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Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959)


Wright, Frank Lloyd

Personal Information

Birth/Death:     1867-1959

Occupation:     American architect

Location (state):     IL; WI; AZ  

AIA Affiliation

Not a member of the AIA.

Recipient of the AIA Gold Medal 1949

Biographical Sources

American Architects Directories:

Biographical listing in 1956 American Architects Directory


Biographical directories:

Entry in Macmillan Encyclopedia of Architects (New York: Macmillan, 1982)


Entry in Richard Guy Wilson, The AIA Gold Medal (New York: McGraw-Hill, 1984)


Entry in Biographical Dictionary of Cincinnati Architects, 1788-1940.

Related Records 

Father of Lloyd Wright

Father of John Lloyd Wright

Donald D. Walker was Wright's draftsman from 1928-1931

Isabel Roberts worked in his Oak Park office


Archival Holdings

The American Institute of Architects Archives

        See the page Honoring Frank Lloyd Wright for photograph and acceptance speech of Frank Lloyd Wright receiving the AIA Gold Medal at the 1949 convention, and for the list of 17 buildings by Frank Lloyd Wright that the AIA recommended should be preserved. The AIA Awards files contain further information about Gold Medal recipients. Contact the archivist at for more information.


The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives

        The Frank Lloyd Wright Archives is the primary and most comprehensive resource for the study of Frank Lloyd Wright and his work. For more information see

        In September 2012, the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation agreed to transfer the collection to the Avery Library at Columbia University and the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA). An announcement was posted at


Wisconsin Historical Society

        The Wisconsin Historical Society Archives holds thousands of Wright-related photographs, drawings, and documents, including rare images of Taliesin East. See


Architecture & Design Collection, University Art Museum, University of California Santa Barbara

        There is material relating to Wright in the Rudolph M. Schindler Collection.  For more information


Getty Research Institute, Research Library

        Frank Lloyd Wright correspondence with R.M. Schindler, 1914-1929, Accession no. 960076

        The collection contains approximately 150 letters and cablegrams between Frank Lloyd Wright and Rudolph Schindler (1914-1929 and undated), with about 12 other items, including a photograph of Wright (ca. 1920), handwritten notes and financial accounts by Schindler, manuscripts of essays, Schindler’s telephone book, and specifications for the Imperial Hotel. Most of Wright’s letters are handwritten, all of Schindler’s letters are carbon copies, except for a few handwritten cablegram forms.

        For further information, see catalog record




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