Monthly Archives: April 2013

Frank Lloyd Wright (June 8, 1867 – April 9, 1959)

Today begins the receipt of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives into the Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, Columbia University.

That this event happens to coincide with the date of Wright's death in 1959 is a fitting tribute to his legacy, celebrated by Avery and MoMA's  co-acquisition of the Archives in September 2012

Since that time Avery, MoMA and the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation staff have been working together to plan and implement moving the extensive Archives from Taliesin West to Avery Library. This first shipment includes more than 25, 000 drawings, 300,000 correspondence and 44,000 photographic works.

While the Archives is en route from Taliesin West to New York, it will not be available for consultation. We expect this temporary access hiatus to extend from March – August 2013 as staff work to move the Archives to its new repository at Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library. We anticipate several additional moves of Archives materials over time and will make materials available for research consultation incrementally as the material is received into Avery and processed.

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Image credit: St. Mark's-in-the-Bouwerie Towers, Project Model. (c. 1927-31)
The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives (The Museum of Modern Art | Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University)

Avery at AASL

Chris Sala and Jeffrey Ross attended the Association of Architectural School Librarians Annual Meeting, San Francisco March 21-24.

Jeffrey was on the Discussion Panel: Archizines, Blogs, Web Portals, Oh My! Current Architectural Publishing Trends and Information Access Challenges for the Educational Market. He represented the Avery Index and presented our perspective on the challenges of these new forms of architectural information dissemination. 

The conference participants were treated to tours of: the architecture and new public spaces in the surging South of Market neighborhood downtown, the University of California, Berkeley, Environmental Design Library and Archives, the entire UC Berkeley campus, Art Deco Downtown Oakland, and the California Academy of Sciences Library and Green Roof in Golden Gate Park.