Collection on Frank Lloyd Wright

Collection on Frank Lloyd Wright

Collection Overview

Repository:
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Archives.
Creator:
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.
Title:
Collection on Frank Lloyd Wright
Call Number:
A0021
Dates:
1938-2005 (bulk 1953-1993)
Volume:
4.2 cubic ft. (6 boxes)
Historical Abstract:
Frank Lloyd Wright (FLW), 1867-1959, was commissioned to design a new space to house Solomon R. Guggenheim's Museum of Non-Objective Painting in 1943. Despite FLW's reluctance to build in New York City, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum was to become one of his most famous building projects. The new museum building was opened to the public on October 21, 1959. FLW died shortly before the opening.
Scope and Content Abstract:
The Collection on Frank Lloyd Wright (FLW) covers the years 1938-2005 (bulk 1953-1993) and documents FLW's life, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (SRGM) building, and other FLW architectural projects. The collection includes: press releases; magazine articles; newsletters; newspaper clippings; photographs; project plans; correspondence; invitations; brochures; postcards; and publications. The bulk of the collection is comprised of newspaper clippings and magazine articles relating to FLW and SRGM.
Location:
OS, CF
Language:
Collection is primarily in English.
Arrangement:
Organized into 3 series: 1. Biographical and Background; 2. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Building; and 3. Other Architectural Projects.
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:
Collection on Frank Lloyd Wright. A0021. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Archives, New York, NY.
Subjects:
Arizona State College at Flagstaff.
Arizona State University.
Fallingwater (Pa.).
Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation.
Imperial Hotel (Tokyo, Japan).
Lighting, Architectural and decorative.
Museum architecture.
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.
Taliesin (Spring Green, Wis.).
Taliesin East (Spring Green, Wis.).
Taliesin West (Scottsdale, Ariz.).
Usonian houses.
Wright, Frank Lloyd, 1867-1959.
Related Materials:
Frank Lloyd Wright correspondence. A0006. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Archives, New York, NY.
Finding aid prepared by Archives Staff in July 2007.

Historical Note

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.

Bibliography

"Frank Lloyd Wright." Authors and Artists for Young Adults, Volume 33. Gale Group, 2000. Reproduced in Biography Resource Center. Farmington Hills, Mich.: Thomson Gale. 2007."Frank Lloyd Wright." Contemporary Authors Online, Gale, 2007. Reproduced in Biography Resource Center. Farmington Hills, Mich.: Thomson Gale. 2007.

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 three series: Series 1. Biographical and Background; Series 2. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Building; and Series 3. Other Architectural Projects. Series 1. Biographical and Background contains information about Frank Lloyd Wright's life and background on his professional career. Series 2. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Building contains documentation on the SRGM building designed by FLW. Series 3. Other Architectural Projects includes information on architectural projects designed by FLW other than the SRGM project.

Series Descriptions

Series 1. Biographical and Background, 1942-1996 (bulk 1953-1990), 1.35 cubic ft.
Summary: Series 1. Biographical and Background contains information about Frank Lloyd Wright's (FLW) life and general information on his professional career. The series includes: announcements; brochures; Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation documents; invitations; newspaper clippings and magazine articles; press releases; publications; and stamps. The bulk of the series consists of newspaper clippings, magazine articles, and general publications on FLW. Also included is information on the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, including correspondence and funding information. The series also contains "Wright Angles," a newsletter of the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio Foundation on various architectural topics. It is important to note that a copy of the last will and testament of FLW is included here.
Arrangement: Alphabetical
Series 2. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Building, 1945-2005 (bulk 1953-1993), 2.35 cubic ft.
Summary: Series 2. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Building contains documentation on Frank Lloyd Wright and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (SRGM) building. The series includes: bibliographies; brochures; chronologies; design plans; invitations; letters; newspaper clippings and magazine articles; photographs; press releases; publications; slides; and stamps. The bulk of this series consists of newspaper clippings, magazine articles, and publications about the SRGM, most of which contain critics' views of the Museum. Also included in the series are original stamps of SRGM and photographs of the construction of SRGM.
Arrangement: Alphabetical
Series 3. Other Architectural Projects, 1938-2002 (bulk 1953-1992), 0.5 cubic ft.
Summary: Series 3. Other Architectural Projects includes information on architectural projects designed by Frank Lloyd Wright (FLW) other than the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum project. The articles, publications, and brochures contain interviews with FLW as well as criticism of his architectural projects. Some of these projects include: Fallingwater, FLW's furniture and window designs, Taliesin West, the S.C. Johnson Administration Building, and the Imperial Hotel.
Arrangement: Alphabetical

