Melville Vaughn Millbourn papers
MSMilb88

 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
Millbourn, Melvin Vaughn, 1893-1987
Title
Melville Vaughn Millbourn papers
ID
MSMilb88
Date [inclusive]
1918-1987
Extent
14.0 Linear feet
Language
English
Abstract:
M. Vaughn Millbourn, was a Chicago-based graphic designer and a member of the 27 Chicago Designers. The M. Vaughn Millbourn papers include samples of his work - linoleum carvings and metal etchings of plants and Christmas cards along with prints, some signed, letterheads and advertising materials with Millbourn's layouts. The collection also includes lecture notes and display materials from his classes, personal and business correspondence and some of Millbourn's art supplies.

Preferred Citation

Melville Vaughn Millbourn papers, Special Collections and University Archives, University of Illinois at Chicago

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Biographical Sketch

M. Vaughn Millbourn, was a Chicago-based graphic designer and a member of the 27 Chicago Designers. He owned a Chicago Loop-based design firm, illustrated for Encyclopedia Britannica and taught at the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts. His artistic interests included typography, linoleum printing, zinc plates and plant life. Millbourn taught classes in lettering, advertising, printing and reproducing from the mid 1920's to the mid 1980's. His firm created letterheads, Christmas cards and designed promotional materials for other companies.

M. Vaughn Millbourn was born on September 8th, 1893, in Charlotte, Michigan and died at the age of 95, on October 23, 1987. He came to Chicago in 1913 to study at the School of the Art Institute, and after graduation in 1918, joined the army but was never deployed.

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Scope and Contents

The M. Vaughn Millbourn papers include samples of his work - linoleum carvings and metal etchings of plants and Christmas cards along with prints, some signed, letterheads and advertising materials with Millbourn's layouts. The collection also includes lecture notes and display materials from his classes, personal and business correspondence and some of Millbourn's art supplies.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives 2006-03-14

801 S. Morgan Street
Chicago, Illinois, 60607
312.996.2742

Revision Description

  06/24/2010

Restrictions on Access

None

Restrictions on Use

None

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Controlled Access Headings

Personal Name(s)

  • Millbourn, Melvin Vaughn, 1893-1987 -- Archives

Subject(s)

  • Artists -- Illinois -- Chicago -- Biography.
  • Chicago Design History.
  • Graphic arts -- Illinois -- Chicago.
  • Graphic design (Typography).

