MC 00244 Guide to the Walter Peter Baermann Papers, 1903-1972

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The Baermann Associates-subseries, photographs, is the most significant part of the collection, containing hundreds of photographs of varying size and quality that document the range of products whose design Baermann influenced in some way, large or small, during his career. The photographs of furniture groups offers the widest range of Baermann's work, though there are also portrait photographs of Baermann and his staff. Note: additional photographs housed elsewhere among Baermann's papers; it was in these cases judged more appropriate to keep photographs with their subjects.
[Flat Box 1, Folder 1] Baermann Designs - "Historic, ", 1920-40s (1-.20)
Images of sofas, chairs, tables, lamps (1920s) appliances, machinery, gas heaters (1938), IBM typewriter, 1945
[Flat Box 1, Folder 2] Baermann Designs--"Historic, ", 1940s (21-.42)
Images of sofas, chairs, tables, appliances, machinery, home furnishings
[Flat Box 1, Folder 3] Corning Glass Company; Hardwick Stoves, 1950s (43-.50)
[Flat Box 1, Folder 4] Furniture, lamps, luggage, machinery, 1950-60s (1-.25)
[Flat Box 1, Folder 5] Furniture, 1950-60s (26-.56)
[Flat Box 1, Folder 6] Furniture, 1950-60s (57-.72)
[Flat Box 2, Folder 1] Upholstered furniture--sofas, chairs, loveseats, 1950s (1-.43)
[Flat Box 2, Folder 2] Upholstered furniture--sofas, chairs, also tables and stands, 1950s (1-.46)
[Flat Box 3, Folder 1] Tables and bedroom sets, "Cherokee", 1950s (1-.31)
[Flat Box 3, Folder 2] Tables and stands, "Candlelight", 1950s (1-.22)
[Flat Box 3, Folder 3] "Candlelight Collection" furniture with press releases and brochures (1-.9)
[Flat Box 3, Folder 4] Prestige Furniture Collection; Image, 1960s (1-.17)
[Flat Box 3, Folder 5] Furniture and appliances, "Unagusta,", 1950-60s (1-.21)
[Flat Box 3, Folder 6] Furniture--bedroom sets and dinette sets, 1950s (1-.19)
[Flat Box 4, Folder 1] Furniture, appliances, machinery, 1940-60s (1-.22)
[Flat Box 4, Folder 2] Machinery, seating for mass transit, Bore-Matic Co.; factory interior, boats, 1940-60s (23-.51)
[Flat Box 4, Folder 3] Cherry-Burrell tablet press (machine used to make aspirin tablets) (1-.10)
[Flat Box 4, Folder 4] Upholstered furniture--chairs and sofas, loveseats, "King Size Chair,", (1950s; no dates) (1-.20)
[Flat Box 4, Folder 5] Upholstered furniture--sofas and sectional sofas (21-.44)
[Flat Box 4, Folder 6] Upholstered furniture--sofas, sectional sofas, and chairs (45-.62)
[Flat Box 5, Folder 1] Upholstered furniture--sofas and chairs (63-.91)
[Flat Box 5, Folder 2] Upolstered furniture--sofas, chairs, and sectional sofas (92-.106)
[Flat Box 5, Folder 3] Products Manufacturers including: Rich's, Inc.--display units; Royal Metal Manufacturing Company; Marbon Chemical--first aid kits; Cherry-Burrell--tablet press; Medical Supply Company-thermometer sleeves and first aid kits (1-.15)
[Flat Box 5, Folder 4] Products Manufacturers including: Taylor Instruments--barometers and thermometers; Fastex--industrial fasteners; ITT(telecomunications); Kendall; Hawley Products-- luggage; Prestige Furniture Company--"small cut-away" (1-.10)
[Flat Box 5, Folder 5] Negatives of office furniture and interiors (1-.14)
[Box 6, Folder 1] Seating (1-.8)
[Box 6, Folder 2] Furniture (1-.8)
[Box 6, Folder 3] Molded chair (1-.4)
[Box 6, Folder 4] Furniture (1-.8)
[Box 6, Folder 5] Two unidentified men in outdoor alpine setting, ca. 1930s (1)
[Box 6, Folder 5] House and car with cacti in foreground, ca. 1930s (2)
[Box 6, Folder 6] Homes (1-.2)
[Box 6, Folder 7] Hardwick Stoves (1-.5)
[Box 6, Folder 8] Stoves (negatives) (1-.11)
[Box 6, Folder 9] Tables (1-.4)
[Box 6, Folder 10] Furniture (1-.19)
[Box 14, Folder 11] Saco-Lowell spinning mill (1-.10)
[Box 6, Folder 12] Saco-Lowell spinning mill (1-.9)
[Box 6, Folder 13] Saco-Lowell spinning mill (1-.10)
[Box 6, Folder 14] Portraits of Walter Baermann (1-.10)
[Box 6, Folder 15] Portraits of Walter Baermann (1-.10)
[Box 6, Folder 16] Portraits of Walter Baermann (1-.10)
[Box 6, Folder 17] Portraits of Walter Baermann (1-.10)
[Box 6, Folder 18] Portraits of Walter Baermann (1-.9)
[Box 6, Folder 19] Bernice Abbott photo of Walter Baermann (negative) (1)
[Box 6, Folder 20] Portraits of Walter Baermann (1-.7)
[Box 6, Folder 21] Home Modernizing Guide (1-.3)
[Box 6, Folder 22] Baermann Associates Office Staff (1-.14)
[Box 6, Folder 23] J. Roger Chastain of Baermann Associate (1-.4)
[Box 6, Folder 24] Arnold Joslin of Baermann Associates (1-.5)
[Box 6, Folder 25] Vincent Foote of Baermann Associates (1-.4)
[Box 11, Folder 26] Cherry Burrell machine equipment (1-.11)
[Box 6, Folder 27] Cherry-Burrell machine equipment (1-.11)
[Box 6, Folder 28] Cherry-Burrell machine equipment (1-.15)
[Box 6, Folder 29] Cherry-Burrell machine equipment (1-.10)
[Box 6, Folder 30] Cherry-Burrell machine equipment (1-.10)
[Box 6, Folder 31] Cherry-Burrell machine equipment (1-.10)
[Box 6, Folder 32] Precision Fit (includes negatives) (1-.5)
[Box 15, Folder 33] Taylor Instrument Company (prize-winning golden barometer) (1-.10)
[Box 6, Folder 34] Taylor Instrument Company (1-.11)
[Box 6, Folder 35] Taylor Instrument Company (1-.11)
[Box 13, Folder 36] Medical Supply Company (1-.10)
[Box 6, Folder 37] Medical Supply Company (1-.14)
[Box 6, Folder 38] Medical Supply Company (1-.11)
[Box 6, Folder 39] Medical Supply Company (1-.15)
[Box 6, Folder 40] Medical Supply Company (1-.8)
