The mission of the OA+D Archives, Inc., a non-profit 501(c)(3), is to honor the past, celebrate the present, and encourage the future of creative organic architecture and design. We do this through education, conservation of original design materials, publication, and exhibition.
Our primary means of achieving this goal is through the publication of the Journal of Organic Architecture + Design and to actively advocate for the acquisition, retention, preservation and conservation of the archives of design professionals whose work is/was based upon the philosophy of organic architecture and design.
Our shared passion for furthering the education, appreciation, and preservation of archival materials associated with organic architecture and design was the impetus behind forming OAD Archives, Inc. Our combined archival collections have saved thousands of pieces related to a wide range of organic architects and designers. But it's just the beginning.
Every year, more and more materials are lost due to neglect or the lack of institutional interest in taking them on. In order to save these works, we need your help. Purchases of the Journal of Organic Architecture + Design help to support the ongoing acquisition of organic architecture and design-related archival materials and their preservation.
As a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation, we have the ability to pursue funding, provide tax incentives for donations.
In a post COVID-19 world, we have had to re-imagine our processes and storage arrangements to not only keep archival materials safe, but also the collections managers who oversee them.
In light of the specific challenges faced during the worst of the Pandemic, we have made the decision to pursue a decentralized storage approach for OA+D to not only allow us to better react to collections that need to be saved across the country, but also to allow more collections managers to work on processing the material we do have. Currently we have secure, environmentally-controlled satellite storage sites in Chicago, IL, Lexington, KY, Los Angeles, CA, and Chandler, AZ. In-person viewing of materials will be restricted for the foreseeable future.
We still hope to establish a more permanent centralized location in the future for the Archives, but feel this decentralized approach is the safest and most pragmatic way to keep materials safe and still find a way to make them accessible to the most people.
Like many institutions coming to grips with the current pandemic reality, digital access will be the focus of how we make the materials in the OA+D Archives accessible to the greatest number of people.
We will take special efforts to get digital scans or photographs of collection materials as requested. If viewing original materials is still a necessity, we will make special accomodations on a case-by-case basis and do what we can to meet the needs of the individual.
If you have any drawings, artwork, blueprints, photographs, slides, publications, ephemera, correspondence, project files, or any other materials related to organic architecture and design, please contact us for our help in securing them for future study and appreciation for generations to come. You can be secure in the knowledge that we do not sell donated materials for profit like other institutions have done. We also have contingencies in place as part of our charter to ensure that another non-profit would receive any collections should OA+D cease its activities as an organization, ensuring that archival materials are kept safe.