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To Report Conference with Representatives of Packard Motor Car Company & Delco Appliance, PROD-M-377

Collection Creator:
Curtiss-Wright Corporation  Search this
Container:
Box 84, Folder 28
Type:
Archival materials
Text
Date:
3/13/42
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.
Collection Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests.
Collection Citation:
Curtiss-Wright Corporation Records, Acc. XXXX-0067, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Curtiss-Wright Corporation Records
Curtiss-Wright Corporation Records / Series 2: Technical Reports / 2.1: Air Corps Materiel Division, Reports [ACMR]
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-0067-ref8668

Dr. Arthur Nutt Papers

Creator:
Nutt, Arthur, 1895-1983  Search this
Names:
Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor Company  Search this
Packard Motor Car Company. New York  Search this
Wright Aeronautical Corp  Search this
Nutt, Arthur, 1895-1983  Search this
Extent:
5.57 Cubic feet (15 boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Photographs
Manuscripts
Correspondence
Drawings
Publications
Date:
1915-1981
bulk 1915-1945
Summary:
Arthur Nutt was an aeronautical engineer specializing in engine design.
Scope and Content Note:
This collection consists of the personal papers of Dr. Arthur Nutt. These papers relate to his career as an aeronautical engineer with the Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor Company, Wright Aeronautical Corporation, Packard Motor Car Company, Arthur Nutt and Associates, and the Lycoming division of AVCO Manufacturing Corporation. The material include correspondence, photographs, reports, manuals, handbooks, test data, brochures, speeches, and scrapbooks. Included are biographical and autobiographical materials (notes, news clippings, articles, and photographs) compiled by Nutt in an unsuccessful attempt to publish his autobiography. Two smaller collections of Dr. Nutt's papers, NASM.1988.0055 and NASM.1988.0059, have been integrated into the main collection.

Note: The digital images in this finding aid were repurposed from scans made by an outside contractor for a commercial product and may show irregular cropping and orientation in addition to color variations resulting from damage to and deterioration of the original objects.
Arrangement note:
The collection is arranged into two broad series. First, is the material pertaining to his professional life. This includes Nutt's correspondence, official reports, photographs (mainly of aircraft engines and aircraft), corporate publications (brochures, handbooks, instruction books, manuals, and parts lists), aircraft engine blueprints, aircraft engine proposals, test data, speeches, magazines, and newsletters. The second series contains papers gathered mainly for Nutt's personal use and interest. Of special interest are Nutt's logbook, scrapbooks, and notes for his autobiography.

Nutt's papers are arranged both alphabetically by manufacturer and then chronologically. Correspondence, photographs, reports, speeches, and notes (except miscellaneous biographical notes without dates) are organized by the latter method. Corporate brochures, handbooks, instruction books, manuals, blueprints and test data are grouped alphabetically by corporate name, then by date (and by aircraft engine type when applicable). Magazines, newsletters, and newspapers are also arranged alphabetically by title of publication and then chronologically.
Historical note:
Arthur Nutt was an aeronautical engineer specializing in engine design. Born in New Rochelle, New York in 1895, Nutt graduated from the Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 1916 with a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering and received an honorary doctorate from the Institute in 1941. Shortly after graduation, he was hired by the Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor Corporation (CAMCo) and started in the assembly department. As a motor engineer and eventually, chief motor engineer, Nutt was responsible for the development of the Curtiss D-12, V-1400, and R-1454 aircraft engines. After the merger of CAMCo and the Wright Aeronautical Corporation in 1930, Nutt went to work for Curtiss-Wright as vice president of engineering. He remained there for fourteen years until 1944 when he left to become director of aircraft engineering for the Packard Motor Car Company. He stayed with Packard until 1949 when he started and headed his own engineering sales firm, Arthur Nutt and Associates. In 1951 he joined the Lycoming Division of AVCO Manufacturing Corporation as vice president of engineering. Upon his retirement from Lycoming in 1959, Nutt stayed active in numerous civic and church activities. He was also a member of a number of professional organizations, most notably the Society of Automotive Engineers and served as its president in 1940. Nutt was inducted into the Aviation Pioneers Hall of Fame in 1978. He died in Boca Raton, Florida in 1983.
Provenance:
Jean N. Welch, gift, 1987, 1987-0115; 1988, 1988-0055 and 1988-0059.
Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests.
Topic:
Aeronautics, Commercial  Search this
Curtiss R-1454 (engine)  Search this
Aeronautics  Search this
Curtiss CD-12 (engine)  Search this
Aeronautical engineers  Search this
Curtiss V-1400 (engine)  Search this
Airplanes -- Motors  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Manuscripts
Correspondence
Drawings
Publications
Citation:
Arthur Nutt Collection, Acc. 1987-0115, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.1987.0115
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Dr. Arthur Nutt Papers
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-1987-0115
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Photographs, Packard Motor Car Company turbofan aircraft engines