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Collection Inventory

Series I : General Files 

Box Folder

Print block samples, purple aster, 1947 

1 1

Print block samples, columbine, 1944-1948 

1 2

Print block samples, daffodil, undated 

1 3

Print block samples, morning glory, 1944 

1 4

Print block samples, nasturtium, 1944 

1 5

Print block samples, orchids, 1944 

1 6

Print block samples, poppy, 1944 

1 7

Print block samples, pink rose, 1944 

1 8

Print block samples, sweet pea, 1922-1944 

1 9

Print block samples, tulip, 1944-1948 

1 10

A-B-C book prototype, undated 

1 11

Purple iris materials, undated 

1 12

Geranium materials, undated 

1 13

Daffodil materials, undated 

1 14

Red tulip materials, undated 

1 15

Purple daisy materials, undated 

1 16

Black-eyed susan materials, undated 

1 17

Spathiphyllum materials, undated 

1 18

Purple aster, 7 linoleum cuts and 1 zinc plate, undated 

2 19

Columbine, 7 linoleum cuts and 1 zinc plate, undated 

3 20

Morning glory, 7 linoleum cuts, undated 

4 21

Nasturtium, 9 linoleum cuts and 1 zinc plate, undated 

5 22

Orchids, 9 linoleum cuts and 1 zinc plate, undated 

6 23

Poppy, 6 linoleum cuts and 1 zinc plate, undated 

7 24

Pine Rose, 8 linoleum cuts and 1 zinc plate, undated 

8 25

Sweet pea, 6 linoleum cuts and 1 zinc plate; oak, 1 zinc plate, undated 

9 26

Tulip, 5 linoleum cuts and 1 zinc plate, undated 

10 27

Purple iris, 6 linoleum cuts and 1 zinc plate, undated 

11 28

M. Vaughn Millbourn firm promotional materials: money pouch, undated 

12 29

M. Vaughn Millbourn firm promotional materials: rooster, undated 

12 30

M. Vaughn Millbourn firm promotional materials: bird feeding chicks, undated 

12 31

M. Vaughn Millbourn firm promotional materials: packing materials, undated 

12 32

M. Vaughn Millbourn firm promotional materials: oaks and acorns, 1948 

12 33

M. Vaughn Millbourn firm promotional materials: pussy willow in spring, undated 

12 34

M. Vaughn Millbourn firm promotional materials: change of address announcement,, undated 

12 35

M. Vaughn Millbourn firm promotional materials, undated 

12 36

M. Vaughn Millbourn firm promotional materials: tastefulness, undated 

12 37

M. Vaughn Millbourn firm promotional materials: aimed at women, undated 

12 38

M. Vaughn Millbourn firm promotional materials: assorted, undated 

12 39

M. Vaughn Millbourn firm promotional materials: scottie dog, undated 

12 40

M. Vaughn Millbourn firm promotional materials: design council, undated 

12 41

M. Vaughn Millbourn firm promotional materials: Christmas, undated 

12 42

M. Vaughn Millbourn firm promotional materials: Christmas design council, undated 

12 43

Greeting cards: Riley family, undated 

12 44

Greeting cards: Frank and Henrietta Oakes, undated 

12 45

Greeting cards: Denise, Verom, Irene and Walt Riley, 1941 

12 46

Greeting cards: autumnal scene, Rena Conklin and Margaret Golden, undated 

12 47

Greeting cards: Ned, Mary-Devota, Joe, Devota, Joan and Jack Merrion, undated 

12 48

Greeting cards: the Blocks, undated 

12 49

Greeting cards: Mr and Mrs Frank J. Link, Bellie and OJ Schafer, 1941 

12 50

Greeting cards: George Francis Linsay, undated 

12 51

Greeting cards: from Millbourn, three bells, undated 

12 52

Greeting cards: from Millbourn, winter scene, 1939 

12 53

Greeting cards: from Millbourn, border, undated 

12 54

Greeting cards: from Millbourn, rabbit, 1939 

12 55

Greeting cards: from Millbourn, noel, undated 

12 56

Greeting cards: from Millbourn, the nativity, undated 

12 57

Greeting cards: from Millbourn, cardinal, undated 

12 58

Greeting cards: from Millbourn, three wise men, 1933 

12 59

Greeting cards: from Millbourn, wishing you, undated 

12 60

Greeting cards: from Millbourn, Tennyson quote, undated 

12 61

Greeting cards: samples, undated 

12 62

Paper samples 

12 63

Print block samples, bird with apple, undated 

12 64

Print block samples, bird under pine cone, undated 

12 65

Print block sample, apple blossoms, undated 

12 66

Watercolors of flowers, undated 

12 67

Watercolors of bouquet in vase, undated 

12 68

Invitations: Mrs. and Mr. Benjamin F. Stein, the Scribners, 1937-1938 

