Alvin Lustig papers

Collection ID:
Lustig, Alvin, 1915-1955
Physical Description:
4.8 Linear feet
(1,200 items partially microfilmed on 3 reels)
1 Item
1 rolled doc.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Biographical material; correspondence; writings; graphic designs; sketches; clippings; and photographs.
Scope and Contents
Reel 323: biographical material, including a biographical sketch by Jules Langsner; correspondence, personal and professional, 1949-55; receipts for works sold; notes and articles on design by Lustig; original design layouts of trademarks, magazine covers, paricularly LOOK magazine, book jackets, record covers, girl scout pamphlets, advertisements, and stationery.
Scope and Contents
Reel 324: sketchbook of Lustig's designs; architectural drawings; magazine and newspaper clippings; and miscellaneous materials.
Scope and Contents
Reel 421: photographs of Lustig including two taken by Maya Deren, 1944 (one copyprint microfilmed on reel 1817, fr. 786), of his fabric designs, graphic designs, furniture designs (including some marginal notes), sculpture, helicopter designs, and packaging designs; pictures of the Beverly Landau building and the Beverly Carlton Hotel in Los Angeles; office interiors designed by Lustig; and photographs of Rath House, 1948.
Scope and Contents
Unmicrofilmed material: books whose jackets Lustig designed.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Graphic, architectural, and book designer, New York. Studied briefly with Frank Lloyd Wright, but was primarily self taught.

Existence and Location of Copies
35mm microfilm reels 323-324 & 421 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The donor, Elaine Lustig Cohen, is Lustig's widow.

Photo of Lustig: Archives of American Art Journal, v. 12, no. 3, 1972, p.19.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
Microfilmed portion: Patrons must use microfilm copy.
Conditions Governing Access
Unmicrofilmed portion: use requires an appointment.

More Information

Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Graphic arts -- New York (State) -- New York Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Architectural design Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Langsner, Jules, 1911-1967 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
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