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Digitizing the work of a Parsons The New School for Design alumnus

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Lyman Martin began working for Thedlow, the interior design firm, shortly after graduating from Parsons in 1939.  With the exception of time spent serving in World War II, Martin remained at Thedlow for the whole of his 40-year career, designing rugs, painting murals, and creating interiors and watercolor renderings until he was appointed president of the firm in 1969.

A collection of Martin’s work is housed in the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Design Archives at Parsons The New School for Design, which recently sent one of his sketchbooks, among other items, to CCAHA.  The Kellen Design Archives serves to document the history of Parsons and its graduates; it is open to faculty, students, and alumni, as well as to scholars interested in connections between Parsons and larger cultural trends.

Unfortunately, constant use of the original Martin sketchbook endangers its long-term preservation.  After the sketchbook received conservation treatment, Michelle Dauberman, Manager of Digital Documentation, scanned each page spread.  Using these scans, she will provide the Kellen Design Archives with high-quality, color image electronic files.  These digital images -- like those pictured above -- will be more readily available to faculty, students, and alumni and serve as a preservation measure by reducing unnecessary handling of the original sketchbook.