Institute of Design collection
MSIDes72

 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
Institute of Design (Chicago, Ill.).
Title
Institute of Design collection
ID
MSIDes72
Date [inclusive]
1927-1970
Extent
6.0 Linear feet
Language
English
Abstract:
The Institute of Design was an attempt by a group of European artists to transplant the revolutionary artistic concepts of the German Bauhaus into America's industrial heartland. These records pertain to the establishment of the Institute of Design in Chicago, Illinois under the direction of Laszlo Moholy-Nagy; financial backing by Chicago's art community; the courses and plan of study of the Institute; the work, theories, and art school of Richard Buckminster Fuller; prefabrication; the work of the Bauhaus staff at Mills College, in Oakland California; the philosophy, teachings and artistic school of the Bauhaus; the work and contributions of Bauhaus artists such as Walter Gropius, Ludwig van der Rohe, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, Serge Chermayeff, and Gyorgy Kepes; and the merger of the Institute of Design with the Illinois Institute of Technology.

Preferred Citation

Institute of Design collection, Special Collections and University Archives, University of Illinois at Chicago

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Administrative History

The Institute of Design was an attempt by a group of European artists to transplant the revolutionary artistic concepts of the German Bauhaus into America's industrial heartland. The Bauhaus, literally the House of Architecture, was brought about in 1919 when Walter Gropius, the renowned German architect, united the Weimar School of Design and the Weimar School of Applied Arts. Under the direction of Gropius, and then Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, the school strove for synthesis between art and technology.

When Nazi authorities closed the Bauhaus in 1933, many of its teachers and students emigrated to the United States. A school named the New Bauhaus was established in Chicago in 1937 with Laszlo Moholy-Nagy as its director. In 1939, the New Bauhaus changed its name to the School of Design. In 1945, its name changed again to the Institute of Design. In 1946, Serge Chermayeff succeeded Moholy-Nagy as director. Financial difficulties forced the school to seek an association with an established institution of learning. Thus, the Institute of Design was affiliated with the Illinois Institute of Technology in 1949. Opposition to the appointment of Jay Doblin as the new director in 1955 resulted in the dispersal of many faculty. Gradually, the legacy of the Bauhaus school of art faded as teaching methods and curriculum conformed more and more to standard Illinois Institute of Technology practices.

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Scope and Contents

The papers in this collection are those of faculty members and individuals associated with the Institute of Design and, as such, are not the official records of the Institute. These records pertain to the establishment of the Institute of Design in Chicago, Illinois under the direction of Laszlo Moholy-Nagy; financial backing by Chicago's art community; the courses and plan of study of the Institute; the work, theories, and art school of Richard Buckminster Fuller; prefabrication; the work of the Bauhaus staff at Mills College, in Oakland California; the philosophy, teachings and artistic school of the Bauhaus; the work and contributions of Bauhaus artists such as Walter Gropius, Ludwig van der Rohe, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, Serge Chermayeff, and Gyorgy Kepes; and the merger of the Institute of Design with the Illinois Institute of Technology.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives 2006-05-03

801 S. Morgan Street
Chicago, Illinois, 60607
312.996.2742

Revision Description

  07/16/2010

Restrictions on Access

Some files are closed. These include, but are not limited to, Folder 35, Box 2, "Walter Paepcke--Corespondence with Loyal Baker." That file is closed until 2020.

Other restrictions may apply.

Restrictions on Use

None

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Chicago School of Design.
  • Illinois Institute of Technology. Institute of Design. -- Archives
  • New Bauhaus (Chicago, Ill.).

Subject(s)

  • Chicago Design History.

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Collection Inventory

Series I: Administrative Files 

Sub-Series A - Founding of the school 

Box Folder

Association of Arts and Industries - pamphlet, 1937 

1 1

Pelouze, William Nelson - clippings, 1934-1943 

1 2

Application for a corporation charter - School of Design, 1939 

1 3

Statutory Provisions for the Voluntary Dissolution of a Non-Profit Corporation, 1945 

