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Edgar J. Kaufmann papers on Fallingwater, 1909-1976, bulk 1932-1955

Summary Information

At a Glance

Bib ID 8971977 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Kaufmann, Edgar J., 1885-1955 ; Wright, Frank Lloyd, 1867-1959 ; Kaufmann, Edgar, 1910-1989 ; Tafel, Edgar ; Kaufmann, Liliane, -1952 ; Western Pennsylvania Conservancy
Title Edgar J. Kaufmann papers on Fallingwater, 1909-1976, bulk 1932-1955
Physical Description 5 manuscript boxes (2.75 linear feet 5 manuscript boxes 2 oversize boxes); 2 print boxes
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

This collection is arranged in four series: Correspondence, Fallingwater (Pa.), Other Projects, and Other Papers.

Description

Scope and Content

The collection consists primarily of correspondence, photographs, project records, architectural drawings, legal documents, periodicals, news clippings and exhibition materials. The material held in this collection relates to architectural projects for Edgar J. Kaufmann by Frank Lloyd Wright, and the bulk of the material relates to Kaufmann's home, Fallingwater, at Bear Run, Pennsylvania. The collection documents the professional and personal relationship between the Kaufmann family and Wright, from the 1930s until the years preceding Wright's death in 1959.

  • Series I: Correspondence

    This series contains correspondence pertaining to Frank Lloyd Wright's projects for Edgar J. Kaufmann, including nearly 500 letters, various telegrams and notes, and related documents, such as engineering drawings and reports, legal documents, photographs, surveys, shipping documents and invoices. The files are arranged chronologically and then by project, where possible. In the cases that projects overlap in the chronology, the files have been arranged hierarchically, with Fallingwater as the most significant project.

    Roughly half of the contents of this series is correspondence regarding Fallingwater. Other projects include the Point Park project and Edgar J. Kaufmann's office in Kaufmann's Department Store, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the Monona Terrace Project, in Madison, Wisconsin, and the Gateway Center.

    The correspondence delineates the personal and professional relationship between Kaufmann and Wright, a relationship fraught with disagreements, insecurities, accusations, money woes, criticisms, and general miscommunications –mostly on the part of Frank Lloyd Wright.

    Also included is correspondence related to the construction and later restoration of Fallingwater, including reports and drawings attached to assessments and recommendations from engineers expressing concerns about the construction of the home and later recommendations for the reinforcement of its structural supports.

  • Series II: Fallingwater (Bear Run, Pa.)

    This series comprises photographs, project records, architectural drawings, articles and other printed materials on Frank Lloyd Wright's master work of residential architecture, Edgar J. Kaufmann's residence, Fallingwater. These materials were amassed by Kaufmann during the course of Fallingwater's conception, construction, and subsequent promotion.

  • Series III: Other Projects

    This series consists of site specifications, proposals, plans and legal contracts for four additional projects: Edgar J. Kaufmann's office in Kaufmann's Department Store, the Point View Residences, the Parking Park project, and the unbuilt Joseph H. Brewer residence

  • Series V: Other Papers

    This series comprises photographs, magazines, newspaper clippings, exhibition catalogs, legal documents, and various writings and printed records of Frank Lloyd Wright and Edgar J. Kaufmann. The series contains three black and white photographs of Frank Lloyd Wright, one with Edgar J. Kaufmann; and one color transparency of a photograph by Luke Swank, entitled Tobacco Bar; various printed items related to Frank Lloyd Wright's personal involvements, including the transcript of a speech given by Wright at a Hungry Club event, and a draft of an essay entitled "Music and Its Place in the Museum of Non-Objective Painting," also by Wright; and various printed items related to Edgar J. Kaufmann's personal involvements, including the deeds to various properties owned by Kaufmann, as well as two documents of his capital investments.

  • Series IV: Articles & Printed Materials

    This series consists of printed materials related to various projects, affairs and endeavors of Edgar J. Kaufmann, Edgar Kaufmann, Junior, and Frank Lloyd Wright. These items include magazines, exhibition pamphlets, newspaper clippings, event tickets, phone bills, speech transcripts, prints, and other printed materials.

    Of note are the copies of Time with Frank Lloyd Wright on the cover, as well as a collection of newspaper clippings pertaining to the 1976 recovery of stolen art works that had belonged to Edgar J. Kaufmann, including the original plans and sketches for Fallingwater.

Publication Date

1909-1976

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.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Permission to publish must by obtained in writing from the Director, Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University, 1172 Amsterdam Ave., MC 0301, New York, NY 10027.

Preferred Citation

Edgar J. Kaufmann papers on Fallingwater, 1909-1976 (bulk 1932-1955), Department of Drawings & Archives, Avery Architectural Fine Arts and Architecture Library, Columbia University.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library

Processing Information

Processed; Katharine Rovanpera 2011.

Revision Description

2011-09-02 File created.

