Robert Carroll May
Alfonsin, Anthony, ed. An Index to the Taliesin Correspondence in Five Volumes. New York: Garland Publishing, Inc., 1988.
Contains a complete list of the correspondence between Frank Lloyd Wright and Robert Carroll May from November 1937 to August 1950.
Besinger, Curtis. Working with Mr. Wright. What it Was Like. London: Cambridge University Press, 1995.
The early years at Taliesin including several photographs taken by Robert Carroll May. Contains list and biographies of Wright's apprentices.
Ford, Katherine Morrow and Thomas H. Creighton. Designs for Living: 175 Examples of Quality Home Interiors. New York: Reinhold, 1955, p. 82-3.
The Bassevitch House. West Hartford, Connecticut.
Guerrero, Pedro. Picturing Wright: An Album from Frank Lloyd Wright's Photographer. San Francisco: Pomegranate Artbooks, 1994, p. 31, 52, 53.
Although the photo on page 52 is uncaptioned, Mr. Guerrero has confirmed that R.C.May is also in this photo.
Guggenheimer, Tobias. A Taliesin Legacy: The Architecture of the Apprentices of Frank Lloyd Wright. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1995.
Letter from Robert Carroll May to the author along with a 1963 rendering of the Mehdi Dilmaghani and Company showroom.
Kassler, Elizabeth. Taliesin Fellows: A Directory of Members 1932-1982. Privately printed. 1982.
Complete list of Wright's apprentices with brief biographies.
Less Formal Living. Progressive Architecture. February, 1954.
Bassevitch House. Lighting designed by Richard Kelly. Interiors by Florence Barron.
Library of Congress Website. http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/gottschoquery.html »» click to view
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The New York architectural photography firm of Gottscho-Schleisner was hired to photograph the Marcus and Bluma Bassevitch house. Some of these images were used by Reinhold in the above referenced publications. The entire photo archive of Gottscho-Schleisner is now in the collection of the Library of Congress and is accessible via the Internet. The complete series of 20 b&w images of the Bassevitch house can be viewed on-line.
May, Damon. Clarke House. Suffield, Connecticut, 1947. 2001. »» click to view
Master's paper analyzing the early work done in Suffield, Connecticut written by the architect's son, an architectural student himself.
May, Robert Carroll. Thiry-one pages of notations extracted from contents of letters written by Robert Carroll May while at Taliesin. January 1940 to May 1942. Department of Special Collections, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas.
Notes sent to Curtis Besinger to assist in writing his book.
May, Robert Carroll. Music in Taliesin. The Taliesin Fellowship Publication. Frank Lloyd Wright, Ed. February, 1941, Volume 1, Number 2. »» click to view
A two-page article published in the Fellowship newsletter wherein May describes the importance of music to the social and spiritual life at Taliesin.
May, Robert Carroll. Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Oral History Project. Taliesin West, Arizona. Recorded in 1996.
Approximately 81 single-spaced pages of transcripts along with photographs and letters from his apprentice years.
P/A Awards, 1948. Progressive Architecture, June, 1949.
Mention Class II: Clarke House in Suffield, CT. Shared this honor for residential design with Richard Neutra (Case Study House #20 - Bailey) and Paul Rudolph / Ralph Twitchell (Miller Residence, Sarasota) among others.
New house plans stress strength. Architect utilizes reinforced concrete slabs tied to a metal rib frame. The New York Times 28, November, 1948: VIII, 4:5. »» click to read
Includes a perspective and plan for an experimental residence designed by May using a system of pre-cast reinforced concrete slabs tied to a metal frame as developed by A.J. Macchi.
Pfeiffer, Bruce Brooks. Frank Lloyd Wright: Letters to Apprentices. Fresno: The Press at California State University, 1982, p. 40, 146.
Contains a letter concerning May's departure from Taliesin for military duty in 1942.
Selected Houses from Progressive Architecture. New York: Reinhold, 1954.
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