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Cranbrook Educational Community President's Office: Dr. Lillian H. Bauder Records

Identifier: 2020-08

Collection Scope

IMPORTANT SUBJECTS: CEC Reorganization Cranbrook Vision Cranbrook: 2004 Evening News Association stock The Great Restoration II The Woodward entrance IMPORTANT CORRESPONDENTS NAMED IN THIS COLLECTION: Peter B. Clark Governor John Engler The Honorable Geraldine Bledsoe Ford The Honorable Eugene Arthur Moore Robert C. Nelson United States Senator Alan K. Simpson


  • 1922 - 2006



Access to the collection is unrestricted with the exception of the transcripts that comprise Series IV and VIII: Personal Papers. For files labeled Access Restricted or Access Restrictions Apply please be aware of and fully understand any restrictions on files before use.

As stated in Paragraph II of the Donor’s Gift Agreement, Dr. Bauder retains exclusive copyright to the transcripts listed herein. Any person or entity wishing to read, quote, publish or otherwise use these transcripts must first obtain written and signed authorization from Dr. Bauder. Note that Dr. Bauder specifically reserves the right to review and edit, prior to publication or distribution, any or all portions of any manuscript, in any form, which uses any material taken or otherwise derived from the transcripts listed herein.

Requests for authorization to view or otherwise use the transcriptions should be addressed to Dr. Lillian Bauder, c/o Head Archivist, Cranbrook Archives, 39221 Woodward Avenue, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48303. Requests for access to the transcripts must include the following information:

1. Name and present legal address of intended user. (User must have a valid I.D. when requesting access to the collection).

2. Clearly stated reason for desiring access to the collection.

3. Purpose of research (e.g. explanation of end product or goal).

4. A signed statement that the researcher will abide by the rules promulgated by the Archives and will also abide by any additional agreements made between the researcher and Dr. Bauder regarding access to and usage of the collection.

Failure to comply with any part of the above conditions, or failure to comply with any additional agreements between a user of the collection and the Archives or Dr. Bauder, may subject that user, his/her agents and assigns to civil legal suit and possible criminal prosecution.


Permission to use collection materials must be requested in writing. Use of transcripts in Series IV & Series VIII Personal Papers must be gained from the copyright holder, Dr. Lillian Bauder. See Access Restrictions for full details.


Dr. Lilian Hinckley Bauder was born in New York City on December 12, 1939. She married Donald Bauder in 1955 and together they adopted one child, Jacqueline. In 1961, Dr. Bauder earned a B. A. in sociology from Douglass College in New Brunswick, New Jersey. She continued her education and received an M.A. (1966) and a Ph.D. (1973) in Sociology from the University of Michigan. Her studies in sociology concentrated on issues of family structure, adolescent development, human values, marriage and sexuality. As a student, Dr. Bauder achieved numerous scholastic honors including the Woodrow Wilson Fellow (1961), and admission to Phi Beta Kappa (1961), Alpha Kappa Delta (1967), and Phi Kappa Phi (1967). Dr. Bauder began her career in 1965 at Macomb County Community College as an Associate Professor of Sociology. Two years later, she left the College to join the Department of Sociology and Social Work at the University of Detroit (U of D). Dr. Bauder was named Acting Chair of the department in 1970, Associate Chair in 1975 and Department Chair in 1976. In addition to serving as an administrator at the University of Detroit, Dr. Bauder was an Associate Professor of Sociology from 1977 to 1982. In 1982, she was named Dean of the U of D College of Liberal Arts. In February 1983, Dr. Bauder left the University to join CEC as Director of Schools. In 1984 she was named CEC’s Executive Vice President and CEC’s Acting President. In October 1984 Dr. Bauder was appointed CEC President and Chief Executive Officer. In addition to the presidency, Dr. Bauder held many other CEC positions including Acting Vice President for Development and Public Relations (1984-1986, 1989), Acting Vice President for Finance and Administration (1985), Acting Director of Schools (1987, 1990), and Acting Director of Public Relations (1989). While president, Dr. Bauder was a skillful and respected administrator, community supporter and advocate for CEC history, art and architecture. Early on, Dr. Bauder led efforts to acquire National Historic Landmark status for Cranbrook. In addition, the repair and restoration programs she developed initiated a period of architectural expansion and preservation of campus buildings and landscapes. Among the renovation projects undertaken during Dr. Bauder’s administration include the Woodward Entrance, completed in late 1995 -- forty years after the idea originated; Brookside School’s expansion, completed in fall 1996; and the Institute of Science’s expansion, scheduled for completion in 1998. In addition, Dr. Bauder oversaw the sale of the Evening News Association stock in 1985, which not only strengthened CEC’s financial future, but established a new era of investing and fund-raising at Cranbrook. Under Dr. Bauder’s leadership Cranbrook obtained nearly $2.3 million in state funding and saw its endowment quadruple. Among the most notable achievements of Dr. Bauder’s presidency was the development of Cranbrook’s first campus-wide master plan, The Cranbrook Vision, and its successor, Cranbrook: 2004. These vehicles served as a basis for many of the development activities that characterized the final years of Dr. Bauder’s presidency. As an advocate of higher education, Dr. Bauder has lectured and published several articles on sociological, organizational and educational topics. She has also acted as a consultant to numerous universities, professional organizations and businesses. As a community activist, Dr. Bauder belongs to a number of prominent organizations including the American Sociological Association, the Michigan Sociological Association, North Central Sociological Association, and the Sociologists for Women in Society. In addition, she has served on the boards of Comerica Incorporated, Detroit Edison Company and the Masco Corporation and is a trustee of the Skillman Foundation and the Henry Ford Medical Center (Northwest Region). Dr. Bauder is a member of the Economic Club of Detroit, United Way for Southeastern Michigan, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra Hall, the American Management Association and the American Association of Higher Education. Dr. Bauder resigned as President of Cranbrook in spring 1996. She formally left CEC the following Fall and began a new career at Masco Corporation, where she was appointed Vice President for Corporate Affairs and President of the Masco Charitable Trust. In tribute to her dedication and contributions to Cranbrook, Dr. Bauder was elected President Emeritus by Cranbrook’s board of trustees in October 1996.


