Solon H. Borglum and Borglum family papers, 1864-2002

Borglum, Solon Hannibal, b. 1868 d. 1922
Sculptor
Active in Wilton, Conn.

The papers of sculptor Solon Borglum and the Borglum Family were digitized in 2006 by the Archives of American Art. The bulk of the papers have been scanned and total 6,177 images. Materials not digitized include a few certificates, writings and notes authored by others, Monica Borglum Davies research files for and drafts of her biography of Solon H. Borglum, some routine financial materials, clippings and magazines, and photographs of artwork.

Funding for the processing and digitization of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.


Collection size: 11.4 linear ft.

Collection Summary: The Solon H. Borglum and Borglum family papers date from 1864 to 2002 and measure 11.4 linear feet. The collection documents Solon Borglum's personal life and his career as a sculptor specializing in Western themes through biographical material, family and general correspondence, writings and notes, research for his biography, financial and business letters, printed material, photographs and artwork.

Biographical/Historical Note: Solon H. Borglum (1868-1922) was a sculptor from Wilton, Conn. Brother of Gutzon Borglum, carver of presidential busts on Mt. Rushmore. Solon was married to Emma Vignal. Monica Borglum Davies, Borglum's daughter, collaborated with her husband, Alfred, on a biography of Solon, published in 1974. Monica did most of the research and drafts; Alfred completed the final version.

Circa 200 unfilmed photographs were received as a transfer from the NMAA Library in 1979, which had received them from Davies. The remainder of the the collection was donated by David Borglum, Harriet M. Borglum, Alfred T. Davies, Harold B. Davies, Monica B. Davies, Linda Borglum Fry and Gwynneth Kelly 1991-2004. Material on reel N69-98 lent for microfilming 1969 by Mrs. Mervyn (Monica) Davies, Borglum's daughter. Material on reel 1054 lent by George Borglum, son of August Borglum, brother of Solon and Gutzon.

Funding for the processing and digitization of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.

How to Use this Collection

  • Read the Finding Aid for this digitized collection
  • The bulk of the collection was digitized in 2007 and is available online via AAA's website. Materials not digitized include a few certificates, writings and notes not authored by Solon but by others, Monica Borglum Davies research files for and drafts of the biography Solon H. Borglum, A Man Who Stands Alone, 1974, some routine financial materials, clippings and magazines, and photographs of artwork. Loaned portions of the collection, most of which was later donated, merged, digitized, are available on microfilm reels N69-98 and 1054 at Archives of American Art offices and for interlibrary loan.
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Related Materials

A scrapbook of news clippings, other printed material, writings, and correspondence were loaned for microfilming in 1969 by Solon's daughter, Monica Borglum Davies (microfilm reels N69-98 and 1054). Originals were returned to Monica Borglum Davies and George Borglum after microfilming. This material is not described in the finding aid.
The Archives also holds several collections related to the Borglum family, including the Gutzon Borglum collection, available on microfilm only, reel 3056. This collection includes correspondence, printed material, and photographs. Originals reside at the San Antonio Museum of Art.
Also found are the Gutzon Borglum letters to John A. Stewart (available on microfilm reel D8, frames 359-362) and the Harriet Collins Allen papers relating to Solon Borglum.
The Library of Congress also holds papers of Solon Hannibal Borglum and is the primary repository of the papers of Gutzon Borglum.