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Guide to the Mariette Cassels student notebooks, 1930-1931

Collection Overview

Kellen Design Archives
Cassels, Mariette
Mariette Cassels student notebooks, probably 1930-1931
0.8 linear ft: 13 binders
The collection consists of eight notebooks kept by Mariette Cassels (1905-1993) while studying in the Paris Ateliers of the New York School of Fine and Applied Art (now, Parsons The New School for Design) in 1930-1931. Includes lecture notes, photographs, postcards, clippings and sketches of furniture and decorative moldings.

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Biographical note

Marriette Cassels Winship studied Interior Architecture and Decoration at the Paris Ateliers of the New York School of Fine and Applied Art (now, Parsons The New School for Design) from 1930 to 1931. She received her diploma in March 1931. While in Europe, she embarked on a course of study that focused on class tours to châteaux, cathedral towns, and various provinces in France.

Mariette Cassels Winship died in 1993.


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Scope and Contents note

The collection consists of Mariette Cassels' eight student notebooks comprised of clip books, lecture notes and a report created from class field trips to the châteaux of France in the summer of 1930. Three watercolor renderings of decorative pieces, printed ephemera and postcards supplement the notebooks.

The clip books, consisting of notes, sketches, photographs and clippings, illustrate and explore the decorative trends of the following periods: Louis XIV, XV, XVI, Directoire/Empire, Restoration/Victorian and Modern.

The lecture notes cover the history and evolution of furniture and interior decoration from the first half of the seventeenth century as well as the Louis XV and XVI periods.


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Administrative Information

Collection guide written by Will Edmiston in 2010; initial processing by Anne Kumer in 2005.

Publication Information

Kellen Design Archives September 15, 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.

Custodial History note

Donated to Parsons by Mrs. Paul V. Land before the establishment of the Kellen Design Archives. Internal transfer, 1994.

External Support

The processing of this collection was supported in part by a grant from the J. Paul Getty Trust.

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Related Materials

Researchers may also want to consult the Kellen Design Archives' additional holdings of student work from the Interior Design Department to gain perspective on interior design education.

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Keywords for Searching Related Subjects

Corporate Name(s)

  • Paris Ateliers.


  • Clip books.
  • Lecture notes.
  • Manuscripts.
  • Notebooks.
  • Photographs.
  • Renderings.
  • Sketches.
  • Student projects.


  • Design -- Study and teaching -- France -- Paris.
  • France -- Description and travel.
  • Furniture design -- United States -- 20th century -- Pictorial works.
  • Interior decoration rendering.
  • Interior decoration -- Study and teaching -- France -- 20th century.

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Collection Inventory

Title Box Folder Box
Decorative styles clip book 
Louis XV  Binder 2-3
Title Box
Louis XVI  Binder 4-5
k_9 4
Title Box
Directoire/Empire  Binder 5-6
k_9 4
Restoration/Victorian  Binder 7
Title Box
Modern  Binder 7-9
k_9 4
Title Box
Lecture notes  Binder 9-11
k_9 4
Châteaux clip book  Binder 12
Renderings  Binder 13
Printed ephemera and postcards  Binder 13

Collection guide Last Updated: 08/30/2012

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