Contents and Arrangement Expanded View

Collection Overview

Creator:
Short, William H. (William Hosley), 1924-
Collector:
Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Title:
William H. Short Collection on the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Repository:
Manuscripts Division
Permanent URL:
http://arks.princeton.edu/ark:/88435/6q182k17f
Dates:
1956-1962
Size:
2 boxes and 0.9 linear feet
Storage Note:
Firestone Library (mss): Box 1-2
Language:
English

Abstract

Consists of papers relating to the building of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City and Frank Lloyd Wright, its architect, collected by William H. Short (Princeton Class of 1946), the project supervisor for the building.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Description:

The collection consists of papers relating to the building of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City and Frank Lloyd Wright, its architect, collected by Short (Princeton Class of 1946), the project supervisor for the building. The Wright material includes a typed carbon of a manuscript, "Concerning the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum," notes of an interview between Wright and Robert Venturi and Short, and correspondence. Short's papers include correspondence, notes and memos (1956-1962), and his expense accounts (1957-1959). In addition, there are daily construction reports on the museum (1956-1959), blueprints and plans, photographs of Wright and the museum, miscellaneous material, and newspaper clippings.

Arrangement:

Box 1--Frank Lloyd Wright material including a manuscript, correspondence, and interview notes; William H. Short material including correspondence, notes, and memos chronologically arranged (1956-1962), and expense accounts (1957-1959); Box 2--Guggenheim Museum construction reports (1956-1959), blueprints, plans, photographs of Wright and the museum, miscellaneous material, and printed matter.

Collection Creator Biography:

Short, William H. (William Hosley), 1924-

William H. Short, a Princeton University graduate (Class of 1946), began his career in Manhattan with Holden, McLaughlin Associates and was chosen by Frank Lloyd Wright to supervise construction of the Guggenheim Museum from 1956 to 1960. He went on to a partnership with Robert Venturi of Philadelphia. In the early 1980s he guided restoration of the governor's mansion, "Drumthwacket," in Princeton. Short was a founding partner in 1974 of Short and Ford and Partners, an architectural firm that is one of the leading historic preservation organizations in the country. He died in Princeton, N.J., in 1991.

Collection History

Acquisition:

Gift of William H. Short. Additions are a gift of Short via Alfred Bush.

Archival Appraisal Information:

No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information:

Folder inventory prepared by Feng Zhu '2014 in 2011.

Folder inventory prepared by Feng Zhu '2014 in 2011.

Access & Use

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.

Conditions for Reproduction and Use:

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Other Finding Aids:

A box and folder list (2 pp.) is available in the Dept.

Credit this material:

William H. Short Collection on the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Permanent URL:
http://arks.princeton.edu/ark:/88435/6q182k17f
Location:
Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184