Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library Honored at Soane’s Museum Foundation Spring Gala
NEW YORK, July 10, 2013 –

At the recent Sir John Soane’s Museum Foundation annual gala, the Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library and the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) were honored for the innovative and transformative collaboration to acquire the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives.


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The May 2013 gala, entitled Transformers, brought together some 250 architects, historians, and lovers of architecture to honor present-day innovators in the fields of architecture and museology. The Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library and MoMA collaboration received the Soane's Foundation Honor for their co-acquisition and joint stewardship of The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives.

Carole Ann Fabian, Director, Avery Library, Columbia University, and Barry Bergdoll, The Philip Johnson Chief Curator, Architecture & Design, MoMA, accepted the Honor on behalf of their respective organizations at the event.

“We are thrilled to receive this award honoring the Avery – MoMA collaboration. The co-acquisition of the Wright Archive presents exciting opportunities to explore new ways of working across institutional boundaries. We look forward to developing new models for collaborative stewardship that preserve and present Wright’s extraordinary body of work, and that strengthen the relationship between our two organizations as we work together on this and other collaborative efforts.”

The award recognizes the collaborative approach to conserving, presenting and exploring this unparalleled and extraordinary Archive. Together, the two institutions will care for the Archive comprised of more than 25,000 drawings, models and design prototypes, 350,000 items of correspondence, manuscripts, 50,000 photographs, oral histories and other media documenting the life and work of Frank Lloyd Wright.  The Frank Lloyd Wright archives joined the collections of Avery Library and MoMA in September 2012.

The jointly acquired Frank Lloyd Wright archives at Avery and MoMA signals a ground-breaking collaboration between the two institutions to insure long term access and preservation of the materials, at the same time providing opportunities to celebrate the collections through public programs and exhibitions, curricular integration, research interrogation and publications.   A video is available to learn more about the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives.

Each year, the Soane’s Foundation celebrates Sir John Soane’s singular contributions as an architect and educator by bestowing Soane’s Foundation Honors on remarkable professionals and collaborators who are ardent public advocates for excellence in architecture, design, architectural education or conservation, and are influential transformers in their fields.  For more information about the Soane’s Foundation, please visit the website.

The Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library is one of the most comprehensive collections relating to architecture and the fine arts in the world. Avery collects a full range of primary and secondary sources for the advanced study of architecture, historic preservation, art history, decorative arts, city planning, real estate, and archaeology. The Library contains more than 600,000 volumes, including 40,000 rare books, and approximately 2,300 serials. Avery’s Drawings and Archives collection includes more than 2 million architectural drawings and records. For more information, please visit the Avery website.

Columbia University Libraries/Information Services (CUL/IS) is one of the top five academic research library systems in North America. The collections include over 12 million volumes, over 160,000 journals and serials, as well as extensive electronic resources, manuscripts, rare books, microforms, maps, and graphic and audio-visual materials. The services and collections are organized into 22 libraries and various academic technology centers, including affiliates. CUL/IS employs more than 450 professional and support staff. The website of the Libraries is the gateway to its services and resources: library.columbia.edu.

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