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Raymond Loewy papers

Creator:
Loewy, Raymond, 1893-1986  Search this
Names:
American Society of Industrial Designers  Search this
Coca-Cola Company  Search this
Cooper-Hewitt Design Archive  Search this
Exxon Corporation  Search this
Gestetner Duplicating Machine Company  Search this
Hallicrafter  Search this
Hupp Motor Company  Search this
International Business Machines Corporation  Search this
Raymond Loewy Associates  Search this
Raymond Loewy/William Snaith, Inc.  Search this
Sears, Roebuck and Co.  Search this
Shell Oil Company  Search this
Studebaker Corporation  Search this
United Air Lines, Inc.  Search this
United States. National Aeronautics and Space Administration  Search this
Loewy, Raymond, 1893-1986  Search this
Snaith, William, 1908-1974  Search this
Extent:
3 Boxes (2 letter sized boxes, 1 legal sized box.)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Clippings
Press releases
Speeches
Photographs
Date:
[mid-1940s-early 1960s]
Summary:
This collection spans the period from the mid-1940s to the early-1960s and consists ofnewspaper and magazine articles by and about Loewy, including the 1949 TIME magazine on which he appeared on the cover. Extensive clippings exist pertaining to his designs for automobiles. Also includes many articles and speeches written by and about William Snaith, a partner in the firm which was renamed Raymond Loewy/William Snaith, Inc. in 1961. A catalog from the exhibition, "Ten Automobiles," which took place at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City in 1953, is included. Other materials include brochures printed and designed by the firm, press releases, a listing of projects, honors, and membership. Some photographs of Loewy and his design team are included. The collection does not contain any original design materials or project files.
Arrangement note:
Unprocessed.
Biographical/Historical note:
Industrial Designer. Born Paris, France, November 8, 1893, Loewy initially studied electrical engineering, and by 1909, he has designed and sold a successful airplane model. He immigrated to the United States in 1919 and became a naturalized citizen in 1938. Loewy began working as a freelance window display designer for Macy's and Saks Fifth Avenue, and as an illustrator for Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, and others, from 1919.

He designed the trademark for Neiman-Marcus in 1923. Loewy is identified as one of the founding fathers of industrial design. In 1929, he started Raymond Loewy Associates in New York, and by 1947, he appeared on the cover of TIME magazine. Loewy's designs always stressed the importance of the clean, functional, dynamic design of products. His schooling in electrical engineering translated into his designs for automobiles, trains, airplanes, ships, and spacecraft for NASA. He also designed interiors for many hotels, offices, and supermarkets. He is best known for his designs for the 1947 Studebaker Starlight Coupe; the 1953 Starliner Coupe; the 1961 Avanti; the 1947 line of Hallicrafter radio recievers; the 1929 Gestetner duplicating machine; the 1934 Sears Coldspot refrigerator; and the S-I steam locomotive for the Pennsylvania Railroad.

He also designed logos for Exxon and Shell oil companies, and bottles and refrigerated vending machines for Coca Cola. He became President of the American Society of Industrial Designers in 1946. Loewy established Compagnie de l'Esthetique Industrielle in Paris in 1952. His work has been featured in many exhibitions, including: "An Exhibition for Modern Living", Detroit Institute of Arts, 1949; "The Designs of Raymond Loewy", Renwick Gallery of the National Collection of Fine Arts, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., 1975; and "The Machine Age in America", Brooklyn Museum, 1986, among others. He authored, "The Locomotive: Its Esthetics", 1937; "Never Leave Well Enough Alone", 1951; and "Industrial Design", 1979. In 1961, Loewy went into semi-retirement, became partners with William Snaith, and renamed the company Raymond Loewy/William Snaith, Inc. Loewy died in Monte Carlo, July 14, 1986.
Location of Other Archival Materials Note:
Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. The Raymond Loewy Collection. Drawings, blueprints, sketches, phtographs, slides, and audio and video recordings, covering the period from 1929-1988.
Canadian Center for Architecture, Special Collections. Vertical file docmenting Loewy's work.
Provenance:
The materials in this collection were donated to Cooper-Hewitt by Betty Reese, Loewy's publicist.
Restrictions:
Unprocessed; access is limited. Permission of Library Director required for use.
Occupation:
Industrial designers  Search this
Interior designers  Search this
Packaging designers  Search this
Topic:
Radio -- Receivers and reception -- Design and construction  Search this
Packaging -- Design  Search this
Corporate image -- Design  Search this
Logos (Symbols) -- Design  Search this
Interior decoration -- United States  Search this
Automobiles -- Design and construction  Search this
Design, Industrial -- United States  Search this
Supermarkets -- Design  Search this
Coldspot refrigerator  Search this
Transportation -- Design  Search this
Genre/Form:
Clippings
Press releases
Speeches
Photographs
Identifier:
SIL-CH.XXXX-0001
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sil-ch-xxxx-0001

Streamliner : Raymond Loewy and image-making in the age of American industrial design / John Wall

Title:
Raymond Loewy and image-making in the age of American industrial design
Author:
Wall, John 1957-  Search this
Subject:
Loewy, Raymond 1893-1986  Search this
Physical description:
x, 330 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Type:
Biography
Biographies
History
Place:
United States
Date:
2018
20th century
Topic:
Industrial designers  Search this
Branding (Marketing)--History  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1103237

Minutes of the Conference on Industrial Design, A New Profession / held by the Museum of Modern Art for the Society of Industrial Designers, from November 11 to 14, 1946

