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Guide to the Emil Antonucci graphic design papers, 1950-2005

Collection Overview


Kellen Design Archives

Collection Identifier


Creator - Designer

Antonucci, Emil


Emil Antonucci graphic design papers, 1950-2005, (Bulk, 1960-1980)


32.6 linear ft: 20 boxes (including 574 floppy disks}, 8 oversized boxes, 4 folders

Language of Materials note

Materials are in English.


Emil Antonucci (1929-2006) was a New York-based artist, graphic artist, book designer, illustrator, publisher, and teacher. This collection contains artwork and design project materials in a variety of mediums pertaining to his freelance design and artistic career. Dating from the 1950s through the 2000s, materials in the collection include original artwork; graphic design proofs and layouts; book and magazine interiors, illustrations, mechanicals, and Antonucci's writings. Included in this collection are items relating to the poetry of Robert Lax, whose poetry Antonucci published on his letterpresses, The Hand Press and Journeyman Press. Finally, a number of audio recordings of Antonucci's sound art and Lax's poetry readings are contained herein.

Preferred Citation note

[Identification of item], [date (if known)], Emil Antonucci graphic design papers, KA.0180.01, box __, folder __, New School Archives and Special Collections, The New School, New York, New York.

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Biographical Note

Emil Antonucci was born in 1929 in Brooklyn, New York to Italian immigrant parents. Upon graduating from The Cooper Union in 1950—where he was taught by artists, calligraphers, and designers Paul Standard, Philip Grushkin, and George Salter—Antonucci began working as a freelance illustrator and book designer for publishers such as Sheed & Ward, Charles Scribner’s Sons, and Harper & Brothers. Antonucci also contributed prominent graphics to public space throughout New York City, including neighborhood and district logos, information kiosks, maps, and other signage. His work, influenced by the Arts and Crafts movement typographer and printmaker Eric Gill, has been described as "soft modernism." Throughout his life, Antonucci explored a range of artistic mediums, from illustration to printmaking and publishing, as well as poetry, sound art, and filmmaking.

Antonucci won a Fulbright to study in Paris in 1955 while working as a freelance graphic designer, and a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1958. He used funds from the latter of these awards to found the letterpress, The Hand Press. In 1959, Antonucci released The Circus of the Sun by the poet Robert Lax, with whom he had become friends through progressive Catholic circles and associations. Antonucci would go on to release a number of other Lax broadsides and chapbooks through The Hand Press and his subsequent venture, Journeyman Press. Antonucci also collaborated with Lax on several films.

Antonucci became firmly established as a freelance designer when he was commissioned to design the logo of the Four Seasons Hotel and restaurant in 1959, a design still in use as of 2016. He earned the commission through his close working relationship with the architect Philip Johnson (who did the interior design at the Four Seasons). He would go on to do design work on a number of Johnson's other architectural projects, including the New York State Pavilion--part of the 1964 New York World's Fair--and Bobst Library at New York University.

As a freelance designer, Antonucci contributed many logo, sign, and map designs to highly-visible institutions and neighborhoods throughout New York City. He also worked with corporate clients to design logos, catalogs, brochures, annual reports, and other publicity material. Among his notable clients were Lincoln Center, the Museum of Contemporary Craft (now the Museum of Arts and Design), the Times Square Business Improvement District, the American Civil Liberties Union, the Ford Foundation, Parsons School of Design, and the City of New York Charter Revision commission.

Throughout his life and career, Antonucci was a committed Catholic, and contributed art and design work to a number of progressive Catholic journals, magazines, parishes, and other institutions. Having provided illustrations to the journals Catholic Worker and  Jubilee, in 1964 Antonucci began a long-term affiliation with  Commonweal as an illustrator, cover designer, and, sometimes, writer. His designs are commonly held to have revitalized the aesthetic of the magazine. Some of Antonucci's other notable religious-centered work include interior design for St. Thomas of Canterbury church in Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY, and the Congregation Beth Torah synagogue in Brooklyn.

In the nineties, Antonucci collaborated on a number of illustrated children's books with his close friend, the writer Ruth V. Cullen. Many of these book projects were published by the Paulist Press.

In addition to his design work, Antonucci taught at Parsons School of Design from 1958-1967, and later rejoined the faculty in 1980, where he taught courses such as "Senior Portfolio" and "Junior Corporate Design." Though only a part-time lecturer, Antonucci was actively engaged in program and curriculum design.

Antonucci died in 2006 in Brooklyn, where he'd lived most of his life. He never married, and had no children. He was survived by his sister, Catherine Antonucci.


This biographical note, as well as other information in the finding aid, drew upon the following sources:

Steinfels, Peter. Remembering Emil Antonucci, Commonweal blog, April 16 2015, https://www.commonwealmagazine.org/blog/remembering-emil-antonucci-and-commonweal.

Zhuang, Justin. Design History 101: Quietly Beautiful Work by the Illustrator Who Drew the Four Seasons Logo.April 9 2015. https://eyeondesign.aiga.org/design-history-101-quietly-beautiful-work-by-illustrator-who-drew-four-seasons-logo/.


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Scope and Content of Collection

This collection documents the life and career of graphic designer, artist, and publisher Emil Antonucci through a range of materials from the 1950s to the 2000s, including original artwork, corporate design layouts and sketches, book mechanicals, audio recordings and writings. The collection also includes Antonucci's designs for New York City public spaces, including neighborhood and district logos, information kiosks, maps, and other signage.

