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Donald Deskey collection

Creator:
Deskey, Donald, 1894-  Search this
Names:
Brunswick-Balke-Collender Company  Search this
Centre de recherche en économie et statistique (Paris, France)  Search this
Charak Furniture Company  Search this
Cooper-Hewitt Design Archive  Search this
Deskey Associates, Inc.  Search this
Deskey-Vollmer, Inc.  Search this
Donald Deskey Associates, Inc.  Search this
Johnson & Johnson, Inc.  Search this
New York World's Fair (1939-1940)  Search this
Procter & Gamble Company  Search this
Radio City Music Hall (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Widdicomb Furniture Company  Search this
Deskey, Donald, 1894-  Search this
Extent:
75 Cubic feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Proposals
Labels
Clippings
Renderings
Slides
Stationery
Letters patent
Financial records
Photographs
Drawings
Client lists
Correspondence
Organizational charts
Reviews
Patents
Lantern slides
Technical reports
Date:
1927-1989
Summary:
Project files containmagazine and newspaper clippings, reviews, correspondence, renderings, floor plans, perspective drawings, site plans, sketches, preliminary drawings, patents, stationery, labels, and technical reports. There is an extensive collection of photographs and slides of many of Deskey's packaging designs, interiors, furnishings, and exhibition installations. The files of Donald Deskey Associates include organizational charts, client files, proposals, and financial records. Some of Deskey's personal correspondence, speeches, articles, and family photographs are included. Materials cover the period from 1927-1975.
Arrangement note:
Arranged into six records groups: 1) architecture/interiors projects; 2)Donald Deskey Associates; 3) industrial design projects; 4) reference; 5) Donald Deskey's personal papers; and 6) photographs. A special collection of more than one thousand slides of Deskey's work are boxed separately.
Biographical/Historical note:
Industrial, interior, and packaging designer. Born Blue Earth, Minnesota, November 23, 1894. By 1943, he had established Donald Deskey Associates in New York. Along with Dreyfuss, Bel Geddes, and Loewy, Deskey was one of the great industrial design pioneers in the 1930s.

He is best known for his designs for the furnishings and interiors of Radio City Music Hall in 1932, and for his work for companies such as: Widdicomb Furniture Company, Grand Rapids, Michigan; W & J Sloane, New York; and Estey Manufacturing Company, Owosso, Michigan. Deskey is also known for his familiar packaging designs for Procter & Gamble products, such as Crest toothpaste, Prell shampoo, and Tide detergent.

Donald Deskey Associates also was responsible for lamppost #10, the streetlight still in use today in New York City. Materials from this archival collection were featured in Cooper-Hewitt's 1994 exhibition and accompanying book, "Packaging the New: Design and the American Consumer, 1925- 1975."
Location of Other Archival Materials Note:
Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Drawings and Prints Department. Approximately 3,000 drawings for furniture and textile designs.
Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Applied Arts Department. Two tables, handles, and a glass bottle and box designed by Deskey.
Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Textiles Department. One textile designed by Deskey.
Other sources of archival information on Deskey include, the Procter & Gamble Archive, Cincinnati, Ohio, and Deskey Associates, New York City.
Provenance:
The Deskey collection was donated to the museum in three installments.

In 1975, Deskey deposited at Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum,, hundreds of drawings, 3 four-drawer file cabinets of material, and several oversized packages comprising the bulk of his papers covering the period from 1927-1965. These items were officially donated to the museum in 1988.

In 1992, Deskey Associates of New York made an additional gift consisting of, approximately 1,000 35mm slides that documented projects from the 1960s through 1980s, and focused primarily on designs for packaging.

