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Correspondence and papers concerning the life and work of Frank Lloyd Wright

Call Number: MS 132


This collection mainly consists of correspondence and writings about the life and work of architect Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959), but also includes some of his speeches, articles, and architectural specifications.


  • Creation: 1934 - 2000


Conditions Governing Access

Audio visual materials are stored in the KU Annex off-site storage area.

All researchers interested in reviewing this material must consult Spencer Research Library Public Services staff (785-864-4334 or, 9-5 M-F CST) before a planned visit; staff will respond within three days, though materials may not be available in that timeframe. Access to audio visual materials may require digitization first. Be advised that drop-in requests for this material cannot be accommodated.

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.


1.5 Linear Feet (4 document cases + 1 oversize box)

Language of Materials


Scope and Contents

The collection reflects the Wright connections of its various donors, including Curtis Besinger (1914-1999), and George M. Beal (1899-1988), architects who belonged to the Taliesin Fellowship; Elizabeth Gordon Norcross (1906-2000), the editor who promoted Frank Lloyd Wright's architecture in House Beautiful; and Kenny Pontius, who researched Wright's Usonian houses while studying architecture at the University of Kansas. Apart from correspondence with Olgivanna Lloyd Wright (died 1985) about family members and visits to Taliesin, the letters mainly concern researching and photographing houses designed by Wright.

Some of the manuscript and typescript writings about Wright's architecture are authors' drafts or fair copies, while others are notes, transcriptions or translations from publications. The House Beautiful material includes numerous preparatory memos and correspondence about articles, as well as a few pencil lay-out sketches and pieces of pen-and-ink artwork.


The collection has been organized into four main series, each of which may have several subseries. The series include

  1. Correspondence of Frank Lloyd Wright, Olgivanna Lloyd Wright and others at Taliesin
  2. Construction of Frank Lloyd Wright architectural designs
  3. Writings (and related correspondence) by and about Frank Lloyd Wright and Architecture
  4. Other House Beautiful material

Physical Location

MS 132

Physical Location

MS 355

Physical Location

MS Qa4

Physical Location

SC AV 29

Physical Location

A/V items at Annex (Contact Spencer Library Public Services)

Other Finding Aids provides a detailed listing of the collection's contents at MS 132 and MS Qa4.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gifts: George M. Beal, Curtis Besinger, Elizabeth Gordon Norcross, Paul R. Hanna, Kenny Pontius, John Glinka, Thelma Helyar, 1972-1983, 1992-1994; James B. Taylor, 2004.

Related Materials

In addition to the materials in this collection, the Frank Lloyd Wright collection includes a large variety of separately cataloged printed material (articles, books, photographs, architectural plans, etc.) searchable in the University of Kansas Libraries online catalog.

Taliesin Collection, MS 133, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Curtis Besinger Collection, MS 241, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Separated Materials

Frank Lloyd Wright: Tracy House, 1954, Normandy Park, Washington. [Place of publication not identified] : [publisher not identified], [2003]. Produced by James B. Taylor, SeaRoads Video Productions.

Guide to the Frank Lloyd Wright Collection
Correspondence and papers concerning the life and work of Frank Lloyd Wright
Finding aid prepared by ksc, 2007. Finding aid encoded by mab, 2007. Finding aid revised by mwh, 2019; mwh, 2020.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.
Finding aid permalink
Preferred citation
Correspondence and papers concerning the life and work of Frank Lloyd Wright, Department of Special Collections, MS 132, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

1450 Poplar Lane
Lawrence KS 66045-7616 United States