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

Subject Headings

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"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
Architectural drawings Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Clippings (Information Artifacts) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Color photographs Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Color transparencies Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Correspondence Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Floor plans Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Land surveys Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Pamphlets Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Periodicals Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Photographs, Black-and-white Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Ring binders Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Specifications Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
blueprints (reprographic copies) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

Subject

Heading "CUL Archives:"
"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
Architecture -- Pennsylvania -- Bear Run Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Architecture -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Architecture, Domestic -- Pennsylvania -- Bear Run Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Dwellings -- Pennsylvania -- Bear Run Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Edgar J. Kaufmann Charitable Trust Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Fallingwater (Pa.) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Kaufmann House (Bear Run, Pa.) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Kaufmann's Department Store Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Kaufmann, Edgar J., 1885-1955 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Taliesin (Spring Green, Wis.) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

History

Edgar J. Kaufmann was born on November 1, 1885 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He attended the Shady Side Academy and later spent a year studying at Yale University before embarking on an apprenticeship program in retail. In 1909 he married his first cousin, Liliane Kaufmann. That year he discovered Bear Run, which would become the site of their famed residence Fallingwater designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.

Kaufmann took charge of his family's department store in 1910, the same year that his son, Edgar Junior, was born. He quickly established himself as a formidable businessman, and Kaufmann's grew to become the most prominent Pittsburgh department store of the 20th Century. During this time, Kaufmann began renting the Bear Run property as a camp for his employees, and purchased it on July 28, 1933 under his wife's name.

1934 marked the beginning of Edgar J. Kaufmann's relationship with Frank Lloyd Wright. Kaufmann was active in spearheading New Deal public works initiatives in Pittsburgh, and commissioned Wright for several projects. That year, Edgar Junior went to apprentice with Wright at his workshop, Taliesin, followed by Edgar and Liliane. On December 18, 1934, Kaufmann commissioned Wright to build his residence, Fallingwater, at Bear Run.

Fallingwater was designed in 1935, the initial sketches drawn up in a matter of hours pending the Kaufmanns' imminent arrival at Taliesin on September 22, Wright having assured them that the plans were ready. In October Wright presented the family with the intricate colored pencil drawings that have been repeatedly invoked in the scholarship on Fallingwater.

The Bear Run property was not without fault, however. Correspondence between Kaufmann and Morris Knowles Engineers in April 1936 delineates several concerns regarding the foundation upon which Fallingwater was to be built: "…we cannot recommend the site as suitable, from a structural standpoint, for a building of importance such as that contemplated." Ignoring this warning, construction began on Fallingwater in June.

In November 1937, Fallingwater was complete, and Frank Lloyd Wright had reclaimed a level of notoriety that he had not enjoyed in over a decade. Along with his public profile rose Wright's ego; he remarked to Kaufmann in a letter dated October 25, 1937, "…you got your money's worth out of an architect if ever a man did and probably for the first time in your life?"

Before Fallingwater was inhabited by the Kaufmanns in December 1937, though, issues with the home began to arise. Allegedly a result of extreme humidity, the interior woodwork began to warp. "We really are not surprised to learn that some of the doors are warped, as Mr. Tafel told our Mr. Cooper recently that the interior of Mr. Kaufman's house was very wet and that as a matter of fact, the water was running off some of the walls," the president of Gillen Woodwork Corp. stated in a letter on November 24. The Kaufmanns, scandalized, refuted this contention, blaming Gillen for the flawed doors, and indignantly informing Taliesin apprentice Edgar Tafel of the claims being made in his name: "I am enclosing copies of correspondence since your name occurs in it and simply wish you to be up-to-date on the rumors that are going around." (December 1, 1937)

In 1938 Fallingwater received extensive praise and criticism, inspiring numerous articles and earning Wright the cover of Time magazine. By the early 1950's, however, Fallingwater's detractors were vindicated, as the foundation began to sink. "It may not seem much but it is very noticeable when one looks at the house," Kaufmann wrote in May 1951.

This period was also marred by instability between Kaufmann and Wright. Correspondence reveals the deterioration of their relationship, as egos and tensions regarding other projects, such as the un-built Point Park, prevailed. "Dear EJ: You are cheating. Cheating me, yes – but most of all cheating yourself … Suppose you had done the same with… Fallingwater. Would you ever have built it? Certainly not…" (December 29, 1949). To Edgar Junior, Wright wrote, "Father seems to be with architects as he is with women. There is no chance for me now. I haven't the patience to "trail along." (January 25, 1950)

A month later, Wright's paranoia regarding Kaufmann's consultations with other architects reached its apex: "I realize that we will never build any thing more together which is a genuine sorrow to me for I conceived a love for you quite beyond the ordinary relationship of client and Architect. That love gave you Fallingwater... And, E.J. I hope I can at least save you from the funny wilted-prick you would erect … a form of phallic-worship distressing in the extreme with the vulva lying so helpless beneath the poor emblem. I would save you from that caricature as a last service. But probably you have seen it for yourself, by now, anyway." (February 25, 1950)

1950 also saw discord in the Kaufmanns' marriage, alluded to by Wright in the correspondence: "Dear Edgar: You have never seemed dearer to us than in this surprise-present you – with Liliane – so generously sent to our work… Is the implication that you and Liliane are reconciled and no violent break-up ahead?" (December 11, 1950). In 1951, Mrs. Kaufmann lamented in a letter to Wright, "…I must leave Fallingwater which is a great sorrow to me." The Kaufmanns never divorced, however, and Liliane died in 1952.

