The Work of Charles & Ray Eames: A Legacy of Invention

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The exhibition was organized by the Library of Congress in partnership with the Vitra Design Museum.

Funding for the exhibition was provided by IBM, Herman Miller, Inc., and Vitra AG. Additional support was provided by CCI, Inc and the Eames Office. The Library of Congress and the Vitra Design Museum gratefully acknowledge the financial support, insight, and participation of the Eames family. The organizers extend special thanks to Charles's daughter, Lucia Eames, and the Eameses' grandson, Eames Demetrios, head of the Eames Office. The Eames Office is committed to communicating, preserving, and extending the legacy and work of Charles and Ray Eames.

Ray Eames with Cat Mask

Charles and Ray pinned by chair frames

The Library of Congress installation was made possible by additional support from Herman Miller, Inc.

This exhibition was developed by the Interpretive Programs Office whose mission is to enhance the public and scholarly awareness and appreciation of Library of Congress collections through exhibitions and related programs. The exhibition serves as a model of the type of program which the Library's Project for a Center for American Architecture, Design, and Engineering is intended to encourage and support.


  • Irene Chambers, Chief, Interpretive Programs Office, Library of Congress
  • Alexander von Vegesack, Director, Vitra Design Museum
  • Rolf Fehlbaum, CEO, Vitra International
  • Donald Albrecht, Exhibition Director and Catalogue Editor
  • Craig Hodgetts and Hsin-Ming Fung, Hodgetts+Fung Design Associates, Exhibition Designers
  • C. Ford Peatross, Curator of the Architecture, Design, and Engineering Collections, Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress
  • Giulia Adelfio, Exhibition Coordinator, Interpretive Programs Office, Library of Congress
  • Eames Demetrios, Exhibition Media Producer, Head of the Eames Office
  • Betsy Nahum-Miller, Interpretive Programs Office, Library of Congress
  • Phyllis Ross, Research Assistant
  • Mathias Schwartz-Clauss, Curator, Vitra Design Museum

Responsibility for concept development was shared by Donald Albrecht and Hodgetts+Fung Design Associates, in collaboration with the organizing institutions.

The organizers appreciate the advice and guidance of Daniel Boorstin, Alan Fern, Harold Skramstad.


Interpretive Programs Office: Debbie Durbeck, Production Officer; Denise Agee, Jennifer Bride, Kimberli Curry, Seth de Matties, Martha Hopkins, Carroll Johnson, Tambra Johnson, David Krueger, Sally Livingston, Chris O'Connor, Cheryl Regan, and Gwynn Wilhelm.

Manuscript Division: James Hutson, Alice Birney, Marvin Kranz, Margaret McAleer, David Wigdor, Mary Wolfskill.

Charles Eames with Feather MaskPrints and Photographs Division: Helen Arden Alexander, Elizabeth Ballard, Maricia Battle, Katherine Blood, Cristina Carbone, Brett Carnell, James Carroll, Ellen Hahn, Mary Ison, Jane Kogi, Doris Lee, Sharon Ann McCarthy, Kathleen Miller, Anne Mitchell, Mary Goss Mundy, Charles Noble, Stephen Ostrow, Elisabeth B. Parker, Bernard F. Reilly, Sarah Rouse, Peter Richey, Maria Santiago, Helena Zinkham.

Conservation Office: Rikki Condon, Michele Hamill.

Development Office: Norma Baker

Special Events: Kim Moden

Contracts and Logistics: Ruth Nelson and Chris Hansen.

Additional Library of Congress Staff: Patrick Loughney and Michael Mashon, Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division, Jill Brett and Craig D'Ooge, Public Affairs; Ralph Eubanks, Publishing Office; Lynn Brooks, Domenic Sergi, and Michael Smallwood, Information Technology Services; Elizabeth Miller, Julie Mangin, Library Services; Terri Sierra and Tim Schurtter, Visitor Services; Frederick Harrison, Jeff Anderson, Stanley Bandong, and Onnetta Benoit, Printing Division.

Exhibition Publication and Brochure Design: J. Abbot Miller/Design/Writing/Research

Exhibition Programming: A film and lecture series will accompany this exhibition. All films are screened in the Mary Pickford Theater of the James Madison Building in the Library of Congress. For more information, call (202) 707-5677. An audio tour produced by Thwaite Productions will be available at the entrance to the exhibition.

Interpreting services (American Sign Language, Contact Signing, Oral and /or Tactile) will be provided if requested five business days in advance of the event. Call (202) 707-6362 TTY and voice to make specific request. For other ADA accommodations, please contact the ADA coordinator at (202) 707-7544 or (202) 707-9948 TTY.

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