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Frank Lloyd Wright Miscellanea, circa 1905-1995 (bulk 1940s-1960s)

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Frank Lloyd Wright Miscellanea, circa 1905-1995 (bulk 1940s-1960s), Department of Drawings & Archives, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, Columbia University.

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Abstract

The collection of Frank Lloyd Wright Miscellanea is composed of transcripts of speeches, interviews, magazine and newspaper clippings by and about the world-famous architect.

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Creator(s):Wright, Frank Lloyd, 1867-1959.
Title:Frank Lloyd Wright Miscellanea, circa 1905-1995 (bulk 1940s-1960s)
Physical description:1.3 linear feet (2 manuscript boxes, 2 oversize boxes, 1 oversize folder)
Language(s):In English
Access: This collection is available for use by appointment in the Department of Drawings & Archives, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, Columbia University. For further information and to make an appointment, please call (212) 854-4110 or email avery-drawings@libraries.columbia.edu.  More information »

Arrangement

Arrangement

This collection is arranged in eight series:

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Description

Scope and Content

The Frank Lloyd Wright Miscellanea is composed of transcripts of speeches, interviews, magazine and newspaper clippings by and about the world-famous architect. The collection also includes printed materials related to various Frank Loyd Wright-themed exhibitions, associations, building and house tours, restoration efforts and ephemera gleaned from disparate sources. The collection contains minimal personal correspondence from Frank Lloyd Wright (the collection contains only two examples) but does include correspondence about Frank Lloyd Wright from Lloyd Wright (son), Edgar Kaufmann, and Edgar Tafel.

Series I: Speeches and Interviews consists of transcripts of talks and speeches that Frank Lloyd Wright delivered on various occasions and locations including Princeton University (1947), University of Denver (1948), and Taliesin (1953). Only one page survives of an unidentified speech given at Taliesin in 1932. Transcripts from a two-part interview with Mike Wallace in 1957 and a transcript of an interview with Jink Falkenberg in 1957 are included.

Series II: Biographical Publications / Correspondence includes a photocopy of a letter from Frank Lloyd Wright to his daughter, Catherine and her husband Kenneth written in 1921 from the Imperial Hotel. This series contains correspondence from Lloyd Wright (FLW’son) to Linn Cowles in which Lloyd recounts a trip to Europe with his father and other reminiscences. This series also contains various biographies (drafts and completed works) and research notes by Harvey Einbinder, Thomas S. Hines, Jr., Thomas A. Heinz, and Robert C. Twomby. Recollections of days at Taliesin by Noverre Musson and a brief history of the Usonia Homes project by Priscilla J. Henken are included. Also includes correspondence relating to the Guggenheim Museum commission and various notes from former Taliesin Fellow, Edgar Tafel.

Series III: Associatons / Tours / Restoration Activities documents the various groups and organizations that have formed to honor and preserve Frank Lloyd Wright’s work through house tours and preservation projects. Includes paint samples and contact sheets related to the Unity Temple Restoration Foundation and statistics related to visitors and venues generated by tours of Fallingwater.

Series IV: Exhibitions / Auctions contains exhibition catalogs, announcements, guest lists and sellers catalogs for various Frank Lloyd Wright themed exhibitions and auctions. Includes printed materials related to the Frank Lloyd Wright room exhibition at the V & A Museum in London.

Series V: Ephemera consists of a brochure with map, promotional pennant flag and room rate and meal tariff card from the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo, Japan. Also includes a whimsical cut-and-fold model of the Robie House, issued by Monte Enterprises, and Frank Lloyd Wright postage stamps issued in 1966 as part of the “Prominent Americans” series.

Series VI: Newspaper Clippings includes numerous clippings from local and national newspapers grouped by theme or subject. Includes Frank Lloyd Wright obituaries, biographical portraits, articles about FLW’s family (children, grandchildren), book reviews, critiques and criticisms. Also includes documentation of the Guggenheim Museum building and the public response to it.