The first series is composed primarily of biographical material. This includes items related to Antonucci’s teaching at Parsons School of Design, including correspondence, notes, and drafts of curricula. Also found here are materials relating to Antonucci's close friend and collaborator Ruth Cullen, her husband Joe Sarnelle, and their children D'Arcy and Cullen, including correspondence, photographs, and Ruth's poetry. Note that the materials pertaining to the children's books written by Cullen and illustrated by Antonucci are found in the Original artwork series. Finally, a large cache of photographs of friends and family are included in this series.

The second series highlights Antonucci's graphic design career, including his work for New York City government and institutions, as well as for various corporate clients. As a book and magazine designer, he contributed covers and interiors to a variety of progressive Catholic publications, such as Commonweal and  Church--cover and page layouts, as well as sample issues, are located in this series.

Antonucci ran two small presses throughout his life: The Hand Press and, later, Journeyman Press. The third series contains original artwork, mechanicals, and design project materials relating to these presses and their publications. Most of the material in this series is related to Journeyman, and the majority of these publications are broadsides and chapbooks by the poet Robert Lax. Also included are audio reel recordings of Lax reading some of the poems published by Journeyman.

Material relating to Antonucci’s career as a visual and sound artist can be found in the fourth series. The bulk of this series consists of visual art, primarily sketchbooks containing pencil, charcoal, and ink drawings, as well as a large cache of watercolors. Items documenting Antonucci's various book projects can also be found here, including original art and design for books of his own work, illustrated editions of classic texts, and children's books created and conceived both individually and with text by Ruth Cullen. This series also contains a number of audio reels containing sound art by Antonucci, although it is not clear at this time what exactly these recordings consist of.

The collection contains a small series of some of Antonucci’s writings, including drafts and notes for articles published in Catholic magazines and journals, poetry manuscripts and notebooks, and screenplays and stage plays.

The final series, "Digital Media," consists of the contents of 574 floppy disks containing files created by Antonucci. This material supplements the other contents of the collection and includes design work for artist books and magazines, corporate and non-profit clients, Catholic organizations and schools, and personal projects. Also included are digital files related to Antonucci's teaching at Parsons, as well as business correspondence and records. An index of file titles comprising the digital media may be viewed in Google docs here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Bll4OHvcHyTybQFZoMIuZz43IN0MpA54fNWAxzG5d70/pub


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Arrangement note

Organized alphabetically in 6 series.

  1. Biographical, circa 1950s-before 2006
  2. Design projects, 1953-2003
  3. Journeyman Press and The Hand Press, 1956-1976
  4. Original artwork, 1964-1995
  5. Writings, 1950-1990
  6. Digital media, circa 1990s-2005

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Administrative Information

Aaron Winslow

Publication Information

Kellen Design Archives - August 8, 2016

66 5th Avenue
lobby level
New York, NY, 10011

Preferred Citation note

[Identification of item], [date (if known)], Emil Antonucci graphic design papers, KA.0180.01, box __, folder __, New School Archives and Special Collections, The New School, New York, New York.

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research use. Please contact archivist@newschool.edu for appointment. Researchers wishing to view electronic files should indicate this in advance of scheduling appointment.

Use Restrictions

To publish images of material from this collection, permission must be obtained in writing from the New School Archives and Special Collections. Please contact: archivist@newschool.edu.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by the estate of Catherine Antonucci in 2013; additional materials donated by Vera Nyskoklon, a friend of Catherine Antonucci, in 2016.

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Related Materials

Mephistopheles: I am refusal and fear.... Emil Antonucci. Book. Library of Congress.


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Keywords for Searching Related Subjects


  • Annual reports.
  • Books.
  • Children's books.
  • Correspondence.
  • Drawings.
  • Electronic records (digital records)
  • Little magazines
  • Magazines (periodicals).
  • Publications.
  • Sketchbooks.


  • Designers.
  • Educators.
  • Illustrators.
  • Interior designers.
  • Printmakers.
  • Professors.
  • Publishers
  • Sculptors.

Personal Name(s)

  • Cullen, Ruth
  • Lax, Robert


  • Illustration.

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Other Finding Aids note

For selected item-level description and images from the Emil Antonucci graphic design papers, see the New School Archives Digital Collections at http://digitalarchives.library.newschool.edu/index.php/Detail/collections/KA010801

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Collection Inventory

I. Biographical circa 1950s-before 2006 

This series contains items pertaining to Antonucci's personal life, as well as his teaching, from the 1950s until his death in 2006. Though primarily working as a freelance designer for most of his life and career, Antonucci also held several part-time positions at Parsons School of Design, even drafting ideas regarding program and curriculum design. The teaching materials included here reflect this engagement via correspondence, notes, and drafts of curricula.

Also included herein are materials documenting Antonucci's relationship with the family of couple Ruth Cullen and Joe Sarnelle. Ruth, Joe, and their children were close friends with Antonucci throughout his adult life. This series contains birthday and holiday cards, correspondence, wedding and birth announcements, and photographs of Ruth and Joe and their children, D'Arcy and Cullen. Some of Ruth's poetry and other writings can also be found here. In the nineties, Antonucci developed a working relationship with Ruth, and the two of them illustrated and wrote, respectively, a series of children's books published on the Paulist Press. Items relating to these books are found in the design projects series.


Box Folder
Art by others, 1955-1990s 
Pope portraits, 1980s-1990s 
OSxx-1 1
Prints, circa 1955 
9 1
Antonucci, Catherine, 1965-2012 

Material relating to Antonucci's sister, including writings and 16mm film documenting her trip to Europe in 1965.

Catherine Europe trip, 1965 

16mm film.

Cremation receipt, 2012 
1 1
Student writings, 1971-1976 
1 2
Audio, 1950s-1984 

Variety of recordings of Antonucci and friends, as well as several unidentified recordings, on magnetic reel-to-reel.

