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First National Bank of Dwight Collection, 1905-1920 (bulk 1905-1906)

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Finding Aid Published: 1996

First National Bank of Dwight Collection, 1905-1920 (bulk 1905-1906)

Accession Number: 1969.1

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COLLECTION SUMMARY:
TITLE:First National Bank of Dwight Collection, 1905-1920
EXTENT:1 linear feet  (2 boxes) and 1 oversize 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:Col. Frank L. Smith commissioned Frank Lloyd Wright to design one of his earliest commercial buildings in order to accommodate both the First National Bank of Dwight (Illinois) and an office for Col. Smith's insurance business. The project is documented from design development through construction with extensive architect/client/contractor correspondence and some architectural drawings.
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Printed papers, correspondence, mixed media architectural drawings, architectural reprographic prints, and black and white photographic prints.
ORIGINATION: First National Bank of Dwight (Dwight, Ill.)
ACQUISITION INFORMATION:The collection was given to the Burnham Library in 1969 by the First National Bank of Dwight, Illinois.

HISTORICAL NOTE:
In 1905 Colonel Frank L. Smith commissioned Frank Lloyd Wright to design a building that would accommodate a bank space for the First National Bank of Dwight (Illinois) and an insurance office for Col. Smith. The small one-story building was completed the next year. Wright's office also provided custom designs for interior furnishings.

SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE:
The collection contains approximately four hundred items, primarily correspondence, among which are letters signed by Frank Lloyd Wright, as well as by Walter Burley Griffin and William Drummond, architects in Wright's studio. The bulk of the remaining correspondence is between the office of Frank L. Smith, founder of the bank, and various subcontractors, suppliers and manufacturers of bank furnishings. The collection also includes architectural drawings for the bank and sketches for lighting fixtures and furnishings designed in Wright's office.

ORGANIZATION AND ARRANGEMENT:
The collection is arranged in two series. Series I contains correspondence and related business papers. Items in this series are arranged either alphabetically by correspondent or chronologically. Series II contains reproductions of architectural drawings and photographs.

CONTROLLED ACCESS POINTS:
This collection and other related materials may be found under the following headings in online catalogs:
First National Bank of Dwight (Dwight, Ill.)
Wright, Frank Lloyd, 1867-1959
Commercial building
Bank building
Griffin, Walter Burley, 1876-1937
Drummond, William, 1876-1946
Smith, Frank L., of Canterbury, Conn.
Luddington, Roland S.

ABBREVIATIONS:
AbbreviationDefinition
ALSautogaph letter, signed
BOX.FFBox #, Folder #
c.circa
n.d.no date
OPoversize portfolio
Rev.revised
TCtyped carbon
TCStyped carbon, signed
TLStyped letter, signed

SEPARATED MATERIALS:
The Department of Architecture holds three original design drawings for the First National Bank of Dwight's furnishings: ink stands, light fixtures, and an umbrella rack.

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

ACCESS RESTRICTIONS:
The 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:
The First National Bank of Dwight Collection, Ryerson and Burnham Archives, The Art Institute of Chicago.

PROCESSING INFORMATION:
This collection was processed by Ryerson and Burnham Archives staff and revised by Annemarie van Roessel in 2002.

