Louis Danziger papers
Scope and Contents
Louis Danziger (1923-) studied at the Federal Art Project classes in New York from 1938 to 1941 and then served in the US Army through 1945. Following his military service, he studied with Alvin Lustig and Alexey Brodovitch. In 1949, Danziger established an independent freelance graphic design business in Los Angeles. He enjoyed success through his long-time associations with such prominent companies as the Container Corporation of America, The Dreyfus Company, Gelvatex, Vivitar, Clinton Laboratories, Atlantic Richfield Company and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, among others. The collection contains representative work from 1949 to 1989 and was donated in 1995 by Mr. Danziger.
- Creation: circa 1949 - 1989
- Louis Danziger (Designer, Person)
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is open to researchers.
Biographical / Historical
American graphic designer, born and educated in New York City. Danziger studied at the Federal Art Project classes, NY 1938-41 and served in the US Army through 1945. Following his military service, he studied graphics under Alvin Lustig (Art Center School of Design, LA 1947-48) and magazine design under Alexey Brodovitch (New School for Social Research, NY 1948.) In the same year, he collaborated with Brodovitch in designing layouts for Esquire magazine.
In 1949, Danziger established an independent freelance graphic design business in Los Angeles. He enjoyed commercial success maintaining long-term contracts with: Container Corporation of America, The Dreyfus Company, Gelvatex, Vivitar, Clinton Laboratories, Atlantic Richfield Company and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, among others.
Danziger credits Lustig, Brodovitch and the German journal of the 1920-30's, Gebrauchsgraphik as his formative influences. His work is best known for its characteristic elegance, a term he defined as: "the accomplishment of a great deal with a minimum of means." Throughout his career he preferred to do fewer projects and retain control over production of each piece. With few exceptions, his work incorporates his own photography.
Danziger taught at the Los Angeles Art Institute, 1963-72 and at California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, where he served as Director of Graphic Design, 1972-88.
8.25 Linear Feet (8 manuscript boxes, 1 small box, 3 oversize boxes, 1/2 map drawer)
The Louis Danziger Collection at RIT consists of representative examples of his commericial works from 1949 -1989, including proofs, tear-sheets, posters, exhibition catalogs and various other printed materials. A limited number of bibliographic and biographical documents are also included in the collection.
Collection is arranged in four series: Series I. Danziger Archives Data; Series 2. Bibliographic Files; Series 3. Biographic Files and Series 4. Client Files.
Other Finding Aids
In addition to this finding aid, an inventory is available below. For more information, please contact the Cary Graphic Arts Collection.
Louis Danziger papers
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Louis Danziger papers were given to RIT in 1995.
Client Files: A-B
Box 2: Client Files: C-General Lighting
Box 3: Client Files: Glenn - L.A. County Museum
Box 4: Client Files: L.A. County Museum of Art (LACMA)
Box 5: Client Files: L.A. County Museum of Art (LACMA) - P
Box 6: Client Files: S - Z
Box 7: Client Files: Clinton Labs. packaging
Box 8: Clinton Labs. packaging
Box 9: Client Files: Oversize Pacific Furniture
Box 10: Client Files: Oversize A - G
Box 11: Client Files: Oversize I - Z
Box 12: Client Files: Posters Hebrew Union College LACMA
Collection processed by Carole Ann Fabian, May 1998.
Finding aid encoded by Kari Horowicz, May 2012.
- Louis Danziger papers
- Cary Graphic Design Archives
- Under Revision
- Kari Horowicz
- 23 May 2012
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