Edward Bruce papers, 1902-1960, (bulk 1932-1942)

A Finding Aid to the Edward Bruce Papers, 1902-1960 (bulk 1932-1942), in the Archives of American Art, by Erin Corley

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Biographical Information

Edward Bruce was born in 1879 in Dover Plains, New York. Though he enjoyed painting at a young age, he pursued a career in law and graduated from Columbia Law School in 1904. He practiced law in New York and in Manila, Philippines and was actively involved in international issues. He became president of the Pacific Development Corporation of California, was a lobbyist for the Philippine Independence Bill, and, in 1933, attended the London Economic Conference as a silver expert.

In 1923 Bruce gave up his career in law and business and began to paint, particularly landscapes. He and his wife Peggy spent the next six years in Anticoli Carrado, Italy where he studied painting from his friend and fellow artist Maurice Sterne. Bruce returned to the United States in 1929 and settled in California, exhibiting his artwork to much public and critical praise. In addition, Bruce was an avid collector of Chinese art.

In 1933 Bruce was appointed Chief of the newly established Public Works of Art Project, a federal government New Deal program within the U.S. Treasury Department, that employed artists to decorate numerous public buildings and parks. Though this federal program lasted less than a year, Bruce worked with Secretary of the Treasury Henry Morgenthau, Jr., to establish the Treasury Department's Section of Painting and Sculpture in 1934 - later renamed the Section of Fine Arts in 1938. Bruce was appointed Director of the department and played a primary role in securing federal government support for American artists. In 1940 he was appointed to the Commission of Fine Arts by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

Bruce received many honors and awards during his lifetime both for his work as an artist and for his capable and dedicated administration of federal arts programs. Despite poor health, he continued his work for the Section of Fine Arts until shortly before his death in 1943.

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Overview of the Collection

Scope and Contents

The Edward Bruce papers measure 8.5 linear feet and date from 1902 to 1960, with the bulk of the material dating from 1932 to 1942. The collection documents Bruce's work as an artist, art collector, exhibition juror, and federal government art administrator, particularly his tenure as Director of the U. S. Treasury Department's Section of Fine Arts. Well over one-half of the collection consists of extensive correspondence with many notable artists and government officials. Also found is scattered biographical material, office diaries and speeches, personal financial material, printed material, four scrapbooks, and photographs.

A small amount of biographical material includes birth records and many awards and certificates. Bruce's correspondence files comprise over half of this collection, containing correspondence with family, friends, artists, art organizations, political figures, museums, art galleries, and government agencies. Found within the files is extensive correspondence with friend and art critic Leo Stein and artist friend Maurice Sterne. Additional artists Bruce corresponded with include George Biddle, Adrian Dornbush, and Olin Dows. Also included is correspondence documenting his career as Chief of the Treasury Department's Section of Fine Arts with government colleagues and officials, much of it concerning his role on various federal arts committees, including the Commission of Fine Arts. There is also extensive correspondence with Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt concerning federal and public art projects.

Writings include office diaries and notebooks containing notes, addresses, lists of Section of Fine Arts projects, and dated work entries. There are copies of numerous written speeches given by Bruce on the importance of art, public art projects, and political issues. Financial material consists of a small number of items documenting Bruce's financial activity such as tax and insurance records, bills, a cash book, and house leases. Printed material documents Edward Bruce's career as an artist and federal arts projects and programs. Found are news clippings and magazine articles, exhibition catalogs, brochures, bulletins from the Section of Fine Arts, published speeches, and miscellaneous publications. Four scrapbooks contain news clippings, letters, photographs, and other printed material highlighting Bruce's career.

Extensive photographs include photographs of Bruce's artwork, portraits of Bruce, the Bruces with family and with friends and at many special events, including an NBC radio broadcast and at an exhibition with Eleanor Roosevelt. There are also photographs taken by Bruce during his travels and while living in Anticoli Carrado, Italy.

Arrangement and Series Description

The Edward Bruce collection is arranged into 7 series:

Although the collection no longer matches the exact filmed order, large groups of materials have been maintained in film order, particularly the correspondence. Microfilm reel and frame number notations are provided at the folder level when known.

Subjects and Names

This collection is indexed in the online catalog of the Archives of American Art under the following terms:

Subjects:

Subjects-Topical:

  • Art and state
  • Art, American
  • Art, Modern--20th century--United States
  • Arts administrators
  • Federal aid to the arts
  • New Deal, 1933-1939
  • Painters

Subjects-Geographical:

  • United States--Politics and government--1933-1945
  • United States--Social conditions--1933-1945

Types of Materials:

  • Diaries
  • Photographs
  • Scrapbooks

Names:

  • Biddle, George, 1885-
  • Dornbush, Adrian, 1900-
  • Dows, Olin, 1904-
  • Roosevelt, Eleanor, 1884-1962
  • Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945
  • Stein, Leo, 1872-1947
  • Sterne, Maurice, 1878-1957
  • Public Works of Art Project
  • United States, Dept. of the Treasury. Section of Fine Arts

Provenance

The Edward Bruce papers were donated by Margaret (Peggy) Bruce, Edward Bruce's wife, in 1962. Additional printed material, financial records, and photographs of artwork were donated by Mrs. Bruce's niece, Maria Ealand in 1979.

