[an error occurred while processing this directive]

[an error occurred while processing this directive]
[an error occurred while processing this directive]

MC 00331 Guide to the Samuel S. Scherr Papers, 1940 - 2002

The collection is divided into three major series. The first series, Personal Papers, contains information relating to Scherr's time spent in the United States military and his personal life. The Professional Papers series contains documents related to Samuel Scherr's life as an Industrial Engineer. The Audiovisual Material series, contains photographs and videocassettes from throughout Scherr's personal and professional life.
Try experimental container filtering.

Experimental feature. Enter text in the search box to filter/search the container list. Please click here to tell us about your experience with this feature. Feedback

Filter/search the container list:clear No Container Results (Check for highlighting of series/subseries below.)
This series covers the personal life of Sam Scherr. This series includes Scherr's time in the military during World War II, and his family life. The series is organized in Alphabetical order.
[Box 1, Folder 1] 50th Wedding Anniversary, May, 1997 - June, 1997
[Box 1, Folder 2] 50th Wedding Anniversary, May, 1997 - June, 1997
[Box 1, Folder 3] Biographical, undated
[Box 1, Folder 4] Correspondence
[Box 1, Folder 5] Leeper Desure Family Reunion
Memorabilia
[Box 1, Folder 6] Appointment Book, 1982
[Box 1, Folder 7] Appointment Book, 1983
[Box 1, Folder 8] Appointment Book, 1984
[Box 1, Folder 9] Appointment Book, 1985
[Box 1, Folder 10] Bob Hope
[Box 1, Folder ] Military Currency [ Oversized]
[Box 1, Folder 11] Sketch of Sam Scherr, January 12, 1998
[Box 1, Folder ] Stamps [ Oversized]
[Box 1, Folder ] Stamps [ Oversized]
[Box 1, Folder ] Stamps [ Oversized]
[Box 1, Folder ] Stamps [ Oversized]
[Box 1, Folder 12] Geisha Art from World War II
[Box 1, Folder 13] Miscellaneous items from World War II
[Box 1, Folder 14] War Department Envelope from World War II
Party for Mary Ann Scherr
[Box 1, Folder 15] Party for Mary Ann Scherr, July, 1988
[Box 1, Folder 16] Correspondence, July 1988
[Box 1, Folder 17] RSVPs, July 1988
[Box 1, Folder 18] RSVPs, July 1988
[Box 1, Folder 19] Press Clippings
[Box 1, Folder 20] Resume
[Box 1, Folder 21] Soon Hyung Kwon
[Box 1, Folder ] New York [ Oversized], 1997
[Box 1, Folder 22] Venezuela, 1993
[Box 1, Folder 23] World War II Certificates, January 19, 1944, November 12, 1945
[Box 1, Folder 24] World War II, Manila Movement
[Box 1, Folder 25] World War II Documents
This series is divided into seven subseries. It covers the entire professional life of Scherr, from his time at General Motors to his freelance and real estate work after he had retired. This series is divided into alphabetical order.
[Box 1, Folder 26] American Crafts Council
[Box 1, Folder 27] American Society of Interior Designers
[Box 1, Folder 28] Art, Japan and Korea
Fulton + Partners
[Box 1, Folder 29] Advertising
Correspondence
[Box 1, Folder 30] Arlyn Inc.
[Box 1, Folder 31] Libbey Glass
[Box 1, Folder 32] Nabisco
[Box 1, Folder 33] Tadiran Electronic Industries
[Box 1, Folder 34] Universal Paper Goods
[Box 1, Folder 35] Whirlpool Corporation
[Box 1, Folder 36] Financial
[Box 1, Folder 37] Products
[Box 1, Folder 38] Product Design
Resume
[Box 1, Folder 39] General
[Box 1, Folder 40] General
[Box 1, Folder 41] General
[Box 1, Folder 42] Marvin Jensen
[Box 1, Folder 43] Sam Scherr
Hearne Automotive
[Box 2, Folder 1] Contact Information
[Box 2, Folder 2] Logo Designs
