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Albert Schiller type pictures

Identifier: KA-0060


Typographer Albert Schiller (1898-1970) created artworks using pre-cast metal type elements. The collection is comprised of 35 type pictures and printing samples featured in a 1976 exhibition at Parsons School of Design.


  • 1927 - 1964



3.1 Cubic Feet (2 oversize boxes)

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Scope and Contents of Collection

The collection represents a sample of typographer Albert Schiller's "type pictures" and graphic design samples produced by Advertising Agencies' Service Company, Inc. Included are 16 type pictures, two imaginary newspapers, a poster for a 1948 exhibition at Long Island University, a clipping from the New York Post graphically depicting how Schiller created the type pictures, and sample bookmarks, business cards, and greeting cards.

These items were featured in a posthumous 1976 exhibition held in the library of Parsons School of Design. All items in the collection are glued to mats with some mats containing multiple items.

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:

Organization and Arrangement

Matboards are arranged in chronological order by the items adhered to them. When more than one item appears on a board, the earliest date is used.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Documentation indicates that materials were donated to Parsons School of Design in 1976 prior to the establishment of an archives unit at the university and in 2005.

Related Materials

The Los Angeles Public Library and the Rochester Institute of Technology hold related collections of Albert Schiller's work. A reference file on Albert Schiller is available in the New School Archives' Designer files collection (PC.08.04.01).

Guide to the Albert Schiller type pictures
New School Archives and Special Collections Staff
January 13, 2011
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Revision Statements

  • November 1, 2017: New School Archives Staff updated extent and box and folder numbers in collection inventory to reflect re-housing actions.