Able Charlie Baker Dance, circa 1950s-circa 1960s 
"Emil reads: Alcestis & Faust," 1964 

According to label on original carton: Alcestis reading lasts 6 minutes, and  Faust lasts for 8 minutes 13 seconds.

Long John Oswald: Joestin interview, circa 1960s-circa 1970s 
Sandra Speaks, 1984 

On cassette.

Unidentified 1, circa 1960s-circa 1970s 
Unidentified 2, circa 1960s-circa 1970s 
Children's book thank you notes, circa 1970s-circa 1980s 

Notes sent to Antonucci from school children thanking him for his book.

1 3
Correspondence, 1949-1994 

Contains correspondence (incoming and outgoing) between Antonucci and his sister, Catherine, and his father, among others.

1 4
16 1
Curriculum vitaes and clippings, 1958-1999 

Clippings include articles about or featuring Antonucci, in publications including Industrial Design,  Mademoiselle,  Architecutural Record, and  Jubilee.

1 5
5 1
Diplomas and certificates, 1943-1947 
9 2
"Film Intro Cassata," circa 2000s 

On DVD-R. Possibly a film by director Ryan Cassata.

Fulbright Scholarship, 1955-1956 

Contains materials relating to Antonucci's Fulbright Scholarhip in France in 1955-1956, including passports, visas, ship and train tickets, and other travel and residency documents.

16 2
Guggenheim Fellowship, 1958 

In 1958, Antonucci was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for $3,600 to study book design. With this grant money, Antonucci traveled to Paris for the year, and started The Hand Press.

1 6
Letterhead, circa 1960s-circa 1980s 
1 7
16 3
Lettering font, circa 1960s-circa 1980s 
1 8
Photographs and slides, 1940s-1990s 

Includes a variety of images of Antonucci, friends and family, and vacation photos. Also included are photos of the poet Robert Lax in Greece.

General, 1983-1988 
1 9-10
Church lecture, 1986 
1 11
Emil Antonucci paintings, 1962 
1 12
Emil at work, circa 1960s 
1 13
Emil kitchen, circa 1970s-circa 1980s 
1 14
Emil and Nicola in subway, circa 1970s-circa 1980s 
1 15
Friends and family, circa 1960s-circa 1990s 

The Cullen-Sarnelle family, including Ruth, Joe, and their children Cullen and D'Arcy, make up the majority of these photographs and slides.

1 16-18
Hand and drapery, circa 1960s-circa 1990s 
1 19
Louvre, Elgin Marbles, Athens, circa 1971 
1 20
Met sculptures, circa 1960s-circa 1990s 
1 21-22
16 4
Parthenon, 1963 
1 23
Portraits of Emil Antonucci, 1940s-1990s 
1 24
16 5
Restaurant, circa 1970s-circa 1980s 
1 25
Robert Lax, 1971 

Photographs of Antonucci and Robert Lax taken during Antonucci's visit to Lax's home on the Greek island of Patmos.

1 26
Nicola, 1960s-1970s 

Contains materials relating to Antonucci's friend Nicola. The exact contents of this film has yet to be identified, however. For further references to Nicola, see Antonucci's letters to his sister, Catherine, found in Correspondence.

Audio, 1960s-1970s 

One magentic reel-to-reel audio tape. Contents unidentified.

Christmas card, 1960s-1970s 
9 3
Film, 1960s-1970s 

Two reels of 16mm film. Contents of film are unidentified.

Parsons School of Design, 1962-2003 

Materials documenting Antonucci's teaching at Parsons, first in the 1960s and resuming in the 1990s. Includes correspondence, curriculum development materials, and photographs of student exhibitions held as part of his design courses.

General, 1990-2003 

Contains official and personal correspondence, notes, and curricular design material regarding fine arts programming at Parsons School of Design. Include are two letters drafted by Antonucci regarding changes to the Parsons curriculum in the 1960s, particularly his opposition to the establishment of a degree program.

1 27-28
Advanced Graphic Design Seminar syllabus, 1980s 
1 29
Slides and photographs, 1962-1994 
Corporate Design, 1993-1995 
1 31-32
Parsons IBM Exhibit, 1962-1963 
1 30
Personal ephemera, 1962-1983 

Contains three passports from different decades and two tickets to the 1973 Stanley Cup Playoff game held at Madison Square Garden.

1 33
16 6
Personal website design, 2000s 
1 34
Ruth Cullen and Joe Sarnelle family, circa 1970s-circa 1990s 

Antonucci was close friends of the Cullen-Sarnelle family, and these items document this relationship. Included are wedding and birth announcements, correspondence between Antonnucci and Joe and the children, D'Arcy and Cullen, Ruth's writings (primarily poetry), and photographs of the family. There are additional photographs of the family, with additional family and friends of Antonucci, in the "Friends and family" folder in the Photography subseries of the Biographical series.

Cullen and D'Arcy art, circa 1980s-circa 1990s 
5 2
D'Arcy birth announcement, 1986 

Announcement card designed by Emil Antonucci.

1 35
Correspondence, 1981-1998 

Includes correspondence and cards from both Joe Sarnelle and he and Ruth Cullen's children.

1 36
Cullen birth announcement, 1983 

Announcement card designed by Emil Antonucci.

1 37
Name designs, 1980s-1990s 
5 3
Photographs, 1980s-1990s 
1 38
Ruth Cullen writings, circa 1997 
1 39
Wedding announcement, 1970s 

Announcement card designed by Emil Antonucci.

1 40
Woodworking tools and catalogue, before 2006 

Manufactured and sold by Edward C. Muller, New York.