[Box 2, Folder 3] Sign Specifications
[Box 2, Folder 4] Sketches
Korea
[Box 2, Folder 5] Art
[Box 2, Folder 6] Globalization Strategy
[Box 2, Folder 7] Industrial Activities Bulletin, July, 1959
[Box 2, Folder 8] Kyung Won Chung
[Box 2, Folder 21] Kromex
[Box 2, Folder ] Kromex, Ohio Arts Council [ Oversized]
[Box 1, Folder ] North Carolina State University, Venezuela Institute of Design [ Oversized]
Real Estate
[Box 2, Folder 9] Air Conditioning Proposal
[Box 2, Folder ] Appraisal [ Oversized]
[Box 2, Folder 10] Bills and Payment
[Box 2, Folder 11] Closing
[Box 2, Folder 12] Financial Statements
[Box 2, Folder 13] Inspection Report
[Box 2, Folder 14] Insurance
[Box 2, Folder 15] Landscaping
[Box 2, Folder 16] Lumber
[Box 2, Folder ] Appraisal [ Oversized]
[Box 2, Folder 17] Purchase Contract
[Box 2, Folder 18] Remodeling
[Box 2, Folder 19] Utilities
[Box 2, Folder 20] Variance
Scherr Papers
[Box 2, Folder 22] Advertising
[Box 2, Folder ] Loan [ Oversized]
[Box 2, Folder 23] Publicity
[Box 2, Folder 24] "Our People"
Scherr & McDermott
[Box 2, Folder 25] Akron City Seal
[Box 2, Folder 26] Akron City Seal, Press Clippings
[Box 2, Folder 27] Alianza
[Box 2, Folder 28] Alianza
[Box 2, Folder 29] Awards
[Box 2, Folder ] "Boron Glasses" [ Oversized]
[Box 2, Folder 30] Clients
[Box 2, Folder 31] Correspondence
[Box 2, Folder 32] Coporate Logos
[Box 2, Folder 33] Dwight Eisenhower
Guyana
[Box 2, Folder 34] Contract
[Box 2, Folder 35] Correspondence
[Box 2, Folder 36] Jewlery Design
[Box 2, Folder 37] Press Clippings
[Box 3, Folder 1] "Industrial Design", 4th Annual Design Review
[Box 3, Folder 2] "Industrial House"
[Box 3, Folder 3] Inter Society Color Council
[Box 3, Folder ] Korea, American Embassy Bulletin [ Oversized], August 1955
[Box 3, Folder 4] Korea, Handicraft and Small Scale Industry
[Box 3, Folder 5] Korea, Press Clippings
[Box 1, Folder ] Metal Christmas Tree [ Oversized]
[Box 1, Folder ] Pastels of Clocks [ Oversized]
Patents
[Box 3, Folder ] Automotive Service Table [ Oversized]
[Box 3, Folder ] Automotive Service Table [ Oversized]
[Box 3, Folder ] Bowling Bags [ Oversized]
[Box 3, Folder ] Chair [ Oversized]
[Box 3, Folder ] Chair [ Oversized]
[Box 3, Folder ] Electric Iron [ Oversized]
[Box 3, Folder 6] Golf Bag
[Box 3, Folder 7] Marble Gun
[Box 3, Folder ] Slit Eye Shades [ Oversized]
[Box 3, Folder ] Tappered Collapsible Container [ Oversized]
[Box 3, Folder 8] Toy Tractor
[Box 3, Folder 9] Toy Tractor
[Box 3, Folder ] Toy Tractor [ Oversized]
[Box 3, Folder ] Toy Tractor [ Oversized]
[Box 3, Folder ] Wall Tile [ Oversized]
Patent Information
[Box 3, Folder ] American Machine & Foundry Company [ Oversized]
[Box 3, Folder ] Gas-Fired Door Heater [ Oversized]
[Box 3, Folder 10] General Tire & Rubber Company
[Box 3, Folder 11] House Resolution 8873
[Box 3, Folder 12] Miscellaneous
[Box 3, Folder 13] Syringe Package
[Box 3, Folder 14] Trademarks
[Box 2, Folder ] Trademark [ Flat File]
[Box 3, Folder 15] Trademarks and Copyrights
[Box 3, Folder 16] Photograph Negatives
[Box 3, Folder 17] Photograph Negatives
[Box 3, Folder 18] Photograph Negatives
[Box 3, Folder 19] Product Design
[Box 3, Folder 20] Product Design, Concept Automobile
[Box 2, Folder ] Product Design, Pastel of Automobile [ Flat File]
[Box 2, Folder ] Product Design, Pastel of Autmobile [ Flat File]
[Box 3, Folder 21] Press Clippings
[Box 3, Folder 22] Resume
[Box 3, Folder 23] Russia
Sketches
[Box 3, Folder 24] Candle Holders
[Box 3, Folder 25] Candle Holders
[Box 3, Folder 26] Clocks
[Box 3, Folder 27] Glass Holders
[Box 3, Folder 28] Miscellaneous
