materials, printed ads, to original artwork,
correspondence, clippings and drawings. www.siris.si.edu (Smithsonian
Institution Research Information System) is the search engine that
serves the entire Smithsonian Institution.
Contact: Stephen Van Dyk, Head Librarian, 212 849 8330
The Herb Lubalin Study Center
41 Cooper Square, Room LL119
New York, NY 10003
The graphic work of Herb Lubalin, in addition to the works of other
New York-based designers such as Lou Dorfsman, George Tscherny and
Push Pin Studios.
Contact: Ann Holcomb, 212 353 4021
Cranbrook Academy of Art Library
39221 Woodward Avenue
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48303
An extensive collection on graphic design history, theory and
professional practice. Books are available through inter-library
Contact: Judy Dyki, Head Librarian, 248 645 3364
Design Museum of Barcelona (Museu del Disseny de Barcelona)www.museudeldisseny.cat/en
This collection is formed by pieces both historic and contemporary that illustrate the technological evolution of the graphic arts over three centuries. Accordingly, most of the holdings comprise dies, typographies (with the typefaces, punches and dies from important sets ranging from the eighteenth to the twentieth century), photogravure and intaglio plates by numerous local artists.
Architecture & GraphicsDenver Art Museum100 W 14th Avenue ParkwayDenver, CO 80204denverartmuseum.org/collections/architecture-design-graphics
AIGA Design Archives in Denver represents the largest and most comprehensive holding of contemporary American communication design in the world. Consisting of approximately 12,000 physical artifacts created from approximately 1980 to 2010, the collection recognizes award-winning entries made to the organization’s annual competitions.
Contact: Darrin Alfred, AIGA curator
Herbert Bayer Collection and Archive
Denver Art Museum
100 West 14 Avenue Parkway
Denver, CO 80204www.denverartmuseum.org
Extensive collection of Bayer's artwork including paintings,
watercolors, drawings, pastels, graphics, photography, sculpture,
models, designs for Bayer's large-scale projects, textiles and
jewelry, exhibition design, furniture design, book, catalogs,
announcements, pamphlets, magazines and other documents. Herbert
Bayer: Collection and Archive at the Denver Art Museum (University
of Washington Press, 1998) by Gwen Chanzit is the catalogue of the
Contact: Gwen Chanzit, Curator, 720 865 5000The Getty Research Institute for the History of Art and the
1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100
Los Angeles, CA 90049 1688
Primary materials for the history of modern artistic and
intellectual movements such as Realism, Symbolism, Futurism, the
Bauhaus, Russian Constructivism, Dada, Surrealism and Fluxus.
Collection of audio and video recordings from International Design Conference, Aspen (IDCA).
Contact: Senior Staff, 310 440 7335
Internet Archive300 Funston AvenueSan Francisco, CA 94118archive.org
In late 1999, the organization started to grow to include more well-rounded collections. Now the Internet Archive includes: texts, audio, moving images, and software as well as archived web pages in our collections, and provides specialized services for adaptive reading and information access for the blind and other persons with disabilities.Letterform Archive1001 Mariposa Street, Unit 307San Francisco, CA 94107letterformarchive.org
Letterform Archive is a nonprofit library and museum dedicated to inspiration and education in the letter arts. Opened to the public in February 2015, the Archive offers visitors hands-on access to its curated collection of 30,000 items related to lettering, typography, calligraphy, and graphic design spanning 2,000 years of history.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org; 415 802 7485
The Library of Congress
Prints and Photographs Division
101 Independence. Ave, SE
Washington, D.C. 20540
A collection of American, European and Latin American popular and
applied graphic arts, caricatures, posters, cartoons and political
Contact: Ask A Librarian, 202 707 6394
(specify that query is for prints and photographs
M+ at West Kowloon29/F, Tower 6, The Gateway, 9 Canton RoadTsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kongwww.westkowloon.hk/en/mplus
The new museum for visual culture in Hong Kong, as part of West Kowlon
Cultural District, focusing on 20th and 21st century art, design and
architecture, and moving image. Scheduled for completion in 2018.
