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Thomas Hart Benton papers, 1906-1975

Thomas Hart Benton papers, 1906-1975

Benton, Thomas Hart, 1889-1975

Muralist, Painter

Collection Information

Size: ca. 600 items (on 4 microfilm reels)

Summary: Biographical material; an interview with Benton concerning his Truman Library mural; correspondence, including many illustrated letters to his parents written while he was in school, studying in Paris, and in the Navy in Virginia; a letter from Thomas Craven and one from Stanton Macdonald-Wright; manuscripts, including "An American in Art," "An Artist in America," "Death of Grant Wood," "American Regionalism," "Life in Paris," "The Intimate Story," "Politics," and notes on Jackson Pollock; notes and notebooks containing writings; a handwritten manuscript of his speech at the dedication of his Truman Library mural; a few sketches and plates of his illustration for TOM SAWYER; a catalog, printed articles by Benton, and clippings; research material; and a photograph of Benton.

Biographical/Historical Note

American regionalist painter; Kansas City, Mo.


Lent 1980 by Benton Testamentary Trusts, Lyman Field, trustee.

Location of Originals

  • Originals in possession of Thomas Hart Benton and Rita P. Benton testamentary trusts.

Microfilm reels 2325-2328 available for use at Archives of American Art offices only.

ACCESS RESTRICTED; written permission required.

The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.