Folder List

Series 1. Biographical and Background, 1942-1996 (bulk 1953-1990), 1.35 cubic ft.
BoxFolderTitleDate
100506Announcement: the Decorative Designs of Frank Lloyd Wright at the National Collection of Fine Arts1977
Bibliographies
100506Generalundated
Films on Frank Lloyd Wrightundated
100506Biography by Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum1959
Brochures
100506Autobiography: Frank Lloyd Wright: Order Formundated
100506Catalogue: Forty-Seven Frank Lloyd Wright: Ephemera for a Living Collection1980
100506Chapel of the Holy Cross: Designed by Marguerite Brunswig Staude, Pupil of Frank Lloyd Wrightundated
100506Frank Lloyd Wright: Facets of Design1990
100506Frank Lloyd Wright Architect: Museum of Modern Art1994
100506Frank Lloyd Wright and Eric Mendelsohn1976
000522IX Mostra Di Architettura1976
100506The Future of Architecture: Order Formundated
Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation
100506General1990-1991
100506Correspondence (2 folders)1977, 1985, 1991
100506The Drawings of Frank Lloyd Wright for the Benefit of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation1985
100506Endowment Fundundated
100506Exhibition and Sales for the Preservation of Taliesin1983
Invitations
100506Art of This Century1942
100506The Decorative Designs1978
100506Frank Lloyd Wright: Art in Design1983
100506The Frank Lloyd Wright Collection of Oriental Paint Brushes1978
100506The Frank Lloyd Wright I Knew1986
100506Wright Again1980
100506Last Will and Testament of Frank Lloyd Wright1956
100506Newsletter: Wright Angles1976-1983
Newspaper Clippings and Magazine Articles
100506,
691766
General (43 folders)undated, 1950-1996
691766"Form Givers" and "Four Great Makers"1961
Obituaries: Frank Lloyd Wright
691766Foreign (2 folders)1959
691766United States (3 folders)1959
100506Photograph: Frank Lloyd Wrightundated
Press Releases
100506Decorative Designs of Frank Lloyd Wright to Go on View Next Spring at Museum of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts1990
100506Lecturers on Giants of American Architecture1976
100506Statement by Harry F. Guggenheim on Death of Frank Lloyd Wright1959
100506Two Hundred and Fifty Original Drawings by Frank Lloyd Wright on View at the Museum of Modern Art1962
100506Program Description: Uncommon Places on Public Televisionundated
Publications
100506"An Autobiography" by Frank Lloyd Wright1977
100506"Building Ideas" by Peter Wille1969
100506"The Drawings of Frank Lloyd Wright" Edited by Arthur Drexler1962
100506"Frank Lloyd Wright" by Charlotte Willard1972
100506"Frank Lloyd Wright" by Vincent Scully Jr.1960
100506"Frank Lloyd Wright: A Bibliography" Compiled by Kenneth and Jane Starosciak1973
100506"Frank Lloyd Wright and Le Corbusier" by Thomas Doremus1985
100506"Frank Lloyd Wright: Japanese Prints Exhibition"1962
100506"Frank Lloyd Wright: Quarterly "1996
100506"Frank Lloyd Wright: The Rebel Architect" by Corinne J. Naden1961
100506"Frank Lloyd Wright: Writings and Buildings" Selected by Edgar Kaufmann and Ben Raeburn1960
100506"How Should We Rebuild Our Cities?" Taken by The American Forum of the Air1944
100506"The Master Builders" by Peter Blake1960
100506"Our House" by Olgivanna Lloyd Wright1959
100506"Sixty Years of Living Architecture: The Work of Frank Lloyd Wright"1953
100506"A Testament" by Frank Lloyd Wright1957
100506"Who's Who In America" on Frank Lloyd Wrightundated
100506Stamps: Frank Lloyd Wrightundated
Series 2. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Building, 1945-2005 (bulk 1953-1993), 2.35 cubic ft.
BoxFolderTitleDate
100506Bibliographiesundated
Brochures
100506A Concerned Community Opposed to the Planned Addition to the Guggenheim Museumundated
100506Cultural Bus Loop 11974
100506Floor Plan of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museumundated
100506The Guggenheim Circle's Gala Benefit1994
