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Series I. Ladislav Sutnar papers related to designs and exhibitions (Accession no. 910005), 1927-1971, undated

Physical Description: 14.0 linear feet (10 boxes, 1 flat file folder)
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Scope and Content Note

Documentation of Ladislav Sutnar's career as an exhibition designer comprises the bulk of this series, one of the five separate archives of Sutnar-related material held by the GRI. Photographs record Sutnar's exhibition work in Czechoslovakia in the 1920s and 1930s, from his early painted ceiling design for the 1927 Leipzig book fair to his concept for the nation's display at the 1939 New York World's Fair. Sutnar's later exhibition designs in the United States, which focused on displays of his own work, are more thoroughly documented. For his 1961-1968 traveling exhibition, Visual Design in Action, design sketches and drawings, correspondence, and printed ephemera supplement the photographs.
Sutnar's product design work in the areas of tableware and toy design is represented here by a small sample of material. Sutnar's early toy production in Czechoslovakia in the 1920s is recorded in photographs, while drawings and printed matter document his household designs for Krásná jizba in the 1930s. Also found here is evidence of Sutnar's unsuccessful attempts to create a product design career in the United States in the years after his arrival: promotional prints for a childrens' building block set and a design drawing for a set of glass tumblers for Georg Jensen, Inc.
Graphic design, ranging from Sutnar's early work in Czechoslovakia for Družstevní práce and Krásná jizba to his American industrial catalog work for Sweet's to his independent informational graphic work, is also represented in the series. Of particular interest are two unrealized projects for children: a picture book on shape and a poster series promoting good habits. Although late, and perhaps not the peak of Sutnar's design skills, these projects are important because the related working materials preserved in the archive give an idea of Sutnar's process, merging the creation of the design with the manufacture and marketing of the product.
A small selection of Sutnar's correspondence from 1958-1971 completes this series. The bulk of this correspondence is with Eckhard Neumann regarding his attempt to stage an exhibition of Sutnar's work in Germany, but exchanges with Bauhaus exiles with whom Sutnar reconnected in the United States, such as Joseph Albers and Marcel Breuer, are also included.

Arrangement

Arranged by topic into two broad categories: design projects and correspondence. Design projects are further divided into graphic design, product design and exhibition design. Although almost all Sutnar projects involved some elements of graphic design, the projects categorized here as graphic design are almost solely that. Elements of graphic design as part of a larger product or exhibition design are included in those categories.

Acquisition Information

Acquired in 1991.

Preferred Citation

Ladislav Sutnar papers related to designs and exhibitions, 1927-1971, The Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, Accession no. 910005.
 

Design projects, 1927-1971, undated

 

Graphic design, 1931-1971

Scope and Content Note

For graphic design of printed ephemera related to Sutnar's product and exhibition designs, see relevant sections below.
Box 910005.bx3, Folder 1-4

Designs for Družstevní práce and Krásná jizba, 1931-1939, undated

Scope and Content Note

Examples of Sutnar's graphic designs including brochures illustrating his book designs, marketing materials for Krásná jizba products, and typography.
 

Industrial catalogs and trade publications, 1944-1950, undated

Scope and Content Note

Primarily color brochures and leaflets; includes materials designed by Sutnar in his role as art director for Sweet's Catalog Service, as well as those designed through his independent firm.
Box 910005.bx3, Folder 5

American Optical Company, "Absorptive Efficiency of AO Calobar Glass," 1945

Box 910005.bx3, Folder 6

Andersen Corporation, "Wood Window Units (15/13)," undated

Box 910005.bx3, Folder 19

Aurele M. Gatti Incorporated, "Sapphire Products (4b)," undated

Box 910005.bx3, Folder 20

Canterbury Printing Company, Transport: Next Half Century, 1951-2000, 1950

Scope and Content Note

Foreword by R. Buckminster Fuller; "prepared and visually designed" by Ladislav Sutnar; created as part of a direct mail campaign.
Box 910005.bx3, Folder 7

