Typed transcript of Biddle's diaries spanning the years of 1933 to 1941. Many of his entries relate to his interest in and service with various offices of the federal art projects and his friendship with and attempt to influence Franklin D. Roosevelt; (they were classmates at Groton). He urged the administration to hire painters to do mural work, specifying Henry Poor, Reginald Marsh, Thomas Benton, Boardman Robinson, Maurice Sterne, Edward Laning, and Henry Billings. He writes of the opposition of the Commission of Fine Arts, especially Eugene F. Savage, and of his contacts with such administrators as Holger Cahill, Ned Bruce, et al., and his involvement with the Public Works of Art Project, and his work on murals in the Justice Department. He gives his impressions of George Grosz and of Man Ray. He reacts to events in Europe, describes a sketching trip with Henry Poor in Pennsylvania Dutch County, a visit with Frank Lloyd Wright, the American Artists Congress, the Federal Union, etc.
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution Washington, D.C. 20560