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"Light In Architecture" Lighting Exhibition (Jan. 17-29, 1955)

Collection Creator:
Architectural League of New York  Search this
Extent:
(2 folders)
Container:
Box 67, Folder 20-21
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1954-1955
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Architectural League of New York records are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Architectural League of New York records, 1880s-1974, bulk 1927-1968. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Architectural League of New York records
Architectural League of New York records / Series 5: Exhibitions / 5.2: Exhibitions (Chronological) / 1955 Exhibitions
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-archleag-ref1760

Douglas Leigh Papers

Creator:
Leigh, Douglas  Search this
Names:
Amoco Oil Company.  Search this
Coca-Cola Company  Search this
Eveready Battery Company  Search this
Pepsi-Cola Company  Search this
R.J. Reynolds Industries  Search this
Seven-Up Company  Search this
Extent:
17.6 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Interviews
Transcripts
Awards
Photographs
Sketches
Scrapbooks
Blueprints
Date:
1903-1999
Summary:
The collection measures 17.6 linear feet and dates from 1903 to 1999 (bulk 1924-1992) and documents the career of advertising designer and executive Douglas Leigh. Found are 83 volumes of publicity scrapbooks that contain mostly photographs, clippings, printed materials, and scattered letters, drawings, and blueprints. Also included are professional correspondence; photographs of project installations, aerial advertising, and entertainers; plaques and awards received by Leigh; and printed material, which includes clippings, press kits, advertising materials, designs and original sketches for projects by Leigh. The material reflects Leigh's continuously imaginative use of a wide range of media in promoting his clients' products. Among the projects/campaigns represented are 7up, Airships (Tydol, Flying Red Horse, MGM, Wonder Bread and others), Allied Chemical Tower, Amoco, BlueCross-Blue Shield, Camel cigarettes, Coca-Cola, EPOK, Eveready, Flamingo Frozen Foods, Four Roses Whiskey, Fram Oil Filters, Helmsley Building, Old Gold Cigarettes, Pan Am Building, Pepsi-Cola, R. J. Reynolds, Schaefer Beer, Spectaculars, Stag Beer, Times Tower Building, and Wilson Whiskey.
Scope and Content Note:
The collection measures 17.6 linear feet and dates from 1903 to 1999 (bulk 1924-1992) and documents the career of advertising designer and executive Douglas Leigh. Found are 83 volumes of publicity scrapbooks that contain mostly photographs, clippings, printed materials, and scattered letters, drawings, and blueprints. Also included are professional correspondence; photographs of project installations, aerial advertising, and entertainers; plaques and awards received by Leigh; and printed material, which includes clippings, press kits, advertising materials, designs and original sketches for projects by Leigh. The material reflects Leigh's continuously imaginative use of a wide range of innovative media in promoting his clients' products.

Among the projects and campaigns represented in the papers are 7up, Airships (Tydol, Flying Red Horse, MGM, Wonder Bread and others), Allied Chemical Tower, Amoco, BlueCross-Blue Shield, Camel cigarettes, Coca-Cola, EPOK, Eveready, Flamingo Frozen Foods, Four Roses Whiskey, Fram Oil Filters, Helmsley Building, Old Gold Cigarettes, Pan Am Building, Pepsi-Cola, R. J. Reynolds, Schaefer Beer, Spectaculars, Stag Beer, Times Tower Building, and Wilson Whiskey.

The Personal Scrapbooks Series (.06 linear feet) consists of 4 scrapbooks that contain photographs, letters, and printed material that document Douglas Leigh's interaction with family, friends, and colleagues.

The General Scrapbooks Series (4.0 linear feet) consists of 16 scrapbooks containing clippings, miscellaneous printed material, letters, interview transcripts, artwork, photographs, and a metal Tydol pin that document the development of miscellaneous projects by Douglas Leigh and his company.