Title:
Conference on Industrial Design, A New Profession
Author:
Conference on Industrial Design, A New Profession (1946 : Museum of Modern Art, New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Hudnut, Joseph 1886-1968  Search this
Kaufmann, Edgar 1910-1989  Search this
Baermann, Walter 1903-  Search this
Loewy, Raymond 1893-1986  Search this
Teague, Walter Dorwin 1883-1960  Search this
Moholy-Nagy, László 1895-1946  Search this
Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Society of Industrial Designers  Search this
Physical description:
77 leaves ; 28 cm
Type:
Congresses
Date:
1947
C1947]
Topic:
Industrial design  Search this
Industrial design--Study and teaching  Search this
Call number:
TS171.A1 M87 1947
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_829884

A portfolio by Raymond Loewy

Title:
Raymond Loewy
Author:
Loewy, Raymond 1893-1986  Search this
Circle Fine Art Corporation  Search this
Subject:
Loewy, Raymond 1893-1986  Search this
Physical description:
1 folded sheet [6] p. : col. ill., port. ; 31 cm
Type:
Catalogs
Exhibitions
Place:
United States
Date:
1979
C1979
20th century
Topic:
Prints  Search this
Industrial design  Search this
Call number:
NE539.L64 A4 1979
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_897910

Never leave well enough alone / by Raymond Loewy with a new introduction by Glenn Porter

Author:
Loewy, Raymond 1893-1986  Search this
Subject:
Loewy, Raymond 1893-1986  Search this
Physical description:
xxv, 377 p. : ill. ; 19 cm
Type:
Biography
Date:
2002
1951
Topic:
Industrial designers  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_706370

Raymond Loewy : designs for a consumer culture / Glenn Porter

Title:
Designs for a consumer culture
Author:
Porter, Glenn  Search this
Loewy, Raymond 1893-1986  Search this
Hagley Museum and Library  Search this
Subject:
Loewy, Raymond 1893-1986 Exhibitions  Search this
Physical description:
172 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 31 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
United States
Date:
2002
C2002
Topic:
Industrial design  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_698979

The locomotive, by Raymond Loewy

Author:
Loewy, Raymond 1893-1986  Search this
Physical description:
[108] p. chiefly illus. 26 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1937
1937]
Topic:
Locomotives  Search this
Locomotives--Aerodynamics  Search this
Railroads--Rolling-stock--Pictorial works  Search this
Technology--Aesthetics  Search this
Call number:
TJ603 .L66X 1937
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_520355

Raymond Loewy / Paul Jodard

Author:
Jodard, Paul  Search this
Subject:
Loewy, Raymond 1893-1986  Search this
Physical description:
192 p. : ill. ; 21 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
United States
Date:
1992
Topic:
Industrial designers  Search this
Industrial design  Search this
Call number:
NK839.L82 J63 1992
NK839.L82J63 1992
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_430861

The locomotive / by Raymond Loewy

Author:
Loewy, Raymond 1893-1986  Search this
Physical description:
[106] p. : ill. ; 25 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1988
1937
1988, c1987
Topic:
Locomotives  Search this
Railroads--Rolling stock  Search this
Call number:
TJ603.L66 1988X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_340903

Raymond Loewy, pioneer of American industrial design / edited by Angela Schonberger ; with contributions by Stephen Bayley ... [and others] ; [translations by Ian Robson and Eileen Martin]

Author:
Schönberger, Angela  Search this
Subject:
Loewy, Raymond 1893-1986  Search this
Physical description:
262 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 31 cm
Type:
Biography
Place:
United States
Date:
1990
C1990
Topic:
Industrial designers  Search this
Call number:
TS140.L63 R27 1990
TS140.L63R27 1990
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_399797

Raymond Loewy : Pionier des amerikanischen Industriedesigns / herausgegeben von Angela Schönberger

Author:
Loewy, Raymond 1893-1986  Search this
Schönberger, Angela  Search this
Internationales Design Zentrum Berlin  Search this
Subject:
Loewy, Raymond 1893-1986  Search this
Physical description:
262 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 30 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1990
C1990
Topic:
Industrial design  Search this
Call number:
TS140.L63 R27 E1990
TS140.L63R27 E1990
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_399911

The locomotive, by Raymond Loewy

Author:
Loewy, Raymond 1893-1986  Search this
Physical description:
[108] p. illus 26 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1937
1937]
Topic:
Locomotives  Search this
Call number:
TJ603 .L66Z
TJ603.L66Z
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_299635

Industrial design / Raymond Loewy

Author:
Loewy, Raymond 1893-1986  Search this
Subject:
Loewy, Raymond 1893-1986  Search this
Physical description:
250 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 28 X 28 cm
Type:
Biography
Date:
1979
Topic:
Industrial designers  Search this
Call number:
TS140.L63 A34X
TS140.L63A34X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_121442

Never leave well enough alone. [The personal record of an industrial designer]

Author:
Loewy, Raymond 1893-1986  Search this
Physical description:
xii, 377 p. illus., ports. 19 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
United States
Date:
1951
Topic:
Decorative arts  Search this
Call number:
NK839.L82 A1
NK839.L82A1
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_36671

The designs of Raymond Loewy : [an exhibition at the Renwick Gallery of the National Collection of Fine Arts, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., August 1-November 16, 1975]

Author:
Loewy, Raymond 1893-1986  Search this
Renwick Gallery  Search this
Subject:
Loewy, Raymond 1893-1986  Search this
Physical description:
55 p. : ill. ; 30 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1975
Topic:
Industrial design  Search this
Call number:
NK839.L82 D4
T180.W3 R464X
NK839.L82D4
T180.W3R464X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_62328

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