Harriet Collins Allen papers relating to Solon Borglum, 1897-1925

Allen, Harriet Collins
Art patron
Active in Ohio

Collection size: 0.2 linear ft.

Collection Summary: Found within the papers are letters primarily written by Solon Borglum and his wife, Emma, to Harriet Collins Allen. The letters were written from Omaha, London, Paris, and New York and provide a cursory overview of some of the events in Borglum's career and insights into his relationship with his older brother sculptor Gutzon Borglum. Borglum writes about meeting and working with other sculptors in Paris and New York and his wife writes about conflicts between the two brothers and exhibitions of Solon's work. Also found within the papers are clippings, a brochure for Borglum's book, "A Comparative Analysis of Natural Forms and Their Relation to the Human Figure," and photographs of Borglum in his studio and of his works.

Biographical/Historical Note: Patron of sculptor Solon Borglum; Cincinnati, Ohio. Allen and her husband Dr. Samuel Allen, befriended sculptor Solon Borglum while he was studying at the Cincinnati Art School, 1895-1897. Borglum was born in Omaha, Nebraska, and is best known for western American subjects.

Donated 1989 by Joan Parsons Wang, granddaughter of Harriet Collins Allen.

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The Archives holds several additional collections relating to Solon Borglum, including a loan of Gutzon Borglum papers microfilmed on reel 3056 (originals housed at the San Antonio Museum of Art) and the Solon H. Borglum and Borglum Family papers. The Library of Congress holds additional papers of Solon H. Borglum and is the primary repository of Gutzon Borglum's papers.