The Billboard Project Files Series (5.0 linear feet) consists primarily of scrapbooks, photographs, and individual product files that document the development of billboard advertising projects.

The Poster Project Files Series (1.6 linear feet) consists of notes, reports, artwork, photographs, miscellaneous printed material, 4 scrapbooks, and individual product files that document the development of poster advertising projects, primarily those used on Railway Express Agency delivery trucks.

The Dirigible Project Files Series (3.7 linear feet) consists of notes, reports, artwork, photographs, miscellaneous printed material, 12 scrapbooks, and individual product files that document the development of dirigible advertising projects involving both painted logos and networks of lights over the surface of the dirigible. These sequentially-timed lights caused dramatic animated effects against the night sky.

The Urban Improvement Project Files Series (2.2 linear feet) consists of photographs, a promotion book, clippings, miscellaneous printed material, 18 scrapbooks, and individual urban improvement project files that document the development of urban improvement projects involving both the construction design of new buildings and the lighting of prominent buildings in New York City and elsewhere.
Arrangement:
Scrapbooks within Series 8-13 (Personal Scrapbooks, General Scrapbooks, Billboard Project Files, Poster Project Files, Dirigible Project Files, and Urban Improvement Project Files) have been arranged into as accurate a chronological order as possible. They have been numbered consecutively within each series, and scrapbooks containing material concerning multiple products appear before those concerning individual products.

Oversized materials from various series have been housed in Boxes 6-11, Boxes 12-32 (sols), BV 33, and OV 34, and are noted in the Series Description/Container Listing Section at the appropriate folder title with see also/see references. Additional oversized boxes may be listed with the appropriate series when they contain oversized material from one series only.

The collection has been arranged into 13 series:

Series 1: Biographical Material, 1943-1988 (Box 1, 12; 6 folders)

Series 2: Correspondence, 1924-1999, n.d. (Box 1; 16 folders)

Series 3: Notes, 1941-1997, n.d. (Box 1; 3 folders)

Series 4: Writings by Others, 1962, n.d. (Box 1; 2 folders)

Series 5: Artwork, 1958 (Box 1; 1 folder)

Series 6: Photographs, 1913-1990 (Box 1, 12; .03 linear feet)

Series 7: Printed Material, 1905-1999, n.d. (Box 1; 22 folders)

Series 8: Personal Scrapbooks, 1942-1982 (Box 12-13; .06 linear feet)

Series 9: General Scrapbooks, 1933-1951 (Box 2-5; 4.0 linear feet)

Series 10: Billboard Project Files, 1929-1997 (Box 1, 6-7, 14-25, BV 33; 5.0 linear feet)

Series 11: Poster Project Files, 1943-1963 (Box 7-8, 14; 1.6 linear feet)

Series 12: Dirigible Project Files, 1944-1954 (Box 8-11, 14, 26-28; 3.7 linear feet)

Series 13: Urban Improvement Project Files, 1903-1992 (Box 9, 14, 28-32, OV 34; 2.2 linear feet)
Biographical Note:
Douglas Leigh was born in Anniston, Alabama, in 1907. After graduating from the University of Florida in 1928, he began his career as a salesman for the General Outdoor Advertising Company of Atlanta, Georgia. He moved to New York City in 1930 and developed his ideas for animated and illuminated advertising signs primarily in the vicinity of Times Square. He established his own advertising company, Douglas Leigh, Inc., in 1933 and created the popular Camel Cigarette billboard that featured a man's face exhaling smoke rings over Broadway.

Dubbed "The Man Who Lit Up New York" in his New York Times obituary, he was responsible for festooning Broadway with miles of spectacular electrical and animated signs, such as a steaming coffeepot, a winking penguin on a cake of ice for Kool cigarettes, and the giant Camel sign that puffed smoke rings from a Times Square sign from 1941 and 1967. These effects led to creating animated billboards, an innovation called the Leigh-EPOK animated, billboards matrix display, or EPOK. Leigh developed numerous dirigible advertising projects involving both painted logos and networks of lights over the surface of the dirigible. These sequentially-timed lights caused dramatic animated effects against the night sky.

