Frank Lloyd Wright correspondence

Frank Lloyd Wright correspondence

Collection Overview

Repository:
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Archives.
Creator:
Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation.
Title:
Frank Lloyd Wright correspondence
Call Number:
A0006
Dates:
1943-1960 (bulk 1951-1958)
Volume:
1.4 cubic ft. (4 manuscript boxes)
Historical Abstract:
American architect Frank Lloyd Wright (FLW), 1867-1959, played a leading role in transforming the practice of architecture early in the 20th century. FLW claimed to build "organic" architecture that seemed to grow naturally out of the surrounding landscape. He believed the internal space, furnishings and decorative details of a house to be intrinsic to its architecture. Many of his projects incorporated site specific furniture and fittings. These unified projects were intended to possess a natural "organic" beauty that would promote the life of the human spirit. During the Great Depression, FLW founded a community known as the Taliesin Fellowship and published an autobiography. Later commissions such as those for the Johnson Wax Administration building and Fallingwater, Edgar J. Kaufmann's residence progressed FLW's career. These projects, like his design for the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, built in the 1950s, incorporated reinforced concrete cantilevered construction that liberated architecture from the "Box." All of FLW's works express his reverence for nature and his belief in the "soul of humanity."
Scope and Content Abstract:
The Frank Lloyd Wright correspondence spans the years 1943 to 1959 and documents the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation's (SRGF) relationship with Frank Lloyd Wright through the course of planning and constructing the new Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum building at 1071 Fifth Ave. The collection consists of letters, telegrams, memoranda, newspaper clippings, transcripts of speeches, and financial records relating to the SRGF. The majority of the records from series one have been digitized and can be viewed in the folder list of the collection's online finding aid. Select records were not digitized due to preservation needs and fragility concerns.
Location:
CF
Language:
Collection is primarily in English.
Arrangement:
Organized into 2 series: 1. Correspondence Compiled for Harry F. Guggenheim; 2. Correspondence Compiled for other Guggenheim Foundation Trustees.
Restrictions:
The collection is unrestricted.
Publication Rights:
Requests for permission to publish material from this collection should be discussed with the Manager of the Library and Archives.
Preferred Citation:
Frank Lloyd Wright correspondence. A0006. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Archives, New York, NY.
Subjects:
Architects--United States--Correspondence.
Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation.
Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation.
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.
Contributors:
Guggenheim, Harry Frank, 1890-
Guggenheim, Solomon R. (Solomon Robert), 1861-1949.
Hunt, Clinton N.
Moses, Robert, 1888-1987.
Rebay, Hilla, 1890-1967.
Short, William H.
Sweeney, James Johnson, 1900-
Thiele, Albert E.
Wright, Frank Lloyd, 1867-1959.
Wright, Olgivanna Lloyd.
Finding aid prepared by Elizabeth Merrill, Alan Houston and Alexandra Woodworth in 2006-2007.

Digitization of this collection was made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.

Historical Note

Frank Lloyd Wright (FLW) was born in Richland Center, Wisconsin on June 8, 1867. His early life remained nomadic and unsettled until his family arrived in Madison, Wisconsin in 1878, where FLW attended Madison High School. He left without graduating in 1885 to work for Allan D. Conover, then the Dean of the University of Wisconsin's Engineering Department. While at the University, FLW spent two semesters studying civil engineering; he was, otherwise, entirely self-taught.

In 1887, FLW moved to Chicago, where he apprenticed with the architect Joseph Lyman Silsbee. One year later, he went to work for the firm of Adler and Sullivan as a draughtsman, directly under Louis Sullivan. While working for Sullivan, FLW met and married Catherine Tobin; the two moved to Oak Park, Illinois where FLW built the house in which they would live for the next twenty years and raise their five children. In 1893, FLW left Adler and Sullivan to open his own firm, which he operated in Chicago before relocating it to the studio he had built adjacent to the Oak Park house.

Over the course of his career, FLW combined a diverse array of formative influences (few of which he would ever acknowledge as such)--19th century Romantic idealism, the writings of Eugène-Emmanuel Viollet-le-Duc, Friedrich Froebel's geometric blocks for children, the Arts and Crafts movement, his experience at the World's Columbian Exposition in 1893 (which introduced him to both pre-Columbian architecture and Japanese art and design), and especially his former employer, Louis Sullivan--into a design vocabulary for what he called "organic architecture." By "organic," FLW did not mean a style that imitated nature, but rather one that creatively reinterpreted nature's principles. Vital to this reinterpretation was maintaining respect for the harmonious relationship between the building site and the materials used in construction as well as between the form and function of the building itself. His attempt to create an indigenous American architecture that echoed the natural environment in abstract forms and to integrate the twin themes of spatial continuity and rigorous, geometric order characterized what came to be known as his "Prairie style" homes. This can be seen clearly in the Darwin D. Martin House in Buffalo, New York (1904) and the Frederick C. Robie House in Oak Park, Illinois (1906), where FLW used over-hung, low-hipped roofs and uninterrupted walls of windows to emphasize the continuous horizontal movement he saw in the vast expanse of the Midwestern landscape.

In 1909, FLW abruptly left for Germany with his mistress Mamah Borthwick Cheney, the wife of a neighbor and client. When they returned in 1911, they moved to Spring Green, Wisconsin, where his mother had given him a portion of his ancestors' land. It was this land upon which he constructed the home and studio he called "Taliesin." The Wrights would live there until 1914, when tragedy stuck: a servant murdered Cheney, her two children, and four others and set fire to the house.

FLW began rebuilding Taliesin almost immediately. Around the same time, he received several larger commissions, including the Midway Gardens in Chicago (1913) and the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo (1915). It was in the late 1910s and early 1920s that FLW also began exploring Mayan architecture and experimenting with a construction technique that used a system of mass-produced, patterned concrete blocks ("textile" blocks), the results of which can be seen in a number of houses in and around Los Angeles, California: the Barnsdall Hollyhock House (1917), the Millard House (1923), and the Ennis House (1923) are all examples. Much of the 1920s, however, were characterized by personal difficulties, with a second, failed marriage to Maud Miriam Noel, a new mistress, and a constant struggle to obtain commissions.

The second phase of FLW's career began in 1928 with his marriage to Olgivanna Lazovich. In 1932, FLW opened Taliesin as an architectural fellowship. Thirty apprentices came to live with the Wrights, in what was vigorously promoted as an ideal, self-sustaining community of apprentices and architects who would learn and practice the philosophy of organic architecture by sharing in architectural work, building construction, and the related arts (which often included tending the Taliesin farm). During this time--when he was already approaching seventy years old--FLW received two major commissions, for which he produced two of the most important buildings of his career: Fallingwater, for Edgar J. Kaufmann in Bear Run, Pennsylvania (1935), and the Johnson Wax Company administrative building in Racine, Wisconsin (1936). Beginning in 1936 and continuing until his death in 1959, FLW also devoted himself to what he called "Usonian" houses--modest, moderately-priced, single-story homes of brick, wood, and glass, designed to provide comfort and high quality architecture to clients with limited budgets.

In 1937, FLW moved his fellowship from Wisconsin to Phoenix, Arizona, where he built a new complex, Taliesin West. He would spend the last twenty years of his life there. Taliesin West typifies the kind of geometric experimentation that would define the last (and most productive) phase of his career, wherein he would design buildings that mixed shapes (triangles, circles, squares, rectangles) and materials (concrete, plaster, masonry) for both domestic and non-domestic structures.

FLW was seventy-five when Hilla Rebay (HR) first contacted him about designing a museum to house Solomon R. Guggenheim's (SRG) growing collection of non-objective paintings. FLW was instantly eager to work for SRG when HR proposed the idea in June of 1943. FLW had specific ideas on the form the museum should take; in December of that year, he wrote HR, "I am so full of ideas for our Museum that I am likely to blow up or commit suicide unless I can let them out on paper. That building ought to show how to show a painting." From the beginning FLW was involved in every aspect of the new Museum, from its location to the proper way to display its non-objective paintings. The building, formed as a cast concrete spiral with a continuous, cantilevered ramp, combined many of the structural, spatial, and expressive ideas FLW had explored throughout his career into a single, integrated, sculptural entity that is itself a work of non-objective art. The building opened on October 21, 1959 to enormous crowds, but the design remained controversial: critics complained that it threatened to overwhelm the paintings it contained, that the curving walls of the spiral were inappropriate for the display of art, and that the lighting--the design relied heavily on natural light from the glass dome atop the building and a narrow glass band running along the exterior wall--was inadequate.

