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Radical Shifts: Reshaping the Interior at Parsons (1955-1985) oral history project

Creator : Parsons the New School for Design

2010, 5.2 gb
The oral histories comprising this collection were conducted in the fall and winter of 2010 in preparation for the exhibit, Radical Shifts: Reshaping the Interior at Parsons, 1955-1985, with the goal of recording a range of perspectives on the interior and environmental design departments at Parsons School of Design in the 1960s and 1970s. During this period, Parsons' longstanding and famous interior design program completely transformed, adopting a more experimental and socially engaged program of study in the newly-created Environmental Design Department.

Raoul Dufy woodcut print

Creator : Dufy, Raoul

1953 (first printing: 1910), 0.1 linear ft
A second edition woodblock atelier print from an edition of 220, printed in 1953, from a 1910 woodcut. In 1924, Dufy used the woodblock, with others from the series, to produce printed textiles for the Lyons-based firm, Bianchini-Férier, with whom he had a long association.

Raymond Driscoll scrapbook and fashion sketches

Creator : Driscoll, Raymond

circa 1942-1961, 1.2 linear ft
With a career that extended from the 1930s to the 1960s, Raymond Driscoll (1915-2004) was perhaps most widely known for his annual best and worst-dressed lists. He also achieved recognition for his costume designs for Mexican film stars. The collection is comprised of Driscoll's scrapbook of photographs, news clippings, invitations, and greeting cards from film stars and politicians documenting his work in the 1940s and 1950s, as well as original fashion sketches.
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Raymond Waldron papers

Creator : Waldron, Raymond

1939-1994, 4 linear ft
Raymond S. Waldron, Jr. (1913-2002) attended the New York School of Fine and Applied Art (later, Parsons School of Design) from 1938-1941. After serving in World War II, Waldron worked for Lord & Taylor. In 1965, he established his own interior decoration firm. The Raymond Waldron papers include his student work, a travel sketchbook, and professional files. Work from Waldron's years at New York School of Fine and Applied Art include notebooks with graded assignments, instructor handouts, sketches, and tracings; and larger-format renderings of European interiors and sites. A travel sketchbook reflects Waldron's later design studies in New York, France and Italy. Materials from Waldron's professional career include project files, design research, stereo slides of the Blair House, among other projects, and publicity for his business.

Reiner Schürmann papers

Creator : Schürmann, Reiner

1958-1993, 5.2 linear feet
These papers document the work of Reiner Schürmann, from notes and material compiled as a student at Centre d'études du Saulchoir (le Saulchoir), his lectures at the New School and manuscripts of his published writings, as well as correspondence with publishers and colleagues.

René Bouché fashion illustrations

Creator : Bouché, René

1949-1957, 1974, 15.3 linear ft
A celebrated portraitist and leader in fashion illustration, René Robert Bouché (1905-1963) was a visiting lecturer at Parsons School of Design in 1947. The collection, assembled by Jerry Silverman and Shannon Rodgers, consists of over 100 of Bouché's fashion illustrations, as well as a poster from a 1974 exhibition of his work at Parsons.
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Reuben Abel papers

Creator : Abel, Reuben

1927-1995, 2.2 linear ft
These papers document the academic career of Reuben Abel (1911-1997), beginning with his education as an undergraduate student at Columbia College and doctoral philosophy student in the Graduate Faculty of the New School for Social Research, and continuing throughout his professorship at the university. It includes course notes and syllabi from his academic work, and correspondence and other material documenting his student activities, such as his role as founder and editor of the New School student magazine, 12th Street: A Quarterly, and later his membership in the Alumni Association. Abel's papers reflect his position within the Graduate Faculty, consisting of correspondence with colleagues and deans, appointment letters, faculty minutes, and committee documents; in addition to his role as instructor and advisor to students, consisting of lecture notes, thesis committee work and doctoral exam requirement reviews. Affiliations as a scholar found in his papers include the Conference on Methods in Philosophy and Sciences and the American Society for Aesthetics. Contains one annotated typscript of his work,Man Is the Measure.

