DeForest Sackett papers
MSSack89

 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
Sackett, DeForest, d.1993
Title
DeForest Sackett papers
ID
MSSack89
Date
1876-1994
Extent
5.0 linear ft.
Language
English
Abstract:
DeForest Sackett was a prominent Chicago designer who worked as art director for the Walgreen Company (1925 - 1939) and later established his own firm.

Preferred Citation

DeForest Sackett papers, Special Collections and University Archives, University of Illinois at Chicago

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Biographical Sketch

DeForest Sackett attended Elgin High School and graduated from the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts. He joined the advertising art department of the Chicago Tribune newspaper in 1923. Sackett left the Tribune in 1925 to become art director for the Walgreen Company, then a chain of thirty-three drug stores. From 1925 to 1939, he oversaw the company's development of commercial art, and was a pioneer in the use of color in modern package design. Sackett established his own firm, DeForest Sackett and Associates, in 1939, specializing in packaging, advertising and other forms of commercial design for corporations such as Standard Oil and Container Corp. He helped to found the Society of Typographic Arts (STA) and was active in other professional associations such as the 27 Chicago Designers. Sackett promoted the interests of the design community at large and assisted members of the Bauhaus in fleeing Nazi Germany during the 1930s. DeForest Sackett passed away in Fontana, Wisconsin on November 30, 1993 at the age of eighty-eight.

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Scope and Contents

The DeForest Sackett Papers include correspondence, memoranda, reports, bulletins, newsletters, programs, published articles, clippings, notes, sketches, original artwork, maps, greeting cards, design layouts, photographs, brochures, and other published works. Templates, composition books, notes, and report cards from DeForest Sackett's time spent at Elgin High School are also included among these materials. Materials regarding his mentor, Raymond F. DaBoll, the Association for Color Research, and the Society of Typographic Arts have been reorganized into separate series. All materials are arranged by chronological order within their respective series. Some books were transferred from these papers to Rare Books for preservation and storage.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives June 2005

801 S. Morgan Street
Chicago, Illinois, 60607
312.996.2742

Restrictions on Access

None

Restrictions on Use

None

Acquisition Information

DeForest Sackett donated these materials to the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1989 with subsequent items received in the 1990s.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Association for Color Research. -- History-Sources
  • Society of Typographic Arts (Chicago, Ill.). -- History-Sources

Personal Name(s)

  • DaBoll, Raymond F. -- History-Sources
  • Sackett, DeForest, d.1993 -- Archives

Subject(s)

  • Chicago Design History.
  • Commercial art -- Illinois -- Chicago.
  • Graphic arts -- Illinois -- Chicago.

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Collection Inventory

Series I: General 

Scope and Content:

Series I includes correspondence, memoranda, reports, bulletins, newsletters, programs, published articles, clippings, notes, sketches, original artwork, maps, greeting cards, design layouts, photographs, brochures, and other published works. Templates, composition books, notes, and report cards from DeForest Sackett's time spent at Elgin High School are also included among these materials.

Box Folder

Templates, clippings, 1876, 1970 

1 1

Correspondence, clippings, artwork, 1902-1960 

1 2

Correspondence, artwork, 1913-1918 

1 3

Composition book, notes, sketches, ca. 1915-1918 

1 4

Elgin High School - Report cards, STA award certificate, 1913 - 1920, 1951 

1 5

Programs, diary, 1917-1921 

1 6

Composition book, ca. 1920 

1 7

Chicago Academy of Fine Arts - Sketchbook, ca. 1920s 

1 8

Correspondence, programs, 1922 

1 9

Greeting cards, 1927-1991 

1 10

Greeting cards, sketches, 1930-1937 

1 11

Correspondence, clippings, issue of The Lombard Review, ca. 1930 - 1974 

2 12

William Blake's "The Tiger" with illustration by Theodore Ross, 1931 

2 13

Clippings - "Gasoline Alley" cartoons, 1934 

2 14

Greeting cards, 1934 

2 15

Clippings, correspondence, stationery, 1934-1940 

2 16

"Jamaica Jingles" by Ruth Dart, 1937 

2 17

Clippings, correspondence, notes, 1938 

2 18

Lyon Township Youth Organization, The Corral - Photographs, clippings, flyers, ca. 1940s 

2 19

Correspondence, clippings, 1943-1983 

2 20

Lyon Township Youth Organization, The Corral - Correspondence, photographs, clippings, by-laws, programs, flyers, 1949-1965 

