Skip to main content

Cranbrook Academy of Art Assistant to the President: Bob Yares Records

Identifier: 2012-06

Collection Scope

The Bob Yares Records document the many evolving duties performed by him and other Cranbrook Academy of Art (CAA) staff members, from the 1970s into the 2000s. This collection also provides information about the Academy's role within the Cranbrook Educational Community, with the region's cultural institutions and in the art world.

Materials from the 1990s and 2000s become more general to the Academy with less evidence of Yares himself. The Art Museum is also represented less in the same time period as it gained a director, independent from the Academy once President Roy Slade retired from heading both at the end of 1994.

Series I: Administrative (1970-2003) The administrative series is the largest and most general in Yares' records. It has topical files created in the daily operation of the Cranbrook Academy of Art. Frequent topics include academic accreditation, advertising, creation of academic catalogs, academic studio departments, exhibits and gallery spaces, expenses, maintenance of buildings and grounds, and events hosted at Cranbrook. Series II: Correspondence (1977-1998) Twenty years of varied Academy of Art correspondence, minus a gap with few records from 1989-1993. This is a mix of personalized letters, announcements, and internal Cranbrook Educational Community (CEC) and CAA memos which demonstrate the variety of people, organizations, and tasks with whom Yares worked. Often Bob Yares was either the writer or recipient, but in other cases he was included via copies, often by Roy Slade, so there will be some duplication between these records and Slade's.

Between 1979-1981, Daily Typing, seemingly done for Academy faculty and other community members by office staff, was saved in files with that name.

Series III: Events (1978-2002) The events covered were all planned in cooperation with the Academy's Women's Committee of volunteers. Most events were of two types: auctions or balls and parties with a variety of festive names and themes. Auctions include a mix of the Art and Antiques auction, held with donated goods on alternating years, and other auctions featuring artwork by students and/or faculty members, which sometimes included custom works on themed materials, such as umbrellas or scarves for Brolly Day auctions.

Series IV: Students and Faculty (1974-2005) Alumni files contain biographical and professional data about former students; Faculty files have professional documents and corespondence including office memos; Student files contain lists of students and the records of Studio Council, the governmental body of current students for which Bob Yares was a liason and support staff. Student Council meeting minutes are included, as well as student scheduling and concerns.

Subseries A: Alumni (1974-2005) Solicited primarily in the 1990s for publications and development, files mostly contain materials sent in by graduates of the Academy of Art program. Dates indicate when the materials were submitted. The materials in each folder are often slight.

Subseries B: Faculty (1980-1996) Faculty files contain a mix of materials by or about faculty members as artists-in-residence. These files were only retained in Yares' records for certain academic years, mainly 1980-1981, 1984, and 1995-1996. Also included is an OS blueline print of a staff chart (1932-1968) created by Margueritte Kimball and John Lorence.

Subseries C: Students (1978-2001) Student lists, with a variety of basic information, were produced at the Academy and saved by Bob Yares. Access to these files may be limited, if they include private personal information. For Studio Council records, Bob Yares was a constant member and record-keeper, since student government representatives changed yearly. Studio Council meetings covered a variety of operational, curricular, and extracurricular topics. Council documents are relatively informal, discussions and decisions were documented and reported out to the student body in different ways over time.


  • 1970 - 2005



Permission to use collection materials must be requested in writing.


Robert (Bob) Yares (1944-2019) worked at Cranbrook Academy of Art from 1977 to 2009, first as Assistant to the President of the Academy and Art Museum, Roy Slade. Later, he was Dean of Students and then Special Programs Coordinator. Yares stayed through Slade's 1994 retirement and worked in the offices of subsequent Academy Directors Susanna Torre and Gerhardt Knodel.

Yares held a BFA and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Wayne State University. He was the manager of the traveling exhibit Artrain when he first met Roy Slade, around 1977 and by 1978 he joined Slade's reorganized office staff at Cranbrook. Yares took over some Academy responsibilities from John Mills, whose title was Administrative Dean before Slade's arrival and reorganization of the department. Though Yares' role changed over decades, he remained known as a highly visible and helpful Academy staffer.

Yares was staff liasion for the Academy students' Studio Council, and was a member of the Design Michigan Advisory Council. With the Academy's Women's Committee he planned fundraising events, including the annual Guy Fawkes Ball and different incarnations of auctions, including the Arts and Antique auction held on alternating years.

At various points, Yares was in charge of the Academy's print advertising, for student recruitment via national portfolio days. He supervised summer Academy student workers and year-round facilities and maintenance staff, and he made arrangements for external organizations holding conferences and other events on the Cranbrook Educational Community campus. Beyond Cranbrook, Yares was also involved in organizations and advocacy on Slade's and the Academy's behalf, such as the Oakland County Cultural Council and the Michigan Council for the Arts.

During his employment at Cranbrook, Yares lived at Edgegate Apartments, where he was known to host visitors and groups like Studio Council for meetings and meals.


17 Linear Feet (17 SB)

52.3 Megabytes (2 files) : PDFs

Language of Materials



Higher education administrator Bob Yares (1944-2019) worked at Cranbrook Academy of Art from 1977 to 2009, first as assistant to Academy President Roy Slade, and later in other titles, always working with Academy personel, students and events. The Bob Yares Records contain planning and communications papers related to events and other Academy initiatives. With degrees in art and education, Yares was staff liasion for the Academy students' Studio Council and a member of the Design Michigan advisory board. With the Academy's Women's Committee, he planned fundraising auctions, balls, and other events. At various points, Yares was in charge of the Academy's print advertising; student recruitment via national portfolio days; facilities and maintenance of buildings and grounds; supervising student workers, and making arrangements for conferences and other gatherings on campus. Beyond Cranbrook, Yares' records document arts advocacy, including with the Oakland County Cultural Council and Michigan Council for the Arts.


The Yares Records are arranged in four series. Some folders are filed with the most recent papers at the top, however papers have not usually been rearranged within folders.

Series I Administrative (Box 1-10) is arranged in alphabetical order by topic, then chronologically.

Series II Correspondence (Box 10-13) is arranged in chronological order, then alphabetically by sender, recipient, subject or type (e.g. memos) retaining the different filing methods over the years.

Series III Events (Box 13-15) is arranged alphabetically by the type of event (Auction; Guy Fawkes Ball; Serious Moonlight, and Spring Fling) and then by year.

Series IV Students and Faculty (Box 15-17, Item 18) is further arranged into three subseries.

Subseries A: Alumni (Box 15) is in alphabetical order by surname. Subseries B: Faculty (Box 16) is in chronological order and then alphabetical by surname. Subseries C: Students (Box 17) is in chronological order.


One storage box of material was tranferred from Academy administration offices in 2012. An additional 27 SBs were transfered in 2015.

Related Materials

Cranbrook Academy of Art Administration Records (1981-09) Cranbrook Academy of Art Director's Office: Gerhardt Knodel Records (2008-05) Cranbrook Academy of Art President's Office: Roy Slade Records (1995-09) Cranbrook Academy of Art President's Office: Susana Torre Records (1997-07) Cranbrook Academy of Art Women's Committee Women's (1991-01) Cranbrook Academy of Art Publications Cranbrook Photograph Collection (2020-03)

Processing History

Processed by Meredith Counts, April 2024.

Processing History

Processed by Meredith Counts, 2024.

Guide to the Cranbrook Academy of Art Assistant to the President: Bob Yares Records
Meredith Counts
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

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