Carlyle Johnson Machine Company, "Maxitorq Floating Disc Clutch," undated

Box 910005.bx3, Folder 8

Craftint Manufacturing Company, "Craftint Doubletone Drawing Paper and Tracing Vellum (6a/4)," undated

Box 910005.bx3, Folder 9

Cuno Engineering Corporation, "Cuno Continuously Cleanable Filters (2h/8)," circa 1944

Box 910005.bx3, Folder 10

Foxboro Company, "Industrial Instrumentation," undated

Box 910005.bx3, Folder 11

General Electric Company, "Electrical Equipment for Buildings," undated

Box 910005.bx3, Folder 12

Harco Steel Construction Company, "Glide Open Doors (4c/6)," undated

Box 910005.bx3, Folder 13

Keuffel & Esser Company, "Wyteface Steel Tapes," undated

Box 910005.bx3, Folder 14

Monsanto Chemical Company, "Monsanto Plastics (1B/7)," undated

Box 910005.bx3, Folder 15

New Jersey Zinc Company, "Design for Die Casting (1a/27)," 1945

 

Radio Corporation of America, 1944, undated

Box 910005.bx3, Folder 16

"Sound Systems (28/1)," 1944

Box 910005.bx3, Folder 17

"Radio Frequency Heating (4d/1)," undated

Box 910005.bx3, Folder 18

Traffic & Street Sign Company,"Tubular Masts for: Radar -- FM -- Television (3c/11)," undated

 

Children's publications and posters, 1969-1971

 

"The World of Shape," 1969

Scope and Content Note

Unpublished children's book, with Leonard Kessler.
Box 910005.bx3, Folder 21-22

Text, notes, correspondence, research

Box 910005.bx7*, Folder 8

Sketches

Scope and Content Note

Includes title page, "Shapes that grow in nature" and "Even shadows are shapes."
Box 910005.bx6, Folder 1-8

Poster series reinforcing good habits, 1970-1971

Scope and Content Note

Set of children's posters addressing hygiene, diet, safety and physical fitness; includes preliminary drawings, drafts of poster text and advertising copy, and mock-ups, as well as research on sourcing, vendors and pricing.
 

Miscellaneous, 1944-1969, undated

Box 910005.bx3, Folder 23

General, undated

Scope and Content Note

Includes promotional leaflets for Golden Griffin Books and the Seven Arts Society, mailing label for the Printex Corporation, letterhead for Stephan Lion, and forms and cards for the Czechoslovak Society of Arts and Sciences in America, Inc.
Box 910005.bx5, Folder 2-6

Oversize, 1944-1969, undated

Scope and Content Note

Includes informational graphics for newspaper and magazine articles, as well as advertising images.
 

Product design, 1927-1943, undated

 

Tableware, 1931-1940, undated

 

Design drawings, 1931-1940, undated

Flatfile 910005.FF1**

Glass tea set, 1931

Scope and Content Note

Print of drawings.
Box 910005.bx8*, Folder 1-2

Candlesticks, circa 1939

Scope and Content Note

Includes pricing information.
Box 910005.bx8*, Folder 3

Glass tumblers, circa 1940

Box 910005.bx8*, Folder 4

Flatware, undated

Scope and Content Note

Prints of manufacturing drawings.
Box 910005.bx5, Folder 1

Printed matter with images of tableware designs, undated

Box 910005.bx10, Folder 2

Photographic negative, undated

 

Toys, 1927-1943, undated

 

Building block sets, 1927-1943

Box 910005.bx3, Folder 24

"Factory Town," photograph of prototype, 1927

Box 910005.bx3, Folder 25

"Build the Town," prints for promotion kit, circa 1941-1943

Box 910005.bx3, Folder 26

Photographs of various toys and puppet, undated

 

Exhibition design, 1927-1968, undated

Box 910005.bx1, Folder 1

Internationale Buchkunst Ausstellung, Leipzig, 1927

Box 910005.bx1, Folder 2

3rd International Book Fair, Florence, 1928

 

