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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Wear-Ever products
[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 Product Advertisement
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Thomas Lamb papers (Accession 2181), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Cutco Knives Brochure
[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 [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
Sportsman's knife barbecue tool set
Cutco advertisement, [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Thomas Lamb papers (Accession 2181), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Cutco Cutlery Brochure
[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 [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
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 [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
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 Lamb Handle'u2026A Way of Life
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
House & Garden to Thomas Lamb
Letter indicating interest in Lamb's handles and their application to kitchen utensils., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Thomas Lamb papers (Accession 2181), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807