Skip to main content

Richard P. Raseman Papers

 Collection
Identifier: 1979-03

Collection Scope

The collection covers the building and grounds repair and construction records for all of the Cranbrook Institutions between 1934-1956 (primarily 1934-1942). Most folders contain correspondence and work orders from Wermuth & Son. Other common contractors throughout the collection are Mayers, Murray and Phillip (architects), Leonard Electrical Company, Kawneer Company, Otis Elevator Company, J.L. Hudson, and Fred Sanders Confectioners.

Series I: Brookside School (1938-1939) Series II: Christ Church Cranbrook (1934-1942) Series III: Cranbrook Academy of Art (1938-1942) Series IV: Cranbrook Foundation/Estate (1937-1942) Series V: Cranbrook Institute of Science (1936-1941) Series VI: Cranbrook School (1935-1942) Series VII: Kingswood School (1934-1941) Series VIII: Utilities (1938-1942)

Dates

  • 1934 - 1956
  • Majority of material found within 1934 - 1942

Creator

Access

Access to the collection is unrestricted.

Use

Permission to use collection materials must be requested in writing.

History

Richard Perrien Raseman was born in Detroit on February 8, 1896 and attended Detroit Public Schools. In 1919, he traveled to Japan and China to study and in 1920, received his Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University. Raseman then began his career with Harrie T. Lindeberg (1920-1921) at the office of his father, architect Richard E. Raseman. He entered into private practice in 1925 and was married to interior designer and architect, Rachel DeWolfe. In June 1932, the Cranbrook Foundation, whose goal was to ensure the Academy of Art’s permanence among Cranbrook institutions and a prominent place in the field of art, named Eliel Saarinen President of the Academy of Art. The office of Executive Secretary was created to handle all ordinary and routine matters in connection with the operation of the academy. Eliel Saarinen recommended Richard P. Raseman for the position. Raseman served as Executive Secretary and Vice President of the Cranbrook Academy of Art from 1932-1943. In this capacity, he was solely responsible for the administration of the Academy on a daily basis. Raseman was also instrumental in putting forward the proposal to have the Academy established as a separate entity and incorporated as an educational institution chartered to award degrees. Raseman also served as president of the Detroit chapter of the American Institute of Architects, and as chairman of the AIA’s Committee on Allied Arts. Raseman resigned from the Academy of Art on April 1, 1943 to serve as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Naval Reserve (1943-1945). He was stationed at the John Carrol University in Cleveland, OH, where he contributed to the Navy’s V-5 program. After leaving the Navy, Raseman resided in Harrisville, MI with his second wife and their two daughters. He served as a member of the Alcona County School board from 1952-1962, and on the Board of Directors of the Port Huron Paper Co. (1936-1971). Raseman died in Nov 1976 and was survived by his wife and two daughters.

Extent

1.3 Linear Feet (3 MS)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

The collection comprises of materials collected by Richard Perrien Raseman (1896-1976), architect, Executive Secretary, and Vice President of the Cranbrook Academy of Art from 1932-1943. During his tenure at Cranbrook he was responsible for the administration of the Academy and helped to push the establishment of the Academy as an independent and degree awarding institution. The collection includes documents associated with repair and construction projects on Cranbrook’s campus between 1934 and 1956. Most folders contain correspondence and work orders from Wermuth & Son. Other common contractors throughout the collection are Mayers, Murray and Phillip (architects), Leonard Electrical Company, Kawneer Company, Otis Elevator Company, J.L. Hudson, and Fred Sanders Confectioners.

Arrangement

The collection is alphabetically arranged in eight series, following the arrangement of the Cranbrook Architectural Office Records by institution: Brookside School (Box 1), Christ Church Cranbrook (Box 1), Cranbrook Academy of Art (Boxes 1-2), Cranbrook Foundation/Estate (Box 2), Cranbrook Institute of Science (Boxes 2-3), Cranbrook School (Box 3), Kingswood School (Box 3), and Utilities (Box 3). The folders are arranged alphabetically and items within each folder chronologically.

Additional Access

An index to the collection is available.

Acquisition

Found in the basement of Cranbrook House, May 1979.

Related Materials

Cranbrook Academy of Art Administration Records (1981-09); Cranbrook Architectural Office Records (1989-01); Cranbrook Foundation Records (1981-05); George Gough Booth Papers (1981-01)

Separated Materials

The drawings referenced in work orders and correspondences are held in the architectural drawings collection.

Processing History

Initial inventory created by Beverly Hoffman in June, 1979. Processed by Robbie Terman in May 2007.
Title
Guide to the Richard P. Raseman Papers
Status
Completed
Author
Original finding aid written by Robbie Terman.
Date
2007
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Edition statement
Resource record created by Nichole L. Manlove.

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