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1914
   
Date: 1914

Title: Frank Lloyd Wright - Emil Bach Postcard, 1914. Emil Bach Residence, Chicago, Illinois, Circa 1955 (1915 - S.193).

Description: Happy New Year Greeting postcard from Frank Lloyd Wright to Bach Brick Company. Text on face: "New Year Greeting. Turn Over A New Leaf." Text on verso: "Post Card. December 20, 1914. Greetings to all: Very truly yours, FLLW (signed), Frank Lloyd Wright. Bach Brick Company, 7415 Sheridan Road, Chicago, Illinois, USA, United States of America." Frank Lloyd Wright designed the Emil Bach House in 1915. It was the first design in 1915 (FLLW #1501). Emil Bach was co-owner of the Bach Brick Company with his brothers. The Bach Residence was located at 7415 Sheridan Road, Chicago, Illinois. Post card is printed in three colors, Red, Green and black. The leaf is cloth and affixed on the left side. Beneath the right side of the leaf is the text: "Drink and be Merry" but remember. We have seen an example of a similar postcard postmarked 1919. Variation of face, same verso. Signed by Frank Lloyd Wright.

Size: 5.5 x 3.5.

S#:
0124.48.1021
   
   
1938
   
 
Unfolded full size page 1.
 
Unfolded full size page 2. Emboss has been enhanced.
 
Detail of Frank Lloyd Wright facsimile signature.
Date: 1938

Title: Architectural Forum - January 1938 (Two Page Letter) (Published Monthly by Time, Inc. New York)

Author: Wright, Frank Lloyd

Description:  Two Page Letter from Frank Lloyd Wright loosely inserted into the magazine. "To the Young Man in Architecture – a Challenge: I have taken over the writing and editing of the January Architectural Forum. I turned editor partly because Howard Myers came to Taliesin and asked me to – partly because I felt the time had come to restate a few fundamentals which are strangely missing from the contemporary scene. The days and nights and the long hours I have put into the making of this issue are important only to me. But important to you are the months and years that went into the making of these buildings whose plans and photographs this issue brings you for the first time with critical text... My purpose and hope in presenting this material in the Architectural Forum is to promote discussion and rekindle enthusiasm for an honest American Architecture..." Two single sheets, printed in three color and embossed. Text in black, red square, signature printed in blue. Of interest is that the cover of the magazine is printed in two color. The first and last pages of the Wright section of the magazine is also printed in two color. The pages of Wright’s section is one color. But this letter is printed in three color and embossed.

Size: 12 x 10 folded to 8 x 10.

Pages: Pp 2

S#:
0457.04.1116
   
1943
   


Date: 1943

Title: Letter from Frank Lloyd Wright to Mary Fritz and Francis Caraway 1943.

Description: "Dear Mary and Francis: Your bread and cookies are just as good as ever and hope you all are too." (Signed) "F. LL. W." "Frank Lloyd Wright. January 2nd, 1943." Envelope is addressed to: "Mary Fritz, Francis Caraway, Hyde, Ridgeway, Wisconsin." Postmarked "Spring Green. Jan 4 1943." We surmise that Mary and Francis must have attended a Taliesin holiday function, Christmas or New Years, brought bread and cookies to the function, and Wright was sending them a thank you. Note: Hyde is about 9 miles from Taliesin. Herbert Fritz Sr. was one of the early draftsman who worked with
Frank Lloyd Wright in 1913 in Spring Green, and was one of two that survived the fire at Taliesin in 1914, killing seven including Mamah Cheney and her two children. Herb married Mary Olava Larson, Wright’s stonemason’s daughter. Their son was Herb Fritz Jr. (1915-1998), also an apprentice with Wright in from 1937-1941. Their daughter, Frances Fritz, married another Taliesin Fellow, Jesse Claude (Cary) Caraway. Herbert Jr. Married Eloise, their daughter Barbara married another Taliesin fellow, Jim Dresser.

Size: Letterhead: 11 x 8.5. Envelope: 8.9 x 3.9.

S#:
0595.07.0517
   
1950
   


Date: 1950

Title:
Frank Lloyd Wright Autograph. 

Description:
Signed check made out to Victory Tent and Awning Company in Phoenix, Arizona on Feb. 21, 1950. They were the suppliers of the canvas used at Taliesin West.

S#:
1950.00.0202
   


Date: 1950

Title:
Frank Lloyd Wright Autograph. 

