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Burton Schuman student work

Identifier: KA-0078-01


Completed by Burton Schuman while a student at Parsons School of Design in 1947-1948 for an advertising design class taught by Betty Carter, the collection includes sketches, illustrations and advertising designs.


  • 1947 - 1948


Access Restrictions

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

Use Restrictions

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Biographical note

Burton Schuman attended Parsons School of Design, graduating in 1948 with a certificate in Advertising Design. After graduating, Schuman worked as a commercial artist for Vita Food Products, New York, and became a painter and photographer. His paintings of wildlife were later published commercially in nature magazines.

Source: Parsons School of Design Alumni Association records (PIC.03.002.1).


0.2 Cubic Feet (1 binder, 1 folder)

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Scope and Contents of Collection

The collection consists of Burton Schuman's class assignments for a third-year advertising design course at Parsons School of Design taught by faculty member Betty M. Carter between September 1947 and January 1948. Visiting critic William A. Adriance, art director for Brooke, Smith, French & Dorrance, Inc., also provided instruction.

A notebook consists of sequentially-numbered design problem instructions and completed assignments executed in ink, pencil, tempera, and watercolors. Problems range from rendering shells, interiors, and still lifes to advertising campaigns for Bayer Aspirin and Trans-World Airlines (TWA). A separate folder houses oversized assignments, consisting of design problems 1 (leaves) and 7 (pencil drawing advertising air travel to Switzerland).

Other Finding Aids

For selected item-level description and images from the Burton Schuman student work, see The New School Archives Digital Collections at

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Burton Schuman, 1999.

External Support

The processing of this collection was supported in part by a grant from the J. Paul Getty Trust.
Guide to the Burton Schuman student work
Anne Kumer
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Revision Statements

  • August 12, 2010: Updated by Bernadette Vitale.