Mair, Francis M., 1916-1991 (commercial artist) Search this
Scope and Contents:
Includes matted or mounted pencil sketches, charcoal drawings, water colors and pastel paintings. Materials are grouped by subject and date from 1935-1984. Subjects include abstracts, animals, insects, fish, arrows, bay area bridges, churches, heraldic symbols, stars, sun, trees, wildflowers, monograms, musical instruments, and wooden sculptures to name a few. Product ideas and designs for car air vents, bottles, drawer handles, flatware, furniture, lighting, razors, wallpaper, rugs, restaurant interiors, toys, ornaments, and theatrical costumes are also included. Artwork of people include both portraits and caricatures of entire bodies or the parts of the body such as the eyes, hands and private parts. There is a substantial amount of material using the letters of the alphabet formed out of shapes such as curly cues, dots, and dashes. In addition, some of Mair's earlier artwork and that of the University of Illinois students dating from 1935-1936 can also be found among these materials. Of interest is the Christmas cards, letterhead, and announcements created for the Mair family and friends. Materials are arranged in alphabetical order by subject.
Collection is open for research.
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Francis M. Mair Papers, 1938-1990, Archives Center, National Museum of American History. Gift of LaVeda Mair.