Leigh was also a pioneer in the illumination of city skylines and buildings and thought of lighting up Manhattan's skyscrapers, beginning with the Empire State Building, in 1976 and continuing with the lighting and gilding of the Con Edison Building, the Helmsley Building, and the Crown Building. This idea was adopted by many other cities, including Cincinnati, Atlanta, Orlando, Miami, New Orleans, and Baltimore with Leigh traveling there to supervise the final installation. Leigh was also involved with numerous urban improvement and renewal projects.

Leigh's career continued into the 1990's, and he died in 1999.
Provenance:
The Douglas Leigh papers were donated to the Archives of American Art by Leigh's widow, Elsie M. Leigh, in 2000.
Restrictions:
The collection is open for research. Patrons must use microfilm copy. Original scrapbooks are closed to researchers because of their fragile condition.
Rights:
The Douglas Leigh papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Topic:
Signs and signboards  Search this
advertising  Search this
Light in architecture  Search this
Airships  Search this
Designers -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Transcripts
Awards
Photographs
Sketches
Scrapbooks
Blueprints
Citation:
Douglas Leigh Papers, 1903-1999. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.leigdoug
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-leigdoug

Douglas Leigh Papers, 1903-1999

Creator:
Leigh, Douglas, 1907-1999  Search this
Subject:
Seven-Up Company  Search this
R.J. Reynolds Industries  Search this
Eveready Battery Company  Search this
Pepsi-Cola Company  Search this
Coca-Cola Company  Search this
Amoco Oil Company.  Search this
Type:
Interviews
Transcripts
Awards
Photographs
Sketches
Scrapbooks
Blueprints
Topic:
Signs and signboards  Search this
Advertising  Search this
Light in architecture  Search this
Airships  Search this
Designers -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)6306
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)223432
AAA_collcode_leigdoug
Theme:
Architecture & Design
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_223432
Online Media:

Propiedades de la luz

Title:
Properties of light
Translator:
Jiménez-Bravo Bonilla, Miguel  Search this
Wheelwright, John  Search this
Photographer:
Bernoully, Moritz  Search this
Writer of supplementary texual content:
Garza Usabiaga, Daniel  Search this
Zanco, Federica  Search this
Author:
Barragán, Luis 1902-1988 Works Selections  Search this
Sandback, Fred 1943-2003 Sculptures Selections  Search this
Subject:
Barragán, Luis 1902-1988  Search this
Sandback, Fred 1943-2003  Search this
Physical description:
127 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 31 cm
Type:
Pictorial works
Place:
Mexico
Mexico City
Date:
2018
Topic:
Light in architecture  Search this
Color in architecture  Search this
Sculpture and architecture  Search this
Photography, Artistic  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1095395

Licht=Light & design

Title:
Licht light and design
Light and design
Author:
Stichting Interieur  Search this
International Biennial for Interior Design Creativity (16th : 1998 : Kortrijk, Belgium)  Search this
Physical description:
127 p. : ill. (col.) ; 31 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
Europe
Date:
1998
C1998
Topic:
Lighting, Architectural and decorative  Search this
Interior lighting  Search this
Light in architecture  Search this
Call number:
NK2115.5.L5 L53 1998
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_713017

Dré Devens : Dutch constructivist : elements of captured light / [exhibition catalogue] Ritter Art Gallery, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida, February 26-March 30, 1985, Dolly Fiterman Gallery, Minneapolis, Minnesota, April 23-June 18, 1985 ; [curators: David W. Courtney, Ad Himmelreich]

