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Phoebe A. Hearst letters to Carl O. Borg, 1909-1919

Hearst, Phoebe Apperson, 1842-1919

Collector, Art patron


Collection Information

Size: 12 Items

Summary: Letters from Phoebe A. Hearst to Borg, written from her California residences in McCloud, Pleasanton, and the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco. The letters reflect Heart's interest in Borg's career, her financial support of his European travels, and the closeness of their relationship.

Biographical/Historical Note

Hearst was an art collector and patron; Pleasanton and San Francisco, Calif. She was the mother of newspaper publisher William Randolph Hearst. Among the artists to whom she provided financial support was the Swedish born painter and etcher Carl Oscar Borg (1879-1947). Borg, who settled in Los Angeles in 1903, specialized in depicting Native Americans and landscapes of California and the Southwest.


Donated 1997 by Helen Laird.

Location of Originals

  • Location of originals unknown. Lost after the death of Borg's widow Lilly Lindstrand Borg Elmberg.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

All photocopies.

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.

How to Cite This Collection

Phoebe A. Hearst letters to Carl O. Borg, 1909-1919. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.