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Janet Nickle collection, 1944-2002

Identifier: 008.03.06

Materials related to Institute of Design, primarily the text of lectures delivered in connection with the 1948 "Society and Design" seminar. Items include:

  1. Reprint: The Task of This Generation: Reintegration of Art into Daily Life by Laszlo Moholy-Nagy; reprinted from the Department of Art Education N.E.A. 1944 Bulletin.
  2. Typescripts: Lectures given at Institute of Design: Form and Motion by Gyorgy Kepes, Oct. 23, 1947; 11 pages. Design of the Economy by Abba Lerner, Feb. 12, 1948; 2 pages (2 copies). Design of Polity by Herman Finer, Feb. 26, 1948; 9 pages (2 copies). The Social Function of Art by Dilman W. Gotshalk, March 5, 1948; 10 pages. The Cultural Climate by Walter E. Weisskopf, March 11, 1948; 8 pages (2 copies). The Purpose of Design by James M. Fitch, March 25, 1948; 6 pages. The Means for Design by George Nelson, April 8, 1948; 8 pages (2 copies). The Means of Design by Konrad Wachsmann, April 8, 1948; 5 pages (2 copies). Information and Education by Taylor Poore, May 6, 1948; 6 pages (2 copies). Visual Propaganda by Thomas Baird, May 20, 1948; 8 pages (2 copies). Universal Requirements of a Dwelling Machine; no author or date; 1 page. Preview of Building by R. Buckminster Fuller, April 1, 1949, Ann Arbor Conference; 27 pages. Different Methods.
  3. Publication: ID '74 being a combined seminar program (Chicago Bauhaus: Past, Present, and Future) for the ID alumni reunion event held May 11, 1974 and a directory of ID alumni, 1948 - 1973.
  4. Publication: Excerpts from Papers Presented May 18, 1976/John E. Walley Commemoration Design Conference/Freedom and Identity; Copyright 1977 by the Trustees of the University of Illinois.
  5. Publication: Tear sheets from Lifestyle 2000: Designing for the Third Millennium, a seminar sponsored by American Iron and Steel Institute. (No apparent ID connection.)
  6. Symposium materials: Program and copy of remarks "Taken by Moholy: The Origins of the Institute of Design" by Lloyd C. Engelbrecht, 4/13/2002. Symposium held in connection with Art Institute of Chicago exhibit "Taken By Design: Photographs From the Institute of Design, 1937-1971."


  • Creation: 1944-2002


Language of Materials

Records are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Available for Research

Collection Size

18 Folders

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Formerly 2005.042

Related Material

See Institute of Design collections


Catherine Bruck, University Archivist 1/11/2006

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