George Salter papers

Inclusive Dates: 
1919–1967
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

68 linear feet (39 boxes and 18 oversize boxes) of material consisting chiefly of art work, correspondence, contracts, and printed materials relating to Salter’s design projects executed in New York. Also included are a small file of correspondence with American and German colleagues; drafts of articles by Salter; papers relating to curriculum at Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art; files of the Book Jacket Designers Guild, which Salter founded; 184 German book jackets designed by Salter; files of articles about Salter; and letters of condolence to his widow, Agnes Salter.

Biographical Historical Note

George Salter was a prominent German American calligrapher and designer of book jackets and other commercial and advertising design materials. Born in Germany, Salter emigrated to the United States in 1934 and quickly became the most admired designer of book jackets in the U.S., working steadily for such publishers as the Limited Editions Club, Alfred A. Knopf, Random House, Viking, American Mercury; beginning in the 1930s he taught at Cooper Union in New York.