Suzanne Caygill Papers,circa 1948-1990

Collection Number: 6367

Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections
Cornell University Library


DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
Suzanne Caygill papers, circa 1948-1990.
Collection Number:
6367
Creator:
Suzanne Caygill.
Quantity:
19.8 cubic ft.
Forms of Material:
Video tapes, audio tapes, worksheets, scrapbooks, posters, samples, photographs, slides, and clippings.
Repository:
Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
Abstract:
Documentation concerning Caygill's Academy of Color.
Language:
Collection material in English


BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE

Suzanne Caygill (1911-1994) was a milliner, dress designer and night club singer as a young adult. She turned her attention to color as early as 1940 and worked the rest of her life creating individual color palettes for clients and teaching design seminars. In the 1950s Suzanne Caygill starred in a self-improvement television program, "Living With Suzanne" which aired on CBS in Los Angeles. In 1980, she published Color: the Essence of You and established the Academy of Color. Michaelin Reamy (Watts), Cornell Class 1960, Suzanne's apprentice and professional assistant from 1988 until Ms. Caygill's death in 1994, arranged and coordinated the donation of the Suzanne Caygill Archives to Cornell University.

COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

Documentation concerning the Academy of Color including material for students, information about certification and accreditation, worksheets, and scrapbooks, posters, samples, photographs, slides, and clippings used in teaching. Also a set of 24 training video tapes from the Academy of Color including 19 tapes entitled "The Four Seasons"; 3 tapes entitled "Fabrics"; "The Key to Color Harmony," used to introduce clients to her theory; and "Living with Suzanne," excerpts from the television show, ca. 1952. Audio tapes of "The Key to Color Harmony," an abbreviated version of her theory; and "Poetry for Inspiration," in which Suzanne recites some of her favorite poems.
Typed mss. of Suzanne's book, Salon of Color business plan, interior design proposal and related letters, wardrobe design for Lisa Curry, schedule of events for May 1984, Academy of Color certificates, client comments, photograph, miscellaneous letters and schedules, and teaching manuals. Also, "Red Leather Seasons Portfolio" used by Suzanne in her teaching to show examples of the connection between a woman and her costume that fit a season, and various items of clothing, hats, and shoes worn by Suzanne.
Workbook created by Suzanne for Mary Cowies Moore of San Francisco, 1948.
Also, additional newspaper clippings about Suzanne and her work, original layout materials for her Salon of Color and course work, copies of her newsletter "Suzanne Says," and a 33 rpm phonograph record of her poetry readings. Also additional clothing, including a suit, blouse, evening dresses, hat, and a number of fabric evening stoles, some of which were designed by her.
Notebook compiled by Lisa Curry of handouts and class notes from Suzanne's seminars.
SUBJECTS

Names:
Suzanne.
Academy of Color.

Subjects:
Color in clothing.
Color in interior decoration.
Seasons.


INFORMATION FOR USERS

Access Restrictions:
Box 13-15: restricted to permission of the Archivist
Access Restrictions:
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Cite As:
Suzanne Caygill papers, #6367. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.
Series List

Series I. Files
Boxes 1, 2, 5, 6, 17, 22, 23, 24, 30
Series II. Videos [Please only use media that has been digitized]
Boxes 3
Series III. Sound recordings [Please only use media that has been digitized]
Boxes 3, 4, 24
Series IV. Slides
Box 4
Series V. Images
Boxes 7-11, 16, 24, Mapcase Folder 1
Series VI. Fabric/clothing
Boxes 12, 18-21, 25-28, Mapcase Folder 2
Series VII. RESTRICTED
Boxes 13-15