[Box 3, Folder 29] Miscellaneous
[Box 3, Folder 30] Miscellaneous
[Box 3, Folder 31] Peruvian Block
[Box 4, Folder 1] Wine Racks
[Box 4, Folder 2] Wine Racks
Speeches
[Box 4, Folder 3] American Crafts Council
[Box 4, Folder 4] American Marketing Association
[Box 4, Folder 5] Blackwell
[Box 4, Folder 6] Miscellaneious
[Box 4, Folder 7] Porcelain Enamel Institute
[Box 4, Folder 8] Time Sheet
[Box 4, Folder 9] X-Acto
Society of Industrial Designers
[Box 4, Folder 10] 7th Annual meeting
[Box 4, Folder 11] 7th Annual meeting
[Box 4, Folder 12] 7th Annual meeting
[Box 4, Folder 13] 7th Annual meeting
Tri-Cap Spire
[Box 4, Folder 14] Contracts
[Box 4, Folder 15] Correspondence
[Box 4, Folder 16] Kline Towers
[Box 4, Folder 17] Ottis Elevators
[Box 4, Folder 18] Planning
[Box 4, Folder 19] Proposal
Research
[Box 4, Folder 20] Demographics
[Box 4, Folder 21] Financial
[Box 4, Folder 22] Focus Groups
[Box 1, Folder ] Focus Group VHS Cassettes [ Oversized], March 23, 1998
[Box 1, Folder ] Focus Group VHS Cassettes [ Oversized], March 25, 1998
[Box 1, Folder ] Focus Group VHS Cassettes [ Oversized], March 30, 1998
[Box 1, Folder ] Focus Group VHS Cassettes [ Oversized], April 1, 1998
[Box 4, Folder 23] Marketing
[Box 4, Folder 24] Marketing
[Box 4, Folder 25] Sketches
[Box 4, Folder ] Sketches [ Oversized]
[Box 4, Folder 26] "South of the Border"
[Box 4, Folder 27] Survey
[Box 4, Folder 28] Survey 1-19
[Box 4, Folder 29] Survey 20-39
[Box 4, Folder 30] Survey 40-59
[Box 4, Folder 31] Survey 60-79
[Box 4, Folder 32] Survey 80-99
[Box 4, Folder 33] Survey 100-119
[Box 4, Folder 34] Survey 120-139
[Box 4, Folder 35] Survey 140-152
This series contains legal sized documents from Scherr's personal and professional life.
Memorabilia
[Box 5, Folder 1] Currency
[Box 5, Folder 2] Stamps
[Box 5, Folder 3] Stamps
[Box 5, Folder 4] Stamps
[Box 5, Folder 5] Stamps
[Box 6, Folder 1] New York, 1997
[Box 6, Folder 2] Kromex, Ohio Arts Council
[Box 6, Folder 3] North Carolina State University, Venezuela Institute of Design
[Box 6, Folder 4] Real Estate, Appraisal
[Box 6, Folder 5] Real Estate, Purchase
[Box 6, Folder 6] Scherr Papers, Loan
Scherr & McDermott
[Box 6, Folder 7] "Boron Glasses"
[Box 6, Folder 8] Korea, American Embassy Bulletin, August, 1955
Patent
[Box 6, Folder 9] Automotive Service Table
[Box 6, Folder 10] Automotive Service Table
[Box 6, Folder 11] Bowling Bags
[Box 6, Folder 12] Chair
[Box 6, Folder 13] Chair
[Box 6, Folder 14] Electric Iron
[Box 6, Folder 15] Slit Eye Shades
[Box 6, Folder 16] Tapered Collapsible Container
[Box 6, Folder 17] Toy Tractor
[Box 6, Folder 18] Toy Tractor
[Box 6, Folder 19] Wall Tile
[Box 6, Folder 20] Patent Information, American Machine & Foundry Company
[Box 6, Folder 21] Patent Information, Gas-Fired Door Heater
[Box 6, Folder 22] Tri-Cap Spire, Sketches
This series contains pastels and a metal Christmas tree created by Scherr & McDermott.
[Box 7, Folder ] Pastels of Clocks
[Box 8, Folder ] Metal Christmas Tree
This series contains photographs and VHS Cassettes
[Box 9, Folder ] Tri-Cap Spire, Focus Group VHS Cassette, March 23, 1998
[Box 9, Folder ] Tri-Cap Spire, Focus Group VHS Cassette, March 25, 1998
[Box 9, Folder ] Tri-Cap Spire, Focus Group VHS Cassette, March 30, 1998
[Box 9, Folder ] Tri-Cap Spire, Focus Group VHS Cassette, April 1, 1998
[Box 10, Folder ] Photographs
[Box 11, Folder ] Photographs
[Box 12, Folder ] Photographs
[Box 13, Folder ] Photographs
[Box 14, Folder ] Photographs
Trademark
Product Design, Pastel of Automobile
Product Design, Pastel of Automobile

