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Buffalo and Western New York Architecture Collection (State University of New York at Buffalo)

 Organization

Historical Note

University Archives has several areas of collecting focus. One of these is the Buffalo and Western New York Architecture Collection. The bulk of the Collection is made up of materials relating to Frank Lloyd Wright, and in particular, the Darwin D. Martin House in Buffalo, New York. Other significant holdings include the Harold L. and Mary D. Cohen papers, Louise Bethune papers, Walter Bird papers, J.J. Polivka, and William S. Huff.
Found in 22 Collections and/or Records:

Darwin D. Martin Correspondence with O.S. Lang

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MS 22.7
Overview Correspondence between Darwin D. Martin and O.S. Lang, the general contractor for the Martin House, and correspondence of Martin and Lang with suppliers of building materials and furnishings for the Darwin D. Martin House in Buffalo, New York.

Darwin D. Martin Digitization project

 Collection — Box: 1-2
Identifier: MS 22.91
Overview Documentation for the project sponsored by the Western New York Library Resources Council to digitize the photographs kept by the Darwin D. Martin family depicting the Darwin D. Martin house in Buffalo, New York, and their summer house, "Graycliff", in Derby, New York, both designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright, and photographs of the Martin family.

Darwin D. Martin Family papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MS 22.6
Overview Papers, circa 1878 to 1935, of Darwin D. Martin (1865-1935) of Buffalo, New York, an official of the Larkin Company and an early client of Frank Lloyd Wright.

Darwin D. Martin-Frank Lloyd Wright collection, oral histories

 Collection — Box: 1-3
Identifier: MS 22.93
Overview Oral history interviews with persons associated with the Darwin D. Martin House, Buffalo, New York, and other buildings designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.

Frank Lloyd Wright collection, reference files

 Collection — Box: 1-6
Identifier: MS 22.2
Overview Reference files created by Mrs. Martin Meyerson and University Archives staff useful for documenting the furnishing of the Darwin D. Martin House, Buffalo, New York.

Darwin D. Martin photographs

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MS 22.5
Overview Photographs kept by the Darwin D. Martin family depicting the Darwin D. Martin house in Buffalo, New York, and their summer house, "Graycliff", in Derby, New York, both designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright, and photographs of the Martin family.

J.J. Polivka papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MS 48
Overview 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. Collection consists of correspondence, clippings, photographs and photograph negatives.

School of Architecture and Planning vertical file

 Collection — Drawer: RG 44
Identifier: 44/H/VF
Abstract Contains administrative histories, clippings, miscellaneous printed material regarding events, etc., and reports from the School of Architecture and Planning, and its predecessor, the School of Architecture and Environmental Design.

Student Projects School of Architecture and Planning collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 44/2/1158
Overview A collection of student projects, School of Architecture and Planning.

Temple Beth Zion Records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MS 156
Overview Organizational papers documenting the religious and community activities of Temple Beth Zion synagogue. Includes photographs, ledgers, scrapbooks, correspondence, newspaper clippings, newsletters, flyers, certificates, architectural drawings and special format or oversize materials dating from 1864 to 2008. Includes materials created by auxiliaries, religious school, leadership, administration and clergy.