CONTAINER LIST

Container
Description
Date
Box 1 Folder 1
Academy Legal Agreements
1981
Box 1 Folder 2
Release Agreements
n.d.
Box 1 Folder 3
Agreement: Non-Competitive
n.d.
Box 1 Folder 4
Letters to Graduates
1987
Box 1 Folder 5
Agreements: Accreditation
n.d.
Box 1 Folder 6
Agreement: Enrollment
n.d.
Box 1 Folder 7
Agreements: Methods
n.d.
Box 1 Folder 8
Financial Agreements
n.d.
Box 1 Folder 9
Approval/Disclosure Statement
n.d.
Box 1 Folder 10
Apprenticeship
n.d.
Box 1 Folder 11
Post Graduate Course
1988
Box 1 Folder 12
Enrollment, Student Record
1981
Box 1 Folder 13
Applications of Intent and Historical Background
n.d.
Box 1 Folder 14
Privileges/Obligations Policy
n.d.
Box 1 Folder 15
Oath of a Color Analyst
n.d.
Box 1 Folder 16
Certificate - Color Technician
n.d.
Box 1 Folder 17
Certificate - Color Analyst
1981-82
Box 1 Folder 18
Graduation Requirements
n.d.
Box 1 Folder 19
Business Methodology
1981
Box 1 Folder 20
Student Material
n.d.
Box 1 Folder 21
Student Material - Test: Final Exam in Color
1981
Box 1 Folder 22
Test - Color Aptitude
1974
Box 1 Folder 23
Student Material - Matching Test
1983
Box 1 Folder 24
Evaluation - Administrators
1981
Box 1 Folder 25
Student Evaluation and Progress Report
n.d.
Box 1 Folder 26
Attendance Record
n.d.
Box 1 Folder 27
Management Counseling and Termination
n.d.
Box 1 Folder 28
Joyce Clydesdale Lecture
1981
Box 1 Folder 29
Student Materials - Supply List
n.d.
Box 1 Folder 30
Metropolitan Museum Paintings and Season
n.d.
Box 1 Folder 31
Animated Flowers
n.d.
Box 1 Folder 32
Fabrics - Surface Patterns
1979
Box 1 Folder 33
Porcelains
1988
Box 1 Folder 34
Color Property Charts
n.d.
Box 1 Folder 35
Student Material: Pigment Charts
1977
Box 1 Folder 36
Student Material: Texture Definitions
1981
Box 1 Folder 37
Student Material: Color Mechanics; Color Wheel Assembly
n.d.
Box 1 Folder 38
Academy of Color - spring
1982
Box 1 Folder 39
Society of Color Analysts
n.d.
Box 1 Folder 40
Department of Education - Academy of Color
1978-82
Box 1 Folder 41-42
Accreditation: State Department of Education
1981-83
Box 1 Folder 43
Academy - Profit/Loss Estimate
n.d.
Box 1 Folder 44
Department of Education
1981-83
Box 1 Folder 45
Department of Education
1979
Box 1 Folder 46-47
Academy: Applications Received
1981-82
Box 1 Folder 48
Academy Proposal
1982
Box 1 Folder 49
Color Mechanics
n.d.
Box 1 Folder 50
Student Material: Color Charts
n.d.
Box 1 Folder 51
Worksheets - Season Types
n.d.
Box 1 Folder 52
Harmonies for the Season
n.d.
Box 1 Folder 53
Pigments for the Seasons
n.d.
Box 1 Folder 54
Academy Prospects and Leads
1981-86
Box 1 Folder 55
Academy Schedules - September
1982
Box 1 Folder 56
Academy Schedules
1983
Box 1 Folder 57
Academy Correspondence
1986
Box 1 Folder 58
Student Material: Color Wheel
n.d.
Box 1 Folder 59
Student Material: Color Mechanics
n.d.
Box 1 Folder 60
Student Material: Color Harmony
n.d.
Box 1 Folder 61
Student Material: Color Wheel (brands used)
n.d.
Box 1 Folder 62
Miscellaneous
n.d.
Box 2 Volume 1
Suzanne, Color The Essence of You, Millbrae, California: Celestial Arts, 1980
1980
Box 5 Folder 1
Instructions to Hotels
