Walter Peter Baermann Papers 1903-1972

Creator
Baermann, Walter Peter, 1903-1972
Size
12 linear feet
Location

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

Call number
MC 00244

Contains photographs, records of Baermann Associates architectural firm, client files, biographical materials relating to Baermann, files on the N.C. State University Program on Science and Society . The collection also contains artifacts, prints, sketches, drawings, and blueprints.

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.

Biographical/historical 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.

Scope/content

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.

Physical description

25 boxes, 4 flat files

Arrangement

Organized into nine series:

  • Baermann Associates Photographs, 1930s-1972
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  • Baermann Biographical Files, 1945-1972
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  • Baermann Associates Firm Records, 1950-1972
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  • Baermann Associates Client Files, 1940-1972
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  • University Program on Science and Society, 1968-1971
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  • NC State Design School, 1964-1973
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  • Artifacts, 1960s
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  • Audiotapes and Slides, 1968 and undated
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  • Prints, Sketches, Drawings and Blueprints, 1920-1972

Use of these materials

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Walter Peter Baermann Papers, MC 00244, Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, NC

Source of acquisition

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

Processing information

Nell Medlin; Cilla Golas, 1997 October 10

Steven Mandeville-Gamble, 2005 December

Baermann Associates Photographs 1930s-1972

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.

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Baermann Designs - "Historic, " 1920-40s

Images of sofas, chairs, tables, lamps (1920s) appliances, machinery, gas heaters (1938), IBM typewriter, 1945

Flat box 1, Folder 1
Baermann Designs--"Historic, " 1940s

Images of sofas, chairs, tables, appliances, machinery, home furnishings

Flat box 1, Folder 2
Corning Glass Company; Hardwick Stoves 1950s
Flat box 1, Folder 3
Furniture, lamps, luggage, machinery 1950-60s
Flat box 1, Folder 4
Furniture 1950-60s
Flat box 1, Folder 5
Furniture 1950-60s
Flat box 1, Folder 6
Upholstered furniture--sofas, chairs, loveseats 1950s
Flat box 2, Folder 1
Upholstered furniture--sofas, chairs, also tables and stands 1950s
Flat box 2, Folder 2
Tables and bedroom sets, "Cherokee" 1950s
Flat box 3, Folder 1
Tables and stands, "Candlelight" 1950s
Flat box 3, Folder 2
"Candlelight Collection" furniture with press releases and brochures
Flat box 3, Folder 3
Prestige Furniture Collection; Image 1960s
Flat box 3, Folder 4
Furniture and appliances, "Unagusta," 1950-60s
Flat box 3, Folder 5
Furniture--bedroom sets and dinette sets 1950s