Series VII: Photographs contains black and white photographs of the entrance to the Johnson Wax Company Building in Racine, Wisconsin, the Barnsdall House in Los Angeles, California and the John Pew House in Madison, Wisconsin. Also included is a group photograph taken in the interior of the Imperial Hotel, Tokyo, Japan in 1929 on the occasion of the World Engineering Congress.

Series VIII: Publications primarily consists of magazine and journal articles from the 1930s through the 1960s originally housed in the Ware Library vertical files. Some highlights include the complete, bound January 1938 and January 1951 issues of The Architectural Forum and the November 1955 issue of House Beautiful. Also includes typewritten bibliographies, one of which was prepared by James Muggenburg in 1970.

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Using the Collection

Access Restrictions

This collection is available for use by appointment in the Department of Drawings & Archives, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, Columbia University. For further information and to make an appointment, please call (212) 854-4110 or email avery-drawings@libraries.columbia.edu.

Restrictions on Use

Columbia University is providing access to the materials in the Library's collections solely for noncommercial educational and research purposes. The unauthorized use, including, but not limited to, publication of the materials without the prior written permission of Columbia University is strictly prohibited. All inquiries regarding permission to publish should be submitted in writing to the Director, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, Columbia University. For additional guidance, see Columbia University Libraries' publication policy.

In addition to permission from Columbia University, permission of the copyright owner (if not Columbia University) and/or any holder of other rights (such as publicity and/or privacy rights) may also be required for reproduction, publication, distributions, and other uses. Responsibility for making an independent legal assessment of any item and securing any necessary permissions rests with the persons desiring to publish the item. Columbia University makes no warranties as to the accuracy of the materials or their fitness for a particular purpose.

Preferred Citation

Frank Lloyd Wright Miscellanea, circa 1905-1995 (bulk 1940s-1960s), Department of Drawings & Archives, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, Columbia University.

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About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries. Avery Architecture and Fine Arts Library. Department of Drawings and Archives; machine readable finding aid created by Columbia University Libraries Digital Library Program Division

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Emilie Anderson (Archives Intern) under the guidance of Shelley Hayreh, Archivist of Drawings & Archives, Avery Library, in August 2011.

Machine readable finding aid generated from MARC-AMC source via XSLT conversion August 25, 2011 Finding aid written in English.
    2011-08-25 File created.

CLIO ID: 8959995 View CLIO record

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Index Terms

The names and terms listed below are represented in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a consortial/union catalog offered by OCLC that allows users to search the holdings of multiple archives and libraries.

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Subjects (Personal Names)

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Wright, Frank Lloyd, 1867-1959.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID

Subject (Corporate Names)

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Dana House (Springfield, Ill.)PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Frank Lloyd Wright Association.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Imperial Hotel (Tokyo, Japan)PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Fallingwater (Pa.)PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Robie House (Chicago, Ill.)PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Taliesin Fellowship--Interviews.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Taliesin Fellowship.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Taliesin (Spring Green, Wis.)PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Taliesin West (Scottsdale, Ariz.)PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Unity Temple (Oak Park, Ill.)PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Usonian houses.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID

Subjects (Topics)

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Architecture, Domestic--Pennsylvania--Bear Run.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Architecture--New York (State)--New York.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Architecture--Exhibitions.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Architecture--Awards.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Architects--Homes and Haunts.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Art museum architecture--New York (State)--New York.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID

Additional Creators (Personal Names)

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Kaufmann, Edgar J., 1885-1955.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Wright, John Lloyd.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Tafel, Edgar.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID

Types of Materials

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Black-and-white prints (photographs).PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Exhibition catalogs.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID

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History / Biographical Note

History

Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959) was an American Architect internationally recognized for his distinctive Prairie Style houses, innovative building design, Taliesin school and fellowships, and philosophy of "organic architecture."

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