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Paul Rand papers

Call Number: AOB 126

Scope and Contents

The papers consist of photographs; albums and scrapbooks; posters; resource files on design; correspondence, client, and subject files; slides; book jackets designed by Paul Rand; and booklets by and about Paul Rand.


  • 1942-1998
  • Majority of material found within 1964 - 1996


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Please note: this collection is currently in process, so reference inquiries may take longer than our typical response time.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright has been assigned to the Trustee of the Paul Rand Charitable Trust by the creator of this collection for materials they have authored or otherwise produced. 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.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Mrs. Paul Rand, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2012; transferred from Manuscripts and Archives to Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library, 2014.


Arranged in six series: I. Photographs. II. Albums and Scrapbooks. III. Resource File on Design. IV. Book Jackets Designed by Paul Rand. V. Booklets by and about Paul Rand. VI. Mechanicals and Samples of Paul Rand’s Work, and four additional accessions.


133.63 Linear Feet (105 boxes)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

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

Persistent URL


The papers comprise photographs, albums and scrapbooks, posters, resource files on design, correspondence, client, and subject files, and slide film documenting the career of Paul Rand. Also included are book jackets designed by Paul Rand, and books by and about Paul Rand.

Biographical / Historical

Paul Rand was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1914. He was a professor of graphic design at Yale University from 1956 until his retirement in 1985. He achieved the title of professor emeritus in 1993. Rand is known for his work in the field of trademark design. He was the art director for numerous publications and consultant to many corporations and advertising agencies. Rand died on November 26, 1996, in Norwalk, Connecticut.
Guide to the Paul Rand Papers
Under Revision
compiled by Rachel Mihalko and ALSC staff
July 2008
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Revision Statements

  • February 2023: Revised to include information about reprocessing, beginning July 2022.

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