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Institute of Design collection, c.1934-1955

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Institute of Design Collection, c.1934-1955

Accession Number: 2007.2


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COLLECTION SUMMARY:
TITLE:Institute of Design Collection, c.1934-1955
EXTENT: .5 linear feet (1 box)
REPOSITORY: Ryerson and Burnham Archives, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries,
The Art Institute of Chicago
111 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60603-6110
(312) 443-7292 phone
rbarchives@artic.edu
http://www.artic.edu/aic/libraries/rbarchives/rbarchives.html
ABSTRACT:The philosophy, history, and works of faculty and students of The Institute of Design in Chicago are documented through books, booklets, pamphlets, brochures, letters, unpublished papers, published articles, and photographs.
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Printed papers, correspondence, photocopies and black and white photographic prints.
ORIGINATION: Ryerson and Burnham Archives, The Art Institute of Chicago
ACQUISITION INFORMATION:Unless otherwise specified, this collection was purchased by the Ryerson and Burnham Library in 2007. Other materials were received from Martha Bielawski, David Lusenhop and other unidentified sources, or transferred from the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries.

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH:
The Institute of Design was founded under the name The New Bauhaus: Chicago School of Design in 1937 by a Hungarian professor of the Bauhaus school, László Moholy-Nagy. The Chicago Association of Arts and Industries invited Moholy-Nagy to the city in hopes of modernizing its cultural base. The following year the school faced financial difficulties and closed down to regroup. In 1939 the school changed location and was renamed the School of Design, at which time Serge Chermayeff assumed the role of Director from Moholy-Nagy. Chermayeff soon initiated negotiations to merge the School with the Illinois Institute of Technology's College of Architecture, lead by Bauhaus alumnus Mies van der Rohe. By 1944 the School of Design had officially been renamed as the Institute of Design in Chicago. The coursework being offered at the school during this time expanded beyond theory and design to include subjects such as Sociology and Economics and a more professional view of the design discipline.

By 1955 the Institute of Design changed location again, this time to the main campus of the Illinois Institute of Technology. Coursework expanded again to include Environmental Control, Shelter Design, Problems in Filmmaking, and Volume Exploration. A new Director, Jay Doblin, was hired to transform the program by focusing on methods and frameworks, and making design more relevant to business strategies. For decades the Institute of Design thrived under this shift in focus. In 1989 another major shift occured when Patrick Whitney became Director. He helped move the school in several new directions, which included becoming a graduate-only professional program. This move enabled the Institute of Design to have the first design PhD program in the US. Also, Whitney secured a new off-campus location in downtown Chicago. In 1992 the Institute of Design moved to the IIT Research Institute, offering new classes in Structured Planning and Understanding Users. Current degree programs offered include Framework Development, Prototyping, Strategic Design, Interaction, User Research, and Visualization.

SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE:
The Institute of Design Collection includes pamphlets, brochures, books, correspondence, outlines of speeches, articles, and photographs of and about the Institute of Design. These items document some of the history of the school, courses offered, and exhibitions of works by students and faculty. Materials date from c.1934 to 1955, though predominantly from the 1940s and 1950s.

ORGANIZATION AND ARRANGEMENT:
SERIES I: PHOTOGRAPHS. Black and white photographic prints taken by students and faculty. Contains both three-dimensional work for exercises as well as candid pictures of classes and professional shots of faculty members including László Moholy-Nagy.

SERIES II: OFFICIAL INSTITUTE OF DESIGN PUBLICATIONS. Brochures and pamphlets related to course work and special events of The Institute of Design are arranged chronologically, with undated items at the end of the series.

SERIES III: OTHER PUBLICATIONS. Articles from magazines, quarterlies, and newspapers related to the history or works by students and faculty from the Institute of Design. Items are arranged chronologically within each section.

SERIES IV: FACULTY AND STUDENT WORKS. Books, letters, brochures, unpublished papers and assignments for courses at the Institute of Design by both students and faculty members.

CONTROLLED ACCESS POINTS:
This collection and other related materials may be found under the following headings in online catalogs:
Kepes, Gyorgy, 1906-2001
Moholy-Nagy, László, 1895-1946
Art schools--Illinois--Chicago.
Design--Study and teaching--Illinois--Chicago.
Illinois Institute of Technology
Institute of Design (Chicago, Ill.)
New Bauhaus (Chicago, Ill.)--History--Sources

ABBREVIATIONS:
AbbreviationDefinition
BOX.FFBox #, Folder #
c.circa
n.d.no date

RELATED MATERIALS IN THE RYERSON AND BURNHAM ARCHIVES, THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO:
Paul Theobald and Company records, 1935-1988, 1992.3
Mies van der Rohe Collection, 1984.2
Ludwig Karl Hilberseimer papers, ca.1885-1995, 070383
Arthur Siegel (1913-1978) Papers, 1927-1985, 1982.4

PHYSICAL LOCATION:
The collection is housed in the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries' on-site stacks.

