Allan J. Gelbin papers

Inclusive Dates: 
1900–1995, bulk 1949–1994

This record forms part of the Chicago’s Art-Related Archival Materials: A Terra Foundation Resource project funded by the Terra Foundation for American Art. For this project, the Archives surveyed archival repositories throughout the Chicago region to identify art-related materials contained in their holdings. While the Archives of American Art does not own any of the materials described herein, information about those materials and links to the original repositories have been included when available.

Descriptive Summary

37 linear feet (74 boxes), 5 portfolios, 11 oversize portfolios, and flatfile materials documenting the career of American architect Allan Gelbin and his interactions with noted architect Frank Lloyd Wright and the Taliesin Fellowship. The collection consist of papers, published materials, architectural drawings, photographs, slides, and book production materials. Among Gelbin's project files relating to his architectural and design commissions are journals and correspondence for Scott Design and sketchbooks, graphic and furniture design. The photographic materials document Gelbin’s furniture and graphic design, exhibitions, and personal artwork. Also included in the collection are collages, non-architectural drawings, and prints made by Gelbin.

Biographical Historical Note

Allan J. Gelbin (1929-1994), born and raised in New York City and vicinity and apprenticed with Frank Lloyd Wright at Taliesin East in Spring Green, Wisconsin, from 1949 to 1953. He then worked as a general contractor and supervisor as well as designer, both for Wright and independently, in a career based in New England. Gelbin frequently designed furnishings for his clients, and also developed designs for retail distribution. Gelbin also made and exhibited collages and silk-screen prints.