Archives of American Art

A Finding Aid to the Margueritte Kimball Papers Relating to the Cranbrook Academy of Art, 1929-1996, in the Archives of American Art

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.kimbmarg
Creators:
Kimball, Margueritte Eleanor, 1906-1995
Dates:
1929-1996
Languages:
English
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Physical Description:
2 Linear feet
Repository:
The papers of Margueritte Kimball, financial secretary of the Cranbrook Academy of Art, measure 2.0 linear feet and date from 1929 to 1996. The collection documents the school's history through organization files collected by Kimball in her capacity as secretary, and printed material recording events at the academy.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The papers of Margueritte Kimball, financial secretary of the Cranbrook Academy of Art, measure 2.0 linear feet and date from 1929 to 1996. The collection documents the school's history through organization files collected by Kimball in her capacity as secretary, and printed material recording events at the academy.
Organization files consist of correspondence, a file on Cranbrook's history which includes a letter from Henry Scripps Booth discussing Eliel Saarinen's association with the school, faculty and staff position charts, snapshots of people and events at the school, student rosters, Kingswood School Cranbrook yearbooks, and a sound recording of an interview with Kimball conducted by Ragnhild Reingardt. Printed materials consist of school catalogs, exhibition and sales catalogs and announcements, journals and magazines, and chronological files of mixed printed materials.

Arrangement
Arrangement
The collection is arranged as 2 series.
  • Series 1: Organization Files, 1943-1996 (0.4 linear feet; Box 1, OV 4)
  • Series 2: Printed Materials, 1929-1993 (1.6 linear feet; Boxes 1-3, OVs 4-5)

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Margueritte Kimball (1906-1995) was a student at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, and served as the school's financial secretary for 26 years.
Born in Clinton, Massachusetts, Kimball graduated from Bryant and Stratton Commercial College in Boston and later took drawing classes at the Copley Society Studio. In 1941, Kimball traveled to Michigan where she visited Cranbrook, an educational complex consisting of several schools including the Cranbrook Academy of Art. She was accepted to the Academy after showing her drawings to the head of the painting department. In 1942 she began attending classes and embarked on her long career as the Academy's financial secretary. Kimball did not graduate from the school, but received an honorary degree on retirement, after which she returned to the Boston area where she died in 1995.

Administration
Author
Sarah Mundy
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The collection was donated by Margueritte Kimball in 1993. The 107 snapshots of people and events at Cranbrook were donated by John Lorence in 1993, who received them from Kimball.
Processing Information
The collection was processed, and a finding aid prepared by Sarah Mundy in 2022.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Use
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is open for research. Access to original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Researchers interested in accessing audiovisual recordings in this collection must use access copies. Contact References Services for more information.
Preferred Citation
Margueritte Kimball papers relating to the Cranbrook Academy of Art, 1929-1996. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Related Materials
Also in the Archives of American Art is an interview with Margueritte Kimball conducted on March 10-April 13, 1993 by Robert Brown, for the Archives of American Art, regarding her years at the Cranbrook Academy of Art.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Interviews Genre Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Sound recordings Genre Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Drawings Genre Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Administrators -- Michigan -- Bloomfield Hills Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Cranbrook Academy of Art Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Booth, Henry Scripps, 1897-1988 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Saarinen, Eliel, 1873-1950 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Cranbrook Kingswood School (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

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