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Series VII: Cranbrook School


Collection Scope

From the Collection:

SERIES I: Office Files (1925-1978) includes the general office files generated by the Cranbrook Architectural Office, general correspondence between the CAO and Charles R. Wermuth & Son, Inc., and the correspondence of John H. Buckberrough, John Knight and William McIlroy. SERIES II: Brookside School (also referred to as Bloomfield Hills School and the Children's School) (1928-1954) contains correspondence and building specifications. SERIES III: Christ Church Cranbrook (1927-1954) contains correspondence and specifications. Most of the documents relating to the building of Christ Church Cranbrook will be found in the George G. Booth Papers (1981-1), boxes 17-19. SERIES IV: Cranbrook Academy of Art (CAA) (1929-1980) contains correspondence, bids and specifications. The majority of the documents in this series were originally in the John Knight Papers. Also see the Richard P. Raseman Papers for additional information. SERIES V: Cranbrook Foundation/Estate (1927-1987) contains documents that pertain to all areas not covered in the other series, such as Valley Farm, Cranbrook House, the Pavilion, St. Dunstan's Playhouse, etc. SERIES VI: Cranbrook Institute of Science (CIS) (1930-1954)contains correspondence and specifications. SERIES VII: Cranbrook School (1925-1980) The general bulletins and the Outside Work bulletins are two separate series from #1-#51, then the two series of bulletins apparently converge into one series, so there will be numerical gaps within the two separate series of bulletins. SERIES VIII: Kingswood School (1930-1980) includes correspondence, schedules, bids, specifications, bulletins, additions, requisitions, proposals, contracts, and booklets. SERIES IX: Non-campus Sites (1929-1940) includes documents regarding the design and construction of residences in the South Cranbrook Subdivision which was supervised by the Cranbrook Architectural Office. Thornlea, designed by Swanson and Booth, the precursors of the CAO, is also included in this series. There are also several copies of architectural specifications by other architectural firms which may have been used by the CAO as examples on which to base their specifications. SERIES X: Outside Work (1927-1945) includes paving and roadwork; excavation; barriers and gates; underground and above ground electrical systems; water and gas supply systems; sewage systems; exterior tiling; outdoor sport facilities, etc. Since Outside Work bulletins were issued by both the Cranbrook Architectural Office and the Cranbrook Foundation, there is some repetition of bulletin numbers. When researching a particular building, addition or project, it is suggested that files of a similar date in the more general "Office Files" series also be reviewed for possible additional information. It should also be noted that many of the documents referring to a certain buildings are interrelated. For example, correspondence between Wermuth & Son and the CAO often includes references to particular drawing numbers or bulletin numbers; requisitions sometimes contain dates of related correspondence or bulletin numbers.


  • 1925 - 1987


Access to the collection is unrestricted.


From the Collection: 13.8 Linear Feet (33 MS)

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English


Repository Details

Part of the Cranbrook Archives, Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research Repository