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Carl Erickson (Eric) fashion illustrations

Creator : Erickson, Carl

1949, 1 linear ft
Carl Erickson (1891-1958), who signed his work "Eric," was a leading fashion illustrator whose drawings appeared in Vogue and Harper's Bazaar, among other publications. In 1964, Parsons School of Design hosted a retrospective of Erickson's work. The New School Archives' collection consists of fourteen works, possibly originating from that exhibit.

Carolyn Nesbitt Wagenseller student work

Creator : Wagenseller, Carolyn Nesbitt

1960-1963, 0.4 linear ft
The collection consists primarily of lecture notes and course-related notebooks maintained by designer Carolyn Nesbitt Wagenseller ('63) during her studies in Parsons School of Design's Interior Design Department.

Casey Danson student work

Creator : Danson, Casey Coates

1972-1975, 2 linear ft
The collection documents projects completed by Casey Coates when she was a student in Parsons School of Design's Environmental Design program between 1972 and 1975. Materials consist of sketches on tracing paper, site plans, land use, climate, and systems studies for three building projects, as well as a silent, color super-8 film capturing street life in Danson's neighborhood on the upper west side of Manhattan. Danson created the film in response to an assignment to study the effect of a man-made environment upon the people who live in it.
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Catherine Minkiewicz student work

Creator : Minkiewicz, Catherine

1964-1966, 2.7 linear ft
The collection consists primarily of course assignments in the form of a collage, presentation boards, photographs, and a watercolor rendering by interior designer Catherine Minkiewicz (1966) during her studies in Parsons School of Design's Interior Design Department.

Center for Studies of Social Change (CSSC) working papers

Creator : New School

1985-1998, 2.2
This collection is comprised of academic papers, specifically the working papers, numbers 1-237, sponsored by the Center for Studies of Social Change (CSSC) soon after its establishment in 1984 until 1998. The bulk are authored by director Charles Tilly (1984-1995).

Charles Le Maire costume and fashion sketches

Creator : Le Maire, Charles

circa 1924-1950s, 0.5 inear ft
Charles Le Maire (1897-1985) began his costume design career in the 1920s creating costumes for vaudevillian musicals and revues. Later, he served as executive designer for Twentieth Century-Fox. In the 1950s, Le Maire established his own business in Hollywood, taking private commissions and continuing his film design work, and earning thirteen Oscar nominations and three Oscars for Best Costume Design. The collection consists of seventeen Le Maire sketches, including work for the Earl Carroll Vanities (1924-1930) and unidentified sketches from the 1950s.
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Charles S. Olton records

Creator : Parsons School of Design. Office of the Dean

1974-1997, 6.4 linear ft
Consists of records created and received by Charles S. Olton, dean of Parsons School of Design from 1989 until 1997. Contains subject files on committees, departments and programs, events, individuals, international projects, and general administrative issues. Some files are restricted. Please email archivist@newschool.edu for details.

Chester Weinberg publicity scrapbook and sketch

Creator : Weinberg, Chester

1953-197, 1.8 linear ft
Chester Weinberg (1931-1985) graduated from Parsons School of Design in 1951 and served as a visiting critic and lecturer on fashion design at the school from 1955 to 1985. Weinberg rose to fame in the 1960s, establishing his own label, Chester Weinberg Ltd. in 1966. He later became a consultant and was appointed design director of Calvin Klein jeans in 1981. The collection consists of a scrapbook containing news clippings, fashion print ads, and photographs primarily chronicling Weinberg’s career from 1966 until 1975, and one fashion sketch.