Contemporary Culture Exposition, "Modern Publicity," Brno, 1929

Box 910005.bx1, Folder 3

Loose photographs

Box 910005.bx9*, Folder 1

Mounted photograph

Box 910005.bx1, Folder 4

Exposition de l'art appliqué et de l'architecture tchécoslovaque, Geneva, 1930

Box 910005.bx1, Folder 5

Exposition de l'art appliqué et de l'architecture tchécoslovaque, Bucarest, 1930

Box 910005.bx3, Folder 27

Exposition de l'art appliqué tchécoslovaque, Strassburg, 1931

Box 910005.bx1, Folder 6

Tjeckoslovakisk konst och nyttokonst, Stockholm, 1931

Box 910005.bx1, Folder 7

Tjeckoslovakisk konst och nyttokonst, Malmö, 1931

Box 910005.bx1, Folder 8

Triennale di Milano, Milan, 1936

Box 910005.bx1, Folder 9

Gas - Water - Sanitation Exhibition, Prague, 1937

Box 910005.bx1, Folder 10

Exposition internationale, l'art et la technique dans la vie moderne, Paris, 1937

Box 910005.bx1, Folder 11

International Aviation Exhibition, Belgrade, 1938

Box 910005.bx9*, Folder 2

New York World's Fair, 1939

Box 910005.bx7*, Folder 7

Educational exhibit at the Pratt Institute, New York, circa 1946-1949

Scope and Content Note

While teaching graphic design at the Pratt Institute, Sutnar mounted an educational exhibition of his work.
Box 910005.bx2, Folder 1

Ladislav Sutnar - Design, New York, AD Gallery, 1947

 

Visual Design in Action, traveling exhibit, 1961-1968

Box 910005.bx7*, Folder 1-5

Design sketches and drawings

Box 910005.bx9*, Folder 4-5

Wall text drafts and color proofs

Box 910005.bx7*, Folder 6

Poster for New York venue

 

Photographic documentation

Box 910005.bx2, Folder 2

Small black-and-white prints

Box 910005.bx9*, Folder 3

Enlarged black-and-white prints

Box 910005.bx10, Folder 1

Color prints and negatives

Box 910005.bx3, Folder 28

Printed matter and correspondence regarding the exhibit

Box 910005.bx2, Folder 3

Photographs of unidentified exhibitions, undated

Box 910005.bx3, Folder 29

Exhibition notebook, 1938

Scope and Content Note

Extensive notes and sketches relating to exhibitions in Rome, primarily the Mostra Augustea della Romanità, but also the Mostra dell'Opera Nazionale Dopolavoro.
 

Correspondence, 1958-1971, undated

Box 910005.bx4, Folder 9

Addo-x, 1958

Scope and Content Note

For related designs, see Series III, 2002.M.3.bx1, folder 1.
Box 910005.bx4, Folder 1

Albers, Josef, 1964

Box 910005.bx4, Folder 2

Breuer, Marcel, 1964-1965

Box 910005.bx4, Folder 3

Gerstner, Karl, 1958

Scope and Content Note

Includes publication announcement for Die neue Graphik.
Box 910005.bx4, Folder 9

Graphis Press, 1959

Box 910005.bx4, Folder 4

de Majo, W.M., 1964

Scope and Content Note

Includes printed matter relating to the International Council of Graphic Design Associations (ICOGRADA).
Box 910005.bx4, Folder 5

Neumann, Eckhard, 1963-1966

Box 910005.bx4, Folder 6

Ohchi, Hiroshi, 1960-1961

Box 910005.bx4, Folder 7

Vlavianos, Basil, undated

Box 910005.bx4, Folder 8

Wescher, Herta, 1964-1965

Box 910005.bx4, Folder 9

Unidentified, 1971, undated

 

Series II. Ladislav Sutnar papers (Accession no. 2013.M.6), 1897-1976

Physical Description: 27.5 linear feet (19 boxes)
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Scope and Content Note

