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Series 4 | A Finding Aid to the John Vassos papers, 1915-1989

John Vassos papers, 1915-1989

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Series 4: Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA), circa 1938-1976
2 linear feet
Boxes 4-6, Box 16, OV21

Files document the founding, shifting, and merging of industrial design organizations within the United States.
The American Designers Institute (ADI) was established in 1938 and renamed the Industrial Designers Institute (IDI) in 1951; the American Society of Industrial Designers (ASID) was established in 1955 as the renamed Society of Industrial Designers (SID); and the Industrial Design Education Association (IDEA) was established in 1957 because nether professional society (IDI or ASID) accepted educators as members. All organizations merged in 1964 to form the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA).
John Vassos co-founded and served as the first president of ADI in 1938, and was president again in 1948. He was elected Chairman of the Board of IDSA when it was formed in 1965.
Materials include: annual meeting and symposium files; organization by-laws and founding documents; board and committee meeting minutes; correspondence; membership materials; and printed materials and publicity.
Files are arranged generally by organization formation and reflects their eventual consolidation: ADI, SID, IDI, ASID, IDEA, and IDSA.
DescriptionContainer
American Designers Institute (ADI), circa 1938-circa 1951
4
22-33
Society of Industrial Designers (SID), 1945-1947
4
34
Industrial Designers Institute (IDI), circa 1952-circa 1962
Oversized IDI Annual Design Symposium materials from folder 37 housed in Box 16 and OV21.
4
35-44
Industrial Designers Institute (IDI), 1944-1975
5
1-27
IDI and American Society of Industrial Designers (ASID), 1941-1964
5
28-37
IDI, ASID, and Industrial Designers Education Association (IDEA), 1961-1964
6
1-2
IDI, ASID, and IDSA, 1964-1965
6
3-4
IDSA, 1953-1976
Two oversized IDSA Merit Award certificates from folder 13 housed in Box 16.
6
5-13
Printed Material, Industrial Design, 1947-1962
6
14
General Material, 1959-1960
6
15
Oversized IDI Materials from Box 4, Folder 37, circa 1952-circa 1962
16
Oversized IDI Materials from Box 4, Folder 37, circa 1952-circa 1962
OV21
Oversized IDSA Merit Award Certificates from Box 6, Folder 13, 1953-1976
16

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