Bruce Brooks Pfeiffer: 1930-2017

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Post by Randolph C. Henning »

SREcklund - ". . his new book on OLW . . " has been out several months.

Bruce was one of a kind. His dedication and commitment to the legacy of everything Frank Lloyd Wright is without equal.

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Randolph C. Henning wrote:SREcklund - ". . his new book on OLW . . " has been out several months.

Bruce was one of a kind. His dedication and commitment to the legacy of everything Frank Lloyd Wright is without equal.
And I found it sitting on a shelf in my library, waiting for me to read it. Sometimes, the typing fingers work faster than the brain ... :-)
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I haven't read the book, but I doubt BBP put anything in print that would sully Olga's reputation. I never heard him say anything remotely critical of her ... and there was, according to numerous sources, a lot to criticize.

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Others may know more details than I, but my understanding is that Howe started the archives and was largely pushed out by Olgivanna after Wright's death. BBF was her acolyte, now perhaps he was that out of necessity. There are a lot of spots in the Getty collection of drawings and letter copies that were withheld by BBF. My understanding is that he would edit or set aside any letter that reflected Wright's biases or prejudices. I have no idea if such materials really do exist or if they were included in the archive given to MOMA and the Avery.

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Subjects of history are always at the mercy of their historians.

Pfeiffer and OW had an interdependent relationship, surely. I'd be pleased to know that theirs was not a troubled coexistence.

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Work on the archive began in the 40s with Jack Howe and Johnny Hill getting it off the ground. BBP took over shortly after arriving at Taliesin. Howe was not booted out until 1964. This according to Geiger.

Robert Sweeney had a close relationship with BBP, who shared some letters that no one else (other than possibly Kathryn Smith) has ever seen.

BBP became a public person late in life. When I first met him, he was incredibly shy, skittish, and would never consider speaking in public. Then, suddenly, he overcame whatever trepidations he had, and became one of the principal voices of Taliesin, especially in Olga's latter days, as she went blind and deaf.

Considering how completely BBP was devoted to the program, I have no trouble believing that he would keep any negative material from going public, perhaps, though not probably, to the extent of destroying evidence.

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