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Series 4 | A Finding Aid to the Solon H. Borglum and Borglum family papers, 1864-2002 | Digitized Collection

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

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Series 4: Writings and Notes, 1871-1983, undated
1 linear foot
Box 2-3

Writings and notes include those written by Solon Borglum and others. Writings and notes by Solon Borglum include project proposals for an Alexander Hamilton statue, the "Bells of History" project, and a sculpture only described as "The Grille." Also found are numerous essays by Solon and lecture notes on topics such as art, material and form, specific sculptural works, and his experiences in World War I. This series also includes Solon's notes on various subjects, including the founding of the School of American Sculpture and the Benjamin Franklin Monument project, and a diary with many sketches that Solon kept in 1918 during his military service. Similarly, Solon wrote in many notebooks during his time in the military and later career. The notebooks found here include personal thoughts, quotations, names and addresses, and sketches. Researchers will also find personal notes written in Solon's address books.
Writings and notes by others include Emma Borglum's recollections on the life of Solon and their experiences together at the Crow Creek Reservation. Additional recollections on Solon Borglum are written by his daughter Monica Davies and her friend Josephine Sofio. Also found in this subseries is a lecture on Jacob Leisler, the subject of a Borglum sculpture, prepared by Monica's husband, A. Mervyn Davies, and a notebook kept by Emma's brother, Paul Vignal. Of interest are address lists and guest books for the various meetings of the Silvermine Group of Artists. Items in this subseries have not been digitized.
The Writings and Notes series is arranged into 2 subseries:
4.1: Writings and Notes by Solon Borglum, 1914-1922, undated
4.2: Writings and Notes by Others, 1871-1983, undated
4.1:Writings and Notes by Solon Borglum, 1914-1922, undated
DescriptionContainer
Diary, 1917-1918
2
25
Loose Items From Diary, 1918-1919
2
26
Project Proposal, "Alexander Hamilton" sculpture, undated
(Partially scanned)
2
27
Project Proposal, "Bells of History", Tentative Plan, circa 1921
(2 folders; partially scanned)
2
28-29
Project Proposal, "Bells of History", Drafts and Notes, 1921
(3 folders; partially scanned)
2
30-32
Project Proposal, "The Grille", 1914
2
33
Essay, "The Duty of Art", undated
(Partially scanned)
2
34
Essay, "The Duty of Art", Notes, undated
(Not scanned)
2
35
Essay, "The Last Round-up", undated
2
36
Essay, "The Little Lady of the Dew", circa 1920
(Partially scanned)
2
37
Essay, "My Experience in the Great War", 1919
2
38
Essay, "The Province of a Sculptor", undated
2
39
Essay, "Reconstruction", undated
2
40
Lecture, Action and Speech, undated
(Partially scanned)
2
41
Lecture, Appreciation and Style, undated
(Partially scanned)
2
42
Lecture, Industrial Arts, undated
(Partially scanned)
2
43
Lecture, "Inspiration and Aspiration", circa 1920
(2 folders; partially scanned)
2
44-45
Lecture, Late Nineteenth-century French Artists, undated
2
46
Lecture, "Presentation", undated
2
47
Notebooks, 1917-1922, undated
(9 folders)
2
48-56
Notebooks, undated
3
1
Notes, Benjamin Franklin Monument, undated
3
2
Notes, New Canaan, undated
3
3
Notes, School of American Sculpture, circa 1919-1921
(2 folders; partially scanned)
3
4-5
Notes, Silvermine Neighbors Club, undated
(Partially scanned)
3
6
Notes, Miscellaneous, undated
(2 folders; not scanned)
3
7-8
Address Books, circa 1917-1918, undated
(6 folders)
3
9-14
Address Lists, undated
3
15
4.2:Writings and Notes by Others, 1871-1983, undated
(Not scanned)
DescriptionContainer
Emma Borglum, "An Account of the Life of Solon Borglum and the Experience at Crow Creek", undated
3
16
Emma Borglum, "An Account of the Life of Solon H. Borglum", undated
3
17
Emma Borglum, Essay on French Literature, undated
3
18
Emma Borglum, Recipe Notes, undated
3
19
Emma Borglum, Recollections of Crow Creek, undated
3
20
Emma Borglum, Recollections of Crow Creek (in French), undated
3
21
A. Mervyn Davies, Lecture on Jacob Leisler, undated
3
22
Monica Borglum Davies, "The Command of Got to Retreat", undated
3
23
Monica Borglum Davies, Recollections of Solon Borglum, 1967, undated
3
24
Josephine Sofio, Recollections of the Borglum Family, 1979, 1983
3
25
Paul E. Vignal, Notebook of Quotations, 1871-1901
3
26
Address List, Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1922
3
27
Address Lists, Miscellaneous, 1923, undated
3
28
Guest Books, Silvermine Group of Artists Meetings, circa 1910-1921
(2 folders)
3
29-30
Miscellaneous Writings, 1925, undated
3
31

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