David Van Dommelen Papers, 1924-2003

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Collection Overview

Title:
David Van Dommelen papers
Dates (Inclusive):
1924-2003
Creator:
Van Dommelen, David B.
Abstract:
David B. Van Dommelen joined the faculty of the College of Home Economics in 1964. He helped to plan the Unified Art program, which worked towards integrating home economics, art, and industrial art with traditional subjects such as mathematics, history, and English.
Abstract:
This collection documents David Van Dommelen's artwork and publications. Items include manuscripts, magazine articles, publications and papers, designs, correspondence, photographs, course materials, and sketchbooks (1961-2006). The collected art dates from as early as 1924.
Collection Number:
322
Size:
6 Cubic feet
Location:
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the library catalog.
Repository:
Special Collections Library. Pennsylvania State University.
Languages:
English

Collection Overview

David B. Van Dommelen was born on 21 August 1929 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He first came to Penn State in 1959 as an instructor in home art and then spent two years at the University of Maine as an assistant professor of design. He returned to Penn State in 1964 and joined the staff of the College of Home Economics as an assistant professor of family housing and home art; he was promoted to associate professor in 1966. In 1973 he was appointed associate professor of art education in the College of Education. Dommelen was instrumental in planning the Unified Art program in the Centreville School District in the 1960s. The Unified Art program was one of the first such programs which integrated home economics, art, and industrial art with traditional subjects such as mathematics, history, and English in Centreville's two middle schools. He was a member of the American Craftsmens Council, the New England Crafts Council, and the American Home Economics Association. He served as art consultant for John Wiley Publishers and as craft consultant for McCalls Needle Work and Crafts Magazine. He retired in 1987 as professor emeritus of art education and fiber arts.

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Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Copyright Notice

Copyright is retained by the creators of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], David Van Dommelen Papers (322), Penn State University Archives, Special Collections Library, Pennsylvania State University.

Processing Information

Processed by Special Collections staff.

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Controlled Access Headings

Genre(s)

  • Photographic
  • Graphic
  • Audio

Personal Name(s)

  • Van Dommelen, David B.

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