Frank Lloyd Wright Archive Moving to New York

September 5, 2012

According to this New York Times article, architect Frank Lloyd Wright saved almost every sketch or drawing he ever did, including  “a doodle on a Plaza Hotel cocktail napkin of an imagined city on Ellis Island, and his earliest pencil sketch of the spiraling Guggenheim Museum”.  When he died  in 1959 all of his papers were stored  at his former headquarters — Taliesen, in Spring Green, Wisconsin., and Taliesen West, in Scottsdale, Arizona. Now the Museum of Modern Art and Columbia University’s Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library will have joint stewardship of his entire archive, making it more accessible to the public.  “The collection includes more than 23,000 architectural drawings, about 40 large-scale, architectural models, some 44,000 photographs, 600 manuscripts and more than 300,000 pieces of office and personal correspondence.” Librarians at Avery will be able to make the papers available to researchers and educators starting at the end of next year. Check the EPL catalog to find material by and about Frank Lloyd Wright.


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