Quantity

6.0 Linear feet

General Physical Description note

14 archival storage boxes

Location

For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Special Collections Research Center Reference Staff external link.

Language

English

Acquisitions Information

Gift of Mary Ann Scherr in 2003 (Accn. no. 2003-0013).

Processing

Processed by: Jason Smith; machine-readable finding aid created by: Jason Smith

Scope and Content Note

The Samuel S. Scherr Papers document the professional and personal life of Samuel Scherr. The primary focus of this collection is Sherr's career as an industrial designer, but it also includes information about Scherr's private life, especially his time in the Army during World War II. The collection contains patent information, drawings, trademarks, pictures, sketches, videos, correspondence, and personal memorabilia from World War II. The collection spans the early 1940s to 2002.

Biographical Note

Samuel S. Scherr (1923-2002) was a respected professional in the fields of industrial and product design. Born October 31, 1923 in Akron, Ohio, Scherr began schooling in 1941 at the Cleveland Institute of Art majoring in Industrial Design. His schooling was interrupted when in 1943 he enlisted with the United States Army Air Force. While in the Army Air Force, Scherr was attached to the 5th Air Force Combat Camera Unit. Stationed in the Pacific Theatre, Scherr was a part of many military operations; he quickly advanced to the rank of sergeant. He was awarded a Bronze Star along with two Air Medals. Upon his honorable discharge from the Army Air Force in 1945, Scherr returned to the Cleveland Institute of Art.

