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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Dov Glucksman to Glenn Doherty et al.
Letter to obtain models of the evaporative humidifier for the January Housewares show.
Dov Glucksman to Pat Magrath and Marc Harrison
Invoice draft for Harrison's work on each stage of the evaporative humidifier project.
Bert J. Lewen to Lawrence Katzman
Letter concerning the patent application for the evaporative humidifier. Also contains handwritten memo from Lawrence Katzman to Marc Harrison at end of typed letter.
Jack Henry to Marc Harrison
Letter approving a proposal submitted to the American National Red Cross.
Pearl A. Ryan to Marc Harrison
Letter sent along with information about the Syracuse Regional Blood Program.
Schrade F. Radtke of the International Lead Zinc Research Organization, Inc. to Richard H. Clay et al.
Letter expressing gratitude for the Rhode Island School of Design's work on the project house.
Kenneth J. Altorfer to Marc Harrison
Letter about the potential use of superplastic zinc for countertop and sink material in the ILZRO house.
Thomas Lamb to L. Cain
Recapitulation of the advertising run by Kaufmann Department Stores during 1947 on Arflite Luggage using the Lamb Wedge-Lock Handle.
Ida Ginsberg of Kaufmann's Department Store to Thomas Lamb
Letter concerning advertisements for the Arflite Luggage.
Adolf the Pig
Clipping from Sales Management (Sept. 15, 1942), Vol. 51, No. 6
A Toast to Victory Cocktail Napkins
Victory Cocktail Napkins
Tom Lamb makes Hitler squeal
Paper Explaining Adolf the Pig
[Thomas Lamb?] to Benjamin Geer
Letter expressing appreciation and informing Geer of a new essay.
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.
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.
H.A. Watt to Thomas Lamb
Letter arranging Lamb's visit to speak with Watt's class in the History of Children's Literature.
Lester C. Wolf to Thomas Lamb
Letter requesting Thomas Lamb's autograph.
Belle Kogan to Thomas Lamb
Letter informing Lamb about a membership application for the New York chapter of the American Designers' Institute.