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Frank Lloyd Wright

Rights and Restrictions Information

Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., 20540-4730

Original drawings made by Frank Lloyd Wright may be restricted.

Access: Permitted; subject to P&P policy on serving originals, which requires use of digital surrogates in preference to the originals, when available.

Reproduction (photocopying, hand-held camera copying, photoduplication and other forms of copying allowed by "fair use"): Permitted; subject to P&P copying guidelines, which prohibits xeroxing of the drawings.

Publication and other forms of distribution: May be restricted.

Patrons wishing to publish or otherwise distribute drawings made by Wright must conduct item-specific assessments of the rights which may be associated with the specific pieces. Rights will vary depending on such factors as whether the work was published, whether it was unpublished (created for purposes other than distribution), and whether it was created for a client as a "work for hire." All information found on the drawing regarding publication and/or copyright claimants has been recorded in the catalog record. Please note the following:

  • Drawings made by Wright for publication before 1923 (e.g., Ausgeführte Bauten und Entwürfe von Frank Lloyd Wright [Berlin: Wasmuth, 1911]) are in the public domain.
  • In general, the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation claims rights to his drawings. Contact information for the Foundation is:
Registrar, Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation
Taliesin West
PO Box 4430
Scottsdale, AZ 85261-4430
Tel: 480-860-2700
Fax: 480-451-0254
  • While architects traditionally retain the intellectual property rights for their creative works, in some instances such rights may have been transferred to the client. (Wright transferred the rights he held to the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation.)

The Division's reference aid, "General Information about Copyright and Other Restrictions Which Apply to Publication and Other Forms of Distribution of Images: Sources for Information," found online at may be of assistance in determining the appropriate use of a Wright drawing.

Credit Line: Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, [reproduction number, e.g., LC-USZ62-123456]

For more information, please read: Copyright and Other Restrictions: ... Sources for Information

Prepared by: Prints and Photographs Division staff. Last revised: May 15, 2003.

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