[Box 6, Folder 41] Medical Supply Company (1-.11)
[Box 6, Folder 42] Prestige Furniture Company--chair (1-.15)
[Box 6, Folder 43] Prestige Furniture Company--chair construction (1-.7)
[Box 6, Folder 44] Prestige Furniture Company--chair construction (1-.8)
This series contains typed and handwritten articles by Baermann, biographical data assembled by either Baermann himself or Mrs. Baermann both before and after he came to Raleigh, some personal letters and notes, a few photographs of Baermann, news clippings that reflect a glimpse of the private man, and the manuscripts of several lectures and speeches that Baermann made. For example, this series contains both a typed manuscript and a set of note cards scribbled in Baermann's handwriting for a speech he made sometime in the 1960s to a group of women, entitled, "The Ideal Wife of the Designer." Comparison of the two versions of the same speech imparts some interesting information on Baermann's speaking style and sense of humor.
[Box 7, Folder 1] Articles by Walter P. Baermann, typed and handwritten manuscripts, (1960s)
[Box 7, Folder 2] Articles by Walter P. Baermann, typed manuscripts, (1960s)
[Box 7, Folder 3] Biographical file relating to Raleigh, North Carolina
[Box 7, Folder 4] Biographical file relating to Waynesville, North Carolina
[Box 7, Folder 5] Lectures, (Oct. 1966)
"The Social Abuse of Language," presented to AIA Southern California Chapter, 1938; Robinson Furniture Co, 1957; NC State Forestry School, 1968; "Trends in Furniture Design," presented to Forest Products Research Society
[Box 7, Folder 6] Excerpts from letters to Rino Petrini, (1970)
[Box 7, Folder 7] Memoirs, handwritten manuscript, (Spring, 1970)
[Box 7, Folder 8] News clippings: Cinti. Eng. [sic] (Aug. 1964); News & Observer, (December, 1969)
[Box 6, Folder 9] Photographs-- Portraits of Walter Baermann, (1940-60s)
[Box 7, Folder 10] Publicity Press Releases, (1966-1967)
[Box 7, Folder 11] Eight pencil sketches of tables and chairs, undated
[Box 7, Folder 12] Speeches: IDSA annual meeting, Lake Geneva, WI (Oct. 1968); Southern Furniture Manufacturer's Association (Spring, 1965); "The Furniture Designer and Design Engineering," (undated); "The Necktie and the Morals of Product Development (August 1961); "The Ideal Wife of the Designer," (undated); "Unashamed Witnessing to Faith in Inner Life Values," NC State Design Student Series, (April 18, 1966)
[Box 7, Folder 13] Writings, (October, 1970)
This subseries, includes general information on Baermann's design firm, Walter P. Baermann & Associates, Inc. that operated in Waynesville, North Carolina and Raleigh from 1950-1972. Also present are notes and records from interviews conducted between Baermann and assorted furniture industry executives. Articles from magazines and trade publications both by Baermann and about his work are found in this series. In addition, there are many news clippings from the North Carolina and Midwest area about Baermann's activities, including several dozen newspaper advertisements from the Detroit News and The Detroit Free Press, promoting furniture made from Baermann's designs. These news clippings and advertisements serve to document the broad base of influence in the 1950-60s that Baermann exerted over the furniture industry. Finally, this series contains a small amount of information that exists about Baermann's work as a residential architect in western North Carolina.
[Box 8, Folder 1] Brochure, master copy (1968); Brochure, updated (1969), 1968-1969
[Box 8, Folder 2] Corporate biography
[Box 8, Folder 3] Correspondence - Permission for reference
[Box 8, Folder 4] Expansion plan
[Box 8, Folder 5] History and function of Baermann Associates
[Box 8, Folder 6] Articles: typed manuscript and galleys of article for Industrial Design Magazine (August, 1965); Harry Gehman Good, "Education Through Work," Epsilon Pi Tau Founders' Day Address, (March 13, 1943)
[Box 8, Folder 7] Interview - Nathan Ancell, Baumritter Corporation, (ca. 1963)
[Box 8, Folder 8] Interview - [no first name] Brunn, Drexel Furniture, (no date)
[Box 8, Folder 9] Interview - Tom Finch, (no date)
[Box 8, Folder 10] Interview - Rome Jones, (no date)
[Box 22, Folder 11] Interview - Bob Spellman, (no date)
[Box 22, Folder 12] Interview - Stanley Furniture, (no date)
[Box 22, Folder 13] Interview - Thayer-Coggin, (no date)
[Box 8, Folder 14] Interview - Ed Thrower, (no date)
[Box 8, Folder 15] Magazine articles (Business Week article about Baermann's "Image" Line for Prestige Furniture ( February, 1961); Furniture Design and Manufacturing article about Baermann's "Candlelight" Line, (March, 1959); Unagusta trade literature, undated; other articles from Furniture Manufacturer and National Furniture Design re: Baermann's designs, early 1960s)
[Box 8, Folder 16] Articles by Baermann from Journal of the Industrial Designers Society of America (1968, 1969); Furniture Design and Manufacturing (1964); Industrial Design (1961, 1965, 1967), 1961-1969
[Box 9, Folder 1] Magazine articles, including Family Circle, May 1961; Saturday Review articles on various aspects of science, philosophy, and education, (early 1960s)
[Box 9, Folder 2] Paul McCobb, newsletter discussing trends and future of furniture industry, (1967)
[Box 9, Folder 3] News clippings (1952-1964) Asheville Citizen; Waynesville Mountaineer; Raleigh Times; News & Observer; Cincinnati Box Folder/Contents Inquirer; Canton Enterprise; High Point Enterprise; inter alia
