The work of Henry Dreyfuss, constantly focused on the needs of the average consumer, had a profound impact on the daily lives of millions of Americans. His firm had hundreds of clients (American Airlines, A T & T, Deere & Company, Hallmark Cards Incorporated, Polaroid Corp.) and worked on thousands of items. The material included in this archive does not cover all clients and projects undertaken by Dreyfuss. This collection consists of theater design materials, industrial design materials, primarily, though not exclusively, from the 1950s and 60s, draft copies of his books, including extensive research files for the "Symbol Soursebook", texts of lectures delivered by Dreyfuss, and biographical material. Included is Dreyfuss's Brown Book which provides an outline of his achievements. Photographs and slides of many of his designs are included. Materials relating to three publications include original drafts of the books with author notes, drawings, photographs, correspondence, and research materials. Also contains materials relating to the symbols exhibition held at the Hallmark Gallery in New York City in 1972.
311 reels of microfilm documenting most of the projects undertaken by Dreyfuss Associates were created by the firm and added to the collection later.