Finding Aid for the Frank Lloyd Wright architectural drawings, 1899-1957 0000101The processing of this collection was made possible through generous funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, administered through the Council on Library and Information Resources “Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives” Project.
Architecture and Design Collection, Art, Design & Architecture Museum
Arts Building Room 1434
University of California
Santa Barbara, California, 93106-7130
Title: Frank Lloyd Wright architectural drawings
Identifier/Call Number: 0000101
Contributing Institution: Architecture and Design Collection, Art, Design & Architecture Museum
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 3.0 Linear feet (1 flat file drawer)
Date (bulk): Bulk, 1918-1921
Date (inclusive): 1899-1957
creator: Schindler, R. M., (Rudolph M. ), 1887-1953
creator: Wright, Frank Lloyd, 1867-1959
Partially processed collection, open for use by qualified researchers.
Gift of Mark Schindler, 1968. Additional materials gifted by Miss Carnzu Clark, 1975.
Frank Lloyd Wright architectural designs, Architecture and Design Collection. Art, Design & Architecture Museum; University of California, Santa Barbara.
Frank Lloyd Wright was born in 1867 in Richland Center, Wisconsin, and spent much of his childhood in the American Midwest. He briefly attended the University of Wisconsin for two semesters. In 1887 Wright left for Chicago, eventually finding work as a draftsman with the architectural firm of Joseph Lyman Silsbee. A year later, in 1889, he began to work for Adler & Sullivan as a draftsman. By 1890 Wright was head draftsman in the firm and handled all of the residential design work in the office. Three years later, in 1893, Wright established his own independent practice.
The association between Frank Lloyd Wright and R.M. Schindler began in 1914, when Schindler contacted Wright and asked for a position within his firm. At the time Wright had just been commissioned to design the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo, so he took Schindler on and promoted him to run his American operations out of the Oak Park studio in Illinois. Schindler worked for Wright a total of five years, from 1918 to 1920 in the Midwest and from 1920 through 1922 in Los Angeles overseeing the building of the Barnsdall project.
This collection is composed of architectural drawings and reprographic copies of Frank Lloyd Wright architectural designs, drawn by R.M. Schindler and Frank Lloyd Wright, dating from 1899 through 1957. The majority of designs are for residential buildings in the American Midwest.
Frank Lloyd Wright correspondence with R. M. Schindler, 1914-1929, bulk 1918-1922, Getty Research Institute, Research Library, Accession no. 960076. .
ADC Study collection, Architecture and Design Collection. Art, Design & Architecture Museum; University of California, Santa Barbara.
Subjects and Indexing Terms
Schindler, R. M., (Rudolph M. ), 1887-1953
Wright, Frank Lloyd, 1867-1959