Flat box 3, Folder 6
Furniture, appliances, machinery 1940-60s
Flat box 4, Folder 1
Machinery, seating for mass transit, Bore-Matic Co.; factory interior, boats 1940-60s
Flat box 4, Folder 2
Cherry-Burrell tablet press (machine used to make aspirin tablets)
Flat box 4, Folder 3
Upholstered furniture--chairs and sofas, loveseats, "King Size Chair," (1950s; no dates)
Flat box 4, Folder 4
Upholstered furniture--sofas and sectional sofas
Flat box 4, Folder 5
Upholstered furniture--sofas, sectional sofas, and chairs
Flat box 4, Folder 6
Upholstered furniture--sofas and chairs
Flat box 5, Folder 1
Upolstered furniture--sofas, chairs, and sectional sofas
Flat box 5, Folder 2
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
Flat box 5, Folder 3
Products Manufacturers including: Taylor Instruments--barometers and thermometers; Fastex--industrial fasteners; ITT(telecomunications); Kendall; Hawley Products-- luggage; Prestige Furniture Company--"small cut-away"
Flat box 5, Folder 4
Negatives of office furniture and interiors
Flat box 5, Folder 5
Seating
Box 6, Folder 1
Furniture
Box 6, Folder 2
Molded chair
Box 6, Folder 3
Furniture
Box 6, Folder 4
Two unidentified men in outdoor alpine setting ca. 1930s
Box 6, Folder 5
House and car with cacti in foreground ca. 1930s
Box 6, Folder 5
Homes
Box 6, Folder 6
Hardwick Stoves
Box 6, Folder 7
Stoves (negatives)
Box 6, Folder 8
Tables
Box 6, Folder 9
Furniture
Box 6, Folder 10
Saco-Lowell spinning mill
Box 14, Folder 11
Saco-Lowell spinning mill
Box 6, Folder 12
Saco-Lowell spinning mill
Box 6, Folder 13
Portraits of Walter Baermann
Box 6, Folder 14
Portraits of Walter Baermann
Box 6, Folder 15
Portraits of Walter Baermann
Box 6, Folder 16
Portraits of Walter Baermann
Box 6, Folder 17
Portraits of Walter Baermann
Box 6, Folder 18
Bernice Abbott photo of Walter Baermann (negative)
Box 6, Folder 19
Portraits of Walter Baermann
Box 6, Folder 20
Home Modernizing Guide
Box 6, Folder 21
Baermann Associates Office Staff
Box 6, Folder 22
J. Roger Chastain of Baermann Associate
Box 6, Folder 23
Arnold Joslin of Baermann Associates
Box 6, Folder 24
Vincent Foote of Baermann Associates
Box 6, Folder 25
Cherry Burrell machine equipment
Box 11, Folder 26
Cherry-Burrell machine equipment
Box 6, Folder 27
Cherry-Burrell machine equipment
Box 6, Folder 28
Cherry-Burrell machine equipment
Box 6, Folder 29
Cherry-Burrell machine equipment
Box 6, Folder 30
Cherry-Burrell machine equipment
Box 6, Folder 31
Precision Fit (includes negatives)
Box 6, Folder 32
Taylor Instrument Company (prize-winning golden barometer)
Box 15, Folder 33
Taylor Instrument Company
Box 6, Folder 34
Taylor Instrument Company
Box 6, Folder 35
Medical Supply Company
Box 13, Folder 36
Medical Supply Company
Box 6, Folder 37
Medical Supply Company
Box 6, Folder 38
Medical Supply Company
Box 6, Folder 39
Medical Supply Company
Box 6, Folder 40
Medical Supply Company
Box 6, Folder 41
Prestige Furniture Company--chair
Box 6, Folder 42
Prestige Furniture Company--chair construction
Box 6, Folder 43
Prestige Furniture Company--chair construction
Box 6, Folder 44
Baermann Biographical Files 1945-1972

