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At a Glance
Scope and Contents
This collection contains audio recordings of Fellowship talks delivered by Olgivanna Lloyd Wright to members of the Taliesin Fellowship nearly each week, usually on Sundays organized chronologically from 1952-1984. These talks continued a tradition begun by Frank Lloyd Wright; they similarly cover a range of topics from Frank Lloyd Wright's Organic Architecture (often read from transcriptions of his Fellowship talks) to the daily activities of the Fellows. Many include her reading from poetry and philosophy and her own theories on moral character and the ethics of hard work. The collection also includes other talkes, speeches, and interviews with Olgivanna Lloyd Wright.
The collection is divided into two series: Series I: Taliesin Fellowship talks and Series II: Other talks and recordings. Both series are arranged chronologically. Occasionally, a Fellowship talk my be found in Series II, or additionally, an interview may be found in series I. Title descriptions were transcripted from a legacy inventory provided by the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and likely were transcribed off of the physical containers for each recording.
Transcripts of many of these recordings can be found in the Olgivanna Lloyd Wright papers.
This collection forms part of the larger The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives (The Museum of Modern Art | Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University, New York).
Using the Collection
Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is open for research. Unique time-based media items have been reformatted and are available onsite via links in the container list. All original copies of audio / moving image media are closed. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library
History / Biographical Note
Biographical / Historical
Olgivanna Lloyd Wright (Olga Lazović, Olga Lazović Hinzenburg) b. Montenegro, December 27, 1898- March 1, 1985, married Frank Lloyd Wright in 1928. She was a dancer, author, and composer and helped found and operate the Taliesin Fellowship. She was vital to the preservation of Frank Lloyd Wright's legacy through the Taliesin Fellowship, preservation and fundraising campaigns, and publications on her late husband and his work, including her books Our House, The Shining Brow, the Roots of Life, and Frank Lloyd Wright: His Life, His Work, His Words. The collection contains extensive correspondence as well as Olgivanna Lloyd Wright's notes, drafts and typed manuscripts of her books and unpublished writing, autobiographical material, transcriptions of taped audio material including weekly talks to the Taliesin Fellowship as well as public talks, and newspaper clippings of published articles.