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The Ralph Rapson Collection (1935-1954)

This collection includes a selection of drawings, photographs, and ephemera from the Ralph Rapson Papers. It chronicles Rapson’s education and career as an architect from 1935-1954 through documentation of built, unbuilt, and extant structures.  Though Rapson also designed furniture and furnishings, those projects are part of a …

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The Ralph Rapson Collection (1935-1954)

Cranbrook Institute of Science Negatives

A collection of digitally scanned negatives from an Institute research trip to Iraq, Syria, and Jordan in 1952-1953. The project yielded hundreds of unique images which document antiquities and communities that may no longer exist.

The re-housing and digitization of this collection was funded by a grant from the The Fred A. and Barbara …

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Cranbrook Institute of Science Negatives

Wallace MacMahon Mitchell Collection

This collection highlights the artwork of Wallace MacMahon Mitchell covering 1937-1974 and features some photographs of Mitchell. Wallace MacMahon Mitchell was born in Detroit in 1911. He studied under Zoltan Sepeshy (1934-1935) and returned to Cranbrook as a painting instructor (1936-1954). During this time, he also taught Arts and …

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Wallace MacMahon Mitchell Collection

Design Logic

This collection contains images from the Design Logic Records. Design Logic was founded in 1985 in Chicago by David Gresham and Martin Thaler. Gresham was a student of Katherine and Michael McCoy at the Cranbrook Academy of Art (CAA) at the time he began the company. He received his master’s degree in Design in 1986. Thaler is a …

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Design Logic

Cranbrook Historic Photograph Collection

The bulk of the collection depicts the changing faces and landscape at Cranbrook for over 100 years. Architecture, faculty, students, artwork, activities and events, clubs, athletics and more are featured in images taken by Cranbrook staff photographers from 1931-1970. From 1970 to present, various contract photographers also captured …

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Cranbrook Historic Photograph Collection

About the collections



The Cranbrook Archives works to document and preserve items critical to Cranbrook’s history. Its core collections pertain to the growth of Cranbrook Educational Community, from its founding in 1904 by George and Ellen Booth to the 319-acre campus it is today.  The Archives collects Cranbrook's institutional records, as well as those from auxiliary organizations affiliated with the community. In addition, the Archives collects manuscripts of notable individuals associated with Cranbrook, such as the Booth and Saarinen families, faculty, staff and alumni. 

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