Description:
Signed check made out to the Hotel Heidelberg in Baton Rouge, LA on April 29, 1950.  Signed twice.  Once for the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, and secondly as Frank Lloyd Wright.

S#:
1950.01.0602
   


Date: 1950

Title: Employer's Affidavit from Frank Lloyd Wright for Cary Caraway 1950.

Description: A photocopy of Employer's Affidavit, describing Cary Caraway's apprenticeship at Taliesin signed by Frank Lloyd Wright, August 26, 1950. Text: "Employer’ Affidavit. Architect. I hereby certify that I am a registered architect in good standing in the State of Wisconsin and that Jesse S.. Caraway was employed by me in architectural work in regular full-time apprenticeship continuously from June 8, 1935 to August 15, 1942 in an office at Spring Green, Wis. & Taliesin West, Scottsdale, Arizona. I further certify that I was a registered architect in good standing in the State of Wisconsin. Frank Lloyd Wright (Signed), Taliesin, Spring Green, Wisconsin. Subscribed and sworn to me this 26th day of August, 1950." Also included a single sheet, written in pencil, presumably written by Caraway, describing the "Principles for the Practice of Architecture as adopted by the Taliesin Associated Architects." Signed by Frank Lloyd Wright on original. Acquired from the estate of Cary Caraway. These items were included in a lot related to Cary Caraway.

Size: Affidavit : 8 x 5.5. Sheet: 8.5 x 11

S#:
0831.111.1121
   
1953
   


Date: 1953

Title:
Frank Lloyd Wright Autograph. 

Description:
Signed check made out to The Chicago Art Institute on Nov. 4, 1953. Signed twice. Once for the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, and secondly as Frank Lloyd Wright.

S#:
1953.00.0502
   



Date: 1953

Title: Letter from Frank Lloyd Wright to Mark Peisch, Columbia University 1953.

Description:
Typed and signed letter from Frank Lloyd Wright on Taliesin West stationery with the original envelope. "Mr. Mark L. Peisch, Foreign Student Advisor, Columbia University in the City of New York, New York 27, N. Y. My dear Mr. Peisch: Walter Burley Griffin was employed by me in the Oak Park Studio for about six years. (about 1893 to 1899 - (not sure)). It was all the education in Architecture he received so far as I know. His wife, Marian was also there with me for eleven years. Sincerely, Frank Lloyd Wright, February 21, 1953." Note: After graduation from the University of Illinois in 1899, Griffin worked as a draftsman in the office of Dwight Perkins, Robert C. Spencer, Jr., and H. Webster Tomlinson in Chicago. He then went to work in Wright’s Studio in Oak Park from 1901 to 1905. He then opened his own practice. Biography from Columbia University: Mark Lyons Peisch (b. 1921) received his B.A. in History and History of Art from Dartmouth College in 1944. At Dartmouth, he was introduced by Professor Hugh Morrison, noted scholar of Louis Sullivan, to the work of Chicago School architects Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin. Peisch taught briefly at Dartmouth in 1947 before entering Columbia University in 1949 as a graduate student in the Department of Fine Arts and Archeology. His doctoral thesis was on the Griffins and their contemporaries. He was awarded his Ph.D. from Columbia in 1959 with the completion of his dissertation "The Chicago School and Walter Burley Griffin, 1893-1914: Growth and Dissemination of an Architectural Movement and a Representative Figure," which was published in 1964 by Columbia University Press and Random House as "The Chicago School of Architecture: Early Followers of Sullivan and Wright."

Size: Letterhead: 10.9 x 8.4, Envelope: 8.9 x 3.9.

S#:
0987.92.0917
   


Date: 1953

Title: The Usonian House. The Work of Frank Lloyd Wright. A Feature of the Exhibition: 60 Years of Living Architecture At The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. New York. November 1953. (Signed) (Soft Cover) (Published by The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. New York)

Author: Wright, Frank Lloyd

Description: The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. A pamphlet describing the Usonian House that was built on the grounds of the Future Guggenheim Museum as part of the exhibition: Sixty Years of Living Architecture. "To say the original of this Usonian house, planted by myself on the good earth of the Chicago prairie as early as 1900 or earlier, was the first truly democratic expression in Architecture of our Democracy would start a controversy with professional addicts who believe Architecture has no political (therefore no social) significance. So, let's say that the Spirit of Democracy – freedom of the common man to grow to be an individual – took hold of the house as it then was, took off the attic and the porch, pulled out the basement, and made a single spacious, harmonious unit of living room, dining room and kitchen, with appropriate entry conveniences... F.LL.W." Includes eleven photographs of the House, and Exhibition, and an illustration of the floor plan. Two copies, one signed by Frank Lloyd Wright: "F. LL. W. (Office)." (First Edition) (Sweeney 926)

Size: 10 x 7.5

Pages: Pp 10

S#: 00926.00.0600, 0926.00.0919


Signed by Frank Lloyd Wright: "F. LL. W. (Office)."
   



