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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)
Container:
Box 1
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

Red Cross Magazines

Collection Creator:
Mora, F. Luis (Francis Luis), 1874-1940  Search this
Container:
Box 2, Folder 8
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1918-1920
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment. Glass plate negatives are housed separately and not served to researchers.
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:
F. Luis Mora papers, 1891-1986, bulk 1891-1922. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
F. Luis Mora papers
F. Luis Mora papers / Series 4: Printed Material
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9281128d3-7aec-499e-a1c2-22df38553f7c
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-moraflui-ref49

The American Red Cross Christmas Calendar for 1919 ...

Issuing body:
American Red Cross  Search this
Collection Creator:
Princeton University  Search this
Extent:
1 Poster (1/4 size; Multi-color, 26 x 72.5 cm)
Container:
Box 46, Folder 5
Type:
Archival materials
Posters
Place:
United States
Date:
1919 Jan.
Image:
Main Image: Two Red Cross Nurses and a priest helping a wounded Allied soldier the garden of Gethsemane, Jerusalem

Other Image(s): 1 Red Cross workers on a street in Bethlehem 2 Red Cross worker with a camel near a well in Nazareth
Local numbers:
Princeton Poster# 9219
General:
Issued by: American Red Cross

Artist(s): Paul Meylan
Printing Info:
Printer: The Red Cross Magazine, 1/1919
Collection 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.
Collection Rights:
Copyright status of items varies. 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:
Reconstruction  Search this
Relief and volunteer organizations  Search this
Women's War Work  Search this
Genre/Form:
Posters
Collection Citation:
Princeton University Posters Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
Princeton University Poster Collection
Princeton University Poster Collection / Series 3: Between Wars / United States
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep802378d54-d2e7-4032-b669-265d5b48635e
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0433-ref10474

The Boys in the Picture Carry Flags ... We Need an Army to Protect Us / to Teachers: Use the Splendid Picture of the Child Flag Bearers ...

Artist:
Price, Norman  Search this
Creator:
National Security League. (New York)  Search this
Sponsor:
National Security League. (New York)  Search this
Collection Creator:
Princeton University  Search this
Extent:
1 Poster (1/2 size; Multi-color, 58.5 x 42 cm)
Container:
Map-folder 318
Type:
Archival materials
Posters
Place:
United States
Belgium -- World War, 1914-1918 -- Posters
Image:
Main Image: A. 1. "Belgian Children Flag Bearers" from Red Cross Magazine 2. "Trees cut down by the German" from the University of the State of New YorkB) N/A
Local numbers:
Princeton Poster# 2508
General:
Issued by: National Security League, Etta V. Leighton, Civic Secretary

Artist(s): 1. Norman Price 2. ? [unreadable]
Locale:
New York
Collection 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.
Collection Rights:
Copyright status of items varies. 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:
Defense Preparedness  Search this
Education  Search this
World War, 1914-1918  Search this
Flags -- Belgium -- 1910-1920  Search this
Educational  Search this
World War, 1914-1918 -- Posters -- United States  Search this
Flags -- United States -- 1910-1920  Search this
Teachers  Search this
Genre/Form:
Posters
Posters -- World War, 1914-1918 -- United States
Collection Citation:
Princeton University Posters Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
Princeton University Poster Collection
Princeton University Poster Collection / Series 2: World War One / United States
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8502c18ee-66c9-41f2-aad0-8ebd0c79a1b4
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0433-ref8712
Online Media:

What Can You Do? Join Our Red Cross Membership Including Red Cross Magazine $200 No Field Service Required

Issuing body:
Red Cross  Search this
Collection Creator:
Princeton University  Search this
Extent:
1 Poster (Full size; Multi-color, 107 x 71 cm)
Container:
Map-folder 398
Type:
Archival materials
Posters
Place:
United States
Image:
Main Image: Red Cross Nurse with wounded soldier, mother holding baby, and a little girl
Local numbers:
Princeton Poster# 3123
General:
Issued by: Red Cross

Artist(s): Anon
Collection 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.
Collection Rights:
Copyright status of items varies. 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:
Recruiting and enlistment  Search this
Relief and volunteer organizations  Search this
Women's War Work  Search this
World War, 1914-1918  Search this
Genre/Form:
Posters
Collection Citation:
Princeton University Posters Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
Princeton University Poster Collection
Princeton University Poster Collection / Series 2: World War One / United States
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8a00ebf9d-95a0-47cf-9c5a-cd090f75c27f
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0433-ref9228

Red Cross Magazine Cover, December 1918, (painting)

Painter:
Smith, Jessie Willcox 1863-1935  Search this
Type:
Paintings-Illustration
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Unlocated
Date:
1918
Topic:
Literature--Red Cross Magazine  Search this
Ceremony--Holiday--Christmas  Search this
Figure--Child  Search this
Control number:
IAP 89400222
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_385132

Ah! If He Hurts So Much as the Little Finger of My Captain, Memgumban Screamed, I Shall Tie You to an Ant Hill. And He Leaped at the Chinaman with His Kris, (painting)

Painter:
Wyeth, Newell Convers 1882-1945  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Type:
Paintings-Illustration
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Brandywine River Museum P. O. Box 141 Chadds Ford Pennsylvania 19317 Accession Number: 88.12
Date:
Ca. 1920
Topic:
Literature--Red Cross Magazine  Search this
Control number:
IAP 62900470
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_378563

The Victorious Allies, (painting)

Painter:
Wyeth, Newell Convers 1882-1945  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Type:
Paintings-Illustration
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Delaware Art Museum 2301 Kentmere Parkway Wilmington Delaware 19806 Accession Number: 89-71
Date:
Ca. 1918
Topic:
Literature--Red Cross Magazine  Search this
History--United States--World War I  Search this
Figure group  Search this
Occupation--Military--Soldier  Search this
Dress--Uniform--Military Uniform  Search this
Object--Other--Flag  Search this
Architecture--Monument--Statue  Search this
Control number:
IAP 08081158
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_378695

Scribner's Magazine Cover, August 1900, (painting)

Painter:
Smith, Jessie Willcox 1863-1935  Search this
Type:
Paintings-Illustration
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Unlocated
Date:
1900
Topic:
Literature--Red Cross Magazine  Search this
Figure--Child  Search this
Control number:
IAP 89400223
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_385133

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