12 69

Black-eye susan, 4 wood blocks, undated 

13 70

Autumnal Christmas card, 6 linoleum cuts, undated 

14 71

Christmas card plates and linoleum cuts, undated 

15

Bouquet in a vase, 6 wood blocks, undated 

16 72

Bouquet in vase, 5 wood blocks, undated 

17 73

Bell with flowers, 3 wood blocks, undated 

17 74

M. Vaughn Millbourn firm: American Bakers' Association, undated 

18 75

M. Vaughn Millbourn firm: American Lodge #889, 1937-1938 

18 76

M. Vaughn Millbourn firm: Booz, Fry Allen and Hamilton, undated 

18 77

M. Vaughn Millbourn firm: Butler Brands paper, undated 

18 78

M. Vaughn Millbourn firm: Camp Miniwaste, undated 

18 79

M. Vaughn Millbourn firm: Casement Hardware Co, undated 

18 80

M. Vaughn Millbourn firm: Chicago Guild of Freelance Artists Inc., undated 

18 81

M. Vaughn Millbourn firm: Critchfield and Co. Advertising, undated 

18 82

M. Vaughn Millbourn firm: Encyclopedia Britannica, undated 

18 83

M. Vaughn Millbourn firm: Great Lakes Seaway Journal, 1959 

18 84

M. Vaughn Millbourn firm: Holton Food Products, Co., undated 

18 85

M. Vaughn Millbourn firm: Indiana Society of Chicago, 1927 

18 86

M. Vaughn Millbourn firm: lake Forest Antique show, 1962 

18 87

M. Vaughn Millbourn firm: Linweave Papers 

18 88

M. Vaughn Millbourn firm: Lyon and Healy, America's Great Music House, undated 

18 89

M. Vaughn Millbourn firm: Marquette Building, 1938 

18 90

M. Vaughn Millbourn firm: Morris' Supreme Oleomargarine, undated 

18 91

M. Vaughn Millbourn firm: Morton Salt Co., 1925-1932 

18 92

M. Vaughn Millbourn firm: National Association of Hospitals, 1948-1966 

18 93

M. Vaughn Millbourn firm: National Council of Architectural Registration Boards, undated 

18 94

M. Vaughn Millbourn firm: New Union League Club, 1926-1929 

18 95

M. Vaughn Millbourn firm: North Shore Baptist Church, 1942-1970 

18 96

M. Vaughn Millbourn firm: Northern Trust Co., undated 

18 97

M. Vaughn Millbourn firm: Panogen, Inc., 1953 

18 98

M. Vaughn Millbourn firm: Popular Mechanics magazine, undated 

18 99

M. Vaughn Millbourn firm: Breck D. Porter Co., Stationers and Engravers, 1929-1931 

18 100

M. Vaughn Millbourn firm: Printing Advertising Art, 1938 

18 101

M. Vaughn Millbourn firm: Ervin A. Rice Co., undated 

18 102

M. Vaughn Millbourn firm: Strahorn Gentelmen's Taylor, undated 

18 103

M. Vaughn Millbourn firm: Swigart Paper Co., 1947 

18 104

M. Vaughn Millbourn firm: United States Gypsum Co., undated 

18 105

M. Vaughn Millbourn firm: Westclox, undated 

18 106

Greeting cards: Robert N. White, undated 

18 107

M. Vaughn Millbourn firm: Wlliams and Cunnigham, 1938-1939 

18 108

Print samples of plates, undated 

19 109

Millbourn family tree, correspondence: U.S. army, letters of recommendation, Eastland disaster clipping, 1915-1972 

19 110

Newspaper clipping on R.F. Babcock, undated 

19 111

Christmas card from Elsie Leithardt, undated 

19 112

Greeting card correspondence, 1950-1974 

19 113

Hallmark application, correspondence, 1949-1967 

19 114

Telephone Company, Port Handbook, 1957-1959 

19 115

27 Chicago Designers guidelines, 1943-1955 

19 116

Ultra-Violet products, Veritone, 1956-1965 

19 117

Veritone Co., 1955 

19 118

RR Donnelley and Sons Co., 1938-1978 

19 119

Correspondence, 1951-1974 

19 120

Correspondence with Ralph and Irene, 1976 

19 121

Society of Typographic Arts, Strathmore Paper Co., Swigart, Letter to Mayor Kelly, 1933-1979 

19 122

Office Appliance and newspaper clipping on Carey Orr, 1942-1953 

19 123

Artist Guild News Bulletin and Golf Tournament, 1941-1958 

19 124

The Print Club, 1941 

19 125

Paasche Catalogues for airbrush painting, 1957 

19 126

Playboy, Frederick Post Co, Antioch Directory of Book Plate Designers, invitation to U of I dentistry, 1917-1966 

19 127

Chicago Academy of Fine Arts, 1929-1970 

19 128

Charlotte (Michigan) High School 50th reunion, invite to rejoin the 27 Chicago designers, general correspondence with old friends, 1931-1977 

19 129

Athenaeum book list, 1978 

19 130

North Shore Baptist Church correspondence, M. Vaughn Millbourn firm: invoices,, 1939-1985 