1 41

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II. Design projects 1953-2005 

This series includes material from the broad scope of Antonucci's professional design career. Antonucci worked as a freelance designer throughout the entirety of his life and career, focusing primarily on corporate, not-for-profit organization, book, and magazine design. The bulk of the series is divided into corporate design, on the one hand, and book and magazine design, on the other.

Antonucci's corporate and not-for-profit design clients consisted primarily of organizations based in the New York City metropolitan area. Among the clients documented here include the Four Seasons hotel, the New York State Pavilion, Parsons School of Design, Carnegie Hall, and Lincoln Center. Also found in this section are Antonucci's designs for the City of New York, including neighborhood and district logos, information kiosks, maps, and other signage.

Of additional note amongst these materials is Antonucci's work with the Mead paper company's Mead Library of Ideas, located in the Pan Am Building (now MetLife Building) in midtown Manhattan, for whom he designed catalogs, but which also featured an exhibition and catalog featuring Antonucci's work.

Book and magazine design clients were primarily progressive Catholic magazines and publishers. Antonucci provided cover and interior design, as well as illustrations, to such magazines as Commonweal and  Church, as well as numerous parish publications. Among the secular publications he did work for were the  New York Times Book Review and  Fortune magazine.

Also of note in this series are Antonucci's building and interior design work for both St. Thomas of Canterbury church in Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY, and the Congregation Beth Tora synagogue in Brooklyn.


Box Folder
General, circa 1960s-circa 1980s 
5 5
OSx-1 1
Adrian Murphy Christmas card, circa 1960s-1970s 
1 42
Book and magazine, 1953-2005 
The Advent of God, 1970 

Cover design and interior illustrations by Antonucci. Written by Johannes Baptist Metz, published by Newman Press.

1 43
Biblical book illustrations and covers, circa 1950s-circa 1960s 
1 44
Big or Small, Parish is Still Possible, 1987 
1 45
"Book Ideas," 1970s-1980s 
1 46
Church, 1996-2005 
1 47-48
2 1-3
A Clutch of Fables, by Teo Savory, 1976 

Published by Unicorn Press. Features nine interior illustrations by Antonucci, with an inscription by the author.

2 4
Columban Mission magazine, 1989 
2 5
Commonweal, 1965-1998 

Antonucci joined Commonweal as a designer and illustrator in 1964, quickly transforming the aesthetic of the magazine, as well as its name, from  The Commonweal to simply  Commonweal. Another major redesign of the magazine followed in 1987. The materials in this section document Antonucci's major contribution to the magazine, and include various cover and interior illustrations, portrait drawings developed to illustrate articles, photographs of the staff, and individual issues.

Christmas illustrations, undated 
2 6
Covers and interior illustrations, 1990-1998 
2 7-8
Issues, 1965-1993 
2 9
Portrait drawings and illustrations, circa 1960s-circa 1990s 
2 10
Staff photographs and illustrations, 1994 
5 6
Cover and page design samples, circa 1960s-1990s 
16 7
9 5
OSxx-1 2
Follow Me, 1997-2000 
2 11
Fortune, 1957 
2 12
Hear Me, 1964 
2 13
The Holy Land, 1966 

Cover and interior illustrations by Antonucci. Text by Par Lagerkvist. Published by Random House.

2 14
Jackets, circa 1960s-circa 1970s 
2 15
Jubilee, 1955 
2 16
Introduction to orchestra book mechanicals, circa 1960s-1990s 
OSxx-1 3
Milton Avery, 1960 

Book designed by Antonucci. Text by Adelyn Breeskin. Published by the American Federation of Arts.

2 17
Mock covers, circa 1960s-1990s 

Mock book covers using photographs by Joe Sarnelle.

5 7
New York Times Book Review, 2003 
2 18
The Nose comic, 1994-1996 
2 19
OSx-1 2
Opera News, 1964-1974 
16 8
2 20
Pax 17 broadside, circa 1960s-1990s 
OSxx-1 4
Paulist Press, 1975-1989 

Antonucci provided book design, cover design, and cover and interior illustrations for Paulist Press. Titles include The Tree that Survived the Winter (1989) by Mary Fahy,  Arts and Crafts for Children (1978) by Marge Tuthill,  Summer Savory (1977) by Mary Louise Tietjen, and  A Lenten Pilgrimage (1983), as well as others.

2 21-23
Priesthood in the Modern World, 1999 
2 24
S Rozhdestvom Khristoym, 1953 
2 25
Sheed and Ward publishers covers, circa 1960s-1980s 
2 26
Stuck on the Presidents, 1997 
2 27
The Two Deaths of Quincas Wateryell, 1965 

Illustrations by Antonucci. Text by Jorge Amado. Published by Knopf.

16 9
2 28
Visions, 1986 

Antonucci worked as the design director for Visions, the newsletter of the University Settlement in New York's Lower East Side.

3 1
Congregation Beth Torah synagogue, 1969 

Photographs of exterior and interior design work on the Congregation Beth Torah synagogue in the Midwood neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. Richard Foster was the architect of the building.

16 10
3 2
Corporate and not-for-profit organization clients, 1959-2000 
General, 1959-circa 2000s 
3 3
Abbott, 1960s-1970s 
9 6
Achievement in Rheumatoid Arthritis, 1960s 
16 11
American Civil Liberties Union Children's Rights Project, 1993 
3 4
American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers, 1991-1992 
3 5
5 8
OSx-1 3-4
OSx-2 1
Artists-Craftsmen of New York Annual Exhibition poster, circa 1960s-1970s 
9 7
Carnegie Hall, 1980-1981 
3 6
Center for Family Life in Sunset Park, 1970s-1980s 
3 7
Charles Revson Foundation, circa 1990 
9 8
CLR Associates, 1999 
3 8
Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, 1982 

Report entitled Overcrowded Time: Why Prisons are so Crowded and What Can be Done.

