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Edison Price Papers

 Collection
Call Number: MS 2015

Scope and Contents

The collection is comprised of business and design records generated by the two lighting design, manufacturing, and consulting companies founded by Edison Price in New York, New York: Edison Price, Inc. (founded in 1952) and Nulux, Inc. (founded in 1990). Papers include both project and product records, as well as research files, patent documents, and general documentation about the firms. Project records consist of drawings, correspondence, and notes relating to lighting designs, including such projects as the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University, the Whitney Museum of Art, the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, and the J. Paul Getty Center in Los Angeles. Product records consist of drawings, photometric reports, and other information for a range of fixtures designed and manufactured by Edison Price, Inc. and Nulux, Inc.

Dates

  • 1937-1999 (bulk 1954-1999)

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by Edison Price has been transferred to Yale University. These materials may be used for non-commercial purposes without seeking permission from Yale University as the copyright holder. For other uses of these materials, please contact mssa.assist@yale.edu.

Copyright status for other collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Copies of commercially produced audiovisual materials contained in this collection cannot be made for researcher use outside of the repository.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Delia Price, 2014 and 2018.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged in seven series: I. General Company Information, 1952-1999. II. Research Files and Notes, 1940-1999. III. Patents, 1950-1997. IV. Project Files, 1956-1998. V. Fixtures and Products, 1965-1999. VI. Slides, Negatives, and Photographs, 1953-1996. VII. Personal Papers, 1910-1986.

Extent

29.33 Linear Feet (44 boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

Persistent URL

https://hdl.handle.net/10079/fa/mssa.ms.2015

Overview

The collection is comprised of business and design records generated by the two lighting design, manufacturing, and consulting companies founded by Edison Price in New York, New York: Edison Price, Inc. (founded in 1952) and Nulux, Inc. (founded in 1990). Papers include both project and product records, as well as research files, patent documents, and general documentation about the firms. Project records consist of drawings, correspondence, and notes relating to lighting designs, including such projects as the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University, the Whitney Museum of Art, the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, and the J. Paul Getty Center in Los Angeles. Product records consist of drawings, photometric reports, and other information for a range of fixtures designed and manufactured by Edison Price, Inc. and Nulux, Inc.

Biographical / Historical

Named after the famed inventor, Thomas Alva Edison, Edison Avery Price (1918-1997) entered the field of lighting design through employment at Display Stage Lighting, Inc., a company founded by his father, William E. Price, in New York City in 1917. The younger Price worked at Display Stage Lighting, which specialized in theatrical lighting, from 1935 to 1946, and from 1946 to 1949 undertook the roles of Treasurer and Vice President in charge of design, development, and production at successor firm Display Lighting, Inc. Upon leaving the family business in 1949, Price operated as a self-employed lighting consultant. In 1952 he founded Edison Price, Inc., which grew from a small architectural lighting company based in a Manhattan loft to a design, manufacturing, and consulting firm whose roster of clients included Louis Kahn, Marcel Breuer, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Philip Johnson, I.M. Pei, Edward Larrabee Barnes, and Skidmore, Owings, & Merrill. Price provided services and fixtures for such renowned projects as Pei's Grand Louvre in Paris, Buckminster Fuller's geodesic dome at the Montreal 1967 Expo, Breuer's Whitney Museum, Mies and Johnson's Four Seasons Restaurant in the Seagram Building, and Kahn's Yale University Art Gallery, the last of which Price undertook in collaboration with his long-time associate, lighting consultant Richard Kelly. After leaving Edison Price, Inc., Price founded Nulux, Inc., in 1990.

Throughout his career, Price designed and manufactured his own products. He developed and customized lighting solutions and fixtures for specific architectural spaces, and employed individuals with similar design aesthetics to complete his company's designs, such as lighting engineer Isaac Goodbar. Simplicity was the hallmark of his fixtures, which tended to blend unobtrusively with the architectural setting. Continuous lighting tracks and recessed fixtures, for instance, were early innovations of the firm that became commonplaces of the industry. Price was expert at illuminating a variety of interiors, from offices and theaters, to museums and libraries.

In recognition of his contributions to the advancement of architectural lighting, Price was awarded the Richard Kelly Lifetime Achievement Award by the Illuminating Engineering Society and, in 1981, the AIA Medal by the American Institute of Architects.

Separated Materials

Duplicate materials were removed from the collection.
Title
Guide to the Edison Price Papers
Status
In Progress
Author
compiled by Suzanne Noruschat and Jessica Quagliaroli
Date
January 2019
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Part of the Manuscripts and Archives Repository

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