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.

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Articles by Walter P. Baermann, typed and handwritten manuscripts (1960s)
Box 7, Folder 1
Articles by Walter P. Baermann, typed manuscripts (1960s)
Box 7, Folder 2
Biographical file relating to Raleigh, North Carolina
Box 7, Folder 3
Biographical file relating to Waynesville, North Carolina
Box 7, Folder 4
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 5
Excerpts from letters to Rino Petrini (1970)
Box 7, Folder 6
Memoirs, handwritten manuscript (Spring, 1970)
Box 7, Folder 7
News clippings: Cinti. Eng. [sic] (Aug. 1964); News Observer (December, 1969)
Box 7, Folder 8
Photographs-- Portraits of Walter Baermann (1940-60s)
Box 6, Folder 9
Publicity Press Releases (1966-1967)
Box 7, Folder 10
Eight pencil sketches of tables and chairs undated
Box 7, Folder 11
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 12
Writings (October, 1970)
Box 7, Folder 13
Baermann Associates Firm Records 1950-1972

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.

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Brochure, master copy (1968); Brochure, updated (1969) 1968-1969
Box 8, Folder 1
Corporate biography
Box 8, Folder 2
Correspondence - Permission for reference
Box 8, Folder 3
Expansion plan
Box 8, Folder 4
History and function of Baermann Associates
Box 8, Folder 5
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 6
Interview - Nathan Ancell, Baumritter Corporation (ca. 1963)
Box 8, Folder 7
Interview - [no first name] Brunn, Drexel Furniture (no date)
Box 8, Folder 8
Interview - Tom Finch (no date)
Box 8, Folder 9
Interview - Rome Jones (no date)
Box 8, Folder 10
Interview - Bob Spellman (no date)
Box 22, Folder 11
Interview - Stanley Furniture (no date)
Box 22, Folder 12
Interview - Thayer-Coggin (no date)
Box 22, Folder 13
Interview - Ed Thrower (no date)
Box 8, Folder 14
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 15
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 8, Folder 16
Magazine articles, including Family Circle, May 1961; Saturday Review articles on various aspects of science, philosophy, and education, (early 1960s)
Box 9, Folder 1
Paul McCobb, newsletter discussing trends and future of furniture industry (1967)
Box 9, Folder 2
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 3
Newspaper advertisements, primarily from Detroit News and Detroit Free Press (1955)
Box 9, Folder 4
Photographs - Office Staff at Baermann Associates
Box 6, Folder 5
Promotional materials about Baermann Associates
Box 9, Folder 6
Residence - Leo Feichter; 2 photos of house exterior under construction, price quotations; contract
Box 9, Folder 7
Residence - A.L. Freedlander; 2 photos; negatives; specifications; correspondence; survey blueprint (1955)
Box 9, Folder 8
Residence - H.C. Kersten; survey blueprint; invoices; estimates; correspondence (1954)
Box 9, Folder 9
Residence - R.L. Prevost; correspondence; estimates (1955)
Box 9, Folder 10
Residence - A.R. Riegg; design services estimate (1954)
Box 9, Folder 11
Residence - Jonathan H. Winters; estimates; invoices; correspondence; pencil sketches of floor plan (1955-1957)
Box 9, Folder 12
Office Building lease agreement--W.C. Norris Company to Baermann (1958)
Box 9, Folder 13
Baermann Associates Client Files 1940-1972

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.

