Foundation Statement on the FLW Archives

Mark Hertzberg's [Wright in Racine]( is reporting on a recent press release from the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation.

[Note Bene: Mark does _real journalism_; he's reporter -- he has sources,he picks up the phone and calls people, he gets quotes. I'm a blogger; I make heavy use of the Cut and Paste functions on my computer. If this is a story you care about, you'd be well-served to follow his stories on [Wright in Racine](]

Just over a month ago, there were rumors that the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation was preparing to sell [the archives](, possibly to avert a financial calamity. The rumors were hotly debated for a few days, then [a definitive statement from the chairman of the foundation]( that no sale was contemplated ended the affair. Not only was there no plans for a sale of the archives, but plans to "undertake a comprehensive assessment of the Wright archives and the Foundation’s wide-ranging collections; propose a strategy to secure their integrity, safety, and accessibility; and see that they are housed and maintained to the highest standards."

In a press release on Monday, [the Foundation made the following announcement]( (an excerpt, [see Wright in Racine for the full release](

The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation has announced that as a part of its on-going efforts to preserve and protect the integrity of Frank Lloyd Wright’s archives and collections, it has retained Nicholas Olsberg, a leading international figure in the development of architectural archives and museums.
Over the next six months, Olsberg will lead a process to assess and evaluate the Foundation’s archives and collections to identify strategies and methods to best protect their integrity and ensure their accessibility for research and public interpretation for future generations.

Olsberg is also a noted architectural historian and was a co-curator of the recent John Lautner exhibit in Los Angeles. He has served as Head of Collections (and later Director) for the Canadian Centre for Architecture. He was also archivist for the Getty Collection, the University of Massachusetts, and other positions that suggest he is an excellent choice to meet the goals the Foundation has set.