Alvin Lustig papers, 1935-1955

Lustig, Alvin, b. 1915 d. 1955
Designer
Active in New York, N.Y.

Collection size: 4.8 linear ft. (1,200 items partially microfilmed on 3 reels).
1 rolled doc.

Collection Summary: Biographical material; correspondence; writings; graphic designs; sketches; clippings; and photographs.

Reel 323: biographical material, including a biographical sketch by Jules Langsner; correspondence, personal and professional, 1949-55; receipts for works sold; notes and articles on design by Lustig; original design layouts of trademarks, magazine covers, paricularly LOOK magazine, book jackets, record covers, girl scout pamphlets, advertisements, and stationery.

Reel 324: sketchbook of Lustig's designs; architectural drawings; magazine and newspaper clippings; and miscellaneous materials.

Reel 421: photographs of Lustig including two taken by Maya Deren, 1944 (one copyprint microfilmed on reel 1817, fr. 786), of his fabric designs, graphic designs, furniture designs (including some marginal notes), sculpture, helicopter designs, and packaging designs; pictures of the Beverly Landau building and the Beverly Carlton Hotel in Los Angeles; office interiors designed by Lustig; and photographs of Rath House, 1948.

Unmicrofilmed material: books whose jackets Lustig designed.

Biographical/Historical Note: Graphic, architectural, and book designer, New York. Studied briefly with Frank Lloyd Wright, but was primarily self taught.

The donor, Elaine Lustig Cohen, is Lustig's widow.

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