Separated and Related Materials

A book Art in Federal Buildings by Forbes Watson and Edward Bruce was donated to AAA with Bruce's papers and microfilmed with the rest of collection on Microfilm Reel D91-D92, and then transferred to the Smithsonian American Art Museum Library.

Other resources in the Archives relating to Edward Bruce include an oral history interview with Margaret (Peggy) Bruce on October 11, 1963 conducted by Harlan Phillips. Miscellaneous Manuscript Collections include one file of material, 1933-1960, concerning Edward Bruce that was donated by the U.S. General Services Administration in 1986 and microfilmed on reel 3960.

Also available at the Archives are two collections of records loaned by the U.S. National Archives from their Public Buildings Administration records and the records of the Public Works of Art Project for microfilming by the Archives. Microfilm reels DC1-DC 13 and DC116-DC128 contain Edward Bruce's files and correspondence, respectively.

How the Collection was Processed

Accessions of the Edward Bruce papers were microfilmed upon receipt on microfilm reels D82-D92 and 1817. Material comprising the donation made in 1979 was never microfilmed. The microfilmed and unmicrofilmed portions were integrated, and the entire collection processed, arranged, and described in accordance with archival standards by Erin Corley in 2006 as part of the Terra Foundation for American Art Digitization Grant.


How to Use the Collection

Restrictions on Use

The collection is open for research. The collection is partially microfilmed. Use of material not microfilmed requires an appointment.

Ownership & Literary Rights

The Edward Bruce papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.

Available Formats

Much of the collection is available on 35 mm microfilm reels D82-D92 and reel 1817 at Archives of American Art offices, and for interlibrary loan. Researchers should note that the arrangement of material described in this finding aid closely matches the arrangement of the microfilm, but not for all of the files. When known, notations have been made at the folder level in the container listing to the corresponding reel and frame numbers.

How to Cite this Collection

Edward Bruce papers, 1902-1960 (bulk 1932-1942). Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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Detailed Description and Container Inventory

Series 1: Biographical Material, circa 1904-1938
(Box 1, OV 11; 3 folders)

Biographical Material includes Edward Bruce's Diploma from Columbia University and a certificate appointing him to the Commission of Fine Arts. Also in this series are biographical documents verifying his birth.

Box Folder
1 1 Awards and Certificates, 1904-1938
(See also OV 11; unfilmed)
1 2 Biographical Documents, 1918, 1923, undated
(Reel D90:930-931)
Box
OV 11 Awards and Certificates, 1904-1938
(See also Box 1, F1)

Series 2: Correspondence, circa 1921-1957
(Boxes 1-6; 5.5 linear feet)

Well over one-half of the collection is comprised of Edward Bruce's personal and professional correspondence, the bulk of which dates from 1932 to 1942, the period Bruce worked as the Chief of the Treasury Department's Section of Fine Arts. His official work and activities in this capacity are well-documented through an abundance of correspondence with other government officials and colleagues concerning the Section of Fine Art's programs, projects, and commissions, and other federal government art programs and public art projects. There is also correspondence relating to Bruce's role on the Mount Rushmore National Memorial Commission. Bruce's extensive correspondence with Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Eleanor Roosevelt about public art projects is found in this series.

There is also personal and business correspondence with many artists, dealers, museums, galleries, and arts associations. A great deal of this correspondence concerns Bruce's own artwork, his personal art collection, and his role as a juror for many art exhibitions.

The Correspondence series is arranged into 2 subseries:

Subseries 2.1: Alphabetical Correspondence, circa 1921-1957

Found here is Bruce's correspondence with his family and many prominent friends, including art collector Samuel Lewisohn, art critic Leo Stein, and former Chief Justice Harlan F. Stone. Also found is correspondence documenting Bruce's career as an artist. He corresponded with art associations including the American Association of Museums and the National Academy of Design, art collectors and dealers such as A. W. Bahr and Albert Barnes, and with art museums and galleries concerning the exhibition of his work and as a juror for exhibitions, including the Century Club, Corcoran Gallery of Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Also included is correspondence regarding the Friedsam Gold Metal Bruce was awarded from the Architectural League of New York in 1938.

Among the artists Bruce corresponded with are George Biddle, Oscar Bleumner, Adrian Dornbush, Olin Dows, Waldo Peirce, Henry Varnum Poor, Boardman Robinson, Maurice Sterne, Ralph Stackpole, and Victor Hammer. This series also includes Bruce's correspondence with Milch Galleries, which represented his artwork, and correspondence about his Chinese art collection.

The alphabetical correspondence provides extensive documentation of Bruce's career as the Chief of the Treasury Department's Section of Fine Arts. There is correspondence with the Secretary of the Treasury Henry Morgenthau, business correspondence with colleagues in the Section, including Edward Rowan and Inslee Hopper, and correspondence with government officials Archibald MacLeish and Frederic A. Delano. Also included in this series is Bruce's extensive correspondence with Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Eleanor Roosevelt, keeping them informed of the various public art projects. Bruce's professional correspondence with government officials and businessmen about Philippine independence and its economy is also found here.

