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Guide to the Archie Boston papers, 1963-2018 and undated

Summary

African-American graphic artist, professor and advertising executive based primarily in California; principal in the firm Archie Boston Graphic Design. Collection includes print materials, posters, sketches, greeting cards, correspondence, as well as audiovisual materials in multiple formats (DVDs, tape reels, and film reels) that document Boston's career in advertising and graphic design as well as his academic life at California State University-Long Beach. Companies represented include California Plum, Raisin and Apple Advisory Boards, FMC, Motorola, Pentel, Raytheon and Yamaha. Acquired as part of the John W. Hartman Center for Sales, Advertising & Marketing History.

Collection Details

Collection Number
RL.11673
Title
Archie Boston papers
Date
1963-2018 and undated
Extent
8.0 Linear Feet
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Language
Materials in English

Collection Overview

Collection includes print materials, posters, sketches, greeting cards, correspondence, as well as audiovisual materials in multiple formats (DVDs, tape reels, and film reels) that document Boston's career in advertising and graphic design as well as his academic life at California State University-Long Beach. Companies represented include California Plum, Raisin and Apple Advisory Boards, FMC, Motorola, Pentel, Raytheon and Yamaha. Acquired as part of the John W. Hartman Center for Sales, Advertising & Marketing History.

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Arrangement

Organized into the following series: General Files; Creative Work; and Audiovisual Materials.

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[Identification of item], Archie Boston papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Contents of the Collection

1. General Files, 1963-2018 and undated

General

This series includes Boston's two memoirs, university work both as a student and professor, exhibition catalogues and materials, ad designs, preparatory materials for his documentary, as well as published mentions from newsletters, magazines, and newspapers.

ADLA (Art Directors Club of Los Angeles) activities, 1973-1976 and undated

Includes photographs, memoranda, posters, newsletters, and press mentions all pertaining to Archie Boston's activity in the ADLA

Box 1
Awards, 1973-2007 and undated
(2 folders)

AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Art) awards as well as other advertising awards.

Box 1
Awards, 1973-2007 and undated

AIGA awards as well as other advertising awards. Also includes an award from the California State Assembly recognizing Archie Boston's Outstanding Professor of the Year Award (2004).

Box 7
Correspondence, 1974-1991
(2 folders)

Correspondence includes Archie Boston's transition from the Botsford & Ketchum ad agency to academia and thank you letters from various individuals throughout Archie Boston's career.

Box 1
Documentary materials, 2016-2018

Press clippings, interviews, scripts, drafts, and shooting schedule all pertaining to the documentary Black Pioneers of the Sunshine City. Digital copy of the documentary is located in the AV files, RL11673-OP-004.

Box 1
Exhibition materials--My Soul Is a Witness, 2014

Table of contents for DVD series, see RL11673-OP-025.

Box 1
Exhibition materials--Other exhibitions, 1991-2017

Correspondence and catalogs for "Visual Perception"; "Back to the Future"; and "Designs of Dissent" exhibits

Box 1
Exhibition materials--Watts Riot Festival, 1976

Includes correspondence between Boston and the California Museum of Science and Industry on Boston's exhibit on the Watts Riot Festival. Also includes photos from Boston's MA Thesis that were to be part of this exhibit. The remainder of these photos can be found in Box 6.

Box 1
Exhibition materials, 1976-2013
(2 folders)

Photos of the Watts Riot Festival that were part of Boston's MA Thesis and that were set to feature in an exhibition at the California Museum of Science and Industry (exhibition was canceled). The remainder of these photos can be found in Box 1 in "Exhibition Materials."

Box 6
Print materials--Fly in the Buttermilk, 2001
Box 2
Print materials--Lil' Colored Rascals in the Sunshine City, 2009
Box 2
Published mentions, 1963-2017
(3 folders)

Mentions of Archie Boston's design work and/or competitions he has judged. From 1963 to the early 1970s.

Box 2
Published mentions, 1963-2017
(5 folders)

Mentions of Archie Boston's design work and/or competitions he has judged. From 1971 to 1978.