Collection Creator:
Nutt, Arthur, 1895-1983  Search this
Container:
Box 5, Folder 5
Type:
Archival materials
Photographs
Date:
1947
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Collection Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests.
Collection Citation:
Arthur Nutt Collection, Acc. 1987-0115, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Dr. Arthur Nutt Papers
Dr. Arthur Nutt Papers / Series 1: Professional Materials / 1.3: Photographs
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-1987-0115-ref100

Photographs, Packard Motor Car Company XJ-41 aircraft engine

Collection Creator:
Nutt, Arthur, 1895-1983  Search this
Container:
Box 5, Folder 6
Type:
Archival materials
Photographs
Date:
1947-1949
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Collection Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests.
Collection Citation:
Arthur Nutt Collection, Acc. 1987-0115, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Dr. Arthur Nutt Papers
Dr. Arthur Nutt Papers / Series 1: Professional Materials / 1.3: Photographs
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-1987-0115-ref101

Photographs, Packard Motor Car Company supersonic wind tunnel

Collection Creator:
Nutt, Arthur, 1895-1983  Search this
Container:
Box 5, Folder 7
Type:
Archival materials
Photographs
Date:
1948
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Collection Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests.
Collection Citation:
Arthur Nutt Collection, Acc. 1987-0115, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Dr. Arthur Nutt Papers
Dr. Arthur Nutt Papers / Series 1: Professional Materials / 1.3: Photographs
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-1987-0115-ref102

Photographs, Packard Motor Car Company aircraft engine facilities

Collection Creator:
Nutt, Arthur, 1895-1983  Search this
Container:
Box 5, Folder 4
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
March 1, 1947
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Collection Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests.
Collection Citation:
Arthur Nutt Collection, Acc. 1987-0115, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Dr. Arthur Nutt Papers
Dr. Arthur Nutt Papers / Series 1: Professional Materials / 1.3: Photographs
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-1987-0115-ref99

Cadillac Salesmen's Books and Automobile Trade Literature Collection

Collector:
Anderson, John R.  Search this
Names:
Cadillac Motor Car Company  Search this
Chrysler Corporation  Search this
Hupp Motor Company  Search this
Nash Motors Company  Search this
Packard Motor Car Company  Search this
Extent:
2 Cubic feet (5 boxes, 1 map-folder)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Manuals
Illustrations
Guidebooks
Handbooks
Samples
Scrapbooks
Advertising
Date:
1920s-1986
Summary:
Collection consists of Cadillace salemen's data books and automobile advertisements.
Scope and Contents:
The collection contains guidebooks issued to Cadillac salesmen containing images of vehicles, and data on the specifications, options and features of the vehicles. Many of the books contain upholstery samples from which buyers could choose. Also included are color print advertisements for luxury vehicles, including Cadillac, Packard, Willys-Knight, Nash, Chrysler, and Hupmobile; and advertising booklets for consumers extolling the features of the new models of Lincoln and Lincoln Mercury vehicles, 1956-1986;
Arrangement:
Collection is arranged into two series.

Series 1: Cadillac salesmen's books, 1963-1978

Series 2: Automobile trade literature, 1920s-1986.
Provenance:
Collection donated by John R. Anderson, 2016.
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:
Advertising, magazine -- 20th century  Search this
Automobile industry and trade  Search this
Upholstery  Search this
Automobiles -- 1920-1990  Search this
Genre/Form:
Manuals
Illustrations
Guidebooks
Handbooks
Samples
Scrapbooks -- 20th century
Advertising
Citation:
Cadillac Salesmen's Books and Automobile Trade Literature Collection, ca. 1920s-1986, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.1401
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Cadillac Salesmen's Books and Automobile Trade Literature Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-1401

