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Cranbrook Educational Community Assistant to the President for Special Projects: Michael Boisvert and David Hart Records

 Collection
Identifier: 1993-09

Collection Scope

The collection comprises of materials created or maintained by Michael Boisvert and David Hart who both served as assistant to the President of Special Projects at Cranbrook Educational Community (CEC). Boisvert served in this position from 1984-1985, and David Hart served from 1986-1993. The collection focuses on the internal strategic planning and external consultant master planning for institutional and campus development of Cranbrook Educational Community and its divisions. The files include material relating to specific building and improvement projects, enrollment studies, fund-raising, grants and building usage. Ad Hoc committees were formed to appraise existing uses and future use of buildings in the Cranbrook Educational Community, which were submitted and approved by the Board of Trustees. Included is the correspondence, reports, minutes, and proceedings of several key committees.

Series largely reflect the major divisions of the Cranbrook Educational Community.

SERIES I: Cranbrook Educational Community (1918-1996)

Subseries 1: Administrative (1973-1990) includes governance records, minutes, and internal audit and in-house planning documents.

Subseries 2: Architectural Advisory Council (1918-1993)

Subseries 3: Financial (1975-1994)

Subseries 4: Planning - Hellmuth, Obata and Kassabaum, Inc. (1984-1989) contains documents produced by/in association with Hellmuth, Obata and Kassabaum, Inc., architectural consultants who provided master planning guidance between 1984 and 1986.

Subseries 5: Projects (1984-1996)

Subseries 6: Publications (1982-1992) contains internal reports and published articles about Cranbrook.

Subseries 7: Public Relations (1984-1987)

SERIES II: Cranbrook Academy of Art/ Cranbrook Art Museum (1976-1991) SERIES III: Cranbrook Institute of Science (1981-1992) SERIES IV: Cranbrook Schools (1931-1992) Subseries 1: Administrative (1966-1992) focuses predominantly on enrollment studies.

Subseries 2: Financial (1966-1911) is small and contains fundraising and planning records.

Subseries 3: Planning (1985-1990) contains documents created by various external consultants related to schools development according to community needs.

Subseries 4: Projects (1931-1991). As the consolidation of Cranbrook and Kingswood Schools occurred early in the time range of this collection, the title Cranbrook Kingswood School is used throughout.

Subseries 5: Publications (1984-1990) SERIES V: Homestead Properties (1976-1992) Subseries 1: Administrative (1983-1991) focuses largely on the Composarium and the uses of Thornlea.

Subseries 2: Financial (1988-1991)

Subseries 3: Projects (1976-1992)

Subseries 4: Publications (1982-1991) is small, containing publications related to St. Dunstan’s and the Greek Theatre. SERIES VI: Photographic (1985-1993) contains photographs, negatives and slides relating to the Woodward Entrance Design Competition and illustrations for the Cranbrook Vision publication.

Dates

  • 1918 - 1996
  • Majority of material found within 1983 - 1993

Creator

Access

Access to the collection is unrestricted.

Use

Permission to use collection materials must be requested in writing.

History

The administrative records of the office of Assistant to the President for Special Projects at Cranbrook Educational Community were created and maintained at Cranbrook House in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, by Michael Boisvert (1984-85) and David Hart, (1986-93). The position “Assistant to the President for Special Projects” was created for David Hart, who held that title between 1986 and 1993. Prior to that time, in l984-85, a similar position was held by Michael Boisvert. Both of these individuals reported directly to Lillian Bauder, President of Cranbrook Educational Community, although for a period of approximately two years, Hart reported to the Vice-President of Finance and Administration, the chief financial officer of Cranbrook. The position of Assistant to the President for Special Projects terminated in l993 when David Hart left. The duties and uncompleted projects of this office were transferred to the Facilities and Operations Division of Cranbrook Educational Community.

Extent

4.4 Linear Feet (11 MS)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

The collection comprises of materials created or maintained by Michael Boisvert and David Hart who both served as assistant to the President of Special Projects at Cranbrook Educational Community (CEC). Boisvert served in this position from 1984-1985, and David Hart served from 1986-1993. The collection focuses on the internal strategic planning and external consultant master planning for institutional and campus development of Cranbrook Educational Community and its divisions. The files include material relating to specific building and improvement projects, enrollment studies, fund-raising, grants and building usage. Ad Hoc committees were formed to appraise existing uses and future use of buildings in the Cranbrook Educational Community, which were submitted and approved by the Board of Trustees. Included is the correspondence, reports, minutes, and proceedings of several key committees.

Arrangement

The collection has been organized into six (6) series mostly reflecting institutional structure. Some series are further divided. The files and their contents are arranged chronologically within each series.

SERIES I: Cranbrook Educational Community (Box 1-7) is divided into seven subseries. Several Subseries are further divided into sub-subseries. 1) Administrative (Boxes 1-3) 1) Organization 2) Board of Trustees 3) Committees 4) Correspondence 5) Strategic Planning 2) Architectural Advisory Council (Box 4) 3) Financial (Boxes 5-6) 1) Fundraising 2) Planning 4) Planning - Hellmuth, Obata and Kassabaum, Inc. (Box 6) 5) Projects (Box 6) 1) Facilities 2) Woodward Entrance 6) Publications (Box 7) 7) Public Relations (Box 7)

SERIES II: Cranbrook Academy of Art/Cranbrook Art Museum (Box 7)

SERIES III: Cranbrook Institute of Science (Box 7) is divided into four subseries: 1) Administrative 2) Financial 3) Planning 4) Publications

SERIES IV: Cranbrook Schools (Boxes 7-9) is divided into 5 subseries. Some Subseries are further divided into sub-subseries. 1) Administration 1) Board of Governors 2) Committees 3) Strategic Planning 2) Financial 3) Planning 4) Projects 1) Brookside School 2) Cranbrook Kingswood Upper School 3) Vaughn School 5) Publications

SERIES V: Homestead Properties (Box 10) is divided into four (4) subseries. Some Subseries are further divided into sub-subseries. 1) Administrative 1) Committees 2) Correspondence 2) Financial 3) Projects 1) Composarium at Thornlea 2) General 3) Greek Theatre and Actors’ Court Restoration 4) Publications

SERIES VI: Photographic (Box 11)

Acquisition

Transferred from David Hart on June 23, 1993.

Related Materials

Cranbrook Educational Community President's Office: Dr. Lillian H. Bauder Records (2020-08)

Transfers

Photographs are located in the Slide collection under New Woodward Arrival Entrance. Architectural specifications and drawings were placed in the Cranbrook Archive’s Architectural Drawings collection. Mr. Hart’s recorded exit interviews (1990-09-ll) were removed to the Archive’s audio cassette collection.

Processing History

Initial processing by Ethel McNaughton, 1994. Final processing and finding aid updated by Laura MacNewman, 2016.
Title
Guide to the Cranbrook Educational Community Assistant to the President for Special Projects: Michael Boisvert and David Hart Records
Status
Completed
Author
Original finding aid written by Ethel McNaughton.
Date
1994-16
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Edition statement
Resource record created by Nichole L. Manlove.

Revision Statements

  • 2016: Collection reprocessed and finding aid revised by Laura MacNewman.

Repository Details

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

Contact:
39221 Woodward Ave.
P.O. Box 801
Bloomfield Hills MI 48303 US