Robert Carreon student work

Creator : Carreon, Robert

1966-1969, 3 linear ft
Robert Carreon produced the drawings in this collection as part of his coursework at Parsons School of Design from 1966 until 1968, with the exception of eight drawings from his admissions portfolio and a drawing of a dress and cape that Carreon created for his sister's winter wedding while he was enrolled at Parsons. According to Carreon, student assignments followed a structured workflow: fashion design students maintained a sketchbook (not included in the collection), which they periodically reviewed with the head of the Fashion Design Department, Ann Keagy. She would select ideas from the sketchbook for students to further develop into more formal drawings, which she would also critique. These drawings form the bulk of this collection. Some of Carreon's drawings bear her annotations. Designs that passed this second critique would become renderings that designer critics reviewed with the students. Students were encouraged to experiment with different techniques, a practice evident in Carreon's drawings. He struggled with rendering the human face, and adopted a method of drawing the human figure to compensate for this. Drawings in the collection are typically executed in pencil and gouache, although there are some examples of drawings rendered only in ink to emphasize construction. Carreon annotated the drawings to indicate fabrics used and the collection or assignment. In many cases, manufacturers provided the fabrics and professors issued prompts based on the availability of a type of fabric or fur. Carreon signed his work "Rob" until his third year, in which he switched to "Robert." This was used to roughly date his work when no date is inscribed on a drawing. Additionally, he dropped the hemlines of the dresses and skirts he designed during his third year in a class with critic Chester Weinberg, and this development was also used to establish rough dates for the drawings. In addition to original drawings, the collection contains publicity materials featuring Carreon's work while he was a student.

Robert Heilbroner papers

Creator : Heilbroner, Robert L.

1947-1995, 0.4 linear ft
Robert Heilbroner (1919-2005) was first associated with The New School as a research fellow in the 1950s and received his PhD in economics from the New School for Social Research in 1963, during which time he studied under economist and University-in-Exile professor Adolph Lowe. He was appointed Norman Thomas Professor of Economics in 1971 and often taught History of Economic Thought courses. These papers contain correspondence between Heilbroner and Lowe, along with material documenting tributes sponsored by The New School and other sources, as well as samples of Heilbroner's writings.
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Robert J. Milano Graduate School of Management and Urban Professions student papers

Creator : Robert J. Milano Graduate School of Management and Urban Policy

1978-2005, undated, 6.6 linear feet
Collection consists exclusively of student-authored research papers, organized by program. Most papers feature a single author, except for papers in the Urban Affairs and Policy Analysis series, which are written by a team and typically concern a topic of relevance to New York City.

Robert Mackintosh costume and fashion design work

Creator : Mackintosh, Robert

1945-1998, 18.4 linear ft
Robert Mackintosh (1925-1998) was a costume and fashion designer whose design career spanned forty years and twenty Broadway productions. He made his Broadway debut designing costumes for the 1952 musical Wish You Were Here and went on to design costumes for both on and off-Broadway productions. In the 1960s, Mackintosh branched out into womenswear design with Musette, a juniors label, which was sold at Bergdorf Goodman and Saks Fifth Avenue. He went on to design various other womens and menswear lines in the 1970s. The bulk of the collection consists of costume sketches, technical sheets, and swatches from theatrical productions, including The Last Minstrel Show, and Mame. Also included are clippings, fashion publicity, and promotional photographs, as well as approximately 150 women's fashion sketches, and nine menswear sketches.

Ronald G. Pisano project records for the William Merritt Chase catalogue raisonné

Creator : Pisano, Ronald G.

1896-2011, 12 linear ft
These records consist of files compiled and produced during the more than thirty years of research and writing that culminated in the publication of the Complete Catalogue of Known and Documented Work by William Merritt Chase (1849–1916), published in four volumes by Yale University Press between 2006 and 2010. The project was begun by Ronald G. Pisano (1948-2000) and completed by D. Frederick Baker and Carolyn Lane after Pisano's death. Files include correspondence with auction houses, museums, galleries, libraries, archives, and individual owners of Chase work; authentication reports; photographs of Chase work; exhibition and auction records; news clippings and articles by and about Chase; and photographs and correspondence from Chase's lifetime (mostly obtained as photocopies from other institutions).
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Roselaine Boylan student work

Creator : Boylan, Roselaine

1929-1930, 0.2 linear ft
Advertising illustrations by Roselaine Boylan completed as a student at the New York School of Fine and Applied Art (now, Parsons School of Design). Boylan studied in the Graphic Advertising and Illustration Department in 1929-1930. The collection is comprised of five student assignments, probably executed for a third year advertising design class. The assignments consist of illustrated advertising displays executed in tempera and watercolor for the Grayline Tours bus company, Jell-O, Bloomingdale's department store, and Lord & Taylor.

Roy Fleming collection

Creator : Fleming, Roy

1900-1915, 0.4 linear ft.
Canadian elementary school teacher Roy F. Fleming (1878-1958) produced the notebook and drawing in this collection while attending the New York School of Art (later, Parsons School of Design) between 1902 and 1907. Fleming's notes are accompanied by detailed pen and ink sketches illustrating lectures by Frank Alvah Parsons, William Merritt Chase, Robert Henri, and others. The collection also includes a 1902 photograph of Fleming, his diploma, and a color chart created for art instruction.

Roy Little sketchbooks

Creator : Little, Roy

1951-1954, 4 linear ft
Roy Little graduated from Parsons School of Design in 1949 and went on to become a designer for renowned French couturier Jacques Fath. He returned to Parsons as an instructor in 1958 and remained in that position until 1979. The nine numbered sketchbooks held by the New School Archives represent Little's work for Fath.
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