1 4

Sub-Series B - Board of Directors - Reports and Minutes 

Box Folder

Board of Directors - agenda of meetings, 1944-1949 

1 5

Board of Directors - minutes, 1944-1946 

1 6

Board of Directors - minutes, 1947-1949 

1 7

Executive Committee - minutes, 1946 

1 8

Board of Directors - lists of officers and committees, 1946 

1 9

Annual meetings - minutes, 1939-1944 

1 10

Annual reports, 1949-1950 

1 11

Board of Directors - memoranda to the Board, 1946-1947 

1 12

President's reports, 1940-1949 

1 13

Financial reports, 1940-1949 

1 14

Executive Committee - announcements, 1946 

1 15

Director's Position - list of candidates, 1951 

1 16

Sub-Series C - Public Relations 

Oversize

Public relations - correspondence, 1944-1945 

Folder 17
Box Folder

Public relations - memo, 1945 

1 18

Public relations - reports, 1945 

1 19

Press releases, 1945-1954 

1 20

Mailing lists, 1942 

1 21

Mailing lists, 1944-1945 

1 22

Correspondence from industry, 1944 

1 23

Fischer, Murrell - correspondence sent, 1944-1945 

1 24

Fischer, Murrell - correspondence received, 1944-1945 

1 25

Sub-Series D - Correspondence 

Box Folder

Gould, Lloyd - correspondence, 1943-1945 

1 26

Owings, Nathaniel - correspondence to John Rettaliata, 1953 

1 27

Heald, Henry T. - correspondence sent, 1942-1951 

1 28

Rettaliata, John - memorandum to the faculty, 1951 

1 29

Rettaliata, John - correspondence sent, 1951-1955 

1 30

Rettaliata, John - correspondence received, 1952-1953 

1 31

Taylor, Crombie - letters sent, 1945-1953 

1 32

Sub-Series E - Walter Paepcke 

Box Folder

Paepcke, Walter - Racquet club luncheon, 1940 

2 33

Paepcke, Walter - Fund campaign for School of Design, 1942 

2 34

Paepcke, Walter - correspondence with Loyal Baker [RESTRICTED--CLOSED TO PATRONS UNITL 2020], 1944-1945 

2 35

Paepcke, Walter - correspondence received - A-L, 1940-1956 

2 36

Paepcke, Walter - correspondence received -M-Z, 1940-1956 

2 37

Paepcke, Walter - correspondence sent - A-C, 1940-1956 

2 38

Paepcke, Walter - correspondence sent - D-E, 1940-1956 

2 39

Paepcke, Walter - correspondence sent - F-J, 1940-1956 

2 40

Paepcke, Walter - correspondence sent - K-M, 1940-1956 

2 41

Paepcke, Walter - correspondence sent - N-S, 1940-1956 

2 42

Paepcke, Walter - correspondence sent - T-Z, 1940-1956 

2 43

Sub-Series F - Other Administrative Files 

Box Folder

Institute of Design - physical location, 1945 

2 44

Marshall Field Mansion - clippings, 195 

2 45

Flyer - property for sale, undated 

2 46

Doblin, Jay - clippings, 1955 

2 47

Memo re: Institute of Design, 1944 

2 48

Lists, 1947 

2 49

Luncheon - Henrik de Kaufmann, 1944 

2 50

Enrollment - evening courses, 1945 

2 51

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Series II: School records 

Sub-series A - New Bauhaus 

Box Folder

New Bauhaus - dedication, 1937 

3 52

New Bauhaus - catalog, 1937-1938 

3 53

New Bauhaus - catalog, 1938-1939 

3 54

New Bauhaus - flyer, 1938 

3 55

New Bauhaus - exhibition, 1937-1938 

3 56

Sub-series B - School of Design - Mills College 

Box Folder

Mills College - catalog, 1940 

3 57

Mills College summer session - clippings, 1940 

3 58

Mills College - exhibition by school of design, 1927-1970 

3 59

Mills College - Bauhaus summer session - correspondence, 1939-1941 

3 60

Mills College - Bauhaus summer session - correspondence with School of Design artists, 1939-1940 