A broad range of professional and personal papers comprise this series, one of the five separate archives of Sutnar-related material held by the GRI. All areas of Sutnar's design projects are represented here, as well as his paintings and artwork. Beyond these creative works, a small quantity of miscellaneous professional papers and personal papers, such as visa applications and obituaries, helps elucidate Sutnar's career. The design projects in this series include elements from the three main areas of Sutnar's production: graphic design, product design and exhibition design. Of particular interest among the design projects are the early 1940s prototypes for the "Build the Town" childrens' block set and the extensive documentation of the Czechoslovakian pavilion at the 1939 New York World's Fair. The bulk of this acquisition relates to the painting and artwork to which Sutnar returned later in his life. Beginning in the early 1960s, as his design commissions faded, Sutnar focused on the creation of female nudes, executed in a roughly pop art style, which he called "joy-art." In addition to prints from his portfolio Strip Street, the archive includes numerous sketches, preliminary studies and small paintings for the geometrically constructed nudes of his Venus series.

Arrangement

Arranged by topic into four broad categories: design projects, painting and art work, professional papers and personal papers. Design projects are further divided into graphic design, product design and exhibition design. Although almost all Sutnar projects involved some elements of graphic design, the projects categorized here as graphic design are almost solely that. Elements of graphic design as part of a larger product or exhibition design are included in those categories.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Radoslav L. Sutnar and Ctislav Sutnar. Acquired in 2006 and 2010.

Preferred Citation

Ladislav Sutnar papers, 1897-1976, The Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, Accession no. 2013.M.6.
 

Design projects, 1930-1976, undated

 

Graphic design, 1930-1976, undated

 

Book design, 1930-1961, undated

Box 2013.M.6.bx17, Folder 1

Photographs of Czech books, 1930-1933

Box 2013.M.6.bx17, Folder 4

"Controlled Visual Flow," 1943

Scope and Content Note

Issued as Design and Paper, no. 13, as a promotional publication for a paper company, Marquardt & Company.
Box 2013.M.6.bx17, Folder 2

Visual Design in Action dust jacket, 1961

Scope and Content Note

Found used as wrapping material for correspondence.
Box 2013.M.6.bx8*, Folder 2

"Minimum House" graphic, undated

Scope and Content Note

Later reworking with text in English of cover of 1931 book, Nejmenší dům.
Box 2013.M.6.bx17, Folder 3

Letterhead for Sutnar Office, 1968-1976

 

Product design for "Build the Town," circa 1941-1943

Scope and Content Note

Restricted access, pending conservation.
Box 2013.M.6.bx9*-bx9A*

Block set 1

Box 2013.M.6.bx9A*-bx10*

Block set 2

 

Exhibition design, 1939-1976

 

New York World's Fair, 1939-1941

Box 2013.M.6.bx16, Folder 5

Identification card, 1939-1940

 

Correspondence, 1939-1941

Box 2013.M.6.bx16, Folder 6-7

Letters

Box 2013.M.6.bx8*, Folder 3

Oversize clipping included with letters

Box 2013.M.6.bx16, Folder 1

Pamphlet for the Czechoslovak Pavilion, 1939-1940

Scope and Content Note

Includes pamphlet and drafts of text.
Box 2013.M.6.bx16, Folder 2-3

Photographs, 1939-1940

Scope and Content Note

Photographs of the Czechoslovak pavilion and restaurant, displays and dignitaries.
 

Restaurant, 1939-1940

Box 2013.M.6.bx16, Folder 4

Logistics

Scope and Content Note

Includes materials relating to the menu, sourcing and pricing of food and liquor supplies, operational expenses, staffing, budget.
Box 2013.M.6.bx8*, Folder 4

Floor plans

Box 2013.M.6.bx16, Folder 8

Ladislav Sutnar - Design, New York, AD Gallery, 1947

Box 2013.M.6.bx16, Folder 9

Visual Design in Action, traveling exhibit, 1961-1968

Box 2013.M.6.bx16, Folder 10

Joy-Art, 1969

Box 2013.M.6.bx17, Folder 5-6

Redisplay of Ladislav Sutnar and the New Typography, 1975-1976

Scope and Content Note

Materials relating to unrealized project to restage Sutnar's 1934 exhibition Ladislav Sutnar and the New Typography, for which the display panels had recently been discovered in the Museum of Decorative Arts (Umelecko-Prumyslove Museum) in Prague. Materials include documentation, Sutnar's CV and correspondence with museum officials in Prague and potential exhibit sites, as well as Eckhard Neumann.
 