On April 9, 1959 at the age of ninety-two, FLW died at his home in Phoenix. In all, he designed 1141 works, including houses, offices, churches, schools, libraries, and museums. Of that total, 532 resulted in completed structures, 409 of which still stand.

Chronology

1867Frank Lloyd Wright (FLW) born in Richland Center, WI on June 8. He is the first child of William Cary Wright and Anna Lloyd Jones Wright.
1869-1877Wright family moves to McGregor, IA. Subsequent moves take the family to Pawtucket, RI and Weymouth, MA.
1876Anna Lloyd Wright introduces the "Froebel Kindergarten" training to her son.
1878The Wright family moves to Madison, WI. FLW spends the summer months at the James Lloyd Jones farm near Spring Green, WI into the 1880s.
1885FLW's parents divorce and his father leaves Madison. FLW takes a part-time job as a draftsman with Allan D. Conover, University of Wisconsin engineering professor.
1886FLW attends University of Wisconsin.
1887-1889FLW leaves Madison for Chicago, finding employment first at the office of Joseph L. Silsbee and eventually with the architectural firm of Adler and Sullivan.
1889FLW marries Catherine Lee Tobin. Designs his own home in Oak Park, IL.
1890FLW is assigned all residential design handled by Adler and Sullivan. Birth of Lloyd, first of six children by Catherine.
1892FLW leaves offices of Adler and Sullivan.
1893FLW opens his own practice.
1894First exhibition of FLW's work is held at the Chicago Architectural Club. Daughter Catherine Lloyd Wright is born.
1895Son David Samuel Wright is born.
1897FLW moves his office to Steinway Hall, Chicago.
1898Daughter Frances Lloyd Wright born.
1903Son Robert Llewellyn Wright born.
1904FLW's father, William Wright (1825-1904) dies and is buried in small graveyard in Bear Valley near Lone Rock, WI.
1909FLW leaves his practice and family for Europe accompanied by Mamah Borthwick Cheney.
1910FLW returns from Europe.
1911FLW begins building a new home and studio near Spring Green, WI and calls the complex Taliesin.
1912FLW opens an office in Orchestra Hall, Chicago, IL.
1913FLW visits Japan to secure commission for the Imperial Hotel and to acquire Japanese prints for American clients.
1914A servant kills Mamah Cheney her two children and four others, then sets fire to Taliesin. FLW begins after a month to rebuild. The exhibition "Frank Lloyd Wright's work since 1911" is held at the Art Institute of Chicago. FLW meets Miriam Noel whom he later marries.
1916Contract signed for the Imperial Hotel commission at Taliesin. FLW sails to Japan with Miriam Noel and opens an office in Tokyo.
1922FLW returns for final time from Japan, opens an office in Los Angeles FLW and Catherine are divorced.
1923FLW's mother, Anna, dies and is buried in Unity Chapel cemetery. Kanto earthquake demolishes much of Tokyo; Imperial Hotel survives. FLW marries Miriam Noel. Construction begins on the textile block houses in Los Angeles.
1924FLW separates from Miriam Noel. FLW meets Olga Lazovich (Olgivanna).
1925Second major fire occurs at Taliesin. Daughter Iovanna born to Wright and Olgivanna. FLW again rebuilds Taliesin, Taliesin III, Spring Green, WI.
1926The Bank of Wisconsin takes title to Taliesin, due to FLW's indebtedness. FLW and Olgivanna are arrested near Minneapolis for allegedly violating the Mann Act FLW starts work on his autobiography.
1927FLW and Miriam Noel divorced.
1928FLW marries Olgivanna at Rancho Santa Fe, California. Wright, Inc. is formed by a group of FLW's friends who obtain title to Taliesin for FLW.
1931An exhibition of FLW's life work travels to New York City, Amsterdam, Berlin, Frankfurt, Brussels, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Eugene, Oregon, and Chicago.
1932The Wrights found the Taliesin Fellowship and convert the Hillside Home School buildings at Hillside into the Taliesin Fellowship Complex. "An Autobiography" is published. FLW's work is included in the "International Style Exhibition" at the Museum of Modern Art, New York City.
1934FLW and apprentices begin construction of a scale model of a section of Broadacre City.
1935Construction of the Broadacre City model continues at "La Hacienda" in Chandler, AZ; completed model is exhibited at "National Alliance of Arts and Industry Exposition" Rockefeller Center, New York City.
1937FLW purchases approximately 800 acres of government land near Phoenix, AZ and design and construction of Taliesin West begins.
1940"The Work of Frank Lloyd Wright," a major retrospective exhibition, is held at the Museum of Modern Art, New York City. FLW founds the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation.
1946Stepdaughter Svetlana dies in automobile accident on September 30.
1951FLW and his apprentices design and construct an exhibition of FLW's work entitled "Sixty Years of Living Architecture." It includes models, photomurals, and original drawings. The show opens at the Palazzo Strozzi in Florence.
1952The exhibition "Sixty Years of Living Architecture" travels from Florence to Zurich, Paris, Munich, and Rotterdam.
1953The exhibition "Sixty Years of Living Architecture" is on view in Mexico City and at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York.
1954The exhibition "Sixty Years of Living Architecture" concludes its run at FLW's Hollyhock House in Los Angeles.
1955FLW opens office and residence in New York City, "Taliesin East," at the Plaza Hotel.
1957FLW is invited to Baghdad, Iraq, where he is asked to design a cultural center to include and opera house, two museums, and a post office and telecommunications building.
1959FLW dies on April 9 in Arizona. Services, officiated by the minister of the Madison Unitarian Society, are held on April 12 at Taliesin near Spring Green.

Chronology of built projects

1891House for James Charnley, Chicago, IL.
1893Japanese Temple for World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago, IL.
1902House for Susan Lawrence Dana, Springfield, IL.
1903Larkin Company Administration Building, Buffalo, NY (demolished).
1904House for Darwin D. Martin, Buffalo, NY. Unity Temple, Oak Park, IL.
1905Lawrence Memorial Library, Dana House, Springfield, IL. Rookery Building, Interior Remodeling, Chicago, IL.
1906House for Frederick C. Robie, Chicago, IL.
1908House for Isabel Roberts, River Forest, IL.
1913Midway Gardens, Chicago, IL (demolished).
1914Taliesin II, Spring Green, WI.
1916Imperial Hotel (1915) Tokyo, Japan (demolished; entrance lobby reconstructed in 1976 in Meiji Village). Imperial Hotel Annex, Tokyo, Japan.
1917Hollyhock House for Aline Barnsdall, Los Angeles, CA.
1923House for Charles Ennis, Los Angeles, CA. La Miniatura House for Alice Millard, Pasadena, CA. House for John Storer, Los Angeles, CA.
1932Taliesin Fellowship Complex, Spring Green, WI.
1935"Fallingwater" House for Edgar J. Kaufmann, Bear Run, PA.
1936House for Herbert Jacobs, Madison, WI. S.C. Johnson & Son Co. Administration Building (Johnson Wax), Racine, WI.
1937Taliesin West, Scottsdale, AZ.
1943Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY (original design).
1944Solar Hemicycle House for Herbert Jacobs, Middleton, WI. S.C. Johnson & Son Co. (Johnson Wax) Research Tower, Racine, WI.
1946Unitarian Meeting House, Shorewood Hills, WI.
1947Usonia II Housing Master Plan, Pleasantville, NY.
1948Gift Shop for V.C. Morris, San Francisco, CA.
1952Price Tower for the H.C. Price Company, Bartlesville, OK.
1953Usonian Exhibition House and Pavilion for "Sixty Years of Living Architecture" New York, NY (dismantled).
1954Exhibition Pavilion for Los Angeles, CA.
1955Dallas Theatre Center for Paul Baker, Dallas, TX.
1956Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, final revised scheme, New York, NY.

