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Collection Manuscript/Mixed Material Charles Eames and Ray Eames papers, Work of Charles and Ray Eames (Library of Congress)

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  • Charles Eames and Ray Eames papers,

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  • Work of Charles and Ray Eames (Library of Congress)


  • Correspondence, writings, lectures, reports, proposals, scripts, notes, research files, minutes, financial records, clippings, printed material including catalogs and brochures, biographical material, layout designs, plans, drawings, photographs, and other papers documenting the design activities and professional associations of Charles and Ray Eames. Relates chiefly to the Eames's designs for chairs and other furniture, exhibit designs, and production of films for the Eames's principal clients, the Herman Miller (firm), International Business Machines Corporation, and the governments of India and the United States. Includes correspondence and other material pertaining to the Eames's collaboration with Elmer Bernstein, I. Bernard Cohen, John Dinkeloo, Owen Gingerich, Edmund Sears Morgan, Philip Morrison, Raymond M. Redheffer, and Kevin Roche. Also includes Kaiser family papers containing material from Ray Eames's years at the Bennett School in Millbrook, N.Y., and her studies with Hans Hofmann. Other correspondents include Bill Ballantine, Elmer Bernstein, R. Buckminster Fuller, Alexander Girard, Dorothy Jeakins, A. Quincy Jones, Lee Krasner, Bill Lacy, George Nelson, Eliot Noyes, Gio Ponti, Kevin Roche, Paul Schrader, Peter Smithson, Saul Steinberg, Harry Weese, and Billy Wilder.


  • Eames, Charles
  • Eames, Ray


  • -  Ballantine, Bill,--1911-1999
  • -  Bernstein, Elmer
  • -  Cohen, I. Bernard,--1914-2003
  • -  Dinkeloo, John G.--(John Gerard),--1918-1981
  • -  Fuller, R. Buckminster--(Richard Buckminster),--1895-1983
  • -  Gingerich, Owen
  • -  Girard, Alexander
  • -  Hofmann, Hans,--1880-1966
  • -  Jeakins, Dorothy
  • -  Jones, A. Quincy--(Archie Quincy),--1913-1979
  • -  Krasner, Lee,--1908-1984
  • -  Lacy, Bill
  • -  Morgan, Edmund S.--(Edmund Sears),--1916-2013
  • -  Morrison, Philip
  • -  Nelson, George,--1908-1986
  • -  Noyes, Eliot
  • -  Ponti, Gio,--1891-1979
  • -  Redheffer, Raymond M
  • -  Roche, Kevin
  • -  Schrader, Paul,--1946
  • -  Smithson, Peter,--1923-2003
  • -  Steinberg, Saul
  • -  Weese, Harry,--1915-1998
  • -  Wilder, Billy,--1906-2002
  • -  Kaiser family
  • -  Bennett School
  • -  Herman Miller, Inc
  • -  International Business Machines Corporation
  • -  Chair design
  • -  Design--India
  • -  Design--United States
  • -  Eames chairs
  • -  Eames furniture
  • -  Exhibitions--Design
  • -  Furniture design
  • -  Motion pictures--Production and direction
  • -  Schools--New York (State)--Millbrook


  • -  Arranged in two parts composed of fourteen series.
  • -  Part I arranged in five series. Series 1: Office File, 1933-1988; Series 2: Research and Production File, 1949-1988; Series 3: Administrative File, 1940-1988; Series 4: Kaiser Family Papers, 1885-1940; and Series 5: Oversize, 1937-1988.
  • -  Part II arranged in eight series. Series 1: Office File, 1928-1989; Series 2: Projects File, 1885-1989; Series 3: Speeches and Writings File, 1943-1983; Series 4: Administrative File, 1905-1989; Series 5: Packets, 1944-1988; Series 6: Subject File, 1870s-1988; Series 7: Family Papers, 1850-1988; Addendum, 1955-1988; and Series 8: Oversize, 1915-1988.
  • -  Gift, Ray Eames (includes transfers from Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division), 1988-2013.
  • -  Some photographs and drawings transferred to Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.
  • -  Sound recordings transferred to Library of Congress Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division.
  • -  Two musical scores transferred to Library of Congress Music Division.
  • -  Charles Eames (1907-1978), architect and designer, and his wife Ray Eames (1912-1988), artist and designer. Ray Eames was born Bernice Alexandra Kaiser.
  • -  Collection material in English.
  • -  Finding aid available in the Library of Congress Manuscript Reading Room and at
  • -  Forms part of: The Work of Charles and Ray Eames (Library of Congress).


  • 265,000 items.
  • 677 containers plus 77 oversize.
  • 370 linear feet.


  • Library of Congress Manuscript Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA dcu

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  • mm94083006

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