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Aeroglide (1964-65)
Box 10, Folder 1
Aid Corp.-kitchen accessories (1960)
Box 10, Folder 2
BASF Technical Information (1970)
Box 10, Folder 3
Baumritter Corp.; contains 19 photos (1963-64)
Box 10, Folder 4
Beal, Carl (1967)
Box 10, Folder 5
Berea College (1950-60s)
Box 10, Folder 6
Braille language articles and other information about Mary Duke Biddle Semans Gallery for the Blind
Box 10, Folder 7
Canvas Association in NC and VA; contains photographs (1960s)
Box 10, Folder 8
Carsons Company
Box 10, Folder 9
Cavalier Corp. (1950s)
Box 10, Folder 10
Charlotte, NC Chamber of Commerce, visitor's promotional materials
Box 10, Folder 11
Cherry-Burrell Corp. - Photographs of "Sonifer Power Supply," (1960)
Box 6, Folder 1
Cherry-Burrell Corp. - Baermann designs, drawings, and correspondence
Box 11, Folder 2
Cordes Residence (1950)
Box 11, Folder 3
Corning--Acetonometer, Colorimeter, Blood type meter Alcoholometer; contains 3 photographs (1960)
Box 11, Folder 4
Creslon - Disposable toothbrush (1960s)
Box 11, Folder 5
Creslon - Fasteners (general) (1960s)
Flat box 21, Folder 6
Creslon - Garter fasteners (1960s)
Box 11, Folder 7
Creslon - Hair curlers (1960s)
Flat box 21, Folder 8
Creslon - Paintbrush (1960s)
Box 11, Folder 9
Creslon - Security belt fastener (1960s)
Box 11, Folder 10
Creslon - Screw fastener (1960s)
Box 11, Folder 11
Creslon - Upholstery, cabinet latches, picture hooks, and others (1960s)
Box 11, Folder 12
Crest, Inc. - correspondence; 1 photo; negatives (1960s)
Box 11, Folder 13
Fastex Company-milk dispenser; 3 photos, negatives (1967)
Box 11, Folder 14
General Lighting Co.
Box 11, Folder 15
Hardwick Stove Co.-brochures and correspondence 1;3;6 .2 Hardwick Stove Co.- competitors
Box 12, Folder 1
Hawley Products Co.- brochures and correspondence
Box 12, Folder 3
Hawley Products- 3 photos plus negatives
Box 12, Folder 4
Home Modernizing Guide
Box 6, Folder 5
ITT Telecommunications; 20 photos; 20 sketches; negatives
Box 12, Folder 6
Katherine Rug Mills - includes sketches, correspondence, brochures, news clippings
Box 12, Folder 7
Kendall Co. (Bauer Black Division); includes sketch, negatives
Box 12, Folder 8
Liberty Magazine (Baermann worked on concept for consistent layout and cover style) (1948-1949)
Box 12, Folder 9
Liberty Magazine
Box 12, Folder 10
Liberty Magazine
Box 12, Folder 11
Liberty Magazine
Box 13, Folder 1
Marbon Chemical; catalogs and company information regarding Cycolac, a type of plastic used by Baermann in designing his lightweight chairs (1960s)
Box 13, Folder 2
Marbon Chemical; 11 photos of chair shells; blueprint of Baermann design for air cushion vehicle (1969)
Box 13, Folder 3
Marsh, Owen T.; correspondence regarding milk carton patent; lid catch assembly (1963)
Box 13, Folder 4
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 6, Folder 5
Mersman Tables; 16 pencil drawings (no date)
Box 13, Folder 6
Middletown Manufacturing; includes notes; approximately 30 photos of tilt-swivel device, plus negatives (1964)
Box 13, Folder 7
Milo Baughman royalty contract for Thayer-Coggin Cycolac chairs; company brochures (1960s)
Box 13, Folder 8
Mobile Mission Church; correspondence; 11 photos (1961)
Box 13, Folder 9
Monsanto Chemical (Plastics Division)
Box 13, Folder 10
New Building - Robinson photos of interior and exterior of chair manufacturing plant (1960s?)
Box 13, Folder 11
No-Sag Spring Co.; includes blueprint sketches, correspondence, brochures, notes (1950s)
Box 14, Folder 1
Prestige Furniture Co.; 25 photos of "Image" line of upholstered furniture; press conference (early 1960s)
Box 14, Folder 2
Prestige Furniture Co.; 35 pictures of "Image" line chairs and sofas (early 1960s)
Box 14, Folder 3
Production Engineering Co.; cost analysis, brochure, correspondence (1963)
Box 14, Folder 4
Projection Products Co.
Box 14, Folder 5
Roundwood Corp.
Box 14, Folder 6
Royal Metal Co.
Box 14, Folder 7
Saco-Lowell
Box 6, Folder 8
Saginaw Furniture Shops
Box 14, Folder 9
Schieffelin Sketches; designs for cosmetic packaging (1965)
Box 14, Folder 10
Sears, Roebuck Co.
Box 14, Folder 11
Seng Co.; coils, springs, revolving fixtures
Box 14, Folder 12
Spur Gas Station ideas
Box 14, Folder 13
Stanley Furniture Company
Box 8, Folder 14
Stryker; brochures re medical instruments and equipment (1968)
Box 15, Folder 1
Stryker; notes, correspondence (1968)
Box 15, Folder 2
Sverdrup, Parcel Assoc., Inc. (Transportation Technology Division)
Box 15, Folder 3
Taylor Instrument Co.; includes "golden ceramic barometer" award-winning design (1965-1970)
Box 6, Folder 4
Unagusta; 30 photos of living room and bedroom furniture
Box 15, Folder 5
Unagusta; sketches and correspondence
Box 15, Folder 6
Welsh Plywood Corp.
Box 15, Folder 7
West Virginia Pulp and Paper
Box 15, Folder 8
West Virginia University wood/plastic combination furniture
Box 15, Folder 9
University Program on Science and Society 1968-1971

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.

