Charles Harrison papers
MSHarr00

 An inventory of the collection at the University of Illinois at Chicago

Summary Information

Repository
Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives
Creator
Harrison, Charles, 1931-
Title
Charles Harrison papers
ID
MSHarr00
Date
1947-1997
Extent
6.5 Linear feet
Language
English
Abstract:
Charles Harrison was one of the 27 Chicago Designers and worked for Sears, Roebuck and Co., for nearly 30 years, from 1961 to 1993. The collection includes examples of Charles Harrison's work from his time at Sears.

Preferred Citation

Charles Harrison papers, Special Collections and University Archives, University of Illinois at Chicago

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Biographical Sketch

Charles Harrison was one of the 27 Chicago Designers and worked for Sears, Roebuck and Co., for nearly 30 years, from 1961 to 1993. Harrison was born in Shreveport, Louisiana, on September 23, 1931. He graduated from the School of the Art Institute in Chicago in 1954, and completed his Masters in 1963 at Illinois Institute of Technology. After graduating from the Art Institute, he worked for the design firm Robert Podall and Associates, where in 1958, he collaborated on re-designing the popular View-Master. At Sears, he designed many household objects, like garbage cans, scissors and hairdryers. Harrison also served as adjunct faculty at several institutions, including the University of Illinois at Chicago and Columbia College Chicago. In 2006, he published an autobiography called "A Life's Design."

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Scope and Contents

The collection includes examples of Charles Harrison's work from his time at Sears. There are design sketches, blueprints and product presentation boards, along with several awards received during his time with Sears. There are also samples of the work of several of his colleagues, including: C.G. Bjorncrants, A.W. Duncan, C.D. Dushek, A. Eckel, Jon Hauser, Ronald W. Guttenberg, Lasseigne, R.G. Martelet, Reinecke and Associates, Ray Roberts and R. Runszy.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives 2006-05-16

801 S. Morgan Street
Chicago, Illinois, 60607
312.996.2742

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Controlled Access Headings

Personal Name(s)

  • Harrison, Charles, 1931- -- Archives

Subject(s)

  • Chicago African American History.
  • Chicago Design History.

