Guide to R. Buckminster Fuller. Inventions; twelve around one M1592

: limited edition portfolio of screenprints and text
Dept. of Special Collections & University Archives
Stanford University Libraries.
557 Escondido Mall
Stanford, California, 94305

Title: R. Buckminster Fuller. Inventions; twelve around one : portfolio of thirteen screenprints and text
Identifier/Call Number: M1592
Contributing Institution: Dept. of Special Collections & University Archives
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 3.5 Linear feet (1 large portfolio; no. XII of XX, containing 13 signed prints)
Date: 1981
Physical Location: Special Collections and University Archives materials are stored offsite and must be paged 36-48 hours in advance. For more information on paging collections, see the department's website:
Abstract: Each of the thirteen prints consists of two 30" x 40" screenprinted sheets, one of which illustrates drawings for a patent invention by Fuller, and the second sheet illustrates the realization of the concept.
General Physical Description note: Patent invention drawings screenprinted in white ink on clear polyester film overlaid on blue backing sheet to create the effect of a blueprint. Photo realization of invention screenprinted on Lenox 100 percent rag paper. Screenprinted polyester film sheet as an overlay screenprinted photo realization sheet. The text pages and blue backing are Curtis Tweedweave 100% rag paper made especially for the Fuller portfolio series.
Creator: Fuller, R. Buckminster (Richard Buckminster), 1895-1983

Preferred Citation

[identification of item], R. Buckminster Fuller, Inventions; twelve around one (M1592). Dept. of Special Collections & University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

Publication Rights

All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from, or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, California 94305-6064. Consent is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission from the copyright owner. Such permission must be obtained from the copyright owner, heir(s) or assigns. See:
Restrictions also apply to digital representations of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.

Access to Collection

Copy 1 is open for research use. Copy 2 is closed for use except with express permission of the Head of Special Collections.

Acquisition Information

Copy 1 was given by Allegra Fuller to Stanford University, Special Collections in 2007; copy 2 was purchased in 2014.

Historical note

Boxed limited series of inventions by Buckminster Fuller, collection of forty four individual unbound pages represent thirteen inventions of Fuller, produced under direction of Fuller by Colophon, Cincinnati, Ohio by Solway Gallery. The thirteen inventions are presented with two prints, one which illustrates drawing for a patent invention, the second illustrates the realization of the concept. The two screen prints may be presented separately in two frames or together as an overlay. Dimensions: 30” x 40”. Each of the thirteen prints is hand signed by Buckminster Fuller on the clear film element. Many the signed series was witnessed by his architectural partner Thomas T. K. Zung, adjuvant (Fuller’s term).

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Carl Solway Gallery.
Architecture--United States--History--20th century
Engineering design.
Screen prints
Technology--Social aspects.

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