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 Publication
Wear-Ever News (Oct. 1, 1954), vol. 53, no. 40
Panorama Magazine Cover
Panorama (July 31, 1956), vol. 55, no. 2-M
The Blade [July 27, 1959] excerpt
Cover of Vol. 11, No. 30
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
The Blade [February 23, 1953] excerpt
Cover of Vol. 5, No. 8
The Lamb Handle'u2026A Way of Life
Blade Magazine excerpt
House & Garden to Thomas Lamb
Letter indicating interest in Lamb's handles and their application to kitchen utensils.