Box 3
Published mentions, 1963-2017
(3 folders)

Mentions of Archie Boston's design work and/or competitions he has judged. From 1980 to 2017.

Box 4
Published mentions, 1972-2018

Newspaper and newsletter clippings.

Box 9
University materials, 1982-2004 and undated
(4 folders)

Contains correspondence, M.A. thesis, and Outstanding Professor Award materials from California State University-Long Beach as well as miscellaneous university designs and publications.

Box 4
University materials, 1994-2005 and undated
(5 folders)

Includes Outstanding Professor Award materials, Wang Family Excellence Award application, and post-tenure review files all from California State University-Long Beach.

Box 5
University materials, 1980-1987 and undated

Includes miscellaneous designs, posters, and newsletters from California State University-Long Beach.

Box 7
University materials, 1983 and undated

Includes miscellaneous posters related to California State University Long Beach.

Box 9

2. Creative Work, 1965-2017 and undated

General

This series consists primarily of ad designs and other graphic designs Archie Boston created. Includes self-promotional ads from his agency Boston & Boston and ads for clients he created while employed at Botsford Ketchum. Also includes designs he created on his own later in life (posters, social activist materials, and greeting cards).

Accounts, approximately 1969-1977

clients include Braemar, Yamaha, and the California Plum, Raisin and Apple Advisory Board

Box 1
Accounts, approximately 1969-1977

Clients include Braemar, Yamaha, and the California Plum, Raisin and Apple Advisory Board

Box 4
Industrial accounts, approximately 1969-1977

Includes ads for Motorola, FMC Corporation, Varian, Braemar, Yamaha, Raytheon, Galaxy Homes

Box 7
Industrial accounts, approximately 1969-1977

Includes ads for Motorola, FMC Corporation, Varian, the California Plum, Raisin, and Apple Advisory Board, among other companies.

Box 9
Lloyd Bank, approximately 1969-1977

Advertisements for Lloyds Bank designed during Boston's employment at Botsford & Ketchum. Television advertisements for Lloyds Bank can be found in AV 3 RL. 11673

Box 7
Pentel, approximately 1969-1977

Includes the ad "I told them what to do with their pens." Assortment of undated Pentel ads but the date range covers the period of time Archie Boston worked at Botsford & Ketchum

Box 1
Pentel, approximately 1969-1977

Includes the ad "I told them what to do with their pens." Assortment of undated Pentel ads but the date range covers the period of time Archie Boston worked at Botsford & Ketchum

Box 7
Pentel, approximately 1969-1977

Includes the ad "I told them what to do with their pens." Assortment of undated Pentel ads but the date range covers the period of time Archie Boston worked at Botsford & Ketchum

Box 9
Self-promotional, 1970s

Includes the "For Sale" ad and the "Uncle Tom" ad.

Box 9
Designs and advertisements, 1976-2017

Includes logo designs and posters for social causes and other designs.

Box 1
Designs and advertisements, 1986 and undated

Designs for Centinela Hospital and self-promotional ads.

Box 7
Designs and advertisements, undated

self-promotional ads and public service ads

Box 8
Designs and advertisements, 2014 and undated

self-promotional ads and public service ads

Box 9
"If Black Lives Matter" poster series, undated

Prints of digital images on RL11673-OP-001

Box 1

Other Work, 1965 and undated

General

Includes Archie Boston's student work, his ad designs for the ADLA, as well as holiday and greeting cards.

ADLA ads, undated

Ads designed for ADLA including the Santa Claus ad and the "Call for Entries" ad.

Box 8
Holiday cards, undated

Archie-Boston designed holiday cards and stationery. Other designs and cards can be found in Box 8.

Box 1
Holiday cards, undated

Archie Boston-designed greeting and holiday cards. Other designs can be found in Box 1, "Holiday cards."

Box 8
Student portfolio, 1965

Ad sketch designs from when Boston was a Master's student.

