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Elizabeth Wallace McLean Papers

 Collection
Identifier: 1994-01

Collection Scope

The majority of the material is on the early years of Kingswood and Brookside schools. It contains clippings, correspondence, programs, photographs, and scrapbooks.

Dates

  • 1920 - 1994
  • Majority of material found within 1930 - 1934

Creator

Access

Folder 12 scrapbook is restricted due to fragility. Photocopies have been created for reference purposes (Folders 10-11).

Use

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.

History

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 brother 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.

Extent

1.4 Linear Feet ((1 MS, 1 OS), 1 folder)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

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.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged alphabetically.

Acquisition

Gift of Elizabeth Wallace McLean on November 1, 1994.

Related Materials

George Gough Booth Papers (1981-01)

Transfers

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.

Processing History

Processed by Cheri Y. Gay, 2015.
Title
Guide to the Elizabeth Wallace McLean Papers
Status
Completed
Author
Finding aid written by Cheri Y. Gay.
Date
2015
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Edition statement
Resource record created by Laura MacNewman.

Repository Details

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

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