A Guide to the Martha J. Crawford Design Papers, 1961-1974 Crawford, Martha J. Design Papers Ms1994-016

A Guide to the Martha J. Crawford Design Papers, 1961-1974

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Special Collections
Collection Number Ms1994-016


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Repository
Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va.
Collection Number
Ms1994-016
Title
The Martha J. Crawford Design Papers 1961-1974
Physical Characteristics
12 folders; 1 box, 3.73 cu. ft
Language
English
Abstract
Crawford was an architectural interior designer of Waukesha, Wisconsin; first woman member of the New York Metropolitan Chapter of the Construction Specifications Institute. Collection consists of a portfolio of biographical and career information, including lists of projects and exhibitions, and articles about her work; two scrapbooks (1961-1974) of photographs, clippings, and lists of accomplishments; and drawings, artwork, and posters by Crawford.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open to research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from the Martha Crawford Design Papers must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: The Martha Crawford Design Papers Ms1994-016 - Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Acquisition Information

The Martha Crawford Design Papers were donated to Special Collections in 1994.


Biographical Information

Martha J. Crawford, 1925-1994, was an architectural interior designer of Waukesha, Wisconsin. She attended Vassar College (1943-1945), graduated from Parsons School of Design with an interior design degree (1948), and was an alumna of the Columbia School of Architecture (1953).

For 10 years Crawford worked in New York City with firms such as Eleanor Lemaire and Associates, Amos Parrish & Company, Beeston and Patterson, and Welton Becket and Associates holding titles including Assistant Interior Designer, Head of Color and Décor Department, Contract Interior Designer, and Construction Coordinator. In 1958, Crawford opened her own firm Martha Crawford and Associates specializing in the design of commercial interiors. Following 1966, she was a contract interior designer in Florida, Virginia, Washington, D.C, and Wisconsin. Her long and active career included design projects for many major American department stores: Neiman Marcus; B. Altman & Company; Macy's; Bamberger's; Kresge; and Heironimus in Roanoke, Virginia. In 1975, Crawford retired to Waukesha, Wisconsin.

She designed numerous residential interiors as well as interiors for offices, showrooms, restaurants, hotels, banks, schools, and hospitals. In addition, Martha Crawford was a writer, studied poetry, and completed at least two novels. She was also an artist and among her papers are numerous watercolors and pastels.

Scope and Content

The collection contains two scrapbooks (1961-1974)of photographs, clippings, and lists of accomplishments; a portfolio of biographical and career information; 12 folders containing watercolors, pastels, posters, diazo prints, and sketches produced by Crawford. The artwork features landscapes, portraits, watercolor studies, abstracts, furniture, room interiors, and utilitarian items (bowls, cups, coffee press). The artwork is undated.

Contents List

Box-Folder 1
2 scrapbooks (1961-1974); portfolio of biographical and career information
Folder 1
11 watercolor paintings and sketches
Folder 2
14 watercolor paintings
Folder 3
13 watercolors paintings
Folder 4
3 pastel drawings, 8 watercolor paintings
Folder 5
5 pastel drawings, 2 posters, 1 blank canvas
Folder 6
8 pastel drawings
Folder 7
6 sketches, 2 color schedules, blank sketchpad
Folder 8
2 diazo prints
Folder 9
5 pastel drawings, 2 sketches, small exhibition posters
Folder 10
10 watercolor paintings and sketches
Folder 11
13 watercolor paintings
Folder 12
11 watercolor paintings