Avery Drawings & Archives Collections
 

Typescript of The Diary of Mary, a Little Farmer's Wife, 1933

Summary Information

At a Glance

Bib ID 14330669 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Davidson, Walter V.
Title Typescript of The Diary of Mary, a Little Farmer's Wife, 1933
Physical Description 1 print box
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.

Description

Content Description

The typescript is the only surviving evidence of a fictitious journal called The Diary of Mary, a Little Farmer's Wife, written by Walter V. Davidson, an important client of the architect Frank Lloyd Wright. It is part of a larger collaboration with Wright in which Davidson proposed a nation-wide network of small farms and marketplaces as a solution to the environmental and economic crises of the Great Depression. Typescript in a binder titled "Little Farms and Davidson Markets Prospectus and Manual."

Using the Collection

Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library

Conditions Governing 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.

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Columbia University Libraries, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library

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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City planning -- United States Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Depressions -- 1929 -- United States Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Farm life -- Fiction Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Organic architecture -- United States Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
United States -- Economic conditions Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
United States -- Social conditions Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Utopias Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Wright, Frank Lloyd, 1867-1959 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

While working as the advertising manager at the Larkin Company in Buffalo, New York, Walter V. Davidson meet architect Frank Lloyd Wright through Larkin executive Darwin D. Martin. In 1908, Davidson commissioned Wright to design a house for him in Buffalo. In the 1930s, Davidson and Wright collaborated on numerous projects, such as the Little Farms Unit and Wayside Markets projects. It was Davidson, an efficiency expert working in the food industry, who first imagined networking small farms and markets together, and he approached Wright to contribute architectural designs to the project. Davidson's concept is the basis for many of Wright's important projects of the 1930s, including Broadacre City and the founding of the Taliesin Fellowship.