3 61

Sub-series C - School of Design 

Box Folder

School of Design - catalog, 1939-1940 

3 62

School of Design - catalog, 1941-1942 

3 63

School of Design - course and program descriptions, 1938-1944 

3 64

School of Design - summer session flyer, 1939 

3 65

School of Design - evening session flyer, 1939-1940 

3 66

School of Design - spring semester flyer, 1940 

3 67

School of Design - day and evening classes flyer, 1940-1941 

3 68

School of Design - day and evening classes flyer, 1941 

3 69

School of Design - flyer, 1942 

3 70

School of Design - evening session brochure, 1942-1942 

3 71

School of Design - summer session brochure, 1942 

3 72

School of Design - flyer, 1942-1943 

3 73

School of Design - summer session reply card, 1943 

3 74

School of Design - envelope, 1943 

3 75

School of Design - principles of camouflage course - Gyorgy Kepes, 1943 

3 76

School of Design - summer session flyer, 1943 

3 77

School of Design - evening photo classes, 1943 

3 78

School of Design - prefabrication course announcement, 1944 

3 79

School of Design - day and evening classes, 1943-1944 

3 80

School of Design - day and evening classes, 1944 

3 81

School of Design - spring semester flyer, 1944 

3 82

School of Design - Season's greetings woodcuts, 1943 

3 83

School of Design - War art exhibit catalog, 1944 

3 84

Sub-series E - Institute of Design 

Box Folder

Institute of Design - catalog, 1944-1945 

3 85

Institute of Design - catalog, 1945-1946 

3 86

Institute of Design - catalog, 1946-1947 

3 87

Institute of Design - catalog, 1948-1949 

3 88

Institute of Design - course and program descriptions, 1946-1951 

3 89

Institute of Design - course and program descriptions, 1946-1951 

3 90

Institute of Design - class schedules, 1945-1949 

3 91

Institute of Design - summer art camp -flyer, 1944 

3 92

Institute of Design - flyer, 1944-1945 

3 93

Institute of Design - flyers, 1944-1945 

3 94

Institute of Design - evening and Saturday professional classes, 1945 

3 95

Institute of Design - day school catalog, 1945-1946 

3 96

Institute of Design - flyer, 1946 

3 97

Institute of Design - New Vision in photography, 1946 

3 98

Institute of Design - evening courses, 1948-1959 

4 99

Institute of Design - flyer, 1949 

4 100

Institute of Design - flyer, 1949 

4 101

Institute of Design - evening courses, 1949-1950 

4 102

Institute of Design - flyer - open house, 1946 

4 103

Institute of Design - presentation to industry, 1944 

4 104

Institute of Design - typescript - "What is Design?", 1940 

4 105

Institute of Design - plan for scholarship, 1944 

4 106

Institute of Design - scholarship plan, 1944 

4 107

Institute of Design - course descriptions, 1944 

4 108

Institute of Design - Christmas greetings, 1946 

4 109

Institute of Design - "Types Alive!" - lectures, 1949 

4 110

Institute of Design - faculty exhibition flyer, 1949 

4 111

Sub-series F - Institute of Design at Illinois Institute of Technology 

Box Folder

ID/IIT - merger with IIT, 1949 

4 112

ID/IIT - organization of Institute for Advanced Study of IIT, 1949 

4 113

ID/IIT - Address on the Institute, 1950 

4 114

ID/IIT - reconstructed organizational chart, 1950 

4 115

ID/IIT - bulletin, 1950 

4 116

ID/IIT - bulletin, evening courses, 1951-1953 

4 117

ID/IIT - bulletin, evening courses, 1952-1954 

4 118

ID/IIT - bulletin, 1952-1954 

4 119

ID/IIT - bulletin, evening courses, 1954-1955 

4 120

ID/IIT - summer session flyer, teacher training, 1950 

4 121

ID/IIT - M.S. in Art Education flyer, 1951 

4 122

ID/IIT - Junior Workshop flyer, 1953 

4 123

ID/IIT - Art Education Program, 1953 

4 124

ID/IIT - At Education Program lectures - flyer, 1953 

4 125

ID/IIT - general flyer, 1954 

4 126

ID/IIT - general brochure, 1955 

4 127

ID/IIT - Art Education Program courses, 1955 

4 128

ID/IIT - Junior Workshop flyer, 1955 

4 129

ID/IIT - Junior Workshop flyer, 1955 

4 130

ID/IIT - Lectures - postcard announcements, 1953-1954 

4 131

ID/IIT - exhibitions - flyers, 1953-1955 

4 132

ID/IIT - "Design Today" booklet, 1953 

4 133

ID/IIT - IIT Architecture and Design flyer, 1954 

4 134

ID/IIT - "Your Career in Design" pamphlet, 1955 

4 135

ID/IIT - article in St. Louis Post, 1955 

4 136

ID/IIT - General Education Program outline, 1954 

4 137

ID/IIT - Open letter to President Rettaliata from students, 1955 

4 138

ID/IIT - Open letter to President Rettaliata from faculty, 1955 

4 139

Clippings, 1941-1967 

4 140

Friends of the Institute of Design, 1955 

4 141

Moholy-Nagy Scholarship Fund Flyer, 1953 

4 142

L. Moholy-Nagy Memorial Auction, 1951-1954 

4 143

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Series III: Institute of Design - Faculty and Students 

