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George Biddle papers, circa 1910-1970

Biddle, George, 1885-1973

Muralist, Painter

Collection Information

Size: 0.76 linear ft.

Summary: The papers of New York painter and muralist George Biddle (1885-1973), measure 0.76 linear feet and date from circa 1910-1970. The collection includes a certificate signed by President Harry Truman, edited transcripts of Biddle's diary entries, 1933-1941, 1948-1963; a manuscript of a memoir about meeting President Franklin Roosevelt, three letters from William Hunt Diederich's daughter, transcripts of letters from Bernard Berenson, sketches and mural studies, 1935-1936 and 1942-1945; and two glass plate negatives.

Biographical/Historical Note

New York painter and muralist George Biddle (1885-1973) proposed to President Franklin Roosevelt the establishment of a federal relief program for artists during the Depression, and subsequently painted a number of government murals under the auspices of the Federal Art Project, including murals for the Department of Justice in 1935.

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