Universal Design

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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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Armco Student Design Booklet
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Marc Harrison papers (Accession 2193), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
The Exceptional Parent Magazine Excerpt
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Marc Harrison papers (Accession 2193), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Adaptive Environments Conference Pamphlet
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Marc Harrison papers (Accession 2193), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Photograph Exhibition Announcement featuring an image of a man playing multiple harmonicas
On cover: 'Ordinary Moments: Expressions of the Disabled Experience; An Exhibition of Photographs by Alan J. Brightman; The John F. Kennedy Library, September 28 to October 25', [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Marc Harrison papers (Accession 2193), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Announcement for Ordinary Moments photography exhibition by Alan J. Brightman
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Marc Harrison papers (Accession 2193), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
The Bridge Magazine cover and table of contents
The Bridge (Feb. 1983), [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Marc Harrison papers (Accession 2193), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Blood Collection System Training Manual
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Marc Harrison papers (Accession 2193), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Marilyn Hennessy to Marc Harrison
Letter concerning the standing wheelchair and the possibility of receiving a grant from the National Easter Seal Society for Crippled Children and Adults., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Marc Harrison papers (Accession 2193), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Earl H. Cunerd to Marc Harrison
Letter indicating the interest of the United Cerebral Palsy Associations, Inc. in the Rhode Island School of Design projects for the handicapped., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Marc Harrison papers (Accession 2193), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Standing Wheelchair
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Marc Harrison papers (Accession 2193), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Edmond J. Leonard to Marc Harrison
Letter concerning the housing project at the Rhode Island School of Design., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Marc Harrison papers (Accession 2193), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Minutes of Rhode Island School of Design and Frigidaire Meeting
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Marc Harrison papers (Accession 2193), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Meeting Notes from Peter Wooding to Marc Harrison
RISD Review Meeting on Universal Design, [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Marc Harrison papers (Accession 2193), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Susan Yelavich to Marc Harrison
Letter thanking Harrison for his help in developing a concept for an exhibition on universal design., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Marc Harrison papers (Accession 2193), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
National Design Museum letter and grant proposal
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Marc Harrison papers (Accession 2193), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Dov Glucksman to Glenn Doherty et al.
Letter to obtain models of the evaporative humidifier for the January Housewares show., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Marc Harrison papers (Accession 2193), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Dov Glucksman to Richard Katzman et al.
Outlines development plans for an Evaporative Humidifier from Appliance Development Corp., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Marc Harrison papers (Accession 2193), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Dov Glucksman to Marc Harrison
Letter concerning the design of an Evaporative Humidifier., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Marc Harrison papers (Accession 2193), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Dov Glucksman to Pat Magrath and Marc Harrison
Invoice draft for Harrison's work on each stage of the evaporative humidifier project., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Marc Harrison papers (Accession 2193), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Informal contract with Kaz
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Marc Harrison papers (Accession 2193), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Bert J. Lewen to Lawrence Katzman
Letter concerning the patent application for the evaporative humidifier. Also contains handwritten memo from Lawrence Katzman to Marc Harrison at end of typed letter., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Marc Harrison papers (Accession 2193), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Why you need a food processor this good.
Cuisinart advertisement, [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Marc Harrison papers (Accession 2193), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Cuisinart food processor good as it was, it's better now
Cuisinart advertisement, [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Marc Harrison papers (Accession 2193), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Early Model Cuisinart Food Processor
On cover: 'An engineering masterpiece', [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Marc Harrison papers (Accession 2193), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Cuisinart Fact Sheet
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Marc Harrison papers (Accession 2193), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807

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