In the final years of Kaufmann's life, his friendship with Frank Lloyd Wright remained tumultuous. "My dearest of all Edgars: You are not quite right in the head (or the heart) where this "Pittsburgh-Glass" matters," Wright wrote in the early 1950's, referring to a dispute regarding payment for materials used in an exhibition of the architect's work at the Guggenheim Museum. "Commerce got the better of Beneficence," Wright sniped in 1953. Finally, in 1954, he offered an olive branch: "Well, I've missed you. In spite of your curious reversion to type now and then, I love you and have reason to do so. In the past? When do we meet and blow away the bad odors, etc., etc."

In 1955, further concerns arose regarding Fallingwater's structural stability. "…we believe that for some years this structure has been quietly asking for help… and that in the near future it will demand assistance in a more forceful manner," wrote engineers Hunting, Larsen & Dunnells. Kaufmann died on April 15 that year, and Fallingwater flooded in August 1956. In the years following his father's death, Edgar Junior assumed responsibility for the home, donating it to the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy in 1963, some time after Wright's death in 1959. The Conservancy continues to maintain Fallingwater as a museum, and the legacy of the Kaufmann family's singular relationship with Frank Lloyd Wright endures.

Series I: Correspondence

This series contains correspondence pertaining to Frank Lloyd Wright's projects for Edgar J. Kaufmann, including nearly 500 letters, various telegrams and notes, and related documents, such as engineering drawings and reports, legal documents, photographs, surveys, shipping documents and invoices. The files are arranged chronologically and then by project, where possible. In the cases that projects overlap in the chronology, the files have been arranged hierarchically, with Fallingwater as the most significant project.

Roughly half of the contents of this series is correspondence regarding Fallingwater. Other projects include the Point Park project and Edgar J. Kaufmann's office in Kaufmann's Department Store, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the Monona Terrace Project, in Madison, Wisconsin, and the Gateway Center.

The correspondence delineates the personal and professional relationship between Kaufmann and Wright, a relationship fraught with disagreements, insecurities, accusations, money woes, criticisms, and general miscommunications –mostly on the part of Frank Lloyd Wright.

Also included is correspondence related to the construction and later restoration of Fallingwater, including reports and drawings attached to assessments and recommendations from engineers expressing concerns about the construction of the home and later recommendations for the reinforcement of its structural supports.

Box 01: Folder 01 Edgar J. Kaufmann and Alan Crawford Correspondence 1909-1970

Letter : 1 items ; Envelope : 1 item ; correspondence between Alan Crawford and Edgar J. Kaufmann regarding attached photocopied letters between Frank Lloyd Wright and Charles Robert Ashbee that were partially published in Archival History v. 13, 1970 pp. 64-76

Box 01: Folder 02 Various projects 1935-1976

Letters : 13 items ; Notes : 2 items ; Envelope : 1 item ; Invitation to dedication of S. C. Johnson & Son Research and Development Building : 1 item ; re : correspondence between Irwin D. Wolf, Frank Lloyd Wright, Edgar J. Kaufmann, et al.

Box 01: Folder 03 Broadacre City models 1935

Letters : 15 items ; 1 sheet of paper marked by Edgar J. Kaufmann Jr., "Broadacre City Models" ; re : correspondence between Edgar J. Kaufmann, Edgar J. Kaufmann Jr., Frank Lloyd Wright, Tom J. Maloney, ET, KG Weixel

Box 01: Folder 04 Edgar J. Kaufmann's office, Kaufmann's department store 1935-1955

Letters : 60 items ; Notes : 2 items ; Purchase order forms : 3 items ; re : correspondence between Edgar J. Kaufmann, Frank Lloyd Wright, NS Fink, American Plywood Corp, Studio of Loja Saarinen, Emanuel J. Sandoval regarding textiles, etc.

Box 01: Folder 05 Fallingwater, Construction 1935-1939

Letters : 34 items ; Wires : 4 items ; Memorandum : 1 item ; letter dated January 19, 1937 has 1 copy ; letter dated January 21, 1937 has 1 copy ; re : construction of house ; correspondents : Frank Lloyd Wright, Edgar J. Kaufmann, Edgar Tafel, Earnest Ottenberg, C.F. Thumm, Robert Mosher, Kaufmann Dept. Stores

Box 01: Folder 06 Fallingwater, Fees and Cash 1935-1939

Letters : 20 items ; Notes : 10 items ; re : correspondence primarily between Frank Lloyd Wright and Edgar J. Kaufmann

Box 01: Folder 07 Fallingwater, Windows 1936-1938

Letters : 9 items ; letter dated January 14, 1936 has 2 copies ; Invoices : 5 items ; re : correspondence between Edgar Tafel, Hope's Windows Inc., CF Thumm, P. Larsen Co.

Box 01: Folder 08 Fallingwater, Kitchen Cabinets and Counter 1937

Letters : 5 items ; re : correspondence between C.T. Schwartz, L.A. Rust, Kaufmann's, Edgar J. Kaufmann Jr.

Box 01: Folder 09 Fallingwater, Upholstery 1937

Letters : 8 items ; re : correspondence between Edgar J. Kaufmann, Dunlop Tire and Rubber Corp.