19 131

Porfolio of samples for class, undated 

19 132

Packing samples for class, 1958 

19 133

Notes on problems 1-10 for class, undated 

20 134

Notes on problems 11-29 for class, undated 

20 135

Lecture notes for lettering/packaging class, undated 

20 136

Lecture notes for first-year lettering, undated 

20 137

Lecture notes for first-year lettering, undated 

20 138

Lecture notes for first-year lettering, undated 

20 139

Lecture notes for first-year lettering, undated 

20 140

Lecture notes for second-year lettering, undated 

20 141

Student records, 1947-1963 

20 142

Student records, 1953-1960 

20 143

Student records, 1929-1953 

20 144

Lecture samples of prints and reproductions, 1926-1984 

21 145

Lecture samples on block prints, undated 

21 146

Flower prints: 2 lily, 1 calla and 1 jack-in-the pulpit, undated 

21 147

Spring flowers in a brown vase, undated 

21 148

Crocus with 4 chicks, undated 

21 149

Wild rose with prototypes, undated 

21 150

Hollyhock, undated 

21 151

Flowers with prints, one Christmas card, 1958-1960 

21 152

Autographed block print, sketch of bird, undated 

21 153

Single tree experiment in charcoal, 1921 

21 154

Still life experiment in charcoal, undated 

21 155

Dimension via trees, clouds, water color chart, undated 

21 156

Sketch book, undated 

21 157

Sketch book, undated 

21 158

Sketch book, 1940-1944 

21 159

Sketch book, 1976-1978 

21 160

Book, edited by Millbourn: Airpainting Instructions for Beginners, undated 

21 161

Letterhead samples, undated 

21 162

Samples of typefaces, undated 

21 163

Gold leaf for surface guilding, undated 

21 164

Large Linweave envelopes, undated 

21 165

Alexander Japan paper, undated 

21 166

White Bay Path Cover paper, undated 

22 167

Cvihes white paper, undated 

22 168

Fine white paper, undated 

22 169

Arnold sheets, white paper, undated 

22 170

Fine printing paper, undated 

22 171

Alexander Japan good bristle board white paper, undated 

22 172

Translucent ivory paper, undated 

22 173

White paper for cards, undated 

22 174

'Satellite 1982' by Carl Regehr (148/250), undated 

22 175

Certificates given to Millbourn, biographical materials, 1945-1986 

22 176

Chicago Academy of Fine Arts Yearbooks, 1947-1949 

22 177

Society of Typographic Arts book, 1982 

22 178

Color charts and documentation and instructions for tools, undated 

22 179

Flower and watercolors, 1922 

22 180

Example certificates and diplomas, undated 

22 181

Cards, golf schedules and book nametags, 19, 1940-1942 

22 182

The Graphic Arts monthly, cover design likely by Millbourn, September 1946 

22 183

Notebook from school, undated 

22 184
Box

Dietzgen PowERaser - an electric eraser, undated 

23

Acrylic paints in eyedropper bottles, undated 

23

Drafting tool, undated 

23

Rapid Copy Service proportion calculators, undated 

23

Color samples, undated 

23

North American Color Service color chart, undated 

23

Hand-held screen, undated 

23

Ink well, undated 

24

Watercolor paints, undated 

24

Sweeping brush, undated 

24

Assorted drafting tools, undated 

24

Triangular ruler, undated 

24

Millbourn's tool box - three drawers of pens, brushes, drafting tools, knives, points, Raasche Airbrush and other art supplies, undated 

25

Rubber brayer, undated 

26

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Series II: Oversized Folders 

Oversize

Print block samples, yellow iris, 1944 

Folder 185

Print block samples and sketches, assorted, 1922-1948 

Folder 186

M. Vaughn Millbourn firm promotional materials: parrot, undated 

Folder 187

M. Vaughn Millbourn firm promotional materials: dictionary, undated 

Folder 188

M. Vaughn Millbourn firm promotional materials: WWII victory bonds, undated 

Folder 189

M. Vaughn Millbourn firm promotional materials: maple tree, undated 

Folder 190

M. Vaughn Millbourn firm promotional materials: wildflowers, undated 

Folder 191

M. Vaughn Millbourn firm promotional materials: monkeys, undated 

Folder 192

M. Vaughn Millbourn firm promotional materials: bees, undated 

Folder 193

M. Vaughn Millbourn firm promotional materials: fashion, undated 

Folder 194

M. Vaughn Millbourn firm promotional materials: design and layout advertisements, undated 

Folder 195

M. Vaughn Millbourn firm: Arrow Company, Esquire, Life, Marshall Field and Co., Purcell L. Smith, other samples from M. Vaughn Millbourn firm work, undated 

Folder 196

Lecture material examples for class, undated 

Folder 197

Lecture examples for lettering class, undated 

Folder 198

Lecture examples for prints and reproductions class, undated 

Folder 199

Watercolor/charcoal and dimension - trees, undated 

Folder 200

Watercolor/charcoal and dimension - streetscape, undated 

Folder 201

Watercolor/charcoal and dimension - trees, undated 

Folder 202

Watercolor/charcoal and dimension - flowers, undated 

Folder 203

Sketches for Encyclopedia Britannica, undated 

Folder 204

Calligraphy samples, undated 

Folder 205

Book prototype: Simplifying the Printing Ink Problem, undated 

Folder 206

Mechanical Illustration chart by Millbourn, undated 

Folder 207

Florist Review prototype, undated 

Folder 208

M. Vaughn Millbourn firm: assorted product samples, undated 

Folder 209

North Shore Baptist Church letterhead, undated 

Folder 210

Office Appliance letterhead, undated 

Folder 211

Color chart prototypes, undated 

Folder 212

White proof paper samples, undated 

Folder 213

Assorted paper samples, undated 

Folder 214

Signed posters from "Sequences" collection - Off the Wall by McRay Magleby and Chopstix by HS, golf tournament sign by Millbourn, 1986 

Folder 215

Army photos: panoramic postcard of Camp Johnston in Jacksonville Florida, American Lodge #889, Printers' Service Co. #1, Office Service Company #1, 1918 

Folder 216

M. Vaughn Millbourn firm: samples of Christmas cards and advertisements, certificates, undated 

Folder 217

M. Vaughn Millbourn firm: design samples, front cover of 23rd Republican Convention in Chicago from 1944, undated 

Folder 218

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