Monthly Archives: September 2012

American Trade Catalogs

Miss the Olympics? Try exploring the American Trade Catalog collection, which includes items such as this American Athletic Equipment catalog from 1975.

Housed in Avery Classics, the Trade Catalog Collection is one of the largest collections of catalogs of the American building trades anywhere, and significant resource of information about the history of the built environment–not to mention athletics.

Pedro E. Guerrero, photographer of F.L. Wright’s work

Pedro E. Guerrero, a photographer who spent years photographing Frank Lloyd Wright's modernist architecture died on Thursday Sept. 13, 2012.  New York Times obituary

He was Wright's exclusive photographer for the last 20 years of Wright's life.

He also photographed works by Alexander Calder, Louise Nevelson, Philip Johnson and Marcel Breuer.

Detail of  the 1987 Reunion of the Taliesin Fellowship (left)
Pedro E. Guerrerro (top)
Edgar Tafel (below)



Letter from the Frank Lloyd Wright office to Pedro Guerrero




1987 Reunion of the Taliesin Fellowship (below)

Image Credits: The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation

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FL Wright Archives join collections of Avery and MoMA

Columbia University, The Museum of Modern Art, and The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation have announced that the vast archives of Frank Lloyd Wright (American, 1867-1959) have been jointly acquired by the University and the Museum and will become part of their permanent collections. Wright is considered by many to be one of the 20th century’s most influential architects, a figure whose iconic work helped define modernism. The American Institute of Architects, in a recent national survey, recognized him as “the greatest American architect of all time.” 

The Archives add to Avery and MoMA existing collections of materials by Frank Lloyd Wright, and this joint acquisition signals a ground-breaking collaboration between the two institutions to insure long term access and preservation of the materials, at the same time providing opportunities to celebrate the collections through public programs and exhibitions, curricular integration, research interrogation and publications.       

Press Release
Columbia Libraries Press Release
Larkin Company Administration Building, Buffalo, NY. 1902-06
Image Credit: The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives (The Museum of Modern Art | Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University, New York)