[Box 9, Folder 4] Newspaper advertisements, primarily from Detroit News and Detroit Free Press, (1955)
[Box 6, Folder 5] Photographs - Office Staff at Baermann Associates
[Box 9, Folder 6] Promotional materials about Baermann Associates
[Box 9, Folder 7] Residence - Leo Feichter; 2 photos of house exterior under construction, price quotations; contract
[Box 9, Folder 8] Residence - A.L. Freedlander; 2 photos; negatives; specifications; correspondence; survey blueprint, (1955)
[Box 9, Folder 9] Residence - H.C. Kersten; survey blueprint; invoices; estimates; correspondence, (1954)
[Box 9, Folder 10] Residence - R.L. Prevost; correspondence; estimates, (1955)
[Box 9, Folder 11] Residence - A.R. Riegg; design services estimate, (1954)
[Box 9, Folder 12] Residence - Jonathan H. Winters; estimates; invoices; correspondence; pencil sketches of floor plan, (1955-1957)
[Box 9, Folder 13] Office Building lease agreement--W.C. Norris Company to Baermann, (1958)
This subseries is the largest one in the collection. Its size alone testifies to the extent and variety of Baermann's activities as a practicing design engineer. The files contain correspondence, notes, drawings, sketches, photographs, brochures and other corporate publications. The Taylor Instrument Company file provides information about Baermann's award-winning design for the "golden ceramic barometer." Another, the Schieffelin file, offers a glimpse of various cosmetic packaging designs ideas and samples. Finally, this series includes Baermann's work on Liberty Magazine in the late 1940s, reflecting only a few of Baermann's graphic design projects. Note: there is also a file containing Braille language.
[Box 10, Folder 1] Aeroglide, (1964-65)
[Box 10, Folder 2] Aid Corp.-kitchen accessories, (1960)
[Box 10, Folder 3] BASF Technical Information, (1970)
[Box 10, Folder 4] Baumritter Corp.; contains 19 photos, (1963-64)
[Box 10, Folder 5] Beal, Carl, (1967)
[Box 10, Folder 6] Berea College, (1950-60s)
[Box 10, Folder 7] Braille language articles and other information about Mary Duke Biddle Semans Gallery for the Blind
[Box 10, Folder 8] Canvas Association in NC and VA; contains photographs, (1960s)
[Box 10, Folder 9] Carsons Company
[Box 10, Folder 10] Cavalier Corp., (1950s)
[Box 10, Folder 11] Charlotte, NC Chamber of Commerce, visitor's promotional materials
[Box 6, Folder 1] Cherry-Burrell Corp. - Photographs of "Sonifer Power Supply,", (1960)
[Box 11, Folder 2] Cherry-Burrell Corp. - Baermann designs, drawings, and correspondence
[Box 11, Folder 3] Cordes Residence, (1950)
[Box 11, Folder 4] Corning--Acetonometer, Colorimeter, Blood type meter Alcoholometer; contains 3 photographs, (1960)
[Box 11, Folder 5] Creslon - Disposable toothbrush, (1960s)
[Flat Box 21, Folder 6] Creslon - Fasteners (general), (1960s)
[Box 11, Folder 7] Creslon - Garter fasteners, (1960s)
[Flat Box 21, Folder 8] Creslon - Hair curlers, (1960s)
[Box 11, Folder 9] Creslon - Paintbrush, (1960s)
[Box 11, Folder 10] Creslon - Security belt fastener, (1960s)
[Box 11, Folder 11] Creslon - Screw fastener, (1960s)
[Box 11, Folder 12] Creslon - Upholstery, cabinet latches, picture hooks, and others, (1960s)
[Box 11, Folder 13] Crest, Inc. - correspondence; 1 photo; negatives, (1960s)
[Box 11, Folder 14] Fastex Company-milk dispenser; 3 photos, negatives, (1967)
[Box 11, Folder 15] General Lighting Co.
[Box 12, Folder 1] Hardwick Stove Co.-brochures and correspondence 1;3;6 .2 Hardwick Stove Co.- competitors
[Box 12, Folder 3] Hawley Products Co.- brochures and correspondence
[Box 12, Folder 4] Hawley Products- 3 photos plus negatives
[Box 6, Folder 5] Home Modernizing Guide
[Box 12, Folder 6] ITT Telecommunications; 20 photos; 20 sketches; negatives
[Box 12, Folder 7] Katherine Rug Mills - includes sketches, correspondence, brochures, news clippings
[Box 12, Folder 8] Kendall Co. (Bauer & Black Division); includes sketch, negatives
[Box 12, Folder 9] Liberty Magazine (Baermann worked on concept for consistent layout and cover style), (1948-1949)
[Box 12, Folder 10] Liberty Magazine
[Box 12, Folder 11] Liberty Magazine
[Box 13, Folder 1] Liberty Magazine
[Box 13, Folder 2] Marbon Chemical; catalogs and company information regarding Cycolac, a type of plastic used by Baermann in designing his lightweight chairs, (1960s)
[Box 13, Folder 3] Marbon Chemical; 11 photos of chair shells; blueprint of Baermann design for air cushion vehicle, (1969)
[Box 13, Folder 4] Marsh, Owen T.; correspondence regarding milk carton patent; lid catch assembly, (1963)
[Box 6, Folder 5] Medical Supply Co.; includes blueprints of tear gas gun designs, news clipping, brochures, correspondence, 3 photos of "Tammi" (the resuscitation model designed by Baermann); article: "Recent Advances in Emergency Resuscitation," presented at Semiannual Meeting of Maryland Medical and Chirurgical Faculty, September 16, 1960
[Box 13, Folder 6] Mersman Tables; 16 pencil drawings, (no date)
[Box 13, Folder 7] Middletown Manufacturing; includes notes; approximately 30 photos of tilt-swivel device, plus negatives, (1964)
[Box 13, Folder 8] Milo Baughman royalty contract for Thayer-Coggin Cycolac chairs; company brochures, (1960s)
[Box 13, Folder 9] Mobile Mission Church; correspondence; 11 photos, (1961)
[Box 13, Folder 10] Monsanto Chemical (Plastics Division)
[Box 13, Folder 11] New Building - Robinson photos of interior and exterior of chair manufacturing plant, (1960s?)
