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Guide to the Hanna House Collection
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  • Overview
  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical/Historical note
  • Scope and Contents note
  • Access Terms

  • Overview

    Call Number: SC0280
    Creator: Hanna, Paul Robert, 1902-1988.
    Title: Hanna House collection
    Dates: 1904-1992
    Physical Description: 46 Linear feet (95 volumes, 193 architectural drawings, 5 photograph albums, 7 microfilm reels)
    Summary: Correspondence, blueprints, drawings, photographs, and other records relating to the planning, design and construction of the campus home of Professor and Mrs. Paul R. Hanna.
    Language(s): The materials are in English.
    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: http://library.stanford.edu/depts/spc/spc.html.
    Repository: Dept. of Special Collections & University Archives.
    Stanford University Libraries.
    557 Escondido Mall
    Stanford, CA 94305-6064
    Email: speccollref@stanford.edu
    Phone: (650) 725-1022
    URL: http://library.stanford.edu/spc

    Administrative Information

    Information about Access

    The materials are open for research use. Audio-visual materials are not available in original format, and must be reformatted to a digital use copy.

    Ownership & Copyright

    Permission in writing to reproduce any part of these materials must be obtained from the from the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation or from Stanford University.
    The letters, notes, drawings, and telegrams by Frank Lloyd Wright and letters from the office of Frank Lloyd Wright are copyright © 1981 by the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation. All rights reserved.
    The microfilms are copyright © 1981 by the Architectural History Foundation and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
    Restrictions also apply to digital representations of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.

    Cite As

    Hanna House Collection (SC0280). Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

    Alternative Formats

    The seven microfilm rolls record three separate portions of the collection:
    1. Archives: Microfilm Rolls Nos.1 - 5.
    Fifty-three (53) binder volumes of correspondence with Frank Lloyd Wright and others, telegrarns, telephone notes, contracts, building specifications, financial transactions, and other items, covering a half-century from 1930 through 1981. Circa 6,000 pages of documents record the story of Mr. Wright's designing of the project, tile construction of several buildings - accomplished in five phases, the role of Stanford University, the public and architects' interest in the project, an evaluation by the clients, and many related aspects.
    Each item in the Archives (Vols. 1 - 53, microfilmed on Rolls 1 - 5) is numbered consecutively for each year. To illustrate: page number 360021 is read as follows, the first two numbers of the series (36) represent the year in which the document originated (1936); the last two numbers (21) indicate that this document is the 21st item prepared in the year; 790305 will be the 305th document prepared in 1979; etc.
    2. Photographs: Microfilm Roll No.6.
    Five albums of photographs of the original site, stages of construction, exterior and interior shots, furniture and fUrnishings. Over 500 photos taken by professional architectural photographers and by the clients.
    3. Drawings. Microfilm Roll No.7.
    184 sketches and drawings (mostly blueprints) by Frank Lloyd Wright, consultants, and the Hannas.
    An index to the microfilm is available online here: http://www.stanford.edu/dept/spec_coll/uarch/SC0280_microfilm_index.pdf 

    Biographical/Historical note

    In 1935, Paul and Jean Hanna commissioned Frank Lloyd Wright to design their home to be built on the Stanford University campus. Construction, begun in 1937, continued in four stages over 25 years. The house was the first structure in the world to use Frank Lloyd Wright's hexagonal grid system, which has subsequently been used widely in American architecture.

    Scope and Contents note

    Correspondence, blueprints, drawings, photographs, and other records relating to the planning, design and construction of the campus home of Professor and Mrs. Paul R. Hanna. The collection focuses on the Hanna's work with architect Frank Lloyd Wright extending from the initial planning of the house through later renovations.
    Most of the correspondence and other records were arranged chronologically by the Hannas, with each document given a number that starts with the year of the document. These were then placed in 3-ring binders. There is a detailed index to the first 53 volumes, which is available in a separate binder. Make note of the document numbers you wish to see and then consult the listing here to find the volume number. You will need to complete a paging slip for each volume you wish to consult.
    Accession 2008-247 is a photograph album of the March 1, 1977 Nissan Motor Corporation visit to the Hanna House. After ownership of the house was transferred to Stanford University, the Nissan Motor Company provided a $500,000 endowment towards its maintenance.

    Access Terms

    Hanna, Aurelia
    Hanna, Jean Shuman
    Wright, Frank Lloyd, 1867-1959
    aesthetics, design
    Architecture --California --20th century.
    Architecture, Domestic--California
    Architecture, Domestic--California--Stanford.
    Architecture, Modern--20th century.