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Guide to the Stanley Barrows papers, circa 1934-1993

Collection Overview

Kellen Design Archives
Barrows, Stanley, 1914-1995
Stanley Barrows papers, circa 1934-1993
1.8 linear ft: 3 boxes, 3 oversize folders
Stanley Barrows (1914-1995) graduated from Parsons School of Design in 1940 and taught interior design at the school for over twenty years, becoming mentor to several generations of notable designers. The collection includes examples of student work compiled by Barrows, course outlines, class travel itineraries, reference photographs of Italian decorative styles, biographical material, and correspondence from Barrows related to his activities as a designer and teacher.

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Organization and arrangement

Arranged in 2 series:

  1. General, 1952-1993
  2. Parsons School of Design, circa 1934-1969

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Kellen Design Archives 2009

66 5th Ave./
lobby level/
New York, NY, 10011

Use Restrictions

To publish images of material from this collection, permission must be obtained in writing from the Kellen Design Archives. Please contact: archivist@newschool.edu.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Donated by Susanna Barrows, Stanley Barrows' niece, 1997.

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Related Materials

Related materials in the Kellen Design Archives include an oral history project conducted in 1994 by Martica Sawin consisting of two interviews with Stanley Barrows. The recording is part of the Parsons Institutional Collections (PIC) Moving image and audio record group.


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Keywords for Searching Related Subjects

Corporate Name(s)

  • Parsons Paris.
  • Parsons School of Design. Interior Design Dept.


  • Clip books.
  • Clippings (information artifacts).
  • Renderings.
  • Student projects.

Personal Name(s)

  • Odom, William Macdougal, 1884-1942


  • Art -- Study and teaching -- France -- Paris.
  • Europe -- Description and travel.
  • Interior decoration -- Study and teaching -- New York (State) -- New York -- 20th century.

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Collection Inventory

Series I. General 1952-1993 
Title Box Folder
Clippings, circa 1952-1986  1 1-2
k_6 16
k_OSxx-3 2
Correspondence, 1969-1993, undated  1 3
Figure sketches [by Stanley Barrows?]  k_6 14
Inventory of personalities  1 4
Lecture advertisements  1 5
Lecture notes and lists  1 6-7
Photographic portrait  1 8

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Series II. Parsons School of Design circa 1934-1969 
General 1949-1969, undated 
Title Box Folder
Administrative  1 9
Ephemera  1 10
Lecture series mailings  1 11
Photograph [preservation copy] of William M. Odom's salon with annotations  k_6 16
European summer session 1950-1965, undated 
Title Box Folder
Notebook kept by Reagan James Caraway, Jr.  1 12

Caraway graduated from Parsons School of Design in 1964. Following graduation, he was employed in Sanger-Harris (Dallas, Texas) department store's Interior Decorating Studio and later established his own firm.

Travel: General  1 13
Travel: France and England  1 14
Interior design student renderings circa 1951-1954, undated 
Title Box Folder
Black and white reproductions  1 15-17
Color reproductions  k_OSxx-3 2
Watercolor renderings  k_6 15
Research clip books circa 1934, undated 
Title Box Folder
Furniture: European  2 1
Furniture: Italian  2 2
Italian research: General (loosely organized by location)  3 1
Italian research: Organized by period  3 2-3

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Collection guide Last Updated: 08/30/2012

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