Robert Vogele design collection

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

Unprocessed. The collection includes materials relating to Robert Vogele’s professional activities, especially printed materials relating to designers, design organizations, design activities and events, particularly in Chicago as well as the International Design Conference in Aspen. Organizations include the Society of Typographic Arts, the annual exhibition of Design in Chicago Printing, the Allerton Conferences, the 100 Shows, Art Directors Club of Chicago, and the American Institute of Graphic Arts. Also included are photographs from Allerton Conference of 1954; among the subjects is Muriel Underwood. In addition, there are samples of letterhead, brochures, and other graphic design products designed by Vogele and texts of speeches given by him.

Biographical Historical Note

Chicago native Robert Vogele headed his own design and communications studios and was active in local and national design organizations that helped establish Chicago as a design capital. In 1975, he formed the Design Foundation with Patrick Whitney to promote the role and value of design. Vogele was also instrumental in establishing the first Chicago chapter of AIGA and served on its board of directors.

Additional Notes

Related collection: Society of Typographic Arts Records, University of Illinois at Chicago, Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives.