Lilian Swann Saarinen papers, 1920-1977

Saarinen, Lilian Swann, b. 1912 d. 1995
Sculptor, Illustrator, Ceramicist
Active in Mass.; N.Y.

Collection size: 9.4 linear feet

Collection Summary: The papers of Cambridge sculptor and illustrator, Lilian Swann Saarinen, measure 9.4 linear feet and date from 1920 to 1977. The collection documents Saarinen's career through correspondence with artists, architects, publishers, and gallery owners; writings and notes, including manuscripts and illustrations for children's books and publications; project and teaching files; financial records; artwork including numerous project sketches; and photos of Saarinen and her artwork. Saarinen's personal life is also documented through diaries and correspondence with friends and family members including Eero Saarinen, to whom she was married from 1939-1953.

Biographical/Historical Note: Cambridge artist and sculptor, Lilian Swann Saarinen (1912-1995), studied at the Art Students League with Alexander Archipenko in 1928, and later with Albert Stewart and Heninz Warneke from 1934-1936, before moving to Michigan where she studied with Carl Milles at the Cranbrook Academy of Art from 1936-1940.

The papers were donated by Lilian Swann Saarinen in 1975.

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

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Related Materials

Also in the Archives are materials loaned for microfilming by Saarinen in 1976, including a scrapbook containing clippings, copies of letters and telegrams received, and reproductions of Saarinen's work; a copy of Saarinen's book, "Who Am I?"; and 3 albums containing photographs of Saarinen, photographs and reproductions of her work, a list of exhibitions, quotes about her, and writings by her about sculpture. Loaned material is available on reels 1152 and 1192, but is not described in the Container Listing of this finding aid.