Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Guggenheim Archives Digitizes Frank Lloyd Wright's Correspondence

Wright's Papers Go Digital

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Archives recently received funding from the New York State Council on the Arts to support the digitization of the Frank Lloyd Wright correspondence, a collection that documents the construction of the museum between 1943 and 1959. The project will enable low-resolution images of records from the collection to be publicly displayed through the Archives' Web site.The Frank Lloyd Wright papers consist of correspondence between Wright and trustees of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, including Solomon R. Guggenheim, Harry F. Guggenheim, and Albert E. Thiele; NYC Building Commissioner, Robert Moses; and the museum's Directors, Hilla Rebay and James Johnson Sweeney. The correspondence includes discussions of the museum site, plans, models, building costs, architect fees, contractors, name, and display of artwork. Ultimately, the correspondence documents not only the construction of the permanent museum building, but also a revolutionary turn in the conception of American architecture and museum exhibition spaces.
View the digitized records in the folder list of the Frank Lloyd Wright correspondence. A0006.

Detail of a telegram from Harry Guggenheim to Frank Lloyd Wright regarding a meeting to demonstrate theory of presenting paintings, November 30, 1958, Frank Lloyd Wright correspondence. A0006. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Archives, New York, NY

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