George Gough Booth Papers
SERIES I: Biographical (1864-1969) contains materials related to the life of George Gough Booth and includes personal legal documents, typescripts of talks by Booth and several typescripts of Cyril Players' George Gough Booth of Cranbrook.
SERIES II: Newspaper (1887-1959) contains documents relating to George G. Booth's tenure at The Detroit News, and his role, as chairman and later president of the Booth Publishing Co.
SERIES III: General Correspondence (1813-1957) contains family correspondence, personal correspondence, and correspondence documenting George G. Booth's affiliation with various cultural, charitable and arts organizations, and business interests other than newspapers.
SERIES IV: House and Property (1904-1973) includes documents relating to the designing, building and furnishing of George G. Booth's residence, Cranbrook House. It also contains materials relating to the development and maintenance of the Cranbrook Estate, the Greek Theatre and the Cranbrook Masque.
SERIES V: Cranbrook Academy of Art (1926-1948) contains materials documenting the development and early growth of the Cranbrook Academy of Art.
SERIES VI: Christ Church Cranbrook (1909-1969) contains information pertaining to the planning, construction and decoration of Christ Church Cranbrook.
SERIES VII: Cranbrook Schools (1917-1942) contains correspondence regarding the building, furnishing and staffing of Brookside School, Kingswood School and Cranbrook School.
SERIES VIII: Cranbrook Institute of Science (1932-1945) contains correspondence and news clippings about the Cranbrook Institute of Science, and information regarding purchases for exhibits.
SERIES IX: Trust Agreements consists of four volumes containing the trust agreements of George and Ellen Scripps Booth.
SERIES X: Purchases (1907-1944) contains notebooks and correspondence which documents George Booth's purchases of artifacts, in both foreign and domestic locations, for Cranbrook House and the various Cranbrook Institutions.
SERIES XI: Realia (n.d.) contains some personal possessions of George G. Booth.
SERIES XII: General Correspondence contains photocopies of correspondence with Jacques Seligmann & Co. (1925-1941) and DeHauke & Co. (1926-1928).
SERIES XIII: Images (1944, n.d.) contains a photo album, which is stored in the Photograph Special Collection, and slides, which are housed with the rest of the collection.
- 1864 - 1949
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13 Linear Feet (29 MS, 3 OS)
Language of Materials
The collection documents the life and work of George Gough Booth, a renowned advocate of the arts, and a great philanthropist whose crowning achievement was the establishment of Cranbrook Educational Community. He was also one of the nation's leading newspapermen in the first half of this century. It includes biographical materials including legal documents, travel itineraries, talks and writings, and the financial and business records of the Cranbrook Press. It documents his working life and business in the newspaper industry, including his partnership with his father-in-law, James E. Scripps. There are correspondence series pertaining to general life and Cranbrook House and property. It documents the creation and early administration of various Cranbrook institutions including the Cranbrook Academy of Art, Christ Church Cranbrook, Cranbrook Schools, and the Cranbrook Institute of Science. It contains Trust Agreements relating to these institutions and purchases made for personal use and gifts to Cranbrook. There is a realia series with objects used by Booth, and an audio-visual series including a photograph album and slides.
Arranged in 13 Series: Biographical (boxes 1-6); Newspapers (boxes 6-10); General Correspondence (boxes 10-14, 28); House and Property (boxes 14-18); Cranbrook Academy of Art (box 19); Christ Church Cranbrook (boxes 20-22); Cranbrook Schools (box 22); Cranbrook Institute of Science (box 22); Trust Agreements (box 23); Purchases (boxes 24-26); and Realia (box 27); General Correspondence (box 28); and Images [slides] (boxes 30-31).
The folders are arranged alphabetically within each series; the documents in the folders are organized chronologically and\or alphabetically.
Gift of the Booth Family. In June 2003, photocopies of correspondence with Jacques Seligmann & Co. were added to the collection.
SERIES XII: Images (box 29) contains a photograph album, which is stored in the Photograph Album Collection.
Beverly Hoffman, 1981 (inventory); Mary Beth Kreiner, 1991
- Air Conditioning Corp.
- Allen, Sanford H.
- American Academy in Rome
- American Federation of Arts
- 10:20-21; 11:1-5; 19:2
- American Institute of Architects
- American Red Cross
- American Workingman's Expedition
- Ann Arbor News
- Burrowes, Marcus R.
- Calder, Ralph R.
- 13:12, 20
- Kahn, Albert
- Architectural League of New York
- Ardolino, Edward
- 20:17, 21:3, 21:12, 21:14-15
- Ardmore Gardens Forge
- Bachstitz Gallery
- 14:19; 20:8
- De Hauke & Co
- Seligman, Jacques & Co.
- 18:5; 28:1-2
- Art Alliance of America
- 11:7; 12:11
- Associated Press, The
- Aulenbach, Rev. W. Hamilton
- Bach, Oscar B.
- 11:9; 14:18; 22:10-11
- Bachstitz Gallery
- 14:19; 20:8
- Bacon, Francis H. Co.
- 14:20; 22:22
- Baker, P. C.
