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Byrne, Francis Barry, Collection, 1941-1952

Francis Barry Byrne (1883-1967) Collection,

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Ryerson and Burnham Archives, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries
The Art Institute of Chicago

Finding Aid Published: 2001

Francis Barry Byrne (1883-1967) Collection, 1941-1952

Accession Number: 1992.4

This collection was processed with the support of a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
©Ryerson and Burnham Archives, The Art Institute of Chicago. All rights reserved.

COLLECTION SUMMARY:
TITLE:Francis Barry Byrne (1883-1967) Collection, 1941-1952
EXTENT:.5 linear foot (1 box) and 1 portfolio
REPOSITORY: Ryerson and Burnham Archives, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries,
The Art Institute of Chicago
111 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60603-6110
(312) 443-7292 phone
rbarchives@artic.edu
http://www.artic.edu/aic/libraries/rbarchives/rbarchives.html
ABSTRACT:Architect Barry Byrne was trained under Frank Lloyd Wright and later practiced in Chicago, Seattle, California, and New York in an individualized, streamlined Prairie School idiom. The collection includes published and unpublished writings, photographs, and biographical information.
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION:Manuscripts, typescript papers, printed papers and black and white photographic prints.
ORIGINATION: Byrne, Francis Barry, 1883-1967
ACQUISITION INFORMATION:The origination of the bulk of this collection is unknown. Additional gifts were received from Stuart Cohen and James F. O'Gorman.

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH:
Born in Chicago in 1883, Francis Barry Byrne first worked for the Montgomery Ward Company until viewing an exhibition of Frank Lloyd Wright's work at The Art Institute of Chicago in 1902. Byrne joined Wright's Oak Park, Illinois, studio as an apprentice, leaving in 1908 with Andrew Willatzen to establish their practice in Seattle. In 1913 Byrne lived briefly with Wright's sons John and Lloyd in California. He returned to Chicago in 1914 when he agreed to manage Walter Burley Griffin's office while Griffin and his wife, Marion Mahony, were in Australia developing the plan for the new capital city of Canberra. Although steeped in the Prairie School design idiom, Byrne's exposure to modernist European architects such as Mies, Mendelsohn, Loos and Poelzig produced an individualized, streamlined form of the Prairie School style with bolder masses, unadorned surfaces, and clean-edged openings. Byrne was notable as a designer of residences, churches and civic buildings and as an architecture critic and theorist he wrote extensively on the design of religious architecture in response to the Catholic Church's s liturgical reform movement. In 1931 Byrne moved to New York City, where he continued in practice until his death in 1967.

SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE:
The collection consists of typescript drafts for several essays and a portion of a book, as well as published versions of his articles and reviews. There are two portrait photographs at the end of the series.

ORGANIZATION AND ARRANGEMENT:
Biographical information is listed first, followed by unpublished writings and correspondence, followed by published materials. Items are in chronological order, with undated items listed at the end of each subsection.

CONTROLLED ACCESS POINTS:
This collection and other related materials may be found under the following headings in online catalogs:
Byrne, Francis Barry, 1883-1967--Archives
Architecture--United States--20th century--Sources
Architects--New York (State)--New York--Archives

ABBREVIATIONS:
AbbreviationDefinition
BOX.FFBox #, Folder #
c.circa
n.d.not dated
Portf.Portfolio

RELATED MATERIALS IN CURATORIAL DEPARTMENTS, THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO:
Two architectural drawings by Barry Byrne are held in the permanent collection of the Department of Architecture.

PHYSICAL LOCATION:
The collection is housed in the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries' on-site stacks.

ACCESS RESTRICTIONS:
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 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

USER RESTRICTIONS:
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.

PREFERRED CITATION:
Francis Barry Byrne Collection, Ryerson and Burnham Archives, The Art Institute of Chicago.

PROCESSING INFORMATION:
The collection was processed by staff of the Ryerson and Burnham Archives in 2001. This finding aid was revised and expanded by Annemarie van Roessel in 2003.

ITEM INVENTORY:
LOCATIONCONTENTSDATESITEMS

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION:
Box.FF 1.1
"Data sheet."
Typescript papers on Barry Byrne letterhead. Gift of Stuart Cohen.
n.d. 2
Box.FF 1.2
Barry Byrne, portrait.
Black and white copy photographic prints. A.C. Byrne
, photographer.
Gift of Stuart Cohen.
n.d. 2

UNPUBLISHED WRITINGS AND CORRESPONDENCE:
Box.FF 1.3
Correspondence.
Regarding an application to The Chicago Sun for work as an art writer; includes two typescript copies of Byrne article, not accepted, on Salvador Dali exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art, New York City.
12/10/1941-01/10/1942 4
Box.FF 1.4
[Byrne, Barry] Chapter outlines for a book on art and architecture in the Catholic church.
Typescript paper drafts with manuscript annotations.
n.d. 2
Box.FF 1.5
[Byrne, Barry] Introduction and drafts of five chapters for a book on church design.
Typescript papers with holograph notes and sketches.
n.d. 1

PUBLISHED MATERIALS:
Box.FF 1.6
Byrne, Barry. Review of Art and Beauty by Maurice DeWulf.
Typescript papers.
c.1950 1
Box.FF 1.7
Byrne, Barry. "From These Roots." The American Benedictine Review II.
Typescript papers.
Fall 1951 1
Box.FF 1.8
Article about Barry Byrne and a new seminary designed by Byrne.
Typescript papers.
01/15/1952 1
Box.FF 1.9
[Byrne, Barry] Untitled article regarding architectural planning for a multaealterae.
Typescript papers.
n.d. 1
Box.FF 1.10
[Byrne, Barry] "Mission Chapel" .
Typescript papers.
n.d. 1
Box.FF 1.11
Byrne, Barry. "American Profile: Art section of Book."
Typescript papers.
n.d. 2
Portf. 1
Barry Byrne Company. Chicago: Universal Press Publishers.
Gift of James F. O'Gorman.
n.d. 1



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