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The Design Archive at the University at Buffalo

Located in the University Archives of Special Collections, the Design Archive contains both textual and visual material. The foundation for the archive rests with the extensive Darwin D. Martin/Frank Lloyd Wright holdings. Recent additions have been coordinated with the School of Architecture and Planning.


Frank Lloyd Wright

Darwin D. Martin / Frank Lloyd Wright Collections -- MS 22

Correspondence, diaries, photographs, recorded interviews, architectural plans, drawings, and contractor's letter book relating to the 1903-1905 construction of the Darwin D. Martin house located on 125 Jewett Parkway, Buffalo, New York. Also includes information on the Larkin Company Administration Building in Buffalo, Graycliff, the Martin’s summer home in Derby, New York, blueprints for the unconstructed W.W. Davies house, and correspondence between Wright and Michael Meredeth Hare.


Walter Bird

  • Walter Bird Papers - MS 154

    The papers of the founder of Birdair, Inc. and a pioneer of lightweight structural design.


Louis I. Kahn

  • William S. Huff Louis I. Kahn Collection - MS 94

    The collection contains original works by Kahn, architectural drawings of the Tribune Review Publishing Company Building, Greensburg, Pennsylvania and the Margaret Esherick House, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and published and unpublished works about Kahn’s life and career.

  • William S. Huff Photographs of the Works of Louis I. Kahn

    A digital collection of photographs made by William S. Huff of three buildings designed by Kahn: Yale Art Gallery, the First Unitarian Church of Rochester, New York, and the Yale Center for British Art.


J. J. Polivka

  • J.J. Polivka Papers, 1945-1959 - MS 48

    Papers of J.J. Polivka, internationally renowned Czechoslovakian structural engineer. Collection documents his collaboration with Frank Lloyd Wright on many of Wright's later projects including the Guggenheim Museum.


Reyner Banham


Other Collections

  • William S. Huff Hochschule für Gestaltung (Ulm, Germany) Collection - MS 139

    The collection covers the range of the HfG’s fourteen academic years and later accomplishment of many of the school’s faculty and a number of its students.

    Huff’s HfG papers include the following: All issues of ulm, the Journal of the Hochschule für Gestaltung; catalogs of exhibitions from during the tenure of the HfG and afterwards; addresses of Tomás Maldonado on the pedagogic direction of the HfG; student application brochures; a number of the published annual curricula; a number of departmental schedules sheets, showing the hourly distribution of study; original photographic prints (mostly artfully candid, rather than posed) of the life of the school; whole newspaper pages with articles about the school, including the trauma of the 1957 expulsion of Max Bill; original posters of Aicher, Mavignier, and Vordemberge-Gildewart); original graphic pieces, as calling cards and New Year’s greeting cards; reports of the Design Research Institutes; personal letters to Huff from Max Bill, Inge Aicher-Scholl, Otl Aicher, Tomás Maldonado, F. Vordemberge-Gildewart and wife. Helene Nonné-Schmidt; color slides of the HfG and of Rotis. (There are also letters from Bauhäusler Josef and Anni Albers, Walter Gropius, Marguerite Wildenhain.) Post-HfG papers are included as a part of this collection—especially the research and design work carried out by Otl Aicher at his compound in Bavaria, Rotis—for which a modern typeface, designed by Aicher, was named. There are papers of students’ post-HfG activities, including Gunter Schmitz, Hans (Nick) Roericht, Shutaro Mukai, Thomas Dawo, Peter Gautel, and others.

  • Audubon New Community Records, 1964-1987 - MS 52

    Records, 1975-1987 with earlier documents from 1964 onward, of the Audubon Association, Inc. pertaining to the Audubon New Community of Amherst, New York; concerning the operation, maintenance, and government of a planned new community which began construction in 1973.