Packard Motor Car Company

Series Creator:
Warshaw, Isadore, 1900-1969  Search this
Container:
Box 5, Folder 3
Type:
Archival materials
Series Restrictions:
Collection is open for research. Some items may be restricted due to fragile condition.
Series 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.
Series Citation:
Warshaw Collection of Business Americana Subject Categories: Automobile Industry, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
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Warshaw Collection of Business Americana Subject Categories: Automobile Industry
Warshaw Collection of Business Americana Subject Categories: Automobile Industry / Oversize / Manufacturers and Dealers of Automobiles [Oversize]
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0060-s01-01-automobile-ref926

A Stereoscopic Presentation of Packard Superiorities [booklet or brochure]

Publisher:
Packard Motor Car Company  Search this
Printer:
American Colortype Company  Search this
Series Creator:
Warshaw, Isadore, 1900-1969  Search this
Extent:
1 Item (15.3 x 23.0 cm.)
Container:
Box 10, Folder 2
Type:
Archival materials
Brochures
Anaglyphs
Illustrations
Photographs
Publications
Stereographs
Advertising
Scope and Contents:
Brochure containing anaglyphic stereographs. Printed by American Colortype, "sole producers sculptural printing," patented 1921." 16 pp., containing 6 anaglyphs. Undated.
Local Numbers:
AC0060-0000446-01.tif (Verso of page 4: AC Scan)

AC0060-0000446-02.tif (Recto of page 5: AC Scan)
Restrictions:
The collection is open for research use. Researchers must handle unprotected photographs with gloves and use assistance when dealing with oversize materials.
Series 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:
Automobiles  Search this
Automobile industry and trade  Search this
Automobile supplies industry  Search this
Genre/Form:
Brochures -- 1920-1930
Anaglyphs
Illustrations
Photographs
Publications
Stereographs
Advertising
Series Citation:
Warshaw Collection of Business Americana Subject Categories: Automobile Industry, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
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Warshaw Collection of Business Americana Subject Categories: Automobile Industry
Warshaw Collection of Business Americana Subject Categories: Automobile Industry / Manufacturers and Dealers of Automobiles / Packard Motor Company
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0060-s01-01-automobile-ref1530
Online Media:

[Packard Motor Car Company Correspondence]

Collection Source:
Buhl (Buhl-Verville Aircraft Co, Buhl Aircraft Co)  Search this
Collection Creator:
Verville, Alfred V.  Search this
Verville Aircraft Company  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 3
Type:
Archival materials
Text
Date:
1919-1921
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Collection Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests.
Collection Citation:
Alfred Victor Verville Papers, Acc. XXXX-0173, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Alfred Victor Verville Papers
Alfred Victor Verville Papers / Series 1: Correspondence
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-0173-ref15

Heth, Eugene B.

Collection Creator:
Morehouse, Harold E., 1894-1973  Search this
Container:
Box 6, Folder 10
Type:
Archival materials
Text
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Collection Rights:
Permissions Requests
Collection Citation:
Harold E. Morehouse Flying Pioneers Biographies Collection, Acc. XXXX-0450, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Harold E. Morehouse Flying Pioneers Biographies collection
Harold E. Morehouse Flying Pioneers Biographies collection / Series 1.1: Biographies of Flying Pioneers 1.1
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-0450-ref165
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Hoover, Frederick A.

Collection Creator:
Morehouse, Harold E., 1894-1973  Search this
Container:
Box 6, Folder 21
Type:
Archival materials
Text
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Collection Rights:
Permissions Requests
Collection Citation:
Harold E. Morehouse Flying Pioneers Biographies Collection, Acc. XXXX-0450, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Harold E. Morehouse Flying Pioneers Biographies collection
Harold E. Morehouse Flying Pioneers Biographies collection / Series 1.1: Biographies of Flying Pioneers 1.1
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-0450-ref176
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Lees, Walter E.

Collection Creator:
Morehouse, Harold E., 1894-1973  Search this
Container:
Box 8, Folder 14
Type:
Archival materials
Text
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Collection Rights:
Permissions Requests
Collection Citation:
Harold E. Morehouse Flying Pioneers Biographies Collection, Acc. XXXX-0450, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Harold E. Morehouse Flying Pioneers Biographies collection
Harold E. Morehouse Flying Pioneers Biographies collection / Series 1.1: Biographies of Flying Pioneers 1.1
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-0450-ref217
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Stinson, Edward A.

