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  • Biographical / Historical
  • Scope and Contents
  • Preferred Citation
  • Access to Collection
  • Publication Rights
  • Existence and Location of Copies
  • Other Finding Aids
  • Related Materials

  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: Department of Special Collections and University Archives
    Title: Hanna House collection
    creator: Hanna, Paul Robert
    source: Hanna, Aurelia
    Identifier/Call Number: SC0280
    Physical Description: 382 architectural drawings
    Physical Description: 5 album(s)
    Physical Description: 7 microfilm reel(s)
    Physical Description: 95 volume(s)
    Physical Description: 46.5 Linear Feet (95 volumes, 193 architectural drawings, 5 photograph albums, 7 microfilm reels)
    Date (inclusive): 1900-1995
    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: http://library.stanford.edu/depts/spc/spc.html.
    Abstract: 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.

    Biographical / Historical

    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 architecture.

    Scope and Contents

    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 maintenance.

    Preferred Citation

    Hanna House Collection (SC0280). Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

    Access to Collection

    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.

    Publication Rights

    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.

    Existence and Location of Copies

    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; etc.
    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 the Hannas.

    Other Finding Aids

    Related Materials

    Darwin D. Martin Papers (M0355) : 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 (M0494) : 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  (M1117): 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 showing the initial and revised floor plans and elevations.
    For more information see: http://purl.stanford.edu/nd730bn4620 .

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Architecture, Domestic -- California -- Stanford.
    Architecture -- California -- Stanford.
    aesthetics, design
    Architecture -- California -- 20th century.
    Architecture, Modern -- 20th century.
    Architecture, Domestic -- California
    Hanna, Jean Shuman
    Wright, Frank Lloyd, 1867-1959
    Hanna, Paul Robert
    Hanna, Aurelia