Skip to main content Smithsonian Institution

Additional Online Media

Catalog Data

Saarinen, Lilian Swann, 1912-1995  Search this
Armitage, Merle  Search this
Saarinen, Loja  Search this
Moholy-Nagy, László  Search this
Eames, Ray Kaiser  Search this
Saarinen, Eliel  Search this
Crosby, Caresse  Search this
Milles, Carl  Search this
Kreis, Henry  Search this
Venturi, Robert  Search this
Saarinen, Eero  Search this
Koch, Carl  Search this
Weese, Harry  Search this
Eames, Charles  Search this
Moholy-Nagy, Sibyl  Search this
Midtown Galleries (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Cranbrook Academy of Art  Search this
G Place Gallery (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Knoll Associates, inc  Search this
Massachusetts Institute of Technology  Search this
Reynal & Hitchcock  Search this
Otava Publishing Company  Search this
Cambridge Art Center  Search this
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.
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.
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 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.
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
Art commissions  Search this
Sculpture, Modern  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Illustrated books, Children's  Search this
Art, Municipal  Search this
Gateway Arch (Saint Louis, Mo.)  Search this
Record number:
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art