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Freda Diamond Collection

Creator:
Diamond, Freda, 1905-  Search this
Names:
Libbey-Owens-Ford Glass.  Search this
Extent:
3 Cubic feet (3 boxes, 4 folders )
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Design drawings
Scrapbooks
Awards
Articles
Photographs
Date:
1945-1998
Summary:
Archival materials relating to Diamond's career as an industrial designer, including various client files (especially Libbey Glass) containing photographs, designs, sketches, and other papers; articles by and about Diamond; magazines; awards; and a scrapbook.
Arrangement:
The collection is divided into eight series.

Series 1: Client Files, 1945-1966

Series 2: Libbey Glass, 1946-1984

Series 3: Shaker Furniture and Clothing, undated

Series 4: Articles, 1945-1983

Series 5; Scrapbook, 1937-1946

Series 6: Presentations and Awards, 1951-1994

Series 7: Japan (1957 and 1968) and Israel (1973)

Series 8: Photographs, 1964-1967
Biographical / Historical:
Freda Diamond's work shaped the tastes of many Americans in the middle of the twentieth century. Diamond was born in New York City in 1905. She graduated from Cooper Union, a renowned institution of design, and then studied in Europe. As an industrial designer, Diamond's area of expertise focused largely on the home, influencing the tastes of the average American housewife. Her ability to predict consumer demands through market research was an important factor in the success of her designs. In 1942, Libbey Glass, a division of Owens-Illinois, commissioned Diamond (at her own prompting) to make a survey of consumer tastes. The resulting award-winning designs sold many companies on the idea of researching consumer preferences before manufacturing a product. Her opinion was so respected that in 1945 she was appointed to a manufacturing rehabilitation committee sent to Italy. Diamond's role was to educate Italian craftsmen on what to manufacture for the American mass market. In 1957 and 1968 she made similar trips to Japan. She died in 1998.
Provenance:
The collection was donated to the division of Ceramics and Glass, NMAH by Freda Diamond in June of 1997.
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
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.
Topic:
Glassware  Search this
Furniture, Shaker  Search this
Furniture  Search this
Designers  Search this
Design, Industrial  Search this
Genre/Form:
Design drawings
Scrapbooks -- 20th century
Awards
Articles
Photographs -- 20th century
Citation:
Freda Diamond Collection, 1945-1984, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0616
See more items in:
Freda Diamond Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-0616
Online Media:

A sense of place : Kentucky Shaker furniture and regional influence : an exhibition of antebellum Kentucky and Tennessee furniture, Shaker Museum at South Union, October 5 through November 24, 1996

Author:
Shaker Museum (South Union, Ky.)  Search this
Subject:
Shaker Museum (South Union, Ky.)  Search this
Physical description:
50 p. : ill. ; 23 x 26 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
Kentucky
Tennessee
Date:
1996
1996]
Topic:
Shaker furniture  Search this
Furniture  Search this
Call number:
NK2407 .S46 1996
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_684102

Important Shaker furniture and related decorative arts : the William L. Lassiter collection ... ; exhibition, Nov. 8-12, 1981 ... : public auction, Nov. 13, 1981, Sotheby Parke Bernet Inc

Author:
Lassiter, William Lawrence  Search this
Sotheby Parke Bernet Inc  Search this
Subject:
Lassiter, William Lawrence Art collections  Search this
Physical description:
[72] p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Type:
Catalogs
Date:
1981
C1981
Topic:
Shaker furniture  Search this
Shaker decorative arts  Search this
Call number:
NK2405 .L34 1981
NK2405.L34 1981
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_434692

Centennial illustrated catalogue and price list of the Shakers' chairs, foot benches, floor mats, etc., manufactured and sold by the Shakers at Mt. Lebanon, Columbia Co., N.Y. : also containing several pieces of Shaker music

Title:
Catalogue and price list of the Shakers' chairs, foot benches, floor mats
Author:
Shakers  Search this
Shaker Collection (Library of Congress) DLC  Search this
Centennial Exhibition (1876 : Philadelphia, Pa.)  Search this
Subject:
Shakers  Search this
Shakers  Search this
Centennial Exhibition (1876 : Philadelphia, Pa.)  Search this
Physical description:
31, [7] pages : illustrations, music ; 18 cm
Type:
Catalogs
Hymns
Date:
1876
Topic:
Shaker furniture  Search this
Shaker chairs  Search this
Call number:
BX9785.F8 C46 1876
NK2406.S527
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_117645

Shaker; furniture and objects from the Faith and Edward Deming Andrews collections, commemorating the bicentenary of the American Shakers

Author:
Emerich, A. D  Search this
Andrews, Edward Deming 1894-1964  Search this
Andrews, Faith  Search this
Renwick Gallery  Search this
Subject:
Andrews, Edward Deming 1894-1964 Art collections  Search this
Andrews, Faith Art collections  Search this
Shakers  Search this
Physical description:
88 pages illustrations 30 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Exhibition catalogs
Date:
1973
Topic:
Shaker furniture  Search this
Shaker decorative arts  Search this
Call number:
NK2406 .S52X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_34844

The Shakers : from Mount Lebanon to the World / edited by Michael K. Komanecky ; contributions by Leonard L. Brooks [and 8 others]

Editor:
Komanecky, Michael  Search this
Author:
Brooks, Leonard L.  Search this
Host institution:
Farnsworth Museum of Art  Search this
Subject:
Shakers History  Search this
Shaker Museum (Sabbathday Lake, Me.)  Search this
Shaker Museum Mount Lebanon  Search this
Physical description:
272 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
United States
Date:
2014
Topic:
Shaker furniture  Search this
Shaker decorative arts  Search this
Shaker architecture  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1044230

Shaker, a uniquely American aesthetic : notable examples from the collection of the late Edward Deming Andrews and Faith Andrews

Author:
Andrews, Edward Deming 1894-1964  Search this
Andrews, Faith  Search this
David A. Schorsch, Inc  Search this
Physical description:
22 unnumbered pages : illustrations (some color) ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1990
Topic:
Shaker furniture  Search this
Shaker art  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1071763

Gather up the fragments : the Andrews Shaker collection / Mario S. De Pillis and Christian Goodwillie

Author:
De Pillis, Mario S  Search this
Goodwillie, Christian  Search this
Subject:
Andrews, Edward Deming 1894-1964 Art collections  Search this
Andrews, Faith Art collections  Search this
Shakers Industries  Search this
Physical description:
vii, 392 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 27 cm
Type:
Catalogs
Place:
United States
Date:
2008
C2008
Topic:
Shaker decorative arts--Private collections  Search this
Shaker art--Private collections  Search this
Shaker furniture--Private collections  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_926605

Inspired innovations : a celebration of Shaker ingenuity / [edited by] M. Stephen Miller

Author:
Miller, M. Stephen  Search this
New Britain Museum of American Art  Search this
Subject:
Shakers Industries  Search this
Physical description:
xiv, 226 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 29 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
United States
Date:
2010
C2010
Topic:
Shaker decorative arts  Search this
Shaker furniture  Search this
Shaker art  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_960555

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