[Box 14, Folder 1] No-Sag Spring Co.; includes blueprint sketches, correspondence, brochures, notes, (1950s)
[Box 14, Folder 2] Prestige Furniture Co.; 25 photos of "Image" line of upholstered furniture; press conference, (early 1960s)
[Box 14, Folder 3] Prestige Furniture Co.; 35 pictures of "Image" line chairs and sofas, (early 1960s)
[Box 14, Folder 4] Production Engineering Co.; cost analysis, brochure, correspondence, (1963)
[Box 14, Folder 5] Projection Products Co.
[Box 14, Folder 6] Roundwood Corp.
[Box 14, Folder 7] Royal Metal Co.
[Box 6, Folder 8] Saco-Lowell
[Box 14, Folder 9] Saginaw Furniture Shops
[Box 14, Folder 10] Schieffelin Sketches; designs for cosmetic packaging, (1965)
[Box 14, Folder 11] Sears, Roebuck & Co.
[Box 14, Folder 12] Seng Co.; coils, springs, revolving fixtures
[Box 14, Folder 13] Spur Gas Station ideas
[Box 8, Folder 14] Stanley Furniture Company
[Box 15, Folder 1] Stryker; brochures re medical instruments and equipment, (1968)
[Box 15, Folder 2] Stryker; notes, correspondence, (1968)
[Box 15, Folder 3] Sverdrup, Parcel & Assoc., Inc. (Transportation Technology Division)
[Box 6, Folder 4] Taylor Instrument Co.; includes "golden ceramic barometer" award-winning design, (1965-1970)
[Box 15, Folder 5] Unagusta; 30 photos of living room and bedroom furniture
[Box 15, Folder 6] Unagusta; sketches and correspondence
[Box 15, Folder 7] Welsh Plywood Corp.
[Box 15, Folder 8] West Virginia Pulp and Paper
[Box 15, Folder 9] West Virginia University wood/plastic combination furniture
In 1968 NC State, UNC-Chapel Hill, Duke University, St. Augustine's College, and Shaw University launched a cooperative program among faculty and students whose purpose was to provide the colleges and universities with a means of focusing curricula and departmental resources upon major social problems related to the growth of science and technology. The idea was to explore ways to bridge the isolation of "campus" from "community." Baermann was an active participant in this program, serving as a task group leader on "The Vital University." Since Baermann had long been interested the interdisciplinary aspects of design, he applied his energy and talent to this program. This series contains a number of background articles that Baermann collected in connection with his activities in the program, as well as general correspondence, memoranda, information about meetings, and some of the writings of Don W. Shriver, Jr., the NC State professor who served as overall head of this program.
[Box 16, Folder 1] Articles by members
[Box 16, Folder 2] Biological Research Task Group
[Box 16, Folder 3] Conference of Campus Chaplains, (February, 1970)
[Box 16, Folder 4] Curriculum Changes & Grading Survey
[Box 16, Folder 5] Cybernetics
[Box 16, Folder 6] Conference & Meetings
[Box 16, Folder 7] Descriptive Statement
[Box 16, Folder 8] Duke University Engineering Project
[Box 16, Folder 9] Engineering Curriculum (Baermann writings)
[Box 16, Folder 10] Engineering Task Group
[Box 17, Folder 1] Experimental Study of Religion and Technology
[Box 17, Folder 2] Food and Population Problems Task Group
[Box 17, Folder 3] Funding requests
[Box 17, Folder 4] Goals and evaluations
[Box 17, Folder 5] Group leaders
[Box 17, Folder 6] Newsletters, (1969-1970)
[Box 17, Folder 7] NIMH proposal, (1971)
[Box 17, Folder 8] Research proposal, (1968)
[Box 17, Folder 9] Shriver, Don W., Jr.; articles:
"From Industrial to Cybernetic Man," typed manuscript (c. 1969) -- "On Interdisciplinary Teaching and Learning," typed manuscript (c. 1969) -- "America is ruled by people with a 1940 consciousness," Technician (Spring 1970) inter alia
[Box 17, Folder 10] Societal engineering; Baermann typed manuscripts: "Engineering and Religion;" "Societal Engineering", (1970)
[Box 17, Folder 11] State Planning Task Group
[Box 17, Folder 12] Study of education for environmental design
[Box 17, Folder 13] Summary of current developments
[Box 17, Folder 14] University and World Affairs Task Group
[Box 18, Folder 1] Articles by Baermann: class lecture (1971); "Conflict and Creative Confrontation" (1970); "The New University", (1970, no date)
[Box 18, Folder 2] Articles from research centers and universities, e.g., Hampshire College, Bowdoin College, Florida State University, University of Chicago, Human Development Corporation, Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions
[Box 18, Folder 3] Articles including Paul Erlich, "Eco-Catastrophe!" Ramparts (1969); "The Cities that Came too Soon," The Economist 1969; Institute for Psychedelic Research of San Francisco State College, "Use of Psychedelic Agents to Facilitate Creative Problem Solving,", (no date)
[Box 18, Folder 4] Articles including Fred M. Hechinger, "Some Campus Reforms Come Quietly," New York Times (May 18, 1969); Johanna Grimes, "A New Way of Teaching," News & Observer (March 1, 1970); "How to Make Physics 'Relevant,'" North Carolina Leader (March 12, 1969); George B. Leonard, "Visiting Day 2001 A.D.," Look (October 1, 1968); entire issue of New York Review of Books (July 31, 1969)
[Box 18, Folder 5] Articles on science and technology from Saturday Review, (1968-70)
[Box 18, Folder 6] Articles, unpublished, e.g.: Jack Porter, "A Proposal for a Centralized 'Learning Resources' Program at North Carolina State University," (February 1, 1968); Henry Sanoff, "Proposal for a Center for Urban and Regional Development at North Carolina State University, Raleigh," (no date); Lloyd J. Averill, "Social Policy and the Liberal Arts,", (no date)