Box Folder

Idiom - Student periodical, 1949 

5 144

Student Independent - graphics issue, 1953 

5 145

Student Independent Exhibition - flyers, 1954-1955 

5 146

Louis Sullivan Exhibit - flyers, 1954-1955 

5 147

Faculty - minutes of meetings, 1954 

5 148

Faculty - open letter to all students, 1946 

5 149

Alumni list, 1966 

5 150

Fundraising lists, 1942-1943 

5 151

Biographical data - faculty and students, 1944 

5 152

Biographical data - former faculty, 1945 

5 153

Archipenko, Alexander - clippings, 1946 

5 154

Barr, Frank - cards, 1938 

5 155

Barr, Frank - cards, 1940 

5 156

Chermayeff, Ivan - exhibition announcement, 1954 

5 157

Chermayeff, Serge - note received with drawing, 1940 

5 158

Chermayeff, Serge - exhibition announcements, 1950 

5 159

Cermayeff, Serge - article, "Social Aspects of Art", 1945 

5 160

Chermayeff, Serge - booklet, 1947 

5 161

Chermayeff, Serge - S.T.A. exhibition booklet, 1948 

5 162

Chermayeff, Serge - "50 Books - 1950 Exhibition", 1950 

5 163

Chermayeff, Serge - Fabric Design, undated 

5 164

Chermayeff, Serge - letters sent, 1946-1967 

5 165

Chermayeff, Serge - letters received, 1939-1958 

5 166

Chermayeff, Serge - lectures 

5 167

Chermayeff, Serge - correspondence with Walter Paepcke, 1948 

5 168

Filipowski, Richard - correspondence, 1946-1950 

5 169

Kepes Gyorgy - exhibit catalog, 1939 

6 170

Kepes, Gyorgy - exhibition announcement, 1940 

6 171

Kepes, Gyorgy - cover design for Illustration magazine, 1941 

6 172

Kepes, Gyorgy - news release from Art Institute of Chicago re: photograph exhibition, 1943 

6 173

Kepes, Gyorgy - lectures, 1942 

6 174

Keck, George Frederick - lectures on prefabrication, 1944 

6 175

Lerner, Nathan - preface to The Bauhaus Years, 1972 

6 176

Lerner, Nathan - Bauhaus Years exhibit checklist, 1972 

6 177

Lerner, Nathan - Bauhaus Years exhibit announcement, 1972 

6 178

Lerner, Nathan - Clippings, 1960-1976 

6 179

Lerner, Nathan - press releases re: exhibit, 1973 

6 180

Lerner, Nathan - letter to Kepes, 1946 

6 181

Lerner, Nathan - lectures, 1968 

6 182

Moholy Nagy, Laszlo - letters sent, 1940-1946 

6 183

Moholy Nagy, Laszlo - letters received, 1940-1951 

6 184

Moholy Nagy, Laszlo - letters in Chicago Historical Society, 1943 

6 185

Moholy Nagy, Laszlo - lectures, 1943-1945 

6 186

Moholy Nagy, Laszlo - articles by, 1943-1947 

6 187

Moholy Nagy, Laszlo - articles and news stories about, 1967-1969 

6 188

Moholy Nagy, Laszlo - book flyers, 1945 

6 189

Moholy Nagy, Laszlo - dust jacket design, 1945 

6 190

Moholy Nagy, Laszlo - exhibition catalog, 1946 

6 191

Moholy Nagy, Laszlo - negatives of Buch Neuer Kunstler, 1936 

6 192

Moholy Nagy, Laszlo - death notices and obituaries, 1946 

6 193

Moholy Nagy, Sibyl - letters sent, 1940-1955 

6 194

Morris, Charles - unpublished article, 1937 

7 195

Morris, Charles - correspondence with Lloyd Englebrecht, 1968 

7 196

Preusser, Robert - correspondence, 1945-1948 

7 197

Selz, Peter and Richard Koppe - article, "The Education of the Art Teacher", 1955 

7 198

Selz, Peter - clippings, 1951-1953 

7 199

Selz, Peter - letters sent, 1953-1955 

7 200

Selz, Peter - letters received, 1950-1955 

7 201

Selz, Peter - faculty data sheet, 1950 

7 202

Smith, Henry Holmes - correspondence, 1937-1941 

7 203

Smith, Henry Holmes, 1937-1968 

7 204

Wachsmann, Konrad - letters sent, 1951-1954 

7 205

Wachsmann, Konrad - letter from Paepcke, 1954 

7 206

Walley, John - letter to B. Fuller, 1955 

7 207

Walley, John - speeches and writings, 1940-1942 

7 208

Wolff, Robert J. - correspondence, 1942-1968 

7 209

Wolff, Robert J. - correspondence, 1942-1968 

7 210

Wingler, Hans - letter to J. Walley, 1976 

7 211

Zirner, Laura - Costuming for the Modern Stage, 1957 

7 212

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Series IV: Advisors, Visitors and Lecturers 

