Oral history interview with Monica Borglum Davies, 1990 May 8-August 27
Davies, Monica Borglum, 1903-1997
Brown, Robert F.
Manship, Paul Howard
Cole, Alphaeus Philemon
Millar, Addison T. (Addison Thomas),
Borglum, Emma Vignal
Borglum, Solon Hannibal
School for American Sculpture
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2 sound cassettes.
Originally recorded on 2 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 3 digital wav files. Duration is 2 hr., 14 min.
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An interview of Monica Borglum Davies conducted 1990 May 8-August 27, by Robert Brown, for the Archives of American Art. 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.
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Monica Borglum Davies, 1990 May 8-August 27. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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.
Monica Borglum Davies (1903-1997) was the daughter of Solon Borglum (1868-1922), sculptor.
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.
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001