3 9
Ford Foundation, 1973-1984 
5 9
Four Seasons, circa 1959 

These are Antonucci's most well-known logo designs. He acquired the job through his association with architect Philip Johnson in 1959, who did the hotel's interior design. In addition to the logo, Antonucci designed letterhead, business cards, and stationery, as well as the menu for the hotel restaurant, The Grill Room.

10 1-3
16 12
3 10
OSx-2 2
F.R.I.E.N.D.S., 1997-1998 
3 11
Great Southwest Industries Corp., 1980-1981 
3 12
Greenwich Village logo and information kiosk, 1962 
3 13
Human Factors Design and Research, Inc., 1960s 
16 13
International Education Development, Inc., 1970s 
3 14
OSx-2 3
Letterhead, 1960s-1980s 
3 15
Lincoln Center, 1983 
3 16
Loyola, 2000 
10 4
3 17
Markle Foundation, 1987 
10 5
Marianist Family Retreat Center, 1996 
3 18
Mead Library of Ideas, 1969-1972 

A museum sponsored by the Mead Paper Company, Antonucci designed catalogues, magazines, and other publicity materials for the Library of Ideas. In 1969, the Library held an exhibition of Antonucci's design work, illustrations, and sculptures, and also devoted an issue of their magazine, Anthos, to the event.

15th International Annual Report Exhibit catalog, 1971 
11 1
16th International Annual Report Exhibit catalog and poster, 1972 
11 1
OSxx-1 5
Anthos 1, 1960s 
3 19
Emil Antonucci exhibition matrials, circa 1969 

Contains invitation card for exhibit as well as a copy of Anthos 4: The Art of Emil Antonucci, an issue of the publication dedicated to Antonucci's art released in conjunction with the exhibition.

3 20
OSx-2 4
Mother Seton Academy 
3 21
Museum of Contemporary Craft, 1966-1977 

Now called the Museum of Arts and Design, the MCC was (and remains) located at Columbus Circle in Manhattan. These materials document Antonucci's design work for the museum, which includes flyers, posters, exhibition catalogs and magazines. Also included is an audio reel released by the Museum of musical compositions, the insert of which was designed by Antonucci.

11 2
16 14
3 22-25
OSx-2 5
National Pastoral Life Center, 1970s-1980s 
3 33
New England Merchants National Bank, 1961 
16 15
New York City Charter Revision Commission, circa 1988 
Brochures, circa 1988 
3 26
Photographs by Joe Sarnelle, circa 1988 
General, circa 1988 
3 27
City Hall, circa 1988 
3 28
World Trade Center, circa 1988 
3 29
New York State Pavilion, circa 1964 

Logo design work done for the New York State Pavilion, site of the 1964 New York World's Fair. Designed by Philip Johnson and Lev Zetlin, the Pavilion is located in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Flushing, Queens, New York.

3 30
New York University, 1962-1984 
Alphabet, undated 
5 10
Elmer Holmes Bobst Library logo design, circa 1973 
OSx-2 6
Program in Educational Theatre brochure, circa 1980s 
3 31
Signage, 1962-1984 
3 32
Tisch Hall, circa 1970s-circa 1980s 
5 11
NVR, circa 1960s-circa 1980s 
3 34
OGNCR pastor advertisement, circa 1990s-circa 2000s 

On CD-R.

Omni Group, 1982 
3 35
Parsons School of Design, circa 1970s-circa 1990s 

Lettering, graphics, and logo design.

3 36
Regis High School, 1981-1982 
3 37
Richard Foster: Architect, circa 1969 

A promotional pamphlet possibly designed by Antonucci. Many of the interior design projects completed by Richard Foster, and advertised in the pamphlet, are projects on which Antonucci also did logo and interior and graphic design work, including the New York State Pavilion (1964) and the Beth Torah Synagogue (1969). Foster frequently collaborated with Philip Johnson, who hired Antonucci to do architectural graphics on many of his own projects.

3 38
St. Peter's Preparatory School Annual Report, 1982 
3 39
Times Square Business Improvement District, circa 1993 
11 3-4
12 1
16 16
OSxx-1 6
Union Square Business Improvement District, 1993 
12 2
Weisberg Castro Associates, circa 1960s-1990s 
5 12
The Whelan Group, circa 1960s-1990s 
3 40
OSxx-1 7
William T. Grant Foundation, 1980-1987 
3 41-42
Women's City Club of New York, 1960s 
16 17
Menus, circa 1950s-circa 1970s 

Includes menus designed for New Port Alba Ristorante, The Patio Cafe, and Pierre au Tunnel.

5 13
OSx-2 7
Portfolios, 1996-2001 
General, circa 1960s-before 2006 
12 3
Art samples, 1996-2001 
3 44
Philip Johnson's Glass House map, circa 1950s-circa 1960s 
3 43
St. Thomas of Canterbury, circa 1969 

Antonucci worked as a design consultant during the construction of this church in Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY.

4 1-3
Typographic Innovations Inc., 1970s-1990s 

These items document Antonucci's photography business venture with photographer Patricia Agee.

5 4
9 4
Wedding announcements, 1993 
Gretchen Dykstra and Nathan Leventhal, 1993 
12 4
Stemfels wedding announcement, circa 1960s-1990s 
4 4

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III. Journeyman Press and The Hand Press 1956-1976 

In 1959, with money from a Guggenheim grant, Antonucci began his own letter press, which he called The Hand Press. In 1968, Antonucci began a second small press, Journeyman Press. Journeyman was a more wide-ranging and active press, focusing largely on the work of poet Robert Lax--the press ultimately expanded to included film production, as well. In a promotional pamphlet, Antonucci describes Journeyman Press as "a non-profit publisher devoted to producing books and films of poetry in imaginative visual form. All the productions are designed with images by Emil Antonucci." Original artwork, mechanicals, and design project materials relating to the presses and their publications are contained in this series. Most of the materials in this series are related to Journeyman. Both of these presses were traditional small presses, hand made and with limited print runs. Among various other projects by other writers is included printed copies of Antonucci's own play, "Alcestis," which he also illustrated.

