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
The Old World Accepted - The New World Demands
Article published in Department Store Economist (July 1945)
A Toast to Victory Cocktail Napkins
Victory Cocktail Napkins
Tom Lamb makes Hitler squeal
Paper Explaining Adolf the Pig
A Way to American Security
Patriotic treatise
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.
[Thomas Lamb?] to Benjamin Geer
Letter expressing appreciation and informing Geer of a new essay.
Squealing Nazi-Pig Bank
Adolf the Pig newspaper advertisement
Marshall Johnson to Thomas Lamb
Birthday greetings to Thomas Lamb.
R.M. Calvin of R.H. Macy & Co. to Thomas Lamb
Letter concerning advertising for Arflight Luggage.
Make the big pig squeal
Adolf the Pig newspaper 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.
P.F. Volland Company to Thomas Lamb
Letter containing royalty statement for Lamb.
Make Adolf squeal and save for victory too!
Adolf the Pig newspaper advertisement
Thomas Lamb to F.J. Clampitt
Letter to the president of P.F. Volland Company concerning Kiddyland Story Balloon.

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