Lilian Swann Saarinen papers, 1924-1974

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

Collection size: 6.3 linear feet

Collection Summary: Correspondence, sketches, printed materials, photographs and photograph albums, and a scrapbook.

A scrapbook containing clippings, copies of letters and telegrams received, and reproductions of Saarinen's work; a book, "Who Am I?", written and illustrated by Saarinen; 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.

Correspondence with artists, writers, publishers, architects, and others, much of it concerning her illustrations for government and children's publications. Also included are Saarinen's sketches and drawings; clippings; catalogs; photographs; manuscripts for children's books; and several personal diaries.

Biographical/Historical Note: Lilian Swann Saarinen (1912-1995) was a sculptor in Cambridge, Mass. Saarinen studied at the Art Students League with Alexander Archipenko, 1928, with Heinz Warneke, 1934-1936, and at Cranbrook with Carl Milles, 1936-1940. She was married to architect Eero Saarinen.

Unfilmed material donated 1975 by Lilian Saarinen. Material on reels 1152 and 1192 lent for microfilming 1976 by Saarinen.

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