Aline and Eero Saarinen papers, 1906-1977

Saarinen, Aline B. (Aline Bernstein), b. 1914 d. 1972
Art critic
Active in Bloomfield Hills, Mich.

Saarinen, Eero, b. 1910 d. 1961
Designer, Architect
Active in Bloomfield Hills,Mich.

The papers of Aline B. (Aline Bernstein) and Eero Saarinen in the Archives of American Art were digitized in 2006. The papers have been scanned in their entirety, and total 17,399 images.

Funding for the processing and digitization of this collection was provided by Terra Foundation for American Art


Collection size: 13.5 linear ft.

Collection Summary: The Aline and Eero Saarinen papers measure approximately 13.5 linear feet and date from 1906 to 1977. The bulk of the collection consists of Aline Saarinen's papers which document her relationship with her husband Eero Saarinen and other aspects of their personal lives, as well as Aline's work as an art and architectural critic, author, and television correspondent. Papers include research files for published and planned books (in which can be found scattered original letters of Stanford White, John Quinn and Edward Root) and other projects, NBC correspondent files, writings, committee files, correspondence, photographs, printed material, and miscellaneous personal papers.

Biographical/Historical Note: Aline Saarinen (1914-1972) was an art and architectural critic in Bloomfield Hills, Mich.; She worked for the New York Times as an art and architectural critic. She married architect Eero Saarinen, the architect, after the dissolution of her first marriage to Joseph Louchheim. Aline Saarinen was the sister of art dealer Charles Alan. Eero was born in Helinski, Finland, son of architect Eliel Saarinen.

Donated in 1973 by the Aline Saarinen estate via Charles Alan, art dealer and brother of Saarinen. The NBC TV material was donated 1974 by NBC Studios. Additional material donated 1991 by the Parrish Art Museum, who had received it from Aline Saarinen.

Funding for the preservation and transfer of motion picture film provided by the Smithsonian Women's Committee.
The microfilm for this collection was digitized in 2007 as part of the Terra Foundation for American Art Digitization Grant.

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Related Materials

Two exhibition catalogs and various clippings that were donated as part of the collection were transferred to the Smithsonian American Art Museum Library in 1981.
Also found in the Archives are: the Museum of Modern Art exhibition correspondence concerning Eero Saarinen, 1958-1959; the Lily Swann Saarinen papers, 1924-1974; an oral history interview with Lily Swann Saarinen, 1979-1981; and an oral history interview on Aline Saarinen with Charles Alan, 1973 February 17.
Other related material includes: Eero Saarinen Collection, Manuscripts and Archives, Yale University Library.