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Treib, Marc Collection of Graphic Design Ephemera
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  • Biographical / Historical
  • Scope and Contents
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  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Preferred Citation
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition
  • Separated Materials
  • Related Materials
  • Processing Information

  • Contributing Institution: Los Angeles County Museum of Art Balch Art Research Library
    Title: Marc Treib graphic design collection
    Creator: Treib, Marc
    Identifier/Call Number: TRE.001.001
    Identifier/Call Number: 68
    Physical Description: 2 boxes 126 items
    Date (inclusive): 1960-1996
    Date (bulk): 1980-1996
    Language of Material: English .

    Biographical / Historical

    Marc Treib (1943-) was born in New York, New York, and was raised in Miami Florida. He graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Florida in 1966 and later studied in Finland under a Fulbright-Hayes Fellowship in Architecture and Design. He received a Master of Architecture in 1969 and a Master of Arts in Design in 1969 from the University of California Berkeley. He joined the University of California Berkeley Department of Architecture in 1969 where he taught for nearly 40 years.
    Treib has written, taught, and spoken extensively on topics including architectural design, graphic design, architectural history, Japanese architecture, landscape architecture, and gardens. He also maintains his own design practice with a focus on posters and books and participates in landscape and architectural design competitions. Treib has also curated exhibitions including An Everyday Modernism: The Houses of William Wurster (1995) at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and Garret Eckbo: Modern Landscapes for Living (1997) at the University Art Museum, Berkeley.
    Marc Treib continues to live and work in Berkeley, California and is now Professor Emeritus at University of California Berkeley.

    Scope and Contents

    The Marc Treib collection of graphic design ephemera contains 126 items dating from 1960 to 1996 (bulk 1980-1996).
    This collection of ephemera consists of printed works on paper and cardstock. Though some items are hand printed using woodblocks or screens, most items were created using industrial offset lithographic or digital processes. Posters, pamphlets, catalogs, brochures, business cards, calendars, and advertisements created primarily by California designers including April Greiman, Michael Manwaring, Charles and Ray Eames, Michael Vanderbyl, Barbara Stauffacher Solomon, and others populate this collection. The collection includes materials designed for notable clients, such as admissions bulletins of the California Institute of the Arts by April Greiman and a large number of museum calendars for the San Francisco Museum of Art (now the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art) designed by Barbara Stauffacher Solomon.
    The collection also contains some materials produced outside of California such as theater programs by Czech designer Marek Majewski for the Teatr Dramatczny in Warsaw, Poland.
    The collection does not contain works by Treib himself.


    The collection is arranged alphabetically by designer or creator. Oversized items are housed in box 2.

    Conditions Governing Access

    Open for use by qualified researchers and by appointment only through the Los Angeles County Museum of Art Balch Art Research Library. An appointment can be requested via the library website at https://www.lacma.org/learn/balch-research-library.

    Conditions Governing Use

    Contact the Balch Research Library at 323-856-6118 or library@lacma.org for information on publishing or reproducing materials included in these records. For some photography, permission will be granted by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art as the owner of the physical materials, and does not imply permission from the copyright holder. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain all necessary permissions from the copyright holder.

    Preferred Citation

    [Description of item], Marc Treib graphic design collection, Los Angeles County Museum of Art Balch Art Research Library, TRE.001.001.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Marc Treib gave a gift of over 500 posters and other examples of 20th Century graphic design to the Los Angeles County Musem of Art in 2014 as The Marc Treib Collection. Selections from this gift were made by Decorative Art and Design curators for inclusion in the permanent art collection of the musem or transfer to the museum's library. This collection contains the portion of the gift designated for research use within LACMA's Balch Art Research Library.

    Separated Materials

    The Marc Treib Collection within the museum's permanent art collection can be searched at https://collections.lacma.org.

    Related Materials

    Treib's personal papers, professional papers, faculty papers, project records, and examples of his own graphic design are housed in the Environmental Design Archives of the University of California, Berkely.
    More information about this collection can be found on the Online Archive of California: https://oac.cdlib.org/findaid/ark:/13030/c8f76gx4/

    Processing Information

    The collection was accessioned and items were originally described by archivist Jessica Gambling and curatorial staff in 2014. Physical processing was completed in June 2022 by intern Daryl Bergman under the supervision of Jessica Gambling.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Graphic arts--United States--20th Century
    Graphic arts--Poland--20th century