Box 7
Student portfolio, 1965
Box 8

3. Audiovisual Materials, 1986-2016 and undated

General

This series includes Boston's final university lecture, television commercials for his client Lloyds Bank from when he was employed at Bostford Ketchum, two documentaries (20 Outstanding LA Designers and Black Pioneers of the Sunshine City), a retrospective film exhbition, and digitial images of his "If Black Lives Matter" posters.

If Black Lives Matter--10 posters, undated

Hard copy of posters can be found in Box 1

Box AV1
Optical-disc RL11673-OP-001
Archie Boston's Final University Lecture, 59:00, 2010
Box AV1
Optical-disc RL11673-OP-002
Boston's Students' Work, 2000-2005
Box AV1
Optical-disc RL11673-OP-003
Black Pioneers of the Sunshine City, 48:00, 2016

Documentary written and produced by Archie Boston on the history of segregation in his native St. Petersburg, Florida. Notes and preparatory materials for the documentary can be found in Box 1.

Box AV1
Optical-disc RL11673-OP-004
Black Pioneers of the Sunshine City, 48:00, 2016
Box AV1
Optical-disc RL11673-OP-005
Archie Boston 1943-, undated
Box AV1
Optical-disc RL11673-OP-006
20 Outstanding Los Angeles Designers--Q&A, 37:00, 1986

A set of interviews Archie Boston conducted with designers in LA in 1986, includes a Q&A. Spans from RL11673-OP-007 to RL11673-OP-024.

Box AV1
Optical-disc RL11673-OP-007
20 Outstanding Los Angeles Designers--April Greiman, 35:00, 1986
Box AV1
Optical-disc RL11673-OP-008
20 Outstanding LA Designers--Huerta Design, 33:00, 1986
Box AV1
Optical-disc RL11673-OP-009
20 Outstanding Los Angeles Designers--Dennis Juett, 37:00, 1986
Box AV1
Optical-disc RL11673-OP-010
20 Outstanding Los Angeles Designers--John Follis, 21:00, 1986
Box AV1
Optical-disc RL11673-OP-011
20 Outstanding Los Angeles Designers--Louis Danziger, 25:00, 1986
Box AV1
Optical-disc RL11673-OP-012
20 Outstanding Los Angeles Designers--Ray Engle, 20:00, 1986
Box AV1
Optical-disc RL11673-OP-013
20 Outstanding Los Angeles Designers--Keith Bright, 16:00, 1986
Box AV1
Optical-disc RL11673-OP-014
20 Outstanding Los Angeles Designers--John Cleveland, 37:00, 1986
Box AV1
Optical-disc RL11673-OP-015
20 Outstanding Los Angeles Designers--James Cross, 20:00, 1986
Box AV1
Optical-disc RL11673-OP-016
20 Outstanding Los Angeles Designers--Saul Bass, 58:00, 1986
Box AV1
Optical-disc RL11673-OP-017
20 Outstanding Los Angeles Designers--Ken Parkhurst, 36:00, 1986
Box AV1
Optical-disc RL11673-OP-018
20 Outstanding Los Angeles Designers--Marvin Rubin, 29:00, 1986
Box AV1
Optical-disc RL11673-OP-019
20 Outstanding Los Angeles Designers--Robert Miles Runyan, 22:00, 1986
Box AV1
Optical-disc RL11673-OP-020
20 Outstanding Los Angeles Designers--Marian Sampler, 33:00, 1986
Box AV1
Optical-disc RL11673-OP-021
20 Outstanding Los Angeles Designers--Ken White, 27:00, 1986
Box AV1
Optical-disc RL11673-OP-022
20 Outstanding Los Angeles Designers--Don Weller, 18:00, 1986
Box AV1
Optical-disc RL11673-OP-023
20 Outstanding Los Angeles Designers--Doug Boyd, 33:00, 1986
Box AV1
Optical-disc RL11673-OP-024
My Soul is a Witness--Advice to Students, 2:00, 2014

Part of a retrospective exhibition. The list of chapters in this DVD collection can be found in "Exhibitions" in Box 1.

