The George Nelson Foundation's mission is to advance a broader understanding of George Nelson's pivotal role in 20th century design and to preserve and protect his legacy. 

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Support for the George Nelson Foundation is generously provided by Herman Miller and Vitra. 

Archives: Vitra Design Museum

The estate of George Nelson (1908–1986) is held by the Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein, Germany. The estate archive includes approximately 7,400 items from the period between 1924 and 1984 and consists of plans, drawings, photographs, and slides as well as Nelson’s library holdings.

For more information on the George Nelson estate at Vitra Design Museum, please visit www.design-museum.de/en/collection/archive-estates.html or contact archive@design-museum.de.

Archives: Herman Miller

The Herman Miller Archives, located at a corporate campus near Zeeland, Michigan, collects and preserves extensive records documenting the company’s business development and design history since its founding as the Star Furniture Company in 1905. Materials related to the company's long relationship and collaboration with George Nelson include correspondence, design drawings, photographs, audio recordings and film, press clippings and other documentation, as well as vintage and prototype furniture pieces, approximately 500 documents in all. These and other corporate and designer records are accessible to academics, journalists, and other researchers with prior approval and by scheduled arrangement.

For more information on the Herman Miller Archives, contact: archives@hermanmiller.com

Source Material

The material for the Milestones, Selected Bibliography: Writings on and by Nelson, and Members of the Nelson Office portions of the website comes from the book George Nelson Architect I Writer I Designer I Teacher published by Vitra Design Museum in conjunction with an exhibition of the same name and is reproduced here by kind permission of the Vitra Design Museum.

For more information on the exhibition, visit www.design-museum.de/en/exhibitions/detailseiten/detailseiten/george-nelson.html.