MoMA, Columbia to House Frank Lloyd Wright Archives

The Museum of Modern Art, Columbia University and the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation have announced that they have jointly acquired the extensive archives of the renowned American architect.

The archives include some 23,000 architectural drawings and 44,000 historical photographs, as well as large-scale models, manuscripts, correspondence, and other documents. Under a joint acquisition and stewardship agreement, all paper-based works will be transferred to Columbia's Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, while all three-dimensional objects will go to MoMA, which will display them in its regular collections as well as in special exhibitions. The foundation will retain all copyright and intellectual property responsibility for Wright's work and will continue to preserve and share his buildings and collections at Taliesin in Wisconsin and Taliesin West in Arizona.

"The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation takes seriously its responsibility to serve the public good by ensuring the best possible conservation, accessibility, and impact of one of the most important and meaningful archives in the world," said Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation CEO Sean Malone. "Given the individual strengths, resources, and abilities of the foundation, MoMA, and Columbia, it became clear that this collaborative stewardship is far and away the best way to guarantee the deepest impact, the highest level of conservation, and the best public access."