ITEM INVENTORY:
LOCATIONCONTENTSDATESITEMS

SERIES I: CORRESPONDENCE AND RELATED MATERIALS

CORRESPONDENCE BETWEEN FRANK L. SMITH, FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT, AND COLLEAGUES:
Box.FF 1.1
William Drummond to Roland S. Luddington.Correspondence
TLS.
05/03/1905, 05/13/1905 2
Box.FF 1.2
Walter Burley Griffin to Frank L. Smith.
ALS and TLS.
04/1905-07/1905 6
Box.FF 1.3
Walter Burley Griffin to Frank L. Smith.
ALS and TLS.
08/1905-11/1905 7
Box.FF 1.4
Walter Burley Griffin to Frank L. Smith.
TLS.
11/1905-12/1905 5
Box.FF 1.5
Walter Burley Griffin to Frank L. Smith.
ALS and TLS.
12/15/1905-01/05/1906 4
Box.FF 1.6
Isabel Roberts to Frank L. Smith.
TLS.
01/10/1906 1
Box.FF 1.7
A.C. Tobin to Frank L. Smith.
TLS.
01/1906-02/1906 5
Box.FF 1.8
A.C. Tobin to Frank L. Smith.
TLS.
03/1906-05/1906 5
Box.FF 1.9
Frank Lloyd Wright to Roland S. Ludington.
TLS.
07/06/1906 1
Box.FF 1.10
Frank Lloyd Wright to Roland S. Ludington (signed by A.C. Tobin).
TLS.
11/26/1906 1
Box.FF 1.11
Frank Lloyd Wright to Roland S. Ludington.
TLS photocopy.
01/25/1907 1
Box.FF 1.12
Frank Lloyd Wright to Frank L. Smith.
TLS.
11/02/1905, 02/02/1906 2
Box.FF 1.13
Frank Lloyd Wright to [Frank L. Smith?].
TLS photocopy..
n.d. 1
Box.FF 1.14
Correspondence between the offices of Frank L. Smith and Frank Lloyd Wright.
TC.
04/11/1904-07/22/1905 10
Box.FF 1.15
Correspondence between the offices of Frank L. Smith and Frank Lloyd Wright.
TC.
07/1905-09/1905 10
Box.FF 1.16
Correspondence between the offices of Frank L. Smith and Frank Lloyd Wright.
TC. One letter includes attached check from Frank L. Smith to Paul F. Mueller.
10/1905-11/1905 8
Box.FF 1.17
Correspondence between the offices of Frank L. Smith and Frank Lloyd Wright.
TC.
11/1905-12/1905 9
Box.FF 1.18
Correspondence between the offices of Frank L. Smith and Frank Lloyd Wright.
TC.
12/22/1905-03/10/1906 11
Box.FF 1.19
Correspondence between the offices of Frank L. Smith and Frank Lloyd Wright.
TC. Includes miscellaneous manuscript notes and invoices.
03/16/1906-06/16/1906 14
Box.FF 1.20
Correspondence between the offices of Frank L. Smith and Frank Lloyd Wright.
TC.
07/07/1906-01/23/1907 6

CORRESPONDENCE WITH CONTRACTORS, SUBCONTRACTORS, AND SUPPLIERS OF BUILDING MATERIALS AND FURNISHINGS
Box.FF 1.21
John W. Ayers Co., furniture manufacturer.
ALS and TC and printed papers. Includes miscellaneous invoices
09/1905-12/1905 16
Box.FF 1.22
John W. Ayers Co., furniture manufacturer.
ALS and TC and printed papers. Includes miscellaneous invoices
01/1906-03/1906 28
Box.FF 1.23
John W. Ayers Co.
ALS and TC.
04/14/1906-01/28/1907 13
Box.FF 1.24
E.T. Burrowes Co.
ALS, TC and TCS.
08/14/1905-04/23/1906 21
Box.FF 1.25
Buzzell and Blair, Diebold Safe and Lock Co.
TC and TCS. Includes miscellaneous sketch
09/1905-12/1905 11
Box.FF 1.26
Buzzell and Blair, Diebold Safe and Lock Co.
ALS, TC and TCS.
12/14/1905-01/20/1906 11
Box.FF 1.27
Buzzell and Blair, Diebold Safe and Lock Co.
TC and TCS.
02/1906-05/1906 14
Box.FF 1.28
Globe Engaving and Electrotype Co.
TC.
12/20/1905-06/19/1906 4
Box.FF 1.29
Harter and Co., electrical contractors.
TC and TCS.
10/1905-11/1905 7
Box.FF 1.30
Harter and Co., electrical contractors.
TC and TCS.
11/16/1905-01/27/1906 9
Box.FF 1.31
George H. Kirk, plumbing contractor.
TC and TCS.
09/1905-12/1905 16
Box.FF 1.32
George H. Kirk, plumbing contractor.
TC and TCS and TLS. Includes correspondence from office of Frank Lloyd wright; with miscellaneous contracts, invoices, waiver of lien, and payment authorizations.
01/12/1906-01/17/1907 23
Box.FF 1.33
Willy H. Lau Co., manufacturers and designers of fixtures.
TC and printed paper. Regarding lanterns designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, with invoice; with correspondence to En Reeb Granite Works, regarding lantern bases.
12/14/1905-01/31/1906 11
Box.FF 1.34
Willy H. Lau Co., manufacturers and designers of fixtures.
TC.
02/02/1906-02/28/1906 13
Box.FF 1.35
Willy H. Lau Co., manufacturers and designers of fixtures.
TC.
03/02/1906-01/17/1907 13
Box.FF 1.36
Paul F.P. Mueller, general contractor.
TC and TCS. With miscellaneous invoice and notes.
05/1906-09/1905 13
Box.FF 1.37
Paul F.P. Mueller, general contractor.
ALS, TC and TCS. With miscellaneous payment authorizations, contracts, and notes.
10/1905-11/1905 10
Box.FF 1.38
Paul F.P. Mueller, general contractor.
TC and TCS. With miscellaneous payment authorizations.
12/06/1905-01/29/1906 15
Box.FF 1.39
Paul F.P. Mueller and others.
ALS, TC and TCS. With miscellaneous invoices and notes.
12/06/1905-01/29/1906 11
Box.FF 1.40
Paul F.P. Mueller and others.
TC and TCS.
03/02/1906-11/15/1907 13
Box.FF 1.41
Pfanschmidt and Quigley.
ALS, TC and TCS. Regarding window shades; with four color swatches of shade material.
01/17/1906-01/27/1906 15
Box.FF 1.42
Pfanschmidt and Quigley.
TC and TCS. With miscellaneous invoice.
02/1906-04/1906 19
Box.FF 1.43
Alexander H. Revell Co., supplier of one table.
TC and TCS. With miscellaneous invoice.
01/1906-02/1906 5
Box.FF 1.44
S.J. Stebbins Hardware Co.
TC and TCS. With miscellaneous notes and payment authorizations.
11/22/1905-03/19/1906 18

