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Darwin D. Martin Correspondence with O.S. Lang

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MS-0022-0007
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. Includes correspondence with suppliers of fixtures, glass, tiles, rugs, plaster and other materials, and correspondence between Martin and E.M. May, a New York City buyer for the Larkin Company who also acted as agent for Martin for the purchase of hardware and other materials. With the Lang Martin correspondence are several rough sketches and a blueprint of the Gardener's Cottage, dated 7/25/05 enclosed in a letter from Lang to Martin dated July 28, 1905.


  • 1904-1921
  • Majority of material found within ( 1904-1909)


Language of Materials

Collection material in English.

Terms of Access

Darwin D. Martin, Contractor (O.S. Lang) Correspondence, 1904-1909, is open for research.


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0.5 Linear Feet (1 manuscript box)


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 born - Boucville, Madison Co., New York
Frank Lloyd Wright born - Richland Center, Wisconsin
Isabelle Reidpath, the future Mrs. Martin, born - Buffalo, New York
Brothers Darwin D. Martin and Louis Frank Martin selling soap for Larkin Company in New York City
Darwin D. Martin, aged thirteen, begins work at Larkin Company in Buffalo
Darwin D. Martin invents cardex
Frank Lloyd Wright begins studies at the University of Wisconsin
Darwin D. Martin begins building house on Summit Avenue in Buffalo
Darwin D. Martin marries Isabelle Reidpath
Frank Lloyd Wright builds Home and Studio in Oak Park
Frank Lloyd Wright joins Alder and Sullivan
Darwin D. Martin replaces Elbert Hubbard as Secretary of Larkin Soap Company
Frank Lloyd Wright starts his own practice
October 29 -- Darwin D. Martin meets Frank Lloyd Wright
Darwin D. Martin purchases site for Martin House Complex, Jewett Parkway
October 11 - Construction begins on Barton House
July 20 - Construction begins on Martin House
October - Barton House occupied
Martin House Complex completed
Frank Lloyd Wright designs Bar Beach Cottage (Bay Beach, Ontario, Canada) for Darwin D. Martin (unexecuted)
Darwin D. Martin commissions Frank Lloyd Wright to design a home for James and Dorothy Martin Foster, daughter of Darwin D. Martin (unexecuted)
Martin retires from the Larkin Company
Construction begins on Graycliff
June 20 - Graycliff occupied
Frank Lloyd Wright designs the Blue Sky Mausoleum for Darwin D. Martin's plot in Buffalo's Forest Lawn Cemetery (unexecuted)
Darwin D. Martin dies in Buffalo
Fallingwater (Bear Run, PA), designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for the Kaufmanns
Isabelle R. Martin dies in Buffalo
Frank Lloyd Wright dies


Correspondence is arranged in alphabetically by contractor, then chronologically.

Acquisition Information

Please see University Archives staff for acquisition information.

Accruals and Additions

No further accruals are expected to this collection.

Related Darwin D. Martin-Frank Lloyd Wright Collections

  1. MS 22.0, Architectural Drawings of the Darwin D. Martin House and Graycliff, 1904-1988
  2. MS 22.1, Frank Lloyd Wright Correspondence with Michael Meredith Hare,1933, 1940
  3. MS 22.2, Darwin D. Martin-Frank Lloyd Wright Collection, Reference Files, 1904-2010
  4. MS 22.3, Graycliff Construction Photographs, circa 1926-1938
  5. MS 22.4, Blueprints of the W.W. Davies Residence, Louisville, Kentucky, Undated
  6. MS 22.5, Darwin D. Martin Photographs, circa 1860s-1970s
  7. MS 22.6, Darwin D. Martin Family Papers, 1878-1935
  8. MS 22.8, Frank Lloyd Wright-Darwin D. Martin Papers, circa 1888-1979
  9. MS 22.9, Larkin Company Plans, 1904, 1912
  10. MS 22.91, Darwin D. Martin Digitization Project, 2006-2008
  11. MS 22.92, Darwin D. Martin Digital Images, circa 1860s-1970s
  12. MS 22.93, Darwin D. Martin-Frank Lloyd Wright Collection, Oral Histories,1971-1980
  13. MS 22.10, Historic American Building Survey Drawings, Frank Lloyd Wright's Darwin D. Martin House, Buffalo, New York, 1986-1987
  14. MS 68, Graycliff Conservancy, Inc. Collection
  15. 3/1/445, Friends of the Darwin D. Martin House, Records,1966-1982
Related O.S. Lang Letters, 1905-1906
The University Archives also has the letter book of O.S. Lang, containing copies of outgoing letters, June 6, 1905- February 20, 1906 [MS 22.0, item 35]

Separated Materials

Plans and Drawings: These plans are shelved with other architectural drawings of the Martin House in MS 22.0, as items 40, 41, 44 and 45:
  1. Gardner's Cottage. O.S. Lang. Blueprints, July 28, 1905 3 pieces (12.5 x 26 cm) [MS 22.0, item 40]
  2. Casement. O.S. Lang [?]. Blueprint, October 16, 1905 1 piece (28 x 18 cm) [MS 22.0, item 41]
  3. Martin House, Tracing of Glass for Window. Tracing, undated 1 piece (40 x 70 cm) [MS 22.0, item 44]
  4. Martin House, Plan of Pergola from House to Conservatory. Blueprint, 10/9/05. 1 piece (19.5 x 41 cm) [MS 22.0, item 45]

Processing Information

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Finding Aid for the Darwin D. Martin Correspondence with O.S. Lang
Finding aid prepared by John Edens.
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Repository Details

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