• IdentificationPUBLIC "-//The Art Institute of Chicago::Ryerson and Burnham Archives//TEXT(US::ICA::1995.6::ALLAN J. GELBIN (1929-1994) PAPERS, 1900-1995 (bulk 1949-1994))//EN" "ica1995.6.xml"
  • TitleGelbin, Allan J. (1929-1994) Papers, 1900-1995 (bulk 1949-1994)
  • PublisherRyerson and Burnham Archives, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries, The Art Institute of Chicago,
  • Language
    • English
    • English.
  • Date
    • 1900-1995
    • (bulk 1949-1994)
  • Physical Description
    • 39 linear feet (76 boxes), 5 portfolios, 11 oversize portfolios, and flatfile materials
    • Holograph papers, typescript papers, architectural drawings, architectural reprographic prints, mixed media drawings and relief prints, graphite drawings on paper, black and white and color photographs, black and white and color negatives, color transparencies, printed papers, VHS videocassette, microfilm and floppy disks.
  • RepositoryRyerson and Burnham Archives, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries, The Art Institute of Chicago 111 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60603-6110 (312) 443-7292 rbarchives@artic.edu http://www.artic.edu/aic/libraries/rbarchives/rbarchives.html
  • AbstractPapers, published materials, architectural drawings, photographs, slides, and book production materials document the career of American architect Allan Gelbin and his interactions with noted architect Frank Lloyd Wright and the Taliesin Fellowship.
  • OriginationGelbin, Allan J.
  • LocationA portion of this collection is housed in the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries' on-site stacks. The remainder of the collection is housed in off-site storage and is so designated by the abbreviation (OS) in the location column of the finding aid's item listing. Collections maintained in off-site storage will be retrieved with advance notification; please consult the Archivist for the current retrieval schedule. For further information, consult http://www.artic.edu/aic/libraries/rbarchives/rbarchaccess.html

Allan J. Gelbin (1929-1994) was born and raised in New York City and vicinity. He attended the School of Architecture at Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, from 1947 to 1949. Deeply impressed by Frank Lloyd Wright's theories about organic architecture, Gelbin quit college to become an apprentice to Wright at Taliesin East in Spring Green, Wisconsin, from 1949 to 1953. He then worked as a general contractor and supervisor overseeing the construction of three Wright-designed homes in Canton, Ohio, and one in New Canaan, Connecticut. Gelbin established his own private practice in Connecticut in 1957 and built the first of his three personal homes in Ridgefield, Connecticut, in 1958. Gelbin spent most of his career working in the New England states, although he also spent several years living in the south. He frequently designed furnishings for his clients, and also developed designs for retail distribution. Realizing a long-held dream, Gelbin published his book Sun, earth, and sky: ideas for a new city in 1989, in which he outlined his theories of city planning.

Gelbin was also an amateur photographer and began photographing Frank Lloyd Wright-designed buildings in color in 1949. Duplicates of these are housed in the Archives of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation in Arizona and the Fiske Art Library at the University of Virginia. Gelbin's other hobbies were art-making and aviation. Gelbin began aviation courses at the age of fourteen and owned and flew three light aircraft as an adult. Gelbin also made and exhibited collages and silk-screen prints. In the last years of his life, Gelbin moved to Arizona to be near Wright's Taliesin West, where he intended to build another self-designed residence.

This collection encompasses twelve series divided by material type and content. Materials include architectural drawings, architectural reprographic prints, correspondence, photographs, memorabilia, documents, drawings, films, audio tapes, microfilm, negatives, original art works, and published and unpublished writings relating to Allan Gelbin's architectural practice and professional activities, Frank Lloyd Wright and Taliesin East and West, the book Sun, Earth, and Sky, various personal interests and travels, and his financial records.

SERIES I: PROFESSIONAL PAPERS. General business correspondence from Gelbin's architectural practice; professional licenses; materials relating to exhibitions of Gelbin's architectural drawings; lecture notes, etc. for Gelbin's lectures on Frank Lloyd Wright. Arranged chronologically within subject groups.

SERIES II: PUBLICATIONS. Articles on Gelbin and his projects. Arranged chronologically by publication date.

SERIES III: PROJECTS. Gelbin's project files relate to his architectural and design commissions, arranged alphabetically by project name, including projects for Frank Lloyd Wright, Scott Design and Gelbin's own residences. Correspondence with prospective clients. Journals and correspondence for Scott Design. Sketchbooks, graphic and furniture design. Architectural drawings.

SERIES IV: PHOTOGRAPHS. Photographs arranged alphabetically by project name, followed by miscellaneous and unidentified projects. Furniture and graphic design; student work; exhibitions; personal artwork. Personal photographs including family members, friends, travel, and Frank Lloyd Wright-related buildings and views.