CORRESPONDENCE WITH HARDWARE MANUFACTURERS:
Box.FF 1.45
Acorn Brass Manufacturing Co. brochures.
Printed papers.
n.d. 4
Box.FF 1.46
Victor Ahlvin, contractor.
ALS and TC.
05/04/1905-05/22/1905 4
Box.FF 1.47
American Radiator Co.
TCS.
12/08/1905 4
Box.FF 1.48
Art Metal Construction Co.
TC, TCS, and printed papers.
08/1905-09/1905 7
Box.FF 1.49
Ayres National Bank, Jacksonville, IL. Closing statement.
Printed paper.
c.11/1904 1
Box.FF 1.50
Beattie Manufacturing Co.
TCS.
01/23/1906 1
Box.FF 1.50
Beattie Manufacturing Co.
TCS.
01/23/1906 1
Box.FF 1.51
Arthur G. Betts, steel furniture.
TCS.
08/17/1905 2
Box.FF 1.52
Bloomington Store Fixture Co.
TC.
09/11/1905 1
Box.FF 1.53
Eugene M. Bornhoft.
ALS, TC and TCS.
02/1906-03/1906 8
Box.FF 1.54
Brandt Cashier Co.
TCS.
09/15/1905 1
Box.FF 1.55
David J. Braun Manufacturing Co.
TC and TCS.
10/1905-11/1905 7
Box.FF 1.56
C.O. Burns Co. (American Bank Protection Company).
TC, TCS, TLS and printed papers.
06/30/1905-01/16/1906 9
Box.FF 2.1
J.C. Camburn and Co.
TC and TCS.
07/1905-10/1905 13
Box.FF 2.2
Cary Safe Co. business cards and notes.
Printed papers.
09/08/1905 2
Box.FF 2.3
Central Union Telephone Co.
Printed papers.
11/28/1905, 12/06/1905 2
Box.FF 2.4
Chicago Fire Proof Covering Co.
TCS and printed papers.
08/1905 4
Box.FF 2.5
Chicago Telephone Supply Co.
TCS.
11/05/1904 1
Box.FF 2.6
Chicago White Lead and Oil Co. Paints.
TC.
12/09/1905 1
Box.FF 2.7
Donnell Safe Co., Inc.
TC and TCS.
08/12/1905-08/15/1905 2
Box.FF 2.8
Flanagan and Biedenweg Co.
TC.
08/1905 1
Box.FF 2.9
Friedman Seating Co.
TCS.
03/1905-07/1905 2
Box.FF 2.10
Globe Fixture and Furniture Co.
TC.
09/07/1905 1
Box.FF 2.11
Herring-Hall-Marvin Safe Co. and articles from the Cincinnati Enquirer.
TC, TCS, and printed papers.
07/1905-10/1905 7
Box.FF 2.12
Holder-Athey Hardware Co.
TC, TCS.
08/1905-12/1905 8
Box.FF 2.13
Illinois Hydraulic-Press Brick Co.
TCS.
08/15/1905 1
Box.FF 2.14
Kellog-Mackay-Cameron Co.
TCS.
09/09/1905-09/18/1905 3
Box.FF 2.15
Joseph Knittel Show Case co.
TCS.
10/10/1905 1
Box.FF 2.16
Krag Imperial Cabinet Co.
TC, TCS, and printed paper.
11/17/1905-01/08/1906 5
Box.FF 2.17
Library Bureau.
TCS.
10/05/1905 1
Box.FF 2.18
Lyn Filter Manufacturing Co.
ALS.
09/28/1905 1
Box.FF 2.19
Manganese Steel Safe Co.
TC and TCS.
08/14/1905-01/22/1906 3
Box.FF 2.20
Jas. H. Matthews and Co.
TC.
01/15/1906 1
Box.FF 2.21
Matthews Bros. Manufacturing Co.
TCS.
07/13/1905 1
Box.FF 2.22
S.A. Maxwell and Co.
TC.
01/16/1906 1
Box.FF 2.23
Robert Mitchell Furniture Co.
TC and TCS.
07/1905-10/1905 5
Box.FF 2.24
Mosler Safe Co.
ALS and TC and TCS.
07/1905-09/1905 7
Box.FF 2.25
North-Western Expanded Metal Co.
TCS.
08/16/1905 1
Box.FF 2.26
Oak Park Yaryan Co.
TC and TCS.
02/09/1906-02/13/1906 2
Box.FF 2.27
Orr and Lockett Hardware Co.
TC and TCS.
08/1905-11/1905 9
Box.FF 2.28
Phoenix Wire Works.
TC.
06/14/1905 1
Box.FF 2.29
W.C. Rogers and Co.
ALS and TC.
12/09/1905-12/15/1905 2
Box.FF 2.30
St. Louis Bank Fixture Co.
TC.
01/24/1906 1
Box.FF 2.31
Frank L. Smith.
TC and TCS and holograph papers and printed papers. Includes prliminary hardware schedule, miscellaneous brochures, clippings, design notes, and a check.
1905-1920 18
Box.FF 2.32
Trumbull Safe and Vault Co.
TC.
09/1905-10/1905 3
Box.FF 2.33
U.S. Desk and Office Fitting Co.
TCS.
08/30/1905 1
Box.FF 2.34
Western Gas Fitting Co.
TC and TCS.
08/1905-11/1905 7
Box.FF 2.35
John A. Wickum, electrical contractor.
TCS.
10/28/1905 1
Box.FF 2.36
Yale and Towne Manufacturing Co.
TC and TCS.
08/22/1905-08/23/1905 3

