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Saul Nesbitt Papers

Creator:
Nesbitt, Saul, 1920-1993  Search this
Names:
Archway Cookies, Inc.  Search this
Borden's Farm Products Co. of Illinois  Search this
Campbell Soup Company  Search this
Cooper-Hewitt Design Archive  Search this
Eastman Kodak Company  Search this
Florists' Telegraph Delivery Association  Search this
Franco American Food Co.  Search this
Lever Brothers and Unilever, ltd.  Search this
National Distillers and Chemical Corporation  Search this
Nesbitt Associates, Ltd.  Search this
P. Ballantine & Sons  Search this
Philip Morris Incorporated  Search this
Revlon, Inc.  Search this
Schick (Firm)  Search this
Scott Paper Company  Search this
Seagram Company  Search this
Collector:
Cooper-Hewitt Design Archive  Search this
Extent:
3.5 Cubic feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Slides
Sketches
Transparencies
Press releases
Correspondence
Photographs
Media lists
Blueprints
Drawings
Clippings
Client lists
Date:
1951-1984
Scope and Contents:
Background and biographical information consists of Nesbitt's resume, an artist/designer statement, list of clients and accomplishments of Nesbitt Associates, Ltd., press releases, articles, and photographs of the designer.,The materials in this collection document Nesbitt's work from 1951 through 1984.
The records of the office of public relations cover the years 1955-1963 and include press releases and clippings describing some Nesbitt's products, his theories on consumer motivation, and the results of his surveys, as well as correspondence with members of the press. General office correspondence is boxed separately.
Color slides, color and black & white transparencies, and black & white photographs of most of Nesbitt's designs for packaging from 1951-1981 are included. Oversized materials include books jackets and booklets designed by Nesbitt, as well as some renderings for packaging designs done in color.
Three samples of fitted presentation boxes designed by Nesbitt are included, as well as a prototype for a design award for Parsons School of Design in New York, and two "Multiplication" cubes commissioned by the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
Arrangement:
This collection has been reboxed in archivally-sound containers, but the materials have only been partially processed and arranged. Record groups include: 1) Backgound and Biographical Information; 2) Records of the Public Relations Office, 1955-1963; 3) Correspondence; 4) Slides, Transparencies, and Photographs; 5) Oversized Materials; and 6) Samples.
Biographical / Historical:
Packaging, industrial, and graphic designer. Born in New York City, August 10, 1920. Nesbitt was a student of sculptor Chaim Gross and studied art at many New York institutions including: Art Students League; New York University; Columbia University; Pratt Institute of Art; and the New School.

He served in the U.S. Army from 1942 to 1945 where he worked as a cartographer and as the head of the visual aid section in a military intelligence training center. In 1945, he joined the staff of Harper's Bazaar magazine where he was an illustrator assisting art director Alexey Brodovich. In 1946, Nesbitt was hired by the industrial design studio of Raymond Loewy as a handletterer and packaging designer.

He worked with Lippincott Industrial Design from 1948 to 1951. Nesbitt opened his own design studio, Nesbitt Associates, Ltd. in 1951. The firm specialized in package design, trademarks, and corporate identities. Some of his most recognizable designs were for the label for Campbell's Soup and the Florists' Telegraph Delivery (F.T.D.) Winged Mercury 'Interflora' figure, still used today. Nesbitt's other clients included: Franco American; Revlon; Ballantine Beer; Borden; Champion spark plugs; Kodak; Philip Morris cigarettes; Schick razors; and Archway cookies. In addition, Nesbitt developed the "Karry Kit" for Ballantine Beer which came to be widely used and known as the six pack.