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Articles by members
Box 16, Folder 1
Biological Research Task Group
Box 16, Folder 2
Conference of Campus Chaplains (February, 1970)
Box 16, Folder 3
Curriculum Changes Grading Survey
Box 16, Folder 4
Cybernetics
Box 16, Folder 5
Conference Meetings
Box 16, Folder 6
Descriptive Statement
Box 16, Folder 7
Duke University Engineering Project
Box 16, Folder 8
Engineering Curriculum (Baermann writings)
Box 16, Folder 9
Engineering Task Group
Box 16, Folder 10
Experimental Study of Religion and Technology
Box 17, Folder 1
Food and Population Problems Task Group
Box 17, Folder 2
Funding requests
Box 17, Folder 3
Goals and evaluations
Box 17, Folder 4
Group leaders
Box 17, Folder 5
Newsletters (1969-1970)
Box 17, Folder 6
NIMH proposal (1971)
Box 17, Folder 7
Research proposal (1968)
Box 17, Folder 8
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 9
Societal engineering; Baermann typed manuscripts: "Engineering and Religion;" "Societal Engineering" (1970)
Box 17, Folder 10
State Planning Task Group
Box 17, Folder 11
Study of education for environmental design
Box 17, Folder 12
Summary of current developments
Box 17, Folder 13
University and World Affairs Task Group
Box 17, Folder 14
Articles by Baermann: class lecture (1971); "Conflict and Creative Confrontation" (1970); "The New University" (1970, no date)
Box 18, Folder 1
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 2
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 3
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 4
Articles on science and technology from Saturday Review (1968-70)
Box 18, Folder 5
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 6
Courses for man-made environment
Box 18, Folder 7
Philosophy of "Vital University Program
Box 18, Folder 8
Reorganization, newsletters, reports
Box 18, Folder 9
Residential college for N.C. State - studies of science, technology and society (1960s)
Box 18, Folder 10
"Vital University" - Science, Technology Society Task Group 1968-1969
Box 18, Folder 11
Articles by members
Box 16, Folder 1
Biological Research Task Group
Box 16, Folder 2
Conference of Campus Chaplains (February, 1970)
Box 16, Folder 3
Curriculum Changes Grading Survey
Box 16, Folder 4
Cybernetics
Box 16, Folder 5
Conference Meetings
Box 16, Folder 6
Descriptive Statement
Box 16, Folder 7
Duke University Engineering Project
Box 16, Folder 8
Engineering Curriculum (Baermann writings)
Box 16, Folder 9
Engineering Task Group
Box 16, Folder 10
Experimental Study of Religion and Technology
Box 17, Folder 1
Food and Population Problems Task Group
Box 17, Folder 2
Funding requests
Box 17, Folder 3
Goals and evaluations
Box 17, Folder 4
Group leaders
Box 17, Folder 5
Newsletters (1969-1970)
Box 17, Folder 6
NIMH proposal (1971)
Box 17, Folder 7
Research proposal (1968)
Box 17, Folder 8
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 9
Societal engineering; Baermann typed manuscripts: "Engineering and Religion;" "Societal Engineering" (1970)
Box 17, Folder 10
State Planning Task Group
Box 17, Folder 11
Study of education for environmental design
Box 17, Folder 12
Summary of current developments
Box 17, Folder 13
University and World Affairs Task Group
Box 17, Folder 14
Articles by Baermann: class lecture (1971); "Conflict and Creative Confrontation" (1970); "The New University" (1970, no date)
Box 18, Folder 1
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 2
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 3
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 4
Articles on science and technology from Saturday Review (1968-70)
Box 18, Folder 5
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 6
Courses for man-made environment
Box 18, Folder 7
Philosophy of "Vital University Program
Box 18, Folder 8
Reorganization, newsletters, reports
Box 18, Folder 9
Residential college for N.C. State - studies of science, technology and society (1960s)
Box 18, Folder 10
"Vital University" - Science, Technology Society Task Group 1968-1969
Box 18, Folder 11
NC State Design School 1964-1973

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.

