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L. Garth Huxtable papers, 1913-2012

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Finding aid for the L. Garth Huxtable papers, 1913-2012

Scope and Content of Collection

The L. Garth Huxtable papers document the career of the industrial designer beginning in the 1930s, when American awareness of industrial design as a profession increasingly captured public attention. Series I represents Huxtable's extensive contribution to industrial design during this period of flourishing creativity. His design process is well articulated in this series, progressing from product analysis and sketches to drawings and plans and finally to models and product samples. While Series I includes early school work and projects from prominent design offices where Huxtable was an assistant, the bulk of the documentation dates from after Huxtable established his own firm in 1948. This series contains Huxtable's notable long-term project work with the Millers Falls Tool company from 1948 and his Four Seasons Restaurant service designs from 1958.

Huxtable's resource materials found in Series II contain drafting tools including rulers, French curves, stencils, templates, calipers, and technical guides. This series also contains typography guides that were integral to the design and arrangement of printed text. Color sample books and subject files, which Huxtable compiled on various themes, are also included in this series.

Series III comprises Huxtable's general professional papers including work records, writings, and portfolio materials, as well as publicity clippings, and negatives that he used for promotional one-sheets. Personal papers include diaries, a sketchbook, his paintings and photographs. General personal and business correspondence is also found in this series.

The collection contains sketches, drawings, blueprints, renderings, black and white photographs and negatives, color slides and photographs, proofs, models and sample products. Documentation contains materials as large as 22" x 28"; large drawings are up to 36" x 48" and rolled drawings are larger than 36" x 48". Proofs are trial sheets of printed text and images. Renderings are hand-drawings for use in presentations to represent the full conception of a project and typically containing color, shadowing, and textures. Models are three-dimensional scaled representations used as working studies. Sample products are either actual products as they were sold in the marketplace, or final working samples intended for further mass production.


Organized in three series:
Series I. Project files, 1928-2012;
Series II. Resource materials, 1913-1976, undated;
Series III. Miscellaneous professional and personal papers, 1917-2002.

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