Nesbitt was known for his revealing studies and surveys of the buying needs and preferences of the "average American housewife" and consumers in general. His opinions on what he referred to as "underpackaging" were widely publicized in professional magazines and journals. In 1984, Nesbitt retired from the design field and went to California to resume his career as a sculptor until his death in 1993.
Provenance:
Collection donated by the designer's wife, Mrs. Saul Nesbitt, in 1994.
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research but is stored off-site and special arrangements must be made to work with it. Contact the Archives Center for information at archivescenter@si.edu or 202-633-3270.
Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Occupation:
Industrial designers  Search this
Packaging designers  Search this
Graphic designers  Search this
Topic:
Consumers -- Research  Search this
Consumers' preferences -- United States  Search this
Housewives as consumers  Search this
Labels -- Design  Search this
Corporate image -- Design  Search this
Logos (Symbols) -- Design  Search this
Graphic arts -- United States  Search this
Design, Industrial -- United States  Search this
Packaging -- Design  Search this
Genre/Form:
Slides
Sketches
Transparencies
Press releases
Correspondence
Photographs -- 20th century
Media lists
Blueprints
Drawings
Clippings
Client lists
Citation:
Saul Nesbitt Papers, 1951-1984, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.1275
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Archives Center, National Museum of American History
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Clark Gum; Philip Morris, Incorporated (Richmond, Virginia)

Collection Creator:
Lockwood Greene Engineers, Incorporated  Search this
Lockwood-Greene Company  Search this
Whitman, David  Search this
Greene, Stephen  Search this
Lockwood, Amos  Search this
Container:
Box 126
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research use. One film is tored at an off-site facility and special arrangements must be made to work with it. Researchers must handle unprotected photographs with gloves. Researchers must use reference copies of audio-visual materials. When no reference copy exists, the Archives Center staff will produce reference copies on an "as needed" basis, as resources allow. Contact the Archives Center for information at archivescenter@si.edu or 202-633-3270.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Lockwood Greene Records, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
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Lockwood-Greene Records
Lockwood-Greene Records / Series 2: Photographs and Slides / 2.3: Spartanburg office photographic file
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1113-ref6933

Press Kit, The Latin American Spirit: Art and Artists in the United States 1920-1970 Exhibition

Collection Creator:
Casas, Mel, 1929-2014  Search this
Container:
Box 2, Folder 13
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1989
Collection Restrictions:
This collection is open for research. Access to original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center.
Collection Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Collection Citation:
Mel Casas papers, 1963-1998. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Mel Casas papers
Mel Casas papers / Series 4: Printed Materials
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-casamel-ref24
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Cut out Nude, from the portfolio 11 Pop Artists, Volume I

Artist:
Tom Wesselmann, born Cincinnati, OH 1931-died New York City 2004  Search this
Publisher:
Original Editions  Search this
Medium:
color screenprint on plastic: vinyl mounted on paperboard
Dimensions:
sheet: 20 x 24 in. (50.9 x 60.9 cm)
Type:
Graphic Arts-Print
Date:
1965
Topic:
Figure female  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Philip Morris Incorporated
Object number:
1966.29.1
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Department:
Graphic Arts
Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/vk729ea6044-d0f9-46e5-9af7-3b20eb2afc58
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_1966.29.1

Jackie II, from the portfolio 11 Pop Artists, Volume II

Artist:
Andy Warhol, born Pittsburgh, PA 1928-died New York City 1987  Search this
Sitter:
Jacqueline Kennedy  Search this
Medium:
screenprint
Dimensions:
24 x 30 in. (61.0 x 76.2 cm)
Type:
Graphic Arts-Print
Date:
1965
Topic:
State of being\emotion\sorrow  Search this
Portrait female\bust  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Philip Morris Incorporated
Copyright:
© 2014 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Object number:
1966.29.16
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Department:
Graphic Arts
Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/vk7f669a16a-1754-4c56-92a5-a6e453ebfe26
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_1966.29.16

Jackie I, from the portfolio 11 Pop Artists, Volume I

Artist:
Andy Warhol, born Pittsburgh, PA 1928-died New York City 1987  Search this
Publisher:
Original Editions  Search this
Printer:
KMF, Inc.  Search this
Sitter:
Jacqueline Kennedy  Search this
Medium:
screenprint on paper
Dimensions:
sheet: 24 x 20 in. (61.0 x 50.8 cm)
Type:
Graphic Arts-Print
Date:
1966
Topic:
Portrait female\bust  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Philip Morris Incorporated
Object number:
1966.29.2
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Department:
Graphic Arts
Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/vk776b3ec97-3491-4e5a-afee-02e523e3493d
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_1966.29.2

Bird Lady, from the portfolio 11 Pop Artists, Volume II

Artist:
John Wesley, born Los Angeles, CA 1928  Search this
Medium:
screenprint
Dimensions:
24 x 30 in. (61.0 x 76.2 cm)
Type:
Graphic Arts-Print
Date:
1965
Topic:
Animal\bird  Search this
Figure female\nude  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Philip Morris Incorporated
Object number:
1966.29.20
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Department:
Graphic Arts
Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/vk701d00f21-1c13-4ea1-8e31-a1909f9f1160
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_1966.29.20