Box Folder
1 3 A, Miscellaneous, 1932-1941, undated
(Reel D82:1-74)
1 4 Adams, Katherine, 1937
(Reel D82:2-7)
1 5 Alanson, Bertram E., 1935-1939, undated
(Reel D82:75-84)
1 6 Albert, Franklin E., 1937
(Reel D82:8-15)
1 7 Alunan, Raphael R. (see also Philippine Sugar Association), 1934
(Reel D82:85-93)
1 8 American Association of Museums, 1939-1940
(Reel D82:94-110)
1 9 American Olympic Association, 1921-1935
(Reel D82:30-44)
1 10 American Planning and Civic Association, 1936-1937
(Reel D82:111-119)
1 11 Anderson, John & Margaret, 1932-1943, undated
(Reel D82:120-165)
1 12-15 Architectural League of New York, 1934-1941
(4 folders; Reel D82:166-340)
1 16 Auslander, Joseph, 1938-1941
(Reel D82:64-70)
1 17 B, Miscellaneous: Ba-Bas, 1933-1941
(Reel D82:341-382)
1 18 B, Miscellaneous: Bat-Be, 1932-1941
(Reel D82:383-448)
1 19 B, Miscellaneous: Bi-Bl, 1933-1942
(Reel D82:449-479)
1 20 B, Miscellaneous: Bo-Br, 1931-1942
(Reel D82:480-543)
1 21 B, Miscellaneous: Bu, 1933-1942
(Reel D82:551-584
1 22-25 Bahr, A. W., 1932-1942, undated
(4 folders; Reel D82:585-753)
1 26 Baltimore Evening Sun, 1938
(Reel D82:754-760)
1 27-28 Bankers Trust Company, 1930-1937
(2 folders; Reel D82:761-806)
1 29 Barker, Burt Brown, 1934-1938
(Reel D82:807-824)
1 30 Barnes, Albert C., 1939-1941
(Reel D82:825-831)
1 31 Beal, Gifford, 1939, 1941
(Reel D82:832-836)
1 32 Beal, Lester, 1941
(Reel D82:393-399)
1 33 Beard, Mary (Mrs. Charles), 1939
(Reel D82:837-839)
1 34 Bender, Albert M., 1937-1941
(Reel D82:840-891)
1 35 Benno, B. G., 1935, 1940
(Reel D82:410-417)
1 36 Bethune-Cookman College, 1940
(Reel D82:437-446)
1 37-38 Biddle, George, 1934-1940
(2 folders; Reel D82:892-1051)
1 39 Birnbaum, Martin, 1935-1940
(Reel D82:1055-1077)
1 40 Blanch, Lucille & Arnold, 1932-1941
(Reel D82:1078-1087)
1 41 Bliss, Robert Woods & Mildred, 1939-1940
(Reel D82:1088-1102)
1 42 Bluemner, Oscar, 1934-1938
(Reel D82:1103-1151)
1 43 Bowditch, Edward (Peter), 1938-1941, undated
(Reel D82:1152-1166)
1 44 Bringier, Jane, 1940-1941
(Reel D82:506-516)
1 45 Brown, Adele, 1940-1942
(Reel D82:1167-1171)
1 46 Brownell, Francis H., 1933, 1938
(Reel D82:533-542)
1 47-48 Bruce, Alfred, 1935-1941, undated
(2 folders; Reel D82:1172-1282)
1 49 Bruce, Margaret S. (Mrs. Edward), 1939-1957
(Reel D83:1035-1054)
1 50 Bruce, John M. (Jack), 1935-1942, undated
(Reel D83:1056-1117)
1 51 Bruce, Osborn, 1931-1933, undated
(Reel D83:1118-1129, 1166-1174)
1 52 Bruce, Peter, 1933, 1939
(Reel D83:1160-1165)
1 53 Bruce, Randolph, 1933-1941
(Reel D83:1130-1159, 1175-1211)
1 54 Bruner, Raymond & Louisa, 1937, 1941
(Reel D82:544-550)
1 55-56 Bunker, Ellsworth, 1935-1941
(2 folders; Reel D84:342-424)
1 57 Burchfield, Charles, 1941
(Reel D84:425-430)
1 58 C, Miscellaneous: Ca-Ch, 1934-1941
(Reel D84:431-483)
1 59 C, Miscellaneous: Cl-Co, 1934-1941
(Reel D84:484-543)
1 60 C, Miscellaneous: Cr-Cu, 1929-1942
(Reel D84:552-583)
1 61-62 Cardozo Memorial, 1932-1938
(2 folders; Reel D84:584-650)
1 63-64 Carey, William F. & Ocean, 1934-1941, undated
(2 folders; Reel D84:651-749)
1 65-68 Carnegie Institute, 1933-1941
(4 folders; Reel D84:750-903)
1 69 Celotex Corporation, 1938
(Reel D84:459-465)
1 70 Century Association, 1938-1939, 1942
(Reel D84:904-919)
1 71-72 Century Club Exhibition, 1933-1934
(2 folders; Reel D84:920-987)
1 73 Chambers, Eunice, 1938
(Reel D84:466-472)
1 74 Chinese Art Collection, 1938-1942,undated
(Reel D83:882-926)
1 75 Christmas Cards, 1938, undated
(Reel D82:864-881)
1 76-77 Christmas Party, 1938-1941
(2 folders; Reel D84:994-1012, 1018-1063, 1090-1134)
1 78-81 Clark, Victor, 1933-1941
(4 folders; Reel D84:1135-1339)
Box Folder
2 1 Columbia University, 1937
(Reel D84:1340-1359)
2 2-13 Commission of Fine Arts, 1936-1942
(12 folders; Reel D84:1360-1679; D85:1-153)
2 14 Cooke, Richard A., 1933-1940
(Reel D85:154-186)
2 15-16 Corcoran Gallery of Art, 1932-1941
(2 folders; Reel D85:187-242)
2 17-21 Cosgrave, John O'Hara & Jessica, 1932-1941
(5 folders; Reel D85:243-500)
2 22 Cosmos Club, 1935-1937
(Reel D84:538-542)
2 23 Coyle, David Cushman, 1939-1941
(Reel D85:501-506)
2 24 Cram, William C., Jr., 1934-1937
(Reel D85:507-519)
2 25 Craton, Ann, 1934
(Reel D84:544-551)
2 26 Creative Art (Magazine), 1932-1933
(Reel D85:520-534)
2 27 Cunningham, John, 1929-1939
(Reel D85:535-549)
2 28 Curry, John Steuart, 1935, 1938-1940
(Reel D84:571-577; D85:550-562)
2 29 Curtis, J. Gerry, 1937-1938, undated
(Reel D84:578-582)
2 30 Cutting, Suydam & Helen, 1933-1940
(Reel D85:563-593)
2 31 D, Miscellaneous: Da-De, 1934-1941
(Reel D85:594-660)
2 32 D, Miscellaneous: Di-Du, 1933-1941
(Reel D85:661-699)
2 33-35 Delano, Frederic A., 1933-1942
(3 folders; Reel D85:700-875)
2 36 Delano, William Adams, 1935-1942
(Reel D85:625-632)
2 37-38 Democratic National Committee, 1936-1942
(2 folders; Reel D85:876-930)
2 39 Denman, Leslie Van Ness, 1936-1939
(Reel D85:633-655)
2 40 Department of Agriculture, 1937-1940
(Reel D85:931-948)
2 41 Department of the Interior, 1939
(Reel D85:964-965)
2 42 Department of Justice, 1937-1941
(Reel D85:955-963)
2 43-44 Dornbush, Adrian, 1935-1940
(2 folders; Reel D85:1179-1253)
2 45 Dorr, Goldthwaite H., 1938-1939
(Reel D85:1254-1259)
2 46 Dougherty, Paul, 1932, 1935-1937
(Reel D85:673-684)
2 47-53 Dows, Olin, 1936-1942
(7 folders; Reel D85:1260-1468; D86:1-230)
2 54 E, Miscellaneous, 1935-1942
(Reel D86:231-283)
2 55-56 Ealand, Maria, 1933-1941, undated
(2 folders; Reel D86:284-374)
2 57 Economic Conference, 1932-1933
(Reel D86:375-388)
2 58 Egan, Martin, 1933-1937
(Reel D86:234-243)
2 59-62 Ehrman, Alfred, 1933-1941
(4 folders; Reel D86:389-582)
2 63 Eisele, Louisa, 1936-1937
(Reel D86:244-254)
2 64 Embury, Aymar II, 1935-1937
(Reel D86:265-271)
2 65 F, Miscellaneous: Fa-Fe, 1934-1941
(Reel D86:583-603
2 66 F, Miscellaneous: Fi-Fl, 1935-1941
(Reel D86:604-637)
2 67 F, Miscellaneous: Fo-Fu, 1935-1942
(Reel D86:638-696)
2 68 Federal Security Agency, 1940-1941
(Reel D86:697-702)
2 69 Federal Works Agency, 1935-1941
(Reel D86:703-747)
2 70 Finch School, 1935
(Reel D86:748-753)
2 71 Flaherty, Robert, 1934-1941
(Reel D86:619-633)
2 72 Forbes, Cameron, 1933-1941
(Reel D86:754-772)
2 73-74 Fortune Magazine, 1933-1939, undated
(2 folders; Reel D86:773-832)
2 75 Frank, Jerome, 1934-1940
(Reel D86:670-677)
2 76 Frankfurter, Felix, 1940
(Reel D86:833-848)
2 77 Friedman, Arnold, 1938-1941
(Reel D86:849-863)
Box Folder
3 1 G, Miscellaneous, 1935-1941, undated
(Reel D86:864-908)
3 2-3 Gans, Howard, 1936-1942
(2 folders; Reel D86:909-1004)
3 4 Gaston, Herbert E. (Department of Treasury), 1935-1941
(Reel D85:1170-1176)
3 5 Gates, Margaret and Robert, undated
(Reel D86:1005-1027)
3 6 Gerstle, William Lewis, 1937-1940
(Reel D86:879-889)
3 7 H, Miscellaneous: Ha, 1935-1942
(Reel D86:1028-1083)
3 8 H, Miscellaneous: He-Hu, 1929-1942
(Reel D86:1084-1130)
3 9-10 Hammer, Victor, 1930-1941
(2 folders; Reel D86:1131-1227)
3 11-12 Harvard University, 1938
(2 folders; Reel D86:1228-1291)
3 13 Hatch, John Davis, Jr., 1934-1939
(Reel D86:1039-1064)
3 14 Henderson, Leon, 1939-1942
(Reel D86:1092-1098)
3 15 Hoffman, William H., 1935-1938
(Reel D86:1102-1109)
3 16 Hopkins, Harry L. (Department of Commerce), 1934-1940
(Reel D85:949-954)
3 17-24 Hopper, Inslee, 1935-1945