Painting and art work, 1962-1972, undated

 

The Strip Street, 1962-1963

 

Complete portfolios

Box 2013.M.6.bx1*

Signed Version A

Scope and Content Note

Portfolio signed and numbered, 12 of 25; all prints signed and numbered. Restricted access; requires special handling.
Box 2013.M.6.bx2*, Folder 1-1A

Version A

Box 2013.M.6.bx2*, Folder 2-2A

Version B

Box 2013.M.6.bx3*, Folder 1-4

Partial portfolios and individual prints

Box 2013.M.6.bx4*, Folder 1-4

Drafts, proofs and copies of text layout

Box 2013.M.6.bx17, Folder 14

Distribution

Scope and Content Note

Includes distribution lists, title labels, cover letters to accompany distributed portfolios and thank-you letters.
 

Venus project, 1966-1972, undated

 

Gouache paintings on 16 x 20 inch board, 1971-1972, undated

Scope and Content Note

Paintings are 9 x 4.5 inches, oriented either vertically or horizontally.
Box 2013.M.6.bx5*

Matted, 1971-1972, undated

Scope and Content Note

Some paintings signed, dated and titled on the mat. Titles include Venus/part of a triptych, Venus/and the [illegible] moon, Venus/regal and Venus/fiesta.
Box 2013.M.6.bx6*-bx7*

Not matted, 1971, undated

Scope and Content Note

Includes occasional date and title on board, as well as other notes. Titles include Venus/up through the roof, Venus/regal, and Venus/anything goes.
Box 2013.M.6.bx11

Gouache paintings on 10 x 15 inch board, 1966-1969, undated

Scope and Content Note

Paintings are generally 8.75 x 5.25 inches, oriented either vertically or horizontally. Most paintings are matted, with some signed and dated on the mat. A few paintings have titles either on the mat or on the back of the board. Titles include Venus/in boots, Venus/of the red sea, and Venus/ in a "petit boutique."
 

Preliminary studies, undated

Scope and Content Note

Materials and techniques include gouaches, pencil sketches, measured drawings and color studies, as well as images of models cut from magazines.
Box 2013.M.6.bx12-bx14

General

Box 2013.M.6.bx8*, Folder 1

Oversize

Box 2013.M.6.bx15

Other sketches, undated

 

Professional papers and correspondence, 1975-1976, undated

Box 2013.M.6.bx17, Folder 7

Who's Who in Graphic Art entry, 1976

Box 2013.M.6.bx17, Folder 8

Caricature of Sutnar by Augustin Tschinkel, undated

Scope and Content Note

Damaged photocopy.
Box 2013.M.6.bx17, Folder 9

"Fenomén 1930," 1975

Scope and Content Note

Photocopies of translation of a section of an article referring to Sutnar.
Box 2013.M.6.bx17, Folder 10

Art Director's Club, 1975-1976

Box 2013.M.6.bx17, Folder 11-12

Contact and address lists, undated

Box 2013.M.6.bx17, Folder 13

Miscellaneous, 1975-1976

 

Personal papers, 1897-1976

Box 2013.M.6.bx18, Folder 1-4

Visa application, 1939-1941

Box 2013.M.6.bx18, Folder 5

Selective Service registration, 1942

Box 2013.M.6.bx18, Folder 6

Correspondence, 1939-1942

Scope and Content Note

Letters received from and copies of letters sent to his family in Prague, or correspondence with others regarding the welfare of his wife and children.
Box 2013.M.6.bx18, Folder 7

Official documents, 1897-1954

Scope and Content Note

Includes copy of Sutnar's birth certificate and his wife's immigration documentation.
Box 2013.M.6.bx18, Folder 8

Materials related to Františka Sutnar, 1967-1968

Scope and Content Note

Includes address book, letters received, documents and materials relating to her death.
 

