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Stephen Farr Booth Papers

 Collection
Identifier: 2005-06

Collection Scope

This collection contains Stephen F. Booth’s photographs, articles, and writings throughout most of his life. Within Booth’s articles, there are folders with his newspaper clippings and magazines, such as the Pontiac Daily Press, Live Steam, and Modeltec.

Series I: Biography (1940-1993)

Series II: Photographs & Slides (1938-1996)

Series III: Publications (1950-2009) including newspaper clippings and magazines, such as the Pontiac Daily Press, Live Steam, and Modeltec

Series IV: Oversize (1964-1968) which includes two scrapbooks on airplane exhibitions and his time as a producer on a film, “Brighty of the Grand Canyon.”

Dates

  • 1939 - 2009

Creator

Access

Access to the collection is unrestricted.

Use

Permission to use collection materials must be requested in writing.

History

Stephen “Steve” Farr Booth was born in Detroit, Michigan on November 13, 1925. He was the eldest son of Henry Scripps Booth and Carolyn Farr Booth, and grandson of Cranbrook founders, George Gough and Ellen Scripps Booth. He graduated from Cranbrook School in 1943 and attended Purdue University. He served as an aviation cadet in the U.S. Army Air Corps during the Second World War, from 1943 to 1945. In 1947, after Steve Booth’s military service, he married his first wife, Betty Louise Mann, with whom he had three sons: Douglas, Charles, and George. During the 1950s, he became a journalist and an editor for the Pontiac Daily Press and later a publicity manager at WWJ TV & Radio, Detroit, Michigan. Within the WWJ-TV, he created and produced “Hobbies In Action” during the mid-1950s.

During the 1960s, Steve Booth created shows and films for education and public relation services, including live air shows in Michigan and Arizona that featured aerobatic plane displays. In 1967, he produced a children’s movie, “Brighty of the Grand Canyon.” Being an enthusiast for life-size and miniature trains, he wrote extensively on the subject, including multiple books and more than one-hundred articles. He also wrote off-road motorcycle and sailboat articles.

Steve Booth spent twenty years living in California with his second wife, Suzanne Pugh, whom he married in 1976. Steve Booth later married his third wife, Elizabeth, and moved to Sarasota, Florida. He died on December 29, 2011.

Extent

2 Linear Feet (3 MS, 1 OS)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

Stephen “Steve” Farr Booth was the eldest son of Henry Scripps and Carolyn Farr Booth, and grandson of Cranbrook founders, George Gough and Ellen Scripps Booth. He graduated from Cranbrook School in 1943 and attended Purdue University. He served as an aviation cadet in the U.S. Army Air Corps during the Second World War, from 1943 to 1945. During the 1950s, he became a journalist and an editor for the Pontiac Daily Press and later a publicity manager at WWJ TV & Radio, Detroit, Michigan. Within the WWJ-TV, he created and produced “Hobbies In Action” during the mid-1950s. During the 1960s, Steve Booth created shows and films for education and public relation services, including live air shows in Michigan and Arizona that featured aerobatic plane displays. In 1967, he produced a children’s movie, “Brighty of the Grand Canyon.” Being an enthusiast for life-size and miniature trains, he wrote extensively on the subject, including multiple books and more than one-hundred articles. This collection covers Stephen F. Booth’s photographs, articles, and writings throughout most of his life, and includes two scrapbooks on airplane exhibitions and his time as a producer on a film, “Brighty of the Grand Canyon.”

Arrangement

The collection is alphabetically arranged in four series: Biography (box 1), Photographs & Slides (boxes 1-2), Publications (boxes 2-3), and Oversize (box 4). The folders are arranged alphabetically and items within each folder chronologically.

Additional Access

An index to the magazine articles in Series III is available.

Acquisition

Gift of Stephen F. Booth and his wife, Elizabeth B. Booth in June 2005 with subsequent deposits.

Related Materials

Henry Scripps & Carolyn Farr Booth Papers (1982-05)

Transfers

His book, Master Railroad Builder, is held in the reference books in the Archives. Also, the “Brighty of the Grand Canyon” poster is held at the Poster Collection (Folder 5) and a CD with digital train images is included in Image CD Collection.

Processing History

Processed by Scott A. Jankowski, 2013.
Title
Guide to the Stephen Farr Booth Papers
Status
Completed
Author
Scott A. Jankowski
Date
2013
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Edition statement
Resource record created by Laura MacNewman.

Repository Details

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

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