Contact: Jennifer Wong, Assistant Curator (Design and Architecture)
Moscow Design Museumwww.moscowdesignmuseum.ru/en
The focus of the museum's archive is Soviet design from 1950 to 1980. It includes contemporary Russian graphic design, movie posters, industrial design objects, and a full collection of the All Union Institute of Technical Aesthetics (VNITE) magazine. The archive also houses photographic slides, rare VNITE prototypes, the archives of the Union of Designers of the Soviet Union, and the private archives of designers, including Vladimir Runge.
Contact: email@example.com; +7 495 991 90 42
Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit (MOCAD)4454 Woodward AvenueDetroit, MI 48201www.mocadetroit.org
Museum of Design, Atlanta (MODA)1315 Peachtree StreetAtlanta, GA 30309www.museumofdesign.org
As the only museum in the Southeastern United States dedicated exclusively to design, MODA’s mission is to explore the many facets of the design disciplines as they exert a positive influence on Atlanta and the Southeast.
Museum of Design, Zürichwww.museum-gestaltung.ch/en
The Design Collection is devoted to the design of twentieth-century mass-produced objects, and the philosophy they reflect. The focus is on a broad representation of Swiss design, juxtaposed with reference objects of international provenance. The collected objects include items by well-known designers and commonplace objects of anonymous design.
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) Study Centers11 West 53 Street
New York, NY 10019
Ephemera, covers and posters including large holdings of designers
such as Cheret, Holwein, Kauffer, Cassandre, Bayer, Matter, Beall,
Tanaka, Muller-Brockman and Starowieyski. The website provides a
link to the Museum's DADABASE, the combined online catalogue of the
Library, Museum Archives and Study Center.
Contact: Jenny Tobias, Associate Reference Librarian,
212 708 9433
New York Public Library (NYPL)Research LibrariesFifth Avenue & 42nd StreetNew York, NYwww.nypl.org
In the always expanding digital realm,
The New York Public Library provides patrons worldwide with powerful
online tools to help them discover its extensive resources and services.
Visitors can browse the Library’s immense collections, download
e-books, and view more than 800,000 items from its award-winning Digital
Contact: Through Ask NYPL, librarians are available to answer patron questions on any topic at any time; 212 930 0834 Parsons The New School for DesignLibraries & Archives66 W 12th StreetNew York, NY 10011http://library.newschool.edu
The collections document the history of all divisions of The New School, as well as the lives and work of people and organizations in a range of subject areas that intersect with the interests of New School students and faculty, including the Bea Feitler papers and Ivan Chermayeff graphic work.
Contact: 212 229 8914 Rochester Institute of Technology
Wallace Memorial Library
90 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, NY 14623
Collection of posters, cartoons and materials documenting the work
of graphic designers such as Mehemed Fehmy Agha, hans Barschel,
Lester Beall, Alexey Brodovich, Will Burtin, George Giusti, William
Golden, Alvin Lustig, Cipe Pineles and Ladislav Sutnar.
Contact: Kari Horowicz, Art and Photography Librarian, 716 475
Milton Glaser Design Study Center and ArchivesSchool of Visual Arts 380 Second Avenue, 2nd floorNew York, NY 10010www.glaserarchives.org
Dedicated to preserving and making accessible design works of significant artistic, cultural, and historical value by preeminent designers, illustrators, and art directors who have close ties to the School of Visual Arts. The collections represent the artistic and intellectual vitality of the SVA community and provide an invaluable resource to students, designers, and researchers who wish to study the breadth of a designer's work, including Gail Anderson, Louise Fili, Steven Heller, Stefan Sagmeister, Deborah Sussman, George Tscherny, Henry Wolf, and more.
R. Hunter Middleton Chicago Design Archive
University of Illinois at Chicago
Richard J. Daley Library, M/C 234
801 South Morgan
Chicago, IL 60607
Numerous collections that document the history of design in
Chicago, with special emphasis on the period dating from the 1930s
through the 1960s.
