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Art Topics and Resources in the Manuscript Collections at the Library of Congress


Page from Charles's Proposal for an Exhibition about Computers at IBM's Headquarters in Armonk, New York, August 1967, pencil and ink on paper with typed text. August 1967. Charles and Ray Eames papers. Library of Congress Manuscript Division.

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.

Many visual materials from the collections, including photographs, etchings, drawings, and others have been transferred to the Prints and Photographs Division. Patrons are advised to contact both the Manuscript Division and the Prints and Photographs Division for guidance on accessing these materials.


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.