Elizabeth Wallace McLean Papers
The majority of the material is on the early years of Kingswood and Brookside schools. It contains clippings, correspondence, programs, photographs, and scrapbooks.
- 1920 - 1994
- Majority of material found within 1930 - 1934
- McLean, Elizabeth Wallace (Person)
Folder 12 scrapbook is restricted due to fragility. Photocopies have been created for reference purposes (Folders 10-11).
Copyright to this collection has been retained by the donor or the donor’s assignee. Permission to use collection materials must be requested in writing.
Elizabeth Wallace McLean was the first grandchild of George G. and Ellen Scripps Booth, founders of the Cranbrook Educational Community. Elizabeth was born to Harold Lindsay Wallace and Grace Booth Wallace on March 4, 1917 in Detroit, Mich. Grace Booth was the oldest daughter of the Booth children.
Elizabeth was the first of seven students at Brookside School, where she studied until the 10th grade. Family lore has it that Kingswood School, built for girls in 1931, was created at Ellen Booth’s instigation, so Elizabeth, or Liz, could attend. Liz graduated from Kingswood in 1934, then attended Bennington College from 1934-1936. Feeling herself “over her head” at Bennington she moved to Boston to attend the Garland School for Homemaking.
She married James A. Morton on December 19, 1938, while he was a medical student at the University of Michigan. They lived in Ann Arbor, Mich. and Madison, Wis. before returning to Birmingham, Mich. They had six children. Jim died in 1959 at age 42. It was her cousin John Booth, who lived nearby, who introduced her to John McLean, Jr. They married on October 21, 1961 and John’s two boys were added to the family. John died December 26, 2010. During their life together Liz traveled the world, as part of John’s work in sales with Ford Motor Company, and for a while they lived in England.
The couple moved to Hilton Head, S.C. when John retired. Liz had many interests and talents, including gardening, cooking, photography, writing poetry and watercolor painting. She was an honorary life member of the Cranbrook House and Garden Auxiliary, a member of Sigma Gamma Association, which supports the Detroit Institute for Children and a sustaining member of the Junior League of Birmingham. She died on January 16, 2012.
1.4 Linear Feet ((1 MS, 1 OS), 1 folder)
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Elizabeth Wallace McLean was the first grandchild of George G. and Ellen Scripps Booth, founders of the Cranbrook Educational Community. Elizabeth was the first of seven students at Brookside School, where she studied until the 10th grade graduating from Kingswood in 1934. The collection contains clippings, photographs, programs, and scrapbooks focusing on the early years of Kingswood and Brookside schools.
The collection is arranged alphabetically.
Gift of Elizabeth Wallace McLean on November 1, 1994.
Loose photographs in folder 4 were removed to the Special Photograph Collection, and replaced with photocopies. They include both old and contemporary images of her extended family.
Processed by Cheri Y. Gay, 2015.
- Guide to the Elizabeth Wallace McLean Papers
- Finding aid written by Cheri Y. Gay.
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- Edition statement
- Resource record created by Laura MacNewman.
Part of the Cranbrook Archives, Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research Repository