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Celebrating the Life

April 25, 2005 - 7:54am
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William Allin Storrer at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY. William A. Storrer Collection.

Austin, TX (April 25, 2005) - Noted Frank Lloyd Wright scholar, Dr. William Allin Storrer, has donated his manuscript, research and reference archive to the University of Texas at Austin Libraries. The collection consists of photographic prints, negatives, slides, drawings, papers, books and periodicals that led to his groundbreaking publications: The Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright: a Complete Catalog; The Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright: a Guide to Extant Structures; and The Frank Lloyd Wright Companion. Storrer chose the University of Texas at Austin because of its School of Architecture's "focus on organic and environmentally viable architecture and because of the presence of Wright scholars Anthony Alofsin and Richard Cleary among its faculty."

The Storrer Collection joins nearly one hundred other archival collections consisting of more than a quarter of a million drawings and thousands of photographs and related materials in the Alexander Architectural Archive and more than 88,000 volumes in the Architecture and Planning Library.

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Frank Lloyd Wright. Marin County Hall of Justice, San Rafael, CA (S.417). William A. Storrer Collection.

Storrer produced the first comprehensive catalog, along with a definitive numbering system, of Wright's nearly 500 built works. The 3rd edition of the Catalog identifies in photo or drawing every extant constructed project. It also incorporates the maps and directions from his earlier Guide (1991). Storrer's Companion (1993) provides an additional textual component, plans, and photographs, as well as new documentation on nearly 100 properties that have been destroyed. The range of this documentation makes his publications essential tools for all Wright scholars.

"The Storrer Collection represents the most comprehensive documentation of Frank Lloyd Wright's built work that has ever been assembled outside Wright's own archive," states Alofsin. "It will provide generations of scholars with an incomparable foundation upon which to base future Wright research and study. Having the Storrer collection in the Alexander Architectural Archive confirms the University of Texas at Austin as the primary location for advanced scholarly research on Wright, America's best known architect and a major cultural figure of the twentieth century."

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Frank Lloyd Wright. Interior of the John Storrer residence, Hollywood, CA (S.215). William A. Storrer Collection.

"Dr. Storrer's generous contribution marks a significant opportunity for the School of Architecture," emphasizes Dean Fritz Steiner. "With Storrer's appointment as Adjunct Professor of Architecture, the University of Texas at Austin now offers graduate students seeking to pursue advanced scholarship on Frank Lloyd Wright unparalleled expertise and a range and depth of archival materials found at no other institution of higher education."

Once processed and cataloged, the Storrer collection will be available by appointment within the Alexander Architectural Archive.

 


For more information on the Storrer collection, please contact:

Beth J. Dodd, Curator
Alexander Architectural Archive
Architecture and Planning Library
(512) 495-4621
dodd.beth@mail.utexas.edu | http://www.lib.utexas.edu/apl/aaa/

Janine Henri, Head Librarian
Architecture and Planning Library
University of Texas Libraries
(512) 495-4623
jhenri@mail.utexas.edu | http://www.lib.utexas.edu/apl/


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