Bibliography

Berg, Henry. The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. New York: The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, 1980.
Costantino, Maria. Frank Lloyd Wright. New York: Cresent Books, 1991.
Cronon, William. "Inconstant Unity: The Passion of Frank Lloyd Wright." In Frank Lloyd Wright: Architect, ed. by Terence Riley with Peter Reed. New York: The Museum of Modern Art, 1994.
Elman, Kimberly. "Frank Lloyd Wright and the Principles of Organic Architecture." Frank Lloyd Wright: Life and Work. PBS. http://www.pbs.org/flw/legacy/index.html.
Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation. "Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation." http://www.franklloydwright.org.
Johnson, Donald Leslie and Donald Langmead. Makers of 20th Century Modern Architecture: A Bio-Critical Sourcebook. Westport: CT: Greenwood Press, 1997.
Pfeiffer, Bruce Brooks. Frank Lloyd Wright. The Guggenheim Correspondence. Carbondale, IL: The Frank Lloyd Wright Memorial Foundation, 1986.
Scully, Vincent. Frank Lloyd Wright. New York: George Braziller, Inc., 1960.

Scope and Content Note

The Frank Lloyd Wright correspondence spans the years 1943 to 1959 and documents the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation's (SRGF) relationship with Frank Lloyd Wright (FLW) through the course of planning and constructing the new Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum building at 1071 Fifth Ave.. The collection consists of letters, telegrams, memoranda, newspaper clippings, transcripts of speeches, and financial records relating to the SRGF. The correspondence is primarily between FLW and trustees of the SRGF including Solomon R. Guggenheim (1943-1949), Harry F. Guggenheim (1950-1959), and long-time trustee and partner of Guggenheim Brothers Mining Company, Albert E. Thiele. Notable correspondence between FLW and the Museum's first two directors Hilla Rebay and James Johnson Sweeney, as well as New York City Building Commissioner Robert Moses is also present. The collection is arranged in two series: Series 1. Correspondence Compiled for Harry F. Guggenheim (1943-1958), previously known as the Frank Lloyd Wright Historical File, was compiled for Harry F. Guggenheim by Ms. Mamie Schweppenheiser in 1958; Series 2. Correspondence Compiled for other Guggenheim Foundation Trustees was complied over time for Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation trustees other than Harry F. Guggenheim and is arranged by subject.

The majority of the records from series one have been digitized and can be viewed in the folder list of the collection's online finding aid. Select records were not digitized due to preservation needs and fragility concerns.

Key to Names in Folder List:
George J. Fountaine (GJF)
Harry F. Guggenheim (HFG)
Solomon R. Guggenheim (SRG)
Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation (SRGF)
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (SRGM)
Clinton N. Hunt (CNH)
A.C. Newlin (ACN)
Hilla Rebay (HR)
William H. Short (WHS)
Lord Castle Stewart (LCS)
James Johnson Sweeney (JJS)
Albert E. Thiele (AET)
Frank Lloyd Wright (FLW)
Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation (FLWF)
Olgivanna Lloyd Wright (OLW)

Series Descriptions

Series 1. Correspondence Compiled for Harry F. Guggenheim, 1943-1958, .35 cubic ft. (1 manuscript box)
Summary: Series 1. Correspondence Compiled for Harry F. Guggenheim (1943-1958) consists of letters, telegrams, and memoranda, arranged chronologically. Related correspondence is often attached. The correspondence was originally collected into four binders and ordered chronologically, with each binder accompanied by an index. Indices include detailed summaries of the contents of individual letters. Many of the letters and memoranda are copies of originals; these copies appear on both yellow and pink paper. There is a separate "supplemental" index for the pink copies. The pink copies of the letters in this collection are interfiled with the remainder of the correspondence (see Schweppenheimer's memo of June 27, 1958, a copy of which is in the Documentation on Collection and Indices folder). The correspondence documents the planning and construction of the new Museum designed by Frank Lloyd Wright (FLW), including discussions about the Museum site, Museum design, the production of drawings, the construction of models, building costs, negotiations with contractors, the naming of the Museum, and the Museum's organizational structure. The often acrimonious debates over escalating construction costs and architect's fees are especially well documented here. Another highlight of the collection is the correspondence documenting the conflict between FLW and James Johnson Sweeney over a number of design issues, particularly the display of artwork in the Museum.
Arrangement: Chronological
Series 2. Correspondence Compiled for other Guggenheim Foundation Trustees, 1943-1960, 1.05 cubic ft. (3 manuscript boxes)
Summary: Series 2. Correspondence Compiled for other Guggenheim Foundation Trustees (1943-1960) was compiled over time for trustees of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation (SRGF) other than Harry F. Guggenheim (HFG). The bulk of the collection consists of letters, telegrams, and memoranda (originals and copies), arranged by subject. The series also includes a small amount of financial records. The correspondence between Frank Lloyd Wright (FLW), HFG, Albert E. Thiele, Museum directors Hilla Rebay and James Johnson Sweeney, various builders, and New York City officials document a number of issues pertaining to the planning and construction of the new Museum building, from the selection of a site, the acquisition of property, and the search for a builder, to the appropriate method for displaying artwork and the creation of a publication, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum: Architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, following the opening of the Museum. The disputes between FLW and the SRGF over the cost of the project are well represented here. A highlight of this series is a copy of the original letter contract, sent by Solomon R. Guggenheim and accepted by FLW, dated June 29, 1943; the letter established a cost structure for the construction project that would be much debated (and contested) over the course of the subsequent 15 years. Another highlight among the materials related to planning and construction is a group of letters discussing the original application for a building permit, which was initially denied by the Department of Housing and Building, and the subsequent appeal process. Included is a statement submitted to the Board of Standards and Appeals addressing the specific objections raised by the Department of Housing and Building. Also of note are the materials related to the "Sixty Years of Living Architecture" exhibition, which was installed in a temporary pavilion on the site of the new Museum in 1953. The materials include correspondence discussing the planning, construction, demolition, and sale of the Usonian Model Home that FLW designed for the exhibition.
Arrangement: Alphabetical

