Lester Beall design collection

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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

0.5 Linear feet of material consisting of booklets, drawings, advertisements, stationary, and printed material reflecting the career of self-taught graphic designer Lester Beall.

Biographical Historical Note

Lester Beall was a self-taught graphic designer who worked in the area of corporate identity, advertising and packaging. He received a degree in art history from the University of Chicago and began his career as a graphic designer in Chicago. In 1935, he moved his studio to New York.