Collection Number: 70099

Collection Title: Sue Meyer Design Collection, 1991-2016

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Size Approximately 500 items
Abstract Design work by Sue Meyer Design, a design firm founded by white graphic designer, illustrator and art director Sue Meyer, including publications by Southern Culture on the Skids, Hasil Adkins, Sugar Hill Records, the Museum of Life and Science, and Algonquin Books. Materials consist of design and print mechanicals, production mockups, package design, book jacket design, printed promotional posters and a printed catalog.
Creator Sue Meyer Design.
Curatorial Unit University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Folklife Collection.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Sue Meyer Design Collection #70099, Southern Folklife Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Transferred from the D. Kent Thompson Collection (20479) in the Southern Folklife Collection in the Louis Rould Wilson Special Collections Library in May 2021.
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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Donor provided the following biographical information*:

Sue Meyer holds a BFA in drawing from the College of Design, Art, Architecture, and Planning at the University of Cincinnati (1980). She started Sue Meyer Design in 1995 after working as Art Director at the NC Museum of Life & Science in Durham.

The majority of her work has been for music labels and musicians, designing and illustrating hundreds of CD packages over the years. Her other work includes logo design, illustration, collateral, and marketing support for museums; cultural, heritage, and arts organizations; conservation groups; publishers.

*Original text was lightly edited to conform with the style guide in use.

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Design work for publications by Southern Culture on the Skids, Hasil Adkins, Sugar Hill Records, the Museum of Life and Science, and Algonquin Books. Materials consist of design and print mechanicals, production mockups, package design, book jacket design, printed promotional posters and a printed catalog.

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Contents list

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Folder 1

Adkins, Hansil, 1992 #70099, Series: "Sue Meyer Design Collection, 1991-2016" Folder 1

CD print samples.

Production mock-up (provided to printer) for the unrealized Hasil Adkins recording.

Folder 2

Algonquin Books: Best of the South: The Best of the Second Decade, 2005 #70099, Series: "Sue Meyer Design Collection, 1991-2016" Folder 2

Jacket design by Sue Meyer Design.

Folder 3

Museum of Life and Science, 1991-1992 #70099, Series: "Sue Meyer Design Collection, 1991-2016" Folder 3

Annual report for The NC Museum of Life and Science designed by Sue Meyer. The Polaroid transfers included in the report were executed by Kent Thompson and Sue Meyer, some hand-colored by Sue Meyer.

Folder 4

Sugar Hill Records, 1997-1998 #70099, Series: "Sue Meyer Design Collection, 1991-2016" Folder 4

Print catalog of Sugar Hill records releases.

Image Folder PF-70099/1

Merlefest: Doc Watson, 2002 #70099, Series: "Sue Meyer Design Collection, 1991-2016" PF-70099/1

11 items. Color slides, color prints. Images used in Sugar Hill CD package.

Oversize Paper Folder OPF-70099/1-5

OPF-70099/1

OPF-70099/2

OPF-70099/3

OPF-70099/4

OPF-70099/5

Posters, 1990s-2000s #70099, Series: "Sue Meyer Design Collection, 1991-2016" OPF-70099/1-5

Collection of gig posters usually promoting the new release the bands were touring. Most of these were for Sugar Hill Records artists’ new releases.

Southern Culture on the Skids, concert, Ditch Diggin', For Lovers Only; Greg Trooper Make It Through This World; Tim O'Brien, Cornbread Nation and Traveler; Sugar Hill All Stars; Maura O'Connell, Don't I Know; The Infamous Stringdusters; Wishing You 'The Best of' Holidays from Sugar Hill Records; Sugar Hill Records: Home of the Best of Doc Watson; Dolly Parton Live and Well; Scott Miller and the Commonwealth; Martha Scanlan, The West Was Burning; The Duhks, The Duhks and Migrations; Red Stick Ramblers, Made in the Shade and My Suitcase Is Always Packed; The Gibson Brothers, Red Letter Day and Long Way Back Home; Sam Bush, King of My World; Algonquin, Best of the South; 28th Annual Festival for the Eno; Sugar Fest 2005.

Digital Folder DF-70099/1

Sue's Reissue Art, Too Much Pork #70099, Series: "Sue Meyer Design Collection, 1991-2016" DF-70099/1

Created digital files from David Southern’s original analog design. Recreated cover illustration.

Digital Folder DF-70099/2

Too Much Pork (Reissue art), February 2002 #70099, Series: "Sue Meyer Design Collection, 1991-2016" DF-70099/2

Created digital files from David Southern’s original analog design. Recreated cover illustration.

Digital Folder DF-70099/3

Hasil Adkins: Moist, August 2016 #70099, Series: "Sue Meyer Design Collection, 1991-2016" DF-70099/3

Contains Nikon raw format files.

D. Kent Thompson's description: "Pictures of 'mechanicals' for unreleased CD package on Moist Records. Photos of my CD design / print mechanicals and production mock-up for unrealized Hasil Adkins recording 'Who Took Your Clothes Off, Baby?'"

Digital Folder DF-70099/4

Hasil Adkins: Moist, August 2016 #70099, Series: "Sue Meyer Design Collection, 1991-2016" DF-70099/4

Contains TIFFs.

Digital Folder DF-70099/5

Photographs, "Sugar Hill Records" #70099, Series: "Sue Meyer Design Collection, 1991-2016" DF-70099/5

Photographs of CD package designs for Sugar Hill Records.

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Processing Information

Until May 2021, the materials in the Sue Meyer Design Collection were described as part of the D. Kent Thompson Collection (20479).

Encoded by: Laura Smith

Updated by Rebecca Stubbs and Laura Smith, February 2022

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