The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.
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.
Thomas Hart Benton papers, 1906-1975. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
35mm microfilm reels 2325-2328 available for use at Archives of American Art offices only.
Location of Originals:
Originals in possession of Thomas Hart Benton and Rita P. Benton testamentary trusts.
American regionalist painter; Kansas City, Mo.
Lent 1980 by Benton Testamentary Trusts, Lyman Field, trustee.
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001