Collection on Frank Lloyd Wright
Arizona State University.
Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation.
Imperial Hotel (Tokyo, Japan).
Taliesin (Spring Green, Wis.).
Taliesin East (Spring Green, Wis.).
Taliesin West (Scottsdale, Ariz.).
Wright, Frank Lloyd, 1867-1959.
Frank Lloyd Wright (FLW) was born June 8, 1867 in Richland Center, Wisconsin to William Cary Wright and Anna Lloyd Jones Wright. FLW had five siblings. When his father left the family in 1885, FLW supported the family by working as a draftsman in the civil engineering office of Spring Green. Because his boss was the dean of the engineering school at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, FLW was able to enroll in the school without a high school diploma. Without graduating, he moved to Chicago to pursue his architecture career and was eventually positioned with Adler & Sullivan architects.
In 1894, FLW opened his own architectural firm in Oak Park and mainly designed homes for his neighbors. It was there that he developed his famous prairie style home. During his career he also created public buildings, including the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo, Japan which he worked on from 1915 to 1920. He created additional buildings in California, Wisconsin, and Arizona through his career. Other major architectural projects include: Taliesin, Taliesin II, and Taliesin III, Spring Green, WI, 1911-25; Fallingwater (Kaufmann House), Bear Run, PA, 1935; Taliesin West, Paradise Valley, AZ, 1938; and Dallas Theatre Centre, Dallas, TX, 1955.
In June 1943, Frank Lloyd Wright was asked to design a new space to house Solomon R. Guggenheim's Museum of Non-Objective Painting. Despite being reluctant to build in New York City, FLW agreed to design the museum. The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (SRGM) is one of FLW's most famous and controversial building projects. It was a project in modernist architecture that included a spiral motif, FLW's interpretation of a Mesopotamian ziggurat. The SRGM was opened to the public on October 21, 1959. FLW died shortly before the museum's opening on April 9, 1959.
Scope and Content Note
The Collection on Frank Lloyd Wright (FLW) covers the years 1938-2005 (bulk 1953-1993) and documents FLW's life and work, particularly as they relate to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (SRGM). This collection was complied by SRGM staff from 1953 to 2002 and consists largely of secondary materials. The collection includes: press releases; magazine articles; newsletters; newspaper clippings; photographs; project plans; correspondence; invitations; brochures; postcards; and publications. The collection mainly consists of newspaper clippings and magazine articles relating to Frank Lloyd Wright and SRGM. The collection is arranged in two series: Series 1. Biographical and Background and Series 2. Architectural Projects. Series 1. Biographical and Background contains information about Frank Lloyd Wright's life and background on his professional career. Series 2. Architectural Projects includes information on architectural projects designed by FLW other than the SRGM project. Records relating to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Building designed by FLW can be found in the Building History collection.
|100506||1||Announcement: the Decorative Designs of Frank Lloyd Wright at the National Collection of Fine Arts||1977|
|100506||3||Biography by Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum||1959|
|100506||4||Autobiography: Frank Lloyd Wright: Order Form||undated|
|100506||5||Catalogue: Forty-Seven Frank Lloyd Wright: Ephemera for a Living Collection||1980|
|100506||6||Chapel of the Holy Cross: Designed by Marguerite Brunswig Staude, Pupil of Frank Lloyd Wright||undated|
|100506||7||Frank Lloyd Wright: Facets of Design||1990|
|100506||8||Frank Lloyd Wright Architect: Museum of Modern Art||1994|
|100506||9||Frank Lloyd Wright and Eric Mendelsohn||1976|
|100506||88||IX Mostra Di Architettura||1976|
|100506||10||The Future of Architecture: Order Form||undated|
|Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation|
|100506||12||The Drawings of Frank Lloyd Wright for the Benefit of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation||1985|
|100506||13||Exhibition and Sales for the Preservation of Taliesin||1983|
|100506||14||The Decorative Designs||1978|
|100506||15||Frank Lloyd Wright: Art in Design||1983|
|100506||16||The Frank Lloyd Wright Collection of Oriental Paint Brushes||1978|
|100506||17||The Frank Lloyd Wright I Knew||1986|
|100506||19||Last Will and Testament of Frank Lloyd Wright||1956|
|Newspaper Clippings and Magazine Articles|
|100506||22-37||General (16 folders)||undated, 1950-1996|
|100506||38||"Form Givers" and "Four Great Makers"||1961|
|Obituaries: Frank Lloyd Wright|
|100506||39-40||Foreign (2 folders)||1959|
|100506||41-43||United States (3 folders)||1959|
|100506||44||Photograph: Frank Lloyd Wright||undated|
|100506||45||Decorative Designs of Frank Lloyd Wright to Go on View Next Spring at Museum of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts||1990|
|100506||46||Lecturers on Giants of American Architecture||1976|
|100506||47||Statement by Harry F. Guggenheim on Death of Frank Lloyd Wright||1959|
|100506||48||Two Hundred and Fifty Original Drawings by Frank Lloyd Wright on View at the Museum of Modern Art||1962|
|100506||49||Program Description: Uncommon Places on Public Television||undated|
|100506||50||Announcement: A Rare Opportunity to Purchase a Usonian House||1979|
|100506||52||Exhibition of Works by Frank Lloyd Wright||1981|
|100506||54||Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater||1969|
|100506||57||The Work of Frank Lloyd Wright: Midland Art Association||1959|
|100506||58||Invitation to Wuppertal||1966|
|100506||59||Arizona State College Preview of the Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright||1966|
|100506||60||Frank Lloyd Wright Windows from the Darwin D. Martin House, Buffalo, N.Y.||1970|
|100506||61||Windows by Frank Lloyd Wright||1969|
|100506||62||Museum Assessment Program: Fallingwater||1984|
|100506||63-69||Newspaper Clippings and Magazine Articles (7 folders)||undated, 1953-1992|
|100506||70||Postcard: Taliesin West||1971|
|100506||71||Francis Little House||undated|
|100506||73||S.C. Johnson Administration Building||1938|
|100506||74||Melvyn Maxwell Smith House||1948|
|100506||77||The Decorative Designs of Frank Lloyd Wright||1979|
|100506||78||Frank Lloyd Wright at the Renwick Gallery||1977, 1986|
|100506||79||Frank Lloyd Wright Furniture and Designs Featured at the Grey Art Gallery||1978|
|100506||80||Japanese Wood Blocks from Frank Lloyd Wright Collection||1970|
|100506||81||Living Room Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and Exhibition Projects of Wright Material to Open in the Metropolitan Museum's American Wing||1982|
|100506||82||"Orion Book News on the Works of Frank Lloyd Wright": Announcement of Publication||1978|
|100506||83||"The Decorative Designs of Frank Lloyd Wright" by David A. Hanks||1978|
|100506||84||"The Frank Lloyd Wright Collection" by Richard Davies||undated|
|100506||85||"Frank Lloyd Wright: The Library from the Francis W. Little House"||1978|
|100506||86||"Guide to Chicago and Midwestern Architecture"||1963|
|100506||87||"Work of Frank Lloyd Wright" (AIA Monthly Newsletter)||1959|