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John Russo graphic design work

Identifier: KA-0070


John Russo (1920-2012) graduated from Parsons School of Design in 1942 and taught at the school from 1946 to 1985. The collection includes printed examples of Russo's whimsical graphics, including fliers, invitations, and posters.


  • 1955 - 1983



0.1 Cubic Feet (3 folders)

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Scope and Contents of Collection

The collection includes invitations, postcards, posters, and other printed materials designed by Parsons faculty member John Russo. Many of the materials advertise events such as dances and Mardi Gras balls sponsored by the administration of Parsons School of Design, including the Alumni Association. The collection also includes posters featuring graduating classes of graphic design students fancifully rendered as birds and flowers, as well as holiday-themed posters with student names incorporated into the design.

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research use. Please contact for appointment.

Use Restrictions

To publish images of material from this collection, permission must be obtained in writing from the New School Archives. Please contact:

Biographical note

John J. Russo (1920-2012) graduated from Parsons School of Design in 1942 and was a faculty member of the Communication Design Department beginning in 1946 when it was called Advertising Design. When Illustration became a separate department in the early 1950s, he also taught in the Illustration Department. Russo became chair of the Communication Design Department -- then called Graphic Design (it would be named Communication Design in 1972) -- during the 1970-1971 academic year and retired in 1985.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by John Russo, 1999.

Related Materials

Samples of John Russo's illustration work may also be found in the New School Archives' Parsons School of Design poster collection (pre-2007) (PC.05.07.01), Parsons marketing and promotional materials record group (PC.05.03.01), and the Parsons School of Design Alumni Association records (PC.03.02.01).

Guide to the John Russo graphic design work
New School Archives and Special Collection Collections Staff
September 24, 2010
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