Box 01: Folder 10 Fallingwater, Bathroom for Mrs. Kaufmann 1937

Letters : 21 items ; letter dated June 10, 1937 has 1 copy ; letter dated August 15, 1937 has 1 copy ; letter dated September 17, 1937 has 1 copy ; re : Edgar J. Kaufmann, C.F. Thumm, Pittsburgh Plate Glass Co., Macbeth-Evans Glass Co., Corning Glass Works, Fostoria Glass Co.

Box 01: Folder 11 Fallingwater, Concrete surfacing 1937

Letters : 15 items ; Wires : 5 items ; Invoice : 1 item ; Note : 1 item ; re : correspondence between Frank Lloyd Wright, Edgar J. Kaufmann, The Super-Concrete Emulsions Primitive Company

Box 01: Folder 12 Fallingwater, Ceiling panels 1937

Letters : 12 items ; letter dated September 18 has 1 copy ; Envelope : 1 item ; Receipt : 1 item ; Business card : 1 item ; Drawings : 3 items re : between Edgar J. Kaufmann Jr., Frank Lloyd Wright, Gillen Woodwork Corp. ; drawings of Kaufmann House

Box 01: Folder 13 Fallingwater, Woodwork 1937-1939

Letters : 43 items ; Shipping documents : 12 items ; re : dispute regarding warped doors due to possible water exposure, Edgar Tafel's comments

Box 01: Folder 14 Fallingwater, Photography 1946-1951

Letters : 3 items ; letter dated February 7, 1951 has attached newspaper clipping ; re : photographs and news clipping of Fallingwater ; correspondence between Hedrich-Blessing and Edgar J. Kaufmann, J.A. Wagner and E. Clinton

Box 01: Folder 15 Fallingwater, Sinking foundation 1947-1954

Letters : 5 items ; 1 slip of paper that reads "FALLINGWATER" ; re : correspondence between Frank Lloyd Wright and Edgar J. Kaufmann regarding sinking of the house

Box 01: Folder 16 Fallingwater, Ventilation issues 1951-1954

Letters : 13 items; re : correspondence between E.J. Kaufmannn and Frank Lloyd Wright/Taliesin pertaining to ventilation issues of Fallingwater; also includes correspondence with Roy Oliver, Maintenance Manger at Kaufmannn Dept. stores

Box 01: Folder 17 Fallingwater, Engineering reports 1920-1940

Letters : 51 items ; Notes : 2 items ; Survey drawings : 2 items ; re : correspondence, Morris Knowles to Edgar J. Kaufmann, delineates concerns regarding the foundation of Fallingwater

Box 01: Folder 18 Fallingwater, Engineering reports 1936-1955

Letters : 102 items ; includes elevation reports, invoices and plans showing check points ; Notes : 5 items ; Engineering drawing (original) : 1 item ; re : correspondence between Edgar J. Kaufmann and engineering firms regarding rebuilding/changes/additions ; Some letter have attached perspective drawing, elevation reports and graphic representations of deflection of reference points ; Some letters have copies.

Box 01: Folder 19 Fallingwater, Engineering reports 1948-1955

Letters : 3 items ; attached engineering drawings and reports ; re : movement in the cantilevers

Box 01: Folder 20 Fallingwater, Engineering reports 1959

Letter : 1 item ; attached black and white photograph (Frank Lloyd Wright standing in front of Broadacre City model) ; Engineering drawings : 2 items ; Engineers report : 1 item ; re : correspondence between Kaufmann's, from Gustav Stueber Prof. Building; engineers' reports

Box 01: Folder 21 Frank Lloyd Wright, Edgar J. Kaufmann Sr. , Gerald M. Loeb 1936-1958

Letters : 6 items ; envelopes : 3 items ; re : discord between Frank Lloyd Wright and Edgar J. Kaufmann

Box 01: Folder 22 Point Park project, Pittsburgh (Pa.) 1945-1954

Letters : 24 items ; City ordinance of Pittsburgh : 1 item ; re : discord between Frank Lloyd Wright and Edgar J. Kaufmann

Box 01: Folder 23 Point Park project, Pittsburgh (Pa.) 1948-1953

Letters : 14 items ; 1 slip of paper that reads "POINT PARK proj." ; re : discord between Frank Lloyd Wright and Edgar J. Kaufmann

Box 01: Folder 24 Point Park project, Pittsburgh (Pa.) 1950-1972

Letters : 22 items ; letter dated August 1, 1952 has 1 copy ; letter dated June 25, 1953 has 1 copy ; letter dated December 29, 1953 has 1 copy ; letter dated January 4, 1955 has 1 copy ; Envelopes : 3 items* ; Note : 1 item ; re : payment for services

Box 01: Folder 25 Miscellaneous Correspondence regarding payment 1948-1954

Letters : 23 items ; letter dated August 2, 1954 has 1 copy ; letter dated October 19, 1954 has 1 copy ; Financial statements : 3 items ; Envelopes : 3 items ; re : payment

Box 02: Folder 01 Frank Lloyd Wright, Liliane S. Kaufmann and Edgar J. Kaufmann Sr. and Jr. 1948-1953

Letters : 8 items ; 1 slip of paper that reads "General Correspondence, Kaufmann - Wright" ; re : marital discord between the Kaufmanns

Box 02: Folder 02 Tunnel through William Penn Way 1949

Letters : 8 items ; Envelope : 1 item ; re : correspondence between Edgar J. Kaufmann Jr., Richard Mellon, Max Abramovitz, Roy Oliver, U.S. Steel, et al.

