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Oral history interview with Margueritte Kimball, 1993 Mar. 1-Apr. 13

Oral history interview with Margueritte Kimball, 1993 Mar. 1-Apr. 13

Kimball, Margueritte Eleanor, 1906-1995

Collection Information

Size: Sound recording: 2 sound cassettes (150 min.) : analog.

Summary: An interview of Margueritte Kimball conducted 1993 Mar. 10-Apr. 13, by Robert Brown, for the Archives of American Art, regarding her years at the Cranbrook Academy of Art.

Kimball discusses her childhood in Clinton, Mass. and Nashua, N.H. in the family of a railroad employee; death of her father and move, in 1926, to Cambridge, Mass. where her mother worked as a milliner and opened a dressmaking business; training in bookkeeping; classes at Copley Society, Boston; enrollment at Cranbrook Academy of Art, 1942, and working as financial secretary there until 1968; and her friendship with Carl and Olga Milles. She recalls Eliel and Loja Saarinen, Harry Bertoia, Zoltan Sepeshy, and many other teachers and students, and comments on students who attended via the G.I. Bill and on teacher-student relationship and administration of the Academy.

Biographical/Historical Note

Margueritte Eleanor Kimball (1906-1995) was a financial secretary at Cranbrook Academy of Art, in Bloomfield Hills, Mich.


This interview is part of the Archives of American Art Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and administrators.


Funding for the digital preservation of this interview was provided by a grant from the Save America's Treasures Program of the National Park Service.

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Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Margueritte Kimball, 1993 Mar. 1-Apr. 13. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.