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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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
Flyer Explaining American Designers' Institute
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Thomas Lamb papers (Accession 2181), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Wear-Ever Publication
Wear-Ever News (Oct. 1, 1954), vol. 53, no. 40, [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Thomas Lamb papers (Accession 2181), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Lamb Wedge-Lock Handle Brochure
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Thomas Lamb papers (Accession 2181), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Lamb Lim-Rest Cane-Crutch Combination brochure
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Thomas Lamb papers (Accession 2181), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807