2 21

Photographs, ca. 1940 - 1990 

3 22

Photographs, 1942 

3 23

Photographs, ca. 1940 - 1976 

3 24

Brochures, Abbott Laboratories medical atlases, publications by Prof. David Sackett (brother of DeForest S.), 1951-1975 

3 25

Correspondence, clippings, photographs, programs, 1952-1962 

3 26

Notes, programs, 1954-1955 

3 27

Postcards, correspondence, genealogical information, 1957-1975 

3 28

Correspondence, printed advertisements on cardstock, 1958-1960 

3 29

Sketches, clippings, 1960-1966 

3 30

Correspondence, greeting cards, postcards, clippings, 1961-1972 

3 31

Clippings, 1963-1967 

3 32

Cliff Dwellers (club) - Correspondence, programs, 1964-1974 

3 33

Notes, Bliss Carey S. Some Aspects of Seventeenth Century English Printing with Special Reference to Joseph Moxon. Los Angeles: University of California (1965), 1965-1973 

3 34

Notes, 1966 

3 35

Correspondence, memoranda, restaurant menus, design schematics, 1966-1971 

3 36

Correspondence, 1967 

3 37

Clippings, 1967-1968 

4 38

Correspondence, notes, clippings, 1967-1972 

4 39

Reports, clippings, notes, 1967-1980 

4 40

Notes for "Wally Pop's Bob," 1968 

4 41

Travel guides, brochures, programs - Great Britain, 1969-1975 

4 42

Maps, brochures - Glasgow, Scotland, ca. 1970s 

4 43

Brochures - Great Britain, ca. 1970s 

4 44

Travel guides - Great Britain, ca. 1970 

4 45

Fontana Community Church - Building proposal (3 copies), 1970 

4 46

Clippings, ca. 1970 - 1971 

4 47

Clippings, 1970-1984 

4 48

Sketches, 1971 

4 49

Correspondence, stationery, sketches, notes, 1971-1976 

4 50

Memoranda, Rotary Club flag, 1972 

4 51

Brunner, Frederick A. Manual of Wood Carving and Wood Sculpture. Westwood, Mass.: Brunner, ca.1972 

4 52

Heritage Shore programs, 1972 

4 53

Notes, receipts, 1972-1973 

4 54

Correspondence, memoranda, sketches, notes, 1972-1973 

4 55

The Big Sled - Notes, artwork, 1973 

4 56

Brochures, BTA schedules - Great Britain, 1973-1974 

4 57

The National Trust for Places of Historic Interest or Natural Beauty (U.K.) - Reports, newsletters, brochures, magazines, 1973-1976 

