Oral history interview with Lilian Swann Saarinen, 1979-1981
Saarinen, Lilian Swann, 1912-1995
Brown, Robert F.
Warneke, Heinz (Heinrich)
Cranbrook Academy of Art
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Transcript: 93 pages.
Originally recorded on 3 sound tape reels. Reformatted in 2010 as 4 digital wav files. Duration is 3 hr., 40 min. Audio quality varies greatly in this interview. Tape speed and volume are uneven.
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Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
An interview of Lilian Swann Saarinen conducted in three installments between 1979-1981, by Robert F. Brown, for the Archives of American Art, in Cambridge, Mass.
Saarinen speaks of her childhood in New York; her training with Alexander Archipenko and Heinz Warneke; a ceramic relief for the Crow Island School, Winnetka, Ill.; ceramic and metal reliefs for architecture; the Cranbrook Academy of Art; her drawings and her sculpture.
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Lilian Swann Saarinen, 1979-1981. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Transcript available on line.
Funding for the digital preservation of this interview was provided by a grant from the Save America's Treasures Program of the National Park Service.
Lilian Swann Saarinen (1912-1995) was a sculptor from Cambridge, Mass.
These interviews are part of the Archives of American Art Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and others.
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001