Answered By: Archives & Library Staff @The Henry Ford
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For general information on the Dymaxion House, please follow the links below to our web exhibit:

https://www.thehenryford.org/visit/henry-ford-museum/exhibits/dymaxion-house/

https://www.thehenryford.org/explore/inside/dymaxion-house/

https://www.thehenryford.org/explore/blog/dymaxion-house/

You can click on the link below to search for images and artifacts: https://www.thehenryford.org/collections-and-research/digital-collections/                

Archival material related to the Dymaxion House is held in the Benson Ford Research Center’s Greenfield Village Buildings records collection (building boxes), Accession 186.  Photographs related to the house are in Accession 1929.  These materials can be accessed in the Benson Ford Research Center reading room.

While original drawings of the Dymaxion House are housed at Stanford University, part of the Buckminster Fuller Institute collection, The Henry Ford holds “as built” drawings.  As part of the restoration process of the house, The Henry Ford produced a set of “as built” drawings to document the restored artifact now on display in the museum.  These were produced by hand.  Since this was a HABS (Historic American Buildings Survey) project, the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. also has a set of the drawings.  Some changes were made for the LC versions. 

Here is what is in our collection:

          Set 1:  12 Measurement sketches, 18” x 24”

          Set 2:  8 drawings, 24” x 36”

Set 2 includes:

  1. Photographs and Prototype Sketch
  2. Foundation Plan, Central Footing Plan, Central Footing and Mast Details Elevation
  3. Cage Plan, Cage Details, Carlin/Gore Plan, Deck Details
  4. Elevation 1, Elevation 2, Elevation 3, Floor Plan
  5. Cross-Sections (3)
  6. Cutaway Axonometric
  7. Wall Cross Section, Deck Street Elevation, Carlin Ring Detail
  8. Sliding Wall

Oversize photocopies (Black & White) are $15 per drawing plus a $35 service fee (we have to take them out to be copied) plus shipping.  We have scanned versions of the drawings.  For personal use, high resolution scans would be $30.00 per image or $15 per image for low resolution.  The following is a link to our forms for reproduction, should you decide to proceed with an order: https://www.thehenryford.org/collections-and-research/services/remote/  

We do not know what the Library of Congress charges for the same drawings.

Books available in the archives and library include:

 

1.

Fuller houses : R. Buckminster Fuller's Dymaxion dwellings and other domestic adventures

by Neder, Federico.

 

Baden, Switzerland : Lars Müller Publishers, c2008.

 

Collection: 

Book

 

Call #: 

728 F967 N371 2008

 

 

 

2.

Buckminster Fuller : designing for mobility

by Gorman, Michael John.

 

Milan : Skira ; London : Thames & Hudson [distributor], 2005.

 

Collection: 

Book

 

Call #: 

620.0092 F965 G671 2005

 

 

 

3.

Modernism reborn : mid-century American houses

by Webb, Michael, 1937-

 

New York : Universe, 2001.

 

Collection: 

Book

 

Call #: 

728.37 W367 2001

 

 

 

.

The Artifacts of R. Buckminster Fuller : a comprehensive collection of his designs and drawings

by Fuller, R. Buckminster (Richard Buckminster), 1895-1983

 

New York : Garland, 1985, c1984.

 

Collection: 

Rare

 

Call #: 

R 620.0042 F967 1985 v. 1

 

 

 

 

5.

The Dymaxion world of Buckminster Fuller

by Marks, Robert W.

 

Carbondale, Ill. : Southern Illinois University Press, c1960

 

Collection: 

Book

 

Call #: 

624.17 F967 M346 1960

 

 

 

6.

True, the man's magazine Vol. 40, no. 269 October, 1959.

Greenwich, Conn. : Fawcett Publications, 1959.

 

Collection: 

Book (non-circulating)

 

Call #: 

624.17 F967 T866 1959

 

 

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have further questions or if we can be of further assistance.

Contact Us

To set up an appointment to visit the research center call (313) 982-6020 or write to us at research.center@thehenryford.org.

If you wish to do research from offsite, please contact us in writing. Fees apply to many research requests, and we will clarify this when we receive your request. For more information on cost please see our research services. Requests for information can be emailed, faxed or mailed:

Benson Ford Research Center
The Henry Ford
20900 Oakwood Blvd.
Dearborn, MI
48121-1970
USA

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