During the summer of 2018, the Preservation Foundation was pleased to announce the generous gift of the John L. Volk Architectural Collection by his son, John K. Volk, Jr. Acquisition of the Volk Collection fulfills a longtime goal of the Foundation to house the last available architectural collection of one of Palm Beach's great architects. The Foundation's archives also include the architectural drawing collections of Marion Sims Wyeth, Belford Shoumate, and Henry K. Harding.
Director of Archives Shellie Labell worked with a team of consultants and interns over the past year to appraise, accession, and prepare the collection for storage in the Foundation's climate-controlled archives. The collection contains over 24,000 architectural drawings by Volk, 300 volumes from his personal library, 4,000 photographs, and a collection of Volk family correspondence and social history documentation.
The collection is currently being digitized and will be available for research in the fall of 2019.