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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Bernice I. Behnke to Marc Harrison
Letter sent along with a summary of presentations at the Blood Program Nursing Conference., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Marc Harrison papers (Accession 2193), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Price List of Cutco Knives
[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
Panorama Magazine Cover
Panorama (July 31, 1956), vol. 55, no. 2-M, [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 [November 4, 1959] excerpt
Cover of Vol. 11, No. 18, [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 27, 1959] excerpt
Cover of Vol. 11, No. 30, [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 [October 31, 1955] excerpt
Cover of Vol. 7, No. 44, [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 [October 31, 1955] excerpt
Cover of Vol. 7, No. 44, [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
The Blade [July 2, 1956] cover featuring Thomas Lamb
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Thomas Lamb papers (Accession 2181), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
John Seymour Winslow of Macfadden Publications to Thomas Lamb
Letter informing Lamb of the cancellation of a children's feature in Modern Marriage., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Thomas Lamb papers (Accession 2181), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Otis-Lawson Company to Tom Lamb Company
Letter accepting the design for Adolf the Pig for license, manufacture, and distribution., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Thomas Lamb papers (Accession 2181), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
William O'Neil to Thomas Lamb et al.
Letter concerning proposed letterhead for the 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
Eugene F. Murphy of Veterans Administration to Scientific Handle Company
Letter requesting signatures before testing can begin on Lamb's crutch and cane handles by the Prosthetic Testing and Development Laboratory., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Thomas Lamb papers (Accession 2181), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Thomas Lamb to Major Frederick Fink
Letter requesting confirmation as to whether or not the Lamb Lim-Rest crutch will be adopted by military hospitals., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Thomas Lamb papers (Accession 2181), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Lamb crutch handle evaluation report title page
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Thomas Lamb papers (Accession 2181), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Tom Lamb the Handle Man
Article published in Industrial Design (Feb. 1954), Vol. 1, No. 1, [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Thomas Lamb papers (Accession 2181), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Come, let me clutch thee
New Yorker article profiling Thomas Lamb, [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Thomas Lamb papers (Accession 2181), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
New York University Speech
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Thomas Lamb papers (Accession 2181), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807