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Subseries 1.2 | A Finding Aid to the Aline and Eero Saarinen papers, 1906-1977 | Digitized Collection

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1.2: Correspondence, 1936-1970

Subseries consists of correspondence between Aline and Eero Saarinen, general and family correspondence received by Aline Saarinen, and some miscellaneous correspondence received by Eero Saarinen. Also found are some personal letters of Eero Saarinen detailing the demise of his marriage to his first wife (Lily Swann Saarinen) which seem to have been written as part of undergoing psychotherapy and are addressed to his psychiatrist, "Dr. B", as well as a letter ending his relationship to a woman named Sampe, which may be a draft or a copy, though it is unclear whether the letter was ever actually sent.
Correspondence between Aline and Eero Saarinen primarily dates from 1953, the year they met and married. Their correspondence documents the evolution of their relationship from time they met when Aline interviewed Eero for an article for
The New York Times
to Eero's divorce and their subsequent remarriage to each other. Also included are homemade birthday cards from Aline to Eero (of particular note is the one from 1953 which details the history of their romance). In addition to relationship matters, their correspondence typically concerns Aline's article on Eero, Eero's architectural projects (or as he puts it, "what goes on in my mind about work"), a forthcoming speech of his in Cleveland on which Aline assisted him, Aline's articles, Eero's divorce proceedings, their future plans, and sculpture for one of Eero's buildings. By and large, their correspondence from 1953 is undated according to month or day. Therefore, letters from that year are only arranged in rough chronological order.
Aline Saarinen's general correspondence includes letters from friends, editors, her literary agent, lawyers, architects and designers, writers, government and university departments, political figures, and television producers, concerning articles, book ideas, dedication of Saarinen buildings, patents for Saarinen furniture designs, television shows, and committee work, among other matters. Correspondents include: Meyer Schapiro, Charles Eames, Louise Mendelsohn, Wayne Andrews, Hoke Norris, Hiram Haydn, Donald S. Klopfer, Bernice Cozzens, Lincoln Kirstein,
The New York Times
, James Gould Cozzens, J. Irwin Miller, Dwight D. Eisenhower (?),
McCall's
, Henry Dreyfuss, Lyndon B. Johnson, New York State Department, Russell Sage College, U.S. Department of Interior, Lady Bird Johnson, Nelson Rockefeller, and Wolf Von Eckhardt. General correspondence is typically arranged in chronological order. More extensive correspondence from Clifford Odets (which includes some drawings by Odets) and Frank Lloyd Wright (which concerns the Guggenheim Museum) is arranged into files according to correspondent.
Eero Saarinen's miscellaneous correspondence includes copy of a letter to Huntington Hartford concerning the relationship between architecture and nature, and letters to and from S. Giedion regarding a plan for an International Exhibition of Modern Architecture, in addition to other scattered letters and the personal letters detailing his relationships with Lily and Sampe. Some or all of these letters may have been ones that Eero shared with Aline, which may be how they came to be amongst her papers.
Family correspondence is comprised mainly of letters from Aline Saarinen's first husband, Joseph Louchheim, when he was working in Liberia for two months in 1949, and from her two sons from her first marriage, Donald and Hal Louchheim. Also found are individual letters from Eero's son from his first message, Eric and from their son, Eames.
DescriptionContainer
Aline Saarinen to Eero Saarinen, 1953
(7 folders)
2
15-21
Aline Saarinen to Eero Saarinen, Birthday Card ("The Case-History of a Romance"), 1953 August 20
2
22
Aline Saarinen to Eero Saarinen, Birthday Card, 1954
2
23
Aline Saarinen to Eero Saarinen, 1961
2
24
Aline Saarinen to Eero Saarinen, Miscellaneous, undated
2
25
Eero Saarinen to Aline Saarinen, 1953
(10 folders)
2
26-35
Eero Saarinen to Aline Saarinen, 1954
2
36
Eero Saarinen to Donald and Hal Louchheim, 1953
2
37
Aline Saarinen
General Correspondence, 1936-1937
2
38
General Correspondence, 1941-1948
2
39
General Correspondence, 1953-1959
2
40
General Correspondence, 1960-1963
(See also Box 15)
2
41
General Correspondence, 1964
2
42
General Correspondence, 1965-1971
2
43
General Correspondence, undated
(2 folders)
2
44-45
General Correspondence - Odets, Clifford, 1952-1963
2
46
General Correspondence - Wright, Frank Lloyd, 1953-1958
2
47
Eero Saarinen
Letter to Sampe, circa 1952
2
48
Letters to Psychiatrist (Dr. B), 1952-1953
2
49
Miscellaneous Correspondence, 1953-1956
2
50
Family Correspondence
Louchheim, Donald, 1951-1965
2
51
Louchheim, Hal, 1950s-1962
2
52
Louchheim, Joseph, 1949-1970
2
53
Saarinen, Eames, 1970
2
54
Saarinen, Eric, undated
2
55
Oversize, Aline Saarinen - General Correspondence, 1960-1963
(See Box 2, F41)
15 (sol)

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