Consult Wright Archival Collections



The Department of Drawings & Archives (D&A) welcomes the use of its collections for research and reference by all members of the University community and the public. The following general information is provided to guide your use of our collections. Please note that an appointment is required to consult the collections in person.


Beginning Research

Before scheduling an appointment, please browse our FLWFA Collections Overview page to help guide your selection of materials for consultation.

Appointments

Make an Appointment

Our appointment hours are Tuesday to Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For holidays and special closures, please see our calendar.

To ensure availability, we ask for two weeks notice for appointment requests. Appointments are confirmed once the selection of materials has been approved.

To schedule an appointment, send an email to avery-drawings@columbia.edu with the following information:

  • Your contact information
  • Name of the collection(s) you wish to consult
  • When available, project number(s) of the material you would like to see.
    • If this information is not available or if you are unsure about what material to consult, please indicate the name of the project(s) or topic(s) you are researching and staff will direct you to appropriate resources.  
  • Preferred date(s) for your appointment.
  • Advise if you do not have a Columbia University ID and require a visitor's pass.

Appointment Policies

Appointments are for one researcher at a time only. Requests for additional researchers per appointment must be approved by the Public Services Archivist ahead of your visit.

Due to space considerations and safety of the materials, for full day research visits, we typically limit requests to no more than:

  • 10 folders of drawings; or
  • 8 boxes per day, or 5 boxes of off-site material; or
  • 5 rolls or tube boxes

If you would like to consult a combination of these materials, the requested amount will be assessed by the Public Services Archivist based on your research needs and feasibility.

What You Can Bring

You may bring a laptop, tablet, smartphone and/or a digital camera (no flash or tripods permitted). Patrons are encouraged to take their own study images for research purposes. Notepads and pencils are provided to take notes during your visit.

Outerwear, backpacks, purses, bags, umbrellas, food and drink and other personal items including books, notebooks and other research material must be stored in the lockers provided while you are using the collections. Food and drink—including water bottles—are strictly prohibited.

Staff reserves the right to inspect belongings at any time.

Reading Room Rules

Please review our reading room rules before your appointment.

How to Find Us

You must show a Columbia University ID card or a reader's pass to enter Avery Library. Please consult the map of Morningside Campus and walking instructions to Avery Library.

The Department of Drawings & Archives is located in the Wallach Study Center for Art & Architecture on the 200-level of Avery Library on Columbia’s Morningside Heights campus.

To find us within Avery Library, follow signs for the Wallach Study Center. Take the main stairs or elevator down behind the door attendant to the 200-level, and turn left at the Service Desk and enter the Fine Arts Stacks. Follow the purple floor through the stacks and up the ramp towards the Wallach Study Center. Drawings & Archives is past the double doors and display cases.

Publish & Cite

In order to reduce barriers to the dissemination of research conducted in its collections, the Avery Library will ordinarily not set conditions on publication of materials from its collections in connection with scholarship.

In most cases, Avery Library owns only the physical object and therefore does not assume any responsibility for literary property, copyright, or any other legal issues involved in the publication and reproduction of items in its collections. It is the responsibility of the user to secure permission from the appropriate copyright holder.

When citing items from the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives, Avery Library requires that you use the following credit line:

[Identification of specific item], [Date, if known], Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives (The Museum of Modern Art | Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University).