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Don E. Harley papers

 Collection
Identifier: N242

Scope and Content Note

This collection is the near-complete body of work from the industrial design firm Don E. Harley and Associates. It contains approximately 7,000 detailed colored presentation drawings, design concepts, and artists’ renditions, notable for their highly skilled draftsmanship. A continuum of the initial presentation drawings, nearly 6,500 production (i.e. mechanical) drawings represent the next stage of the product’s development. An estimated 12,500 slides of the present art-work (as well as slides of art-work which was given away to clients in the due course of business) represent the most complete record of the art-work emanating from Harley and Associates.

Dates

  • 1951-1986

Language of Materials

English

Restrictions on Access

Available for use in the Manuscripts Division reading room. Advance notice is requested.

Restrictions on Use

Please contact staff regarding copyright status of these materials. Researchers may quote from the collection under fair use provisions of the copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code).

Biographical Note

Don E. Harley was born June 19, 1917 in St. Paul, Minnesota. He grew up in Minneapolis, and graduated from Minneapolis Central High School and the University of Minnesota. He was an agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) during World War II, and became the Director of Product Development at Brown & Bigelow in the post-war era.

He founded Don E. Harley & Associates, an industrial design firm, in the 1950s; for the next 30 years, Don and his team of designers and model-makers developed leading products for companies such as Honeywell, 3M, Toro, and Kohler. In the 1970s, he co-founded Designer Selections, a promotional products manufacturing company. In 1991, he was named “Person of the Year” in the promotional products industry in recognition of his many years of innovation and excellence in product development.

Don died May 6, 2010 at the age of 92.

Published in Pioneer Press from May 8 to May 11, 2010.

Extent

200 boxes (250 linear feet)

Abstract

This collection is the near-complete body of work from the industrial design firm Don E. Harley & Associates. It contains approximately 7,000 detailed colored presentation drawings, design concepts, and artists’ renditions, notable for their highly skilled draftsmanship. A continuum of the initial presentation drawings, nearly 6,500 production (i.e. mechanical) drawings represent the next stage of the product’s development. An estimated 12,500 slides of the present art-work (as well as slides of art-work which was given away to clients in the due course of business) represent the most complete record of the art-work emanating from Harley and Associates.

Arrangement

The collection is organized into the following series:
  1. Presentation and Production Drawings
  2. Slides

Physical Location

High Bay

Acquisition

These papers were donated to the Archives by Susan Harley Piper, William B. Harley, and Armilda B. Harley in 2007.

Processing Information

The collection was processed and the finding aid written by Northwest Architectural Archives staff, 2015.
Title
Don E. Harley papers
Author
Don E. Harley & Associates
Date
2015
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
English

Collecting Area Details

Contact The Northwest Architectural Archives Collecting Area

Contact:

612-625-3550