The majority of the publications by Journeyman are broadsides and chapbooks by the Robert Lax, whom Antonucci had met through their mutual involvement with progressive Catholic organizations and publications. This series contains the mechanicals and artwork for these books. Also included are audio reel recordings of Lax reading some of the poems published by Journeyman. One chapbook, "Sea Poem" from 1966, bears the imprint of Wild Hawthorn Press, but has been included here due to its similarity to the other Lax-Antonucci collaborations.


Box Folder
"Alcestis: A Short Play for Reading," written and illustrated by Emil Antonucci, 1963 
OSx-7 1
Blake, William, 1964-1970 
"The Mental Traveller." Journeyman, circa 1970 
OSx-4 3
William Blake: The Book of Ahania. The Hand Press, 1964 
20 6
Selections from the Prophetic Book of Jerusalem. Journeyman, 1962 
7 8
Bookmaking supplies and material, 1971-1972 

Contains order forms and invoices from Sabine printers relating to the supplies used in production of Journeyman Press books.

k_19 8
Copyright, tax material and catalogs, 1972 

Contains tax and copyright application materials, including correspondence between Antonucci and the Library of Congress Copyright Office regarding their decision not to award copyright to Robert Lax's, "Another Red Red Blue Poem," claiming that "The arrangement of red and blue blocks contains no features, either alone or in combination, that can be considered 'works of art' within the meaning of the copyright law." Folder contains three copies of the 1971-1972 catalog, two wrapped in their original plastic.

4 30
Design sketches for Journeyman Press, 1960s-1970s 
7 9
Earth Day poster. Journeyman, 1970 
OSx-4 4
Excerpts from Balzac, 1960s 
4 31
Film Classics. Journeyman, 1976 
k_19 9
Hazleton, D.R., "I Come and You Go." Journeyman, 1971 
OSx-4 5
Kachnowski, Robert. The Gods, 1974 

Cover of a book with text by Robert Kachnowski and illustrations and design by Antonucci.

8 1
Kenedy, R.C. Amorgos. Journeyman, 1976 
8 2
Lax, Robert, 1956-1971 

All books, chapbooks, and broadsides published by Journeyman Press, with the exception of The Juggler, which was published by The Hand Press.

"3 or 4 Poems about the Sea," circa 1970 
8 3
"Alley Violinist," circa 1970 
OSx-4 6
Audio recordings, circa 1960s-circa 1970s 
"Beyond the Arcs" and "A Series," circa 1960s-1970s 

"Beyond the Arcs," is read by Lax;  "A Series," is read by Lax and Anne Lonnberg. Recorded May 27, although year is unknown.

"Black & White," after 1971 

Written on original cardboard box: 7 1/2 IPS; Full track stereo; 2 tr[ack] stereo; time: 10:00.

"Circus of the Sun," circa 1950s-circa 1970s 
Fables, circa 1950s-circa 1970s 
"The Field," circa 1950s-circa 1970s 
Lax-Lonnberg poems, circa 1960s-1970s 

Presumably recordings of poems by Robert Lax and Ann Lonnberg. Recorded May 27, exact date unknown.

"Sea & Sky," circa 1960s-1970s 

Poem by Robert Lax, read by Ric Zank.

"The Angel and the Little Old Lady," 1969 
OSx-5 1
"Another Red Red Blue Poem," 1971 
OSx-5 2
"Black & White," 1971 
16 32
OSx-5 3
Chapbooks, 1962-1976 

Contains copies of the following Robert Lax chapbooks: Mostly Blue,  Thought,  New Poems,  Red Blue,  Journeyman magazine numbers 1, 2, and 5 (a numberd chapbook-magazine series distinct from other publications by the press),  Fables, and the master of  Color Poems.

7 10
8 4-5
"Circle Blue," circa 1970 
OSx-5 4
Circus Black, Circus White, 1974 
8 6
The Circus of the Sun, 1959 
8 38
"An Evening at Webster Hall," 1971 
16 32
OSx-5 5
Fables, 1970 
16 32
OSx-6 1
A Guide for the Perplexed, 1970 
OSx-6 2
"The Juggler." The Hand Press, 1956 
8 7
Lax book advertisement poster, circa 1970 
OSx-6 3
A Moment, circa 1970 
16 32
OSx-6 4
More Black and White, 1974 
16 32
Mostly Blue, circa 1970 
16 32
OSx-6 5
Red Circle, 1971 
OSx-7 2
"Sea Poem," 1970s 

While similar in style and substance to the other Lax-Antonucci collaborations, this chapbook bears the imprint of Wild Hawthorn Press.

OSx-7 3
Thought, 1966 
16 32
OSx-7 4
Three Poems, 1969 
16 32
OSx-7 5
Woodblocks, 1960s-1970s 

Used to illustrate Robert Lax's Journeyman books.

Malone, Nan, Occasions. Journeyman, 1960 
8 8
"Oedipus," 1960s 
16 33
Photographs, 1971 
8 9
Pre-Socratic Philosophers. Journeyman, circa 1970 

For publication on Journeyman Press.

7 11
"Prometheus Bound," 1961 

Chapbook featuring a poem and illustrations by Antonucci, published by The Hand Press.