Box Folder

Burtin, Will - catalog for Union Carbide, undated 

7 213

Fuller, R. Buckminster - clippings, 1953 

7 214

Fuller, R. Buckminster - inventory of writings, 1956 

7 215

Fuller, R. Buckminster - correspondence, 1941-1956 

7 216

Fuller, R. Buckminster - Dymaxion Index. 1953 

7 217

Fuller, R. Buckminster - Earth, Inc. - booklet, 1947 

7 218

Fuller, R. Buckminster - lectures, 1949 

7 219

Fuller, R. Buckminster - schedule of lectures and projects, 1951-1956 

7 220

Fuller, R. Buckminster, 1936-1955 

7 221

Fuller, R. Buckminster - poems, undated 

7 222

Fuller, R. Buckminster - list of invitation appointments, 1970 

7 223

Fuller, R. Buckminster - untitled manuscript attributed to Fuller, undated 

7 224

Gopius, Walter - flyer, 1945 

8 225

Gropius, Walter - Civic Dinner planning, 1950 

8 226

Gropius, Walter - letters sent, 1945-1955 

8 227

Gropius, Walter - letters received, 1951-1955 

8 228

Hayakawa, S. I. - article, 1947 

8 229

Leger, Ferdinand - exhibition catalog, 1944 

8 230

Leger, Ferdinand - exhibition flyer, 1944 

8 231

Read, Herbert - specimen page, 1946 

8 232

Severini, Gino - obituaries, clippings, 1966 

8 233

Wright, Frank Lloyd - clipping, 1970 

8 234

Citations to Chicago Tribune articles about the Institute of Design, 1969 

8 235

Lloyd Englebrecht - bibliographical notes, 1973 

8 236

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Series V: Exhibition material 

Box Folder

Art Center Chicago - exhibit flyer and letter fragment, 1942 

8 237

Art Institute of Chicago - Catalog - 58th Annual Exhibition of American Painting and Sculpture, 1947-1948 

8 238

Art Institute of Chicago - Catalog - 60th Annual Exhibition of American Painting and Sculpture, 1951 

8 239

Art Institute of Chicago - Catalog - Contemporary Drawings from 12 Countries, 1952 

8 240

Art Institute of Chicago - Catalog - 53rd Annual Exhibition by Artists of Chicago and Vicinity, 1949 

8 241

Art Institute of Chicago - Flyer - 53rd Annual Exhibition by Artists of Chicago and Vicinity, 1951 

8 242

Art Institute of Chicago - Catalog - 54th Annual Exhibition by Artists of Chicago and Vicinity, 1950 

8 243

Art Institute of Chicago - Catalog - 55th Annual Exhibition by Artists of Chicago and Vicinity, 1951 

8 244

Exhibition Momentum - Catalog, 1948 

8 245

Exhibition Momentum - booklet, 1950 

8 246

Momentum - Catalog, 1951 

8 247

Katharine Kuh Gallery - Catalog - "Exhibition of the Advance Guard of Advertising Artists", 1940 

8 248

Museum of Modern Art (New York) - Bauhaus Exhibit, 1940 

8 249

Museum of Modern Art (New York) - manuscript concerning design exhibits, 1944 

8 250

Chicago Plan Commission, 1948 

8 251

Chicago Plan Commission, 1949 

8 252

Chicago Plan Commission - printed materials, 1949 

8 253

South Side Planning Board - proposals, 1949 

8 254

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Series VI: Publications about the Institute of Design 

Box Folder

"The Rocky Road from the Bauhaus" in Chicago, 1955 

9 255

"Designing the Future" in Chicago Tribune, 1989 

9 256

"Institute of Design" in Foto, 1954 

9 257

Furniture Forum, vol. 1, no. 3 

9 258

Interiors, 1948 

9 259

Illustration, 1939 

9 260

Millar's Chicago Letter, 1940-1949 

9 261

PM, no. 33, 1937 

9 262

Technology Center Events, 1951-1954 

9 263

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Series VII: Photographs 

Box Folder

Furniture and design pieces, undated 

9 264

Painting by Moholy-Nagy, undated 

9 265

Photographs by Nathan Lerner, undated 

9 266

Chermayeff Exhibition, undated 

9 267

Chicago Plan Commission Exhibition, undated 

9 268

Design Pieces - Chermayeff, undated 

9 269

Exhibitions - design pieces and people, undated 

10 270

Exhibitions - design pieces and people, undated 

10 271

Exhibitions - design pieces and people, undated 

10 272

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