Comprising personal effects, correspondence, photographs, artwork and objects, the Trust’s reference and rotating collection details Wright’s personal and professional life during his formative years as an architect in Chicago. Items from Wright’s own collection of books, textiles and prints, attest to Wright’s early interests and influences, while architectural fragments, drawings, photographs and correspondence illuminate the prolific output of Wright’s Oak Park Studio.

Highlights of the reference and rotating collection include rare sketches executed by Wright and Catherine Tobin Wright on their honeymoon in 1889, family photographs - including the 1905 album of photographs taken by Wright during his first trip to Japan, and limited and first edition books authored and/or illustrated by Wright, including The House Beautiful (1896), The Japanese Print: An Interpretation (1912) and the 1901 Chicago Architectural Club Catalogue with Wright's handwritten revisions to his landmark essay "The Art and Craft of the Machine." The collection is available for study by appointment. To schedule a visit please contact:

The Trust also offers a specialized collection of photographic resources available for study purposes and for publication. The collection comprises a substantial archive of historic photographs of buildings and projects executed by Wright’s Oak Park Studio. The historic photography collection can be accessed online.

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The Wright family on the front steps of the Oak Park Home, ca. 1890
Collection of the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust