The Manuscript Division holds the papers of several prominent designers and engineers, who have created some of the most recognizable products and images in the United States. Design may refer to both the look and function of items, and its study includes the purpose and plan of those ideas. The collections held in the Manuscript Division demonstrate elements and the practice of product design, graphic design, interior and architectural design, and engineering.
While many of these collections can be categorized elsewhere in this guide, they are included here as a way to further demonstrate the variety of material available to researchers. Collections include the lectures and documents of multi-talented Charles and Ray Eames, the product designs of innovator Raymond Loewy, as well as the fruits of collectors' labors to display a wide range of printing and calligraphy design from around the world. Some collections are scientific and militaristic in content, but are worthwhile in the examination of technological developments and design.
The following titles link to fuller bibliographic information in the Library of Congress Online Catalog. Links to additional online content, including finding aids for the collections, are included when available.