100506Inside Modern Manhattancirca 1987
100506Right Time Wright Placeundated
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
691766General: Building and Collection Informationundated
100506Fifth Avenue and 88th Streetundated
100506Cassette Tape: #356 Guggenheim Architectural Tourundated
Chronologies
100506History of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museumundated
100506By Dr. Louise Averill Svendsen, Curatorundated
100506Correspondence: From Ward Jackson about Frank Lloyd Wright Plans of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum1991
100506Design Plans for the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museumundated
Essays
100506"Concerning the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum" by Frank Lloyd Wright1952
100506"Music and its Place in the Museum of Non-Objective Painting" by Frank Lloyd Wright1977
100506"Das Solomon R. Guggenheim Memorial Museum" by Frank Lloyd Wright1952
100506Index of Exhibitundated
Invitations
100506Media Preview1992
100506Press Preview Prior to Opening of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum1991
100506,
773517,
691320
Newspaper Clippings and Magazine Articles (55 folders)undated, 1945-1996
Photographs
691320Exterior Views of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museumundated, 1959
691320Frank Lloyd Wright, Hilla Rebay, and Solomon R. Guggenheim during Unveiling of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Model1945
691320Frank Lloyd Wrights Last Visit to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Taken by William Short1958
691320Frank Lloyd Wright's Rendering of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum at Night, 1949 by David Heald (photographic reproduction)undated
691320Kasimir Malevich Exhibit at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum1974
691320,
000523
Models, Floor Plans, and Drawings of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (10 folders)undated, 1945
691320Museum Rendering1957
691320Museum Site (2 folders)undated, 1951, 1954
691320Restoration Exterior View1992
691320Seal at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museumundated
691320"Sixty Years of Living Architecture:" Exhibiting Usonian House at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum1953
Press Releases
691320Advanced Lighting Concepts Employed at Guggenheim Museumundated
691320Construction of Three and One-Half Story Annex1964
691320Construction of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum to Begin1956
691320Exhibition Documenting Frank Lloyd Wright's Designs for the Building1994
691320Fortieth Anniversary1999
691320Guggenheim International Award (2 folders)1956, 1957
691320Guggenheim Museum Announces Plans for Expansion1985
691320Guggenheim Museum Announces Revised Expansion Plans1987
691320Guggenheim Museum Projects by Hans Hollein and Frank Gehry1992
691320History of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum1987
691320Landmarks Preservation Commission Designates Guggenheim Museum1990
691320Museum Cafeteria1964
691320Museum Restoration and Expansion1991
691320New Restaurant and Bookstore1974
691320Opening of Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum1959
691320Proposed Addition to Guggenheim Museum1963
691320Statement by Frank Lloyd Wrightundated
691320Usonian House: Sixty Years of Living Architecture Exhibition1953
Publications
691320"A Frank Lloyd Wright Drawing for the Guggenheim Museum" by E.J. Johnsonundated
691320"American Buildings and their Architects" by William Jordy1992
691320"An Experiment in the Third Dimension" by Frank Lloyd Wright1958
691320"The Architect's Original Statements on His Concept of the Guggenheim Museum"1960
691320"Edifice" by Marion Wolf1974
000522"The Guggenheim Museum Commemorative Magazine"1992
691320"The Guggenheim Correspondence": Order Form1986