8 10
Valery, Paul, Tel quel. The Hand Press, 1958 
k_19 10
Virgil's The Aenied, 1962 
k_19 11

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IV. Original artwork 1964-1995 

This series contains materials related to Antonucci's work as a visual and sound artist.

The bulk of this series consists of visual art in a variety of mediums. This includes numerous sketchbooks containing pencil, charcoal, and ink drawings, watercolors, portraits, and what he called "spot drawings."

His personal book projects--those not commissioned or for a freelance client--are also included in this series. Among these are children's books written and illustrated by Antonucci, such as Bubu's Bed,  Wow, What a Terrific Movie, and  Samantha and the Monster. In addition to these books, Antonucci began, in the nineties, illustrating children's books written by his friend Ruth Cullen, many of which were published by Paulist Press. The original artwork, proofs, and other materials relating to these books are found here.

Also included are Antonucci's art book projects that are primarily visual. Many of these appear to be collections of his art, while some are illustrations of classic texts such as Dante's Inferno and the writings of St. Francis of Assissi.

Finally, this series contains a number of audio reels containing sound art by Antonucci.


Box Folder
Artist's books, 1964-circa 1980s 
Body, 1964-1969 
12 5
4 5
Dante, The Inferno, circa 1950s-circa 1980s 
4 6
Faces, circa 1960s-circa 1970s 
4 7
Hereclitus, 1960s 
13 1-2
Line faces, circa 1971 

A series of line face drawings and sketches. Also included are page samples from Antonucci's illustrations of the 1971 first edition of John Gardner's Grendel.

4 8
Looking into Flaxman's Homer, circa 1960s-1970s 
16 18-21
Mythologies, 1960s-1970s 
5 14
Nudes, 1973 
5 15
Untitled, circa 1960s-circa 1970s 
4 9
The Writings of Francis Assissi book design, cover and interiors, circa 1950s-circa 1970s 
4 10
Audio, 1950s-circa 1980s 
The City Time Quickly, circa 1950s-circa 1970s 
"Collage Film Music," circa 1960s-circa 1970s 
Tape music, circa 1960s-circa 1970s [4 reels] 

Contains audio of Antonucci's music, readings by Robert Lax, and "Marseille."

"Violent Color Poems/Black & White," 1980s 


Birthday, holiday and calling cards, circa 1960s-circa 1990s 
4 11
Children's books, circa 1960s-1994 
General, 1991-1993 
4 12
Bubu's Bed, circa 1960s-circa 1990s 
4 13
The Do-It-Yourself Calendar, circa 1980s-circa 1990s 
13 3
Samantha and the Monster concept art and story, 1972-1974 
13 4
5 16
Wow, What a Terrific Movie concept art, circa 1970s-circa 1990s 
20 1
Cullen, Ruth V., 1990-1994 
Agent query portfolio, 1993 
4 14
Angels All Around Me, 1994 
4 15
OSx-3 1
Georgia and Me, 1993 
20 2
4 16-17
OSx-3 2
Grandma's Teapot Collection , 1990s 
20 3
4 18
I'm Your Puppy, 1990s 
4 19
Let Me Be Myself, 1990s 
4 20
My Letter from Grandma, 1993 
5 17
Sometimes You Just have to Tell Somebody, 1992 
4 21
5 18
The Wreath Maker, 1990 
20 4
4 22
5 19
OSx-3 3
Drawings, circa 1960s-circa 1990s 
General, circa 1960s-circa 1990s 
16 22
5 20-24
OSx-3 4
"Drawing Ideas," 1970s-1990s 
20 5
5 25
"January-July 1973" 
5 26-27
7 1
I Ching sculpture, 1960s-1970s 

Conceptual drawings and a small metal sculpture of Hexagram 38 of the I Ching. From wikipedia: "Hexagram 38 is named 睽 (kuí), Polarising. Other variations include opposition and perversion. Its inner trigram is ☱ (兌 duì) open = (澤) swamp, and its outer trigram is ☲ (離 lí) radiance = (火) fire."

7 2
OSx-3 5
Portraits, circa 1980s-circa 1990s 
7 3
Prints, 1970s-1990s 
OSx-4 1
Sketchbooks, circa 1960s-circa 1990s 

Sketchbooks consist largely of Antonucci's studies of the human figure, in a variety of mediums--pen and ink, pencil, charcoal, and watercolor. Many of these sketches were early versions of designs used in his later book design and illustrations. Also included among the sketchbooks are various prints produced by Antonucci for more professional functions, such as business cards, telephone cards, and holiday cards. Other materials include notes on Journeyman and Hand Press publications.

Many of the drawings are examples of the line drawings used by Antonucci in his illustrated first edition of John Gardner's Grendel (1971).


16 23-30
4 23-25
7 4-5
OSx-4 2
Spot drawings, circa 1960s-circa 1970s 
7 6
Sticker design, circa 1960s-circa 1970s 
4 26
Sunday Salon invitation, 1978 

Invitation to a salon series for artists and writers, organized by Antonucci and others.

4 27
Watercolors, 1970s 
16 31
4 28-29
Winnie the Pooh sketches, circa 1970s-circa 1990s 
7 7

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V. Writings 1950-1995 

This series contains Antonucci's writing projects. From the fifties through the nineties, he wrote in a variety of genres and modes, including poetry, essays, screenplays, and one-act plays. While Antonucci's poetry remains unpublished, his essays on art and religion appeared in Commonweal and other progressive Catholic publications.

Box Folder
General, circa 1950s-1990s 
7 12
"Are Toys for Us?," 1990 

Article published in Commonweal. Includes notes and early drafts of the article.

7 13
Golden Gate, circa 1960s-1980s 

One-act play.

