Avery Drawings & Archives Collections
 

Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives : specifications, 1890-1960

Summary Information

Abstract

The collection includes specification documents for approximately 170 architectural projects by Frank Lloyd Wright. Highlights include specifications for American System-Built houses (#1506), Imperial Hotel (#1509), San Marcos-in-the-Desert resort hotel (#2704), Fallingwater (#3502), Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (#4305), H.C. Price Company tower (#5215), Lenkurt Electric Company (#5520), and Marin County Civic Center (#5746). Specification documents range from descriptions and instructions regarding the quality of work and materials to guidelines for plumbing, electricity, wood, metal,and painting work. Also included in the collection can be correspondence, contracts, structural calculations, licenses and subcontracts for design objects and furnishing.

At a Glance

Bib ID 12471379 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Wright, Frank Lloyd, 1867-1959 ; Taliesin Fellowship
Title Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives : specifications, 1890-1960
Physical Description 12 linear feet
Language(s) 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 email avery-drawings@library.columbia.edu.

Arrangement

Arrangement

The specifications are arranged chronologically by project number and are divided into six series: Series I: 1900s; Series II: 1910s; Series III: 1920s; Series IV: 1930s; Series V: 1940s; Series VI: 1950s

Description

Scope and Content

The collection includes specification documents for approximately 170 projects. In the 1980s, the FLW Foundation gave each Wright project a job number, which we use in the archive to refer to the various projects. The specifications in this collection are arranged chronologically by project number. Specifications directly incorporated on design drawings are not represented in this collection (see Architectural Drawings ).

Specification documents range from descriptions and instructions regarding the quality of work and materials to guidelines for plumbing, electricity, wood, metal, and painting work. Also included in the collection can be correspondence, contracts, structural calculations, licenses and subcontracts for design objects and furnishing. Please note, these types of records may also appear in the correspondence collection.

Publication Date

ca. 1890-1960

Using the Collection

Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library

Restrictions on 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 email avery-drawings@library.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 Foundation Archives : specifications, ca. 1890-1960. The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives (The Museum of Modern Art | Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University, New York).

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Nicole L. Richard in 2016.

Revision Description

2018-01-05 File created.

2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.

Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found 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 catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

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Subject

Heading "CUL Archives:"
"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
Architect-designed furniture Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Architecture -- Details Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Buildings -- Specifications Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Construction contracts Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Electric wiring Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Paint -- Specifications Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Plumbing Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Wright, Frank Lloyd, 1867-1959 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biography

Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959) was an American architect internationally recognized for his innovative building design, the Taliesin architecture school and fellowship, and his philosophy of "organic architecture."