Welcome to the Cranbrook Kitchen Sink! A project of the Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research, the Kitchen Sink is all about highlighting the history and culture of the Cranbrook Educational Community. This is where we explore the objects, photographs, and documents that make up Cranbrook’s history, bringing to light the important events and forgotten moments of all things Cranbrook.
As the repository for the 100+ year history of Cranbrook, the Center for Collections and Research is the umbrella organization for the Cranbrook Archives and Cranbrook’s historic houses. The Center also oversees the management of Cranbrook’s cultural properties, which is just a fancy phrase for the artifacts and objects that make up Cranbrook’s history. The range of objects we work with is extraordinarily diverse, from the historic carriage housed at Cranbrook Garage to the 80-year-old suites of furniture designed by Eliel and Eero Saarinen for the Cranbrook and Kingswood Schools that are still in use by students today.
While Cranbrook Archives is the repository for the 110+ year history of Cranbrook Educational Community, it is a department of the Center for Collections and Research. The Center also oversees the management of Cranbrook’s historic houses and the community’s cultural properties, the artifacts and objects that make up Cranbrook’s history. The range of objects we work with is extraordinarily diverse, from outdoor sculptures to tapestries to furniture designed by Eliel and Eero Saarinen for the Cranbrook and Kingswood Schools that are still in use by students today.
Kevin Adkisson is the Associate Curator and former Curatorial Associate and Collections Fellow for the Center. He arrived at Cranbrook in his beloved ’93 Volvo in August 2016 from the tiny state of Delaware, where he studied for his Master’s from the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture. Previously, an undergraduate degree in architecture from Yale got Kevin various gigs as a designer, researcher, and writer in New York and New Haven. His interests include postmodernism, IKEA, puns, and Dolly Parton.
Laura MacNewman is an Associate Archivist at Cranbrook Archives. She is currently studying with Aberystwyth University in Wales for an MA in Archives Administration. Her interests include needlework, French language, reading history (1450-1600) and the gothic cathedrals of England and France
Leslie S. Mio is the Associate Registrar for the Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research. Leslie has worked in the Museum field since 2001, previously at The Henry Ford and the Birmingham Museum. She received her Master’s Degree in Historical Administration from Eastern Illinois University and her Bachelor’s Degree from Saint Mary’s College. In her spare time (what is that again), Leslie enjoys binge-watching baking shows and spending time with her family. Leslie’s favorite quote is from Thomas Alva Edison, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”
Deborah Rice is the Head Archivist, and is still trying to figure out what kind of wild, diverse place Cranbrook is! She came to the Archives in 2019 with over seventeen years of experience as a professional archivist, fifteen of those at the Walter P. Reuther Library, Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs, Wayne State University (WSU) where she served in several different roles, including Interim Assistant Director. Prior to her work at WSU, she was the Archivist for the Detroit Institute of Arts Research Library & Archives. Deborah has taught graduate courses and lectured regularly on archives for WSU’s School of Information Science and remains professionally engaged, currently serving as the publications editor of the Society of American Archivists’ Visual Materials Section. Deborah holds a BA in Art History from the University of Michigan and an MLIS degree (Master of Library and Information Services) and Archives Administration Certificate from Wayne State University.
Gina Tecos served as an Archivist for the Cranbrook Archives from 2014 to 2019.
Leslie S. Edwards served as an Archivist/Head Archivist for the Cranbrook Archives from 2002 to 2018.
Belinda Krencicki was an Associate Archivist at the Cranbrook Archives from 2016 to 2017.
Stefanie Kae Dlugosz-Acton was the 2014-2016 Collections Fellow for the Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research.
Cheri Gay served as an Archivist for the Cranbrook Archives from 2009 to 2016.
Justine Tobiasz started as a graduate student volunteer before being hired as an Archives Assistant at the Cranbrook Archives from 2013-2015.
Gretchen Sawatzki served as the Associate Registrar for the Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research from 2012 to 2014.
Shoshana Resnikoff was the 2012-2014 Collections Fellow for the Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research.
Robbie Terman served as an Archivist for the Cranbrook Archives from 2009 to 2013.