Explore the Archives
Michael Sand Archives

Exhibit Design Since the Sixties

Explore Michael Sand’s museum exhibits and other work. A work-in-progress, the collection spans decades of design history, cultural and political history, Boston city government, and more.

About the Michael Sand Archives

Michael amassed a vast archive dating back to the early '60s (client files, print collateral, project samples, street photography), covering decades of museum exhibits, design history, cultural and political history, Boston city government, and more. The archives are currently managed by Jess Sand and Zoe Donahue, Michael's daughters. Our long-term goal is to get this collection online and publicly accessible via this site.

The physical files consist of about 75 linear feet. They're currently in storage in Massachusetts, and undigitized. If you or someone you know might be interested in housing the files or assisting with digitzation, please get in touch.

In the meantime, we're slowly but steadily cataloging more than 14,000 digital images that Michael converted from his slides several years before his death. These images depict many of his projects, associates, and other subjects. We believe there may be even more undigitized slides in the physical archives.

At last count, known images span approximately 50 clients (give or take a dozen image sets that may or may not be client work), and 128 individual projects.

Gathering accurate records

Not all of the images in the archives represent work done by Michael. If you see project photos that you recognize or were part of (or if you feel you have a copyright claim on any of the images), please consider sending us any details you can

About the website

The site itself is produced by Jess (Michael's youngest daughter), with extremely limited knowledge of front-end coding and using as many open source tools as possible:

Visit Jess' blog to read more about how she got started with the project.