Universal Design

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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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A New Look in Blood Collection
American National Red Cross Blood Program Information Series
Kenneth J. Altorfer to Howard Fairweather et al.
Letter sent along with a report on the ILZRO house project.
Thomas Lamb to Saalfield Publishing Company
Letter concerning the sale of book rights and plates to The Tale of Bingo.
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.
Lawrence Wood Robert, Jr. to L.D. Armstrong
Letter concerning Lamb's Lim-Rest crutch.
Thomas Lamb to Wilson Baden
Letter updating Baden on developments to the possible production of the Lamb Lim-Rest.