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Subseries 1.1 | A Finding Aid to the Aline and Eero Saarinen papers, 1906-1977 | Digitized Collection

Aline and Eero Saarinen papers, 1906-1977

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1.1: Miscellaneous Personal Papers, 1943-1974

Subseries consists primarily of material relating to personal aspects of Aline Saarinen's life, as well as some scattered papers of Eero Saarinen and a file relating to their son, Eames Saarinen.
Aline Saarinen's papers include a diary she began as a young girl and periodically added to over the years; a guest book which records the names of people who visited her during the years 1961-1971, with gaps in-between; a notebook from a class she took with [Erwin] Panofsky on Baroque art in 1936; a notebook that she kept on the alterations to the first house that she and her first husband, Joseph Louchheim, purchased in 1949 (including diary entries, correspondence with architects and interior designers, photographs, estimates, and statements); her writing on the events surrounding almost being offered the Finnish Ambassadorship by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964; invitations and other material relating to various inaugural events during the 1960s; and some personal writings and biographical material. Also found are awards and honorary degrees, including an academic hood, received by Aline Saarinen (such as honorary degrees from University of Michigan and Russell Sage College), campaign buttons, press passes, and commemorative objects.
Eero Saarinen's papers include biographical material (including a copy of his death certificate), some drawings of his furniture designs (mainly chairs), illustrated cards and certificates some of which were done with his son Eames, timelines and notes for various architectural projects, and various sketches and drawings, including sketches of Aline and himself, drawings of certain architectural projects with notes that he shared with Aline, various architectural sketches (some on the backs of placemats), and designs featuring their first initials, A and E.
Papers relating to Eames Saarinen include correspondence to his mother, school reports, and some poems and other writings.
Unless otherwise noted, the files relate to Aline Saarinen. Files are arranged alphabetically.
DescriptionContainer
Art Work, Unidentified, undated
(Not scanned)
1
1
Awards and Honorary Degrees, 1956-1967
(5 folders; see also Box 15; not scanned)
1
2-6
Awards and Honorary Degrees, Academic Hood, 1960s
(See Box 15; not scanned)
1
7
Biographical Material, 1943-1960s
1
8
Biographical Material, Eero Saarinen, 1961-1963
(Not scanned in entirety)
1
9
Campaign and Other Buttons, 1960s
1
10
Commemorative Objects, 1965, 1967
(Not scanned)
1
11
Diary, 1928-1939
(2 folders)
1
12-13
Unidentified sound recordings, undated
6 sound cylinders
Dictabelts
(2 folders; not scanned)
1
14-15
Drawings of Furniture Designs, Eero Saarinen, 1950s
1
16
Eames Saarinen, 1964-1969
1
17
Finnish Ambassadorship, 1964
1
18
Guest Book, 1961-1971
1
19
Illustrated Cards to Aline from Eero Saarinen, 1950s
1
20
Illustrated Certificates to G. Richard Davis from Eero Saarinen, 1950s
1
21
Inaugural and Other Events, 1961-1968
1
22
Miscellaneous Printed Material, 1956-1974
(2 folders; not scanned in entirety)
1
23-24
Notebook, "Panofsky's Course - Baroque", 1936
(2 folders)
2
1-2
Notebook on Joseph and Aline Louchheim's First House, Stamford, CT, 1948-1949
(3 folders)
2
3-5
Notes and Miscellany, 1950-1967
2
6
Personal Writings, Aline and Eero Saarinen, 1950s
(2 folders)
2
7-8
Press Passes, 1960s
2
9
Project Timelines and Miscellaneous Notes, Eero Saarinen, 1950s-1961
2
10
Sketches and Drawings, Eero Saarinen, 1953-1961
(2 folders; see also OV 16)
2
11-12
Sketches of North Xian Church, Eero Saarinen, 1950s
2
13
Radio Discussion of Sydney Opera House (Speakers: Eero Saarinen, H. Ingham Ashworth, and Leslie Martin), 1957 January 29
3 sound discs (lacquer)
(See Box 15; not scanned)
2
14
Oversize, Awards and Honorary Degrees, 1956-1967
15 (sol)
Oversize, Awards and Honorary Degrees, Academic Hood, 1960s
15 (sol)
Oversize sound discs from Box 2, folder 14, 1957 January 29
15 (sol)
Oversize, Sketches and Drawings, Eero Saarinen, 1953-1961
(See Box 2, F11-12)
OV 16

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