Center for Collections and Research

The Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research, which was founded in 2012, centralizes the Cranbrook story to increase awareness of—and access to—the diverse art, architectural, landscape, design, and historical resources that comprise the Cranbrook legacy. The Center serves a broad audience—including students, scholars, and the general public—through its research initiatives and educational programs that include tours, lectures, and numerous behind-the-scenes opportunities.

An integral part of the Center, Cranbrook Archives is the primary repository for the history of the Cranbrook Educational Community. The department is responsible for collecting, preserving, and making available community and divisional records of permanent value; the papers of members of the Booth, Scripps, and Saarinen families; the records of Christ Church Cranbrook and other ancillary organizations; and the personal papers of faculty, staff, alumni, and other individuals who have been associated with Cranbrook since its founding in 1904.

The Center’s offices are located on the third floor of Cranbrook House and are open Monday through Friday, from 9:00am to 3:00pm. The Cranbrook Archives Reading Room is located at the heart of Cranbrook’s campus, on the lower level of Cranbrook Art Museum.

Center for Collections and Research Blog

You can check out the Center's blog, "Cranbrook Kitchen Sink," to see what Center staff has discovered, uncovered, or finds interesting in our collections.