Robert O. Preusser papers
Scope and Contents
Proposals, course descriptions, teaching notes, UROP (Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program) project descriptions, information about student exhibits, and copies of Preusser's writings trace the development of the visual arts program at MIT. The collection also contains glass and 35-mm slides of Preusser's visual design projects. Preusser was co-editor of the art journal Leonardo from 1974 to 1990, and correspondence related to this and his other outside professional activities is also included.
- 1954 - 1990
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Robert Preusser studied at the Institute of Design, Chicago, 1939-1940, 1941-1942; Tulane University (Newcomb School of Art), New Orleans, 1940-1941; and the Art Center School, Los Angeles, 1946-1947. He came to the MIT Department of Architecture in 1954 at the invitation of Gyorgy Kepes and was a visiting lecturer, 1954-1957, professor of visual design, 1957-1985, and director of education at the MIT Center for Advanced Visual Studies, 1974-1985. He developed the first studio course given as part of the "Field 10" program in the Department of Humanities, which was formed to develop the visual awareness of science and engineering students. In 1965, a team of his students made the first computer-generated design to be printed on the cover of Fortune magazine.
4.5 Cubic Feet (4 record cartons, 1 manuscript box, 1 half manuscript box)
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- Computer art Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Computer-aided design -- Study and teaching. Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Education, Higher -- Computer programs. Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Education, Higher -- Study and teaching. Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Graphic arts -- Technique -- Study and teaching. Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Kepes, Gyorgy, 1906-2001 (CAVS Founder and Director 1967-1974)
- LOGO (Computer program language) Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Learning, Psychology of Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology -- Faculty Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Center for Advanced Visual Studies
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Education Research Center
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Student Adaptation Study
- Norbert Wiener Study Circle
- Preusser, Robert O. (Robert Ormerod), 1919-1992
- Preliminary Inventory to the Papers of Robert O. Preusser
- Ready For Review
- Frances O'Donnell
- Copyright 1995
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