SERIES V: FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT AND TALIESIN. Correspondence with Taliesin and fellows is arranged chronologically. Also includes publications on or by Frank Lloyd Wright and miscellaneous printed material on Taliesin Fellowship and Taliesin Associates.

SERIES VI: PRINTED PAPERS. Newspaper and magazine articles on Frank Lloyd Wright, arranged chronologically by publication date; articles on various subjects.

SERIES VII: BOOKS AND WRITINGS. Miscellaneous manuscripts, the majority on architecture. Drafts for unpublished book Architecture: Present and Future Possibilities. Drafts, designs layout, illustrations, map, and other production materials for Sun, earth, and sky.

SERIES VIII: PERSONAL PAPERS. General correspondence, correspondence with politicians and civic officials, legal documents, personal interests and memorabilia, real estate, and personal finances.

SERIES IX: ARTWORK. Collages, non-architectural drawings, and prints by Allan Gelbin.

SERIES X: NEGATIVES, TRANSPARENCIES, AND MICROFILM. This series, which is restricted, contains various negatives, transparencies, and microfilm of projects and personal subjects.

SERIES XI: SLIDES. Images of architectural projects are arranged alphabetically by project name, followed by non-architecture designs, i.e. furniture, publications, and exhibition installation. Frank Lloyd Wright and Taliesin Associates projects are arranged alphabetically by project. The personal slides include Gelbin and his family, friends and colleagues; his artwork, personal possessions and residences; and travel images.

SERIES XII: AUDIO, FILM, AND VIDEO.

  • NamesGelbin, Allan J.
  • Subject
    • Gelbin, Allan J.--Archives
    • Gelbin, Allan J.--Correspondence
    • Gelbin, Allan J. Sun, earth, and sky
    • Wright, Frank Lloyd, 1867-1959
    • Wright, Frank Lloyd, 1867-1959--Correspondence
    • Taliesin (Spring Green, Wis.)
    • Taliesin West (Scottsdale, Ariz.)
    • Architecture--United States--20th century--Sources
    • Architects--United States--Archives

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Architectural drawings by Allan Gelbin are held in the permanent collection of the Department of Architecture at The Art Institute of Chicago. A finding aid is available at the Allan J. Gelbin webpage http://www.artic.edu/aic/libraries/rbarchives/gelbin/gelbin.html

Architectural drawings by Allan Gelbin are held in the permanent collection of the Department of Architecture at The Art Institute of Chicago. A finding aid is available at the Allan J. Gelbin webpage http://www.artic.edu/aic/libraries/rbarchives/gelbin/gelbin.html

Portions of this collection are restricted from patron access, as noted in the series inventories; please consult the Archivist for additional information. The remainder of this collection may be used by qualified readers in the Reading Room of the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries at The Art Institute of Chicago. Collections maintained on-site are available for patron use without prior arrangement or appointment. Collections maintained on-site are available for patron use without prior arrangement or appointment. Collections maintained in off-site storage will be retrieved with advance notification; please consult the Archivist for the current retrieval schedule. For further information, consult http://www.artic.edu/aic/libraries/rbarchives/rbarchaccess.html

The Art Institute of Chicago is providing access to the materials in the Libraries' collections solely for noncommercial educational and research purposes. The unauthorized use, including, but not limited to, publication of the materials without the prior written permission of the Art Institute is strictly prohibited. All inquiries regarding permission to publish should be submitted in writing to the Archivist, Ryerson and Burnham Archives, The Art Institute of Chicago. In addition to permission from the Art Institute, permission of the copyright owner (if not the Art Institute) and/or any holder of other rights (such as publicity and/or privacy rights) may also be required for reproduction, publication, distribution, and other uses. Responsibility for making an independent legal assessment of any item and securing any necessary permissions rests with the persons desiring to publish the item. The Art Institute makes no warranties as to the accuracy of the materials or their fitness for a particular purpose.

Allan J. Gelbin Papers, Ryerson and Burnham Archives, The Art Institute of Chicago.

The collection was a gift from the Allan J. Gelbin Architectural Trust, Matthew A. Gelbin, Trustee, to the Ryerson and Burnham Archives in 1995. Additional materials were added to the collection in 2001, 2011 and 2014 by Matt Gelbin and Marilyn E. Peters.

This collection was processed by Ryerson and Burnham Archives staff in 1996 and further revised in 2001. This finding aid was revised and expanded by Annemarie van Roessel in 2003, by Amy Babinec in 2005 and by Rene Leyva in 2014.

New materials may be added to this collection on an irregular basis.