Wrightiana collection

Inclusive Dates: 
circa 1897–1997

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

The Wrightiana Collection includes pamphlets, brochures, correspondence, transcripts of lectures, articles, and photographs of and/or about Frank Lloyd Wright and his projects. These items document Wright's projects, lectures and writings, exhibitions of his work, honors bestowed upon him, and Taliesin East and Taliesin West. Materials date from c.1897 to 1997 (mostly from the 1950s and 1960s) and are international in scope. Some material may relate to Wright’s designs for art glass, furniture, and other applied arts designs.

Biographical Historical Note

Frank Lloyd Wright was an internationally acclaimed architect and designer who spend the first 22 years of his career in the Chicago area. His designs for houses and public buildings broke new ground in their conception of space and use of ornament and materials. Wright’s plans for structures typically included furniture, flooring, glass, lighting fixtures, and other features of interior design.