Materials related to the death of Ladislav Sutnar, 1976

Scope and Content Note

Includes death notice and list of recipients, obituaries and condolence letters to the family.
Box 2013.M.6.bx18, Folder 7

General

Box 2013.M.6.bx8*, Folder 5

Oversize

 

Series III. Ladislav Sutnar printed ephemera and miscellaneous publications (Accession no. 2002.M.3), 1942-1976

Physical Description: 0.4 linear feet (1 box)
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Scope and Content Note

Examples of Ladislav Sutnar's graphic design work in the United States form this series, one of the five separate archives of Sutnar-related material held by the GRI. The bulk of the material consists of work for commercial clients from the 1940s and 1950s in the form of industrial catalogs, advertising and corporate identity work. However, this series also includes a number of specialized small publications such as Transport and Design and Paper. Paper and printing companies produced these booklets as promotional materials to showcase their products and services and distributed them to printers, art directors and others in the industry.
Other graphic designs in this series were created in conjunction with Sutnar's product design and exhibition design ventures. These include prints for the marketing of his unrealized children's building block set, "Build the Town," as well as the Sutnar-designed invitation to the 1969 exhibition of his paintings, Joy-Art.

Arrangement

Arranged by topic into two broad categories: design projects, and miscellaneous designs and publications. Design projects are further divided into graphic design, product design and exhibition design. Although almost all Sutnar projects involved some elements of graphic design, the projects categorized here as graphic design are almost solely that. Elements of graphic design as part of a larger product or exhibition design are included in those categories.

Acquisition Information

Gift from the Collection of Radoslav L. & Elaine F. Sutnar. Acquired in 2002.

Preferred Citation

Ladislav Sutnar printed ephemera and miscellaneous publications, 1942-1976, The Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, Accession no. 2002.M.3.
 

Design projects, 1942-1969, undated

 

Graphic design for commercial clients, 1942-1964, undated

Box 2002.M.3.bx1, Folder 1

Addo-x, 1958, undated

Scope and Content Note

Includes color brochures, as well as a signature related to Sutnar's Addo-x work from his book Visual Design in Action. Also included is a photograph, with explanatory text attached, of Sutnar's design for the Addo-x showroom in Mexico City (for related correspondence, see Series I, box 910005.bx4, folder 9).
Box 2002.M.3.bx1, Folder 2

Canterbury Printing Company, Transport: Next Half Century, 1951-2000, 1950

Scope and Content Note

Foreword by R. Buckminster Fuller; "prepared and visually designed" by Ladislav Sutnar; created as part of a direct mail campaign.
Box 2002.M.3.bx1, Folder 3

Carr's Department Stores, undated

Scope and Content Note

Signature related to Sutnar's work for Carr's from his book Visual Design in Action.
Box 2002.M.3.bx1, Folder 4

Czechoslovak Society of Arts and Sciences in America, 1964

Scope and Content Note

Cover design for publication of Tři Noci by Egon Hostovský.
 

Marquardt & Company, 1943-1945

Box 2001.M.3.bx1, Folder 5

"Controlled Visual Flow," 1943

Scope and Content Note

Issued as Design and Paper, no. 13, as a promotional publication.
Box 2002.M.3.bx1, Folder 6

"Shape, Line and Color," 1945

Scope and Content Note

Issued as Design and Paper, no. 19, as a promotional publication.
Box 2002.M.3.bx1, Folder 1

River Ledge garden apartments brochure, undated

Box 2002.M.3.bx1, Folder 18

Sutnar & Hall and Sutnar Office, letterhead, undated

 