(8 folders; Reel D86:1292-1614)
3 25 House in Peru, Vermont, 1936-1937
(Reel D88:258-261)
3 26 Housh, Chester, 1941-1942
(Reel D86:1615-1625)
3 27 Hull, Cordell (Department of State), 1935-1942
(Reel D85:966-983; D86:1626-1668)
3 28 J, Miscellaneous, 1934-1943, undated
(Reel D87:246-290)
3 29 Jacobson, Carl, 1935-1940
(Reel D87:247-256)
3 30 James, Henry, 1936-1942
(Reel D87:307-357)
3 31 Jaqua, Ernest J., 1938-1939
(Reel D87:291-306, 358-374)
3 32 Key West Project, 1935-1936
(Reel D87:375-429)
3 33-36 Lawrence, W. H., 1935-1942
(4 folders; Reel D87:430-567)
3 37 Leffingwell, Russell, 1937-1940
(Reel D87:568-580)
3 38 Lewis, Sir Wilmott, 1935-1936
(Reel D87:581-606)
3 39-40 Lewisohn, Samuel A., 1931-1941
(2 folders; Reel D87:607-659)
3 41 Lind, K. B., 1932-1933
(Reel D87:660-666)
3 42 Lindeberg, Harry, 1935, undated
(Reel D87:667-668)
3 43 M, Miscellaneous: Ma-Me, 1933-1942
(Reel D87:687-745)
3 44 M, Miscellaneous: Mi-My, 1932-1942
(Reel D87:746-804)
3 45 Mc, Miscellaneous, 1933-1942
(Reel D87:669-686)
3 46 McReynolds, W. H., 1938-1942
(Reel D90:708-720)
3 47 Mack, Harold, 1932-1940
(Reel D87:805-860)
3 48-49 MacLeish, Archibald, 1939-1942
(2 folders; Reel D87:861-906)
3 50 Macon, Georgia, Art Association, 1935
(Reel D87:907-910)
3 51 Manship, Paul, 1933-1940
(Reel D87:699-706)
3 52 Martin, David Stone, 1942
(Reel D87:709-717)
3 53 May, Stacy, 1940-1941
(Reel D87:911-920)
3 54 Mellett, Lowell, 1934-1941
(Reel D87:921-960)
3 55-59 Milch Galleries, 1932-1941
(5 folders; Reel D87:961-1164)
3 60 Millier, Arthur, 1933-1940
(Reel D88:58-83)
3 61 Minor, Pearl, 1934-1938
(Reel D87:753-760)
3 62 Mittell, Sherman F., 1936-1941
(Reel D87:761-773)
3 63-64 Morgan, Forbes, 1934-1936
(2 folders; Reel D87:1165-1224)
3 65-68 Morgenthau, Henry & Mrs., 1937-1941
(4 folders; Reel D85:984-1169)
3 69-75 Mount Rushmore Project, 1925-1939, undated
(7 folders; Reel D87:1225-1498)
3 76 Munn, John R., 1935-1936
(Reel D87:1499-1506)
3 77 Murphy, Frank, 1938-1940
(Reel D87:1507-1519)
Box Folder
4 1 Museum of Fine Arts of Houston, 1930-1931
(Reel D87:1520-1524)
4 2-3 Museum of Modern Art, 1938-1941
(2 folders; Reel D87:1525-1589)
4 4 N, Miscellaneous, 1933-1941
(Reel D87:1597-1649)
4 5-6 National Academy of Design, 1935-1942
(2 folders; Reel D87:1650-1729)
4 7 National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, 1935, 1941-1942
(Reel D87:1590-1596)
4 8 National Gallery of Art, 1939-1941
(Reel D87:1730-1734)
4 9 National Institute of Arts and Letters, 1939-1942
(Reel D87:1735-1740; D88:1-15)
4 10 Neumann, J. B., 1937-1941
(Reel D87:1600-1611)
4 11 News Correspondents, 1935-1942
(Reel D88:16-57)
4 12 Nichols, William B., 1936
(Reel D87:1622-1639)
4 13 O, Miscellaneous, 1932-1941
(Reel D88:84-104)
4 14 P, Miscellaneous: Pa-Pe, 1934-1942
(Reel D88:116-162)
4 15 P, Miscellaneous: Pf-Pu, 1934-1941
(Reel D88:163-202)
4 16 Parrott, Fred & Adelaide Annette, 1938-1940, undated
(Reel D88:122-138)
4 17 Parsons, William E., 1934-1938
(Reel D88:203-215)
4 18 Peirce, Waldo, 1936-1941
(Reel D88:216-244)
4 19 Peoples, C. J., 1935-1940
(Reel D88:245-257)
4 20-21 Philippine Sugar Association, 1933-1937
(2 folders; Reel D88:364-441)
4 22 Phillips Memorial Gallery, 1937-1942
(Reel D88:442-462)
4 23 Pittman, Key, 1932-1935
(Reel D88:463-483)
4 24 P. M. Magazine, 1940-1941
(Reel D88:105-115)
4 25 Poland, William B., 1936-1942, undated
(Reel D88:484-506)
4 26 Poor, Henry Varnum, 1937-1942
(Reel D88:507-563)
4 27 Porter, William R., 1936
(Reel D88:181-187)
4 28 Purdon, Eric, 1934-1939
(Reel D88:564-589)
4 29 R, Miscellaneous: Re-Roo, 1932-1942
(Reel D88:590-642)
4 30 R, Miscellaneous: Ros-Ru, 1932-1941
