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Tom Greensfelder design records

Identifier: Wing-Modern-MS-Greensf

Scope and Content of the Collection

Tom Greensfelder has used the corporate name Greensfelder Design from 1987 forward. The records are largely files concerning a commission from Robert Sideman of Oakdale Press to create children’s bookplates employing a variety of artists, including Stephen Alcorn, Steven Guarnaccia, Peter Hannen, Nicole Hollander, and Slug Signorino. Other files include specimens of Greensfelder’s commercial work.


  • Creation: 1989-2015



Materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The Tom Greensfelder design records are open for research in the Special Collections Reading Room; 1 box at a time (Priority III).

Ownership and Literary Rights

The Tom Greensfelder design records are the physical property of the Newberry Library. Copyright may belong to the authors or their legal heirs or assigns. For permission to publish or reproduce any materials from this collection, contact the Roger and Julie Baskes Department of Special Collections at

Biography of Tom Greensfelder

Chicago designer and calligrapher.

Tom Greensfelder received a B.A. in art and design from the University of California Los Angeles in 1972. He worked as a designer for McKinsey & Co. and the Environmental Impact Planning Corporation, and was art director for In These Times magazine, and the University of Chicago Alumni Magazine. Since 1987 he has run his own design firm, Greensfelder Design, in Chicago. Desultorily, he has also use d the name Magic Head Design. His clients have included Broadway In Chicago; the Illinois Humanities Council; cartoonists Nicole Hollander and Lynda Barry; and performers Bucky Halker, Tony Sacre, Tom Mula and Michael Fosberg. His more recent work is primarily book design. Greensfelder has taught calligraphy and lettering at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Loyola University and the Newberry Library. He helped to organize Chicago Calligraphy ’83, the third international calligraphy conference. He has curated exhibits at the Columbia College Chicago Center for Book and Paper Arts and at the Loyola University.


2 Linear Feet (3 boxes and 1 oversize box)


Chicago calligrapher and designer. Files concerning Oakdale Press children’s bookplate designs and other projects.


Papers are organized in the following series:

Series 1: Oakdale Press Children's Bookplates, 1990-1992
Boxes 1-4
Series 2: Other files, 1989-2015
Box 2

Collection Stack Location

4a 30 4


Gift of Tom Greensfelder, 2015.

Processed by

Robert Williams, 2015.


Inventory of the Tom Greensfelder design records, 1989-2015
Robert Williams
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the The Newberry Library - Modern Manuscripts and Archives Repository

60 West Walton Street
Chicago Illinois 60610 United States