Jump to Content

Collection Guide
Collection Title:
Collection Number:
Get Items:
View entire collection guide What's This?
PDF (155.39 Kb) HTML
Search this collection
Collection Details
Table of contents What's This?
  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical/Historical Note
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Bill Schmidt Frank Lloyd Wright collection
    Dates: 1883-1987
    Collection Number: 850689
    Collector: Schmidt, Bill (Walter)
    Extent: 15 linear ft. (45 boxes)
    Repository: Getty Research Institute
    Research Library
    Special Collections and Visual Resources
    1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100
    Los Angeles, California 90049-1688
    Abstract: Postcards, photographs, museum catalogs, and other printed ephemera assembled by Schmidt show many of Wright’s most famous buildings and note the relationship of his work to that of other architects. The bulk of the collection comprises journals and other printed materials describing Wright, his work, or his ideas; some of the printed ephemera is published by the Taliesin Fellowship. All but two of the publications are listed in R. L. Sweeney's Frank Lloyd Wright: An Annotated Bibliography and are arranged by Sweeney number. The collection also includes copies of letters, plans, and some manuscript material.
    Request Materials: To access physical materials on site, go to the library catalog record  for this collection and click "Request an Item." Click here for access policy .
    Language: Collection material in English

    Administrative Information


    Open for use by qualified researchers.

    Publication Rights

    Preferred Citation

    Bill Schmidt. Frank Lloyd Wright Collection, ca 1883-1987, Research Library, The Getty Research Insititute, Accession no. 850689.

    Acquisition Information

    The Getty acquired this collection in 1985.

    Processing History

    J. Gibbs processed the collection and wrote the finding aid in 2000.

    Biographical/Historical Note

    Bill Schmidt (also known as Walter Schmidt), was a collector of Frank Lloyd Wright bibliographic and archival material.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The collection contains postcards, printed ephemera and single issues of journals containing information about Frank Lloyd Wright and his designs. Most of the items are single issues of architectural or home design magazines, and all but two of the publications are listed in R. L. Sweeney's Frank Lloyd Wright: an annotated bibliography. The publications are arranged by Sweeney number.
    Included in the collection are publications and printed ephemera from the Taliesan Fellowship (ca. 1930s-1970s), and a fine printed booklet of Harwell Hamilton Harris's Architecture as art, 1969. Other printed ephemera, including postcards, relate to Wright buildings, such as Unity Church, the Larkin building, the Imperial Hotel (Teikoku Hoteru), or to conferences, exhibitions, other events or publications. A few of the images in the collection refer to Wright's influence on graphic and architectural design, and his sources. One file of papers (ca. 70 items) contains plans, correspondence, photographs and manuscript material (most photocopies) from Louis Penfield about the Penfield houses (#1 and #2) designed by Wright in 1952. A notebook holds ca. 15 photocopied letters from Wright to various people; a few letters are from associates of Wright, and one is from Louis Sullivan (1909?) about the drawings for the Bradley house.


    Indexing Terms


    Sullivan, Louis H., 1856-1924
    Wright, Frank Lloyd, 1867-1959
    Wright, Lloyd, 1890-1978
    Larkin Building (Buffalo, N.Y.)
    Taliesin Fellowship
    Teikoku Hoteru
    Unitarian Universalist Church (Oak Park, Ill.)
    Paul R. Hanna House (Stanford, Calif.)
    Hollyhock house (Hollywood, Los Angeles, Calif.)
    Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church (Milwaukee, Wis.)
    Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
    Wayfarer's Chapel
    Architecture, Modern
    Architecture, Modern—20th century
    Architecture—United States
    Architecture—United States—20th century
    Architects—United States
    Epemera—20th century
    Photographic prints
    Photographic prints—United States—20th century
    Photographs, Original
    Postcards—United States—20th century
    Usonian houses
    Usonian houses—California—Stanford
    Usonian houses—Unites States


    Hanna, Paul Robert, 1902-
    Hanna, Jean Shuman
    Schmidt, Bill (Walter)
    Harris, Harwell Hamilton, 1903-
    Penfield, Louis A., 1918-2000
    Sullivan, Louis H., 1856-1924
    Wright, Frank Lloyd, 1890-1924
    Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation
    Taliesin Fellowship