Greneker, Lillian Lidman
Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies
10 Garden Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
1 linear ft.
Sculptor and inventor Lillian Lidman Greneker was born of Swedish immigrant parents in 1895, in Savannah, Georgia. The family moved to Chicago, where she studied drama, dance, voice, and violin. In 1921, she married Claude P. Greneker. In 1937, Greneker began making mannequins with moveable parts to replace the plaster statues then in use. Made out of papier mache, the mannequins were manufactured by the Greneker Corporation of Pleasantville, NY. During the Second World War, the company turned to military work and, at the request of United States Rubber Company, she invented and manufactured forms for self-sealing gasoline tanks for Navy warplanes. The collection contains an unpublished autobiography, typescripts of plays, photographs, and other writings.