- Bank of Montreal
- Barnum Wire & Iron Co.
- Bay City Times
- Belle Isle Bridge
- Bendann, David
- Beresford, James A.
- Berglund, Tor
- Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue Associates
- 20:13-22; 21:1-3
- Bessi and Trafeli
- Billington, Cecil
- Billson, C. J.
- 6:7-9; 7:12
- Bloomfield Hills, MI
- Bloomfield Hills School
- Bloomfield Seminary
- boat house
- 14:21; 16:16
- Bonawit, G. Owen
- 14:18; 21:3; 21:10; 21:12; 21:14-15; 21b:2; 22:17
- book dealers --Sheehan & Co.
- bookbinding --Swaton, Frank E. & Son
- Booth, Edmund Wood
- Booth, Clara Gagnier
- Booth, Clarence H.
- 7:4; 11:18
- Booth, Edmund Wood
- 6:9; 8:13;15-22; 9:1-3
- Booth, Ellen Scripps
- Booth, Ellen Scripps--trust agreements
- Booth Family
- Booth, Florence
- Booth, George
- Booth, George Gough
- 6:11; 8:4
- Booth, George Gough--automobiles
- Booth, George Gough--biographical summaries
- Booth, George Gough--birth
- Booth, George Gough--bronze collection
- Booth, George Gough--gratuities (donations, loans)
- Booth, George Gough--honors
- Booth, George Gough--legal documents
- 1:4; 1:7; 5:7-10; 6:1-2
- Booth, George Gough--life insurance
- Booth, George Gough--obituaries, memorials
- Booth, George Gough--purchases
- 24:1-18 25:1-12
- Booth, George Gough--purchases --arch. frags.
- Booth, George Gough--purchases --foreign
- 25:1-12; 26:1-9
- Booth, George Gough--re: Jas. E. Scripps estate
- Booth, George Gough--talks
- Booth, George Gough--trips
- Booth, George Gough--trust agreements
- Booth, George Gough--wedding
- Booth, George Gough--wedding anniversaries
- Booth, George Gough--writings
- Cranbrook School (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.)
- Ardolino, Edward
- Bach, Oscar Bruno, 1884-1957
- Bank of Montreal
- Booth, Ellen Warren
- Booth, Henry Scripps, 1897-1988
- Booth, James Scripps, 1888-1954
- Booth, Ralph H.
- Bradford, Francis Scott, 1898-1961
- Charles E. Lauriat Co.
- Charles Scribners Sons Building (New York, N.Y.)
- Church architecture
- Cleveland Museum of Art
- Connick, Charles J. (Charles Jay), 1875-
- Cram and Ferguson
- Cram, Ralph Adams, 1963-1942
- Cranbrook (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.)
- Cranbrook (Kent, England)
- Cranbrook Academy of Art
- Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research. Cranbrook Archives
- Cranbrook Foundation
- Cranbrook Institute of Science
- Cranbrook Kingswood School (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.)
- Cranbrook Press
- Detroit Institute of Arts
- Detroit News (Firm)
- Detroit Society of Arts and Crafts
- Detroit Trust Company
- Edw. F. Caldwell & Co.
- Ehrich Galleries
- Episcopal Church. Diocese of Michigan
- Ford, Henry, 1863-1947
- Frayer, William Alley
- Fredericks, Marshall M., 1908-1998
- Goodhue, Bertram Grosvenor, 1869-1924
- Hatt, Robert T. (Robert Torrens), 1902-
- Herter, Albert, 1871-1950
- James Powell & Sons (Whitefriars) Ltd.
- Kellogg, Frederick William, 1866-1940
- Kirchmayer, Johannes, 1860-1930
- Kirk, Arthur Nevill
- Lauriat, Charles E., 1842-1920
- Lorch, Emil, 1870-1963
- Manship, Paul, 1885-1966
- Maroti, Geza
- Marquis, Samuel S., 1866-1948
- McRae, Milton A. (Milton Alexander), 1858-1930
- Milles, Carl, 1875-1955
- Milles, Olga Granner, 1874-1967
- Morris & Co. (London, England)
- Mural painting and decoration -- 20th century
- Newspapers -- Ownership
- Packard Motor Car Company
- Pewabic Pottery (Firm)
- Royal School of Needlework (London, England)
- Saarinen, Eliel, 1873-1950
- Saarinen, Loja
- Science museums
- Scripps, E. W. (Edward Willis), 1854-1926
- Scripps, Ellen Browning, 1836-1932
- Scripps, James E. (James Edmund), 1835-1906
- Scripps, William E. (William Edmund), 1882-1952
- Simonds, O. C. (Ossian Cole), 1855-1931
- Society of Arts and Crafts (Boston, Mass.)
- Stone, Ralph, 1868-1957
- Stratton, Mary Chase Perry, 1867-1961
- Strengell, Gustaf
- Swanson, Jons Robert Ferdinand
- University of Michigan
- Women -- Suffrage
- World War, 1914-1918
- Guide to the George Gough Booth Papers
- Beverly Hoffman; Mary Beth Kreiner
- 1981, 1991
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- Resource record created by Laura MacNewman
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