Claire McCardell fashion sketches

Creator : McCardell, Claire

1931-1958, 51.2 linear ft
Claire McCardell (1905-1958) graduated from the New York School of Fine and Applied Art (later, Parsons School of Design) in 1928 and went on to become a pivotal figure in the creation of American ready-to-wear clothing. McCardell received the Coty American Fashion Critics Award in 1944, and in the same year returned to Parsons as a critic and instructor, a position she held for the rest of her life. The Kellen Design Archives has approximately 9,000 of McCardell's working sketches, covering the years 1931-1958; the bulk were produced for Townley Frocks. The collection also includes sketches by Mildred Orrick and Scaasi (Arnold Isaacs) for Townley Frocks.
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Clara Mayer papers

Creator : Mayer, Clara W.

circa 1944-1961, 12.5 linear ft
Clara Woolie Mayer (1895-1988) held a long affiliation with the New School, first as a student, then in a fund raising capacity and as a trustee, followed by a succession of administrative roles, including dean of the School of Philosophy and Liberal Arts (1943-1961) and vice president of the New School for Social Research (1950-1961). Dating largely from 1950 to the early 1960s--during Mayer's term as vice president and dean--the collection consists primarily of subject files pertaining to programs, departments, and members of the New School faculty and administration. Of note is Mayer's correspondence, largely related to teaching and lectures, with well-known figures, including W.E.B. Du Bois, Albert Einstein, Berenice Abbott, Alvin Johnson, John Cage and Erich Fromm. Additionally, there is a wealth of material relating to Mayer's contributions to post-war European relief efforts through the Cooperative for American Remittances to Europe and Foster Parent Plan. Finally, the collection contains typescript writings by Mayer, including articles, speeches, commencement addresses and translations.

Cleora Clark Wheeler student notebook and bookplates

Creator : Wheeler, Cleora Clark

1910-1960, 0.2 linear ft
Notes taken by Cleora Clark Wheeler during lectures given by Frank Alvah Parsons at the New York School of Fine and Applied Art (later, Parsons School of Design), which Wheeler attended in 1912-1913. Also included is a set of bookplates, which was the focus of Wheeler's later career.

Collection of prints by eighteen British artists of the 1960s and 1970s

Creator : New School Archives and Special Collections

1966-1979, 6 linear ft
The collection consists of work by eighteen artists who worked in the printmaking medium in Great Britain during the 1960s and '70s. All works are prints on paper and most are completely or largely abstract. The majority are screen prints, although there are also lithographs and intaglios. Many are characterized by bold blocks of color and exhibit a Pop influence. It is not known whether the works in this collection were all printed in the same studio, nor are the circumstances known under which they were donated to the Kellen Design Archives. However, many of the artists in the collection are of the same generation, knew one another, and many are frequently exhibited together. All were members of a thriving art scene in Great Britain during the 1960s and '70s, at a time when screen printing was gaining increasing acceptance as a technique for creating works of fine art, after having long been used primarily for producing commercial graphics. Includes work by David Annesley, Patrick Caulfield, Pierre Celice, Bernard Cohen, Elisabeth Frink, Patrick Heron, Gordon House, John Hoyland, Patrick Hughes, Liliane Lijn, Kim Lim, Kenneth Martin, Nicholas Monro, Tom Phillips, Patrick Procktor, William Scott, Colin Self, and William Turnbull.
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Commencement, convocation and inauguration print materials collection

Creator : New School

1945-2016, 2.2 linear ft
Collection consists of printed materials produced for The New School and Parsons School of Design's commencement and convocation ceremonies, as well as presidential inauguration ceremonies for New School presidents, and other milestone events celebrated during convocation and commencement, such as anniversaries of the Graduate Faculty of the New School for Social Research.

Constance P. Brown papers

Creator : Brown, Constance

1913-1961, 0.3 linear ft
Constance P. Brown attended the New York School of Fine and Applied Art (later, Parsons School of Design) from 1913 until 1917, and worked as secretary to Frank Alvah Parsons sometime in the teens or 1920s. The collection consists of postcards and a letter from Parsons to Brown, faculty announcements, school circulars and lecture advertisements, interior decoration class rolls, clippings from 1913-1934, and correspondence with the Parsons School of Design Alumni Association, 1944 and 1961.
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