Contact: Peggy Glowacki, Special Collections Librarian, 312 996 2742
International Dada Archive
University of Iowa
100 Main Library
Iowa City, IA 52242 1420
The work of Dadaists with strong involvement in typography and
advertising design (George Grosz, John Heartfield, Raoul Hausmann,
Hannah Hoch, Iliazd, Kurt Schwitters, Jan Tschichold, Tristan
Contact: Timothy Shipe, Curator, 319 335 5824
Vignelli Center for Design StudiesOne Lomb Memorial DriveRochester, NY 14623vignellicenter.rit.edu
The Center houses Lella and Massimo Vignelli's extensive professional archives which includes primary source material and finished works. It also includes work by Bill Bonnell and Pierre Mendell, and
the RitaSue Siegel archive.
Contact: Roger Remington
Walker Art Center Achives and Library
Minneapolis, MN 55403
Exhibition catalogs, artists' books and design periodicals, as well
as taped interviews and lectures by designers such as Wolfgang
Weingart, Tibor Kalman, Ivan Chermayeff, Charles and Ray Eames,
April Greiman, Katherine McCoy and Massimo Vignelli.
Contact: Librarian, 612 375 7680
Walter Gropius Archive
Lyonnel Feininger Archive
32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
Walter Gropius's architectural drawings and related photographs as
well as Feininger's drawings and photographs. The Walter Gropius
Archive (Harvard University, 1990-1991) edited by Winfried
Nerdinger is the catalogue of the Gropius archive.
Contact: Reference, 617 495 2384
Wolfsonian Foundation Library
1001 Washington Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139
Decorative and fine arts, objects, posters, original works of art
on paper, archival materials, books and ephemera on the decorative
design and architectural arts.
Contact: Head Librarian, 305 535 2641
Arts of the Book Collection
Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library
180 York Street
New Haven, CT 06511
Examples of and material relating to the book and its attendant
arts: binding, typography, illustration, calligraphy, book design
and architecture, paper making and decorative papers and the
history of the book.
Contact: Art Subject Specialists
Vitra Design MuseumCharles-Eames-Str. 2D-79576 Weil am Rheinwww.design-museum.de/en/collection/archive-estates
The estates of prominent designers such as Charles & Ray Eames, Alexander Girard, Anton Lorenz, George Nelson and others are maintained in the archive of the Vitra Design Museum. The holdings also include company publications, brochures, posters, patent documents and drawings.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, +49 7621 702 3200
The Corita Art Center is a gallery and archive dedicated to preserving and promoting the work and spirit of artist, activist and educator, Corita Kent.
Elaine Lustig Cohenelainelustigcohen.com
Highlights of Elaine’s career from 1944 to the present, arranged by year.
Highlights of Alvin's career.
Bard Graduate Center, Art & Design Oral History Projectwww.bgccraftartdesign.org
Bard Graduate Center Craft, Art and Design Oral History Project is an
online archive of oral history interviews of contemporary craftspeople,
artists and designers. The primary form of these interviews are
transcripts, illustrated with photographs of the interviewees and their
work; some also feature audio and video clips.
Seymour Chwast Archivewww.seymourchwastarchive.com
in 2015, the Seymour Chwast Archive is a digital repository for his
often groundbreaking, frequently humorous, and constantly expanding body
of work. Featuring selections from the designer’s personal collection,
the site includes posters, books, packaging, typography, painting,
sculpture, editorial illustrations, and ephemera from the 1940s to the
Have another resource to share? Contact AIGA's archivist, Heather Strelecki
The archives of AIGA serve to identify, preserve and make
available records of enduring value. AIGA's aim is to make
conditions suitable for access and to support research that will
add to the literature of design and to safeguard its legacy.
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Located at 233 Broadway, 17th floor, in New York, AIGA’s building serves as a base of operations and a source of inspiration for members.
Lucian Bernhard (1997 AIGA Medalist) was a prolific designer of innovative posters, trademarks, packaging, type, textiles, furniture, and interior design. From his studio in New York City, he developed some of the most recognizable American business advertising, for such clients as Cat's Paw, ExLax, and Amoco. He also designed more thank 35 popular display typefaces, including Bernhard Gothic.
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AIGA Medal, advertising, graphic design, typography
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Section: Inspiration -
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