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Thomas Hart Benton papers, 1906-1975

Benton, Thomas Hart, 1889-1975

Muralist, Painter


Collection Information

Size: 4 Reels, 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.

Language Note

English .

Location of Originals

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

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reels 2325-2328 available for use at Archives of American Art offices only.

Restrictions on Access

ACCESS RESTRICTED; written permission required.

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

How to Cite This Collection

Thomas Hart Benton papers, 1906-1975. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.