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Fri, 2017-05-19 15:50

The Design Library news blog is moving to a new platform. You can find news, new books, and other information now at this site:

You can also subscribe to the new site via RSS. If you have questions, please contact Karen DeWitt at the Design Library.

ARTstor Digital Library Webinar – Discover Fashion and Costume Collections

Wed, 2017-04-05 10:29

On April 18th, ARTstor is going to have a webinar about resources in fashion and costume. They have a wealth of images related to this topic. For example, ARTstor hosts images of the collection that was moved from the Brooklyn Museum to the Met, along with a wide variety from other institutions.

Before signing up for the webinar, patrons will have to register as a user of the ARTstor Digital Library on campus. After that, access to the webinar and the library will be available from anywhere. Here’s the link to register for the webinar:

Evening Coat, Norman Norell

Cap (Flügelhaben), Austria

Reginald D. Tillson Landscape Architecture Papers

Tue, 2017-04-04 10:37

Blog post written by Lindsey Naylor

An audience at the High Point Museum this week will learn about the Reginald D. Tillson Landscape Architecture Papers, one of the newest additions to the Landscape Architecture Archive in NCSU Libraries’ Special Collections Research Center. Tillson practiced landscape architecture out of his High Point office from the 1920s to 1970s, completing projects that ranged in scale from home gardens to public parks to private subdivisions. His designs’ cumulative impact on the built environment of High Point — and other communities of the Piedmont Triad and beyond — was considerable.

Gwynn Thayer, Associate Head and Curator for Special Collections, and Lindsey Naylor, a Master of Landscape Architecture student and Research Assistant for the Landscape Architecture Archive, will share images and insights from first impressions of the Tillson collection, which is still being processed and which will be available soon to researchers. The full collection includes more than 250 tubes and flat folders that hold drawings spanning Tillson’s full career.

Tillson founded his firm in High Point in the 1920s, when the textile and manufacturing industries were fueling local wealth and population growth. His earliest designs were for the home landscapes of the High Point elite who were moving into the newly created Emerywood neighborhood, built just north of downtown and part of the Uptown Suburbs Historic District listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The gardens Tillson designed for Emerywood varied in complexity and drew from the popular Colonial Revival, Picturesque, and Arts and Crafts styles of landscape architecture.

In the 1930s, Tillson designed parks and nature preserve amenities throughout the Southeast for the Civilian Conservation Corps. His work with the CCC included the design of the High Point City Lake Park, where many of the features designed by Tillson remain intact today.

As High Point’s population grew and as trends in planning and development evolved, Tillson’s work grew in scale and complexity. He designed dozens of subdivisions and the grounds and siting for schools, churches and hospitals. And he continued his work on residential designs, which his son, David Tillson, said he preferred because of their intimate scale and horticultural focus. The breadth of the Tillson collection allows a unique view into planning and landscape architecture practice in the Southeast during decades of immense technological and social change.

Tillson's 1927 design for a home garden in Emerywood.

Another 1920s design for a home in Emerywood.

Tillson designed the estate grounds of textile executive J. E. Millis in stages, in 1927 and 1929.

Tillson created the design, details and construction drawings for the federally funded City Lake Park.

Tillson completed grading, utilities and planting plans for this 1960s High Point public housing project.

Tillson's planting plan for the 1968 design of Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church in High Point.

Image Discovery Week – Check Out CAMIO

Fri, 2017-03-24 15:12

OCLC’s Catalog of Art Museum Images Online (CAMIO) is a growing online collection of approximately 100,000 images documenting works of art from prominent museums. Its contents represent global cultures from prehistoric to contemporary, covering the complete range of expressive forms. Images can downloaded and they may be used for educational purposes if they are cited.

Crossing the Ohio Louisville

McCulloug Chainsaw Factory Chair

Image Discovery Week – Archivision Research Library

Thu, 2017-03-23 16:51

During the past year, the Design Library Image Collection added more than 70,000 commercial images from the Archivision Research Library. These high quality images cover of the subject areas of architecture, urban design, archaeology, landscape architecture and art. The time periods included range from ancient to 21st Century. The Library is intended for scholarship and teaching in architecture and art history but also has broad appeal across disciplines. The collection is curated by Scott Gilchrist, a trained architect as well as professional photographer.

To view the images from the Archivision Research Library, just go to LUNA and do a keyword search for “Archivision.” Don’t forgot to login to see more than just thumbnails!

Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller Empire State Plaza

Brookfield Place

Image Discovery Week – Learn More about ARTstor Digital Library

Wed, 2017-03-22 16:54

ARTstor is a digital library of over 2 million images in the areas of art, graphic design, industrial design, the built environment, the humanities, and the sciences. It provides tools to browse, search, view, present, and manage images for research and teaching purposes.

With ARTstor, patrons can download high-resolution images, create image groups (folders), direct others to specific images or image groups through persistent URLs or hyperlinks, upload personal files, export images to their Offline Image Viewer (OIV) presentation tool or into PowerPoint, and integrate content with courseware. ARTstor also provides mobile support for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, and Android devices, which features Flashcard View for study.

Some of these features require instructor-level privileges (open to students and staff as well). To obtain privileges (open to students and staff as well), email Barbara Brenny.