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Academic Freedom (1968)
Box 19, Folder 1
Appointment promotion regulations policies
Box 19, Folder 2
Articles and Brochures on activities of the Design School (1960-70s)
Box 19, Folder 3
Assumption of professorship by Baermann (1959-64)
Box 19, Folder 4
City/University coordinator (1973)
Box 19, Folder 5
Correspondence; annual reports (1960-70s)
Box 19, Folder 6
Course proposals (1969)
Box 19, Folder 7
Curriculum development (1960s)
Box 19, Folder 8
Cybernetics--includes a special report on automation (1965)
Box 19, Folder 9
Correspondence from other design schools including Stanford University, Cornell University, University of Bridgeport, CT, University of Kansas (1967-68)
Box 19, Folder 10
Educational Policy Committee (1970)
Box 19, Folder 11
Environmental Education (1970)
Box 19, Folder 12
Executive Committee (1969)
Box 19, Folder 13
Graduate program (1969)
Box 20, Folder 1
Housing, Commercial; brochures, notes (1970)
Box 20, Folder 2
Housing, Industrialized (1970)
Box 20, Folder 3
Housing, Low-cost (1970)
Box 20, Folder 4
Housing - resources
Box 20, Folder 5
US Dept of Housing and Urban Development "Breakthrough" Program
Box 20, Folder 6
Lanczos, Cornelius (Hungarian physicist who visited NCSU in 1965)
Box 20, Folder 7
News clippings
Box 20, Folder 8
North Carolina Design Foundation
Box 20, Folder 9
Product Design - courses taught by Baermann
Box 20, Folder 10
Product Design curriculum development
Box 20, Folder 11
Product Design Dept. Head selection (1966)
Box 20, Folder 12
Product Design exhibit (1966)
Box 20, Folder 13
Product Design graduate students
Box 20, Folder 14
Public broadcasting
Box 20, Folder 15
Student awards
Box 20, Folder 16
Student internship
Box 20, Folder 17
Title I Program
Box 20, Folder 19
Urban design
Box 20, Folder 20
Academic Freedom (1968)
Box 19, Folder 1
Appointment promotion regulations policies
Box 19, Folder 2
Articles and Brochures on activities of the Design School (1960-70s)
Box 19, Folder 3
Assumption of professorship by Baermann (1959-64)
Box 19, Folder 4
City/University coordinator (1973)
Box 19, Folder 5
Correspondence; annual reports (1960-70s)
Box 19, Folder 6
Course proposals (1969)
Box 19, Folder 7
Curriculum development (1960s)
Box 19, Folder 8
Cybernetics--includes a special report on automation (1965)
Box 19, Folder 9
Correspondence from other design schools including Stanford University, Cornell University, University of Bridgeport, CT, University of Kansas (1967-68)
Box 19, Folder 10
Educational Policy Committee (1970)
Box 19, Folder 11
Environmental Education (1970)
Box 19, Folder 12
Executive Committee (1969)
Box 19, Folder 13
Graduate program (1969)
Box 20, Folder 1
Housing, Commercial; brochures, notes (1970)
Box 20, Folder 2
Housing, Industrialized (1970)
Box 20, Folder 3
Housing, Low-cost (1970)
Box 20, Folder 4
Housing - resources
Box 20, Folder 5
US Dept of Housing and Urban Development "Breakthrough" Program
Box 20, Folder 6
Lanczos, Cornelius (Hungarian physicist who visited NCSU in 1965)
Box 20, Folder 7
News clippings
Box 20, Folder 8
North Carolina Design Foundation
Box 20, Folder 9
Product Design - courses taught by Baermann
Box 20, Folder 10
Product Design curriculum development
Box 20, Folder 11
Product Design Dept. Head selection (1966)
Box 20, Folder 12
Product Design exhibit (1966)
Box 20, Folder 13
Product Design graduate students
Box 20, Folder 14
Public broadcasting
Box 20, Folder 15
Student awards
Box 20, Folder 16
Student internship
Box 20, Folder 17
Title I Program
Box 20, Folder 19
Urban design
Box 20, Folder 20
Artifacts 1960s

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.

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2 Creslon security belt fasteners
Flat box 21, Folder 1
5 Creslon hair curlers
Flat box 21, Folder 2
Thermometer sleeves
Flat box 21, Folder 3
Audiotapes and Slides 1968; undated

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?].

