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Stanley and Margaret Winkelman Papers

 Collection
Identifier: 1994-02

Collection Scope

The collection consists of materials relating to two Cranbrook artists: Harry Bertoia and Carol Wald. The Harry Bertoia materials contain a small amount of correspondence from Harry Bertoia to the Winkelmans relative to his sculpture “Autumn Whispers”, as well as photographs of the sculpture in the Winkelman’s home. The sculpture itself was donated to the Cranbrook Art Museum. The Carol Wald materials include correspondence, exhibition materials and clippings related to her work.

Dates

  • 1957 - 2000

Creator

Access

Access to the collection is unrestricted.

Use

Permission to use collection materials must be requested in writing.

History

Stanley J. Winkelman was born 23 Sept 1922. He received a B. S. degree in Chemistry in 1943 from the University of Michigan. Following one year as a Research Chemist in California, he served two years during WWII as Lieutenant in the U. S. Navy. He then joined the family firm and moved through successive promotions until 1965 he was named president of Winkelman Stores, Inc. He revolutionized the retail industry by bringing reasonably priced European career fashions to women.

Known as a leader in Detroit and the Jewish community, he supported racial integration and equality. Throughout his career, Winkelman served on many boards, committees including as president of Jewish Community Council and director of the Economic Club of Detroit, and received numerous awards for his philanthropy and community involvement. He was a lifetime member of the local chapter of the NAACP, active in the Jewish Community Council, lifetime member of Temple Beth El, and during the 1967 Detroit riot took an active role in keeping city businesses from leaving city limits and improving race relations. Winkelman was also an active member of New Detroit -- an organization formed after the 1967 riots dedicated to increasing communication with the African American community -- along with such leaders as Henry Ford II and Walter P. Reuther.

Winkelman married Margaret (Peggy) Wallace in March 1943. He died in August of 1999, survived by Peggy, their three children, and seven grandchildren.

Extent

0.2 Linear Feet (1 MS)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

From 1965, Stanley J. Winkelman was president of Winkelman Stores, Inc. Known as a leader in Detroit and the Jewish community, he supported racial integration and equality. Throughout his career, Winkelman served on many boards, committees including as president of Jewish Community Council and director of the Economic Club of Detroit, and received numerous awards for his philanthropy and community involvement. The collection contains a small amount of correspondence from Harry Bertoia to the Winkelmans relative to his sculpture “Autumn Whispers”, as well as photographs of the sculpture; as well as correspondence, exhibition materials and clippings related to Carol Wald's work.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged alphabetically.

Acquisition

Gift of Stanley and Margaret Winkelman. A second donation was made in 2000 by Margaret Winkelman.

Related Materials

Carol Wald Papers (2000-08)

Processing History

Robbie Terman, March 2011.
Title
Guide to the Stanley and Margaret Winkelman Papers
Status
Completed
Author
Robbie Terman
Date
2011-03
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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