(Reel D88:643-664)
4 31-33 Radio Broadcast, National Broadcasting Company, 1940
(3 folders; Reel D88:665-774)
4 34-35 Radio Broadcast fan mail, 1940
(2 folders; Reel D88:781-863)
4 36-39 Reed, Horace E., 1929-1941
(4 folders; Reel D88:864-1011)
4 40 Reinhardt Galleries, 1929-1931
(Reel D88:1012-1037)
4 41-43 Reynolds, Jackson E., 1929-1939
(3 folders; Reel D88:1038-1117)
4 44-45 Robert, Lawrence Wood, 1933-1940
(2 folders; Reel D88:1118-1196)
4 46-47 Robinson, Boardman, 1935-1940
(2 folders; Reel D88:1197-1254)
4 48 Robinson, Joseph T., 1932, 1936
(Reel D88:603-610)
4 49-55 Roosevelt, President Franklin D., 1934-1942
(7 folders; Reel D90:207-490)
4 56-60 Roosevelt, Eleanor, 1933-1942
(5 folders; Reel D90:491-707)
4 61 Roosevelt, Henry L., 1935-1936
(Reel D88:624-634)
4 62 Rosenberg, James N., 1934-1937
(Reel D88:1255-1271)
4 63-71 Rowan, Edward, 1934-1944
(9 folders; Reel D88:1272-1651)
4 72 S, Miscellaneous, 1932-1942, undated
(Reel D88:1652-1687)
4 73 Sample, Paul, 1934-1940, undated
(Reel D88:1688-1734)
4 74-75 Schaub, Lincoln F., 1935-1940, undated
(2 folders; Reel D88:1735-1818)
Box Folder
5 1-2 Section of Fine Arts Luncheon for Mrs. Roosevelt, 1941
(2 folders; Reel D90:43-192)
5 3 Serva, Albert E., 1933
(Reel D89:71-73)
5 4 Shankar, Sir Girja, 1942
(Reel D82:344-351)
5 5 Silver Value, 1933-1934
(Reel D89:74-100)
5 6 Soong, T. V., 1941
(Reel D89:101-103)
5 7 Stack, Theo. M., 1933
(Reel D89:233-247)
5 8 Stackpole, Ralph, 1939-1942
(Reel D89:248-277)
5 9-15 Stein, Leo, 1932-1942, 1950, undated
(7 folders; Reel D89:278-623)
5 16 Sterne, Maurice, 1931-1934
(Reel D89:624-665)
5 17 Saint Louis Art Museum, 1933
(Reel D89:666-669)
5 18-22 Stone, Harlan F., 1932-1942
(5 folders; Reel D89:670-930)
5 23-28 Stone, Julius F., Jr., 1934-1942
(6 folders; Reel D89:931-1161)
5 29 Studio House, 1935-1938
(Reel D89:1162-1173)
5 30 Sullivan, Frank E., 1933
(Reel D89:1174-1179)
5 31 Sutro, Oscar, 1933-1934
(Reel D89:1180-1229)
5 32 Switzer, John M., 1933-1934
(Reel D89:1230-1247)
5 33 T, Miscellaneous: Ta-Ti, 1935-1940
(Reel D89:1248-1291)
5 34 T, Miscellaneous: To-Ty, 1932-1941
(Reel D89:1292-1314)
5 35 Taylor, Francis Henry, 1933-1938
(Reel D89:1251-1259)
5 36 Thomas, Elbert, 1941-1942
(Reel D89:1331-1340)
5 37 John L. Thompson, Sons & Co., Inc., 1934
(Reel D89:1269-1277)
5 38 Thurston, Elliott, 1935-1940
(Reel D89:1341-1364)
5 39 Tilney, Frederick, 1935-1936
(Reel D89:1281-1287)
5 40 Time Incorporated, 1932-1942
(Reel D89:1365-1382)
5 41-42 Treasury Department, Section of Painting and Sculpture, 1934-1939
(2 folders; Reel D89:1-70)
5 43 Treasury Relief Art Project, 1935
(Reel D89:1383-1439)
5 44 Tugwell, Rexford, 1933-1939
(Reel D89:1440-1466)
5 45 U, Miscellaneous, 1934-1940
(Reel D89:1467-1483)
5 46 V, Miscellaneous, 1923-1941
(Reel D89:1484-1521)
5 47 W, Miscellaneous, 1932-1941, undated
(Reel D89:1522-1553; D90:1-4)
5 48 Waldo, Richard H., 1932
(Reel D90:26-34)
5 49 Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, 1933-1937
(Reel D89:1529-1538)
5 50 Walker, Frank, 1933, 1935
(Reel D90:35-38)
5 51 Walter, Edgar, 1933-1938
(Reel D90:39-42)
5 52 Washington Philatelic Society, 1938
(Reel D90:204-206)
5 53 White House, 1937-1942
(Reel D90:721-728)
5 54-55 Whitney Museum of American Art, 1932-1941
(2 folders; Reel D90:729-796)
5 56 Wiggin, Albert H., 1932-1937
(Reel D90:797-811)
5 57 Williams, Mary L. (Post Office Department), 1940-1941
(Reel D90:812-821)
5 58 Woodward, Robert S., 1934-1942
(Reel D90:822-851)
5 59 Yau, C. F., 1933, 1941-1942
(Reel D90:852-885)
5 60-74 Letters of Condolence, A-Z, 1943
(15 folders; Reel D90:973-1624)

