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Lilian Swann Saarinen papers, circa 1909-1977

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Creator:
Saarinen, Lilian Swann, 1912-1995
Subject:
Saarinen, Loja
Armitage, Merle
Moholy-Nagy, László
Saarinen, Eliel
Crosby, Caresse
Eames, Ray Kaiser
Milles, Carl
Kreis, Henry
Venturi, Robert
Saarinen, Eero
Koch, Carl
Weese, Harry
Eames, Charles
Moholy-Nagy, Sibyl
Midtown Galleries (New York, N.Y.)
Cranbrook Academy of Art
G Place Gallery (Washington, D.C.)
Knoll Associates, inc
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Reynal & Hitchcock
Otava Publishing Company
Cambridge Art Center
Place of publication, production, or execution:
United States
Physical Description:
9.0 linear feet
Access Note / Rights:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center.
Summary:
The papers of Cambridge sculptor and illustrator, Lilian Swann Saarinen, measure nine linear feet and date from circa 1909 to 1977. The collection documents Saarinen's career through correspondence with artists, architects, publishers, and gallery owners; writings and notes, including manuscripts and illustrations for children's books and publications; project and teaching files; financial records; artwork, including numerous project sketches; and photos of Saarinen and her artwork. Saarinen's personal life is also documented through diaries and correspondence with friends and family members, including Eero Saarinen, to whom she was married from 1939-1953.
Citation:
Lilian Swann Saarinen papers, circa 1909-1977. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Additional Forms:
The bulk of the collection was digitized in 2017 with funding provided by The Walton Family Foundation. Material not digitized includes blank pages of diaries, unannotated pages of engagement calendars, routine financial transactions, blank versos of photographs, and duplicates.
Funding:
Funding for the processing and digitization of this collection was provided by The Walton Family Foundation; and John R. & Barbara Robinson and Deborah Schmidt Robinson & Dr. R. Perry Robinson, The Widgeon Point Charitable Foundation.
Related Materials:
Also in the Archives are materials loaned for microfilming by Saarinen in 1976, including a scrapbook containing clippings, copies of letters and telegrams received, and reproductions of Saarinen's work; a copy of Saarinen's book, "Who Am I?"; and 3 albums containing photographs of Saarinen, photographs and reproductions of her work, a list of exhibitions, quotes about her, and writings by her about sculpture. Loaned material is available on reels 1152 and 1192, but is not described in the Container Listing of this finding aid.
Biography Note:
Cambridge artist and sculptor, Lilian Swann Saarinen (1912-1995), studied at the Art Students League with Alexander Archipenko in 1928, and later with Albert Stewart and Heninz Warneke from 1934-1936, before moving to Michigan where she studied with Carl Milles at the Cranbrook Academy of Art from 1936-1940.
Provenance:
The papers were donated by Lilian Swann Saarinen in 1975.
Digitization Note:
This site provides access to the papers of Lilian Swann Saarinen in the Archives of American Art that were digitized in 2017, and total 12,958 images.
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Topic:
Art commissions
Women artists
Scrapbooks
Illustrations
Illustrators
Photographs
Sculptors
Diaries
Illustrated books, Children's
Art, Municipal
Sculpture, Modern
Blueprints
Art
Gateway Arch (Saint Louis, Mo.)
Sketches
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)9049
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211240
AAA_collcode_saarlili
Theme:
Lives of American Artists
Women
Craft
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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