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Cranbrook Academy of Art President's Office: Roy Slade Records

 Collection
Identifier: 1995-09

Collection Scope

This collection is a comprehensive look at CAA and CAM from 1976 to 1998. Slade was an extremely careful administrator, keeping meticulous records on activities and plans. His involvement with repair and restoration and planning issues across campus was vast.

SERIES I: Cranbrook Academy of Art (1976-1995) depicts the varied activities of CAA including faculty and student events and activities, administration’s interaction with faculty and students, meeting minutes, planning documents, and correspondence with alumni/ae.

SERIES II: Cranbrook Art Museum (1977-1993) details the activities of the CAM and the museum staff. It includes documentation of the grants awarded, donor correspondence, exhibits held, publications produced, and the reinstallation of the Cranbrook Collection.

SERIES III: Cranbrook Educational Community (1977-1998) chronicles the interaction between CAA and the rest of Cranbrook Educational Community including the Schools, Institute of Science, and Central Offices such as Development, Public Relations, and Finance.

SERIES IV: Photographic Materials (1984-1993; undated) contains photographs, slides, negatives, transparencies, and contact sheets relating to the events, people, exhibits, parties, and work of the faculty and students of the Cranbrook Academy of Art.

Dates

  • 1974 - 1995

Creator

Access

Access to the collection is unrestricted.

Use

Permission to use collection materials must be requested in writing.

History

Roy Slade (1933-), President of Cranbrook Academy of Art and Director of the Cranbrook Art Museum, came to Cranbrook in 1977 from the Corcoran Gallery and Art School in Washington, DC, where he held similar positions. Roy helped to precipitate change at CAA by recruiting talented new faculty members and staff at the CAA, developing the permanent collection of CAM, shepherding the construction of DeSalle Auditorium and restoring Saarinen House. He was a talented public speaker and a good fundraiser who brought international attention to CAA. Arguably the most important event during Slade’s tenure at CAA was the exhibit Design in America: The Cranbrook Vision, which garnered international exposure for CAA. During Slade’s tenure as President of Cranbrook Academy of Art, Cranbrook Educational Community began a systematic planning process that examined the programmatic, financial and personnel needs of the divisions. The Academy’s work in this activity culminated in the planning of a new studio building by Jose Rafael Moneo. Slade was a tireless advocate of restoring and preserving the historic campus. Slade retired in 1995 to devote more time to painting and sailing.

Extent

14.2 Linear Feet (34 MS)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

Roy Slade was President of Cranbrook Academy of Art (CAA) and Director of the Cranbrook Art Museum (CAM) from 1977-1995. During his tenure, Saarinen House was restored, DeSalle Auditorium was constructed, the permanent collection of the Art Museum was developed, the New Studios building was planned, and new CAA faculty and staff were hired. Records from his office provide a comprehensive look at CAA, including meeting minutes, planning documents, correspondence with alumni/ae, and photographic materials relating to the events, people, exhibits, parties, and work of the faculty and students. Also included are materials pertaining to CAM, including documentation of grants awarded, donor correspondence, exhibits held, publications produced, and the reinstallation of the Cranbrook Collection. Additional materials cover Cranbrook Educational Community’s (CEC) relationship with the Schools, the Institute of Science, and Central Offices.

Arrangement

The collection is divided into four series: Cranbrook Academy of Art (Boxes 1-22), Cranbrook Art Museum (Boxes 23-27), Cranbrook Educational Community (Boxes 28-31), and Photographic Materials (Boxes 31- 34). This breakdown of series reflects the original order of the files. Each series is arranged alphabetically and, within each folder, chronologically.

Acquisition

Transferred from the Academy of Art in 1995.

Related Materials

Cranbrook Academy of Art Administration Records (1981-09); Saarinen Family Papers (1990-08); J. Robert F. and Pipsan Saarinen Swanson Papers (1990-01).

Processing History

Initial inventory by Mignon Jasmer, 1997. Processed and indexed by Cathy Price. Hub Beudert worked on conservation and organization within each folder.

Creator

Title
Guide to the Cranbrook Academy of Art President's Office: Roy Slade Records
Status
Completed
Author
Original finding aid written by Cathy Price.
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

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