Author:
Devens, Dré  Search this
Courtney, David (David Wayne)  Search this
Himmelreich, A  Search this
Dolly Fiterman Fine Arts (Minneapolis, Minn.)  Search this
Ritter Art Gallery  Search this
Subject:
Devens, Dré  Search this
Physical description:
52 p. : ill. (some col.), port. ; 20 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Place:
Netherlands
Date:
1985
C1985
Topic:
Sculptors--Exhibitions  Search this
Light in architecture--Exhibitions  Search this
Constructivism (Architecture)--Exhibitions  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_623248

Ed Carpenter : breath of light / preface by Michael McCulloch ; introduction by Ed Carpenter

Title:
Breath of light
Author:
Carpenter, Ed 1946-  Search this
Subject:
Carpenter, Ed 1946-  Search this
Physical description:
100 p. : chiefly col. ill. ; 34 cm
Type:
Catalogs
Place:
United States
Date:
2000
C2000
Topic:
Glass sculpture  Search this
Light in architecture  Search this
Decoration and ornament, Architectural  Search this
Call number:
N40.1.C2916 M33 2000
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_626398

Light screens : the complete leaded-glass windows of Frank Lloyd Wright / Julie L. Sloan

Author:
Sloan, Julie L  Search this
Wright, Frank Lloyd 1867-1959  Search this
Subject:
Wright, Frank Lloyd 1867-1959 Criticism and interpretation  Search this
Physical description:
400 p. : ill. (some col.), ; 29 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
United States
Date:
2001
Topic:
Glass painting and staining  Search this
Decoration and ornament, Architectural  Search this
Architecture--Details  Search this
Light in architecture  Search this
Call number:
NK5398.W78 S66 2001
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_628956

Light construction / Terence Riley

Author:
Riley, Terence  Search this
Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Physical description:
163 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 27 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1995
C1995
20th century
Topic:
Architecture, Modern  Search this
Light in architecture--Exhibitions  Search this
Call number:
NA680 .R54 1995X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_521168

Illumination of the Panama-Pacific International Exposition [microform] : presented at a meeting of the Schenectady Section of the American Institute of Electrical Engineers, Schenectady, N.Y., May 4, 1916 / by W. D'A. Ryan

Author:
Ryan, William D'Aarcy  Search this
American Institute of Electrical Engineers  Search this
Panama-Pacific International Exposition (1915 : San Francisco, Calif.)  Search this
Physical description:
p. 415-438, [35] leaves of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 23 cm
Type:
Microforms
Date:
1917
1917, c1916
Topic:
Lighting, Architectural and decorative  Search this
Light in architecture  Search this
Call number:
mfm 003107.170.16
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_487023

Color and light in man-made environments / Frank H. Mahnke, Rudolf H. Mahnke

Author:
Mahnke, Frank H. 1947-  Search this
Mahnke, Rudolf H. 1925-  Search this
Physical description:
xi, 140 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1987
C1987
Topic:
Color--Psychological aspects  Search this
Light--Physiological effect  Search this
Color in architecture  Search this
Light in architecture  Search this
Environmental psychology  Search this
Call number:
BF789.C7M24 1987X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_308834

Light, color & environment : presenting a wealth of data on the biological and psychological effects of color, with detailed recommendations for practical color use, special attention to computer facilities, and a historic review of period styles / Faber Birren

Author:
Birren, Faber 1900-1988  Search this
Physical description:
136 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1988
Topic:
Color vision  Search this
Color--Physiological effect  Search this
Color in architecture  Search this
Color in interior decoration  Search this
Light in architecture  Search this
Lighting, Architectural and decorative  Search this
Call number:
QP481 .B619 1988
QP481.B619 1988
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_364211

Space into light : the churches of Balthasar Neumann / Christian F. Otto

Author:
Otto, Christian F  Search this
Subject:
Neumann, Balthasar 1687-1753  Search this
Physical description:
296 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 26 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Germany
Date:
1979
C1979
18th century
Topic:
Church architecture  Search this
Architecture--History  Search this
Light in architecture  Search this
Space (Architecture)  Search this
Call number:
NA1088.N4 O87X
NA1088.N4O87X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_116457

Lighting in architecture (Lichtenchitektur-Architecture in light) Light and color as stereoplastic elements. Pictorial narrative conceived and arranged by Wassili Luckhardt. [Tr. from the German by Bertrand Languages, inc.]

