Don May papers

Inclusive Dates: 
1927–2009, bulk 1935–1982
Survey Repository: 

This record forms part of the Chicago’s Art-Related Archival Materials: A Terra Foundation Resource project funded by the Terra Foundation for American Art. For this project, the Archives surveyed archival repositories throughout the Chicago region to identify art-related materials contained in their holdings. While the Archives of American Art does not own any of the materials described herein, information about those materials and links to the original repositories have been included when available.

Descriptive Summary

31 linear feet (34 boxes) of material consisting of correspondence, artwork, and other files of designer and artist Don May. The bulk of the collection consists of printed pieces designed by May during his professional career (1930s–1980s). Some project files include their mechanical parts (color separations, press proofs of type and/or illustrations) and some contain roughs, thumbnail sketches, mock-ups or finished artwork. Also included is extensive biographical material, photos of May and personal and professional associates, and copies of a 50-year personal correspondence with Don’s brother, the noted psychologist Rollo May.

Biographical Historical Note

Don May was a Chicago and California graphic designer, illustrator, artist, author, and teacher.