After Scherr graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 1946, General Motors hired him to work in its design department, specializing in automobile accessories and interiors. In 1948, Samuel Scherr, along with Eugene Smith and Jim McDermott, formed Smith, Scherr & McDermott International, a design firm working in the fields of industrial, environmental, and graphic design. The company later changed its name to Scherr & McDermott upon the departure of Eugene Smith. Scherr served as Scherr & McDermott International's President until 1977. During his 29 years at Scherr & McDermott, Scherr saw the design firm open offices in diverse places such as New York, South Korea, Peru, Columbia, and Ecuador. Headquartered out of Akron, Ohio, Scherr & McDermott served a plethora of clients, including Hoover, Rubbermaid, the City of Akron, General Electric, and the Government of Korea. Products that were designed by Scherr & McDermott include the Hoover Suitcase Vacuum (included in the Louvre's 100 Best Product Designs of the 20th Century) and the City of Akron's seal (it served as Akron's official seal from 1965 until it was officially replaced in 1996).

In 1955 as CEO and President of Scherr & McDermott, collaborating with the International Cooperation Administration, Scherr helped establish the Korean Small Scale Industry & Handicraft Design Center in South Korea. In 2000 as a result of this work, Scherr was named "Father of Industrial and Product Design in Korea." In 1974, Scherr joined Kromex, a Cleveland Ohio Company. At Kromex, Scherr was named Design and Product Development Manager for the Housewares Division.

In 1977, Scherr & McDermott was dissolved. Samuel Scherr became the President of the American Crafts Council. Headquartered in New York City, the American Crafts Council is a non-profit organization that represents craftsmen and artists. As part of his job as President of the American Crafts Council, Scherr had to oversee the sale of the American Craft Museum to the Museum of Modern Art. He also had to supervise the design and construction of new American Craft Museum and office facility. Scherr served in this position for two years.

Samuel Scherr continued to design late into his life. He spent many of his retired years working on the Tri-Cap Spire, a tower that Scherr had envisioned for Raleigh, North Carolina. The Tri-Cap Spire would have stood 625 feet, placing it amongst the taller towers of the world.

At the end of his tenure from the American Crafts Council, Scherr went on to form a new business, Samuel Scherr & Partners. This business served to provide design and marketing services to multi-national corporations, advertising agencies, industrial design firms, and marketing service organizations. In 1989, Samuel Scherr & Partners dissolved.

Samuel Scherr, while working for Samuel Scherr & Partners, joined Fulton + Partners as a Vice President. Fulton + Partners is a New York City-based design firm founded in 1966 by James Fulton, a past president of the Industrial Designers Society of America.

From 1989 until his death in 2002, Samuel Scherr was a design and marketing consultant in North Carolina and Ohio. He was involved with real estate and rehabilitation of older buildings for uses in commercial and living environments.

Samuel Scherr was a member of the American Marketing Association, the Industrial Design Society of America, the Mayor's Commission-Urban, the Design-City of Akron, the Board of Directors-Weathervane Playhouse, the Hart Directors Club of New York, and the Board of Directors-City Gallery Museum, Raleigh, North Carolina. Among his honors, Samuel Scherr was named the Father of Industrial Design in Korea in 2000. Also in 2000, Samuel Scherr and his wife were awarded the Design Guild Award by North Carolina State University School of Design.

Samuel Scherr married a fellow designer, Mary Ann Weckman in May 1947. Mary Ann Scherr is a noted metal smith and jeweler. She teaches at Meredith College, in Raleigh North Carolina. The Scherrs had three children, Randall, Scott, and Sydney Jo.

Access to Collection

This collection is open for research; access requires at least 24 hours advance notice.

For more information contact us via mail, phone, fax, or our web form.

Mail

Special Collections Research Center
Box 7111
Raleigh, NC, 27695-7111

Telephone

(919) 515-2273

Fax

(919) 513-1787

Preferred Citation

[Identification of Item], Samuel S. Scherr Papers, MC 331, Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, North Carolina.

Access to Collection

The nature of the NCSU Libraries' Special Collections means that copyright or other information about restrictions may be difficult or even impossible to determine despite reasonable efforts. The NCSU Libraries claims only physical ownership of most Special Collections materials.

The materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source.

[an error occurred while processing this directive]