Oral history interview with Monica Borglum Davies

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.davies90
Creators:
Davies, Monica Borglum, 1903-1997
Brown, Robert F.
Dates:
1990 May 8-August 27
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
2 Items
sound cassettes
39 Pages
Transcript
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
An interview with Monica Borglum Davies conducted 1990 May 8-August 27, by Robert Brown, for the Archives of American Art.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Monica Borglum Davies (1903-1997) was the daughter of Solon Borglum (1868-1922), sculptor.

Administration
Existence and Location of Copies
Transcript is available on the Archives of American Art's website.
Author
Sponsor
Funding for the digital preservation of this interview was provided by a grant from the Save America's Treasures Program of the National Park Service.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
This interview is part of the Archives of American Art Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and administrators.

General
General
Originally recorded on 2 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 3 digital wav files. Duration is 2 hr., 14 min.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
Davies discusses childhood memories in Silvermine, Connecticut; her father, sculptor Solon H. Borglum, and her mother Emma Vignal. She recalls their artist friends, including Daniel Putnam Brinley and Addison Millar; her father's candid personality; her mother's family, which took in young American artists in Paris as boarders, including her father and Alphaeus Cole; Paul Manship as her father's student; tensions between the Solon and Gutzon Borglum families; Borglum's service with the YMCA in France 1918-19; his establishment of schools for American sculptors in Paris and New York, 1920-22 (School for American Sculpture); purchase of large figurative works by St. Mark's-in-the-Bouwerie, NYC; sudden death of her father and support received by the family from friends.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Sculpture, Modern -- 19th century -- United States Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Sculpture, Modern -- 20th century -- United States Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Sculptors -- United States -- Interviews Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Art Schools -- France -- Paris Function Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Art Schools -- New York (State) -- New York Function Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Borglum, Solon Hannibal, 1868-1922 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Borglum, Emma Vignal, 1864-1934 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Borglum, Gutzon, 1867-1941 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Brinley, Putnam Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Cole, Alphaeus Philemon, 1876-1988 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Manship, Paul, 1885-1966 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Millar, Addison T. (Addison Thomas), 1860-1913 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
School for American Sculpture Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
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