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WILLIAM WESLEY PETERS
 

William Wesley Peters' first wife was Svetlana Hinzenburg, Wright’s adopted daughter from Olgivanna’s previous marriage. In 1946 when his son Brandoch was four years old, Svetlana and son Daniel, were killed in an automobile accident at Taliesin. The Wrights helped raise Brandoch and raised him as their own. He grew up at Taliesin at his grandfather's side.

In 1970 William married Svetlana Alliluyeva, the daughter of Russian Premier Joseph Stalin. On April 7, they announced their marriage at Taliesin West. They were married in a simple Quaker ceremony. On May 7, 1971 Svetlana gave birth to their daughter Olga, the only daughter for both parents.

   

Date: 1937

Title: Wright with apprentices at Taliesin.

Description:

Behind Wright on the left is John Lautner. To his right is Robert Mosher, Edgar Tafel and Wesley Peters. According to Tafel, it was photographed by Kenn Hedrich, Hedrich Blessing, taken during the preparation for the January 1938 issue of Architectural Forum. Published in “About Wright”  Tafel 1993, page 149. Similar photograph published in "Years With Frank Lloyd Wright, Apprentice to Genius", Tafel, 1979, on the cover of the soft cover version and page 162-163.

Size: 7x 5 print. High res digital image.

S#: 0429.08.0609

   
Date: Circa 1950

Title: Wright and grandson, Brandoch Peters.

Description: His parents were architect William Wesley Peters and Svetlana Hinzenburg, Wright’s adopted daughter from Olgivanna’s previous marriage. In 1946 when Brandoch was four years old, his mother Svetlana and brother Daniel, were killed in an automobile accident at Taliesin in 1946. The Wrights helped raise Brandoch and raised him as their own. He grew up at Taliesin at his grandfather's side. The verso is stamped "Edgar L. Obma, A.P.S.A. Master of Photography. Dodgeville, Wisconsin." (Note: Obma Studio opened in Dodgeville on March 1, 1941 after Edgar and his wife Elizabeth purchased the former Letcher Studio. They were married for 38 years. He passed away on January 31, 1976, she on October 5, 2002.) (See Obma Article)Gift from Randolph C. Henning.

Size: 8 x 10 print, High res digital image.

S#: 0831.18.0709

   

Date: 1955

Title: “Wright and apprentices at the Hillside Drafting Room in 1955.” Unknown Photographer. 

Description: Photographed in 1955, printed in 1998 as part of the press kit for the Ken Burns and Lynn Novick film “Frank Lloyd Wright”.  Seated, from left to right, John Howe of Illinois;  Frank Lloyd Wright; Wright's grandson Eric Lloyd Wright of California; Wes Peters of Indiana and John Amarantides of Michigan. First five standing from left to right, Mark Heyman of New York; Gene Masselink of Michigan; Raja Aederi of Kashmir; John Watson or James Pfefferkorn and Alan Wool. Standing just to the right of Wright: Ling Po of China; David Dodge of England; Tom Casey of California and Donald Brown of Vermont.  Standing to the right of Eric Wright: Stephen Oyakawa of Hawaii and Kenneth Lockhart of Iowa.  Original silver gelatin photo.  See “Letters to Apprentices” Wright 1982, Page 106 for a similar image. Similar image published in "Letters to Apprentices", Wright, 1982, page 106.

Size: 8x10

S#: 1092.12.1006

   
Date: 1955

Title: Wright and apprentices, 1955.

Description:  William Wesley Peters (left), Frank Lloyd Wright and Gene Masselink (right) at the Hillside Drafting Room, Taliesin Spring Green. Photographed by John Engstead for the November 1955 issue of House Beautiful, page 242. Possibly photographed on Wright's 88th birthday.

Size: 8 x 10 B&W photograph

S#: 1092.72.0714

 

   
Date: 1956

Title: Wright at Taliesin, Spring Green, 1956.

Description: Frank Lloyd Wright is standing outside the Drafting Studio at the Taliesin Fellowship complex. Two Mercedes-Benz automobiles have been delivered. The Mercedes on the left, a four-door red and black 300C for Wright. The one on the right is Wes Peters 300SL, gull-wing sports car.

Size: 10 x 5.5 B&W photograph.

S#: 1147.73.0416

   

1) William Wesley Peters Cherokee Red Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Roadster. Photographed at Taliesin Spring Green in 1956. Slide #29. Hand written on slide: "What A Beauty! Tor." Front view of 300SL. In the background to the right appears to be two of Wright’s Cherokee red cars. Original 35mm Kodachrome slide and 8 x 7 color photograph. (S#1147.72.0316-1)

 

Date: 1956

Title: William Wesley Peters,1956. Set of nine 35mm slides of Wes Peters' Mercedes-Benz 300SL.

