Comprising a variety of documents and objects related to Luis Barragán’s professional practice, the Barragán Archives were sold in 1995 after the dissolution of the architect’s office in the early 1990s. While the Archives form the core of the Barragan Foundation’s collections, they have been complemented by further acquisitions over time.
The Barragán Archives contain a vast number of sketches, drawings and documents as well as architectural models, a large collection of photographs related to the architect’s projects, and period magazines and publications featuring Barragán’s work. This material is complemented by personal items and furniture from his office. In 1997, the Barragan Foundation acquired the collection of negatives and prints related to Barragán’s work from the estate of the photographer Armando Salas Portugal, who maintained a long collaboration with the architect.
Barragan Foundation Holdings
The collection encompasses plans, publications, photos and models, including:
- 13,500 drawings
- 7,500 photographic prints
- 82 photographic panels
- 3,500 negatives
- 7,800 transparencies and slides
- 290 publications concerning Barragán’s work
- 54 publications collected by Barragán, not related to his work
- Clippings from newspapers and magazines documenting Barragán’s work
- 7 models
- Varied manuscripts, notes, lists, correspondence
Armando Salas Portugal Collection
The Armando Salas Portugal Collection is composed of photographs, negatives and transparencies, including:
- 2,342 negatives
- 283 transparencies
- 481 photographic prints
- 8 photographic panels
Gifts, donations and other assorted materials
These include a range of Barragán’s furniture and personal possessions, as well as other documentation directly or indirectly related to the architect’s work and its context (recent publications, correspondence, photographic documentation, reproductions of material from other collections, etc.).