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Charles Goslin Papers

Identifier: MC-026

Scope and Contents

The Charles Goslin Papers were donated to Pratt Institute in 2018. They were a gift of Paul Choi and were delivered by Sam Ita, both former students of Goslin. In 2017, Choi was contacted by the owner of the apartment building at 287 Garfield Place in Park Slope, Brooklyn, where Goslin had lived for about four decades. The owner had found a large portfolio in a basement storage area that contained materials which had belonged to Goslin, and the owner gave them to Choi.

Included in the collection is original and commercial art by Goslin, which is dated from the time he lived in the Park Slope apartment. The collection shows the range of his work, which includes personal letterhead, book cover designs, materials for the Park Slope Civic Council, sketches and collages, as well as his work as a graphic designer for journals.

This collection is organized into two series: Original Artwork and Prints and Commercial Artwork. Both series include artwork that is stored in the oversize flat files.


  • 1958-1969
  • Majority of material found within 1960 - 1969

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to the public.

Conditions Governing Use

For permission to publish, contact the Archivist, Pratt Institute Library.

Biographical / Historical

Charles Laforest Goslin (1932-2007) was a professor of graphic design and illustration at Pratt Institute from 1966-2007. Born in Attleboro, Massachusetts, he graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1954. He worked as a professional graphic designer in addition to teaching, with a variety of major clients and awards to his name, and in 1958 he co-designed a U.S. postage stamp. Pratt honored Goslin with the Distinguished Teacher Award at the 2003 Commencement.


0.42 Linear Feet (1 box, 2 oversize folders)

Language of Materials



The Charles Goslin Papers consist of the personal and commercial illustration and graphic design work of Charles Laforest Goslin from 1958 to 1969, who was a professor of graphic design and illustration at Pratt Institute from 1966-2007.


The papers are arranged in two series, as follows:

Series 1: Original Artwork and Prints, Circa 1958-1969

Series 2: Commercial Artwork, Circa 1958-1969

Institutions holding related materials

  1. Rhode Island School of Design Archives
  2. The Herb Lubalin Study Center of Design and Typography at The Cooper Union

Harmful Language Statement

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Guide to the Charles Goslin Papers
Mary Bakija
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Repository Details

Part of the Pratt Institute Archives Repository

200 Willoughby Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11205 United States