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FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT REFERENCES

John Geiger embraced the expanded opportunities for research that became possible through the Internet. He was particularly inspired that the contents of his web site could direct others to the existence of archival resources about Frank Lloyd Wright and his work, relate their contents to the product of his own scholarship, and refer researchers to other sources that complement study of organic architectural design. To that end he conceived this section of his web site as a natural extension to the information synthesized in his writings and database.

ARCHIVES AND MUSEUMs

Geiger was keenly interested in the creative process revealed through original drawings, including those prepared for publication, and the original expression and evolving changes visible over time in photographs of Frank Lloyd Wright buildings. Through his relationship with Taliesin, the Frank Lloyd Wright Archives were a source of project drawings used, by permission, to illustrate his essays. In 2010, Geiger had extensive inventories made of Frank Lloyd Wright related drawings and photographs that were accessible through digital collections seen on the Internet, particularly at the Library of Congress. The drawings found through this survey were among the last entries made in his database. He felt, however, that online catalog searches often produced awkward result sets that were difficult to examine. 

As a result, Geiger devised a program for presenting an organized guide to these archival materials on his web site. Frank Lloyd Wright related items illustrated in digital collections have been identified by commission. When possible, permanent links are provided to the individual catalog description at the holding institution. A description sheet prepared originally for John Geiger is usually provided as a PDF. In cases where individual collection items are not accessible online, a PDF or link to the general finding aid at the holding institution is presented.  It was Geiger's intention that the index to this web site and the integration of his database of all published Wright drawings include these items to create a uniquely comprehensive view of documentation available for any given Wright project. The four most extensive resources are:

  • AVERY ARCHITECTURAL AND FINE ARTS LIBRARY, COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY (New York City, New York)

    The Frank Lloyd Wright Archives were acquired from the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation in 2012 by a partnership of the Avery Library and the Museum of Modern Art, who continue to collaborate in the management of the materials with the Foundation. This core resource joins other collections already at the Avery Library to create the largest and most complete collection of materials for the study Frank Lloyd Wright and his works.

  • LIBRARY OF CONGRESS (Washington, D.C.)

    The collection of Wright materials donated by Donald D. Walker to the Library of Congress contains a unique group of Wright drawings related to architectural commissions of the 1920s, an extensive sample of Japanese woodblock prints (ukiyo-e) that were collected by Wright to sell, and an array of correspondence, manuscripts, photographs, and ephemera. A variety of other collections also hold drawings, writings, photographs, and other forms of documentation about Wright and his work.

  • MUSEUM OF MODERN ART (New York City, New York)

    While not on view, original models of architectural projects by Frank Lloyd Wright are now held by MOMA in partnership with the Avery Library. MOMA also holds a signficant group of other Wright-related objects, including drawings, lithographs, architectural fragments, furniture, and exhibition objects.

  • ARt Institute of Chicago (Chicago, Illinois)

    Extensive archival materials available at the Art Institute of Chicago are held by the museum's Department of Architecture and in the collections of the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries. These materials include documentation of the early years of Wright's career, records relating to those who worked for him (e.g. Walter Burley and Marion Mahony Griffin), his clients, and his participation in the evolving milieu of architectural practice in the Midwest. The Ryerson and Burnham Archives Archival Image Collection presents 1,187 descriptions of Wright-related drawings, photographs, ephemera, and publications in the online catalog, though many lack a digital image. These represent numerous designs, both while Wright was in the office of Adler and Sullivan, Louis Sullivan, and later his own practice. The drawings shown on this site were not entered into the Geiger database unless published.

Other institutions or associations possess material or sources of information that Geiger deemed important to the study of Frank Lloyd Wright and he wanted to provide links to them on his web site.

  • Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation

    The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation has recently launched a web site that presents an attractive, well developed exposition of information about the life and work of their founder, edcuational programs, and the Taliesin estates. Of particular interest to researchers is a page that describes a number of Wright buildings and links to their respective web sites.

  • Frank Lloyd Wright Conservancy

    Although not a repository of archival materials, Geiger considered the accumulated postings of the Wright Chat forum at the Frank Lloyd Wright Conservancy web site to be an outstanding source of information about Wright buildings and the Taliesin community. In addition, the site presents details about the continuing lives of existing Wright buildings and the activities of those who enjoy, study, and live in them. 

  • GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM (New York City, New York)

    Aside from occupying the great achievement that is the Frank Lloyd Wright designed building, the Guggenheim Museum retains correspondence and other documents related to the design and construction of the facility; the correspondence has been digitized and is accessible online. A group of other materials relates to the 60 Years of Living Architecture exhibition that took place on the site in 1953.

  • FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT TRUST

    The Frank Lloyd Wright Trust maintains the Wright Home and Studio in Oak Park, Illinois, and also conducts a wide range of activities at Wright-related sites throughout the Chicago area. Their web site offers access to the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust Digital Image Collection, which contains historic photographs and other images about the Home and Studio, the Frederick C. Robie house, and numerous other architectural designs by Wright in the vicinity.

  • METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART (New York City, New York)

    The online catalog at the Metropolitan Musem of Art presents descriptions of 731 Wright related items, with 464 images (search term: "Frank Lloyd Wright"). This diverse array of objects includes drawings, correspondence, photographs, publications, ceramics, furniture, metalwork, textiles, architectural fragments, and over 300 Japanese prints with provenance from Wright. The Living Room from the Francis W. Little House has been installed as a permanent feature of their American galleries; there are also drawings for the house design and copies of letters and telegrams between Wright and his client.

  • GETTY RESEARCH INSTITUTE (Los Angeles, California)

    Various special collections at the Getty Research Institute contain documentation related to Frank Lloyd Wright designs, especially drawings, correspondence, and photographs referencing Wright projects located in California. Among the most notable is  the archive of photographer Julius Schulman, and other resources include a microfiche copy of the Frank Lloyd Wright correspondence and architectural drawings from the Wright archives formerly kept at Taliesin West and now at Columbia University; printed materials related to Wright collected by Bill Schmidt; correspondence between Wright and Rudolph M. Schindler; and photographs of architectural drawings by Lloyd Wright. Drawings from these sources have not been entered into the Geiger database unless published.

  • UC SANTA BARBARA (Santa Barbara, California)

    The Architecture and Design Collections at the University of California Santa Barbara campus contain numerous archival resources related to Frank Lloyd Wright, his colleagues, related architects, and the papers some Wright scholars. Drawings from these sources have not been entered into the Geiger database unless published.

   


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