Lauren McDaniel, MLIS, MA

I study the history of graphic design in the United States, especially early and mid-twentieth-century ephemera, books, and other printed materials. Broader interests also drive my research: modernism, government-issued design, cross-Atlantic influences, printing technology, visual culture, the history of sensory experience, other design and material culture, cultural history generally, and collections curation and management. My advisor is Kasey Grier.

Before coming to Delaware, I earned an MA from the Bard Graduate Center in Decorative Arts, Design History, and Material Culture. My Master's thesis examined the day-to-day operation and avant-garde output of the New York City Poster Division of the WPA Federal Art Project. Prior to the BGC, I earned two degrees from UCLA: an MLIS, with an archival studies specialization, and a combined BA in History/Art History. In addition to my educational background, I have twelve years of work experience with a variety of top public and private collections. After earning my PhD, I plan to continue developing, organizing, and caring for collections, but I also plan to curate exhibitions, write, and teach.

Latest Post

  • FAP LOGO In 1938, the NYC WPA-FAP Poster Division designed and printed a silkscreened 1939 calendar. The cover, designed by Jerome Roth, depicts a stylized American eagle whose tail feathers resemble ...
    Posted Sep 9, 2015, 8:17 AM by Lauren McDaniel
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