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Thayer Coggin, Inc.; Meeting with Carl Beal on "Tammi" (resuscitation model) (no date)

audiotape

Box 22, Folder 1
Drexel Furniture Co. Interview for ID article; Telephone conversations relevant to "Tammi," (no date)

audiotape

Box 22, Folder 2
Medical Supply Co., Carl Beal, and staff-conference with Baermann regarding "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
Carl Beal, Nov. 30 [no year]; Baermann article (no date)

audiotape

Box 22, Folder 5
Bob Spellman-Interview for ID article (no date)

audiotape

Box 22, Folder 6
Stanley Furniture-Interview for ID article (no date)

audiotape

Box 22, Folder 7
Telcon's U-Sonic Press (no date)

audiotape

Box 22, Folder 8
Pat McDonald Telcon; Branson Telcon (no date)

audiotape

Box 22, Folder 9
JM and RJC-Branson Electronics (no date)

audiotape

Box 22, Folder 10
School of Forestry Lecture (no date)

audiotape

Box 22, Folder 11
Baermann Speech - Quail's Roost (Jan 28-30, 1968)

audiotape

Box 22, Folder 12
Unmarked audiotapes (believed to be blank)

audiotape

Box 22, Folder 13-16
IDSA (Southeast) at Darien Spring 1968
Box 22, Folder 17
Three reels--one empty, one unmarked, other: 7/868, [Strycer?] presentation
Box 22.1
Thayer Coggin, Inc.; Meeting with Carl Beal on "Tammi" (resuscitation model, audiotape (no date)
Box 22, Folder 1
Drexel Furniture Co. Interview for ID article; Telephone conversations relevant to "Tammi," audiotape (no date)
Box 22, Folder 2
Medical Supply Co., Carl Beal, and staff-conference with Baermann regarding "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
Carl Beal, Nov. 30 [no year]; Baermann article, audiotape (no date)
Box 22, Folder 5
Bob Spellman-Interview for ID article, audiotape (no date)
Box 22, Folder 6
Stanley Furniture-Interview for ID article, audiotape (no date)
Box 22, Folder 7
Telcon's U-Sonic Press, audiotape (no date)
Box 22, Folder 8
Pat McDonald Telcon; Branson Telcon, audiotape (no date)
Box 22, Folder 9
JM and RJC-Branson Electronics, audiotape (no date)
Box 22, Folder 10
School of Forestry Lecture, audiotape (no date)
Box 22, Folder 11
Baermann Speech - Quail's Roost, audiotape (Jan 28-30, 1968)
Box 22, Folder 12
Unmarked audiotapes (believed to be blank)
Box 22, Folder 13-16
IDSA (Southeast) at Darien Spring 1968
Box 22, Folder 17
Three reels--one empty, one unmarked, other: 7/868, [Strycer?] presentation
Box 22.1
Prints, Sketches, Drawings and Blueprints 1920-1972

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.

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Chairs - detailed pencil sketches
Flat box 23, Folder 1
Chairs - rough pencil sketches
Flat box 23, Folder 2
Tables, luggage and cabinets - rough pencil sketches
Flat box 23, Folder 3
Watercolors on fiberboard - sofas
Flat box 23, Folder 4-7
Watercolors on fiberboard - chairs
Flat box 23, Folder 8-9
Watercolors on fiberboard - cabinets and tables
Flat box 23, Folder 10-20
Watercolors on fiberboard - headboards
Flat box 23, Folder 21-22
Watercolors on fiberboard - upholstery and fabric designs
Flat box 23, Folder 23-27
Bedroom interior
Flat box 23, Folder 28
Small fiberboard watercolor - chest of drawers
Flat box 23, Folder 29
Small fiberboard watercolor - chairs
Flat box 23, Folder 30-33
Small fiberboard watercolor - drawer pulls
Flat box 23, Folder 34-35
Small fiberboard watercolor - tables
Flat box 23, Folder 36-44
Pencil sketches - sofas (1959)
Flat box 23, Folder 45-52
Sketches - chairs
Flat box 23, Folder 53-62
Pencil sketches - tables, cabinets, desk
Flat box 23, Folder 63-67
Pencil sketches - convertible sleeper/couch
Flat box 23, Folder 71-74
Exterior of house (1954); trailer plan
Flat box 23, Folder 75-78
Cherry-Burrell machinery
Flat box 23, Folder 79-82
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
Sixty-five color sketches of furniture (1960s)
Flat box 24.1
Index cards: clients by alphabetical order; furniture pieces arranged by subject
Flat box 24.2
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 1
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 2
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 3
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
Folder 4

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