Some notable collections in ARTstor include:

  • Josef and Anni Albers Foundation
  • Art on File’s Contemporary Architecture, Urban Design, and Public Art
  • Columbia University’s architecture collection
  • Ezra Stoller Modern Architecture Archive
  • Foundation for Landscape Studies
  • Cooper Union’s graphic design collection
  • Hartill Archive of Architecture and Allied Arts
  • Historic American Buildings Survey/Historic American Engineering Record
  • Islamic Art and Architecture (Sheila Blair)
  • Magnum Photos
  • MOMA’s architecture and design collection
  • Society of Architectural Historians Architecture Archive (SAHARA)

Image Discovery Week: Glass Negatives and Lantern Slides

Wed, 2017-03-22 11:42

This week, we’re joining the Harrye B. Lyon Design Library of the NCSU College of Design to celebrate Image Discovery Week by highlighting some of the unique visual resources offered through NCSU Libraries.  Check out the Design Library blog to view a sampling of the wonderful images they have to offer, which they’re sharing in a blog blitz all of this week.

Today we’re sharing some of the images from the University Archives Photograph Collection of glass plate negatives and lantern slides, showing scenes of farm life and landscapes around North Carolina (because it’s also Agricultural Awareness Week!).

"Two people standing in a tobacco field"

This collection consists of glass negatives and lantern slides that were created by developing a photographic negative over a piece of light-sensitive lantern glass, and were then often hand-painted to give the image a rich, colorful finish. The slides were displayed using “Magic Lantern Slide” technology, lit up by lantern or candle light, and projected on a wall.

"Children in front of strip farming fields"

Much of the material in this collection was created by or received from the Agricultural Extension Service, and depicts various aspects of agriculture in North Carolina, including agricultural extension work, agricultural research, farms and farm life, animal husbandry, botany, horticulture, and crop science.

"Barn, fields and a row of flowers with mountains in the background"

"African American Home Demonstration Club at Thompson's Roadside Market"

"Man with flowers in field in the mountains"

"Harvesting Lespedeza hay with mule-drawn agricultural equipment"

You can view more of the slides in this collection through our Rare and Unique Digital Collections site, where you can also access thousands of imagesvideoaudio recordings, and textual materials documenting NC State history and other topics.  If you’d like to learn more about these resources or have any other questions, as always, please feel free to contact us!

Image Discovery Week – Take a Sneak Peak of the Dean Henry L. Kamphoefner Image Collection

Tue, 2017-03-21 15:12

The staff at the Design Library have been working diligently behind the scenes to digitize all of the 35mm slides donated by the founding dean of the College of Design, Henry L. Kamphoefner. The slides he donated are a combination of his original photography and those given to him by professional contacts.

There are still many more slides to digitize, but please take this opportunity to see works of architecture and landscape architecture ranging from ancient to 20th Century. See modernist masterpieces like Paul Rudolph’s Cocoon House or James Fitzgibbon’s Daniel House. View examples of North Carolina Architecture, like Clemmer & Horton’s Catawba Dairy Bar or J. Frank Fitzgibbons’s George Paschal House. All of the images that have been digitized so far are viewable here.

This project was begun in anticipation of the 70th anniversary of the founding of the College of Design in 2018. Check back with the Design Library for future developments on this fascinating project.

Cocoon House

Daniel House

Catawba Dairy Bar

George Paschal House

Image Discovery Week!

Fri, 2017-03-17 15:54

Come to the Design Library or to the Special Collections Research Center from Monday, 2/29 to Friday, 3/4, and join us during Image Discovery Week!  Image Discovery Week highlights the image and visual resources available from the NCSU Libraries.

We’ll have an eboard set up in the Design Library, displaying a rotating sample of images from the ARTstor Digital Library and the Design Library Image Database. We’ll also have bookmarks and a brochure listing image resources to hand out.

On Wednesday, from noon to 4pm, an HTC Vive virtual reality system will be set up in the Design Library, and anyone will be welcome to try it out.

For information on image databases and other image resources available at the NCSU Libraries:

And for image collections created by the NCSU Libraries:

Special Collections digital image collections:



Family of George Matsumoto visits Special Collections and Hunt Library

Tue, 2017-03-14 09:31

The family of former NCSU School (now College) of Design faculty member George Matsumoto visited Special Collections, Hunt Library, and the College of Design on Monday, March 13. The family, along with representatives from the College of Design and other interested members of the public from North Carolina Modernist Houses celebrated and honored Matsumoto’s architectural legacy in North Carolina and beyond.

The Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) also acquired new materials donated by the family that will be available for researcher use in the near future. SCRC has already digitized the Matsumoto architectural drawings, which are available online. The George Matsumoto Papers were acquired in the late 1990s and contain important materials documenting Matsumoto’s work, including correspondence, photographs, architectural drawings and sketches, and other materials. George Matsumoto’s work was documented in a publication from 1997 called “Simplicity, Order, and Discipline: The work of  George Matsumoto from the NCSU Libraries’ Special Collections.”

Matsumoto was born in 1922 in San Francisco, California, and earned his B. A. in Architecture from Washington University. He studied at the Cranbrook Academy of Art and later worked with various architectural firms. Soon thereafter he joined NC State’s new School of Design in 1948 until he left for Berkeley in 1961. Matsumoto was brought to NC State by Henry L. Kamphoefner, the first Dean of the School of Design. Matsumoto is considered to be one of the key early faculty members at Design, and especially important as a practitioner and teacher who promoted modernist architecture.

Matsumoto was influenced by leading architects such as Mies van der Rohe and Marcel Breuer; Burns wrote that “The ideas that mattered most to George Matsumoto as a designer and as a teacher were those that served as the focal themes of the modern movement: strict adherence to functional demands, clarity of plan, structural logic and expression, economy of means, perfection of detail, and the rationalization of construction processes tending toward industrialization.”

To learn more about Special Collections, or to access Special Collections materials, please contact us here.