Nude, from the portfolio 11 Pop Artists, Volume II

Artist:
Tom Wesselmann, born Cincinnati, OH 1931-died New York City 2004  Search this
Medium:
screenprint
Dimensions:
29 3/4 x 24 in. (75.6 x 61.0 cm)
Type:
Graphic Arts-Print
Date:
1965
Topic:
Figure female\nude  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Philip Morris Incorporated
Object number:
1966.29.21
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Department:
Graphic Arts
Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/vk7690a9660-42f1-4d45-85c5-f18e65d8b93c
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_1966.29.21

Jackie III, from the portfolio 11 Pop Artists, Volume III

Artist:
Andy Warhol, born Pittsburgh, PA 1928-died New York City 1987  Search this
Publisher:
Original Editions  Search this
Printer:
KMF, Inc.  Search this
Sitter:
Jacqueline Kennedy  Search this
Medium:
screenprint on paper
Dimensions:
sheet and image: 40 x 30 in. (101.6 x 76.2 cm)
Type:
Graphic Arts-Print
Date:
1966
Topic:
State of being\emotion\happiness  Search this
State of being\emotion\sorrow  Search this
Portrait female\bust  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Philip Morris Incorporated
Copyright:
© 2014 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Object number:
1966.29.28
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Department:
Graphic Arts
Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/vk7d34329f7-9bff-4ef7-b2e5-d411634da579
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_1966.29.28

TV Still Life, from the portfolio 11 Pop Artists, Volume III

Artist:
Tom Wesselmann, born Cincinnati, OH 1931-died New York City 2004  Search this
Medium:
screenprint
Dimensions:
29 x 38 in. (73.7 x 96.5 cm)
Type:
Graphic Arts-Print
Date:
1965
Topic:
Still life\fruit\pear  Search this
Still life\furniture\television  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Philip Morris Incorporated
Object number:
1966.29.29
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
Department:
Graphic Arts
Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/vk76d66f568-2726-49aa-ba9e-e59c26e9cc16
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_1966.29.29

Dream of Unicorns, from the portfolio 11 Pop Artists, Volume III

Artist:
John Wesley, born Los Angeles, CA 1928  Search this
Medium:
screenprint
Dimensions:
28 5/8 x 38 1/2 in. (72.7 x 97.8 cm)
Type:
Graphic Arts-Print
Date:
1965
Topic:
Figure female\full length  Search this
State of being\phenomenon\dream  Search this
Animal\rhinoceros  Search this
Dress\costume\bathing suit  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Philip Morris Incorporated
Object number:
1966.29.33
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Department:
Graphic Arts
Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/vk7eade7457-8148-4bbc-8258-c9a6d09884e6
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_1966.29.33

Maiden, from the portfolio 11 Pop Artists, Volume I

Artist:
John Wesley, born Los Angeles, CA 1928  Search this
Medium:
screenprint
Dimensions:
24 x 20 in. (61.0 x 50.8 cm)
Type:
Graphic Arts-Print
Date:
1965
Topic:
Figure female  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Philip Morris Incorporated
Object number:
1966.29.7
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Department:
Graphic Arts
Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/vk72f04d654-87c3-41cf-afce-f7b9ad9b1b03
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_1966.29.7

Custom Print II, from the portfolio 11 Pop Artists, Volume II

Artist:
Peter Phillips, English, born Birmingham, England 1939  Search this
Medium:
screenprint on paperboard: alufoil
Dimensions:
24 x 30 in. (61.0 x 76.2 cm)
Type:
Graphic Arts-Print
Date:
1965
Topic:
Abstract  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Philip Morris Incorporated
Object number:
1966.29.13
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Department:
Graphic Arts
Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/vk735e3b409-b3ac-4df7-8596-a6cf26da22e8
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_1966.29.13