Date: 1953

Title: Taliesin Tract, Number One: Man (Signed) (Published by The Taliesin Fellowship, Spring Green, Wisconsin, Christmas Morning 1953.)

Author: Wright, Frank Lloyd

Description: Dated Christmas 1953. This was numbered "One", indicating an intent to publish additional issues. No additional issues were published. Includes mailing. Inscribed in ink by Frank Lloyd Wright: "F. LL. W. To the Caraways /54."
       "Taliesin Tract, Number One: Man. Literature tells about man. Architecture presents him. The Architecture that our man of Democracy needs and prophecies is bound to be different from that of the common or conditioned man of any other socialized system of belief. As never before, this new free-man’s Architecture will present him by being true to his own nature in all such expressions. This aim becomes natural to him in his Art as it once was in his Religion.
       With renewed vision, the modern man will use the new tools Science lavishes upon him (even before he is ready for them) to enlarge his field of action by reducing his fetters to exterior controls, especially those of organized Authority, publicity, or political expediency. He will use his new tools to develop his own Art and Religion as the means to keep him free, as himself. Therefore this democratic man’s environment, like his mind, will never be stylized. When and wherever he builds he will not consent to be boxed. He will himself have his style...
       Christmas Morning 1953. Frank Lloyd Wright." Envelope addressed to Mr. And Mrs. J. C. Caraway..." Acquired from the estate of Cary Caraway. (First Edition) (Sweeney 2070)

Size: Tract: 37.5 x 5.75, Accordion folded to 7.5 x 5.75. Envelope:8 x 6.

Pages: Pp 5

S#: 2070.00.1121
   
1955
   
Date: 1955

Title: Blumberg Correspondence:

Description: Letter dated October 4th, 1955.  In response to Mel Blumberg,  Sometime between receipt of the letter dated September 20th and this letter from Mr. Wright, negotiations broke down.  "Dear Blumberg:  I guess I am to blame.  I remember telling you that the only thing we could do for you was the "one room" (so-called) Usonian Automatic which we can show you if you come to see it."  Signed by Frank Lloyd Wright.  On Taliesin Letterhead, includes envelope with Madison Postmark. "Mr. Mel Blumberg, Clinton, Iowa. Dear Mr. Blumberg: I guess I am to blame. I remember telling you that the only thing we could do for you was the "one room" (so-called) Usonian Automatic which we can show you if you come to see it. Sincerely, Frank Lloyd Wright (Signed), October 4th, 1955."

Size: 11 x 8.5

S#: 1092.26.0303
   

Frank Lloyd Wright signature. See additional signatures.
   
1956
   
Date: 1956

Title: Frank Lloyd Wright Day in Chicago Layout (Signed) (Produced by Cary Caraway with Frank Lloyd Wright) (Note: This item included an archive of other Caraway/Wright items)

Author: Caraway, Cary

Description: Layout for a booklet for the Frank Lloyd Wright Day in Chicago. Signed within the red square by Frank Lloyd Wright. "Sixty Years of Living Architecture" was exhibited in Chicago from October 16, 17 and 18, 1956 at the Hotel Sherman, Chicago. Frank Lloyd Wright’s Mile-High Building was shown for the first time Tuesday, October 16, with a 22-foot visualization of mile-high building which Wright proposed for Chicago. Mayor Daley proclaimed October 17, Frank Lloyd Wright Day. The layout was reminiscent of Wright’s Square Papers, but the final was rectangle in size. Cary Caraway and Rodney Griffiths were co-chairman of the Frank Lloyd Wright Day. The red square was created with a red pencil, the signature was signed in pencil. Acquired from the estate of Cary Caraway.

Size: 8.5 x 8.5

Pages: Pp 10

S#:
1147.116.1121
   


The red square was created with a red pencil, the signature was signed in pencil.
   
1957
   
Date: 1957

Title: Letter from Frank Lloyd Wright to Cary Caraway.