35.8 Linear Feet ((26 SB, 4 MS, 1 OS) )

Language of Materials



Lillian Hinckley Bauder (1939- ) was President and Chief Executive Officer of Cranbrook Educational Community (CEC) from 1984 to 1996. A renowned author, educator and administrator, Dr. Bauder is also a respected community leader and a vigorous advocate for the arts. The collection includes committee meeting materials from the Architectural Advisory Committee, the Governance Committee, the Compensation, and Long-Range Planning Committees as well as the Board of Trustees and the Ad Hoc Governance Task Force. The collection subsequently includes handbooks documenting CEC’s administrative activities including that of the CEC boards. The collection also includes numerous subject files including the Cranbrook central files, files pertaining to the Cranbrook Academy of Art, the Cranbrook Institute of Science, and the Cranbrook School. The subject files pertain to calendars, correspondence, employment and student issues, material on the architect Rafael Moneo, materials on horticulture, meeting minutes, personnel files, publications, program and public relations records, reports, studio expansion studies, transcribed interviews, as well as materials pertaining to the Brookside School's New Wing, the Michigan High School Athletic Association, the Natatorium, the Vaughn School purchase, and the Woodward Avenue entrance. Also included in the collection are financial records, stock and patron files, speeches, documents regarding the reorganization of the CEC including articles of incorporation and bylaws, ad proposals, oversized materials, ephemera, and photographs.


The Cranbrook Educational Community President's Office: Dr. Lillian H. Bauder Records are divided into two parts:

SERIES I: Cranbrook Educational Community Governance (Boxes 1-17) is divided into five subseries. 1) Committee Files (Boxes 1-12) 2) Finance (Boxes 12-14) 3) Historical Chronology (Box 14) 4) President’s Office (Boxes 14-16) 5) Reorganization (Boxes 16-17)

The files are arranged alphabetically by subject and then chronologically per item. Original order was preserved where possible. For example, some of the file folder headings/subjects used in processing this sub-series originated in Dr. Bauder’s office, and some files (i.e. handbooks, working notebooks, etc.—many are files with subject tabs) were left as found (with sequential page numbers or with subject tabs) and were not rearranged in any other order.

SERIES II: Cranbrook Educational Community Subject Files (Boxes 17-23) is divided into four subseries. 1) Central Records (Boxes 17-19) 2) Cranbrook Academy of Art (Box 20) 3) Cranbrook Institute of Science (Box 20) 4) Cranbrook School (Boxes 21-23)

Files are arranged alphabetically by subject and then chronologically per item. Original order was preserved where possible. For example, some of the file folder headings/subjects used in processing this sub-series originated in Dr. Bauder’s office, and some files (i.e. long-range plans, master plans, etc.—many are files with subject tabs) were left as found (with sequential page numbers or with subject tabs) and were not rearranged in any other order.

SERIES III Oversize (Box 23)

SERIES IV Personal Papers (Boxes 24-25) is arranged chronologically per interview.

Additional Access

An index to the collection is available.


Transferred from the President's Office in several lots from late 1995 to September 1996. The transcriptions of audio-taped interviews were a gift from Lillian Bauder. (See donor file for complete history.) An addition was accessioned in May 2019.


Photographs have been removed to the Special Photo Files.

Processing History

Part I processing by Tiffany B. Dziurman, 1996-97. Index created by Hub Beudert, 1998. Part II by Laura MacNewman, 2020.

Guide to the Cranbrook Educational Community President's Office: Dr. Lillian H. Bauder Records
Original finding aid written by Tiffany B. Dziurman.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Edition statement
Resource record created by Nichole L. Manlove.

Revision Statements

  • 2020: Collection addition and finding aid revised by Laura MacNewman.

Repository Details

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