[Box 18, Folder 7] Courses for man-made environment
[Box 18, Folder 8] Philosophy of "Vital University Program
[Box 18, Folder 9] Reorganization, newsletters, reports
[Box 18, Folder 10] Residential college for N.C. State - studies of science, technology and society, (1960s)
[Box 18, Folder 11] "Vital University" - Science, Technology & Society Task Group, 1968-1969
[Box 16, Folder 1] Articles by members
[Box 16, Folder 2] Biological Research Task Group
[Box 16, Folder 3] Conference of Campus Chaplains, (February, 1970)
[Box 16, Folder 4] Curriculum Changes & Grading Survey
[Box 16, Folder 5] Cybernetics
[Box 16, Folder 6] Conference & Meetings
[Box 16, Folder 7] Descriptive Statement
[Box 16, Folder 8] Duke University Engineering Project
[Box 16, Folder 9] Engineering Curriculum (Baermann writings)
[Box 16, Folder 10] Engineering Task Group
[Box 17, Folder 1] Experimental Study of Religion and Technology
[Box 17, Folder 2] Food and Population Problems Task Group
[Box 17, Folder 3] Funding requests
[Box 17, Folder 4] Goals and evaluations
[Box 17, Folder 5] Group leaders
[Box 17, Folder 6] Newsletters, (1969-1970)
[Box 17, Folder 7] NIMH proposal, (1971)
[Box 17, Folder 8] Research proposal, (1968)
[Box 17, Folder 9] Shriver, Don W., Jr.; articles: "From Industrial to Cybernetic Man," typed manuscript (c. 1969) "On Interdisciplinary Teaching and Learning," typed manuscript (c. 1969); "America is ruled by people with a 1940 consciousness," Technician (Spring 1970) inter alia
[Box 17, Folder 10] Societal engineering; Baermann typed manuscripts: "Engineering and Religion;" "Societal Engineering", (1970)
[Box 17, Folder 11] State Planning Task Group
[Box 17, Folder 12] Study of education for environmental design
[Box 17, Folder 13] Summary of current developments
[Box 17, Folder 14] University and World Affairs Task Group
[Box 18, Folder 1] Articles by Baermann: class lecture (1971); "Conflict and Creative Confrontation" (1970); "The New University", (1970, no date)
[Box 18, Folder 2] Articles from research centers and universities, e.g., Hampshire College, Bowdoin College, Florida State University, University of Chicago, Human Development Corporation, Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions
[Box 18, Folder 3] Articles including Paul Erlich, "Eco-Catastrophe!" Ramparts (1969); "The Cities that Came too Soon," The Economist 1969; Institute for Psychedelic Research of San Francisco State College, "Use of Psychedelic Agents to Facilitate Creative Problem Solving,", (no date)
[Box 18, Folder 4] Articles including Fred M. Hechinger, "Some Campus Reforms Come Quietly," New York Times (May 18, 1969); Johanna Grimes, "A New Way of Teaching," News & Observer (March 1, 1970); "How to Make Physics 'Relevant,'" North Carolina Leader (March 12, 1969); George B. Leonard, "Visiting Day 2001 A.D.," Look (October 1, 1968); entire issue of New York Review of Books (July 31, 1969)
[Box 18, Folder 5] Articles on science and technology from Saturday Review, (1968-70)
[Box 18, Folder 6] Articles, unpublished, e.g.: Jack Porter, "A Proposal for a Centralized 'Learning Resources' Program at North Carolina State University," (February 1, 1968); Henry Sanoff, "Proposal for a Center for Urban and Regional Development at North Carolina State University, Raleigh," (no date); Lloyd J. Averill, "Social Policy and the Liberal Arts,", (no date)
[Box 18, Folder 7] Courses for man-made environment
[Box 18, Folder 8] Philosophy of "Vital University Program
[Box 18, Folder 9] Reorganization, newsletters, reports
[Box 18, Folder 10] Residential college for N.C. State - studies of science, technology and society, (1960s)
[Box 18, Folder 11] "Vital University" - Science, Technology & Society Task Group, 1968-1969
Limited in scope and size, the series contains correspondence, articles, brochures, and activities of the NC State Design School. Included in this series are course proposals, annual reports, regulations and policy.
[Box 19, Folder 1] Academic Freedom, (1968)
[Box 19, Folder 2] Appointment & promotion regulations & policies
[Box 19, Folder 3] Articles and Brochures on activities of the Design School, (1960-70s)
[Box 19, Folder 4] Assumption of professorship by Baermann, (1959-64)
[Box 19, Folder 5] City/University coordinator, (1973)
[Box 19, Folder 6] Correspondence; annual reports, (1960-70s)
[Box 19, Folder 7] Course proposals, (1969)
[Box 19, Folder 8] Curriculum development, (1960s)
[Box 19, Folder 9] Cybernetics--includes a special report on automation, (1965)
[Box 19, Folder 10] Correspondence from other design schools including Stanford University, Cornell University, University of Bridgeport, CT, University of Kansas, (1967-68)
[Box 19, Folder 11] Educational Policy Committee, (1970)
[Box 19, Folder 12] Environmental Education, (1970)
[Box 19, Folder 13] Executive Committee, (1969)
[Box 20, Folder 1] Graduate program, (1969)
[Box 20, Folder 2] Housing, Commercial; brochures, notes, (1970)
[Box 20, Folder 3] Housing, Industrialized, (1970)
[Box 20, Folder 4] Housing, Low-cost, (1970)
[Box 20, Folder 5] Housing - resources
[Box 20, Folder 6] US Dept of Housing and Urban Development "Breakthrough" Program
[Box 20, Folder 7] Lanczos, Cornelius (Hungarian physicist who visited NCSU in 1965)
[Box 20, Folder 8] News clippings
[Box 20, Folder 9] North Carolina Design Foundation