Collection Creator:
Morehouse, Harold E., 1894-1973  Search this
Container:
Box 12, Folder 11
Type:
Archival materials
Text
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Collection Rights:
Permissions Requests
Collection Citation:
Harold E. Morehouse Flying Pioneers Biographies Collection, Acc. XXXX-0450, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Harold E. Morehouse Flying Pioneers Biographies collection
Harold E. Morehouse Flying Pioneers Biographies collection / Series 1.1: Biographies of Flying Pioneers 1.1
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-0450-ref314
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Turpin, J. Clifford

Collection Creator:
Morehouse, Harold E., 1894-1973  Search this
Container:
Box 13, Folder 2
Type:
Archival materials
Text
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Collection Rights:
Permissions Requests
Collection Citation:
Harold E. Morehouse Flying Pioneers Biographies Collection, Acc. XXXX-0450, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Harold E. Morehouse Flying Pioneers Biographies collection
Harold E. Morehouse Flying Pioneers Biographies collection / Series 1.1: Biographies of Flying Pioneers 1.1
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-0450-ref329
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Packard V-1650 Merlin 12-Cylinder V Reports Collection

Extent:
0.72 Cubic feet ((2 boxes))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Manuals
Date:
bulk 1941-1945
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists of .72 cubic ft of reports relating to the Packard V-1650 Merlin 12-Cylinder V engine, mostly prepared by Arthur P Fraas, 1943-1945.
Biographical / Historical:
Arthur P. Fraas (1915-2011) graduated from the Case Institute of Technology with a BS in Mechanical Engineering in 1938 and earned an MS in Aeronautical Engineering from New York University in 1943. Between 1938 and 1940, Fraas worked as a test engineer at the Wright Aeronautical Corporation, Patterson, New Jersey. In 1943, he moved to Detroit as an experimental projects engineer on the Packard V-1650 Merlin 12-Cylinder V at the Packard Motor Car Company. He left Packard at the end of World War II and joined the faculty at Case Institute of Technology. From 1950 to 1976, he worked at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, retiring as the Associate Director of the Reactor Division
The Packard V-1650 Merlin 12-Cylinder V engine was a version of the Rolls-Royce Merlin aircraft engine, produced under license in the United States by the Packard Motor Car Company. This engine was used in North American P-51 Mustangs.
Provenance:
Arthur Fraas, Gift, 2013
Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.
Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests
Topic:
Aeronautics  Search this
Packard V-1650 Merlin 12-Cylinder V  Search this
Genre/Form:
Manuals
Citation:
Packard V-1650 Merlin 12-Cylinder V Reports Collection, Accession 2013-0036, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.2013.0036
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-2013-0036

1938 National Air Races (Cleveland), Official Directory and Log

Collection Creator:
Bendix Corporation.  Search this
Bendix Aviation Corp  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 14
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
September 3-5, 1938
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Collection Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests
Collection Citation:
Bendix Air Races Collection, Acc. NASM.1988.0115, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Bendix Air Races Collection
Bendix Air Races Collection / Series 2: Bendix Trophy Races by Year / Bendix Trophy Race, 1938
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-1988-0115-ref532
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Bendix Trophy Races, 1946-1947

Collection Creator:
Bendix Corporation.  Search this
Bendix Aviation Corp  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 17
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1946-1947
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Collection Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests
Collection Citation:
Bendix Air Races Collection, Acc. NASM.1988.0115, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Bendix Air Races Collection
Bendix Air Races Collection / Series 2: Bendix Trophy Races by Year
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-1988-0115-ref539
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John Vassos Papers

Creator:
Vassos, John, 1898-1985  Search this
Names:
General Electric Company  Search this
Industrial Designers Society of America  Search this
Kuljian Corporation  Search this
Matthias Hohner AG  Search this
Packard Motor Car Company  Search this
Perey Manufacturing Company  Search this
Prudential Lines, Inc.  Search this
Radio Corporation of America.  Search this
Remington Arms Company  Search this
Savage Arms Corporation  Search this
Silvermine Guild of Artists  Search this
Byard, Dorothy  Search this
Sanders, Bernard  Search this
Second, George  Search this
Vassos, Ruth  Search this
Extent:
18.7 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Interviews
Paintings
Photographs
Screen prints
Transcripts
Design drawings
Scrapbooks
Sketches
Slides (photographs)
Date:
1915-1989
Summary:
The papers of designer, illustrator, and muralist John Vassos measure 18.7 linear feet and date from 1915 to 1989. The papers include biographical materials, personal and professional correspondence, writings and writing project files, Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) files, Radio Corporation of American (RCA) files, Silvermine Guild of Artists files, general professional and committee files, printed materials, four scrapbooks, photographic materials, and artwork.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of designer, writer, illustrator, and muralist John Vassos measure 18.7 linear feet and date from 1915 to 1989. The papers include biographical materials, personal and professional correspondence, writings and writing project files, Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) files, Radio Corporation of American (RCA) files, Silvermine Guild of Artists files, general professional and committee files, printed materials, four scrapbooks, photographic materials, and artwork.