1986
Box 5 Folder 2
Assistant Commission Sheet
n.d.
Box 5 Folder 3
Letter & Palette Instructions
1985
Box 5 Folder 4
Palette Record
n.d.
Box 5 Folder 5
Palette Instructions - Women
n.d.
Box 5 Folder 6
Palette Instructions - Men
n.d.
Box 5 Folder 7
Master: Purse Palettes
n.d.
Box 5 Folder 8
Gift Certificates
n.d.
Box 5 Folder 9
Palette Miniature
n.d.
Box 5 Folder 10
Body Measurements
n.d.
Box 5 Folder 11
Style - Sketches
June 1964
Box 5 Folder 12
Palette Forms
n.d.
Box 5 Folder 13
Style - Promotion
1979
Box 5 Folder 14
Style for Women
1979
Box 5 Folder 1
Style for Men
n.d.
Box 5 Folder 16
Designer Information (label says Manuscripts - Songs)
n.d.
Box 5 Folder 17
Costume Forms
1979
Box 5 Folder 18-19
Focal Point Definition Cards
n.d.
Box 5 Folder 20
Focal Point Analysis
1979
Box 5 Folder 21
Masters: Focal Point Analysis
1979
Box 5 Folder 22
Psychological Styling
1979
Box 5 Folder 23
Fabric Dictionary
1981
Box 5 Folder 24
Fabrics - Surface Patterns
1979
Box 5 Folder 25
Qualities to Emphasize
1970
Box 5 Folder 26
Costumes/Lines
n.d.
Box 5 Folder 27
Versatility in Dress
n.d.
Box 5 Folder 28
Furniture Styles/Costumes
n.d.
Box 5 Folder 29
Period Adaptations
1979
Box 5 Folder 30
Chart for Personality
1955
Box 5 Folder 31
Psychological Style (small binder)
1979
Box 5 Folder 32
How to Use Your Room Deciders (board)
1965
Box 5 Folder 33
Jack Boggess
1987
Box 5 Folder 34
Interiors - Materials for Summer
n.d.
Box 5 Folder 35
Palette Survey
n.d.
Box 5 Folder 36
Interiors: Color Scheme & Sound
n.d.
Box 5 Folder 37
Focal Point for Vibration
n.d.
Box 5 Folder 38
Palettes - Hotel Setup, etc.
n.d.
Box 5 Folder 39
Client Forms
n.d.
Box 5 Folder 40
Registration Forms
1979
Box 5 Folder 41
Registration Procedures
n.d.
Box 5 Folder 42
Calendars
1979-1988
Box 5 Folder 43
Interior Designing - Upholstery Co.
1979, n.d.
Box 5 Folder 44
[Four Seasons Beauty Box]
n.d.
Box 5 Folder 45
Cosmetics Price Lists/Order Form
n.d.
Box 5 Folder 46
Source - Reupholstering
n.d.
Box 5 Folder 47
Source - Room Dividers
n.d.
Box 5 Folder 48
Source - Storage
n.d.
Box 5 Folder 49
Source - Kitchen Sinks & Fixtures
n.d.
Box 5 Folder 50
Source - Photo Murals
n.d.
Box 5 Folder 51
Source - Metal Finishes
n.d.
Box 5 Folder 52
Source - Tile Colors
1971, n.d.
Box 5 Folder 53
Source - Office Machinery
1975, n.d.
Box 5 Folder 54
Source - Murals
n.d.
Box 5 Folder 55
Source - Mirror - Wall Fixtures/Hangings
1966
Box 5 Folder 56
Source - Tints
1967, n.d.
Box 5 Folder 57
Source - Furniture - Res/Cont
1966-1976
Box 5 Folder 58
Source - Furniture - Contract
1971
Box 5 Folder 59
Source - Bedspreads
n.d.
Box 5 Folder 60
Source - Cement & Stucco Color
n.d.
Box 5 Folder 61
Source - Art
n.d.
Box 5 Folder 62
[Vanity]
n.d.
Box 5 Folder 63
[Price List]
n.d.
Box 5 Folder 64
[Color Book Dummy]
n.d.
Box 5 Folder 65
[Shades of Brown]
n.d.
Box 5 Folder 66
[Brown, Pink, Black]
n.d.
Box 5 Folder 67
Miscellany: Talent Night, Vanity
1983, n.d.
Box 5 Folder 68
Salon of Color Packet
1982-1983
Box 5 Folder 69
Neurosis, Mailing List, Program in Living Color
1989, n.d.
Box 5 Folder 70-72
Academy of Color
1979-1990
Box 5 Folder 73