Subseries 2.2: Chronological Correspondence, circa 1928-1942

Chronological correspondence includes personal and professional correspondence of a more general nature, arranged by date. Many of the same topics covered in the alphabetical correspondence are also found here and include letters of appreciation, updates from friends, and general business and financial matters. The chronological correspondence also includes many of the same correspondents as above. The order of the correspondence on microfilm has been maintained.

Box Folder
6 1-8 Chronological Correspondence, undated, 1928-1933
(8 folders; Reel D82:1288-1529; D83:1-96)
6 9-17 Chronological Correspondence, 1934-1939
(9 folders; Reel D83:97-510)
6 18-24 Chronological Correspondence, 1940-1942
(7 folders; Reel D83:511-863)

Series 3: Writings, circa 1931-1942
(Box 6; 0.3 linear feet)

This series contains four office diaries from 1942, notebooks, and speeches. Most of the diary entries are written by his secretary. The notebooks contain addresses and various notes; one contains lists of Section of Fine Arts projects and artists, and another contains detailed notes and dated entries about his political work for Philippine independence. Also found in this series are written speeches Edward Bruce gave at public events. Most focus on or promote public art projects and programs. A few address other political issues, such as Philippine idependence. Included is a notebook of various speeches, arranged in its original collation.

The Writings series is arranged into 2 subseries:

Subseries 3.1: Diaries and Notebooks, circa 1931-1932, 1942

Box Folder
6 25 Diaries, 1942
(4 diaries, Reel D83:927-1034)
6 26 "Notebook of Edward Bruce: Addresses and Miscellaneous Notes", circa 1932
(Reel D91:73-152)
6 27 Notebook, "Section of Fine Arts Projects", undated
(Reel D91:1-72)
6 28 Notebook, "Senate 1931 Re: Philippine Independence", 1931
(Reel D88:263-343)

Subseries 3.2: Speeches, circa 1934-1941

Box Folder
6 29 "New Frontiers," undated
(Reel D89:209-220)
6 30 "The Philippine Problem and the Hawes-Cutting Bill", undated
(Reel D91:165-184)
6 31 American Federation of Arts Convention, undated
(Reel D89:106-112)
6 32 Home of Under Secretary of State, 1934
(Reel D89:221-232)
6 33 Friedsam Award Ceremony, 1938
(Reel D89:183-186)
6 34 White House Lecture, 1938
(Reel D89:187-208)
6 35 Cabinet Meeting, 1938-1939
(Reel D89:152-182)
6 36 Exhibit Opening at Corcoran Gallery of Art, 1939
(Reel D89:131-145)
6 37 Section of Fine Arts Luncheon for Mrs. Roosevelt, 1941
(Reel D89:115-124)
6 38 Miscellaneous Speeches, 1939-1940, undated
(Reel D89:104-105, 113-114, 125-130, 146-151)
6 39-43 Notebook of Speeches, 1934-1940
(5 folders; Reel D91:1004-1115)

Series 4: Financial Material, 1909-1913, 1928-1943
(Box 6, 0.3 linear feet)

Edward Bruce's financial material is scattered and includes an account book, a cash book, financial records and leases for houses, income tax records, insurance records, and bills for various personal expenditures. Also found are the will and other related estate documents for Isabella Bruce, a relative of Edward Bruce, and a memorandum about the condition of the silver market from a 1933 economic conference. Items are arranged alphabetically by type of records and chronologically within folders.

Box Folder
6 44 Account Book, undated
(Reel D91:185-188)
6 45 Cashbook for Christmas Party, 1941
(Reel D84:1064-1082)
6 46 Florence House Financial Records, 1934
(Unfilmed)
6 47-54 Income Tax Records, 1928-1941
(8 folders; partially filmed Reel D90:903-923)
6 55 Income Tax Records, Tax Errors, 1938-1940
(Unfilmed)
6 56-57 Insurance Records, New England Mutual, 1931-1942
(2 folders; Reel D87:1-60)
6 58-60 Insurance Records, New York Life, 1912, 1933-1942
(3 folders; Reel D87:61-176)
6 61-62 Insurance Records, Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada, 1913, 1931-1943
(2 folders; Reel D87:177-245)
6 63 Last Will and Testament of Isabella R. Bruce, 1909, 1917
(Partially filmed Reel D90:924-929, 932)
6 64 Lease of House in Warrenton, Virginia, 1933
(Reel D90:193-203)
6 65 Memorandum on the Silver Market, 1933
(Reel D90:933-944)
6 66 Paid Bills, 1933-1937
(Reel D82:1052-1054, D90:886-902)
6 67 Telephone Bills, 1933-1934
(Reel D82:1315-1330)

Series 5: Printed Material, circa 1919, circa 1926-1943, 1960
(Box 7, 0.5 linear feet)

Printed material documents a wide range of topics including Edward Bruce's career as an artist and as director of the Section of Fine Arts, and other art and government affairs. Included are news clippings and art magazines, brochures from art organizations, and catalogs for exhibitions of Bruce's artwork and others. Also found are published bulletins by the Section of Fine Arts, published speeches from various events on international relations, and other miscellaneous pamphlets, newsletters, and government publications. Materials are arranged alphabetically by type of material and chronologically within each folder.