[Box 20, Folder 10] Product Design - courses taught by Baermann
[Box 20, Folder 11] Product Design curriculum development
[Box 20, Folder 12] Product Design Dept. Head selection, (1966)
[Box 20, Folder 13] Product Design exhibit, (1966)
[Box 20, Folder 14] Product Design graduate students
[Box 20, Folder 15] Public broadcasting
[Box 20, Folder 16] Student awards
[Box 20, Folder 17] Student internship
[Box 20, Folder 19] Title I Program
[Box 20, Folder 20] Urban design
[Box 19, Folder 1] Academic Freedom, (1968)
[Box 19, Folder 2] Appointment & promotion regulations & policies
[Box 19, Folder 3] Articles and Brochures on activities of the Design School, (1960-70s)
[Box 19, Folder 4] Assumption of professorship by Baermann, (1959-64)
[Box 19, Folder 5] City/University coordinator, (1973)
[Box 19, Folder 6] Correspondence; annual reports, (1960-70s)
[Box 19, Folder 7] Course proposals, (1969)
[Box 19, Folder 8] Curriculum development, (1960s)
[Box 19, Folder 9] Cybernetics--includes a special report on automation, (1965)
[Box 19, Folder 10] Correspondence from other design schools including Stanford University, Cornell University, University of Bridgeport, CT, University of Kansas, (1967-68)
[Box 19, Folder 11] Educational Policy Committee, (1970)
[Box 19, Folder 12] Environmental Education, (1970)
[Box 19, Folder 13] Executive Committee, (1969)
[Box 20, Folder 1] Graduate program, (1969)
[Box 20, Folder 2] Housing, Commercial; brochures, notes, (1970)
[Box 20, Folder 3] Housing, Industrialized, (1970)
[Box 20, Folder 4] Housing, Low-cost, (1970)
[Box 20, Folder 5] Housing - resources
[Box 20, Folder 6] US Dept of Housing and Urban Development "Breakthrough" Program
[Box 20, Folder 7] Lanczos, Cornelius (Hungarian physicist who visited NCSU in 1965)
[Box 20, Folder 8] News clippings
[Box 20, Folder 9] North Carolina Design Foundation
[Box 20, Folder 10] Product Design - courses taught by Baermann
[Box 20, Folder 11] Product Design curriculum development
[Box 20, Folder 12] Product Design Dept. Head selection, (1966)
[Box 20, Folder 13] Product Design exhibit, (1966)
[Box 20, Folder 14] Product Design graduate students
[Box 20, Folder 15] Public broadcasting
[Box 20, Folder 16] Student awards
[Box 20, Folder 17] Student internship
[Box 20, Folder 19] Title I Program
[Box 20, Folder 20] Urban design
The smallest part of the collection offers three examples of product designs: the Creslon company's manufacture of security belt fasteners and hair curlers and Baermann's design of hospital thermometer sleeves.
[Flat Box 21, Folder 1] 2 Creslon security belt fasteners
[Flat Box 21, Folder 2] 5 Creslon hair curlers
[Flat Box 21, Folder 3] Thermometer sleeves
There are twelve audiotaped interviews in this series, including telephone conversations related to "Tammi," the resusitation model; staff conference calls between Carl Beal and Walter Baermann, again relevant to "Tammi;" a School of Forestry lecture; and a speech by Baermann, dated 1968. Dates are absent from the audiotapes. Twelve color slides are also provided in this series, dated, spring, 1968, and two reels indicate a 1968 presentation [Strycer?].
[Box 22, Folder 1] Thayer Coggin, Inc.; Meeting with Carl Beal on "Tammi" (resuscitation model), (no date)
audiotape
[Box 22, Folder 2] Drexel Furniture Co. Interview for ID article; Telephone conversations relevant to "Tammi,", (no date)
audiotape
[Box 22, Folder 3] Medical Supply Co., Carl Beal, and staff-conference with Baermann regarding "Tammi,", (no date)
audiotape
[Box 22, Folder 4] Medical Supply Co., Carl Beal, and staff-conference with Baermann regarding "Tammi,", (no date)
audiotape
[Box 22, Folder 5] Carl Beal, Nov. 30 [no year]; Baermann article, (no date)
audiotape
[Box 22, Folder 6] Bob Spellman-Interview for ID article, (no date)
audiotape
[Box 22, Folder 7] Stanley Furniture-Interview for ID article, (no date)
audiotape
[Box 22, Folder 8] Telcon's U-Sonic Press, (no date)
audiotape
[Box 22, Folder 9] Pat McDonald Telcon; Branson Telcon, (no date)
audiotape
[Box 22, Folder 10] JM and RJC-Branson Electronics, (no date)
audiotape
[Box 22, Folder 11] School of Forestry Lecture, (no date)
audiotape
[Box 22, Folder 12] Baermann Speech - Quail's Roost, (Jan 28-30, 1968)
audiotape
[Box 22, Folder 13-16] Unmarked audiotapes (believed to be blank)
audiotape
[Box 22, Folder 17] IDSA (Southeast) at Darien, Spring 1968
[Box 22.1] Three reels--one empty, one unmarked, other: 7/868, [Strycer?] presentation
[Box 22, Folder 1] Thayer Coggin, Inc.; Meeting with Carl Beal on "Tammi" (resuscitation model, audiotape, (no date)
[Box 22, Folder 2] Drexel Furniture Co. Interview for ID article; Telephone conversations relevant to "Tammi," audiotape, (no date)
[Box 22, Folder 3] Medical Supply Co., Carl Beal, and staff-conference with Baermann regarding "Tammi," audiotape, (no date)
[Box 22, Folder 4] Medical Supply Co., Carl Beal, and staff-conference with Baermann regarding "Tammi," audiotape, (no date)
[Box 22, Folder 5] Carl Beal, Nov. 30 [no year]; Baermann article, audiotape, (no date)
[Box 22, Folder 6] Bob Spellman-Interview for ID article, audiotape, (no date)
[Box 22, Folder 7] Stanley Furniture-Interview for ID article, audiotape, (no date)
[Box 22, Folder 8] Telcon's U-Sonic Press, audiotape, (no date)
[Box 22, Folder 9] Pat McDonald Telcon; Branson Telcon, audiotape, (no date)
[Box 22, Folder 10] JM and RJC-Branson Electronics, audiotape, (no date)
[Box 22, Folder 11] School of Forestry Lecture, audiotape, (no date)