Description: Peters was born on June 12, 1912. He attended Evansville College and MIT. He came from a wealthy family, his father was a newspaper publisher. In July, 1932, after he completed his second year at MIT, he visited Taliesin. He had read about Wright starting the Fellowship. After speaking with Wright, Wes paid the tuition in advance, becoming Wright’s first apprentice. In 1935 he married Wright's adopted daughter, Svetlana, with whom he had two children, Daniel and Brandoch. In 1946 when his son Brandoch was four years old, Svetlana and son Daniel, were killed in an automobile accident at Taliesin. Max Hoffman introduced the Porsche to the US market in 1951, and by 1952, U.S. sales accounted for 21 percent of Porsche's sales. In 1952, he was also the first dealer to import the Mercedes-Benz and was instrumental in the design of the 300SL. In 1953, Hoffman contacted Wright about designing a new showroom to display Jaguars. After a few delays, Hoffman finally opens his newly designed Frank Lloyd Wright showroom in 1955. The July 1955 issue of Architectural Forum ran a two page spread on the new Showroom. In 1956, Wright took delivery of a 1956 Mercedes 300C, four-door sedan, and Wes Peters took possession of a Cherokee Red 300SL. Photographed by Tor Caraway.
       Tor Caraway was born in Madison, Wisc. on Jan. 21, 1941 and past away Aug. 1, 2008. (He would have been fifteen when he took these photographs.) His parents, Jesse Claude (Cary) and Frances Caraway, were both Taliesin apprentices in the 1930/40s. Cary was an apprentice from 1935-1942. Tor spent his first two years living at Taliesin. As a baby, he remained unnamed for six months because Jesse and Frances could not agree upon a name. Walking in the garden one day, Frank Lloyd Wright found Caraway crying very loudly, along side his tipped over buggy. Wright suggested to Jesse and Frances they name their baby boy Tor, after the god of thunder. His elementary years were spent in Spring Green's Wyoming Valley. He moved to West Chicago at the start of seventh grade, but returned to Spring Green to spend summers with aunts, uncles, and cousins at Hilltop Camp, near Taliesin. Caraway graduated from West High School, near Chicago, Ill., and attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison for two years. He met and married Paula Ann Hahlen on July 20, 1974. Caraway' s life-long passion revolved around cars and he designed, built, and drove Formula V racing cars at Road America in Elkhart Lake and elsewhere. Hence his interest in photographing the 300 SL. (Adapted from Tor Caraway’s obituary, Capital Times, August 10, 2008.)

Size: Set of nine original 35mm Kodachrome slides and 8 x 7 color photographs.

S#: 1147.72.0316 (1-9)

 

2) William Wesley Peters’ Cherokee Red Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Roadster. Photographed at Taliesin Spring Green in 1956. Slide #30. Hand written on slide: "Sir Peters & His Chariott. Tor." Side view of 300SL, with Peters’ son Brandoch (most likely) at the wheel, one door "wings" open. This looks like Wes Peters, but a very, very young teenage Peters. Wes would have been 44 years old. Brandoch, his son, would have been 14-15 years old. According to one very knowledgeable friend, "He and Tor were the same age, were buds and most likely playing around." Original 35mm Kodachrome slide and 8 x 7 color photograph. (S#1147.72.0316-2)

 

3) William Wesley Peters’ Cherokee Red Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Roadster. Photographed at Taliesin Spring Green in 1956. Slide #31. Hand written on slide: "There It Goes!. Tor." Back view of 300SL. License plate "NY - The Empire State, 56, Z-79-31." Original 35mm Kodachrome slide and 8 x 7 color photograph. (S#1147.72.0316-3)

 

4) William Wesley Peters’ Cherokee Red Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Roadster. Photographed at Taliesin Spring Green in 1956. Slide #32. Hand written on slide: "It’s A Bird!. Tor." Side view of 300SL both doors "wings" are open. Taliesin’s Midway Barn is in the background on the left. Original 35mm Kodachrome slide and 8 x 7 color photograph. (S#1147.72.0316-4)

 

5) William Wesley Peters’ Cherokee Red Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Roadster. Photographed at Taliesin Spring Green in 1956. Slide #33. Hand written on slide: "The Motor. Tor." View of the Motor. Original 35mm Kodachrome slide and 8 x 7 color photograph. (S#1147.72.0316-5)

 