Sweet's Catalog Service, 1942-1960, undated

Box 2002.M.3.bx1, Folder 8

"Why, What, How: Essential Product Information," 1942

Box 2002.M.3.bx1, Folder 9

"Designing Information," 1947

Box 2002.M.3.bx1, Folder 10

"Checklist for Development of Catalog Design," circa 1950

Box 2002.M.3.bx1, Folder 11

"Marketing Efficiency through Improved Catalog Procedure," circa 1958

Box 2002.M.3.bx1, Folder 12

"Questionnaires and Checklists for Use in Developing Catalog Systems," undated

Box 2002.M.3.bx1, Folder 13

"Catalog Design Guide for Clients of Sweet's Catalog Service," undated

Box 2002.M.3.bx1, Folder 14

Publication advertising, 1954

Box 2002.M.3.bx1, Folder 15

Various Sweet's printed ephemera, 1943-1960, undated

Scope and Content Note

Includes brochures and leaflets, advertisements, forms and guides, as well as examples of Sweet's stationery.
Box 2002.M.3.bx1, Folder 19

Theatre Arts magazine, 1960 July

Scope and Content Note

Cover design by Sutnar.
Box 2002.M.3.bx1, Folder 16

Vera, undated

Scope and Content Note

Printed marketing materials and signature related to Sutnar's work on Vera scarves from his book Visual Design in Action.
Box 2002.M.3.bx1, Folder 17

West Virginia Pulp and Paper, "Ladislav Sutnar: Thoughts on Package Design," after 1960

Box 2002.M.3.bx1, Folder 20

Product design for "Build the Town" block set, circa 1941-1943

Scope and Content Note

Prints for promotion kit and postcard from Canadian Centre for Architecture depicting one of the prints.
Box 2002.M.3.bx1, Folder 21

Exhibition design for Joy-Art, 1969

Scope and Content Note

Opening reception invitations.
 

Miscellaneous designs and publications, 1956-1976

Box 2002.M.3.bx1, Folder 22

New Years card designs, 1959-1976

Box 2002.M.3.bx1, Folder 23

"Commercial Symbols in Architecture," 1956

Scope and Content Note

Offprint of article by Sutnar in Architectural Record.
 

Series IV. Ladislav Sutnar design-related archival materials (Accession no. 2013.M.7), 1942-1961, undated

Physical Description: 2.5 linear feet (2 boxes)
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Scope and Content Note

Examples of Ladislav Sutnar's graphic design work in the United States form this series, one of the five separate archives of Sutnar-related material held by the GRI. Graphic design for commercial clients in the 1940s and 1950s, either through Sweet's or Sutnar's independent firm, comprises the bulk of the material, primarily in the form of industrial catalogs, but also including promotional brochures, advertisements, posters and corporate identity work. Other graphic designs in this series were created in conjunction with Sutnar's product design or exhibition design ventures: prints for the marketing of his unrealized children's building block set, "Build the Town," and material related to the Visual Design in Action exhibition.

Arrangement

Arranged by type of design, and then by client.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institute. Acquired in 2013.

Preferred Citation

Ladislav Sutnar design-related archival materials, 1942-1961, The Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, Accession no. 2013.M.7.
 

Graphic design for commercial clients, 1942-1959, undated

Box 2013.M.7.bx2*, Folder 1-2

Addo-x, posters, circa 1956-1959

Box 2013.M.7.bx1, Folder 2

Chicago Pneumatic Tool Company, "Compressors and Vacuum Pumps," undated

 

Cuno Engineering Corporation, 1945-1946

Box 2013.M.7.bx1, Folder 3

"Cuno Continuously Cleanable Filters: For Mechanical and Process Industries," 1945

Box 2013.M.7.bx1, Folder 4

"Cuno Continuously Cleanable Filters: For Product Designers," 1946

Box 2013.M.7.bx1, Folder 17-18

Daggett & Ramsdell, undated

Scope and Content Note

Color sale advertisements for shampoo, cold cream and cleansing cream.
Box 2013.M.7.bx1, Folder 19

Foxboro Company, "Industrial implementation," undated

Box 2013.M.7.bx1, Folder 5

Maurice Holland, Industrial Research Adviser, "Industrial Coordination," undated

Box 2013.M.7.bx1, Folder 20

Masonite Corporation, "Cellufoam Insulation," 1952

Box 2013.M.7.bx1, Folder 6

Raymond Concrete Pile Company, "Concrete Piles," undated

 