4 58

Clippings, 1973-1985 

5 59

Notes, 1974 

5 60

Sackett family genealogical information, 1974 

5 61

The Silent Snow Plow - Notes, 1974-1984 

5 62

Sketches, notes, ca. 1975 

5 63

Correspondence - Grandchildren (photocopies in binder), 1959-1967 

5 64

Notes, correspondence - Travel in Great Britain, 1975 

5 65

Travel guides, brochures - Great Britain, 1975 

5 66

Brochures, maps, travel guides - Great Britain, 1975 

5 67

Notes, correspondence, brochures, maps, sketches, 1975 

5 68

Clippings - Great Britain, 1975-1977 

5 69

Brochures, postcards - Scotland, 1975-1978 

5 70

Correspondence, 1975-1986 

5 71

50th Anniversary cards, 1976 

5 72

Notes, clippings, correspondence, 1976-1982 

5 73

Address list, programs, 1977 

5 74

Correspondence, memoranda, 1977 

5 75

Correspondence, 1979 

5 76

Correspondence, clippings, 1979-1980 

5 77

Chicago Tribune - Typed notes regarding past work, 1980 

6 78

Fontana Community Church - Address list, 1980 

6 79

Notes typed, 1980-1981 

6 80

Correspondence, memoranda, clippings, 1980-1986 

6 81

"A Christmas Carol," - Design layout, 1981 

6 82

"A Christmas Carol" - Text, notes, 1981 

6 83

Advertisements, brochures, 1982 

6 84

Notes, sketches, ca. 1982 

6 85

"A Christmas Carol" - Text, artwork, notes, 1982 

6 86

"Horses" - Notes, 1982 

6 87

Correspondence, sketches, 1983 

6 88

"Golden Nostalgia" - Text, 1983 

6 89

"Nostalgia Street" - Notes, 1983 

6 90

"Nostalgia Street" - Notes, 1983 

6 91

"Wally Pop's Bob" - Notes, 1984 

6 92

"The Big Sled" - Notes, 1984 

6 93

Memoranda, notes, newsletter, 1986 

6 94

"Wally Pop's Bob" - Notes, 1986 

6 95

"Wally Pop's Bob" - Notes, correspondence, artwork, 1986-1988 

6 96

Correspondence, poetry, clippings, 1987 

6 97

Notes, sketches, 1987-1990 

6 98

Wolong Panda Project - Sketches, 1989 

6 99

Greeting cards, sketches, 1989 

6 100

"The Big Sled" - Notes, artwork, poetry, 1990 

6 101

"A Christmas Carol for a Village Church" - Text, design layout, 1982 

6 102

"Wally Pob's Bob" - Published version, 1994 

6 103

Programs, undated 

7 104

Clippings, notes, undated 

7 105

Notes, undated 

7 106

Clippings, color samples, undated 

7 107

Clippings, undated 

7 108

Clippings, undated 

7 109

Clippings, undated 

7 110

Clippings, undated 

7 111

Clippings, undated 

7 112

Sketchbook, clippings, undated 

7 113

Artwork, sketches, undated 

7 114

Artwork, undated 

7 115

Artwork, undated 

7 116

Artwork, undated 

7 117

Total Typography Inc. - Flyers, advertisements, undated 

7 118

Gladys Swanson Graphics - Type specimens, undated 

7 119

Clippings, undated 

7 120

The Lakeside Press - Brochure, undated 

7 121

Frederic Ryder Company - Type specimens booklet, undated 

7 122

Clippings, undated 

7 123

Sketch, undated 

7 124

Brochures, postcards - England, undated 

7 125

Sketches, undated 

7 126

Stamping blocks, undated 

8 127

Stamping blocks, undated 

8 128

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Series II: Association for Color Research 

Scope and Content:

Series II: Association for Color Research includes correspondence, memoranda, bulletins, issues of ACR News, application forms, notes, published articles, reports, pamphlets, and a lecture by Walter C. Granville.

Box Folder

Correspondence, notes, 1933-1938 

8 129

Correspondence, memoranda, notes, 1936-1938 

8 130

Correspondence, 1936-1938 

8 131

Correspondence, bulletins, 1936-1938 

8 132

Issues of ACR News, notes, 1936-1938 

8 133

Application forms, correspondence, 1937 

8 134

Correspondence, officers' list, pamphlets, memoranda, notes, sketches, 1937-1938 

8 135

Reports, published articles, correspondence, programs, notes, 1937-1938 

9 136

Typed lecture by Walter C. Granville, correspondence, sketches, 1937-1938 

9 137

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Series III: Society of Typographic Arts 

Scope and Content:

The Society of Typographic Arts include correspondence, memoranda, programs, press releases, reports, clippings, notes, and exhibition materials.

Box Folder

Correspondence, 1934-1939 

9 138

Programs, clippings, exhibition materials, 1936-1939 

9 139

Programs, exhibition materials, 1937 

9 140

Press releases, correspondence, memoranda, notes, 1937-1939 

9 141

Correspondence, memoranda, reports, notes, 1937-1939 

9 142

Correspondence, programs, 1938 

9 143

Correspondence, 1938 

9 144

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Series IV: Raymond F. DaBoll 

Scope and Content:

Series IV: Raymond F. DaBoll consists mostly of material created by or about the Chicago designer including published articles, clippings, correspondence, memoranda, newsletters, programs, postcards, invitations, and an obituary. This series also includes some miscellaneous material about DeForest Sackett such as newspaper clippings with biographical information.

Box Folder

Published articles, clippings, correspondence, 1952-1975 

9 145

Clippings, correspondence, newsletters, programs, materials regarding Sackett interspersed with DaBoll materials, 1963-1967 

9 146

Clippings, programs, postcards, correspondence, 1968-1971 

9 147

Correspondence, programs, invitations, 1972-1975 

10 148

Programs, clippings, correspondence, 1973-1977 

10 149

Correspondence, 1975-1978 

10 150

Correspondence, clippings, obituary, 1978-1985 

10 151

Reminisces by DeForest Sackett (3 copies), 1976 

10 152

Clippings, correspondence, notes, programs, 1943-1975 

10 153
Oversize

Maps, artwork, Elgin High School diploma, 1918-1975 

Folder 154

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