Scope and Contents note
Call Number: SC0280
Hanna, Paul Robert, 1902-1988.
Title: Hanna House collection
46 Linear feet (95 volumes, 193 architectural drawings, 5 photograph albums, 7
Summary: Correspondence, blueprints, drawings, photographs, and other
records relating to the planning, design and construction of the campus home of
Professor and Mrs. Paul R. Hanna.
Language(s): The materials are in English.
Physical Location: Special Collections and University Archives materials
are stored offsite and must be paged 36-48 hours in advance. For more information on
paging collections, see the department's website:
Dept. of Special Collections & University Archives.
Stanford University Libraries.
557 Escondido Mall
Stanford, CA 94305-6064
Phone: (650) 725-1022
Information about Access
The materials are open for research use. Audio-visual materials are not available in
original format, and must be reformatted to a digital use copy.
Ownership & Copyright
Permission in writing to reproduce any part of these materials must be obtained from
the from the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation or from Stanford University.
The letters, notes, drawings, and telegrams by Frank Lloyd Wright and letters from
the office of Frank Lloyd Wright are copyright © 1981 by the Frank Lloyd Wright
Foundation. All rights reserved.
The microfilms are copyright © 1981 by the Architectural History Foundation and the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Restrictions also apply to digital representations of the original materials. Use of
digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.
Hanna House Collection (SC0280). Dept. of Special Collections and University
Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.
The seven microfilm rolls record three separate portions of the collection:
1. Archives: Microfilm Rolls Nos.1 - 5.
Fifty-three (53) binder volumes of correspondence with Frank Lloyd Wright and others,
telegrarns, telephone notes, contracts, building specifications, financial
transactions, and other items, covering a half-century from 1930 through 1981. Circa
6,000 pages of documents record the story of Mr. Wright's designing of the project,
tile construction of several buildings - accomplished in five phases, the role of
Stanford University, the public and architects' interest in the project, an
evaluation by the clients, and many related aspects.
Each item in the Archives (Vols. 1 - 53, microfilmed on Rolls 1 - 5) is numbered
consecutively for each year. To illustrate: page number 360021 is read as follows,
the first two numbers of the series (36) represent the year in which the document
originated (1936); the last two numbers (21) indicate that this document is the 21st
item prepared in the year; 790305 will be the 305th document prepared in 1979;
2. Photographs: Microfilm Roll No.6.
Five albums of photographs of the original site, stages of construction, exterior and
interior shots, furniture and fUrnishings. Over 500 photos taken by professional
architectural photographers and by the clients.
3. Drawings. Microfilm Roll No.7.
184 sketches and drawings (mostly blueprints) by Frank Lloyd Wright, consultants, and
Darwin D. Martin Papers
: This extremely rich resource includes over 200 letters
handwritten or typed by Wright and over 2000 letters addressed to him. There are also
drafts of manuscripts, pamphlets, a host of financial and legal documents, a few·
photographs, and 28 drawings, blueprints and sketches by Wright. Stanford purchased
the Martin materials jointly with the State University of New York at Buffalo in
June, 1982, with the agreement that the original materials be divided equally between
the two institutions, Buffalo receiving those papers from 1888-1914 and Stanford
holding those from 1915-1979. Eacn university in turn supplied the other with copies
of their originals, thus maintaining the integrity of the collections. Both Buffalo
and Stanford made subsequent and independent purchases of Martin materials designed
to enhance their previous acquisitions in 1983. Stanford obtained some 500 letters,
contracts, and other documents highlighting Wright's financial and legal indebtedness
to Darwin D. Martin during the years 1910-1930.
George D. Sturges collection
: 8 letters dating from 1941 and a set of photographic negatives
by Robert Imandt of the Sturges house in Brentwood Heights, California, 1939-1941.
The collection nonetheless provides valuable insights into the "skyway" house and
Wright's reservations about his Taliesin apprentices.
Victoria Schuck papers
This resource details the history of a project for a house for Dr. Victoria Schuck in
South Hadly, Massachusetts from 1955-70 and includes 27 letters, 3 color-pencil
drawings, and 4 blueprints ns2:showing the initial and revised floor plans and
Other Finding Aids
In 1935, Paul and Jean Hanna commissioned Frank Lloyd Wright to design their home to be
built on the Stanford University campus. Construction, begun in 1937, continued in four
stages over 25 years. The house was the first structure in the world to use Frank Lloyd
Wright's hexagonal grid system, which has subsequently been used widely in American
Scope and Contents note
Correspondence, blueprints, drawings, photographs, and other records relating to the
planning, design and construction of the campus home of Professor and Mrs. Paul R.
Hanna. The collection focuses on the Hanna's work with architect Frank Lloyd Wright
extending from the initial planning of the house through later renovations.
Most of the correspondence and other records were arranged chronologically by the
Hannas, with each document given a number that starts with the year of the document.
These were then placed in 3-ring binders. There is a detailed index to the first 53
volumes, which is available in a separate binder. Make note of the document numbers you
wish to see and then consult the listing here to find the volume number. You will need
to complete a paging slip for each volume you wish to consult.
Accession 2008-247 is a photograph album of the March 1, 1977 Nissan Motor Corporation
visit to the Hanna House. After ownership of the house was transferred to Stanford
University, the Nissan Motor Company provided a $500,000 endowment towards its
Hanna, Jean Shuman
Wright, Frank Lloyd, 1867-1959
Architecture --California --20th century.
Architecture, Modern--20th century.