Whipped Butter for Eugen Ruchin, from the portfolio 11 Pop Artists, Volume II

Artist:
James Rosenquist, born Grand Forks, ND 1933-died New York City 2017  Search this
Medium:
screenprint on paper
Dimensions:
sheet: 24 x 29 7/8 in. (61.0 x 76.0 cm)
Type:
Graphic Arts-Print
Date:
1965
Topic:
Abstract  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Philip Morris Incorporated
Object number:
1966.29.14
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Department:
Graphic Arts
Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/vk76f289925-54a8-49e4-94fa-7365cb6115cb
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_1966.29.14

Tobacco Rose, from the portfolio 11 Pop Artists, Volume II

Artist:
Mel Ramos, born Sacramento, CA 1935-died Oakland, CA 2018  Search this
Publisher:
Original Editions  Search this
Medium:
screenprint
Dimensions:
sheet: 30 × 24 in. (76.2 × 61.0 cm) image: 28 × 22 in. (71.1 × 55.9 cm)
Type:
Graphic Arts-Print
Date:
1965
Topic:
Figure female\nude  Search this
Object\other\smoking material  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Philip Morris Incorporated
Object number:
1966.29.22
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Department:
Graphic Arts
Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/vk7dbcc859a-29ea-46b7-a290-012feaa3e590
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_1966.29.22

Custom Print III, from the portfolio 11 Pop Artists, Volume III

Artist:
Peter Phillips, English, born Birmingham, England 1939  Search this
Medium:
screenprint on paperboard
Dimensions:
sheet: 24 3/8 x 40 in. (61.9 x 101.6 cm)
Type:
Graphic Arts-Print
Date:
1965
Topic:
Abstract  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Philip Morris Incorporated
Object number:
1966.29.26
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Department:
Graphic Arts
Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/vk726a3b7aa-0526-4c74-9f7b-8c3b26c11e8c
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_1966.29.26

For Love, from the portfolio 11 Pop Artists, Volume III

Artist:
James Rosenquist, born Grand Forks, ND 1933-died New York City 2017  Search this
Publisher:
Original Editions  Search this
Printer:
KMF, Inc.  Search this
Medium:
screenprint on paper
Dimensions:
sheet and image: 35 1/2 x 26 1/2 in. (90.2 x 67.3 cm)
Type:
Graphic Arts-Print
Date:
1965
Topic:
Figure\fragment\hand  Search this
Animal\fish  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Philip Morris Incorporated
Object number:
1966.29.27
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
Department:
Graphic Arts
Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/vk739e41074-0bce-4c14-bd38-e0756044dcac
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_1966.29.27

Miss Comfort Creme, from the portfolio 11 Pop Artists, Volume III

Artist:
Mel Ramos, born Sacramento, CA 1935-died Oakland, CA 2018  Search this
Medium:
screenprint
Dimensions:
40 x 30 1/8 in. (101.6 x 76.5 cm)
Type:
Graphic Arts-Print
Date:
1965
Topic:
Figure female\nude  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Philip Morris Incorporated
Object number:
1966.29.32
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Department:
Graphic Arts
Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/vk72ff87f3c-7dda-4c47-a39f-5a8a1145bbcf
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_1966.29.32

Custom Print I, from the portfolio 11 Pop Artists, Volume I

Artist:
Peter Phillips, English, born Birmingham, England 1939  Search this
Medium:
screenprint on paperboard: alufoil
Dimensions:
sheet: 24 x 20 in. (61.0 x 50.8 cm)
Type:
Graphic Arts-Print
Date:
1965
Topic:
Figure female  Search this
Architecture\vehicle\automobile  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Philip Morris Incorporated
Object number:
1966.29.6
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Department:
Graphic Arts
Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/vk7ba565c83-1e7c-472e-aec7-92e23f5fdcfd
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_1966.29.6

Circles of Confusion, from the portfolio 11 Pop Artists, Volume I

Artist:
James Rosenquist, born Grand Forks, ND 1933-died New York City 2017  Search this
Publisher:
Original Editions  Search this
Printer:
KMF, Inc.  Search this
Medium:
screenprint on paper
Dimensions:
sheet and image: 23 7/8 x 20 in. (60.8 x 50.7 cm)
Type:
Graphic Arts-Print
Date:
1965
Topic:
Abstract\geometric  Search this
Emblem\logo  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Philip Morris Incorporated
Object number:
1966.29.8
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
Department:
Graphic Arts
Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/vk7cb62d67a-4724-4e0a-a7af-4d1d03acbb3f
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_1966.29.8

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