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At a Glance
This collection is arranged in eight series: I. Speeches and Interviews. II. Biographical Publications and Correspondence. III. Associations, Tours and Restoration Activities. IV. Exhibitions and Auctions. V. Ephemera. VI. Newspaper Clippings. VII. Photographs. VIII. Publications (Journal and Magazine Clippings).
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.
This collection was donated in various gifts (accession number 1000.095)
Magazine and newspaper articles are mainly from the Ware Library vertical files
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 call (212) 854-4110 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Terms Governing Use and Reproduction
Permission to publish must be obtained in writing from the Director, Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University, 1172 Amsterdam Ave., MC 0301, New York, NY 10027.
Frank Lloyd Wright Miscellanea, circa 1905-1995 (bulk 1940s-1960s), Department of Drawings & Archives, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, Columbia University.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Source of acquisition--Various gifts. Accession number--1000.095.
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library
Processed; Emilie Anderson 2011.
2011-08-25 File created.
2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.
History / Biographical Note
Biographical / Historical
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.".