Richard F. Bach Papers, 1915-1962

Richard F. Bach Papers, 1915-1962
1.5 linear feet
(3 boxes)
Materials are arranged in two series. Folders in the General series are arranged alphabetically and contain Bach's reference, research, consulting, and association/committee papers. Folders in the Writings and Presentations series are arranged chronologically.
This small collection of Bach's professional papers contains primarily correspondence and papers related to his consulting work for the American Institute of Interior Designers and his correspondence with UNESCO and other organizations regarding laws against design piracy. The collection also contains correspondence, notes, and clippings concerning his research on industrial design topics, including the value of better design in industry, an ideal industrial design school, and specialized museums serving industries. Also included in the collection are typescripts and published copies of some of Bach's writings and lectures.
Biographical / Historical Note
Born in 1888, Richard F. Bach became known as a supporter of collaboration between museums and the industrial arts and as an advocate for value of aesthetics in industrial production, a concept he termed "Art in Industry." He received his A.B. from Columbia University in 1909, was the Acting Librarian of Avery Library from 1918 to 1920, and held curatorial and education positions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art from 1918 to 1952. During the latter 1940s, Bach corresponded with United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization's copyright division, seeking support and guidance for design copyright legislation in the United States. From 1952 to 1961, he served as an educational advisor to the American Institute of Interior Designers. He was a prolific writer and lecturer, publishing numerous articles about American industrial art and a book entitled Museums and the Industrial World (1926). Bach died in his home in the Bronx in 1968.
This collection is available for use by appointment in the Department of Drawings & Archives, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, Columbia University. For further information and to make an appointment, please call (212) 854-4110 or email
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Cite As
Richard F. Bach Papers. Located in the Dept. of Drawings & Archives, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, Columbia University.
Language Note
Materials are in English, French, and German.
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