Description: Letter dated March 23rd, 1957 from Frank Lloyd Wright to Cary Caraway. Text: "Dear Cary: Not ready to take this part in fund-raising yet. Come out with William Stuart and we'll talk it over. Affection, Frank Lloyd Wright. March 23rd, 1957." Signed: "F LL. W." William M. Stuart was the president of the Martin-Senour Paint Company, which developed a selection of paint colors developed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1955 and was part of the Taliesin Ensemble which included: Heritage-Henredon, Furniture; Karastan, Rugs; The Martin-Senour Company, Paints; Minic, Accessories; F. Schumacher & Co., Fabrics & Wallpaper. In February 1957, Stuart was named the Midwest regional chairman of the Frank Lloyd Wright Endowment Fund. Printed on Taliesin West Letterhead. Beige laid paper with the watermark: "Permanized Plover Bond, Rag Content, U S A." Acquired from the estate of Cary Caraway.

Size: 11 x 8.5

S#:
1205.118.1121
   
 
   


Date: 1957

Title: Letter from Frank Lloyd Wright to Cary Caraway about a court hearing in Madison concerning income tax, 1957.

Description: "Dear Cary: The Foundation is to appear at a court-hearing on Saturday, June 18th, at 10:00 a.m. in Madison, State of Wisconsin, concerning income tax. Our status as a cultural organization seems in jeopardy and taxation retroactive. The loss of our present status would probably ruin our work. We are writing to some of you staunch boys now out in the world for yourselves, asking you to testify as to what of cultural value you received from life at Taliesin – backing that up with a statement of what you are now doing. Some photographs of your buildings of published recognition of work would help give testimony credence. Would you appear for us in this struggle and testify at the hearing? We are on the way to Bagdad on commission, returning about May 21st. Kindly let us hear from you at Taliesin North. The greatest service you could render us would be to appear in court and testify to the value of pour work in Organic Architecture where you were concerned with Taliesin leadership. The Foundation will pay your expenses to and from Wisconsin. The matter is serious. By our enemies we may have Taliesin taken away from us. Affectionately," (Signed) "F. LL. W" "Frank Lloyd Wright. May 9th, 1957."

Size: Letterhead: 11 x 8.5.

S#:
1205.78.0517
   
Date: 1957

Title: Letter from Frank Lloyd Wright to William Benton, 1957.

Description: Letter from Frank Lloyd Wright to William Benton introducing Cary Caraway. Text: "Dear Bill: This will introduce you to Cary Caraway who is [a] "Taliesin" spark-plug for the International Organization proposing to raise a ten million dollar endowment fund in order to promote the work of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation. Kindly listen to him and if there is anything you are willing to do to help 'organize' I shall be immensely gratified. Affectionately, Frank Lloyd Wright. N. B. Cary is not asking for money but for your know-how and endorsement." Hand written correction: "Taliesin." Sighed: "Frank." Not dated, circa 1957. William Benton was an American Senator from Connecticut, and was publisher of the Encyclopedia Britannica. Printed on Taliesin West Letterhead. Beige laid paper with the watermark: "Permanized Plover Bond, Rag Content, U S A." Acquired from the estate of Cary Caraway.

Size: Letterhead: 11 x 8.5, Envelope: 9.5 x 4.125.

S#:
1205.119.1121
   
   
Date: 1957

Title: Letter from Frank Lloyd Wright to Fowler McCormick, 1957.

Description: Letter from Frank Lloyd Wright to Fowler McCormick introducing Cary Caraway. Text: "Dear Fowler: This will introduce you to Cary Caraway who is [a] "Taliesin" spark-plug for the International Organization proposing to raise a ten million dollar endowment fund in order to promote the work of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation. Kindly listen to him and if there is anything you are willing to do to help 'organize' I shall be immensely gratified. Affectionately, Frank Lloyd Wright. N. B. Cary is not asking for money but for your know-how and endorsement." Hand written correction: "Taliesin." Sighed: "Frank." Not dated, circa 1957. Fowler McCormick, the son of Harold McCormick and Edith Rockefeller, was the third generation of his family to head the International Harvester Company. Printed on Taliesin West Letterhead. Beige laid paper with the watermark: "Permanized Plover Bond, Rag Content, U S A." Acquired from the estate of Cary Caraway.

Size: Letterhead: 11 x 8.5, Envelope: 9.5 x 4.125.

S#:
1205.120.1121
   
   
   
   
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