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William Gehron Papers

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Identifier: 2003-08
Abstract William Gehron was a lifelong friend of Carl Milles from 1929 when he published an article on him in the journal Architecture. Gehron was instrumental in securing the 1938 commission for Milles of the bronze doors for the Finance Building at Capitol Park, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, a building designed by Gehron. The William Gehron Papers consist primarily of correspondence between Gehron and Carl Milles from 1929-1949. The bulk of the correspondence relates to the Harrisburg projects and...
Dates: 1917 - 2000

C. Oliver LaGrone Papers

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Identifier: 1997-01
Abstract Clarence Oliver LaGrone was the first African-American student at the Cranbrook Academy of Art, where he studied with Carl Milles starting in the fall of 1941. Upon completing his studies at Cranbrook, Oliver worked a variety of jobs in order to support his family, including at the Ford Rouge Plant. During the McCarthy era, when Oliver refused to inform on his “communist” contacts in the art world, particularly Paul Robeson, he lost his UAW job. He returned to school, earning the equivalent of...
Dates: 1942 - 1995

Oliver LaGrone Scholarship Committee Papers

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Identifier: 2017-02
Abstract Clarence Oliver LaGrone was a sculptor, poet and teacher, with a lifelong commitment to universal brotherhood. Oliver was active with the Unitarian Church of Harrisburg from 1970 to 1986. The Oliver LaGrone Scholarship Fund was established in 1972 by members of the Unitarian Church of Harrisburg, PA and in 1974, Oliver contributed the proceeds from the sale of his ‘The Dancer’ sculpture to the fund. The Oliver LaGrone Scholarship Committee was formed to honor him for his spirit, personable...
Dates: 1942 - 2012

Nancy Leitch Papers

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Identifier: 2007-04
Abstract In 1943, Leitch attended Cranbrook to study sculpture with Carl Milles, and was also a student of Maija Grotell, Howard Dearstyne, and Ernest Scheyer. She counted Jon Johnson, Margueritte Kimball, Signe Midelfars, Ruth Robinson, George Koren, Frances Ericsson, and Bob Lohman among her friends during this time. After finishing her first year in the program she was asked to return as Maija Grotell’s studio assistant, a position that she treasured and reflected upon often in her later years. Two...
Dates: 1915 - 1994; Majority of material found within 1930 - 1994

Samuel Simpson Marquis Papers

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Identifier: 1983-07
Abstract This collection documents the life and work of Rev. Dr. Samuel Simpson Marquis (1866-1948). Ordained as an Episcopalian priest, he served parishes in Massachusetts before being called to St. Joseph's Church in Detroit, Michigan. In 1906, he became Dean of St. Paul's Cathedral where he oversaw construction of the new cathedral building designed by Ralph Adams Cram. Between 1915-1920, he worked in the Welfare Department of Ford Motor Company before returning to St. Joseph's in 1921. He moved to...
Dates: 1817 - 1985; Majority of material found within 1889 - 1940

Carl Milles Papers

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Identifier: 1989-13
Abstract Carl Emil Wilhelm Anderson was a prolific Swedish sculptor who worked as head of the Department of Sculpture at the Cranbrook Academy of Art from 1931-1951. He began his career in woodwork while trying to establish professional recognition as a sculptor. In 1905 Milles married painter Olga Granner and in 1908, he began to build a home at Hersud, Lidingo, near Stockholm. By 1920, he had become Professor of Modeling at the Royal Academy of Art, Stockholm, and subsequently become the pre-eminent...
Dates: 1917 - 2000; Majority of material found within 1929 - 1945

Walter P. Nickell Papers

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Identifier: 1998-28
Abstract Walter Prine Nickell was invited to join Cranbrook Institute of Science as an Assistant in Education in 1935 by four trustees who had seen one of his exhibits and heard him lecture. He later became an Associate Naturalist. He published 75 papers on birds, and traveled extensively, taking motion and still photography for field studies on birds, caves, rocks, minerals, and fossils in 47 states, 5 Canadian Provinces, Mexico and British Honduras. He was granted the honorary degree, Doctor of Laws,...
Dates: 1938 - 1988

Thomas Paul Sheffield Papers

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Identifier: 2015-05
Abstract After serving as an ensign in the U.S. Naval Reserve, Thomas Paul Sheffield returned to the University of Washington to study art under Ed Rossbach, and received his Bachelor of Science in 1948. Rossbach, a Cranbrook Academy of Art graduate, recommended Sheffield to the Academy’s registrar, Wally Mitchell. While Sheffield enrolled in Cranbrook’s department of ceramics under Maija Grotell in 1948 under the G.I. Bill, he changed his major focus to painting with Zoltan Sepeshy, and received his...
Dates: 1953 - 1977

J. Robert F. and Pipsan Saarinen Swanson Papers

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Identifier: 1990-01
Abstract Jons Robert (Bob) Ferdinand Swanson (1900-1981) graduated from the University of Michigan School of Architecture in 1924, where he had and become friends with Henry Scripps Booth. In 1924, they established the architectural firm, Swanson and Booth. In 1927, the partnership dissolved and Bob established his own practice. Eva Lisa (Pipsan) Saarinen (1905-1979), daughter of Eliel and Loja Saarinen, studied weaving, ceramics, and fabric design at University of Helskini. She married Bob in 1926 and...
Dates: 1900 - 1983

Suzanne E. Vanderbilt Papers

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Identifier: 1998-02
Abstract Suzanne E. Vanderbilt was an industrial designer at General Motors, hired as a “Damsels of Design”, a pioneering group of women automobile designers hired by Harley Earl (VP of Design) in the mid-1950s. While there, she became the first female assistant designer and developed two patents relating to automotive safety and ergonomics, among other accomplishments. From 1963-1965, General Motors granted Ms. Vanderbilt a leave to study at the Cranbrook Academy of Art (CAA), where she earned a Master...
Dates: 1924-1994; undated

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