Oswald Bruce Cooper papers

Inclusive Dates: 
1913–1940
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

9.7 linear feet (5 boxes, 4 oversize boxes, 1 record carton) of material consisting of art work for type designs; art boards, proofs and finished advertising pieces; and limited correspondence, all from the period after the foundation of the Bertsch & Cooper advertising firm. The correspondence is mostly with Richard N. McArthur, and concerns Cooper’s work as a type designer for the Barnhart Bros. and Spindler type foundry in Chicago. There is also a file on patent cases of 1926–1928, and Cooper’s testimony before Congress on the originality of typefaces.

Biographical Historical Note

Oswald Bruce Cooper was a Chicago lettering artist, advertising designer and type designer.