Academy of Color - Seminar 2
1981
Box 5 Folder 74-75
Evening of Theatre
n.d.
Box 5 Folder 76
Wardrobe Mechanics for Men
1986
Box 5 Folder 7
Film Catalogue
1979-1981
Box 6 Folder 1-2
Poetry
1929-1979
Box 6 Folder 3
RSVP Quotes
1979
Box 6 Folder 4-5
Photos
n.d.
Box 6 Folder 6
Fabrics
n.d.
Box 6 Folder 7
Paper & Fabric Samples
n.d.
Box 6 Folder 8-9
Academy Fabric Study
n.d.
Box 6 Folder 10
Certificates
n.d.
Box 17 Folder 1
Suzanne Caygill's business plan
n.d.
Box 17 Folder 2
Color salon - sketches
n.d.
Box 17 Folder 3
Book proposal - "The Four Seasons"
n.d.
Box 17 Folder 4
Manuscript - "Color as the Key to Self"
n.d.
Box 17 Folder 5
Personality Package
n.d.
Box 17 Folder 6
Psychological Styling
n.d.
Box 17 Folder 7
Style - lecture
n.d.
Box 17
misc/unsorted material
Box 22
Workbook created by Suzanne for Mary Cowies Moore of San Francisco
1948
Box 23
4 loose-leaf color notebooks
ca. 1960-1980
Box 24 Folder 2
Notes and proofs
Box 24 Folder 3
Articles
Box 24 Folder 4
Misc. items
Box 24
Sketchbooks
Box 30
Notebook compiled by Lisa Curry of handouts and class notes from Suzanne's seminars and correspondence from Suzanne to Lisa and Robert Curry
1974-1992
Box 3 V-8950-8951
Academy of Color: Fabric Lesson Part I
n.d.
Please use DVD-1752 in Box 29
Box 3 V-8952
Academy of Color: Fabric Lesson Part II
n.d.
Please use DVD-1752 in Box 29
Box 3 V-8953
Developing the Palette: Anticipating the Type (follows Autumn Part I)
n.d.
Please use DVD-1753 in Box 29
Box 3 V-8954-8956
The Four Seasons: Feminine Types Spring - Parts I-III
n.d.
Please use DVD-1753 in Box 29
Box 3 V-8597-8958
The Four Seasons: Feminine Types Summer - Parts I-II
n.d.
Please use DVD-1754 in Box 29
Box 3 V-8959-8960
The Four Seasons: Feminine Types Autumn - Parts I-II
n.d.
Please use DVD-1755 in Box 29
Box 3 V-8961-8962
The Four Seasons: Feminine Types Winter - Parts I-II and Message of the Seasons
n.d.
Please use DVD-1756 and DVD-1757 in Box 29
Box 3 V-8963
The Four Seasons: Masculine Types Spring
n.d.
Please use DVD-1757 in Box 29
Box 3 V-8964
The Four Seasons: Masculine Types Summer and Autumn
n.d.
Please use DVD-1758 in Box 29
Box 3 V-8965
The Four Seasons: Masculine Types Autumn (excerpt)
n.d.
Please use DVD-1758 in Box 29
Box 3 V-8966
The Four Seasons: Masculine Types Winter
n.d.
Please use DVD-1758 in Box 29
Box 3 V-8967
The Four Seasons: Message of the Seasons: Spring Summer Autumn Winter
n.d.
Please use DVD-1758 in Box 29
Box 3 V-8968
The Four Seasons: Message of the Seasons: Summer (excerpt)
n.d.
Please use DVD-1759 in Box 29
Box 3 V-8969
The Four Seasons: Message of the Seasons: Autumn (excerpt)
n.d.
Please use DVD-1759 in Box 29
Box 3 V-8970
The Four Seasons: Message of the Seasons: Winter (excerpt)
n.d.
Please use DVD-1759 in Box 29
Box 3 V-8971
The Four Seasons: Skintone Lesson (Follows Summer Part II)
n.d.
Please use DVD-1759 in Box 29
Box 3 V-8972-8973
Living with Suzanne (2 copies)
ca. 1950s
Please use DVD-1759 in Box 29
Box 3 V-8974-8975
The Key to Color Harmony (2 copies)
n.d.
Please use DVD-1759 in Box 29
Box 4 DVD-722-729
Roy Cook Marketing, August 10, 1981 - DVD (4 copies)
1981
