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LIBRARY OF CONGRESS
The Library of Congress holds a number of collections that document the life and work of Frank Lloyd Wright. The most important and extensive of these is a diverse group of materials donated by architect Donald D. Walker, who once worked for Wright. Other collections include original, reproduced, and survey architectural drawings, manuscripts, correspondence, and photographs. The majority of these materials are found in the Prints and Photographs Division or Manuscripts Division of the Library of Congress.
A diverse and extensive group of materials related to Frank Lloyd Wright was brought together by architect Donald D. Walker, who worked as a drafter for Wright at Taliesin in Spring Green, Wisconsin, and at Ocatilla camp near Chandler, Arizona, from 1928 to 1931. When Wright failed to pay his wages, Walker claimed in lieu of his money a substantial number of valuable Japanese prints and important Wright architectural drawings (probably those on which he had worked). Walker remained interested in Wright designs for the rest of his life and continued to accumulate photographs, correspondence, ephemera, and other forms of documentation. This significant collection was donated to the Library of Congress in segments between 1987 and 1992.
The online collection contains documentation compiled in the 1960s-1970s for Frank Lloyd Wright buildings included in the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS), including houses, schools, religious buildings, and other structures. The group of materials cited as Measured Drawings from the Historic American Buildings Survey Collection contains 474 as-built drawings documenting 49 Frank Lloyd Wright buildings, including a project done for Louis Sullivan and limited involvement by Wright with a house for Henry Ford. For easier access on the Library of Congress website, an alphabetical list with permanent links has been compiled.
This online collection contains a series of color and black-and-white photographs of the Herbert F. Johnson House known as "Wingspread" located in Racine, Wisconsin, that were taken on October 2, 1939.
The collection contains a group of 9 black-and-white photographs of Taliesin West taken in May, 1940. These images can be compared to color photographs taken by John Geiger, who visited the Wright winter compound in Arizona at approximately the same time.
The collection contains 700 items (2 containers, 0.8 linear feet), consisting of correspondence, speeches and articles, excerpts from writings, printed matter, and other material chiefly related to works used by Wright on Frank Lloyd Wright on Architecture: Selected Writings, 1894-1940, as well as correspondence with Frederick Albert Gutheim and William R. Heath.