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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Biography/Administrative History
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms
  • Additional collection guides

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Robert S. Densham Papers
    Dates: 1961-2018
    Collection Number: MS0169
    Creator/Collector: Robert Stephen Densham
    Extent: ~73 LF
    Repository: California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo. Special Collections and Archives
    San Luis Obispo, California 93407
    Abstract: Records of artist Robert S. Densham Cal Poly Emeritus Professor, commercial artist, and former Cuesta College advisor. Collection is unprocessed and requires advance notice for research access.
    Language of Material: English


    Collection is open to researchers by appointment. For more information on visiting, access policies, and reproduction requests, please visit our Reference Services page online at http://lib.calpoly.edu/search-and-find/collections-and-archives/reference-services/.

    Publication Rights

    Digital copies are provided to researchers for the purpose of study, research, and personal use only, unless otherwise specified in writing. Materials that are the property of Cal Poly Special Collections and Archives require written permission prior to publication. No complete collection may be reproduced. For print and online publication, please visit our Reproduction Services page online at http://lib.calpoly.edu/support/sca-policies/reproduction/. Special Collections and Archives reserves the right to review all reproduction requests and to withhold permission if scanning would endanger the material, would violate copyright law, or would violate institutional restrictions.

    Preferred Citation

    Robert S. Densham Papers. California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo. Special Collections and Archives

    Acquisition Information


    Biography/Administrative History

    Robert Stephen Densham, MFA was a professor of Art & Design at Cal Poly for over 25 years and served on the Graphic Design Vocational Education Advisory Committee at Cuesta College. He earned a BA in Fine arts at Cal State Long Beach in 1967 and began teaching at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 1976. He earned an MFA at Cal State Long Beach in 1980 while teaching full-time at Cal Poly. His thesis, Posters and Drawings for the Theatre, is available at CSU Long Beach. He was appointed Associate Professor at Cal Poly after earning the MFA. He retired in 2002. After graduating with a BA he practiced freelance art in commercial graphics and worked in package design at Southern California Carton Company for almost a decade. His work also includes poster art, typography, and graphics for the San Luis Chamber Orchestra and Mothers for Peace. More about Densham is available at: http://www.denshamarts.com.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    Professional records, personal papers, illustrations, annotations, and works on paper created and collected by Robert S. Densham. Includes items used for exhibit in 2009 and additional sketchbooks.

    Indexing Terms

    Graphic Art
    Commercial Art
    Graphic arts--United States--20th century
    Packaging--Design--Pictorial works
    San Luis Obispo
    Long Beach

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