Box 3 TR-10677-10681
Poetry for Inspiration (5 copies)
n.d.
Please use CD-2871 in Box 29
Box 3 TR-10682-10685
Suzanne presents the Key to Color Harmony (4 copies)
n.d.
Please use CD-2871 in Box 29
Box 3 TR-11669
Suzanne sings
n.d.
Please use digital file
Box 4 Album 1, TR-10686
A: Color Theory - New York B: Color Theory - the Lights - N.Y.
n.d.
Please use CD-2872 in Box 29
Box 4 Album 1, TR-10687
A: Magazine - David Ryrr & Suyaree Sap
n.d.
Please use CD-2872 in Box 29
Box 4 Album 1, TR-10688
Psychological Style, Los Angeles, Calif., 12/1/86, tape 2
1986
Please use CD-2872 in Box 29
Box 4 Album 1, TR-10689
Re clearance on poetry, etc., Mark Brown
n.d.
Please use CD-2872 in Box 29
Box 4 Album 1, TR-10690
Color Your Life
n.d.
Please use CD-2872 in Box 29
Box 4 Album 1, TR-10691
Color Theory, New York
n.d.
Please use CD-2873 in Box 29
Box 4 Album 1, TR-10692
Psychological Style, Los Angeles, Calif., 12/1/86, tape 3
n.d.
Please use CD-2873 in Box 29
Box 4 Album 1, TR-10693
A: Suzanne/ElliotB: Poetry in preparation
n.d.
Please use CD-2873 in Box 29
Box 4 Album 2, TR-10694-10704
Color theory (11 tapes)
1984
Please use CD-2874 and CD-2875 in Box 29
Box 4 Album 3, TR-10705-10713
Counselor course (9 tapes)
1985
Please use CD-2876 and CD-2877 in Box 29
Box 4 Album 4, TR-10714-10721
Psychological Style (8 tapes)
1985
Please use CD-2878 and CD-2879 in Box 29
Box 4 Album 5, TR-10722-10730
RSVP (Relaxation, Speech, Voice, Posture) (9 tapes)
1985
Please use CD-2880 and CD-2881 in Box 29
Box 4 Album 6, TR-10731-10739
Spring (9 tapes)
1979-1982
Please use CD-2882 and CD-2883 in Box 29
Box 4 Album 7, TR-10740-10745
Summer (6 tapes)
1978-1974
Please use CD-2884 and CD-2885 in Box 29
Box 4 Album 8, TR-10746-10753
Autumn
1978-1986
Please use CD-2886 and CD-2887 in Box 29
Box 4 CD-1383-1384
The Four Seasons (digital copy of audiocasettes)
1978-1986
Box 24 SR-6320-6321
2 copies of a 33 rpm phonograph record, "Poetry for Candlelight", by Suzanne Caygill
n.d.
Please use CD-2871 in Box 29
Box 4 Folder 1
Masculine types
n.d.
Box 4 Folder 2-4
Feminine types
n.d.
Box 7
Scrapbook pages, photographs, poem "Colors"
n.d.
Box 8-10
Images mounted on boards
n.d.
Box 11
2 Framed Images of Suzanne
n.d.
Box 16
Red Leather Seasons Portfolio
Box 24 Folder 1
Photos, including Dolores Del Rio, Suzanne Caygill and "Master Class" group photo of women wearing hats designed by Caygill
n.d.
Folder 1
Over-size Images on Boards/collages (teaching materials)
n.d.
Box 12
Fabric Samples
n.d.
Box 18
Clothing - including "Nothing Dresses" (silver and blue)
n.d.
Box 19
Other clothing, shoes, jewelry and cosmetic cases
n.d.
Box 20
Hats
n.d.
Box 21
Tangerine angora wool dress, jacket, and shawl, designed by Suzanne
n.d.
Box 25-28
Additional clothing
Folder 2
Over-size Fabric Samples on Boards (teaching materials)
n.d.
Box 13-15
Contact cards for clients seeking individual palettes
n.d.
These cards contain addresses and phone numbers of clients and occasionally mention the type of palette, eg. vital spring, but do not contain the actual color palette. They also contain billing information for consultation services.