ACCESS RESTRICTIONS:
This collection may be used by qualified readers in the Reading Room of the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries at The Art Institute of Chicago. Collections maintained on-site are available for patron use without prior arrangement or appointment. Collections maintained on-site are available for patron use without prior arrangement or appointment. Collections maintained in off-site storage will be retrieved with advance notification; please consult the Archivist for the current retrieval schedule. For further information, consult http://www.artic.edu/aic/libraries/rbarchives/rbarchaccess.html

USER RESTRICTIONS:
The Art Institute of Chicago is providing access to the materials in the Libraries' collections solely for noncommercial educational and research purposes. The unauthorized use, including, but not limited to, publication of the materials without the prior written permission of the Art Institute is strictly prohibited. All inquiries regarding permission to publish should be submitted in writing to the Archivist, Ryerson and Burnham Archives, The Art Institute of Chicago. In addition to permission from the Art Institute, permission of the copyright owner (if not the Art Institute) and/or any holder of other rights (such as publicity and/or privacy rights) may also be required for reproduction, publication, distribution, and other uses. Responsibility for making an independent legal assessment of any item and securing any necessary permissions rests with the persons desiring to publish the item. The Art Institute makes no warranties as to the accuracy of the materials or their fitness for a particular purpose.

PREFERRED CITATION:
Institute of Design Collection, Ryerson and Burnham Archives, The Art Institute of Chicago.

PROCESSING INFORMATION:
This collection was processed in October 2007 by Jessi Collier and revised and expanded by Jessica Gradolf in 2014.

CUSTODIAL HISTORY:
Portions of this collection were transferred from the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries and the Art Institute's curatorial Department of Photography.

ACCRUALS:
New materials may be added to this collection on an irregular basis.

ITEM INVENTORY:
LOCATIONCONTENTSDATESITEMS

SERIES I: PHOTOGRAPHS

PROJECTS AND EXERCISES:
Box.FF 1.1
"Three dimensional design work."
Black and whitephotographic prints. Three dimensional design work of wood, plastic, glass, metal. Includes work by Barr, Barnhart, Anne Binkley (wood hand sculpture), Eunice Feder, Grey-Foley, Thaler, and others. Gift of Martha Bielawski, 2002.
c.1940 34

STUDENTS AND FACULTY:
Box.FF 1.2
"Students and Faculty at School of Design."
Black and whitephotographic prints. School of Design students and faculty. Includes Gyorgy Kepes, Lázló Moholy-Nagy, and photo of Kepes and Moholy-Nagy with students at Mills College. Gift of Martha Bielawski, 2002.
c.1940 9