Folder List

Series 1. Correspondence Compiled for Harry F. Guggenheim, 1943-1958, .35 cubic ft. (1 manuscript box)
BoxFolderTitleDate
0005171AET to HR re: contract with FLW June 23, 1943
0005171SRG to FLW re: SRGF agreement June 29, 1943
0005171AET to FLW re: advance of $1000July 9, 1943
0005171FLW to SRG re: site for new Museum (copy)July 14, 1943
0005171AET to FLW re: property available between 52nd and 53rd Street July 16, 1943
0005171SRG to FLW re: site for Museum July 20, 1943
0005171SRG to FLW re: additional payment to FLWFOctober 1, 1943
0005171SRG to FLW re: expresses gratitude for signed copy of "Broadacre City" by FLW; RM may be helpful in selection of site for the MuseumOctober 4, 1943
0005171FLW to SRG re: site for Museum December 31, 1943
0005172SRG to FLW re: site for Museum January 5, 1944
0005172SRG to FLW re: third payment of $1000 January 5, 1944
0005172FLW to SRG re: site for Museum April 23, 1944
0005172AET to FLW re: fourth payment of $1000May 23, 1944
0005172AET to FLW re: fifth payment of $1000June 6, 1944
0005172SRG to FLW re: enjoyed looking over the plans; perhaps Metropolitan will commission a building also July 28, 1944
0005172AET to FLW re: preliminary studies of Museum September 18, 1944
0005172AET to FLW re: re-sending letter of September 18, 1944 October 18, 1944
0005172FLW to HR re: payment of fees (copy)November 17, 1944
0005172White & Case to SRG re: feesNovember 21, 1944
0005172SRG to ACN re: feesNovember 27, 1944
0005172SRG to AET re: representing plans before City authoritiesDecember 1, 1944
0005172AET to HR re: FLW feesDecember 4, 1944
0005172HR to Mr. R.S. Bullis re: telephone conversation, FLW fees December 6, 1944
0005172AET to FLW re: payment of $10,000December 6, 1944
0005172AET to SRG re: payment of $10,000December 6, 1944
0005172HR to AET re: payment of $10,000December 6, 1944
0005172AET to Clarence G. Rothschild re: payment of $10,000December 7, 1944
0005173SRG to FLW re: contractorsJanuary 8, 1945
0005173AET to FLW re: Todd Shipyards Corporation interest in providing "Todd" fuel oil burners in new Museum February 1, 1945
0005173SRG to FLW re: Irons & Reynolds preliminary work studying ground formation at Fifth Ave. site April 26, 1945
0005173AET to SRG re: submission of FLW sketchJuly 10, 1945
0005173FLW to SRG re: site between 88th and 89th streetsJuly 17, 1945
0005173FLW to AET re: test boringsJuly 17, 1945
0005173SRG to FLW re: additional land at 1071 5th Ave. siteJuly 23, 1945
0005173FLW to SRG re: site at 1071 5th Ave. July 27, 1945
0005173AET to FLW re: payment for test borings July 30, 1945
0005173SRG to FLW re: site at 1071 5th Ave. August 1, 1945
0005173AET to FLW re: test borings on Fifth Ave. siteAugust 6, 1945
0005173FLW to SRG re: site at 1071 5th Ave.August 7, 1945
0005173SRG to FLW re: site at 1071 5th Ave.August 11, 1945
0005173FLW to SRG re: fee, finished plans, modelAugust 28, 1945
0005173SRG to FLW re: additional land, plans completeSeptember 2, 1945
0005173SRG to FLWF re: payment of contractor, cost of modelSeptember 21, 1945
0005173AET to FLW re: John W. Harris Associates, Inc. interested in making a construction bidSeptember 26, 1945
0005173FLW to SRG re: fees and agreementsOctober 1, 1945
0005173AET to FLW re: Corbetta Construction Company, Inc. interested in making a construction bidOctober 3, 1945
0005173AET to FLW re: Turner Construction Company interested in making a construction bidOctober 4, 1945
0005173AET to ACN re: letters dated September 21 and October 1, 1945October 5, 1945
0005173AET to FLW re: complications in purchasing the Gardner School propertyNovember 8, 1945
0005173FLW to SRG re: contractors, and enclosed copy of letter from John W. Harris Associates dated November 9, 1945November 13, 1945
0005174AET to FLW re: Fifth Ave. and 89th Street Corporation request to place work sheds on SRGF's Fifth Ave. plotApril 5, 1946
0005174FLW to SRG re: increased cost and suggesting new agreementJune 10, 1946
0005174SRG to FLW re: building costs; Gardner School propertyJune 25, 1946
0005174FLW to SRG re: contract and feeJune 29, 1946
0005174FLW to SRG re: trip to New York (Telegram)July 6, 1946
0005174SRG to FLW re: drop everything until Sept. or October (Telegram)July 6, 1946
0005174FLW to SRG re: reply to July 6, 1946 telegram (Telegram)July 8, 1946
0005174FLW to SRG re: drop activityJuly 8, 1946
0005174SRG to FLW re: model suggested to illustrate how paintings will lookAugust 10, 1946
0005174FLW to SRG re: picture presentationAugust 14, 1946
0005174SRG to FLW re: picture presentationAugust 20, 1946
0005174Extract from August 20, 1946 letter, SRG to FLW re: picture presentationAugust 20, 1946
0005175HR to FLW re: presentation of paintings and "jealousy of the building"September 5, 1946
0005175CNH to AET re: payments of feesSeptember 30, 1946
0005175AET to HR re: feesOctober 1, 1946
0005175FLW to HR re: fees and revised contract neededOctober 7, 1946
0005175AET to RH re: feesOctober 22, 1946
0005175CNH to AET re: fees and payment, with enclosed payment breakdown document from November 30, 1945October 22, 1946
0005175FLW to SRG re: action on feesOctober 25, 1946
0005175AET to FLW re: amended contractNovember 1, 1946
0005175FLW to SRG re: house on Museum site as temporary headquartersNovember 11, 1946
0005175SRG to FLW re: house on Museum site as temporary headquartersNovember 19, 1946
0005175AET to FLW re: openings in sidewalk on 89th StreetDecember 4, 1946
0005175FLW to AET re: acknowledgment of December 4, 1946 letterDecember 10, 1946
0005176AET to FLW re: Gardner School property will vacated by 1948January 8, 1947
0005176SRG to FLW re: proposed FLW interview with editor of House and Garden MagazineFebruary 1, 1947
0005176FLW to AET re: neighboring operations board; making modelApril 17, 1947
0005176AET to ACN re: enclosed copy of April 23, 1947 FLW letter to HR on plan changesMay 2, 1947
0005176AET to FLW re: fence put up by City Investing Company, neighbor of SRGF's Fifth Ave. propertyAugust 18, 1947
0005176AET to FLW re: reply to August 18, 1947 letterAugust 26, 1947
0005176FLW To SRG re: suggest building annex of new buildingSeptember 11, 1947
0005176FLW to SRG re: model completed (Telegram)September 23, 1947
0005176SRG to OLW re: thank you for hospitality during visit to Taliesin Spring GreenOctober 21, 1947
0005176AET to FLW re: Mr. Waldermar Oelsner of Compenhagen, Denmark claims to have patents on type of construction proposed for new MuseumOctober 28, 1947
0005176AET to Mr. Eugene Masselink re: damages of model during shippingOctober 29, 1947
0005176AET to FLW re: Gardner School will be remodeled for use; no agreement to proceed with building annexNovember 7, 1947
0005176AET to FLW re: asks if it is possible to ship model of new Museum to New YorkNovember 12, 1947
0005176AET to FLW re: will wait to start construction due to unsettled foreign situationNovember 13, 1947
0005176CNH to FLW re: damaged model of proposed MuseumNovember 14, 1947
0005176SRG to FLW re: do not want to start anything now which will turn out to be pointlessNovember 21, 1947
0005176CNH to FLW re: damaged model of proposed MuseumNovember 26, 1947
0005176AET to FLW re: enclosing copy of letter from Mr. Waldermar Oelsner (enclosure missing)December 17, 1947
0005176SRG to FLW re: asking FLW to make trip to New York in April, 1948 to review construction; possibility of building annex December 22, 1947
0005177FLW to HR re: annex (Telegram)June 21, 1949
0005177AET to ACN re: June 21, 1949 telegramJune 22, 1949
0005177Memo of telephone call between SRG and AET re: June 21, 1949 telegramJune 22, 1949
0005177FLW to SRG re: costJuly 1, 1949
0005177SRG to FLW re: proposed annex and costJuly 8, 1949
0005177Proposed letter, SRG to FLW July 5, 1949
0005177Arthur C. Holden to AET re: FLW revised plansNovember 10, 1949
0005177AET to Arthur C. Holden re: reply to November 10, 1949 letter November 16, 1949
0005177Arthur C. Holden to AET re: acknowledgment of November 16, 1949 letterNovember 18, 1949
