United States -- Politics and government -- 1933-1945
United States -- Social conditions -- 1933-1945
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8.9 Linear feet
The Edward Bruce collection is arranged into 7 series: Series 1: Biographical Material, circa 1904-1938 (Box 1, OV 11; 3 folders) Series 2: Correspondence, circa 1921-1957 (Boxes 1-6; 5.5 linear feet) Series 3: Writings, circa 1931-1942 (Box 6; 0.3 linear feet) Series 4: Financial Material, circa 1909-1913, circa 1928-1943(Box 6, 0.3 linear feet) Series 5: Printed Material, circa 1919, circa 1926-1943, 1960 (Box 7, 0.5 linear feet) Series 6: Scrapbooks, 1922-1941 (Box 7-8; 0.8 linear feet) Series 7: Photographs, circa 1902-1943 (Box 7, 9-10; 1.0 linear foot) Although the collection no longer matches the exact filmed order, large groups of materials have been maintained in film order, particularly the correspondence. Microfilm reel and frame number notations are provided at the folder level when known.
Access Note / Rights:
The collection is open for research. The collection is partially microfilmed. Use of material not microfilmed requires an appointment.
The Edward Bruce papers measure 8.9 linear feet and date from 1902 to 1960, with the bulk of the material dating from 1932 to 1942. The collection documents Bruce's work as an artist, art collector, exhibition juror, and federal government art administrator, particularly his tenure as Director of the U. S. Treasury Department's Section of Fine Arts. Well over one-half of the collection consists of extensive correspondence with artists, art collectors and dealers, arts associations, galleries, and government officials, including President and Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Edward Bruce papers, 1902-1960, bulk 1932-1942. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Much of this collection is available on 35 mm microfilm reels D82-D92 and 1817 at the Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan. Researchers should note that the arrangement of material described in container inventory closely matches the arrangement of the microfilm, but not for all of the files. When known, notations have been made at the folder level in the container listing to the corresponding reel and frame numbers.
Funding for the processing of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.
Other resources in the Archives relating to Edward Bruce include an oral history interview with Margaret (Peggy) Bruce on October 11, 1963 conducted by Harlan Phillips. Miscellaneous Manuscript Collections include one file of material, 1933-1960, concerning Edward Bruce that was donated by the U.S. General Services Administration in 1986 and microfilmed on reel 3960.<br /> Also available at the Archives are two collections of records loaned by the U.S. National Archives from their Public Buildings Administration records and the records of the Public Works of Art Project for microfilming by the Archives. Microfilm reels DC1-DC 13 and DC116-DC128 contain Edward Bruce's files and correspondence, respectively. A book <em>Art in Federal Buildings</em> by Forbes Watson and Edward Bruce was donated to AAA with Bruce's papers and microfilmed with the rest of collection on Microfilm Reel D91-D92, and then transferred to the Smithsonian American Art Museum Library.
Edward Bruce was born in 1879 in Dover Plains, New York. Though he enjoyed painting at a young age, he pursued a career in law and graduated from Columbia Law School in 1904. He practiced law in New York and in Manila, Philippines and was actively involved in international issues. He became president of the Pacific Development Corporation of California, was a lobbyist for the Philippine Independence Bill, and, in 1933, attended the London Economic Conference as a silver expert.
The Edward Bruce papers were donated by Margaret (Peggy) Bruce, Edward Bruce's wife, in 1962. Additional printed material, financial records, and photographs of artwork were donated by Mrs. Bruce's niece, Maria Ealand in 1979.
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001