6) William Wesley Peters’ Cherokee Red Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Roadster. Photographed at Taliesin Spring Green in 1956. Slide #34. Hand written on slide: "Boy, ... Tor." Three-quarter view of the front and side. The left door "wing" is open. Original 35mm Kodachrome slide and 8 x 7 color photograph. (S#1147.72.0316-6)

 

7) William Wesley Peters’ Cherokee Red Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Roadster. Photographed at Taliesin Spring Green in 1956. Slide #35. Hand written on slide: "The 300SL. Tor." Three-quarter view of the back and side. The left door "wing" is open. Taliesin’s Midway Barn is in the background on the left. License plate "NY - The Empire State, 56, Z-79-31." Original 35mm Kodachrome slide and 8 x 7 color photograph. (S#1147.72.0316-7)

 

8) William Wesley Peters’ Cherokee Red Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Roadster. Photographed at Taliesin Spring Green in 1956. Slide #36. Hand written on slide: "Here it Comes!. Tor." Three-quarter view of the front and side. Original 35mm Kodachrome slide and 8 x 7 color photograph. (S#1147.72.0316-8)

 

9) William Wesley Peters’ Cherokee Red Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Roadster. Photographed at Taliesin Spring Green in 1956. Slide #37. Hand written on slide: "300 SL. Tor." Three-quarter view of the side and back. Possibly one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Cherokee Red cars is in the background on the right. Original 35mm Kodachrome slide and 8 x 7 color photograph. (S#1147.72.0316-9)

   
Date: 1967

Title: Twenty Letters to a Friend (Hard Cover) (Published by Harper & Row, New York and Evanston)

Author: Alliluyeva, Svetlana; Translated by Priscilla Johnson McMillan

Description: Svetlana Stalina, daughter of Joseph Stalin, later known as Svetlana Alliluyeva, created an international stir when she defected from the Soviet Union in 1967. Fourteen years after her father’s death, She traveled to India, where she sought political asylum at the U.S. embassy. She arrived in the U.S. one month later, settling in Princeton, N.J., and denouncing the Soviet Union. Married four times, she had two children in Russia, from her first two marriages, and a third child, Olga, from her fourth marriage to William Wesley Peters, an architect who studied under Frank Lloyd Wright. The two later divorced, and the couple’s daughter, Olga, accompanied her mother back to the Soviet Union in 1984. There, she renounced all of her criticism of the Soviet Union and was granted citizenship once again. Two years later they moved back to the U.S. "Over me my father’s shadow hovers, no matter what I do or say," Chicago Tribune, 1983. "Here she tells her mother's story, from her prerevolutionary girlhood, through the intensifying conflict with her husband over his political actions and intentions, to the terrible and inevitable outcome; her mothers suicide. Svetlana was six years old. The secret police replaced her mother's presence in her home..." She earned millions from the sale of her books, but died penniless. (First Edition)

Size: 5.75 x 8.5

Pages: Pp 246

S#: 1720.21.0313

   
Date: 1969

Title: Only One Year (Hard Cover - DJ) (Published by Harper & Row, New York and Evanston)

Author: Alliluyeva, Svetlana; Translated by Paul Chavchavadze

Description: The major purpose in writing this book was "To answer it fully, to make perfectly clear what the free world feels like after the Communist world, she describes in moving, personal detail her daily life in the U.S.S.R.; Stalin, his yes-men, and some of the men now in power (like Kosygin and Suslov); the steadfast and difficult life of the Moscow intellectuals who made up her own close circle and are ‘still behind those bars... without any promise of better and freer life. Perhaps just the contrary.’ " Original list price $7.95.  (First Edition)

Size: 5.75 x 8.75

Pages: Pp 444

S#: 1803.13.0313

   
Date: 1970

Title: Svetlana and William Peters.

Description: Caption pasted to verso: "4/8/70 - Phoenix, Ariz. William Wesley Peters, vice president of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, slips wedding band on finger of Svetlana Alliluyeva, youngest daughter of Soviet dictator Josef Stalin, during wedding ceremony here 4/7. UPI."

Size: Original 7 x 9.5 B&W photograph.

S#: 1846.17.1012

   
Date: 1970

Title: William and Svetlana Peters cutting wedding cake at Taliesin West reception on April 8, 1970.

