Finding aid created by: CMV
Date: Jan 1980
|7 Jul 2008||converted to EAD (MRC)|
Overview of the Collection
|Creator:||Van Rosen, Robert E.|
|Title:||Robert E. Van Rosen Papers|
|Quantity:||6.0 linear ft.|
|Abstract:||Papers of the American industrial designer, author, lecturer; born 1904. Business files including blueprints, correspondence, drawings, patents and product models (1938-1960); photographs; personal files; writings; and published material.|
|Repository:||Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010
Robert E. Van Rosen (1904-1966) was an American industrial designer, stage designer, author, and lecturer. Born in Kiev, Russia, he became a high-ranking officer of the Red Army and, at the same time, a member of the anti-Communist underground. He emigrated from Russia in 1921, came to the United States in 1923, and was granted U.S. citizenship in 1930.
Van Rosen's education consisted of high school, two years of college, and four years of art school. After coming to America, he was employed as an artist, lecturer, author, and designer of both stage scenery and packaging.
Van Rosen was a member of the New York State Guard, the Society of American Military Engineers, the Association of the United States Army, the National Rifle Association, the National Guard Association, and the Veteran's Association of the 102d Combat Engineers. He was listed in both Who's Who in the Midwest and Who's Who in American Art.
The Robert E. Van Rosen Papers consist of business files, personal files, photographs, published material, and writings. Business files contains records of his dealings with various companies and copies of patents for many different ideas, while Personal files contains records of stage productions on which Van Rosen worked, and resumes. Photographs are personal in nature; Published material has items relating to the 1952 Carton Competition and some miscellany. The majority of Writings relates to Van Rosen's 1963 book Comeback (about his recovery from a stroke).
All series are arranged alphabetically. Box 3 contained books; these have been either discarded or assimilated into the general collection and Box 3 no longer exists.
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Van Rosen, Robert E.
Design, Industrial -- United States.
Industrial designers -- United States.
Genres and Forms
Blueprints (reprographic copies)
Preferred citation for this material is as follows:
Robert E. Van Rosen Papers,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
|Box 1||Blueprints 1938-1940|
|Oversize 2||Blueprints and drawings|
|Box 1||Brown and Bigelow packaging 1955-1956|
|Box 1||Calcumatic exposure meter 1951|
|Box 1||Correspondence 1941-1963|
|Box 1||J. Makowsky Corporation 1943-1952|
|Box 1||Package Design Corporation 1956-1957|
|Box 1||Packaging ideas 1939-1956|
|Box 1||Patents 1948-1960|
|Oversize 2||Patents (oversize)|
|Box 1||Product models (13 folders)|
|Box 2||Product models (3 models)|
|Oversize 2||Product models (oversize)|
|Box 2||Research by subscription 1957-1958|
|Box 2||Revlon 1955|
|Box 2||Samplex 1955|
|Box 2||Schering proposals 1956|
|Box 2||U.S. Rubber Company 1956|
|Box 2||Videometric Comparator 1958-1966 (2 folders)|
|Box 2||H.G. Weber and Company 1954-1955|
|Oversize 3||Personal (oversize)|
|Box 4||Carton Competition winners 1952|
|Box 4||Comeback 1963 (2 folders)|
|Box 4||Correspondence pertaining to Comeback 1961-1965|
|Box 4||Problem of panic control in atomic warfare|
|Box 4||Research material for Comeback 1962-1966 (2 folders)|