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Series IV: Oversized Materials


Collection Scope

From the Collection:

This collection includes project files for architectural and design projects of J. Robert F. Swanson and Pipsan Saarinen Swanson. It also includes business, personal, and professional correspondence. It contains photographic materials related to projects and personal life, and has oversize materials which include photographs, project materials, and a scrapbook. Selected envelopes have been retained for the information they provide.

SERIES I: Projects (Boxes 1-6) represents the bulk of the collection and consists of the records and individual projects of the Swanson’s architecture and design business. Included are notes and correspondence relating to design, construction, customer accounts, research sources, clippings, and reviews.

SERIES II: Topical (Boxes 6-8) is divided into three subseries: business records, personal documents, and professional documents. A distinction is made between business and personal correspondence and these documents are foldered as subheadings under the appropriate main heading.

SERIES III: Photographic Materials contains photographs, slides, transparencies and negatives (Boxes 9-14). Of special interest is the collection of glass negatives in Box 14, containing works created by members of the Saarinen Swanson Group, and copies of architectural drawings from selected Swanson Associates projects.

SERIES IV: Oversized Materials (Boxes 15-18) contain oversized photographs, project materials, and a University of Michigan scrapbook belonging to Bob Swanson.


  • 1900 - 1983


Access to the collection is unrestricted.


From the Collection: 15.5 Linear Feet (13 MS, 8 OS)

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English


Repository Details

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