Box 02: Folder 03 Spiral Parking Garage 1949 December 21

Letter : 1 item : 3 p. ; 1 slip of paper that reads "SPIRAL PARKING GARAGE proj."; signed letter from Edgar J. Kaufmann to Frank Lloyd Wright regarding "difficulties" with the project conditions and plans

Box 02: Folder 04 National Council of Architectural Registration Boards letter of reference for Frank Lloyd Wright 1950 September 14

Letter : 1 item ; re : letter in support of his 'registration' as architect; correspondence: Edgar J. Kaufmann, HF Johnson

Box 02: Folder 05 Gateway Center 1950 November

Letters : 5 items ; letter dated November 18, 1950 has 1 copy and 2 drafts ; re : correspondence between Edgar J. Kaufmann, Equitable Life Assurance Co., Rene D'Harnoncourt (Director of MoMA) ; proposal for MoMA project

Box 02: Folder 06 Point View Apartments 1951-1953

Letters : 2 items ; correspondence between Frank Lloyd Wright and Edgar J. Kaufmann regarding plans

Box 02: Folder 07 Rhododendron Chapel 1953 March

Letter : 1 item ; 1 slip of paper that reads "RHODODENDRON CHAPEL proj."

Box 02: Folder 08 Monona Terrace Project, Madison, Wis. 1953

Letters : 5 items ; 1 slip of paper that reads "MONONA TERRACE proj." ; re : correspondence between Frank Lloyd Wright and Edgar J. Kaufmann

Box 02: Folder 09 Frank Lloyd Wright exhibition, Guggenheim Museum 1953-1954

Letters : 30 items ; letter dated 29 March 1954 has 2 copies ; each of 2 letters dated 13 April 1954 has 1 copy; re : payment for glass used in exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum. Letters from Wright, Edgar J. Kaufmann, R.F. Barker, and James H. Beal.

Box 02: Folder 10 Proposed publication of Frank Lloyd Wright's works 1952-1953

Letters : 4 items ; letter dated May 12, 1953 has attached memorandum ; Memoranda : 4 items ; re: correspondence between Edgar J. Kaufmann, Edgar J. Kaufmann Jr. and Ezra Stoller ; includes legal agreements between Frank Lloyd Wright and Edgar J. Kaufmann

Box 02: Folder 11 "60 Years of Living Architecture" traveling exhibition 1953-1954

Letters : 9 items ; letter dated February 4, 1954 has 1 copy ; re : correspondence between Frank Lloyd Wright, Edgar J. Kaufmann, P.S. Smith, Shigeru Ito, and Kei Ishii, regarding exh. in Japan/Philippines

Box 02: Folder 12 Frank Lloyd Wright- Edgar J. Kaufmann correspondence list c. 1972

List of letters by Edgar Kaufmann, Jr.: 1 p.

Series II: Fallingwater (Bear Run, Pa.)

This series comprises photographs, project records, architectural drawings, articles and other printed materials on Frank Lloyd Wright's master work of residential architecture, Edgar J. Kaufmann's residence, Fallingwater. These materials were amassed by Kaufmann during the course of Fallingwater's conception, construction, and subsequent promotion.

Subseries 1: Photographs

Subseries 1: Photographs: consists of 174 photographs, documenting four stages of the Bear Run property: its previous incarnation as the Kaufmann Summer Camp, the construction of Fallingwater, formal exterior photographs of the completed house, and photographs of the damage caused to the house by a flood in 1956. The photographs are predominantly black and white images of the house alone, though the collection also includes several color photographs and transparencies of Mr. and Mrs. Kaufmann on the terrace in the early 1950s, which aroused delighted surprise in Frank Lloyd Wright (as evidenced in the correspondence), as they were sent to him amid rumors of their possible divorce.

Box 02: Folder 13 Kaufmann Summer Camp undated

Photographs : 3 items ; re : photos glued to black construction paper

Box 02: Folder 14 Construction [1 of 3] c.1936

Photographs : 40 items ; 1 binder

Box 02: Folder 15 Construction [2 of 3] c.1936

Photographs : 39 items ; 1 binder

Box 02: Folder 16 Construction [3 of 3] 1936

Photographs : 5 items ; 1 binder

Box 06: Folder 03 Construction and Exterior c. 1936

Photographs : 12 items ; re : Hedrich Blessing Studio black and white photographs of Fallingwater completed and during construction (all but on are mounted on board)

Box 07 Exterior undated

Photographs : 20 items ; re : 20 loose black and white photographs of Fallingwater, mounted on board (in 4 folders)

Box 02: Folder 17 Mr. and Mrs. Kaufmann c.1950

Color photographs : 2 items ; Color transparencies : 4 items

Box 02: Folder 18 Flood damage 1956

Photographs : 56 items ; Inventory : 1 item ; Letter : 1 item ; re : letter to Edgar J. Kaufmann Jr. from Mellon National Bank and Trust Company with photos enclosed

Subseries 2: Project Records

Subseries 2: Project Records: consists of engineering, forestry, wildlife/fish & game reports, property assessments, engineering drawings, site specifications, elevations, survey maps, project cost estimates, product pamphlets, work schedules and inventories.Early property assessments included in the collection were generally favorable, concluding that the site was well-suited to its contemporary function as a summer camp. Documents pertaining to the period during which Fallingwater was actually constructed include estimates and pamphlets related to upholstery and bathrooms, as well as the gatelodge built on the property, though other related documents regarding the construction of the home can be found in the correspondence. Site specifications also include those for the Visitors Center, built after the house was reconceived as a museum.