0005177Arthur C. Holden to FLW re: filing of plans delayedNovember 18, 1949
0005178FLW to AET re: reluctance on part of trustees to begin constructionFebruary 9, 1950
0005178Henry O. Havemeyer to AET re: acknowledges receipt of copy of letters of February 9 and February 23, 1950February 27, 1950
0005178AET to SRGF Trustees re: letter from FLW dated February 9 and enclosure: AET to FLW re: February 9 letterFebruary 23, 1950
0005178FLW to AET re: in reference to February 1950 correspondence; "to be read to the Trustees"February 28, 1950
0005178AET to LCS re: excerpt from February 28, 1950 FLW letterMarch 3, 1950
0005178AET to FLW re: acknowledgement of February 28, 1950 letter, and advising that it be sent to the TrusteesMarch 6, 1950
0005178AET to FLW re: July, 1950 visit with LCS and Lady Stewart in EnglandApril 5, 1950
0005179LCS to HFG re: visit of FLW with LCS and Lady StewartJuly 14, 1950
0005179FLW to HFG re: visit with LCS and Lady Stewart; acquired land adjacent to purchased plot; promise to build Museum for $2,000,000September 19, 1950
0005179HFG to FLW re: reply to September 19, 1950 letterSeptember 28, 1950
0005179HFG to FLW re: advised September 19 and September 28, 1950 letters be read to TrusteesOctober 13, 1950
00051710HFG to FLW re: advise building purchased south of MuseumMarch 9, 1951
00051710FLW to HFG re: acknowledgement of March 15, 1951 letter (Telegram)March 15, 1951
00051710ACN to FLW re: purchase of buildingMarch 19, 1951
00051710HFG to FLW re: acknowledgement for copy of "The Nation"March 26, 1951
00051710AET to FLW re: suggest file plans; ask if any changes in plans (Telegram)March 29, 1951
00051710CNH to FLW re: asking when plans and specifications will be availableJune 14, 1951
00051710Secretary to FLW to CNH re: acknowledgment of June 26, 1951 letterJune 26, 1951
00051710FLW to CNH re: proceeding with plans "so they be filed this month"July 9, 1951
00051710HFG to FLW re: enclosing Release of August 5, 1951August 6, 1951
00051710FLW To HFG re: acknowledges acceptance of Release; mentions RMAugust 8, 1951
00051710HFG to FLW re: acknowledges letter of August 8, 1951August 13, 1951
00051710LCS to FLW re: asking for plans (Telegram)August 27, 1951
00051710LCS to FLW re: plans and permitAugust 29, 1951
00051710FLW to AET re: revised plans nearly complete; can get contractor for $2,000,000; asks for financial reliefOctober 4, 1951
00051710AET to FLW re: reply to October 4, 1951 letter concerning plans, fees, etc.October 16, 1951
00051710FLW to AET re: constant change of plans; payment due for servicesOctober 18, 1951
00051711AET to FLW re: advises letter of October 18, 1951 be sent to the Trustee; reviews subject of feesNovember 1, 1951
00051711AET to SRGF Trustees re: enclosing copies of October 18 and November 1, 1951 lettersNovember 1, 1951
00051711FLW to AET re: analysis of fee situationNovember 5, 1951
00051711AET to FLW re: letters concerning fees presented to the Executive Committee; outcome pending Trustees meetingNovember 15, 1951
00051711AET to LCS re: subject of feesNovember 15, 1951
00051711AET to SRGF Trustees re: enclosing FLW letter of November 5, 1951November 15, 1951
00051711FLW to AET re: acknowledges November 15, 1951 letterNovember 19, 1951
00051711AET to HFG re: enclosing copy of November 21, 1951 letterNovember 26, 1951
00051711LCS to AET re: considering FLW's remunerationNovember 21, 1951
00051711LCS to AET re: FLW fees; article by Mrs. Louchheim; HR; proposed drafts of letter to FLW enclosedNovember 27, 1951
00051711AET to LCS re: suggestions direct negotiations between LCS and FLWDecember 3, 1951
00051711AET to FLW re: agrees with FLW's suggestion that he should visit New York with plans and discuss them with the TrusteesDecember 3, 1951
00051711LCS to AET re: encourages idea of FLW coming to New YorkDecember 6, 1951
00051711FLW to AET re: plan to set a date to come to New York to present plans when LCS is presentDecember 14, 1951
00051711CNH to FLW re: meeting date set for February 14, 1952; LCS in New York thenDecember 20, 1951
00051711FLW to CNH re: expects to bring plans to show Trustees and proposed; several contractors want to build Museum (copy)December 27, 1951
00051712AET to FLW and OLW re: acknowledges issue of "Arizona Highways"January 7, 1952
00051712SRGF to FLWF re: modified agreementFebruary 5, 1952
00051712FLW to AET re: confidence in project restored; other incidental costs should not exceed $500,000February 11, 1952
00051712AET to FLW re: acknowledges February 11, 1952 letter; keep the SRGF posted on progressFebruary 15, 1952
00051712Medley G.B. Whelpley to AET re: in support of going ahead with the projectFebruary 18, 1952
00051712FLW to AET re: third complete set of plans sent; suggests project be presented to the public; set of plans for Building Commission; copy of letter to CNH enclosed, asking him to file plansMarch 4, 1952
00051712AET to FLW re: acknowledges March 4, 1952 letter; suggestions of publicizing project referred to Publicity CommitteeMarch 7, 1952
00051712Secretary to AET to FLW re: acknowledges letter of March, 1952March 24, 1952
00051712CNH to HFG re: enclosing copy of FLW letter dated March, 1952 to the SRGF Trustees, giving description and nature of the building and referencing the building as an advance in Organic ArchitectureMarch 25, 1952
00051712FLW to HFG re: policies of Museum criticizedMay 1, 1952
00051712HFG to FLW re: reply to letter of May 1, 1952; comments the FLW is not familiar with the present administration of the SRGFMay 6, 1952
00051712Arthur C. Holden to FLW re: making an effort to expedite building permit; reference to May 1, 1952 letter to HFG from FLWMay 12, 1952
00051712FLW to HFG re: concerning SRG's intentions, wishes and ideas for the new Museum; berate former employees, posthumous friends and relativesMay 14, 1952
00051712HFG to FLW re: reply to letter of May 14, 1952May 23, 1952
00051713AET to FLW re: asks concerning the number and type of employees to maintain new MuseumJune 9, 1952
00051713FLW to AET re: employees needed for new Museum (copy)June 18, 1952
00051713HFG to FLW re: urges necessity of getting plans approved and finding a builderJune 23, 1952
00051713FLW to HFG re: acknowledges letter of July 3, 1952July 3, 1952
00051713HGF to FLW re: acknowledges letter of July 3, 1952July 15, 1952
00051713FLW to AET re: reading for appealing, being prepared by Holden; asks for letters of authorizationSeptember 1, 1952
00051713AET to FLW re: encloses letters of authorization to Board of Standards and AppealsSeptember 3, 1952
00051713FLW to HFG re: enclosing copy of the London magazine "Building" article referencing the MuseumSeptember 13, 1952
00051713HFG to FLW re: acknowledges receipt of "Building" articleSeptember 18, 1952
00051713HFG to FLW re: advises that JJS has been appointed as DirectorOctober 10, 1952
00051713HFG to FLW re: asking for an appointment at Taliesin between FLW and JJS with reference to the attaching of paintings to the new Museum wallsOctober 27, 1952
00051713FLW to HFG re: referencing building permit; reliable contractors ready to bid; meeting with JJS possible in New YorkOctober 31, 1952
00051713HFG to FLW re: acknowledges receipt of October 31, 1952 letterNovember 5, 1952
00051713HFG to LCS re: conference with FLW and JJS; permitNovember 12, 1952
00051713FLW to SRGF Trustees re: permit, concessions, appealDecember 15, 1952
00051713AET to FLW re: acknowledges receipt of December 15, 1952 letterDecember 17, 1952
00051713FLW to HFG re: ready to accept bidsDecember 29, 1952
00051713FLW to AET re: January 1 payment; ready for final appealDecember 29, 1952
00051713AET to FLW re: acknowledges receipt of December 29, 1952 letter to HFGDecember 30, 1952
00051713AET to FLW re: advises check for $40,000 be sent to Taliesin Spring Green instead of ArizonaDecember 31, 1952
00051714HFG to FLW re: acknowledges receipt of December 29, 1952 letterJanuary 5, 1953
00051714FLW to HFG re: delay in fixing date of appeal; perhaps some pressure should be appliedFebruary 18, 1953
