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Irwin Glusker collection

Identifier: V007

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Irwin Glusker collection consists of ephemera and printed material collected while researching the content for the 1986 book, Southerners: Portrait of a People that he co-created with Charles Kuralt. Glusker was responsible for the look of Southerners in its design and pictorial content. He searched archives, libraries and historical societies throughout the South gathering copies of originals to document Kuralt's narrative.

The collection consists of the ephemera he collected along the way, including stereographs, circa 1900, and postcards, brochures, articles, museum guides, programs and posters, the bulk of which from the 1950s to the 1980s.


  • Creation: circa 1900-1983


Restrictions on Access

Collection is open for research use.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Georgia State University is the owner of the physical collection and makes reproductions available for research, subject to the copyright law of the United States and item condition. Georgia State University may or may not own the rights to materials in the collection. It is the researcher's responsibility to verify copyright ownership and obtain permission from the copyright holder before publication, reproduction, or display of the materials beyond what is reasonable under copyright law. Researchers may quote selections from the collection under the fair use provision of copyright law.

Biography of Irwin Glusker

Irwin Glusker was a designer and visual artist. He authored American Testament: Fifty Great Documents of American History and edited A Southern Album: Recollections of some people and places and times gone by (1975). He creating pictorial aesthetics for magazines and books including Charles Kuralt's Southerners: Portrait of a People (1986) and volumes published by the National Gallery of Art and the Metropolitan Museum. Glusker also created the perpetual calendar for the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) and a sculpture of rowers in New York City's Central Park.


0.75 Linear Feet (in 2 boxes)

Language of Materials



The Irwin Glusker collection consists of ephemera, 1880-1986, pulled from material gathered while researching the content for the 1986 book, Southerners: Portrait of a People that he co-created with Charles Kuralt.


The collection is arranged in alphabetical order.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Irwin Glusker, 1996.

Processing Information

Processed by Hilary Morrish at the file level, Februrary 4, 2020.

Processing Information

Processed by Hilary Morrish, January-February 2020. During processing, material duplicated at other repositories or from printed sources was removed from the collection.

  • The collection consisted of 11 large record center cartons (2 linear feet each). Very heavily weeded.
Irwin Glusker
A Guide to His Collection at Georgia State University Library
Hilary Morrish
4 February 2020
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

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