Box 03: Folder 01 Tract of land in Stewart Township - Fayette County (Pa.) undated

Bound report : 1 item

Box 03: Folder 02 Kaufmann Summer Camp survey map undated

Map : 1 item ; re : copy of survey map on glossy photo paper: "Kaufmann Dep't. Store Co. / Bear Run Camp"

Box 03: Folder 03 Engineering files of Morris Knowles, Inc. 1920-1940

Engineering drawings : 4 items ; Letters : 4 items ; re : files of Morris Knowles, Inc., related to development of Bear Run and to the feasibility of building Fallingwater ; includes report from 1920 assessing the property

Box 06: Folder 01 Bear Run Property Reports 1932

Binder : 1 item ; re : Engineering, Forestry, Wildlife/Fish & Game reports and survey maps

Box 03: Folder 04 Engineering drawings and reports 1936-1955

Elevation reports : 3 ; Elevation graphic representations : 4 ; 6 blueprint copies of each ; Letter : 1 ; with elevation readings ; Drawings : 7 items ; blueprints of perspectives with engineers' notes ; re : Metzger-Richardson Co., 1936-1942 ; Hunting, Davis & Dunnells/Hunting, Larsen & Dunnells, 1945-1955

Box 03: Folder 05 Gatelodge specifications undated

Binder : 1 item ; re : specifications for Gatelodge for Edgar J. Kaufmann Jr., Bear Run, Pennsylvania; Frank Lloyd Wright, Architect

Box 03: Folder 06 Upholstery 1937

Project cost estimates : 3 items ; Note : 1 item ; Pamphlets : 2 items ; re : Dunlop Cushioning pamphlet , Dunlopillo Cushioned Hospital and Sick Room Equipment pamphlet

Box 03: Folder 07 Bathrooms 1937

Quotes : 3 items ; Brochures : 2 items ; re : price quotes from Standard Sanitary Mfg. Co., Kohler Plumbing, Bailey-Farrell Mfg. Co. ; plumbing fixtures recommendations from Kohler and Bailey-Farrell

Box 04: Folder 01 Kitchen cabinets and counter 1937

Drawings : 3 items ; re : 2 blue print copies of Fallingwater kitchen ; copy of sink/countertop drawing from L.A. Rust Co

Box 03: Folder 08 Indexes of Fallingwater drawings 1951-1961

Indexes : 5 items ; Notes : 4 items ; re : transport of blueprints/drawings

Box 03: Folder 09 Work Schedules and inventory 1957

Binder : 1 item

Box 03: Folder 10 Visitors Center Specifications 1977

Book : 1 item ; re : Gift of Alfred Willis, Feb. 1987)

Box 06: Folder 04 Visitors Center Plan c. 1987

Plan : 1 item with attached text ; re : by Paul Mayen ; donated 1987 ; plan of visitors center taped to text of exhibition pamphlet

Subseries 3: Architectural Drawings

Subseries 3: Architectural Drawings consists of 147 photomechanical reproductions for the House for Mr. & Mrs. E.J. Kaufmann, Bear Run, Pa.

Range: NYDA.1972.001.00001-.00308 House for Mr. & Mrs. E.J. Kaufmann (Bear Run, Pa.). Fallingwater 1936-1955

146 photomechanical reproductions : 87 drawings, blueprints on paper; 45 drawings, blueprints on paper mounted on canvas; 7 drawings, blueprints on linen; 4 drawings, diazo prints on paper; 2 drawings, blackline prints on paper mounted on canvas; and 1 drawing, positive photostat on paper. Some of the prints have markings in graphite and colored pencil. Scale varies.

Project-level record [Part 1]

Project-level record [Part 2]

Project-level record [Part 3]

Range: NYDA.1972.001.00129-.00191 Fallingwater (Bear Run, Pa.). Guest house 1938-1954

73 photomechanical reproductions : various media ; 107.1 x 155.1 cm. (42 1/4 x 61 1/8 in.) or smaller.

Project-level record

Range: NYDA.1972.001.00197-.00205 Fallingwater (Bear Run, Pa.). Servants' rooms 1946-1954

7 photomechanical reproductions : blueprint on paper ; 85.9 x 124.2 cm. (33 7/8 x 48 7/8 in.) or smaller.

Project-level record

Range: NYDA.1972.001.00206-.00234 Fallingwater (Bear Run, Pa.). Swimming pool and boiler room 1936-1940

21 photomechanical reproductions : various media ; 46 x 81 cm. (18 1/8 x 31 7/8 in.) or smaller.

Project-level record

Range: NYDA.1972.001.00202-.00203 Fallingwater (Pa.). Crypt 1953

2 sheets : blueprint on drafting linen; 70.7 x 95.6 cm. (27 7/8 x 37 5/8 in.)

