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George Biddle papers, 1910-1969

George Biddle papers, 1910-1969

Biddle, George, 1885-1973

Muralist, Sculptor, Painter

Collection Information

Size: ca.1.5 linear ft. (partially microfilmed on 6 reels)

Summary: Diary and transcripts of diaries; correspondence; articles; writings; sketches; and printed material.

Biographical/Historical Note

Painter, mural painter; Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y. It was Biddle who recommended to long-time friend, Franklin Roosevelt, a federal relief art program for artists during the Depression, giving rise to the Public Works of Art Project and subsequent art projects of the Treasury Department and Works Progress Administration. Biddle painted the murals for the Department of Justice in 1935 under the Section of Painting and Sculpture which later became the Section of Fine Arts, as well as several other mural commissions for the government. He died in 1973.


Reel 3621: These transcripts were made by Archives of American Art staff from typescripts of the original diaries provided by Biddle. Reel D127: This is the same diary from which the edited typescript found on reel 3621 was taken. This version has many more entries than the edited version and includes, in addition to more detail about Biddle's daily life and work, versions of articles by Biddle, and lists of works of art up through 1934. Reel 4909: Photocopies discarded after microfilming.

Location of Originals

  • Reels 3621, D127, & P17-P18 Originals in the Library of Congress, Manuscript Division.

Additional Forms Available

Microfilm reels 3621, D127, P17-P18, 899 and 4909 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm. Contact Reference Services for more information.

How to Cite This Collection

George Biddle papers, 1910-1969. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.