Biographical materials include various biographies and resumes, passports for Ruth and John Vassos and other vital documents, one unidentified interview transcript with Vassos, property boundaries, leases, and scattered financial materials among other material. Correspondence is primarily professional in nature and is with colleagues, industrial design organizations in which Vassos' was involved, organizations and individuals with which Vassos' may have done consulting work, and others. Personal correspondence includes exchanges with a few WWII military colleagues and friends, and several files of personal correspondence between Ruth and John Vassos during his deployment in WWII.

John Vassos was a prolific writer and illustrated and wrote a number of articles, books, essays, and play scripts. Writings and writing projects include handwritten and typed drafts of book manuscripts, including Vassos' autobiography; sketched mock-ups with illustrations and layouts for articles and books; publishing contracts and correspondence; and writings by others. Notable published books include Contempo, Phobia, and Ultimo.

Vassos' involvement in the founding and eventual merging of major U. S. industrial design organizations is documented within the IDSA files, which include materials on ADI, IDI, ASID, SID, and IDEA.

Vassos' thirty-plus year career as a consultant designer with RCA is documented through various materials, including contract agreements, correspondence, design plans and sketches, expense reports, project proposals, and various other materials. And as the president and an active member of the Silvermine Guild of Artists, Vassos kept extensive files on Guild activities, including building proposals and sketches, logo designs, exhibitions, school plans and lesson structures, photographs, and printed materials.

Vassos' involvement with numerous other professional organizations and committees as a consultant designer, illustrator, member, and muralist, is documented through general professional and committee files. Vassos designed appliances, bicycles, flatware, knives, pens, radios, rifles, television sets, and turnstiles, in addition to painting murals, designing several buildings, and doing interior design work for theaters. Companies include: General Electric Company; M. Hohner, Inc.; the India Industries World Trade Fair; International Society for Arts and Decoration; Kuljian Corporation; Packard Motor Car Company; Perey Manufacturing Company; Prudential Lines, Inc.; Remington Arms Company, Inc.; Remington Dupont; and Savage Arms Corporation, to name a few.

The collection also includes printed materials; three clippings scrapbooks on the Silvermine Guild and School, and one scrapbook assembled by a Greek student, George Second; and photographic items: approximately 97 glass lantern slides, various negatives, color slides, and photographs of John Vassos and others, as well as images of products and designs, and two photo albums of industrial design work.

Artwork includes extensive figure and illustration sketches in pen, pencil, charcoal, watercolor, and other media; two paintings by Vassos; mural design drawings and sketches; sketches of products and designs; and several sketches and a collection of silkscreen prints by other artists, including Dorothy Byard and Bernard Sanders.
Arrangement:
This collection is arranged as 11 series:

Series 1: Biographical Material, 1915-1975 (0.4 linear feet; Box 1, Box 16, OV20, OV35)

Series 2: Correspondence, 1927-1986 (2.3 linear feet; Boxes 1-3)

Series 3: Writings and Writing Projects, circa 1929-1989 (1.0 linear feet; Boxes 3-4, OV20)

Series 4: Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA), circa 1938-1976 (2.0 linear feet; Boxes 4-6, Box 16, OV21)

Series 5: Radio Corporation of America (RCA), circa 1930s-1976 (2.1 linear feet; Boxes 6-7, Box 15, OV22-24, OV26)

Series 6: Silvermine Guild of Artists, 1915-1986 (1.9 linear feet; Boxes 7-9, Box 16, OV27-28)

Series 7: General Professional and Committee Files, circa 1920s-1983 (3.8 linear feet; Boxes 9-11, Boxes 15-16, OV26, OV29-39, RD57)

Series 8: Printed Material, circa 1928-circa 1985 (1.6 linear feet; Boxes 11-12, Box 16)

Series 9: Scrapbooks, circa 1940s-1953 (0.8 linear feet: Box 13, Box 17, Box 19)

Series 10: Photographic Materials, 1919-circa 1989 (1.7 linear feet; Boxes 13-14, Box 16, Box 18, OV40-41, Lantern Slide Boxes 58-59)

Series 11: Artwork, circa 1930s-circa 1970s (1.7 linear feet; Box 14, Box 18, OV25, OV42-56)
Biographical / Historical:
John Vassos (1898-1985) was an author, designer, illustrator, and muralist, active in Norwalk, Connecticut.

