Archival Artifacts

October 6, 2006

The new Milton Glaser Design Study Center and Archives, which is housed in the Visual Arts Library, is set to open its doors on Monday, October 16. The Archives’ mission is to collect, preserve and make accessible design works of significant historical and artistic value. The founding gift is from designer and illustrator Milton Glaser, an instructor and board member at SVA since 1961. The Milton Glaser Collection provides a complete overview of Glaser’s vast body of work: approximately 700 pieces of original art, 1,700 sketches, 380 posters, 150 prints, as well as newspapers and magazines, album covers, menus, letterhead, annual reports, brochures and books designed and/or illustrated by Glaser. The Archives also hold an extensive collection of the printed work of the celebrated designers Ivan Chermayeff and Tom Geismar; and the Henry Wolf Collection documents the career of the influential art director, designer and photographer Henry Wolf.

These holdings will provide an invaluable resource to the design and academic communities. The Archives, a division of the Visual Arts Foundation, will continue to seek to acquire materials—particularly from artists and designers of special renown who have been affiliated with SVA—with the intent of documenting the design process from concept to completion.

The Archives will be open Monday – Friday, 9am – 2pm, by appointment only. To schedule a visit or inquire about the collections, please contact Beth Kleber at 212.592.2636 or

Image: Milton Glaser, Art is…Whatever, School of Visual Arts, ©1996, Visual Arts Press, Ltd.

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