691320"The Guggenheim Museum: Anatomy of an Organic Architecture" by John Vinciundated
691320"The Guggenheim Revisited" by Charles W. Millard1966
691320"The Guggenheims and the American Dream" by Edwin P. Hoyt1967
691320"Hilla Rebay In Search of the Spirit in Art" by Joan M. Lukach1983
691320"History of the Collection"undated
691320"History of the Museum of Non-Objective Painting"undated
691320"How Vital Are Museums?" ed. by Michael Peppiatt1990
691320"The Lighting of a Great Museum" by I.D. Robbins1960
"Looking at the Guggenheim" and "How to Look at the Guggenheim" by Deborah Quilter1993
691320"New American Art Museums" by Helen Searing1982
691320"New Architecture in the World" by Udo Kultermann1965
691320"Seed Money: The Guggenheim Story" by Milton Lomask1964
691320"The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum"1960
691320"The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum"undated
691320"The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum: Frank Lloyd Wright"1975
691320Talk Written by W.H. Shortundated
691320Slides: The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museumundated
691320Stamps: The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (2 folders)undated, 2005
691320Stella Pictures Documentary Information1992
691320Transcription of an Acoustic Guide about the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museumundated
Series 3. Other Architectural Projects, 1938-2002 (bulk 1953-1992), 0.5 cubic ft.
BoxFolderTitleDate
691320Announcement: A Rare Opportunity to Purchase a Usonian House1979
Brochures
691320Crimson Beachundated
691320Exhibition of Works by Frank Lloyd Wright1981
691320Fallingwater Tours1969
691320Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater1969
691320Various Sitesundated
691320The Work of Frank Lloyd Wright: Midland Art Association1959
691320Correspondence: Taliesin1957
691320Exhibitions: Usonian Houseundated
Invitations
691320Invitation to Wuppertal1966
691320Arizona State College Preview of the Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright1966
691320Frank Lloyd Wright Windows from the Darwin D. Martin House, Buffalo, N.Y.1970
691320Windows by Frank Lloyd Wright1969
691320Museum Assessment Program: Fallingwater1984
691320,
691766
Newspaper Clippings and Magazine Articles (29 folders)undated, 1953-1992
691320Postcard: Taliesin West1971
Photographs
691320Generalundated
691320Francis Little Houseundated
691320Imperial Hotelundated
691320S.C. Johnson Administration Building1938
691320Melvyn Maxwell Smith House1948
691320Unitarian Church1947
Press Releases
691320The Decorative Designs of Frank Lloyd Wright1979
691320Frank Lloyd Wright at the Renwick Gallery1977, 1986
691320Frank Lloyd Wright Furniture and Designs Featured at the Grey Art Gallery1978
691320Japanese Wood Blocks from Frank Lloyd Wright Collection1970
691320Living Room Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and Exhibition Projects of Wright Material to Open in the Metropolitan Museum's American Wing1982
Publications
691320"The Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright" by William Allin Storrer2002
691320"The Decorative Designs of Frank Lloyd Wright" by David A. Hanks1978
691320"The Encyclopedia of World Art" on Frank Lloyd Wrightundated
691320"Frank Lloyd Wright Architecture and Nature" by Donald Hoffmann1996
691320"The Frank Lloyd Wright Collection" by Richard Daviesundated
691320"Frank Lloyd Wright: The Library from the Francis W. Little House"1978
000522"Grady Gammage Memorial Auditorium"1964
691320"Guide to Chicago and Midwestern Architecture"1963
691320"Many Masks A Life of Frank Lloyd Wright" by Brendan Gill1998
691320"The Natural House" by Frank Lloyd Wright1954
691320"Orion Book News on the Works of Frank Lloyd Wright": Announcement of Publication1978
691320"Work of Frank Lloyd Wright"1959
691320"Years With Frank Lloyd Wright Apprentice to Genius" by Edgar Tafel1985