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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The Blade [November 4, 1959] excerpt
Cover of Vol. 11, No. 18
The Blade [October 31, 1955] excerpt
Cover of Vol. 7, No. 44
The Blade [October 31, 1955] excerpt
Cover of Vol. 7, No. 44
The Blade [July 1, 1961] excerpt
Cover of Vol. 13, No. 16
The Blade [February 23, 1953] excerpt
Cover of Vol. 5, No. 8
Lamb Wedge-Lock Handle Story
Published in The Blade
The Lamb Handle'u2026A Way of Life
Blade Magazine excerpt
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Cutco advertisement
Erick J. Laine to Thomas Schutte
Letter concerning the scholarship endowment in Thomas Lamb's name to the Rhode Island School of Design.
Erick J. Laine to Thomas Schutte
Letter concerning the scholarship endowment in Thomas Lamb's name to the Rhode Island School of Design.