• IdentificationPUBLIC "-//The Art Institute of Chicago::Ryerson and Burnham Archives//TEXT(US::ICA::1997.2::RICHARD TEN EYCK (b.1920) PAPERS, 1940s-1990s)//EN" "ica199702.xml"
  • TitleTen Eyck, Richard, (b.1920) Papers, 1940s-1990s
  • PublisherRyerson and Burnham Archives, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries, The Art Institute of Chicago,
  • Language
    • English
    • English.
  • Date1940s-1990s
  • Physical Description
    • 9 linear feet (26 boxes), 2 portfolios, 20 oversize portfolios and flatfile materials
    • Black and white photographic prints, color photographic prints, black and white negatives, color negatives, color slides, printed papers, holograph papers, typescript papers, open-reel analog audio tapes, compact discs and realia.
  • RepositoryRyerson and Burnham Archives, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries, The Art Institute of Chicago 111 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60603-6110 (312) 443-7292 rbarchives@artic.edu http://www.artic.edu/aic/libraries/rbarchives/rbarchives.html
  • AbstractThis collection documents the career of industrial designer Richard Ten Eyck and the work of his firm, Richard Ten Eyck Associates, which operated in Wichita, Kansas, from 1948 to 1992.
  • OriginationTen Eyck, Richard (b.1920)
  • LocationThe collection is housed in the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries' on-site stacks.

Richard Ten Eyck was born in Marseilles, Illinois, in 1920. He enrolled at the University of Illinois in 1938 to study drawing and industrial design, but left in 1940, a year and a half short of completing his degree. At the close of World War II, Ten Eyck moved to Wichita, Kansas, to work for Beech Aircraft Company on designs for an experimental automobile and what was to become the famed Bonanza airplane. In 1946, he began working for the Barber-Greene Company in Aurora, Illinois, designing heavy construction equipment.

Ten Eyck opened his own industrial design firm Richard Ten Eyck Associates (RTA) in Wichita in 1948, serving manufacturing companies throughout North America. Among his most significant clients was the Cessna Aircraft Company, for whom Ten Eyck was chief consulting industrial designer from the 1950s through the 1980s, responsible for proposing interior and exterior styling, paint schemes, and graphic identities for all single-engine planes and for the later generation of jet planes, including the Citation II and III. From the 1960s through the 1980s, Ten Eyck was also chief consulting designer for the Bell Helicopter Company and was closely involved in the design and promotion of Bell-Boeing's military helicopters and the Tilt-Rotor/V22 Osprey.

In addition to aviation designs, Ten Eyck maintained long-standing contracts to design farm implement and construction equipment for such national firms as Allis-Chalmers, Barber-Greene Company, and Hesston Corporation. RTA's avant-garde cab styling created recognizable brand identities for these companies. Ten Eyck also designed many small-scale household products, including kitchenware for Rival Manufacturing, lanterns and heating equipment for Coleman Company, and innovative tools for S/V Tools.

Among Ten Eyck's most recognizable designs was his early work for the O.A. Sutton Company, which commissioned him to re-design a fan that incorporated air circulation technology developed for aircraft jet engines. That fan, the Vornado 12-D, appeared on the market in the late 1940s and became one of the most enduring designs of the 1940s and 1950s. Shortly before his retirement in 1992, Ten Eyck was asked to design a new line of fans that would introduce Vornado to a younger generation of consumers. Ten Eyck's new design for Vornado air circulators has again found critical and commercial success.

The items in this collection span Ten Eyck's entire forty-year career, including early work done before establishing his own firm. It includes photographs, slides, letters, design notes and product brochures for many of the designs Richard Ten Eyck Associates developed.

SERIES I: PHOTOGRAPHS. Photographs are arranged alphabetically by client name, then chronologically. Undated materials appear alphabetically following dated material under each company name. Unidentified and miscellaneous materials, RTA office projects, images of RTA's buildings, and portraits of office personnel are listed at the end of appear at the end of the series.

SERIES II: SLIDES. Slides are arranged alphabetically by client name and chronologically by project. Undated materials appear alphabetically following dated material under each company name. Unidentified and miscellaneous materials, along with office projects, appear at the end of the series.

SERIES III: PROJECT AND BUSINESS PAPERS. This series includes correspondence, design notes, and company product brochures, arranged alphabetically by client name and chronologically by project. Undated materials appear alphabetically following dated material under each company. Unidentified and miscellaneous materials along with office projects and general Richard Ten Eyck Associates business papers appear at the end of the series.

SERIES IV: SAMPLES. This series includes fabric and vinyl samples and boat color schemes for MonArk Boats. Unidentified items are listed at the end of the series.

SERIES V: NEGATIVES. Series is restricted. Prints are available in Series I. Negatives are arranged alphabetically by client name and chronologically by project. Undated materials appear alphabetically following dated materials. Unidentified and miscellaneous materials along with office projects appear at the end of the series.

SERIES VI: PRESENTATION MATERIALS. This series includes materials, including product collages, that Richard Ten Eyck Associates used in presenting ideas to both new and continuing clients. This series is arranged alphabetically by client name and chronologically by project. Unidentified and miscellaneous materials appear at the end of the series.

SERIES VII: AUDIO MATERIALS. Analog reel tape and surrogate compact disc user copy of a discussion presumably between Ten Eyck and an employee of the Barber-Greene Company regarding the design of an unidentified batch control device.

  • Names
    • Ten Eyck, Richard, 1920--Archives
    • Richard Ten Eyck Associates--Archives
  • Subject
    • Industrial designers--United States--Archives
    • Design, Industrial--United States--History--Sources
    • Airplanes--Design and construction--History--Sources

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Portions of this collection are restricted from patron use; wherever possible, surrogates items are provided for patron use, as indicated in the series inventories. The remainder of the collection may be used by qualified readers in the Reading Room of the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries at The Art Institute of Chicago. Collections maintained on-site are available for patron use without prior arrangement or appointment. Collections maintained in off-site storage will be retrieved with advance notification; please consult the Archivist for the current retrieval schedule. For further information, consult http://www.artic.edu/aic/libraries/rbarchives/rbarchaccess.html

The Art Institute of Chicago is providing access to the materials in the Libraries' collections solely for noncommercial educational and research purposes. The unauthorized use, including, but not limited to, publication of the materials without the prior written permission of the Art Institute is strictly prohibited. All inquiries regarding permission to publish should be submitted in writing to the Archivist, Ryerson and Burnham Archives, The Art Institute of Chicago. In addition to permission from the Art Institute, permission of the copyright owner (if not the Art Institute) and/or any holder of other rights (such as publicity and/or privacy rights) may also be required for reproduction, publication, distribution, and other uses. Responsibility for making an independent legal assessment of any item and securing any necessary permissions rests with the persons desiring to publish the item. The Art Institute makes no warranties as to the accuracy of the materials or their fitness for a particular purpose.

Richard Ten Eyck Papers, Ryerson and Burnham Archives, The Art Institute of Chicago.

This collection was a gift from Richard Ten Eyck to the Department of Architecture at The Art Institute of Chicago in 1999.

This collection was processed by Amy Bissonette in 2001-2003; this finding aid was created by Amy Bissonette in 2003 and updated in 2009 by Danielle Kramer and Leah Hansen.

This collection was transferred to the Ryerson and Burnham Archives from the Department of Architecture at The Art Institute of Chicago in 2000.

Some items have existing AIC copy negatives, as indicated in the finding aid.

New materials may be added to this collection on an irregular basis.