Emmett McBain design papers
MSMcBa01

 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
McBain, Emmett
Title
Emmett McBain design papers
ID
MSMcBa01
Date
1961-2000
Extent
4.0 linear ft.
Language
English
Abstract
Emmett McBain became a prominent African American advertising designer, working as a designer for Vince Cullers and Associates, an art supervisor for J. W. Thompson in Detroit, and a creative consultant for Soft Sheen Products. This collection consists of various visual advertisements designed by McBain, primarily print ads, transparencies of bill boards and record album covers.

Preferred Citation

Emmett McBain design papers, Special Collections and University Archives, University of Illinois at Chicago

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Biographical Sketch

Emmett McBain was born in 1935 in Chicago and attended Sexton Elementary School and Tilden Technical High School. He then studied advertising design at Ray Vogue Art School, American Academy of Art, and the Illinois Institute of Technology. McBain became a prominent African American advertising designer, working as a designer for Vince Cullers and Associates, an art supervisor for J. W. Thompson in Detroit, and a creative consultant for Soft Sheen Products. In 1971 he opened Burell McBain advertising with his business partner Thomas Burell. The agency worked with many major companies including McDonald's, Philip Morris, and Coca-Cola. In 1974 Emmett McBain left the agency to pursue a career in art. He has since lived and painted in Chicago's Hyde Park.

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Scope and Contents

This collection consists of various visual advertisements designed by McBain, primarily print ads, transparencies of bill boards and record album covers. Many of the ads were marketed specifically at the African American community, including McDonald's print ads, and a black Marlboro Man in a series of ads for Philip Morris. The collection is organized by size and includes 2 oversize boxes. The materials range in date from 1962 to 2000.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives February 11, 2009

801 S. Morgan Street
Chicago, Illinois, 60607
312.996.2742

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Controlled Access Headings

Personal Name(s)

  • McBain, Emmett -- Archives

Subject(s)

  • Chicago African American History.
  • Chicago Design History.

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Collection Inventory

Series I: Emmett McBain Design Papers 

Box Folder

Down-Home-Kitchens, Undated 

1 1

Harris YMCA, 1974-1976 

1 2

Arni Hendin, Undated 

1 3

Kellogg's, Undated 

1 4

Monsanto, Undated 

1 5

Mr. And Mrs. J. C. Rowry, 1969 

1 6

Schneider and Associates, Undated 

1 7

General Motors Corporation, Undated 

2 8

Lorillard Tobacco Company, 1968-1970 

2 9

McDonald's, 1973 

2 10

Neutrogena, Undated 

2 11

Pfizer Laboratories, c. 1968 

2 12

Philip Morris Inc., 1972 

2 13

WGN-TV, Undated 

2 14

Vince Cullers Advertising, Inc., Undated 

2 15

A. H. Robiins, Inc., 1966 

2 16

Skin Food, Undated 

2 17

Soft Sheen Products Company, 1983 

2 18

Hiram Walker and Sons, Inc, 1992-1993 

2 19

"American Libraries" Magazine,, 1978 

3 20

The Black Eye, 1974 

3 21

Chicago Office of Fine Arts Loop Sculpture Guide, 1981 

3 22

Chicago Urban League - Golden Fellowship Dinner Invitation, 1974 

3 23

Creative Arts Foundation, Undated 

3 24

"First World" Journal, 1977 

3 25

"Afterjail" Resource Guide, Edited by Carol Adams Henry, Undated 

3 26

Hill International, Inc., 1986 

3 27

Institute for the Treatment and Study of Headaches and Facial Pail, 1986 

3 28

LaRabida, 2000 

3 29

Burrell McBain, Inc., Undated 

3 30

Muhammed Speaks, Undated 

3 31

Northeastern Illinois University, Undated 

3 32

Robert Paige Designs, Undated 

3 33

Advertisement Design, Undated 

3 34

Bill Abernathy Productions, Undated 

3 35

ATARAX, Undated 

3 36

Bank of New York, Undated 

3 37

Barton and Guestier, SA, Undated 

3 38

CIBA, Undated 

3 39

Dial, Undated 

3 40

Ford Motor Company, 1964-1965 

3 41

Gerber, Undated 

3 42

Guerlain, Undated 

3 43

Hanes, Undated 

3 44

International Freedom Festival, 1964 

3 45

Kodel/ Rival Dog Food, Undated 

3 46

Nabisco, Undated 

3 47

Northwest Orient Airlines, Undated 

3 48

Playboy Advertising Department, Undated 

3 49

Reader's Digest, 1962 

3 50

Wm Teacher and Sons, Ltd., Undated 

3 51

Trans World Airlines (TWA), Undated 

3 52

United Fund Foundation, Undated 

3 53

Wascator and Wascomat of America, Undated 

3 54

Unidentified Doctors, Undated 

3 55

Unidentified, Undated 

3 56

Unidentified (Spark Plugs), Undated 

3 57

Record Album Covers - "The Jazzett and John Lewis," "Rogers and Rogers," "The Legend of Bix," "Dixie Down Beat," Undated 

3 58

Record Album Covers - "Vaughan and Violins," "Travelin'," "Caravan," "Rhythm Meets Rugolo," Undated 

3 59

Record Album Covers - "!!Rhythm Crazy!! Trombone!!," "Ruby'," "The Magic of Sarah Vaughan," "Red Swing Softly," Undated 

3 60

Record Album Covers - "Jamal at the Pershing," "Mighty High''," "Shotgun Slade," "Louis Armstrong, et al," Undated 

3 61

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