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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The Exceptional Parent Magazine Excerpt
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Marc Harrison papers (Accession 2193), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Photograph Exhibition Announcement featuring an image of a man playing multiple harmonicas
On cover: 'Ordinary Moments: Expressions of the Disabled Experience; An Exhibition of Photographs by Alan J. Brightman; The John F. Kennedy Library, September 28 to October 25', [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Marc Harrison papers (Accession 2193), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Universal Kitchen design
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Marc Harrison papers (Accession 2193), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
The Bridge Magazine cover and table of contents
The Bridge (Feb. 1983), [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Marc Harrison papers (Accession 2193), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Marilyn Hennessy to Marc Harrison
Letter concerning the standing wheelchair and the possibility of receiving a grant from the National Easter Seal Society for Crippled Children and Adults., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Marc Harrison papers (Accession 2193), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Earl H. Cunerd to Marc Harrison
Letter indicating the interest of the United Cerebral Palsy Associations, Inc. in the Rhode Island School of Design projects for the handicapped., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Marc Harrison papers (Accession 2193), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Standing Wheelchair
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Marc Harrison papers (Accession 2193), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Edmond J. Leonard to Marc Harrison
Letter concerning the housing project at the Rhode Island School of Design., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Marc Harrison papers (Accession 2193), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
National Design Museum letter and grant proposal
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Marc Harrison papers (Accession 2193), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807