Description: Clipping pasted to verso: Svetlana Alliluyeva and William Wesley Peters. Newlyweds cut their wedding cake. Stalin’s Daughter Married to Architect in Phoenix. Svetlana Alliluyeva youngest daughter of the Soviet dictator, Joseph Stalin, and William Wesley Peters, architect, were married yesterday in a secret ceremony in Phoenix. The wedding, attended only by a few friends and associates was conducted at Taliesin West, the residence of Mrs. Frank Lloyd Wright, widow of the famous architect, and headquarters of the Wright Foundation. Peters, chief architect for the organization, was formerly married to Svetlana Lloyd Wright, daughter of the famed architect. Mrs. Peters was killed in an auto accident in Wisconsin in 1946. Miss Alliluyeva, 44, who fled from the Iron Curtain to the United States in 1967, met Peters at the Desert Architectural School northeast of here last month. It was her fifth marriage. When she came to visit Iovanna Lloyd Wright, another daughter of the Wrights, Miss Alliluyeva said the "unique quality" of coincidence of the name Svetlana convinced her she should accept an invitation to go from her home in Princeton, N. J. Word of the marriage leaked out after it was learned the couple had quietly obtained a marriage license Monday and had received special court permission to waive the state’s three-day waiting period. Peters, 58, who also is vice president of the foundation, had worked with Wright since 1932. His designs include numerous churches, community developments and university buildings. In Moscow, Joseph Morozov, son of Mrs. Peters, said news of his mother’s marriage is "not very exciting" for him or his sister Katya. "We have got used to the idea after five or six of her marriages. It told her myself that she had been married often enough and shouldn’t marry again," he said. Stamped on verso: "Apr 8 1970."

Size: Original 8 x 8.5 B&W photograph.

S#: 1846.22.0114

   
Date: 1970

Title: William and Svetlana Peters wedding reception at Taliesin West on April 8, 1970. 

Description: Caption on face: "(NY9-Dec. 18) Reported expecting a child – Svetlana Stalin Peters, daughter of the late Soviet premier, is reportedly expecting a baby, according to Washington Post columnist Maxine Cheshire. She is pictured at her wedding reception in Tucson, Ariz., earlier this year with her husband, architect William Wesley Peters. Mrs. Peters, now 44, has two grown children." (Note: Wedding and reception held at Taliesin West.)

Size: Original 8 x 10 B&W photograph.

S#: 1846.21.0114

   
Date: 1970

Title: Svetlana and William Peters announced their marriage

Description: Caption: "(PN3) Phoenix, Ariz. April 7 - Svetlana and William Peters - The former Svetlana Alliluyeva and architect William Wesley Peters announced their marriage Tuesday at Taliesin West, the architecture school of the late Frank Lloyd Wright, near here. The daughter of Russian Premier Joseph Stalin and Peters, Wright’s former chief assistant, were married in a simple Quaker ceremony. (AP Wirephoto) 1970 Phoenix.

Size: Original 8 x 10.3 B&W photograph.

S#: 1846.11.0710

 

 

 

 

   
Date: 1970

Title: William and Svetlana Peters at Taliesin West, 1970.

Description: Caption taped to verso: "At home in Taliesin West – Fingers crossed (for luck?). Mrs. William Wesley Peters (the former Svetlana Alliluyeva, daughter of Josef Stalin) stands beside her new husband at reception given them by Mrs. Frank Lloyd Wright. Peters, vice president of the foundation, and his wife will make their home in the winters at Taliesin West, Ariz., and summers at Taliesin East in Spring Green, Wis." Hand written on verso: "Aug. 17, 1970" and "Mrs. Wm. Wesley (Lana) Peters."

Size: Original 8 x 10 B&W photograph.

S#: 1846.19.1213

   
Date: 1970

Title: William and Svetlana Peters at Taliesin West on April 8, 1970.

Description: Caption pasted on verso: "Phoenix, Ariz., April 8 – Svetlana Alliluyeva, daughter of Josef Stalin, talks with newsmen Wednesday with her new husband, architect William Wesley Peters. The couple held a news conference in the living room of their desert home at Taliesin West near Phoenix. Taliesin West is an architectural school of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation. 1970." Acquired from the archives of the Baltimore Sun.

Size: Original 8 x 8.5 B&W photograph.

S#: 1846.24.0114

   
Date: 1970

Title: William Wesley Peters plans to marry, 1970.

Description: Caption on face: "4/7/70 – Phoenix, Arizona - Architect William Wesley Peters of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation plans to marry Svetlana Alliluyeva, daughter of late Soviet dictator Josef Stalin. The couple obtained a marriage license in Phoenix 4/7." Stamped on verso: "Cleveland Press. Apr 10 1970."

Size: Original 8 x 10 B&W photograph.

S#: 1846.23.0114

   
Date: 1970

Title: William and Svetlana Peters, 1970.

Description: Caption on face: "12/18/70 - Washington: Svetlana Stalin, daughter of the late Russian premier, reportedly is expecting a baby, Washington Post columnist Maxine Cheshire said 12/18. Miss Stalin, 44, married American architect William Wesley Peters, 58, last April. The couple is shown in a 1970 filer. It was her third marriage, his second. UPI."

