International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (ICSID) Archive

Scope and Content

The archive covers the full range of the council's activities, and includes administrative files, printed material, publications and photographs.

Administrative / Biographical History

The International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (ICSID) was founded in London in 1957 with the aim of promoting the status of industrial designers, raising the standard of industrial design through training and education, and encouraging cooperation between industrial designers around the world. By the end of the 1960s ICSID included over 40 member societies from more than 30 countries. The ICSID archive documents the initiatives, ambitions and influence of this international organization that continues to make a major contribution to the representation of industrial design and designers across political boundaries and economic disparities.


The archive is arranged in the following series, reflecting the existing arrangement of the University of Compiegne material:

ICD/1 Constitution

ICD/2 Congress

ICD/3 General Assemblies

ICD/4 Meetings

ICD/5 Interdesign

ICD/6 Working groups

ICD/7 Seminars

ICD/8 Board members

ICD/9 ICSID publications

ICD/10 Countries

ICD/11 Awards

ICD/12 International organisations

ICD/13 Education

Access Information

Researchers wishing to consult the collection should make an appointment. Telephone 44 (0)1273 643217 or email

Acquisition Information

Transferred to the Design Archives in 2007 from the University of Compiegne, where it was held on behalf of ICSID. Material was generated by offices in Essen and Montreal, and some files came directly from these offices.

Archivist's Note

Collection level record created in November 2007 and updated by Sue Breakell, March 2010

Conditions Governing Use

Permission must be sought to publish any material from the collection. Email


The collection will accrue.