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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Adolf the Pig
Clipping from Sales Management (Sept. 15, 1942), Vol. 51, No. 6, [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 biography
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Thomas Lamb papers (Accession 2181), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
On Saving Linens and Laundry Bills
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Thomas Lamb papers (Accession 2181), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
The Old World Accepted - The New World Demands
Article published in Department Store Economist (July 1945), [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Thomas Lamb papers (Accession 2181), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Lamb Lim-Rest Cane-Crutch Combination brochure
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Thomas Lamb papers (Accession 2181), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
A Toast to Victory Cocktail Napkins
Victory Cocktail Napkins, [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 makes Hitler squeal
Paper Explaining Adolf the Pig, [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Thomas Lamb papers (Accession 2181), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
A Way to American Security
Patriotic treatise, [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 Richard A. Gerard
Letter to the director of evening studies at Washington Square College concerning Lamb's registration for an English class., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Thomas Lamb papers (Accession 2181), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Hitler Piggy Banks information sheet
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Thomas Lamb papers (Accession 2181), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Marc Harrison's Eulogy for 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
Treatise on the Nature of Design and Art
[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 Benjamin Geer
Letter expressing appreciation and informing Geer of a new essay., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Thomas Lamb papers (Accession 2181), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Squealing Nazi-Pig Bank
Adolf the Pig newspaper advertisement, [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Thomas Lamb papers (Accession 2181), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
The Human Element in Design
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Thomas Lamb papers (Accession 2181), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Marshall Johnson to Thomas Lamb
Birthday greetings to 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
R.M. Calvin of R.H. Macy & Co. to Thomas Lamb
Letter concerning advertising for Arflight Luggage., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Thomas Lamb papers (Accession 2181), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Make the big pig squeal
Adolf the Pig newspaper advertisement, [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Thomas Lamb papers (Accession 2181), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Linda Hole of Vector Marketing Company to Gerryll Habegger et al. of Art & Industry
Letter describing Lamb's work on handles., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Thomas Lamb papers (Accession 2181), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Erick J. Laine to Thomas Schutte
Letter concerning the scholarship endowment in Thomas Lamb's name to the Rhode Island School of Design., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Thomas Lamb papers (Accession 2181), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Erick J. Laine to Thomas Schutte
Letter concerning the scholarship endowment in Thomas Lamb's name to the Rhode Island School of Design., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Thomas Lamb papers (Accession 2181), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Patents for a wedge-lock handle for steak knives and kitchen tools
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Thomas Lamb papers (Accession 2181), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
P.F. Volland Company to Thomas Lamb
Letter containing royalty statement for Lamb., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Thomas Lamb papers (Accession 2181), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Make Adolf squeal and save for victory too!
Adolf the Pig newspaper advertisement, [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 F.J. Clampitt
Letter to the president of P.F. Volland Company concerning Kiddyland Story Balloon., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Thomas Lamb papers (Accession 2181), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807

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