Author:
Köhler, Walter writer on electric lighting  Search this
Luckhardt, Wassili  Search this
Physical description:
223 p. illus. (part col.) diagrs
Type:
Books
Date:
1959
[c1959]
Topic:
Lighting, Architectural and decorative  Search this
Color  Search this
Call number:
TH7725 .K613X
TH7725.K613X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_67486

Perception and lighting as formgivers for architecture / William M. C. Lam ; edited by Christopher Hugh Ripman

Author:
Lam, William M. C  Search this
Physical description:
ix, 310 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 29 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1977
C1977
Topic:
Space (Architecture)  Search this
Visual perception  Search this
Light in architecture  Search this
Call number:
NA2765 .L35X
NA2765.L35X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_75319

Proceedings of the 7th International Congress on the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East : 12 April - 16 April 2010, the British Museum and UCL, London / edited by Roger Matthews and John Curtis ; with the collaboration of Michael Seymour ... [et al.]

Title:
7 ICAANE
Proceedings of the Seventh International Congress on the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East
7th International Congress on the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East
Seventh International Congress on the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East
Author:
International Congress on the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East (7th : 2010 : London, England)  Search this
Matthews, Roger Dr  Search this
Curtis, John 1946-  Search this
Seymour, Michael (Michael John)  Search this
Physical description:
3 v. : ill., maps ; 25 cm. + 1 CD-ROM (4 3/4 in.)
Type:
Congresses
Place:
Middle East
Date:
2012
To 622
Topic:
Excavations (Archaeology)  Search this
Antiquities  Search this
Civilization  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1001860

Nordic light : modern Scandinavian architecture / Henry Plummer

Author:
Plummer, Henry 1946-  Search this
Physical description:
256 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 29 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Scandinavia
Date:
2012
Topic:
Daylighting  Search this
Light in architecture  Search this
Lighting, Architectural and decorative  Search this
Architecture  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1045485

Thierry Boissel : Glas, Licht, Architektur = Glass, light, architecture = Verre, lumière, architecture / Herausgeber, Florian Hufnagl ; Texte, Carlo Baumschlager [and others]

Title:
Glas, Licht, Architektur = Glass, light, architecture = Verre, lumière, architecture
Author:
Boissel, Thierry 1962-  Search this
Hufnagl, Florian  Search this
Baumschlager, Carlo 1956-  Search this
Subject:
Boissel, Thierry 1962-  Search this
Physical description:
183 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Germany
Date:
2012
©2012
21st century
Topic:
Glass art  Search this
Glass construction  Search this
Light in art  Search this
Light in architecture  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1046426

Designing with light / Victoria Meyers

Author:
Meyers, Victoria  Search this
Physical description:
144 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 26 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
2006
Topic:
Light in architecture  Search this
Daylighting  Search this
Lighting, Architectural and decorative  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1074457

Shedding light on New York [electronic resource] : Edward F. Caldwell & Co

Title:
Edward F. Caldwell & Co
Caldwell lighting
Author:
Cohlman, Jennifer  Search this
Thompson, Keri  Search this
Periale, Elizabeth A. 1962-  Search this
Dunlop, Douglas  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Libraries  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Libraries Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum Branch  Search this
Edw. F. Caldwell & Co  Search this
Subject:
Edw. F. Caldwell & Co  Search this
Type:
Electronic resources
Archives
Date:
2009
Topic:
Lighting, Architectural and decorative  Search this
Lamps--Design and construction  Search this
Light in architecture  Search this
Call number:
NK2115.5.L5 S54
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_913648

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