Universal Design

About this collection

Universal design principles prioritize accessibility for people regardless of age and ability in product and environment creation. The origin of these concepts can be traced to the rehabilitation engineering and assistive technologies that were developed during and after World War II to meet the needs of veterans with disabilities. This online collection explores the industrial design careers of two pioneers of universal design, Thomas Lamb (1896-1988) and Marc Harrison (1936-1998), and features approximately 500 documents and images digitized in conjunction with a web exhibit on the subject.

    To learn more about Hagley Library collections associated with universal design, view the following finding aids and collection descriptions: Thomas Lamb papers, Marc Harrison papers, Marc Harrison photograph collection.
    Image: Coffee pot with Wedge-Lock handle designed by Thomas Lamb. Click to view.

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[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Marc Harrison papers (Accession 2193), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Universal Kitchen publicity photo
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Marc Harrison papers (Accession 2193), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Universal Kitchen publicity photo
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Marc Harrison papers (Accession 2193), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Exploded View of Lamb's Wedge-Lock Handle
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Thomas Lamb papers (Accession 2181), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Module for universal handle
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Thomas Lamb papers (Accession 2181), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
The Blade [July 1, 1961] excerpt
Cover of Vol. 13, No. 16, [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Thomas Lamb papers (Accession 2181), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Cutco Contest Advertisement
Blade (July 1, 1961), vol. 13, no. 16, [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Thomas Lamb papers (Accession 2181), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
National Shipment Leaders (Jan. 1-May 31, 1961)
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Thomas Lamb papers (Accession 2181), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Chef appreciates fine cutting tools
Blade Magazine excerpt, [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Thomas Lamb papers (Accession 2181), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Alvin Spier appointed district sales manager in Los Angeles
Blade Magazine excerpt, [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Thomas Lamb papers (Accession 2181), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
The Blade [February 23, 1953] excerpt
Cover of Vol. 5, No. 8, [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Thomas Lamb papers (Accession 2181), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Lamb's Wedge-Lock Handle technical drawing
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Thomas Lamb papers (Accession 2181), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Lamb's Wedge-Lock Handle technical drawing
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Thomas Lamb papers (Accession 2181), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Lamb's Wedge-Lock Handle technical drawing
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Thomas Lamb papers (Accession 2181), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Lamb's Wedge-Lock Handle technical drawing
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Thomas Lamb papers (Accession 2181), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Lamb's Wedge-Lock Handle technical drawing
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Thomas Lamb papers (Accession 2181), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Lawrence Wood (Chip) Robert, Jr. to L.D. Armstrong
Letter concerning tests of Lamb's Lim-Rest crutch occurring at Walter Reed Hospital and at Percy Jones Hospital., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Thomas Lamb papers (Accession 2181), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807