Clipping Files

Russell Aitken Clipping File

Anyone who frequents the Cinematheque at the CIA should be familiar with Rusell Barnett Aitken. The building's auditorium is named for this Clevelander. Aitken was a ceramic artist who lived a fascinating life, as is evident in the two clipping file folders, located in the reference collection. For access to the clipping files in the Ingalls library, search in the catalog for your subject as an author. The holdings will list clipping file if we have maintained anything on the subject. For example, here is Barnett's record in the catalog. The file contains a number of articles from the Plain Dealer, and other area newspapers, as well as several from national publications. A 1939 article from Esquire tells the story of the artist's youth on the shores of Lake Erie, and how he came to be an avid hunter and sportsman. He eventually became internationally renowned as a big game hunter, while simultaneously being known as a an ardent conservationist. His career as a sculptor in Cleveland was marked by numerous entries in the Museum's May Show, where he often won first or second prize. He is also featured in Transformations in Cleveland Art, 1796-1946, posing in jodhpurs with a polo mallet in the picture beside his biography.