Project-level record

Range: NYDA.1972.001.00216-.00254 [Miscellaneous maps and plans of the property] 1920-1953

11 photomechanical reproductions : various media ; 11.7 x 203.5 cm. (44 x 80 1/4 in.) or smaller.

Project-level record

Range: NYDA.1972.001.00256-.00260 Fallingwater (Bear Run, Pa.). Chapel 1952

5 photomechanical reproductions : blackline prints with colored crayon on paper ; 45.5 x 85.9 cm. (17 7/8 x 33 7/8 in.)

Project-level record

Range: NYDA.1972.001.00261-.00304 Fallingwater (Bear Run, Pa.). Gate house 1957

42 sheets : diazo prints on paper ; 89.7 x 129.3 cm. (35 3/8 x 51 in.) or smaller.

Project-level record

Subseries 4: Articles & Printed Materials

Subseries 4: Articles & Printed Materials: consists of magazines, newspaper clippings, exhibition catalogs and commercial pamphlets that relate to Fallingwater. Included is a copy of the August 1962 issue of Italian architectural magazine L'archittura, an issue entirely devoted to Fallingwater.

Box 04: Folder 02 Kaufmann's Summer Club Brochure c.1926

Pamphlet : 1 item

Box 04: Folder 03 Articles & Printed Materials , Clippings and Exhibition materials 1937-1974

Clippings : 11 items ; Exhibition Materials : 3 items

Box 04: Folder 04 Exhibition catalog and clipping 1938

Catalog : 1 item ; Clipping : 1 item ; re : includes MoMA catalog: "A New House on Bear Run, Penn. By Frank Lloyd Wright," 1938 ; clipping of ad inLIFEmagazine about Architectural Forum issue dedicated to Frank Lloyd Wright and featuring Fallingwater with handwritten note from Wright to Edgar J. Kaufmann

Box 04: Folder 05 The Bulletin Index 1938 January 27

Magazine : 2 items ; "Wright: Western Pennsylvania Landmark Complete." (9-11) ; article includes black and white Luke Swank photograph of Fallingwater

Box 04: Folder 06 Town & Country 1938 February

Magazine : 1 item ; re : Patterson, Augusta Owen. "3 Modern Houses: No. 3 Owner, Edgar J. Kaufman." (64-65)

Box 04: Folder 07 The Charette 1938 March

Magazine : 1 item ; re : magazine of the Pittsburgh Architectural Club ; leads with article : Anonymous. "Tell Us One About the Bear." (1-3); includes image of Fallingwater –critical of construction, etc.

Box 04: Folder 08 Thrush Forced Circulating Flow Control Hot Water Heat! undated

Commercial brochures : 2 items ; re : features photograph of Fallingwater on the cover

Box 04: Folder 09 L'architettura 1962 August

Magazine : 1 item ; re : issue on Fallingwater ; p. 218: Zevi, Bruno. "Riegl's prophecy and Fallingwater." ; p. 222: Kaufmann Jr., Edgar. "Twenty five Years of the House on the Waterfall, Frank Lloyd Wright architect." ; includes images of Fallingwater

Series III: Other Projects

This series consists of site specifications, proposals, plans and legal contracts for four additional projects: Edgar J. Kaufmann's office in Kaufmann's Department Store, the Point View Residences, the Parking Park project, and the unbuilt Joseph H. Brewer residence

Box 04: Folder 10 Joseph H. Brewer Residence , East Fishkill (N.Y.) 1953

Binder : 1 item ; re : blue print copies of specifications for un-built Joseph H Brewer residence, East Fishkill, Dutchess City, NY

Box 04: Folder 11 Kaufmann's Department Store Office Contract , Pittsburgh (Pa.) 1936 June

Contract : 1 item ; 1 copy re : Contract between Edgar J. Kaufmann and Frank Lloyd Wright regarding office in Kaufmann's Dept. Store

Box 04: Folder 12 Kaufmann's Department Store Office Plan , Pittsburgh (Pa.) 1955

Office plan : 1 item ; re : copy of EJ Kaufmann's Office Measurements Plan

Box 04: Folder 13 Parking Park Study , Pittsburgh (Pa.) 1949 April

Pamphlet : 1 item ; re : proposal for parking lot in Pittsburgh by Mitchell & Ritchey Architects

Box 04: Folder 14 Point View Residences , Pittsburgh (Pa.) 1951

Binder : 1 item ; Enclosed Letter : 1 item ; re : Specifications for the Point View residences for the Edgar J. Kaufmann Charitable Trust, Pittsburgh, Penn.; Frank Lloyd Wright, Architect; 1 binder and 1 letter from Edgar J. Kaufmann to son

Box 04: Folder 15 Point View Residences , Pittsburgh (Pa.) 1951

Binder : 1 item ; re : Blue print copies of specifications for the Point View residences for the Edgar J. Kaufmann Charitable Trust, Pittsburgh, Penn.; Frank Lloyd Wright, Architect

Series V: Other Papers

This series comprises photographs, magazines, newspaper clippings, exhibition catalogs, legal documents, and various writings and printed records of Frank Lloyd Wright and Edgar J. Kaufmann. The series contains three black and white photographs of Frank Lloyd Wright, one with Edgar J. Kaufmann; and one color transparency of a photograph by Luke Swank, entitled Tobacco Bar; various printed items related to Frank Lloyd Wright's personal involvements, including the transcript of a speech given by Wright at a Hungry Club event, and a draft of an essay entitled "Music and Its Place in the Museum of Non-Objective Painting," also by Wright; and various printed items related to Edgar J. Kaufmann's personal involvements, including the deeds to various properties owned by Kaufmann, as well as two documents of his capital investments.

