IDSA Historical Archives

As of one of the world’s oldest and largest industrial design associations, IDSA has amassed an extensive collection of printed, pictorial, audiovisual, and digital materials. IDSA is grateful to the following institutions for helping to preserve the rich history of our Society, dating back to IDSA’s formation in the mid-20th century. 




Syracuse University Library


IDSA partners with the Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) at Syracuse University Libraries to house the historical archives from the organization's early years. The archives include administrative papers from several earlier organizations, including the American Society of Industrial Designers and the Industrial Designers' Institute, which merged to form the Industrial Designers Society of America in 1965; bound materials, including minutes and scrapbooks; audio-visual materials, including slides, films, and tapes; printed materials and memorabilia.

The SCRC's mission is to collect, preserve, and provide access to materials that document the history of Syracuse University and our global society, including rare printed materials, original manuscripts, photographs, artworks, audio and moving image recordings, University records, and more.

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Hagley Museum & Library


IDSA partners with the Hagley Museum and Library through its Hagley Heritage Curators program, which allows corporations to preserve their company archives in a world-renowned library. IDSA's collection comprises newsletters, member directories, Board minutes, annual reports, and submission files for winners of the IDEA and Designs of the Decade Awards, including product descriptions and anonymous judge reports. The collection is richest from the 1980s to today.

Hagley Museum and Library is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization affiliated with the Smithsonian Institution and a member of the Independent Research Libraries Association (IRLA). Hagley houses the historical records of several thousand business organizations, trade associations, business leaders, and government entities, translating to holdings in excess of 42,000 linear feet (approx. eight miles) of business records and manuscripts, more than 300,000 rare books and published sources, and over 3 million pictorial, audiovisual, and digital artifacts.

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