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Washington State University Libraries
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections
Pullman, WA 99164-5610 USA
(509) 335-6691

PC 130
E.J. Poulsen
Drawings, 1959-1964

This collection was received at WSU Libraries' Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections in 1998 (MS1998-39) from E.J. Poulsen's widow, Antoinette Poulsen. It was processed in August of 2010 by University Archivist Mark O'English.

Number of Containers: 1 box
Number of Pages: 50


Edward J. Poulsen was born in Chicago, IL, in 1910, and earned his Master of Fine Arts at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. In 1946, he came to Washington State College as a teacher and graphic artist. When the school changed its name to Washington State University in 1959, Poulsen designed their new seal, diploma, and letterheads, and supervised the casting of the Distinguished Alumnus Award medallion. He headed the Graphic Productions Service at the University's Holland Library. Poulsen passed away in 1989.


The collection consists of drawings, mock-ups, and other items primarily relating to the creation of the new seal for Washington State University after it changed its name from Washington State College (or the State College of Washington) in 1959. Also included is some biographical and other information regarding E.J. Poulsen, and a small amount of art and production pieces for other Washington Stater University works that he designed for. The organization of this small collection is primarily derived from format/size issues, with smaller items before (on top of) larger items. However, the final six items are those relating to WSU's seal design.


This collection is open and available for research use.


The suggested citation for the collection is:

[Item Description]
E.J. Poulsen Drawings, 1959-1964 (PC 130)
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections
Washington State University Libraries
Pullman, WA


Folder   Description# of
1Regents Distinguished Alumnus Award. Bronze medallion, approx. 2" diameter.1
2State College of Washington blank diploma, 19591
3Washington State University model diploma (1 mounted diploma with two additional unmounted ones, all in name of John Doe), 19603
4Templates and art for WSU publications: letterheads, AV symbol, Review lettering and covers. 1960-196412 pages
5Biographical information, show information (3), photographs (2)9 pages
6Embossed WSU seal3
7Drawing of George Washington for WSU seal, 19593
8Drawing for line cuts of seal, 19593
9George Washington silhouette for seal, 19591
10Completed paste-up of seal, 19591
11Negative and positive prints on Estar base (Mylar) film, 19594