[Box 22, Folder 12] Baermann Speech - Quail's Roost, audiotape, (Jan 28-30, 1968)
[Box 22, Folder 13-16] Unmarked audiotapes (believed to be blank)
[Box 22, Folder 17] IDSA (Southeast) at Darien, Spring 1968 ((12 color slides))
[Box 22.1] Three reels--one empty, one unmarked, other: 7/868, [Strycer?] presentation
The final series in the collection combines over one hundred items ranging from Baermann's early years as an artist, and later, his career as a product designer. The drawings vary in size and subject, featuring a variety of water colors on fiberboard, pen and ink drawings, blueprints, and pencil sketches. These include female nude models; hands and feet; portraits of men and women; and furniture and home designs. There are a number of blueprints of homes, interiors, and a church. Some art work by others are included in the collection. Many are unidentified and dates are often excluded. Index cards identify each client (by alphabetical order) and furniture pieces are in order by subject.
[Flat Box 23, Folder 1] Chairs - detailed pencil sketches (1-6)
[Flat Box 23, Folder 2] Chairs - rough pencil sketches (1-32)
[Flat Box 23, Folder 3] Tables, luggage and cabinets - rough pencil sketches (1-7)
[Flat Box 23, Folder 4-7] Watercolors on fiberboard - sofas
[Flat Box 23, Folder 8-9] Watercolors on fiberboard - chairs
[Flat Box 23, Folder 10-20] Watercolors on fiberboard - cabinets and tables
[Flat Box 23, Folder 21-22] Watercolors on fiberboard - headboards
[Flat Box 23, Folder 23-27] Watercolors on fiberboard - upholstery and fabric designs
[Flat Box 23, Folder 28] Bedroom interior
[Flat Box 23, Folder 29] Small fiberboard watercolor - chest of drawers
[Flat Box 23, Folder 30-33] Small fiberboard watercolor - chairs
[Flat Box 23, Folder 34-35] Small fiberboard watercolor - drawer pulls
[Flat Box 23, Folder 36-44] Small fiberboard watercolor - tables
[Flat Box 23, Folder 45-52] Pencil sketches - sofas, (1959)
[Flat Box 23, Folder 53-62] Sketches - chairs
[Flat Box 23, Folder 63-67] Pencil sketches - tables, cabinets, desk
[Flat Box 23, Folder 71-74] Pencil sketches - convertible sleeper/couch
[Flat Box 23, Folder 75-78] Exterior of house (1954); trailer plan
[Flat Box 23, Folder 79-82] Cherry-Burrell machinery
[Flat Box 24] Seven pencil sketches of tables
[Flat Box 24] Liberty Magazine-galley proofs, kitchen appliances, (1940)
[Flat Box 24] Color portrait of male
[Flat Box 24] Thirteen sketches (ink/pencil) of male busts, one arm/two feet, (1920s)
[Flat Box 24] Seven sketches-charcoal; pen; ink-male and female portraits, nudes, hands, (1920s)
[Flat Box 24] Nine sketches of male and female portraits, hands, tea cups, (1920-1930s)
[Flat Box 24] Thirteen various sized pen and ink sketches, pencil sketches-includes Valentine sketch
[Flat Box 24] Six sketches of tables, chairs and other furnishings, (1950s)
[Flat Box 24] One group scene-pencil sketch
[Flat Box 24] One portrait of elderly woman wearing glasses-pencil sketch
[Flat Box 24] One sketch-watering can on table "Klassenarbeit", (April 24,1920)
[Flat Box 24] Two sketches--three women (color) and candle holder and book
[Flat Box 24] One female nude
[Flat Box 24] Works by others[?]-Two water colors, two pen and ink sketches
[Flat Box 24] Color sketch of "US Security Award" emblem, (1943)
[Flat Box 24.1] Sixty-five color sketches of furniture, (1960s)
[Flat Box 24.2] Index cards: clients by alphabetical order; furniture pieces arranged by subject
[Folder 1] A1-A7 "A mobile church for the Diocese of Western North Carolina-architect, James R. Washburn
[Folder 1] A8 Hillsboro Residence, Hillsboro Beach, Florida-plumbing plan, (1951)
[Folder 1] A9 Residence for Feichter, exterior
[Folder 1] A10 Kitchen blueprint for Freedlander by Paul Robinson
[Folder 1] A11 Ultrasonic Testing
[Folder 1] A12 Ultrasonic Demonstrator, (1967)
[Folder 1] AB13-22 Pencil sketches of chairs, sofas, tables, (1959)
[Folder 1] AB23-27 Design plans for Oak Park Motor Court Extension, Waynesville, NC (1950s) modernization by Baermann
[Folder 1] AB28 Medical Supply thermometer sterilization package, blueprint, (1964)
[Folder 2] A14 Converta Sofa of Grand Rapids, Michigan, (1960)
[Folder 2] A15-18 Seng Company Revolving Rocker-prints
[Folder 2] A19-26 Pencil sketches of dressers and drawers
[Folder 2] A27-34 Pencil sketches of dressers and drawers
[Folder 3] B1 Picture frame design
[Folder 3] B2 Thermostat vent
[Folder 3] B3 Thermostat vent
[Folder 3] B4 Thermostat vent
[Folder 3] B5-8 Vents
[Folder 3] B9-16 Saginaw Furniture Shops-sketches of cabinets
[Folder 3] B17 Cavalier Corporation-front grille
[Folder 3] B18 Proposed summer residence design for Mr. and Mrs. Horace Cordes
[Folder 3] B19 Product Engineering Company, Georgia- child's padded chaise
[Folder 3] B20 Folding lounge chair
[Folder 3] B21 Folding "Tot" rocker
[Folder 3] B22-23 Rachet
[Folder 3] B24 Plastic arm chaise and chair
[Folder 3] B25 Folding rocker
[Folder 3] B26 Folding chair
[Folder 3] B27 Child's padded arm chair-rocker
[Folder 3] B28 Deluxe folding lounge
[Folder 3] B29-30 Folding "Tot" rocker
[Folder 3] B31 Chair
[Folder 3] B32 Chair arm
[Folder 4] C1-C10 Royal Metal Manufacturing-hospital and institutional furnishings
[Folder 4] C11-26 Various chairs and tables sketches
[Folder 4] C27 Welsh Plywood Corporation-eight color sketches, (1959)
[Folder 4] C28 Residence-exteriors, two sketches, (1955)
[Folder 4] C29 One decorative paper strip, gold/black