00051714FLW to HFG re: enclosing "Preface of Appeal"February 23, 1953
00051714HFG to FLW re: agrees some pressured should be applied and that FLW do this himself; in reference to "Preface" remove the word 'fools'March 2, 1953
00051714FLW to HFG re: removal of word 'fools'; sending revised set for the recordsMarch 13, 1953
00051714HFG to FLW re: acknowledges receipt of March 13, 1953 letter; when will we start building?April 1, 1953
00051714FLW to HFG re: mailed print of "the great work"; "magnificent it is"April 9, 1953
00051714HFG to FLW re: acknowledges receipt of inscribed sketch of new building; any hopes for prompt action?April 13, 1953
00051714FLW to HFG re: still far from beginning construction; should FLW come to New York?April 20, 1953
00051714HFG to FLW re: acknowledges receipt of April 20, 1953 letter; what can be done to help?April 22, 1953
00051714AET to FLW re: suggested building concerns; contractors who might be invited to bidJune 23, 1953
00051714FLW to AET re: reply to June 23, 1953 letter from AETJune 29, 1953
00051714AET to FLW re: suggested building concerns; contractors who might be invited to bidJune 30, 1953
00051714FLW to AET re: "set of plans costs $50.00 - Don't you think we have enough?"July 11, 1953
00051714AET to FLW re: reply to July 11, 1953 letter concerning another set of plansJuly 17, 1953
00051714HFG to FLW re: asking when will construction start and when will the Museum be ready for exhibitionsJuly 24, 1953
00051714Copy of the "Talk to Taliesin Fellowship," by FLW (17 page talk on codes, regulations, laws)August 2, 1953
00051714HFG to FLW re: purchase of adjoining plot of land or reduce size of building by 4400 square feet; no assurance that Museum can be constructed for $2,000,000August 18, 1953
00051714FLW to CNH re: number of requests for plans should be sifted through the architect's office (copy)August 20, 1953
00051714FLW to HFG re: owners of adjoining lot; mutilation of plans; JJS; promise to SRG; RM, Mr. Wilson; print talk to Taliesin FellowshipAugust 20, 1953
00051714HFG to FLW re: reply to August 20, 1953 letter from FLWAugust 24, 1953
00051714FLW to HFG re: "backyard requirement is absolutely senseless"; Holden and MurdockAugust 27, 1953
00051715JJS to AET re: tickets for lecture by FLWSeptember 23, 1953
00051715FLW to HFG re: FLW exhibit; believe going to get permit soonSeptember 23, 1953
00051715FLW to HFG re: enclosing clipping titled "Must Modern Society Fear New Approaches" August, 1953
00051715HFG to FLW re: new building project from point of view of Trustees; three points made for Architectural Form still holdOctober 21, 1953
00051715Mrs. Marie Beynon Ray to CNH re: enclosed copy of "Profile of an Architect" (copy)October 28, 1953
00051715CNH to Mrs. Marie Beynon Ray re: reply to letter of October 28, 1953November 2, 1953
00051715FLW to HFG re: cost of FLW exhibition and asking if exhibit be kept up longer to reduce expenses; permit; estimates construction to start next MarchNovember 17, 1953
00051715FLW to HFG re: deficit of exhibition (Telegram)November 18, 1953
00051715HFG to FLW re: cost of exhibition; suggests full detailed accounting; copy of Minutes of SRGF meeting enclosedNovember 19, 1953
00051715FLW to HFG re: use of SRGM name on brochure for Usonian HouseNovember 28, 1953
00051715FLW to HFG re: coming to arrange closing of exhibit next week (Telegram)November 29, 1953
00051715FLW to HFG re: revision of plans save one-third on costs; invitation to HFG to come to Taliesin to go over revisionDecember 8, 1953
00051715HFG to FLW re: thank you for invitation; writing a letter (Telegram)December 14, 1953
00051715HFG to FLW re: follow up of invitation and regretsDecember 14, 1953
00051715HFG to FLW re: visit to Taliesin (Telegram)December 18, 1953
00051715FLW to HFG re: HFG visit to TaliesinDecember 18, 1953
00051716FLW to Arthur Holden re: removal of exhibition pavilion (Telegram copy)January 5, 1954
00051716FLW to HFG re: removal of exhibition pavilion (Telegram copy)January 23, 1954
00051716FLW to HFG and SRGF Trustees re: Henken, Holden, FLW exhibition at SRGM; enclosed copy of February 10, 1954 letter David T. Henken to FLW, concerning expenses and feesFebruary 15, 1954
00051716FLW to David T. Henken re: extra costs and delays because of Henken Company incompetence (copy)February 15, 1954
00051716FLW to HFG re: visit to Phoenix (Telegram)March 5, 1954
00051716Mr. and Mrs. HFG to Mr. and Mrs. FLW re: visit to Phoenix (Telegram)March 10, 1954
00051716Mr. and Mrs. FLW to Mr. and Mrs. HFG re: visit to Phoenix (Telegram)March 11, 1954
00051716HFG to FLW re: visit to PhoenixMarch 12, 1954
00051716FLW to HFG re: revised Museum plans complete and ready for inspectionMarch 17, 1954
00051716HFG to FLW re: summary of required space for new Museum for purposes of administration; suggests JJS be invited to go over requirementsApril 7, 1954
00051716FLW to Mr. and Mrs. HFG re: SRG's vision for the Museum not understood by JJSApril 2, 1954
00051716SRGF to FLW re: must promptly remove model house (Telegram)April 8, 1954
00051716FLW to the SRGF re: reply to April 8, 1954 telegram (Telegram)April 9, 1954
00051716FLW to HFG re: space JJS wants to run MuseumApril 10, 1954
00051716FLW to HFG re: JJS requirements (Telegram)April 10, 1954
00051716HFG to FLW re: JJS visit to Phoenix (Telegram)April 13, 1954
00051716FLW to HFG re: JJS visit to Phoenix; size of space (Telegram)April 14, 1954
00051716HFG to AET re: suggest building committee discuss summary of requirements with JJSApril 14, 1954
00051716HFG to FLW re: requirements for administration of new Museum; clashes of personality; cost of SRGM must not exceed $2,000,000April 15, 1954
00051716OLW to Mr. and Mrs. HFG re: invitation (Telegram)May 28, 1954
00051717AET to FLW re: asking about present status of plansJune 22, 1954
00051717AET to HFG re: asking letter be written to FLW concerning status of plansJune 22, 1954
00051717FLW to AET re: FLW's intention to open an office in New York in two weeksJune 27, 1954
00051717AET to FLW re: acknowledgement of receipt of June 27, 1954 letterJuly 1, 1954
00051717HFG to FLW re: asking for names of firms bidding on SRGM constructionJuly 15, 1954
00051717AET to HFG re: FLW's estimated cost of Museum construction, with extracts from letters of 1943, 1945, 1946, 1949September 15, 1954
00051717AET to HFG re: FLW's architectural feesSeptember 21, 1954
00051717FLW to HFG re: bids; lowest bidder; Euclid; met with Euclid to discuss the breakdown of his figures; need to re-draw plans; should be able to keep promise to SRG of $2,000,000October 1, 1954
00051717HFG to FLW re: reply to October 1, 1954 letterOctober 8, 1954
00051717AET to FLW re: asking for names of contracting firmsOctober 8, 1954
00051717JJS to HFG re: enclosing letter FLW to JJS dated October 13, 1954, concerning space, storage, number of paintings owed, etc., and JJS response to FLW, dated October 19, 1954October 21, 1954
00051717FLW to RM re: appeal from judgment in Wisconsin (copy)November 23, 1954
00051717RM to FLW re: appeal from judgment in Wisconsin (copy)November 29, 1954
00051717FLW to RM re: appeal from judgment in Wisconsin, encloses copy of the brief submitted in Wisconsin (copy)December 6, 1954
00051717RM to FLW re: appeal from judgment in Wisconsin (copy)December 10, 1954
00051718FLW to HFG re: basement area; air conditioning, heatMarch 1, 1955
00051718HFG to FLW re: reply to March 1, 1955 letterMarch 4, 1955
00051718FLW to HFG re: costs constantly rising; let me know when ready to startSeptember 3, 1955
00051718HFG to FLW re: awaiting assurance of building permit; approval of plans; iron-bound contractSeptember 7, 1955
00051718FLW to JJS, forwarded to HFG re: displaying paintings in artificial light, etc. (copy)October 5, 1955
00051718FLW to RM, forwarded to HFG re: complications with court of appeals, authorities; high contractor bids; why RM not more obliging (copy)October 6, 1955
