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Guide to the John Russo graphic design work, 1955-1983

Collection Overview

Kellen Design Archives
Russo, John
John Russo graphic design work, 1955-1983
0.3 linear ft: 3 folders
John Russo graduated from Parsons School of Design in 1942 and taught at the school from 1946 to 1985. The collection includes printed examples of Russo's whimsical graphics, including fliers, invitations, and posters. More samples of Russo's design work may also be found in the Parsons Institutional Collections Printed Materials record group and the Parsons School of Design Alumni Association records.

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Biographical note

John J. Russo graduated from Parsons School of Design in 1942 and was a faculty member of the Communication Design Department beginning in 1946 when it was called Advertising Design. When Illustration became a separate department in the early 1950s, he also taught in the Illustration Department. Russo became chair of the Communication Design Department -- then called Graphic Design (it would be named Communication Design in 1972) -- during the 1970-1971 academic year and retired in 1985.

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Scope and Contents of Collection

The collection includes invitations, postcards, posters, and other printed materials designed by Parsons faculty member John Russo. Many of the materials advertise events such as dances and Mardi Gras balls sponsored by the administration of Parsons School of Design, including the Alumni Association. The collection also includes posters featuring graduating classes of graphic design students fancifully rendered as birds and flowers, as well as holiday-themed posters with student names incorporated into the design.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Kellen Design Archives September 24, 2010

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 John Russo, 1999.

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Related Materials

Samples of John Russo's illustration work may also be found in the Kellen Design Archives' Printed materials record group (PIC.05) and the Parsons School of Design Alumni Association records (PIC.03.002.1).

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Keywords for Searching Related Subjects

Corporate Name(s)

  • Parsons School of Design. Alumni Association.
  • Parsons the New School for Design. Communication Design Dept.


  • Christmas cards.
  • Invitations.
  • Postcards.
  • Posters.


  • Graphic designers.
  • Illustrators.


  • Commercial art -- United States -- 20th century.
  • Graphic design.

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Collection Inventory

Title Box Folder
Calendar, postcards and toy, 1968, 1981-1982, undated  k_5 8

Includes a wall calendar, a top constructed from paper, and postcards advertising an exhibition of Russo's work at Parsons School of Design.

Invitations, 1958-1981  k_5 8
Title Box Folder
Posters and fliers, 1955-1983  k_5 8
k_OSxxx-1 7
MC F 2 1

Collection guide Last Updated: 08/30/2012

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