Guide to the E. J. Poulsen Drawings 1959-1964
PC 130

Summary Information

Repository
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Creator
Poulsen, E. J. (Edward J.)
Title
E. J. Poulsen Drawings
ID
PC 130
Date [inclusive]
1959-1964
Extent
50.0 pages
Language
English
Abstract
In 1946, Edward J. Poulsen came to Washington State College as a teacher and graphic artist. When the school changed its name to Washington State University in 1959, Poulsen designed their new seal, diploma, and letterheads, and supervised the casting of the Distinguished Alumnus Award medallion. The collection consists of drawings, mock-ups, and other items primarily relating to the creation of the new seal for Washington State University after it changed its name from Washington State College (or the State College of Washington) in 1959.

Preferred Citation note

[Item Description] E.J. Poulsen Drawings, 1959-1964 (PC 130)

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.

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Biographical/Historical note

Edward J. Poulsen was born in Chicago, IL, in 1910, and earned his Master of Fine Arts at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. In 1946, he came to Washington State College as a teacher and graphic artist. When the school changed its name to Washington State University in 1959, Poulsen designed their new seal, diploma, and letterheads, and supervised the casting of the Distinguished Alumnus Award medallion. He headed the Graphic Productions Service at the University's Holland Library. Poulsen passed away in 1989.

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Scope and Contents note

The collection consists of drawings, mock-ups, and other items primarily relating to the creation of the new seal for Washington State University after it changed its name from Washington State College (or the State College of Washington) in 1959. Also included is some biographical and other information regarding E.J. Poulsen, and a small amount of art and production pieces for other Washington Stater University works that he designed for.

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Arrangement note

The organization of this small collection is primarily derived from format/size issues, with smaller items before (on top of) larger items. However, the final six items are those relating to WSU's seal design.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries © 2016

http://www.libraries.wsu.edu/masc
Terrell Library
P.O. Box 645610
Pullman, WA, 99164-5610
509-335-6691
mascref@wsu.edu

Conditions Governing Access note

This collection is open and available for research use.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

This collection was received at WSU Libraries' Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections in 1998 (MS1998-39) from E.J. Poulsen's widow, Antoinette Poulsen.

Processing Information note

This collection was processed in August of 2010 by University Archivist Mark O'English.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • State College of Washington
  • Washington State University

Personal Name(s)

  • Poulsen, E. J. (Edward J.) -- Archives

Subject(s)

  • Advertising and Marketing
  • Colleges and Universities
  • Washington (State)

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Collection Inventory

Folder

Regents Distinguished Alumnus Award. Bronze medallion, approx. 2½" diameter. (1 item) 

1

State College of Washington blank diploma, 1959 (1 item) 

2

Washington State University model diploma (1 mounted diploma with two additional unmounted ones, all in name of John Doe), 1960 (3 items) 

3

Templates and art for WSU publications: letterheads, AV symbol, Review lettering and covers. 1960-1964 (12 pages) 

4

Biographical information, show information (3), photographs (2) (9 pages) 

5

Embossed WSU seal (3 items) 

6

Drawing of George Washington for WSU seal, 1959 (3 items) 

7

Drawing for line cuts of seal, 1959 (3 items) 

8

George Washington silhouette for seal, 1959 (1 item) 

9

Completed paste-up of seal, 1959 (1 item) 

10

Negative and positive prints on Estar base (Mylar) film, 1959 (4 items) 

11