Vassos was born John Vassacopoulos, in Romania to Greek parents, attended Robert College in Turkey, and joined the British Fleet to serve in World War I. He immigrated to Boston in 1919, where he washed windows and studied art and illustration with John Singer Sargent at the Fenway Art School. In 1924, he moved to New York City where he studied at the Art Students League under John Sloan. Vassos began his career as an illustrator for various magazines, in addition to writing, illustrating, and publishing over fourteen books, most notably, Contempo, Phobia, and Ultimo. He worked on many publications with his wife, Ruth Carrier, who often wrote what he then illustrated in the late 1920s through the 1930s.

Employed as an industrial designer at the Radio Corporation of America (RCA), he established their first internal design department in 1933. He contributed a number of RCA product designs, including radios, radio cabinets, and televisions during his time as a consultant and designer. In addition, he designed RCA's first electronically decorated living room for the New York World's Fair, "America at Home" pavilion. He remained as an industrial design consultant with RCA through 1964. Vassos went on to work as a consultant designer to create utensils with Remington Dupont, the first Lucite pen for Waterman, and redesigned turnstiles for Perey Manufacturing Company, among many other companies. In addition to product design work, Vassos did interior design work for restaurants and theaters, and painted murals for a number of companies, hotels, and movie theaters.

During World War II, Vassos served in the U. S. Army Air Corps developing camouflage techniques and conducting special operations in Greece while also writing a number of publications, including informational advertisements and flyers, as well as several brief illustrated books warning about carelessness with regards to camouflage and equipment.

In 1938, Vassos founded the American Designers Institute (ADI) and became president again in 1948. He was instrumental in the merger of the major industrial design associations, the Industrial Designers Institute (IDI), Industrial Design Education Association (IDEA), American Society of Industrial Designers (ASID), and the Society of Industrial Designers (SID), into the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA), where he was elected the first Chairman of the Board in 1965.

Additionally, he was president of the Silvermine Guild of Artists in Connecticut for ten terms from 1936 to 1955, where he designed the logo and raised significant funds with help from his influence with RCA. Between 1938 and 1940, the Guild held an exhibition titled Social Statements and included works by various members, to which he contributed two oil paintings of his own.

Vassos died in 1985 in Norwalk, Connecticut.
Related Materials:
John Vassos' papers are also at Syracuse University.
Provenance:
The John Vassos papers were donated from 1989 to 1990 by Paul Johnes, Vassos' nephew.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.

Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Occupation:
Designers -- Connecticut -- Norwalk  Search this
Design -- Study and teaching  Search this
Topic:
World War, 1939-1945  Search this
Theaters -- Designs and plans  Search this
Authors -- Connecticut  Search this
Theaters -- Decoration  Search this
Muralists -- Connecticut  Search this
Illustrators -- Connecticut  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Paintings
Photographs
Screen prints
Transcripts
Design drawings
Scrapbooks
Sketches
Slides (photographs)
Citation:
John Vassos papers, 1898-1985. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.vassjohn
See more items in:
John Vassos Papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-vassjohn
Online Media:

General Professional and Committee Files

Collection Creator:
Vassos, John, 1898-1985  Search this
Extent:
3.8 Linear feet (Boxes 9-11, Boxes 15-16, OV26, OV29-39, RD57)
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1920s-1983
Scope and Contents:
Vassos' professional files document various consulting jobs and committee involvement and consist of company advertising and illustration consulting, architectural design consulting, graphic design work, and product design. Companies and organizations include: General Electric Company; the Hellenic University Club; M. Hohner, Inc.; Kuljian Corporation; Mills Industries, Incorporated; Packard Motor Car Company; Perey Manufacturing Company; Prudential Lines, Inc.; Remington Arms, Inc.; Remington Dupont; Savage Arms, Inc.; and L. E. Waterman Company, among many others. Additional materials document Vassos' involvement in designing the American Pavilion at the India Industries World Trade Fair in 1955 and work with the U. S. Army during WWII.

Materials include: architectural sketches and blueprints, correspondence, contracting agreements, design sketches and photographs, printed materials, and other items.
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.

Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Collection Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Collection Citation:
John Vassos papers, 1898-1985. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.vassjohn, Series 7
See more items in:
John Vassos Papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-vassjohn-ref166

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