00051718RM to HFG re: enclosed correspondence with FLW re: Gillroy, Wilson, etc. (copy)October 12, 1955
00051718FLW to RM re: RM's influence in the NYC building commission to keep the SRGM from being completed (copy)October 18, 1955
00051718HFG to FLW re: enclosing copies of correspondence between HFG and RM, from October 13, October 20 and October 21, 1955, concerning RM's position on the construction of the SRGMOctober 21, 1955
00051718HFG to RM re: "we are most grateful for your help"November 10, 1955
00051718HFG to FLW re: limitation of 350 people to visit Museum at one timeDecember 1955
00051718FLW to Mr. Harris Murdock re: "There will be no picture frames"; "not more than three hundred fifty people at any one time" (copy)December 15, 1955
00051718HFG to AET re: limitation of 350 people to visit Museum at one time (Telegram)December 24, 1955
00051719HFG to FLW re: response to FLW letter to Murdock December 15, 1955 - no such limitation can be agreed onJanuary 9, 1956
00051719FLW to HFG re: carpets, picture frames, number of visitors at one timeJanuary 20, 1956
00051719FLW to HFG re: carpets, picture frames, number of visitors at one timeJanuary 21, 1956
00051719HFG to FLW re: floor plans in hands of building committee; occupancy disagreementJanuary 25, 1956
00051719FLW to HFG re: occupancyJanuary 25, 1956
00051719FLW to HFG re: occupancy; trip to New YorkJanuary 27, 1956
00051719Medley G.B. Whelpley to HFG re: enclosing copy of letter FLW to Medley G.B. Whelpley dated February 2, 1956; draft of letter to FLW concerning occupancyFebruary 8, 1956
00051719FLW to HFG re: suggests Edgar Kaufmann of the Museum of Modern Art for the Directorship of the SRGMMarch 7, 1956
00051719FLW to HFG re: states JJS had approved every detail and use of the building shown by new plan modified to his order; asks why all "this upside down" now (Telegram)March 8, 1956
00051719FLW to Wesley Peters re: asks to defer changes suggested by JJS (Telegram copy)March 8, 1956
00051719FLW to HFG re: JJS and changes in plans (Telegram)March 9, 1956
00051719HFG to FLW re: states distress over that fact that JJS and FLW did not agree on functional plans earlierMarch 9, 1956
00051719FLW to HFG re: SRGM plans versus JJSMarch 9, 1956
00051719FLW to HFG re: SRGM plans versus JJS (Telegram)March 12, 1956
00051719FLW to HFG re: SRGM plans versus JJSMarch 12, 1956
00051719FLW to HFG re: SRGM plans versus JJS (Telegram)March 12, 1956
00051719JJS to HFG re: encloses copy of letter FLW to JJS dated March 9, 1956 and draft of reply (JJS to FLW) concerning the alteration of plansMarch 12, 1956
00051719GJF to JJS re: returns March 12, 1956 letter from JJSMarch 13, 1956
00051719FLW to HFG re: suggest signing of provisional contract subject to approval of architect for suggested changes (Telegram copy)March 13, 1956
00051719FLW to RM re: building permit issues for SRGM (copy)March 13, 1956
00051719HFG to FLW re: reply to March 12, 1956 letter; urges to finish the projectMarch 15, 1956
00051719FLW to HFG re: apology (Telegram)March 16, 1956
00051719HFG to FLW re: acknowledgement of March 16, 1956 telegramMarch 20, 1956
0005181HFG to FLW re: everything is going ahead; hope to start demolition May 1, 1956; suggests FLW let HFG make the announcement of the buildingApril 13, 1956
0005181FLW to AET re: insists there be no division of authority; air conditioning May 11, 1956
0005181HFG to FLW re: name "Archeseum" is not acceptable to the SRGF Trustees; Museum is to be inscribed and known as the "The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum"June 13, 1956
0005181FLW to HFG re: inscribing of the name on Museum as "The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum"June 14, 1956
0005181HFG to FLW re: warning again against using the name "Archeseum"; will advise later whether to include the word "Memorial"June 15, 1956
0005181FLW to AET re: enclosing Dr. Field's bills for $10,000June 15, 1956
0005181AET to FLW re: Dr. Field's billsJune 18, 1956
0005181FLW to HFG re: objects to using name "Museum" as it is shop-wornJune 18, 1956
0005181HFG to FLW re: name "Archeseum" not desired by the SRGF TrusteesJune 20, 1956
0005181FLW to AET re: Dr. Field's billsJune 25, 1956
0005181HFG to FLW re: Museum to be named "Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum"; have received word from LCS to this effectJuly 2, 1956
0005181FLW to HFG re: name of MuseumJuly 6, 1956
0005181AET to FLW re: reply to June 25, 1956 letter; Dr. Field's billsJuly 11, 1956
0005181GJF to LCS re: enclosing copy of FLW's letter of July 6, 1956July 12, 1956
0005181HFG to FLW re: contract entered into in May with Euclid; disapproves of any major changes now (Telegram)July 20, 1956
0005181FLW to HFG re: reports exaggerated - no expense or delay (Telegram)July 24, 1956
0005181FLW to HFG re: expresses no wish to change contract; success of the building may require interference, or else FLW should just accept defeat nowJuly 29, 1956
0005181HFG to FLW re: reply to July 29, 1956 letter; "chose a contractor that you wanted, raised the ante," "now you want to change it all most radically" July 30, 1956
0005181GJF to Maurice E. McLoughlin of White and Case re: enclosing copy of July 29 and July 30, 1956 letters between FLW and HFGJuly 31, 1956
0005181FLW to HFG re: "it is up to Cohen now"July, 1956
0005182FLW to SRGF re: Dr. Field's bills and who is responsible for them August 1, 1956
0005182FLW to HFG re: renting a suite at the Plaza Hotel; concern for health of the architect; mock-upAugust 12, 1956
0005182GJF to ACN re: enclosing copy of August 12, 1956 letterAugust 16, 1956
0005182HFG to FLW re: acknowledgement of August 12, 1956 letter; asks what reference to "mock-up" isAugust 22, 1956
0005182FLW to AET re: salary of WHS September 10, 1956
0005182AET to FLW re: SRGF will pay full salary of WHS, charging half to FLWF accountSeptember 17, 1956
0005182FLW to AET re: contract, fee, director, etc; SRGF expecting FLWF to pay for the Museum September 18, 1956
0005182AET to HFG and Medley G.B. Whelpley re: fees and agreements with FLW September 21, 1956
0005182FLW to JJS re: build the Museum (Telegram)December 14, 1956
0005182FLW to HFG re: enclosing FLW's answer to 21 artists open letterDecember 1956
0005183HFG to FLW re: acknowledgement of above letterJanuary 4, 1957
0005183FLW to AET re: fees; "I hope we should be able to resolve this without a lawsuit" (copy)January 11, 1957
0005183AET to FLW re: reply to January 11, 1957 letterJanuary 17, 1957
0005183FLW to AET re: fees & attached memo (copy)January 21, 1957
0005183FLW to AET re: fees (copy)January 21, 1957
0005183FLW to HFG re: suggests having Ben Raeburn compile record of Museum constructionFebruary 19, 1957
0005183FLW to Euclid re: changes in plansJune 13, 1957
0005183AET to FLW re: asking that Mr. Peters or someone representing FLW be available for consultation on important issuesSeptember 26, 1957
0005183WHS to AET re: September 26, 1957 letter concerning consultation and responsibilitySeptember 30, 1957
0005183FLW to AET re: reply to letter of September 26, 1957 & attached memoSeptember 28, 1957
0005183MemosOctober 2-3, 1957
0005183WHS to HFG re: FLW Television broadcast; Dave Garraway ShowOctober 23, 1957
0005183J.M. Ripley to HFG re: radio program referred to in October 23, 1957 letterOctober 24, 1957
0005183GJF to AET re: vantage point at new Museum to see park and skyline of New YorkOctober 28, 1957
0005183AET to GJF re: reply to inquiry concerning vantage point at new Museum October 28, 1957
0005184JJS to HFG re: enclosing FLW letter of February 14, 1958; office space, character of new Museum, wishes of SRGFebruary 18, 1958
0005184HFG to FLW re: enclosing copy of HFG to JJS letter dated March 6, 1958, outlining the desires of the SRGF Trustees relative to the architect, the builder and the director of the MuseumMarch 7, 1958
0005184FLW to HFG re: lunch to make amends with JJS unsuccessful; faith in HFG's commitment to the MuseumMarch 11, 1958
