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

Bruce, Edward, 1879-1943

Businessperson, Painter, Arts administrator

Collection Information

Size: 8.9 linear feet

Summary: 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.

Biographical/Historical Note

Edward Bruce (1879-1943) was a painter, lawyer, businessman, and art director in Washington, D.C. Practiced law in N.Y. and Manila, Philippines; president of Pacific Development Corporation of California; lived and painted in Anticoli Carrado, Italy; director of the Treasury Dept.'s Section of Fine Arts.


Papers on reels D82-D92 and 1817 donted by Mrs. Edward Bruce in 1962. Unmicrofilmed materials donated 1979 by Maria Ealand, the Bruce's niece. The photograph on reel 1817 was received with the papers but microfilmed in 1980 as part of AAA's Photographs of Artists-Collection II.

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