Box AV1
Optical-disc RL11673-OP-025
My Soul is a Witness--What Did I Say?, 2:47, 2014
Box AV1
Optical-disc RL11673-OP-026
My Soul is a Witness--Yesterday and Today, 3:03, 2011
Box AV1
Optical-disc RL11673-OP-026A
My Soul is a Witness--1976 Watts Summer Festival Activities, 4:50, 2014
Box AV1
Optical-disc RL11673-OP-027
My Soul is a Witness--20 Outstanding LA Designers, Q&A, 37:00, 2014
Box AV1
Optical-disc RL11673-OP-028
My Soul is a Witness--Fly in the Buttermilk, 4:00, 2014
Box AV1
Optical-disc RL11673-OP-029
My Soul is a Witness--Lil' Colored Rascals in the Sunshine City, 4:20, 2009
Box AV 2
Optical-disc RL11673-OP-030
My Soul is a Witness--Overcoming the Odds, 5:17, 2014
Box AV 2
Optical-disc RL11673-OP-031
My Soul is a Witness--Walk Around Heaven, 3:47, 2014
Box AV 2
Optical-disc RL11673-OP-032
My Soul is a Witness--You are My Friend, 4:27, 2014
Box AV 2
Optical-disc RL11673-OP-033
My Soul is a Witness--The Red Clay of Alabama, 4:45, 2014
Box AV 2
Optical-disc RL11673-OP-034
My Soul is a Witness--Oh Lord, Let it Be, 3:36, 2014
Box AV 2
Optical-disc RL11673-OP-035
My Soul is a Witness--To God Be the Glory, 4:48, 2014
Box AV 2
Optical-disc RL11673-OP-036
My Soul is a Witness--Santa Fe, New Mexico, 3:41, 2014
Box AV 2
Optical-disc RL11673-OP-037
My Soul is a Witness--Someone Made You For Me, 2:37, 2011
Box AV 2
Optical-disc RL11673-OP-038
My Soul is a Witness--Holiday Greetings Slide Show, 2:55, 2014
Box AV 2
Optical-disc RL11673-OP-039
KFI--Archie Boston Profile, undated
Box AV 3
Audio-reel RL11673-RR-001
Television Commercials for Lloyds Bank, undated
Box AV 3
Film-reel RL11673-F16-001
Juniors and Seniors Majors' Work, approximately 2004 (zip drive)
Box AV 3
 

Historical Note

African-American graphic artist, professor and advertising executive based primarily in California; principal in the firm Archie Boston Graphic Design. Born 1943, in Clewiston, Florida and grew up in St. Petersburg, Florida. After graduating from Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles with a BFA in Advertising Design, Boston and his brother Brad Boston, formed their own ad and design agency Boston & Boston Design in 1967. In 1969, Boston started working for the ad agency Botsford Ketchum. During his eight years with Botsford Ketchum, Boston worked with clients such as Pentel, Motorola, and Yamaha. Simultaneously he started Archie Boston Graphic Design, an advertising and design agency. In 1977, Boston received his Master's Degree in Liberal Arts from the University of Southern California and was hired as a lecturer in the Department of Art at California State University Long Beach (CSULB) where he was a member of the Design department which included the Visual Communication Design Program. He chaired the graphic design program for 12 of his 32 years before retiring in 2009. He was the first African-American elected president of the Los Angeles Art Directors Club, where he served two terms. Boston published two memoirs -- Fly in the Buttermilk: Memoirs of an African American in Advertising Design & Design Education (2001) and Lil' Colored Rascals in the Sunshine City (2009). He has also produced two historical documentaries, 20 Outstanding Los Angeles Designers and The Black Pioneers of the Sunshine City.

Related Material

Related materials may be found in the following Hartman Center collections: J. Walter Thompson Company. Denis Lanigan Papers; McCann-Erickson Audiovisual Collection; The Duplex Advertising Company. Billboard Images and Records;


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Provenance

The Archie Boston Papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift in 2018.

Processing Information

Processed by Kasia Stempniak, October 2018

Accessions described in this collection guide: 2018-0081