0005184FLW to HFG re: JJS has no right to alter the building; placement of paintings in the MuseumMarch 17, 1958
0005184FLW to HFG re: trusts FLW and the economy and beauty of the MuseumApril 2, 1958
0005184FLW to HFG re: interior details are finished; asks when HFG has time to review detailsApril 22, 1958
0005184Eugene Messelink to HFG re: enclosing copy of Explanation text to clarify drawings, titled "A Few Words of Explanation" and "Explanatory: Curved Walls and Broad Base-Band of Wall"April 27, 1958
0005184FLW to HFG re: "I find that in order to use our precious violin we have a man who can only play the piano"May 7, 1958
0005184HFG to FLW re: space required for receptions, entertainment of special guests at previews; overlook of partMay 7, 1958
0005184FLW to HFG re: walls sloping outward for superior view of paintings; FLW and SRG agreed on thisMay 7, 1958
0005184HFG to FLW re: enclosing copy of HFG's letter to JJS of May 8, 1958, which asks for suggestions and plans for exhibition of paintings and sculptures in the new Museum, and what parts of the Museum will be used for exhibition purposesMay 8, 1958
0005184HFG to FLW re: acknowledgement of FLW's May 7, 1958 letter concerning slope of walls; states that there is no evidence that SRG agreed with FLW on this issue; Museum Committee would be happy to have FLW demonstrate method for hanging picturesMay 8, 1958
0005184FLW to HFG re: reply to HFG's May 8, 1956 letter; claims that SRG accepted FLW as architect, this is all proof that is necessary; defensive of ideas; enclosed article "The Solomon R. Guggenheim Memorial Museum: An Experiment in the Third Dimension"May 10, 1958
0005184FLW to HFG re: Monitor's office, library, furniture; sending models for considerationMay 14, 1958
0005184"The Solomon R. Guggenheim Memorial Museum: An Experiment in the Third Dimension" by FLWMay 16, 1958
0005185FLW to SRGF Trustees re: exterior finish of the Museum, better option is additional $5000June 2, 1958
0005185GJF to FLW re: enclosed Edward Goldberger's letter of May 21 to HFG requesting a broadcast feature of FLW and the SRGM for The Voice of AmericaJune 4, 1958
0005185WHS to FLW re: Morton Delson is available and will assist me with drafting; tell AET what Delson's wageJune 5, 1958
0005185FLW to SRGF Trustees re: the attitude of the SRGF Trustees threatens the integrity of the original concept of the Museum, that which SRG requested and approved (2 copies)June 24, 1958
0005185FLW to HFG re: the architect should have more authority, as he understands the building, not the DirectorJune 24, 1958
0005185HFG to FLW re: please set a date to demonstrate to the Museum Committee how the paintings ought to be hungJuly 3, 1958
0005185HFG to FLW re: JJS's role as Director to display the art; JJS's reputation throughout the art world; there is no evidence that SRG understood new idea on hanging paintings; please stop causing conflict and stress over the MuseumJuly 8, 1958
0005185Fred Hauck to HFG re: letter of July 8, 1958 to FLW expressed the desires of the Museum well and was an interesting readJuly 10, 1958
0005185FLW to HFG re: building was designed to compliment paintings; the Museum Committee refuses to see "the perfection of the scheme" and is "retarding the progress of a great idea"July 15, 1958
0005185FLW to AET re: WHS is in need of assistance; hire Norton Delson by the weekJuly 17, 1958
0005185FLW to HFG re: failure of JJS to agree with FLW's vision; agrees to not use SRG to support argumentsJuly 21, 1958
0005185HFG to FLW re: expresses annoyance at OLW article printed in the Captial Times, and enclosed copy of the article, titled "NY Controversy Rages on Interior Details of Museum"July 28, 1958
0005185FLW to HFG re: reply to July 28, 1958 letter concerning OLW article in the Capital TimesJuly 31, 1958
0005185OLW to HFG re: takes full responsibility for article in Capital TimesAugust 1, 1958
0005185HFG to WSH re: asks when FLW is available to demonstrate presentation of paintings to the Museum CommitteeAugust 20, 1958
0005185FLW to HFG re: incompetence of JJSAugust 25, 1958
0005185HFG to FLW re: reply to August 25, 1958 letterSeptember 16, 1958
0005185FLW to HFG re: enclosed article from the Herald Tribune, titled "No Compromise With Integrity," by Charles H. Hamilton, from the Our Readers Speak column; please return clippingSeptember 20, 1958
0005185HFG to FLW re: acknowledgement of September 20, 1958 note with articleSeptember 29, 1958
0005185GJF to FLW re: return of article from Herald Tribune, "No Compromise With Integrity," as requestedSeptember 29, 1958
0005185GJF to HFG re: attaching October 13, 1958 telegram from FLW concerning color of Museum floorsOctober 14, 1958
0005185HFG to FLW re: "I have just approved your latest sample for floor" (Telegram)October 20, 1958
0005185FLW to HFG re: reply to HFG's October 20, 1958 telegram (Telegram)October 20, 1958
0005186FLW to HFG re: asks to be given complete authority on the building; humiliation of having ideas questioned (2 copies)November 26, 1958
0005186FLW to HFG re: air mail special delivery letter to HFG sent today (Telegram)November 28, 1958
0005186HFG to FLW re: meeting this week to demonstrate theory of presenting paintings (Telegram, sent to Taliesin Spring Green)November 30, 1958
0005186HFG to FLW re: copy of telegram sent November 30, 1958 (Telegram, sent to Taliesin West)December 1, 1958
0005186FLW to HFG re: proper way to present paintingsDecember 4, 1958
0005186HFG to FLW re: regrets that FLW could not attend meeting to demonstrate theory on presenting the paintings; this demonstration still needs to take placeDecember 5, 1958
0005186FLW to HFG re: display of paintings; reception space; use of ramps; how the Museum space should operateDecember 10, 1958
0005186HFG to FLW re: reply to December 10, 1958 letter; everything will work out in the end; some ideas of FLW not in agreement with those of the SRGFDecember 19, 1958
0005186FLW to HFG re: upholstery of theater chairsDecember 19, 1958
0005186FLW to HFG re: these letters are for the record, "in case the Museum goes wrong and denies the original intention of the building"; the building "is already worldwide in interest"December 27, 1958
0005186FLW to HFG re: "for the record: concerning the picture-placing on the walls of the new Museum in proper relation to the Architecture"December 27, 1958
0005187HFG to FLW re: fabric of chairs and carpet in theaterJanuary 9, 1959
0005187FLW to HFG re: trip to New York (Telegram)January 12, 1959
0005187HFG to FLW re: trip to New York uncertain (Telegram)January 14, 1959
0005187GJF to Mr. Ross re: attached copy of HFG letter to FLW dated January 16, 1959, concerning FLW's attempt to supersede HFG's authority as President of the SRGF; please reviewJanuary 15, 1959
0005187Barbara Yemassee to HFG re: responding to HFG's letter of January 16, 1959 to FLWJanuary 20, 1959
0005187William Wesley and Svetlana Alliluyeva Peters to Barbara Obre re: congratulations on their recent marriageApril 18, 1970
0005188Documentation on Collection and Indices1958
Series 2. Correspondence Compiled for other Guggenheim Foundation Trustees, 1943-1960, 1.05 cubic ft. (3 manuscript boxes)
BoxFolderTitleDate
0005189-20General (12 folders)undated, 1943-1959
Exhibition: "Sixty Years of Living Architecture"
0005191-2General (2 folders)July 1953-June 1954
0005193Admissions and Catalogue Sales StatementsNovember 1953-March 1954
0005194-5Demolition (2 folders)December 1953-June 1954
0005196Exhibition Expenses StatementsNovember 1953-February 1954
0005197Income and Expenditures Statements November 1953-July 1954
0005198-9Payments (2 folders)December 1953-May 1954
0005201-4Fees and Agreements (4 folders)1943-1959
0005205Hilla Rebayundated, 1944-1951
0005206-16Planning and Construction (11 folders)1945-1956
Publications: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum: Architect, Frank Lloyd Wright (New York: Horizon Press, 1960)
00052017-21Correspondence (5 folders)February 1960-December 1960
00052022Essays1958-1960