Size: Original 8.5 x 10 B&W photograph.

S#: 1846.20.0114

   
Date: 1970

Title: William and Svetlana Peters, 1970.

Description: Caption on verso: "A Marriage Vow is Taken. Phoenix, Arizona: Architect William Wesley Peters holds the hand of his new bride, Svetlana Alliluyeva after they were married, April 8. Peters is President of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation. The wedding took place at Taliesin West near Phoenix, a building designed by the late American architect. Svetlana, of course is the youngest daughter of Josef Stalin. EJB/JLO. 4/13/70." Stamped on verso: April 20 70."

Size: Original 8 x 10 B&W photograph.

S#: 1846.32.0615

   
Date: 1971

Title: William and Svetlana Peters 1971.

Description: Caption on face: "San Rafael, Calif., Jan. 5 – Favors Russian Observers – Svetlana Peters, Dictator Joseph Stalin’s daughter, with her husband, William Wesley Peters, Arizona architect, at a news conference in San Rafael Monday, during which she said she agrees with the idea of having Soviet observers at the Angela Davis trial. 1971." Stamped on verso: "Jan 14 1971." Acquired from the archives of the Baltimore Sun.

Size: Original 8 x 10 B&W photograph.

S#: 1867.13.0114

   
Date: 1971

Title: William Wesley Peters

Description: Caption: "San Rafael, Calif., May 21 - Proud Father - Mrs. William Wesley Peters, only daughter of the late Russian dictator, Joseph Stalin, gave birth to a 7-pound baby girl in Marin General Hospital Friday morning. Here the father, 58, president of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation at Taliesi (Taliesin), Ariz., enters the hospital to see his baby. (APWirePhoto) 1971. Their daughter's name was Olga Peters.

Size: Original 8 x 11 B&W photograph.

S#: 1867.05.0710

   
Date: 1971

Title: William Wesley Peters, 1971.

Description: William and Svetlana Peters in hospital with newborn baby daughter. Clipping pasted to verso: "Stalin’s daughter and baby. Mrs. Svetlana Peters, 45, daughter of Joseph Stalin, former Russian dictator, introduced her daughter Olga to her husband, William Wesley Peters, 58, president of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation. The baby, born yesterday in San Rafael, Calif., weighed 7 pounds, 9 ounces. Mrs. Peters, who has a grown son and daughter in Russia, defected to the United states in 1967. She was married to Peters, her third husband, in April, 1970. – A.P. wirephoto." Stamped on verso: "May 22 1971." Hand written on verso: "Mrs. Wm. Wesley Lana Peters."

Size: Original 8 x 9 B&W photograph.

S#: 1867.11.1113

   
Date: 1971

Title: William Wesley Peters, 1971.

Description: Caption on face: "Milwaukee, Wis., Sept. 12 – No comment on Khrushchev’s death – The daughter of Joseph Stalin, Svetlana, and her husband, William Wesley Peters, stand with their four-month-old daughter, Olga, today at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church today in Milwaukee. Svetlana refused to comment on the death of former Russian Premier Nikita Khrushchev when questioned yesterday. Peters, president of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, was on hand for consecration ceremonies at the Wright designed church. (AP Wirephoto) 1971." Stamped on verso: "Sep 15 1971." Hand written on verso: "Mrs. William Wesley Peters (Lana)."

Size: Original 8 x 10 B&W photograph.

S#: 1867.12.1113

   
Date: 1971

Title: Svetlana Peters and her daughter Olga, Sept 12, 1971.

Description: Caption pasted on verso: "Milwaukee, Wis., Sept. 13 – Svetlana and daughter – Daughter of Josef Stalin, Svetlana, kisses her baby, Olga, yesterday as she was attending church services in Milwaukee. The four-month-old child was baptized at the Greek Orthodox church following the formal services. Svetlana is married to William Wesley Peters. 1971." Stamped on verso: "Sep 13 1971. Peters Svetlana." Acquired from the archives of the Baltimore Sun.

Size: Original 8 x 9 B&W photograph.

S#: 1867.14.0114

   
Date: 1972

Title: William Wesley Peters at Taliesin West, 1972.

Description: Peters stands in courtyard, the Dining Room is on the left. The bell tower is beyond it, and the drafting room is seen in the background on the right. Stamped on verso: "Mar 28 1972." Hand written on verso: "William Wesley Peters at Taliesin West - near Phoenix, Ariz."

Size: Original 8 x 11 B&W photograph.`

S#: 1909.43.1113

   
   
   

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