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7.1.09

The Milton Glaser SVA archives

Milton Glaser has been involved with the School of Visual Arts in New York for many years, both as a teacher and designer.

The Milton Glaser Design Study Center and Archives, a division of the Visual Arts Foundation, is dedicated to preserving and making accessible design works of significant artistic, cultural, and historical value by preeminent designers, illustrators, and art directors who have close ties to the SVA. The Archives contains thousands of individual pieces of original art, posters, and printed materials designed by Milton Glaser, Ivan Chermayeff & Tom Geismar, Henry Wolf, Tony Palladino and others. The online gallery website presents just a sampling of the materials contained in the individual collections.

If you live in NY, however, the archive is open (by appointment only) to all members of the SVA community, as well as outside researchers and designers. The Milton Glaser collection contains approximately 700 pieces of original art, 1,700 sketches, 380 posters, 150 prints, as well as 29 boxes of newspapers and magazines, album covers, menus, letterhead, annual reports, brochures, and books designed and/or illustrated by Mr. Glaser. It takes 152 pages to describe in detail all this artwork and publications!

The amount and quality of work by Milton Glaser is, by all accounts, impressive. One can imagine its sheer magnitude watching the storage rooms in the Hillman Curtis short film about the designer:

(alternative address for the short movie.)

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