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Lester Beall collection

Topic:
American printer (New York, N.Y.)
Red Cross magazine
Time
McCall's (Los Angeles, Calif. : 1921)
Fortune
Creator:
Beall, Lester, 1903-  Search this
Names:
Abbott Laboratories  Search this
Art Directors Club (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Chance Vought Corporation  Search this
Chicago Tribune (Firm)  Search this
Cone Automatic Machine Company  Search this
Cooper-Hewitt Design Archive  Search this
George Bijur, Inc.  Search this
Heim Jeunes Filles  Search this
House of Herbs, Inc.  Search this
International Paper Company  Search this
Labatt's Canada Limited  Search this
Marshall Field & Company (Chicago, Ill.)  Search this
Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith, inc.  Search this
Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Narragansett Brewing Co.  Search this
Stanley Works Inc.  Search this
Upjohn Company  Search this
Hauck, Fred  Search this
Extent:
1 Cubic foot (1 box)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Tear sheets
Advertisements
Exhibition catalogs
Posters
Announcements
Photographs
Design drawings
Logos
Greeting cards
Place:
Dumbarton Farm (Brookfield, Conn.)
Date:
1933-[circa 1967]
Scope and Contents:
This collection documents the career of Lester Beall, graphic designer and commercial artist from approximately 1933-1967.
Arrangement:
Record Groups include:

I. "Scope" Magazine

II. Modern Art 5,000 Years Ago

III. Red Cross Magazines

IV. Greeting Cards

V. Time Magazine ads

VI. Logo Designs

VII. Cone Automatic Machine Co., tear sheets

VIII. Miscellaneous Covers

IX. George Bijur, Inc.

X. Labatt's of Canada and Catch! Narragansett Ale design campaigns

XI. Exhibition, Art Center, California

XII. Abbott Laboratories, "What's New"

XIII. Marshall Field and Company

XIV. Miscellaneous Advertisements
Biographical / Historical:
American designer Lester Beall (1903-1969) was educated at Lane Technical School in Chicago and received a bachelor's degree in art history from the University of Chicago. Upon discovering the work of the European avant-garde, Beall was inspired to bring American design of the 1930s and 1940s to a higher level of effective visual communication. Self-taught, Lester Beall was one of the first Americans to have his work shown in a German monthly graphics periodical, Gebrauchsgraphik, and was one of the first Americans to incorporate the New Typography, using techniques such as photomontage, collage and the use of cut-out flat colored paper in combination with photography and economical line drawing, reworking the element of European modernism into distinctive American style. He produced solutions to graphic design problems that were unique among his American contemporaries.

Beall moved from Chicago to New York in 1935 and did work that was influential to the field of editorial design. Between 1938 and 1940, he redesigned twenty magazines for McGraw Hill, in 1946 he designed two covers for Fortune and in 1944, he began designing Scope magazine for UpJohn Pharmaceuticals which he did until 1951. In 1952, Beall opened a design office on Dumbarton Farm, his home in rural Connecticut. In 1973, four years after his death, Lester Beall was inducted into the New York Art Directors Club Hall of Fame.

Philip B. Meggs credits Beall with "almost single-handedly launching the modern movement in American design". In 1973, four years after his death, the Art Directors Club of New York belatedly elected him to its prestigious Hall of Fame. Bob Plisken, who worked for Beall in the early 1940s, said on that occasion, "In my opinion, Beall did more than anyone to make graphic design in American a distinct and respected profession".
Bibliographic References:
Lester Beall. Brookfield Center, Conn. : Lester Beall, Inc., [197-?].
Nine Pioneers in American Graphic Design / Roger R. Remington and Barbara J. Hodik. Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, 1989.
Lester Beall : trailblazer of American graphic design / Roger R. Remington. New York : W.W. Norton, 1996.
Graphic Design History / Steven Heller and Georgette Balance. New York : Allworth Press, 2001.
Provenance:
All materials were donated to the museum by Mr. Lester Beall, Jr. in 1998.
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:
Graphic designers -- United States  Search this
Commercial artists -- United States  Search this
Topic:
Graphic arts -- Sources -- History -- 20th century -- United States  Search this
Commercial art -- Sources -- History -- 20th century -- United States  Search this
Genre/Form:
Tear sheets
Advertisements
Exhibition catalogs
Posters
Announcements
Photographs -- 20th century
Design drawings
Logos
Greeting cards
Citation:
Lester Beall collection, 1933-circa 1967, Archives Center, National Museum of American HIstory.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.1278
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep859bf9519-9de3-4827-ba9a-87e675746009
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-1278

[Trade catalogs on new and used drilling machines, vertical and horizontal boring mills, boring machines, drill presses, lathes, planers, slotting machines, bending and straightening rolls, plate edge planing machinery, cold metal saws, centering machines, milling machines, grinding machines, profiling machines, key seating machines, facing machines, punch and coping machines, threading machines, ...

Author:
Farrel Corporation  Search this
Farrel-Birmingham Company  Search this
Hilles & Jones Company  Search this
Hilles & Jones Works  Search this
Ingle Machine Works  Search this
William Sellers & Co. (Philadelphia, Pa.)  Search this
Modern Tool Works  Search this
Betts Machine Works  Search this
Betts Machine Co  Search this
Bridgford Machine Tool Works  Search this
Newton Machine Tool Works, Inc  Search this
Colburn Machine Tool Company  Search this
Consolidated Machine Tool Corporation of America  Search this
Cone Automatic Machine Company  Search this
Pneumo Dynamic Corporation  Search this
Giustina and Co  Search this
Giustina Corporation of America  Search this
Cone-Blanchard Machine Company  Search this
Birmingham Iron Foundry  Search this
Farrel Foundry and Machine Co  Search this
Herberts-Moore Machinery Co  Search this
Interstate Machinery Co  Search this
Given Machinery Company  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries American History Trade Literature Collection DSI  Search this
Physical description:
<1152> v. : ill. (some col.)
Type:
Catalogs
Trade catalogs
Date:
1895
1895-
Topic:
Drilling and boring machinery  Search this
Milling-machines  Search this
Drill presses  Search this
Lathes  Search this
Mills and mill-work  Search this
Planing-machines  Search this
Bending machines  Search this
Saws  Search this
Grinding machines  Search this
Grinding machines--Equipment and supplies--Catalogs  Search this
Punching machinery  Search this
Machine-tools  Search this
Machine-tools--Equipment and supplies  Search this
Shears (Machine-tools)  Search this
Levellers--Catalogs  Search this
Slitting (Metal-work)--Equipment and supplies--Catalogs  Search this
Scarfing (Metals)--Equipment and supplies--Catalogs  Search this
Used machinery  Search this
Sheet metal working machinery  Search this
Call number:
47874
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_468614

Handbook for operations, 8 spindle conomatics

Author:
Cone Automatic Machine Company  Search this
Type:
Books
Trade catalogs
Date:
1939
Topic:
Spindles (Machine-tools)  Search this
Call number:
42934
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_324399

Handbook for operators 4 spindle conomatics

Author:
Cone Automatic Machine Company  Search this
Type:
Books
Trade catalogs
Date:
1937
Topic:
Tools  Search this
Call number:
43149
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_316161

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