8 11
"The Laity and the Life of Faith," circa 1970s-1990s 
8 12
Lecture notes, circa 1970s-circa 1990s 
8 13
Mass-Media Education System, 1950s-1960s 
8 14
"Miscellaneous Quotes and Findings," 1968-1969 

A packet of typed and handwritten quotations and book passages.

8 15
Notes, 1950s-1970s 
General, 1950s-1960s 
8 16
"Notes for Christophers on Religious Art," circa 1950s-1970s 
8 17
Notebooks, circa 1960s-circa 1970s 

Six notebooks containing essay, story, film, art, and poetry drafts, sketches, and ideas.

16 34
8 18-24
Nudes by Stephen Dwoskin, circa 1950s-circa 1960s 
8 25
Parsons School of Design commencement speech, 1969 
8 26
Paradigms Project, 1950s-1960s 

Antonucci's design and plan for a comprehensive educational workshop series.

8 27
Poetry, 1950-1963 
General, circa 1950s-1970s 
7 14
8 28
"Europe Notebooks," 1963 
8 29
Getting What You Want, 1950s-1960s 
8 30-33
"Poems from Old Brown Bear," circa 1950 
7 15
Screenplays, circa 1950s-1960s 
8 34
"Seeing is Believing," circa 1970s-1990s 
8 35
"Some Thoughts on Religious Art: The Future is Not the Enemy," 1995 

Notes, typescript draft, and a final version of the article published in Visions Gallery newsletter, Winter/Spring 1995 issue.

8 36
Totem synopsis, circa 1960s-circa 1980s 

Page-long synopsis of an illustrated children's book about a shaman.

8 37

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VI. Digital media, 1994-2005 

This series consists of 574 floppy disks containing files created by Antonucci, primarily using Adobe Illustrator. Available to researchers, upon request, as PDF files,* the files include correspondence, Parsons teaching documents, original art, artist's books, poetry by Antonucci, corporate and book design projects, and business invoices. This material supplements existing series and subseries within the collection. An index of file titles comprising the digital media may be viewed in Google docs here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Bll4OHvcHyTybQFZoMIuZz43IN0MpA54fNWAxzG5d70/pub

Among the artist book design projects are illustrations and book layouts for illustrated editions of The Odyssey, Blake's  Proverbs of Hell, Shakespeare's  Antony and Cleopatra and  King Lear, Dante's  Inferno, a collection of Ancient Greek myths, illustrations of Blake poems, P.G. Whodehouse's  British Slang artwork for Antonucci's children's book,  The Wreathmaker, and a book of original poetry by Antonucci with illustrations entitled  Alcestes. These projects are not represented elsewhere in the collection. Material relating to Antonucci's comic book  The Nose, Blake's  The Mental Traveller supplement material from these projects found elsewhere in the collection.

Corporate and non-profit (both secular and religious) design projects represented here include logos, letterheads, newsletter covers and interiors, posters, flyers, and brochures for clients such as: Parsons School of Design; the UN Children’s Rights Campaign; White Plains Hospital Center; National Pastoral Life Center; Mercy College; Hastings Center; Enterprise Corporation of the Delta; Women’s Lens; St. Aloysius Church; The Friars of the Atonement; Robert Malone; AFL-CIO Local 144; St. Luke’s LifeWorks; North American Forum for Small Christian Communities; Hastings; Center for Family Life in Sunset Park; National Medical Foundation; Geoffrey Knox, Communication Consultant; Public Discipleship Project; Follow Me Social Ministry; and the Catholic Medical Mission Board. These supplement material from these clients found elsewhere in the collection.

Throughout the 1990s and 2000s, Antonucci began doing design work for a number of Catholic high schools. Included here is design material relating to projects for Chaminade-Julienne; Kennedy School; Mother Seton Academy; Precious Blood; Catholic School; Pace Academy.

Unique book cover and interior design material is also included herein for titles such as: Promise of Obedience;  Story as a Way of Knowing;  Quicker, Better, Cheaper: Managing Performance in American Government;  We All Have a Share: A Catholic Vision of Prosperity through Productivity;  Veerni Means Strong Woman;  The Human Condition;  Make that Spare: A Guide to Better Bowling; a wide variety of Knopf fiction titles, including William H. Gass’s  The Tunnel and Salman Rushdie’s  East, West;  Empowerment Zones/Enterprise Communities;  Spirituality in Transition; and  Design Connections.

Also found here are the magazine cover and interior design for Church,  Commonweal,  Dissent, and the  New York Times Book Review. Other design projects for these magazines can be found elsewhere in the collection; however, the items in this series are unique.

Also found here is material pertaining to Antonucci's teaching at Parsons School of Design, including his teaching resume/curriculum vitae, and syllabi and assignments for the courses Editorial Design; Corporate Image; Senior Portfolio Development; Logo Design; and Design for Communication. These supplement material from these clients found elsewhere in the collection.

Much of this series consists of business invoices sent from Antonucci to clients such as the National Pastoral Life Center, Partners in Healing, Children’s Rights Campaign, Rockefeller Institute; Doris Duke Charitable Foundation; Paulist press; New York Academy of Medicine; F.B. Heron foundation; Persimmon Magazine; Xavier; Marianist academy; and FRIENDS. While materials relating to design projects for these clients are found elsewhere, the invoices and bills are unique to this series.

Cover and interior designs for poetry books by Ruth Cullen are also found herein, as well as Antonucci's personal business designs (his own letterhead, business cards, and website logo), as well as business correspondence. These items supplement similar material found elsewhere in the collection.


*The files on 32 three-and-a-half inch floppy disks and 2 zip disks could not be transferred for technical reasons--these files are not accessible at this time.



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Collection Guide Last Updated: 12/21/2018

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