LOCATIONCONTENTSDATESITEMS

SERIES II: OFFICIAL INSTITUTE OF DESIGN PUBLICATIONS
Box.FF 1.3
"Summer sessions of the School of Design".
Brochure.
07/10/1939-08/18/1939 1
Box.FF 1.3
"School of Design in Chicago Day and Evening Classes".
Brochure.
1940-1941 1
Box.FF 1.3
"School of Design in Chicago".
Brochure.
1942-1943 1
Box.FF 1.3
"School of Design in Chicago New Term Day and Evening Classes".
Brochure.
05/24/1944-08/07/1944 1
Box.FF 1.3
"School of Design in Chicago Day and Evening Classes".
Brochure.
1943-1944 1
Box.FF 1.3
"Exhibition of paintings by Fernand Léger".
Brochure.
1944 1
Box.FF 1.3
"School of Design First Graduating Class".
Announcement.
06/05/1944 1
Box.FF 1.4
"Institute of Design Six Weeks Summer Session".
Brochure. One copy, gift of Martha Bielawski, 2002.
06/26/1944-08/05/1944 2
Box.FF 1.4
"Summer Session".
Brochure.
07/01/1945-08/11/1945 1
Box.FF 1.4
"Institute of Design Chicago Association of Commerce Chicago Plan Commission".
Announcement.
02/23/1945 1
Box.FF 1.4
"Institute of Design Day School".
Brochure. Gift of Martha Bielawski, 2002.
1945 1
Box.FF 1.4
"Institute of Design Evening and Saturday professional courses".
Brochure.
1945 1
Box.FF 1.4
"Institute of Design Day School".
Brochure.
1945 1
Box.FF 1.4
"Institute of Design".
Brochure. One copy, gift of Martha Bielawski, 2002.
1945-1946 2
Box.FF 1.5
"Institute of Design New Vision in Photography".
Brochure. Gift of Martha Bielawski, 2002.
07/08/1946-08/16/1946 1
Box.FF 1.5
"Institute of Design".
Brochure.
1946 1
Box.FF 1.5
"Institute of Design".
Brochure. One copy, gift of Martha Bielawski, 2002; one copy, transferred from the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries pamphlet file, 2007.
1946 3
Box.FF 1.6
"Institute of Design".
Brochure.
1948 1
Box.FF 1.6
"Institute of Design Evening Classes".
Brochure.
1948-1949 1
Box.FF 1.6
"Institute of Design Spring Semester".
Brochure.
02/07/1949-05/28/1949 1
Box.FF 1.6
"Institute of Design in Chicago Summer Session".
Brochure. One copy, transferred from the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries pamphlet file, 2007.
06/27/1949-08/16/1949 2
Box.FF 1.7
"Institute of Design Evening Courses".
Brochure.
1949-1950 1
Box.FF 1.7
"Illinois Institute of Technology Institute of Design Calendar".
Brochure.
01/23/1950-08/03/1950 1
Box.FF 1.7
"Illinois Institute of Technology Three Addresses at the Blackstone Hotel".
Brochure. Addresses given by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Serge Chermayeff and Walter Gropius. One copy, transferred from the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries pamphlet file, 2007.
04/17/1950 2
Box.FF 1.7
"Bulletin of Illinois Institute of Technology Institute of Design Number".
Brochure.
05/1950 1
Box.FF 1.8
"Summer Session Institute of Design of Illinois Institute of Technology".
Brochure.
06/26/1950-08/04/1950 1
Box.FF 1.8
"Institute of Design of Illinois Institute of Technology Evening Courses".
Brochure.
1950-1951 1
Box.FF 1.8
"Institute of Design of Illinois Institute of Technology bulletin".
Brochure. Request for receiving a bulletin for the 1952-1953 school year and the 1953-1954 school year.
1952-1953 1
Box.FF 1.8
"Institute of Design Evening Courses".
Brochure.
c.1952-1953 1
Box.FF 1.8
"Institute of Design Bulletin".
Brochure.
1952-1953, 1953-1954 1
Box.FF 1.8
"Evening Courses in graphic reproduction Institute of Design of Illinois Institute of Technology".
Brochure.
02/15/1954-06/12/1954 1
Box.FF 1.8
"Summer Session Institute of Design of Illinois Institute of Technology".
Brochure.
1954 1
Box.FF 1.9
"ID Student Exhibition".
Brochure.
04/15-04/30 1
Box.FF 1.9
"Institute of Design Series of Lectures of James Johnson Sweeney".
Brochure. Announcement of lectures by Sweeney entitled "T.S. Eliot and the Four Quartets". Gift of Martha Bielawski, 2002.
05/08-05/10 1
Box.FF 1.9
"Institute of Design of Illinois Institute of Technology".
Brochure.
n.d. 1
Box.FF 1.9
"Illinois Institute of Technology Architecture Design".
Brochure. Transferred from the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries pamphlet file, 2007.
n.d. 1
Box.FF 1.9
"Institute of Design".
Brochure. Gift of Martha Bielawski, 2002.
n.d. 1
Box.FF 1.9
"Institute of Design of Illinois Institute of Technology".
Brochure.
n.d. 1
Box.FF 1.9
"School of Design in Chicago".
Brochure. One copy, transferred from the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries pamphlet file, 2007.
n.d. 2
Box.FF 1.9
"L. Moholy-Nagy".
Brochure. Contains biography, information on Bauhuas and various samples of his work.
n.d. 1






LOCATIONCONTENTSDATESITEMS

SERIES III: OTHER PUBLICATIONS
Box.FF 1.10
Articles from Millar's Chicago Letter, Educational Events in Chicago, Arts and Architecture and various newspaper clippings.
Printed materials.
1939-1952 10
Box.FF 1.11
Articles from Everyday Art Quarterly, Chicago, Building News, and More Business.
Printed materials.
1938-1955 4
Box.FF 1.12
Architectural Forum
Printed materials.
05/1939 1
Box.FF 1.13
Magazine of Art
Printed materials.
02/1938 1






LOCATIONCONTENTSDATESITEMS

SERIES IV: FACULTY AND STUDENT WORKS
Box.FF 1.14
Student body publications and correspondence.
Photocopies and pamphlets Correspondence between László Moholy-Nagy, Professor Charles Morris and various others involved in the founding of the New Bauhaus School of Design, also includes curriculum information, plans, and syllabi; correspondence regarding questionnaires for the completion of a museum for the Chicago Bauhaus Movement, 1976; letter from Dale E. Fahnstrom to Sally Petrilli regarding Bauhaus materials, 1985; letter from Barbara Crane to Kenneth Josephson, 2011. Includes speech given by Gyorgy Kepes entitled "Form and Motion." Transfer from The Art Institute of Chicago, Department of Photography.
1937-1951, 1976, 1985, 2011 9
Box.FF 1.15
Kozman, Myron, "Research Notes and Sketches for a Communal Air Raid Shelter Safe Against Direct Hits and Shrapnel". 37 pp.
1942 1
Box.FF 1.16
Foster, D., "Create a Demand in the U.S. Public for PEACE Thru the Use of Visual Communication". 16 pp.
Research paper for a visual communication class with Professor Myron Kozman. Contains original sketches.
n.d. 1
Box.FF 1.17
Kostka, Robert, "Experiment 1949". 35 pp.
01/1951 1
Box.FF 1.18
Dushkin, David. Fun With Flutes.
Book designs and illustrations by Alfred D. Sterges. Dushkin was the New Bauhaus music instructor. First edition of book, signed by the author.
1934 1
Box.FF 1.19
"The Institute of Design wishes you a Happy Chirstmas and a Prosperous New Year"
Pamphlet. Institute of Design Christmas pamphlet includes four orginal prints made with silk screen stencils by students of the Institute of Design.
1947 1







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