Box Folder
7 1 Art Magazines, 1933, 1941, 1943, 1960
(Unfilmed)
7 2 Brochures, 1935-1945
(Unfilmed)
7 3 Bulletin of Section of Painting and Sculpture, 1935
(Reel D91:790-795)
7 4-6 Bulletin of Treasury Department Art Projects, 1937-1941
(3 folders; Reel D91:769-1003)
7 7 Exhibition Catalogs, 1926-1939, undated
(Unfilmed)
7 8 Massachusetts: A Guide to Its Places and People, 1937
(Unfilmed)
7 9 National Institute of Arts and Letters: Constitution and List of Members, 1938
(Unfilmed)
7 10-22 News Clippings, 1926-1944, undated
(13 folders; Reel D83:1526-1673; D84:1-118)
7 23 Published Speeches by Others, 1934-1942
(Unfilmed)
7 24 Reproductions of Artwork, undated
(Unfilmed)
7 25 Spruce, a Publication of the Spruce Production Division, circa 1919
(Unfilmed)
7 26 Miscellaneous Printed Material, 1933-1939, undated
(Unfilmed)

Series 6: Scrapbooks, 1922-1941
(Box 7-8; 0.8 linear feet)

Four scrapbooks document Edward Bruce's career as a professional artist and as the director of the Section of Fine Arts. The scrapbooks include newspaper and magazine clippings, letters, photographs, exhibition invitations and catalogs, and other miscellaneous printed material. Except for a few duplicate items, most of the documents in the scrapbooks are not found elsewhere in the collection. Scrapbook 2 has been unbound but is arranged in its original collation.

Box Folder
8 1 Scrapbook 1, 1922-1930
(Reel D91:263-391)
Box Folder
7 27-31 Scrapbook 2, 1933-1934, 1938-1939
(5 folders; Reel D91:523-653)
Box Folder
8 2 Scrapbook 3, 1933-1935, 1937-1937
(Reel D91:392-522)
8 3 Scrapbook 4, 1935-1941
(Reel D91:654-789)

Series 7: Photographs, circa 1902-1943
(Box 7, 9-10; 1.0 linear foot)

This series includes Edward and Peggy Bruce's personal photographs and photographs of Bruce's artwork. There are many professional portraits of Bruce, two photos of him painting outdoors, photos of Bruce with wife Peggy, and photographs of the Bruces with friends, including Leo Stein and Maurice Sterne. Also found are photographs of Edward Bruce at special events and government affairs, including a photo of him at an art opening with Eleanor Roosevelt. There are many group photos of Bruce with various individuals, including John Dewey, Henry Morgenthau, Jr., Robert La Follette, Carl Milles, and William Zorach. Also included are numerous travel photographs of China, Italy, and Java. There are numerous photographs of their time in Anticoli Carrado, Italy. Two photograph albums contain photographs taken by Edward Bruce and organized by subject, including boats, houses, animals, trees, and other landscape features. Miscellaneous photographs include friends, houses, and unidentified snapshots. Personal photographs are arranged by subject and chronologically within each folder.

Photographs of Artwork include black and white photographs of paintings by Edward Bruce. Almost all of the photographs are undated and are in no specific arrangement. Also found is a photograph album of artwork that has been unbound but is arranged in its original collation.

Researchers should note that the arrangement of the photographs does not match the order of the material on microfilm. However, most of the photographs can be found on reel D83, frames 1212-1535.

Photographs are arranged into 2 subseries:

Subseries 7.1: Personal Photographs, circa 1902-1943

Box Folder
7 32-35 Portraits of Edward Bruce, 1902-1915, 1917, undated
(4 folders)
7 36 Edward Bruce Painting Outdoors, 1939
7 37 Edward and Peggy Bruce, 1935, undated
7 38 Edward and Peggy Bruce with Friends, 1925-1937, undated
7 39 Edward Bruce at Special Events, 1941, undated
7 40 Section of Fine Arts Christmas Party, 1938-1941
7 41 Hurricane Damage at Brattleboro, Vermont, 1939
7 42-46 Carey Project, Huntington, New York, 1939
(5 folders)
7 47-48 Radio Broadcast, National Broadcasting Company, 1940
(2 folders; Reel D88:775-780)
7 49 War Department Sculpture Competition, circa 1941
7 50 Launching of the S. S. Edward Bruce, 1943
(Reel D90:945-956)
Box Folder
9 (hol) 1 Photographs of China, 1916
9 (hol) 2 Photographs of Italy, circa 1925
9 (hol) 3 Photographs of Java, undated
(Reel D90:957-972)
9 (hol) 4-5 Miscellaneous Photographs, 1934-1939, undated
(2 folders)
9 (hol) 6-7 Photograph Album 1, undated
(2 folders; Reel D91:255-262)
9 (hol) 8-11 Photograph Album 2, undated
(4 folders; Reel D91:189-254)

Subseries 7.2: Photographs of Artwork, circa 1926-1935

Box Folder
9 (hol) 12-18 Photographs of Artwork, 1926-1935, undated
(7 folders)
Box Folder
10 (hol) 1-3 Photographs of Artwork, 1926-1935, undated
(4 folders)
10 (hol) 4-9 Photograph Album of Artwork, undated
(5 folders)