Creator

Baermann, Walter Peter, 1903-1972

Quantity

12.0 Linear feet

General Physical Description note

25 boxes, 4 flat files

Location

For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Special Collections Research Center Reference Staff external link.

Language

English

Acquisitions Information

Given by Christine Marting Baermann (Mrs. Walter P. Baermann), July 1997

Processing

Processed by: Nell Medlin; Cilla Golas;machine-readable finding aid created by: Steven Mandeville-Gamble

Scope and Content Note

The Walter Peter Baermann Papers are divided into nine series and, where appropriate, are alphabetically arranged by subject within each series. The first and most extensive series, Baermann Associates is divided into three subseries: Photographs, Firm Records, and Client Files. The Photograph subseries, which has been kept in its original order, deals almost exclusively with Baermann's work as a design engineer and product design professor. The majority of these photographs depict products that Baermann designed during the career extended from 1930-1972. Firm Records, second subseries, contains general information about Baermann's design practice. This series contains news clippings and magazine articles, documenting Baermann's growing reputation, including a small amount of information about Baermann's architectural designs. The third subseries, Client Files, testify to the extent of Baermann's client base as a practicing design engineer. These files are alphabetically arranged, in keeping with Baermann's file arrangement.They contain brochures, correspondence, design notes, and some photographs. The second series, Baermann Biographical Files, contains general biographical information on Baermann, much of it compiled by either Baermann or his wife, Christine M. Baermann, for press releases, entries in Who's Who, or similar publications. This series houses Baermann's lectures and articles, and some photographic portraits of Baermann. The next series, N.C. State - University Program on Science and Society includes the records from Baermann's work, from 1968-71, as a part of this project. This series reflects the broad base of Baermann's interest in education, and his goal of educating the whole person to become a contributing member of society. Overlapping this interest in education is captured in the series that follows: NC State Design School. The files contain course materials, curriculum studies, and other records relating to Baermann's activities as a professor at the N.C. State. The Artifacts series contains three examples of actual products created by Baermann. Audiotapes and Slides, small part of the collection contain taped interviews between Baermann and clients. The last series, Prints, Sketches, Drawings and Blueprints contains pencil sketches, watercolors, charcoal and ink sketches done by Baermann. Although most of the drawings are relating to his design practice, there are a number of sketches from the 1920-30s that show Baermann's varied interests.

Biographical Note

Walter Peter Baermann was born on September 1, 1903 in southwest Germany. He earned an M.A. in architecture (1924), and a M.A. in mechanical engineering (1926), both from the Institute of Technology in Munich. In 1927, Baermann received a Ph.D. from the University of Munich. He moved to the United States in 1929, beginning his career with well-known designers such as Joseph Urban, Norman Bel Geddes, and Henry Dreyfuss. Baermann, by 1931, became the chief designer for Howe and Lescaze, an architectural firm with offices in New York and Philadelphia. During this period he spearheaded the design for the Philadelphia Savings Fund Society Building, one of the prototypes for the modern skyscraper. In 1932, Fortune Magazine listed him among the first twelve successful practitioners of industrial design. One year later, Baermann volunteered as an apprentice in New England industries to familiarize himself with American manufacturing methods, labor conditions, markets, and management methods. In November, 1933, he opened his own industrial design office in Holyoke, Massachusetts. During this time, Baermann began to exhibit his work throughout the region and authored articles in The Architectural Record and The Commonweal.

Combining his interest design and academics, Baermann joined, in 1937, the California Institute of Technology's faculty. He helped organize the Graduate Department of Industrial Design Engineering and was appointed professor and director of the new department. While still in private practice, Baermann lectured widely at universities throughout the United States. Baermann was also a member of the California Division of the President's National Resources Planning Board, and worked as a consultant (labor training specialist) to the War Production Board. In 1941, Baermann continued his academic career as head of the Design Department of Cranbrook Academy in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan; later that year, he became Chief of Graphics in the Office of Civilian Defense in Washington, D.C.

Resuming his design career in 1944, first in New York, then in North Carolina, Baermann formed his design company, Baermann & Associates. In 1964, Henry Kamphoefner recruited Baermann to teach at the School of Design at NC State University in Raleigh, NC. Baermann taught in the School of Design, believing that psychology, sociology, engineering, production technology, ecology, and cultural considerations should all be a part of the curriculum. At NC State, Baermann was an active member of the Educational Policy and Continuing Education Committees of the Faculty Senate, and participated in the University Program on Science and Society, securing a Foundation research grant. From 1969-1972 he worked at the Center for Urban Affairs and Community Services; and until the time of his death at the age of sixty nine in November, 1972, he was involved in a joint project on Engineering and Design with the Engineering School of Duke University and NC State University.

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