Robertshaw-Fulton Controls Company, undated

Box 2013.M.7.bx1, Folder 7

"Robertshaw Electric Oven Control with Auxiliary Top-heat Switch"

Box 2013.M.7.bx1, Folder 8

"Robertshaw Gas Thermal Eye® Control"

Box 2013.M.7.bx1, Folder 21

Sutnar Office, "Get in touch with me" client contact form, undated

 

Sweet's Catalog Service, 1942-1950

Box 2013.M.7.bx1, Folder 9

"Why, What, How: Essential Product Information," 1942

Box 2013.M.7.bx1, Folder 10

"An Experiment in Sweet's Advertising," 1942 April 30

Scope and Content Note

Memo to Sweet's district managers from L.V. Brooks announcing the new approach to design introduced by Sutnar.
Box 2013.M.7.bx1, Folder 11

Promotional brochure for Catalog Design: New Patterns in Product Information, 1944

Scope and Content Note

Book by K. Lönberg-Holm and Ladislav Sutnar published by Sweet's.
Box 2013.M.7.bx1, Folder 12-13

Promotional brochures for Catalog Design Progress, 1950

Scope and Content Note

Book by K. Lönberg-Holm and Ladislav Sutnar published by Sweet's.
 

Warren Telechron Company, 1944-1947, undated

Box 2013.M.7.bx1, Folder 14

"Telechron Electric Clocks, Time Control Systems Clock Installation Details (28/15)," 1944

Box 2013.M.7.bx1, Folder 15

"Telechron Electric Clocks, Time Control Systems Clock Installation Details (30c/3)," undated

Box 2013.M.7.bx1, Folder 16

"Synchronous Motors, Instrument Movements, Gear Trains (Speed Changers), Industrial Clock Equipment (3a/16)," circa 1947

Box 2013.M.7.bx1, Folder 22

Product design for "Build the Town" block set, circa 1941-1943

Scope and Content Note

Copies of print for promotion kit.
Box 2013.M.7.bx1, Folder 1

Exhibition design for Visual Design in Action, 1961

Scope and Content Note

Draft of text for exhibition pamphlet at the New York venue, the Pepsi-Cola Exhibition Gallery.
 

Series V. Ladislav Sutnar correspondence with Jan Tschichold (Accession no. 980003), 1941-1946

Physical Description: 0.2 linear feet (1 box)
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Scope and Content Note

Letters between Jan Tschichold and Ladislav Sutnar, dating from 1945 to 1946 form the bulk of this series, one of the five separate archives of Sutnar-related material held by the GRI. In two letters, Tschichold informs Sutnar that he was able to produce some work during the War years; thanks Sutnar for including their collaborative work on posters in the 1944 exhibition marking the 15th anniversary of the Museum of Modern Art, Art in Progress; states that he is currently writing, designing and publishing books rather than posters; and tells of the whereabouts of friends and artists since the end of World War II. Copies of two letters from Sutnar thank Tschichold for sending him copies of his books.
The acquisition also includes a 1941 letter from Jaroslav Joseph Polivka addressed to Mr. Director, presumably intended for Sutnar, discussing New York. Polivka, a Czech structural engineer who had designed pavilions for the Czech contributions to the 1937 Paris Exposition and the 1939 World's Fair, had also emigrated to the United States in 1939.

Arrangement

Arranged by writer.

Acquisition Information

Acquired in 1998.

Preferred Citation

Ladislav Sutnar correspondence with Jan Tschichold, 1941-1946, The Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, Accession no. 980003.
Box 980003.bx1, Folder 1

Letters from Sutnar to Tschichold, 1945-1946

Box 980003.bx1, Folder 2

Letters from Tschichold to Sutnar, 1945-1946

Box 980003.bx1, Folder 3

Letter from Jaroslav Polivka to Sutnar, 1941