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Rolf Harder collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: CSC-0097

Scope and Contents

This collection is still in process. Please contact Cary Graphic Design Archives for more information.


  • Creation: 1960-2008


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to researchers.

Biographical / Historical

Graphic Designer Rolf Harder (1929 – 2013) was born in Hamburg, Germany and worked for German agencies before relocating to Canada. In 1959 he opened his own design office in Montreal, Design Collaborative Montreal Ltd., with Ernst Roch.

In 1969 Graphis wrote the following about their work:

The first discovery made by anyone who undertakes a study of Canadian graphics is that there is no such thing as real Canadian graphic design, even if due consideration is given to the antipodean achievement of the late Carl Dair and the so far uncrowned king of Canadian graphics, Allan Fleming.

This absence of any national individuality in the graphic field is no doubt due to the fact that most designers and art directors are of foreign extraction. Another point that cannot be overlooked is that Canadian advertising graphics — for all their emancipatory aspirations — are strongly influenced by what is being done in the United States. Toronto and Montreal are only a short air ride from New York, and in the continuous exchanges that result it is the Canadians who are mostly at the receiving end. But a palpable contribution also comes from Europe, and particularly from Switzerland.


3 Linear Feet (3 Doc boxes 1 flat box)




The collection contains posters designed by Canadian graphic designer, Rolf Harder.

Physical Location

Graphic Design Archives, Cary Collection Annex

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was donated by Rolf Harder in 2013. Accession number(s): 2013:001

Processing Information

Finding aid encoded by Lisa Witt, October 2015.

Rolf Harder collection
Cary Graphic Design Archives
Lisa Witt
28 October 2015
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Repository Details

Part of the Cary Graphic Arts Collection Repository

Rochester NY 14623 US
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