Box 05: Folder 01 Frank Lloyd Wright portraits c.1952

Photographs : 2 items ; re : two black and white photographs, one in studio, the other at exhibition

Box 05: Folder 02 Frank Lloyd Wright and Edgar J. Kaufmann at Taliesin West undated

Photograph : 1 item ; re : black and white photograph of Frank Lloyd Wright and Edgar J. Kaufmann at Taliesin West ; marked "Bulldog" in red pencil on back

Box 05: Folder 03 Tobacco Bar undated

Color transparency : 1 item ; re : Luke Swank photograph, Tobacco Bar

Box 05: Folder 04 Frank Lloyd Wright, Hungry Club papers 1936 October

Invitation copy : 1 item ; Speech transcript : 1 item ; re : Hungry Club invitation (copy) to event in which Frank Lloyd Wright spoke; remarks preceding Frank Lloyd Wright speech, October 21, 1936

Box 05: Folder 05 Frank Lloyd Wright Essay, "Music and Its Place in the Museum of Non-Objective Painting" undated

Essay : 1 item ; re : "Music and Its Place in the Museum of Non-Objective Painting" ; note at top : "Received from Angelica Rudenstein January 1977 Ekjr"

Box 05: Folder 06 Edgar J. Kaufmann, Various property deeds 1932-1935

Deeds and excerpts of deeds : 9 items ; Letters : 5 items ; re : Edgar J. Kaufmann properties

Box 05: Folder 07 Edgar J. Kaufmann, Capital Investments 1955-1972

Recorded Capital Investment documents : 2 items ; Memo : 1 item ; Note : 1 item

Series IV: Articles & Printed Materials

This series consists of printed materials related to various projects, affairs and endeavors of Edgar J. Kaufmann, Edgar Kaufmann, Junior, and Frank Lloyd Wright. These items include magazines, exhibition pamphlets, newspaper clippings, event tickets, phone bills, speech transcripts, prints, and other printed materials.

Of note are the copies of Time with Frank Lloyd Wright on the cover, as well as a collection of newspaper clippings pertaining to the 1976 recovery of stolen art works that had belonged to Edgar J. Kaufmann, including the original plans and sketches for Fallingwater.

Box 05: Folder 08 Time Magazine Frank Lloyd Wright Cover 1938 January

Magazines : 2 items ; re :Timemagazine. Vol. 31, No. 3. January 17, 1938.

Box 05: Folder 09 Fortune article 1944

Letter with attached manuscript : 1 item ; Envelope : 1 item ; re : draft of proj. article inFortune; attached note from Mary Ellen Murphy at Fortune to Edgar J. Kaufmann regarding manuscript ; envelope in which the manuscript was mailed

Box 06: Folder 2 New York Times Magazine 1949 June

Newspaper : 1 item ; re : incomplete ; starts at pg. 25, includes 2 images of Frank Lloyd Wright buildings

Box 05: Folder 10 Taliesin exhibition pamphlets 1950-1952

Pamphlets : 3 items ; re : one pamphlet no longer bound together

Box 05: Folder 11 Miscellaneous Articles & Printed Materials 1951-1954

Event programs : 6 items ; Exhibition catalogs : 2 items ; Event tickets : 3 items ; Speech transcripts : 2 items ; Taliesin newsletter : 1 item ; Architectural Services of Frank Lloyd Wright : 2 items ; Exhibition review : 1 item ; Journals : 2 items ; Clippings : 6 items ; Note : 1 item

Box 05: Folder 12 Frank Lloyd Wright exhibition catalog : École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-arts 1952 April

Exhibition catalog : 1 item

Box 05: Folder 13 News clippings on Kaufmann art theft 1976

Clippings : 3 items ; re : articles on the recovery of art works stolen from the Kaufmanns, including original plans and sketches for Fallingwater

Box 05: Folder 14 Bell Telephone Company bills undated

Phone bills : 19 items ; Note : 1 item ; re : Bell Telephone Company of Penn., Spring Green

Box 05: Folder 15 Kaufmann, Edgar Jr. – Bibliography of writings undated

Bibliography : 1 item ; re : Bibliography of articles 1944-1984 published in various art and design journals, includingArt News,Interiors,Architectural Forum,Industrial Design,Arts and Architecture, as well as contributions to monographs ; includes two articles on Fallingwater (1947 and 1977) : "Undampened Wright". Letter response about water and defense of Frank Lloyd Wright.Architectural Forum., Introduction to Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater: the House and Its History by Donald Hoffman

Box 05: Folder 16 Prints by Joseph Urban undated

Print reproductions : 12 items ; Letter : 1 item ; re : 12 color reproductions, labeled on back in pencil, stamped on back "AUSTRIA" ; letter from Gretl Urban identifying prints