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In October 2002 The Society of Typographic Arts celebrated its seventy-fifth anniversary with three exhibitions: “Fifty Years of Graphic Design in Chicago 1927–1977,” “Fifty Years of Chicago Graphic Design (1941–1991),” and “Seventy-five Years of Graphic Design in Chicago”, curated for the National AIGA conference in Chicago.” The nearly one thousand images that form the nucleus of the Chicago Design Archive preserve the historical survey of graphic design examples curated for those exhibitions.

The Society of Typographic Arts updates its collection with new material from Chicago designers through the STA's annual Archive Show, (see Competitions) and regular selections juried by its Curatorial Committee and Directors.

On the tenth anniversary of the founding of the Chicago Design Archive, October 20, 2015, the CDA became an independent 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization dedicated to educating the public about the importance of Chicago's design history.

Gifts to the Chicago Design Archive in support of its efforts are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

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