CORRESPONDENCE WITH STATIONERS
Box.FF 2.37
"A-Man" correspondents.
04/21/1905-01/22/1906 18
Box.FF 2.38
"Mar-O" correspondents.
06/16/1905-01/31/1906 20
Box.FF 2.39
"P-W" correspondents.
05/26/1905-01/13/1906 23

CORRESPONDENCE WITH FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS
Box.FF 2.40
Correspondence on bank organization with various banks; with Charts of Bank Organization and Administration. New York: American Institute of Bank Clerks, 1905.
11/23/1905-02/06/1906 8
Box.FF 2.41
Correspondence on bank organization with U.S. Treasury Department; with miscellaneous correspondence.
03/21/1904-01/09/1906 16

FRANK L. SMITH OFFICE RECORDS
Box.FF 2.42
Office of Frank Lloyd Wright, payment report.
08/10/1905-02/05/1906 1
Box.FF 2.43
Petition to the Board of Trustees of the Village of Dwight from Frank L. Smith.
08/22/1905 1
Box.FF 2.44
Cost of First National Bank Building, ledger of accounts.
1905-1907 19
Box.FF 2.45
Cost of First National Bank Building, ledger of accounts.
1905-1907 20






LOCATIONCONTENTSDATESITEMS

SERIES II: ARCHITECTURAL DRAWINGS AND PHOTOGRAPHS

ARCHITECTURAL DRAWINGS:
DESIGN DRAWINGS
Box.FF 2.46
Floor plan layout and interior elevation sketch, with annotations, for interior furnishings for insurance office.
Graphite, colored pencil, and ink on tracing paper.
n.d. 1
Box.FF 2.47
Floor plan layout and interior elevation and section, with annotations, for insurance office.
Graphite on tracing paper.
n.d. 1
Box.FF 2.48
Plans, elevations, and sections for lighting fixture and desk accessories, with annotations.
Photocopied papers.
11/16/1905 2

WORKING DRAWINGS
OP 1
Foundation plan (1).
46 x 61 cm. Blackline print on paper..
07/08/1905, rev.08/28/1905 1
OP 1
Rear elevation and street elevation, showing stone on street elevation (3).
46 x 61 cm. Blackline print on paper..
rev.08/28/1905 1
OP 1
Cross section and longitudinal section (4).
46 x 61 cm. Blackline print on paper..
rev.08/28/1905 1
OP 1
Interior details for sliding windows; interior elevation; and sections for stone façade (5).
46 x 61 cm. Blackline print on paper..
rev.08/28/1905 1
OP 1
Interior details for sliding windows; interior elevation; and sections for stone façade (5).
46 x 61 cm. Blackline print on paper..
rev.08/28/1905 1


PHOTOGRAPHS:
Box.FF 2.49
First floor plan (2).
Black and white copy photographic print. Drawn 08/28/1905
n.d. 1
Box.FF 2.50
Cross section, longitudinal section, sections thro' wall, and interior elevation of fireplace in Col. Smith's room (4).
Black and white copy photographic print. Revised as drawn 05/02/1905.
n.d. 1
Box.FF 2.51
Exterior view of main façade.
Black and white copy photographic print.
c.1969 1
Box.FF 2.52
Exterior detail.
Black and white copy photographic print mounted on board. Photographer unidentified. "Bringing in the safe which did not fit thru door," noted on verso.
c.1905 1







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