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Beatrice Takeuchi papers, 1943-2000

Identifier: 008.01.12

Materials created by or collected by Beatrice Takeuchi related to her academic program at Institute of Design and her subsequent professional activities as a design educator and creating architectural renderings. Some of the materials were created by others - Takeuchi's fellow students at ID or students she taught at Art Institute of Chicago. While some materials are personal in nature (e.g. correspondence), all relate to ID activities and people. See detailed listing of collection materials in series collection.


  • Creation: 1943-2000


Language of Materials

Records are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Available for Research

Collection Size

6 Series

Biographical Note

Beatrice Takeuchi (Aaron) was born in 1921 of Nisei parents in Seattle, Washington. She was attending the Cornish School of Allied Arts there when she and her family (mother, brothers, and grandfather) were interned in the War Relocation Camp at Minidoka, Idaho. Takeuchi applied for release from the camp to attend the School of Design in Chicago where she studied under Laszlo; Moholy-Nagy and the other early instructors of the school. She attended the school from 1942 -1945, taking the (required) Preliminary Course the first year. On completion of specialized courses over the next two years, she was awarded the 2-year Certificate in industrial design. Takeuchi moved to the East Coast where she worked and taught. Later, she returned to Chicago and resumed her education at her alma mater, now renamed Institute of Design and affiliated with Illinois Institute of Technology. She received a BS in Design (Honors) in 1973.

Takeuchi did architectural renderings professionally, created interior designs on commission, and taught design both at ID (1943 and 1973 - 1975) and at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (1975 - 1992).

See the biographical materials in this collection for additional information. Takeuchi passed away in 2020 in Stevensville, Michigan.

Arrangement of the Collection

Arranged by content.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Formerly 2003.016

Related Material

1998.031 Institute of Design Records, Biographical drop files A copy of an autobiographical essay (earlier than the one in this collection) is located in her drop file.


Catherine Bruck, University Archivist 4/28/2003

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