In 1994, Donald Deskey's nephew, Robert Deskey presented the Museum with, 120 postcards, letters, and family photographs.
Restrictions:
Unrestricted research use onsite by appointment. Permission of staff required to photograph materials.
Occupation:
Packaging designers -- United States  Search this
Interior designers -- United States  Search this
Industrial designers -- United States  Search this
Topic:
Packaging -- Design  Search this
Street lighting -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Buildings, Prefabricated -- United States  Search this
Plastics -- Design  Search this
Interior decoration -- United States -- 20th century  Search this
Design, Industrial -- United States  Search this
Furniture design -- United States  Search this
Art deco -- United States  Search this
Genre/Form:
Proposals
Labels
Clippings
Renderings
Slides
Stationery
Letters patent
Financial records
Photographs
Drawings
Client lists
Correspondence
Organizational charts
Reviews
Patents
Lantern slides
Technical reports
Identifier:
SIL-CH.1975-11-77
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sil-ch-1975-11-77

Notice of Opposition by Brunswick-Balke-Collender Company against Albany Billiard Ball Company, regarding the trademark for the name "Durolite"

Collection Creator:
Albany Billiard Ball Company (Albany, New York)  Search this
Container:
Box 23, Folder 17
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1930 - 1930
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
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:
Albany Billiard Ball Company Records, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
Albany Billiard Ball Company Records
Albany Billiard Ball Company Records / Series 5: Patents and Trademarks / 5.5: Patent Search, Application and Opposition
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0011-ref152

Booklet- This is Carlisle

Collection Publisher:
United States Indian School (Carlisle, Pa.)  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 2
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1908
Scope and Contents:
This booklet entitled, "This is Carlisle" was produced and published by the Carlisle Indian School printing press in 1908. It includes photographs, a description of the school activities and history, and lists of students.
Collection Restrictions:
Access to NMAI Archive Center collections is by appointment only, Monday - Friday, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm. Please contact the archives to make an appointment (phone: 301-238-1400, email: nmaiarchives@si.edu).
Collection Rights:
Permission to publish materials from the collection must be requested from National Museum of the American Indian Archive Center. Please submit a written request to nmaiphotos@si.edu. For personal or classroom use, users are invited to download, print, photocopy, and distribute the images that are available online without prior written permission, provided that the files are not modified in any way, the Smithsonian Institution copyright notice (where applicable) is included, and the source of the image is identified as the National Museum of the American Indian. For more information please see the Smithsonian's Terms of Use and NMAI Archive Center's Digital Image request website.
Collection Citation:
Identification of specific item; Date (if known); George Conner Carlisle Indian School collection, NMAI.AC.250; National Museum of the American Indian Archive Center, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
George Conner Carlisle Indian School collection
Archival Repository:
National Museum of the American Indian
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmai-ac-250-ref1
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Design for Bowlers' Settee

Office of:
Donald Deskey, (American, 1894–1989)  Search this
Manufacturer:
Brunswick-Balke, Collender, Co., Plumbers  Search this
Medium:
Graphite, red and yellow color pencil on tracing paper
Type:
furniture
Drawing
Object Name:
Drawing
Made in:
New York, NY, USA
Date:
ca. 1946
Credit Line:
Gift of Donald Deskey
Accession Number:
1988-101-1910
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collection
Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design Department
Data Source:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kq4ad2db252-308a-4224-b906-ec1a8b130340
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:chndm_1988-101-1910
Online Media:

Old Plantation (Kuu Home); The Rosary

Recording artist:
Johnny Noble's Hawaiians  Search this
Maker:
Brunswick Record Corporation  Search this
Brunswick  Search this
Physical Description:
shellac (overall material)
paper (label material)
ink (label material)
Measurements:
overall (trade size): 10 in; 25.4 cm
Object Name:
sound recording
Place made:
United States
Date made:
1928
Subject:
Hawaii  Search this
Related Publication:
Abrams, Steven. 78 rpm Discographical Project
Credit Line:
Gift of Sylvia Montiel
ID Number:
2019.0079.01
Catalog number:
2019.0079.01
Accession number:
2019.0079
Maker number:
55008
See more items in:
Cultural and Community Life: Entertainment
Music & Musical Instruments
Popular Entertainment
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746b4-67a1-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1930199
Online Media:

Lei Ohu; Hilo E

Recording artist:
Johnny Noble and his Hawaiian Music  Search this
Maker:
Brunswick  Search this
Physical Description:
shellac (overall material)
paper (label material)
ink (label material)
Measurements:
overall (trade size): 10 in; 25.4 cm
Object Name:
sound recording
Place made:
United States
Date made:
ca 1928
Subject:
Hawaii  Search this
Related Publication:
Abrams, Steven. 78 rpm Discographical Project
Credit Line:
Gift of Sylvia Montiel
ID Number:
2019.0079.02
Catalog number:
2019.0079.02
Accession number:
2019.0079
Maker number:
55050
See more items in:
Cultural and Community Life: Entertainment
Music & Musical Instruments
Popular Entertainment
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746b4-6857-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1930201
Online Media:

Kalakaua; Hualalai

Recording artist:
Johnny Noble and his Hawaiian Music  Search this
Maker:
Brunswick  Search this
Physical Description:
shellac (overall material)
paper (label material)
ink (label material)
Measurements:
overall (trade size): 10 in; 25.4 cm
Object Name:
sound recording
Place made:
United States
Date made:
ca 1928
Subject:
Hawaii  Search this
Related Publication:
Abrams, Steven. 78 rpm Discographical Project
Credit Line:
Gift of Sylvia Montiel
ID Number:
2019.0079.03
Catalog number:
2019.0079.03
Accession number:
2019.0079
Maker number:
55053
See more items in:
Cultural and Community Life: Entertainment
Music & Musical Instruments
Popular Entertainment
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746b4-69b8-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1930203
Online Media:

He Loke; Pua Mamane

Recording artist:
Johnny Noble and his Hawaiian Music  Search this
Maker:
Brunswick  Search this
Physical Description:
shellac (overall material)
paper (label material)
ink (label material)
Measurements:
overall (trade size): 10 in; 25.4 cm
Object Name:
sound recording
Place made:
United States
Date made:
ca 1928
Subject:
Hawaii  Search this
Related Publication:
Abrams, Steven. 78 rpm Discographical Project
Credit Line:
Gift of Sylvia Montiel
ID Number:
2019.0079.04
Catalog number:
2019.0079.04
Accession number:
2019.0079
Maker number:
55054
See more items in:
Cultural and Community Life: Entertainment
Music & Musical Instruments
Popular Entertainment
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746b4-6923-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1930205
Online Media:

Honolulu Moon; Lonesome Melody O' Mine

Recording artist:
Ernie Golden and his Orchestra  Search this
Maker:
Brunswick  Search this
Physical Description:
shellac (overall material)
paper (label material)
ink (label material)
Measurements:
overall (trade size): 10 in; 25.4 cm
Object Name:
sound recording
Place made:
United States
Date made:
1926
Subject:
Hawaii  Search this
Related Publication:
Discography of American Historical Recordings
Credit Line:
Gift of Sylvia Montiel
ID Number:
2019.0079.06
Catalog number:
2019.0079.06
Accession number:
2019.0079
Maker number:
3166
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Cultural and Community Life: Entertainment
Music & Musical Instruments
Popular Entertainment
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746b4-5e1d-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1930209
Online Media:

Hawthorne, Nevada Owney tag

Medium:
metal
Dimensions:
Diameter: 1 in. (2.54 cm)
Type:
Seals, Symbols & Signage
Place:
Nevada
Date:
1888-1897
Topic:
Popular Culture  Search this
Object number:
0.052985.152
See more items in:
National Postal Museum Collection
On View:
Currently on exhibit at the National Postal Museum
Data Source:
National Postal Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/hm8ef847e20-0461-4ba6-99ed-e07ec82ecadb
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npm_0.052985.152
Online Media:

Sandford, Bell & Lahm, 61 Fourth Avenue, New York (opposite Wanamaker's), manufacturers of and dealers in billiard and pool tables, and billiard supplies

Author:
Sandford, Bell & Lahm  Search this
Brunswick-Balke-Collender Company  Search this
Subject:
Sandford, Bell & Lahm  Search this
Physical description:
18 p. : ill. ; 18 x 27 cm
Type:
Catalogs
Trade catalogs
Date:
188u
188-?]
Topic:
Billiards--Equipment and supplies  Search this
Pool (Game)--Equipment and supplies  Search this
Call number:
GV899 .S26 1880
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_813527

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