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Collection Inventory

Series I: Charles Harrison Papers 

Box Folder

Harrison design: bags for storage, undated 

1 Oversize 1

Harrison design: bars, portable, undated 

1 Oversize 2

Harrison design: bicycle, stationary, undated 

1 Oversize 3

Harrison design: blenders, super, undated 

1 Oversize 4

Harrison design: can opener, undated 

1 Oversize 5

Harrison design: campers, undated 

1 Oversize 6

Harrison design: chairs, steno and executive, 1965-1975 

1 Oversize 7

Harrison design: clocks, electric wall, 1986 

1 Oversize 8

Harrison design: curling iron, 1978 

1 Oversize 9

Harrison design: desk, 1967 

1 Oversize 10

Harrison design: hair clipper, motor driver, 1970 

1 Oversize 11

Harrison design: hair curlers, 1978-1979 

1 Oversize 12

Harrison design: hair dryer, portable, 1965-1990 

1 Oversize 13

Harrison design: hair vacuum, undated 

1 Oversize 14

Harrison design: massager, back with heat, 1975 

1 Oversize 15

Harrison design: mixer, electric portable, 1969 

1 Oversize 16

Harrison design: mops, wet, 1962 

1 Oversize 17

Harrison design: organ, children's, 1962 

1 Oversize 18

Harrison design: phonograph, 1972-1973 

1 Oversize 19

Harrison design: recorder, cassette, 1977 

1 Oversize 20

Harrison design: scissors, electric, 1973 

1 Oversize 21

Harrison design: sewing machine, portable case, 1971-1995 

1 Oversize 22

Harrison design: shoe buffer, 1968-1971 

1 Oversize 23

Harrison design: speaker, 1972 

1 Oversize 24

Harrison design: spindles (table legs), 1972-1973 

1 Oversize 25

Harrison design: toasters, 1968-1976 

1 Oversize 26

Harrison design: toothbrush, electric, undated 

1 Oversize 27

Harrison design: wall unit shelving, 1970-1975 

1 Oversize 28

Harrison design: whirlpool, drop-in unit, 1973-1979 

1 Oversize 29

Harrison design: window guards, 1975-1985 

1 Oversize 30

Harrison design: make-up cases. 1975-1976 

1 Oversize 31

Harrison design: for YWCA, 1970 

1 Oversize 32

C. G. Bjorncrantz blueprints: Kenmore kitchen stove, 1949 

1 Oversize 33

A. W. Duncan blueprints: Kenmore kitchen stove and Coldspot soda fount, 1947-1951 

1 Oversize 34

A. Eckel blueprints: coffee pot and toaster, 1969-1977 

1 Oversize 35

Jon Hauser design: toaster, 1944 

1 Oversize 36

Reinecke and Associates blueprints: paint brushes, 1969 

1 Oversize 37

Unidentified design sketches and assorted photographs, undated 

1 Oversize 38

Missing (March 2006) Harrison design: clothes hamper, undated 

2 39

Missing (March 2006) Harrison design: heater/sunlamp, undated 

2 40

Missing (March 2006) Harrison design: radio, 1964 

2 41

Missing (March 2006) Harrison design: shaver, electric, 1971 

2 42

List of Harrison's co-workers, undated 

2 43

C.D. Dushek blueprints: shutter hinges and waster disposer, 1969-1971 

2 44

R.G. Martelet design: glass bathroom shelf, undated 

2 45

book: Don Reidys' "Ideas for Your Sketch", 1976 

2 46

Sears Product Development award: general, 1975 and AM/FM 8 Track In-dash radio, 1976 

2 47

Sears Product Development award: Sewing Machine Heads, 1977 

2 48

Sears Partners in Progress award, 1985 

2 49

Sears Partners in Progress award, 1986 

3 50

International Review of American Art, v. 13, no. 1, pgs 1-69 and CD, 1999 

3 51

Masters Thesis: An Exploration of Fragmented Wood Forms, IIT, 1963 

3 52

Patents, 1963-1981 

3 53

Certificates, 1987-1997 

3 54

Industrial Design VHS, 18 minutes, undated 

3 55

IDI and You, American Designers Institute by-laws, undated 

3 56

Script for "Labor of the Future" slide show, by Verna Jackson, 1980 

3 57

slides for "Labor of the Future" presentation, 1980 

4 103
Oversize Folder

Harrison/Coleman report on tractors, 1988 

Material 58

Newspaper articles on Harrison, 1993 

Materials 59

Harrison blueprints: hair dryer and record changer, 1963 

Materials 60

Ronald W. Guttenberg promotional materials: sewing machine, auto-focus film, 1972-1981 

Material 61

Ronald W. Guttenberg promotional materials: camera, office equipment, kitchen design, 1981 

Material 62

Ronald W. Guttenberg promotional materials: energy efficiency, dishwasher, 1972 

Material 63

Ronald W. Guttenberg promotional materials: dishwasher, 1972 

Material 64

Ronald W. Guttenberg promotional materials: dishwasher, 1972 

Material 65

Ronald W. Guttenberg promotional materials: baby crib, 1973 

Material 66

Ronald W. Guttenberg promotional materials: baby crib, 1973 

Material 67

Ronald W. Guttenberg promotional materials: sewing machine, 1972 

Material 68

Ronald W. Guttenberg promotional materials: sewing machine, 1972 

Material 69

Harrison promotional materials: fences. 1973 

Materials 70

Ray Roberts D/833 camera, Lasseigne D/632 camera, Guttenberg materials, 1973 

Material 71

Runszy and Guttenberg promotional materials, undated 

Material 72

D/603 camera promotional materials, undated 

Materials 73

D/603 camera presentation materials: uses and new features, undated 

Material 74

D/603 camera presentation materials: the future of cameras, undated 

Material 75

D/603 camera presentation materials: target marketing, undated 

Material 76

D/603 camera presentation materials: side-by-side competition in Brand Central, undated 

Material 77

D/603 camera presentation materials: packing design and spotlighting, undated 

Material 78

D/603 camera presentation materials: LXI and brand image, undated 

Material 79

D/603 camera presentation materials: brand image, undated 

Material 80

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