Lester Beall
1903 – 1969

Lester Beall (1903-1969) was a key contributor to the modern movement in American graphic design. This collection provides exhaustive documentation of the life and work of this important pioneer, who is perhaps best known for his poster designs for the Rural Electrification Administration (1937-1941). Beall also designed for many other clients, including the International Paper Company and Connecticut General Life Company. The Lester Beall Collection was donated by Beall's children Joanna Beall Westermann and Lester Beall Jr. in 1984. The collection was organized and processed with funding provided by the National Endowment for the Arts. -- KH