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S. Glen Paulsen Papers

 Collection
Identifier: 1991-25

Collection Scope

SERIES I: Architectural Practice (1953-1978) contains some correspondence, building data and dedication pamphlets, primarily for Concordia Senior College, as well as a sketch for a site plan.

SERIES II: Correspondence (1941-1987) consists of five folders of general correspondence to and from Paulsen, arranged alphabetically, primarily dealing with his career as an architect, his speaking engagements and awards he won. Some of the correspondence relates to his tenure at the Academy and his decision to resign.

SERIES III: Teaching encompasses his careers at the Cranbrook Academy of Art (1966-1970) and the University of Michigan (1976-1990). This series makes up the bulk of the collection. Most of the folders contain his lectures, assignments, and select student works.

SERIES IV: Speeches (1961-1980) consists of speeches typed and handwritten by Paulsen as well as a speech given by E.A. Jones on Paulsen's resignation.

SERIES V: Professional Documents (1936-1985) encompasses all of Paulsen's professionally related papers, press releases, and awards.

SERIES VI: Personal Documents (1947-1986) contains notes made on books, in books, and a log of his trip to Sweden, as well as Glen's keepsakes and book proposal (unfinished).

SERIES VII: Portfolio (1936-1969) consists of four photo albums representing a portfolio of the professional work of Glen Paulsen.

SERIES VIII: Oversize (1942-1966) contains awards and diplomas, Glen Paulsen and Associates brochures, a news clippings scrapbook and Brandeis University planning brochures.

SERIES IX: Photographs contains three envelopes of pictures. The projects in the third envelope relates primarily to Concordia Senior College, the Milwaukee War Memorial and the Gordon Science Hall at Cranbrook School.

SERIES X: Slides (1938-1980) consists of four (4) envelopes of slides. All of the slides pertain to architectural practice.

SERIES XI: Negatives contains several paintings that Paulsen did while on his 1947-8 trip to Europe.

Dates

  • 1947 - 1990

Creator

Access

Access to the collection is unrestricted.

Use

Permission to use collection materials must be requested from the donor and his estate, who retain copyright.

History

Serenus Glen Paulsen was born on 27 July 1917 in Spooner, Wisconsin. In 1936, he began two years of an architecture program at a Milwaukee technical high school. He married Jennifer and had two children with her, Thomas and Nancy.

From 1938 to 1942, Glen Paulsen attended the University of Illinois, College of Fine and Applied Art, then spent three years in the military under commanding officer, Marshall Fredericks (a sculptor). In 1947, he received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Pennsylvania, School of Fine Arts. In 1948, he earned his Master of Architecture and City Planning from the Royal Academy of Arts, Stockholm, Sweden.

Paulsen's professional experience began in 1946 as a designer with the Carol, Grisdale, and Van Allen firm in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He then moved on to be an assistant professor with the architectural design department at the University of Pennsylvania. For three years beginning in 1949, he worked for Eero Saarinen and Associates then became a chief designer for the New York City architectural firm, Reisner & Urbahn, in 1951. Beginning in 1952, Paulsen worked as an architectural coordinator in the Knoll Planning Unit at Knoll Associates, Inc., then in 1953 became an associate and senior designer with Eero Saarinen and Associates until 1957. Also in 1957, he worked in a private practice and later that year went to the University of Michigan College of Architecture and Design as an undergraduate design critic.

From 1959 to 1965, Glen Paulsen was a professor of architecture in the graduate design department at the University of Michigan. During that same period in 1965, he became Head of the Architecture Department at the Cranbrook Academy of Art, and in 1966, he became the third president of the Cranbrook Academy of Art. He also returned that year to the practice he formed in 1957, Glen Paulsen and Associates, Inc. The firm developed the Cranbrook General Development Plan – a campus master plan. In 1969, Paulsen merged Glen Paulsen and Associates with Tarapata and MacMahon to become TMP. He resigned his position at the Academy of Art in April 1970 to devote all of his time to Tarapata MacMahon Paulsen Associates.

In 1975, Paulsen returned to the University of Michigan while continuing his practice, but in 1977, he resigned from TMP and began teaching full time again. Finally, in 1985, Glen Paulsen retired from teaching at the University of Michigan.

Glen Paulsen passed away 25 Nov 2012, at the age of 95.

Extent

5.4 Linear Feet (4 MS, 3 OS, 3 envelopes, 5 folders) : Envelopes and folders contain photographic negatives, prints, and slides.

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

Serenus Glen Paulsen attended the University of Illinois, College of Fine and Applied Art from 1938 to 1942, then spent three years in the military under commanding officer, Marshall Fredericks (a sculptor). After the war, he received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Pennsylvania, School of Fine Arts, followed by a Master of Architecture and City Planning from the Royal Academy of Arts, Stockholm, Sweden. Paulsen worked for several firms, including Eero Saarinen and Knoll Associates, Inc. From 1959 to 1965, Glen Paulsen was a professor of architecture in the graduate design department at the University of Michigan. During that same period in 1965, he became Head of the Architecture Department at the Cranbrook Academy of Art, and in 1966, he became the third president of the Cranbrook Academy of Art. He also returned that year to the practice he formed in 1957, Glen Paulsen and Associates, Inc. The firm developed the Cranbrook General Development Plan – a campus master plan. In 1969, Paulsen merged Glen Paulsen and Associates with Tarapata and MacMahon to become TMP, and resigned his position at the Academy of Art in April 1970. After returning full-time to teaching in 1977, he retired in 1985. The collection contains materials and correspondence related to his architectural practice, teaching materials related to the University of Michigan and the Cranbrook Academy of Art, speeches and professional documents, personal documents, and a portfolio comprising four photograph albums. The oversize materials include awards and diplomas, clippings and brochures. The collection also includes photographs, slides, and negatives.

Arrangement

The collection is divided into eleven (11) series: Architectural Practice (Box 1), Correspondence (Box 1), Teaching (Box 2-4), Speeches (Box 4), Professional Documents (Box 4), Personal Documents (Box 4), Portfolio (Box 5-6), Oversize (Box 7), Photographs, Slides, and Negatives (Photograph Special File).

Acquisition

Gift of S. Glen Paulsen in 1991. Additional materials were donated in 1998.

Related Materials

L. Gale Abels Collection of Eero Saarinen and Associates Material (1995-69)

Jack Goldman Collection of Eero Saarinen & Associates Materials (1995-46)

Roger T. Johnson Collection of Eero Saarinen & Associates Materials (1998-03)

Richard Shirk Collection of Eero Saarinen & Associates Materials

Saarinen-Swanson Reunion Records (2001-14)

Cranbrook Academy of Art: Office of the President (1995-09)

Audio Cassette Tape Collection (1990-09), Tapes 132-133

Transfers

Architectural Drawings were transferred to Series 21 of the Architectural Drawing Collection. Photographs and slides are housed in the Photograph Special Files.

Processing History

Processed by William Landis; 1995. Revised by Eric Hartz; 1996. Materials accessioned in 1998 were processed and the finding aid was updated by Leslie S. Edwards, 2004.
Title
Guide to the S. Glen Paulsen Papers
Subtitle
Paulsen (S. Glen) Papers
Status
Completed
Author
Finding aid written by William Landis.
Date
1995
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Edition statement
Resources record created by Laura MacNewman.

Revision Statements

  • 1996: Revised by Eric Hartz.
  • 2004: Additional materials incorporated and collection reprocessed by Leslie S. Edwards.

Repository Details

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

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