Ashford, Jr., Calvin design papers, 1977-2008
- Calvin Ashford Jr. design papers MSAshf09
- Ashford, Jr., Calvin design papers
- PublisherSpecial Collections
- RepositorySpecial Collections
- Physical Description1.5 linear feet
- AbstractCalvin Ashford was an African American designer whose company Gilmore-Ashford-Powers Designs was located in Chicago. His collection consists of awards, news clippings, articles and photographs of interior design samples designed by Calvin Ashford.
- OriginationAshford, Calvin, Jr., 1935-2008
Calvin Ashford design papers, Special Collections and University Archives, University of Illinois at Chicago
Calvin Ashford, PhD., was born in 1935 in Fairfield, South Carolina. His family moved to Willow Run, Michigan where he grew up. After graduating from high school, Ashford moved to New York City and enrolled in Columbia University to study interior design. Ashford graduated from Columbia University with a degree in interior design at the age of 18. Finding it difficult to secure a job in interior design, Ashford returned to the University of Illinois at Chicago Medical where he earned a doctorate in Microbiology. After assisting one of his professors with some interior design work, Ashford decided to return to his first love interior design. He opened Gilmore-Ashford-Powers Designs in Chicago's Lake Point Tower, where he was the principal designer and the design director until his death in 2008. Ashford won many awards for his interior design work. He was passionate about the profession and his clientele included celebrities like his brother Nick Ashford (Ashford and Simpson), Maya Angelou, Whitney Houston, and Sammy Sosa. Ashford was also committed to assisting African American designers to further the profession. He founded the Black Interior Designers Association and was active in the Organization of Black Designers.
This collection consists of awards, news clippings, articles and photographs of interior design samples designed by Calvin Ashford.
- Ashford, Calvin, Jr., 1935-2008 -- Archives
- Moore, Keith
- Chicago African American History.
- Chicago Design History.