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Edward Bruce papers

Creator:
Bruce, Edward, 1879-1943  Search this
Names:
Public Works of Art Project  Search this
United States. Dept. of the Treasury. Section of Fine Arts  Search this
Biddle, George, 1885-1973  Search this
Dornbush, Adrian  Search this
Dows, Olin, 1904-1981  Search this
Roosevelt, Eleanor, 1884-1962  Search this
Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945  Search this
Stein, Leo, 1872-1947  Search this
Sterne, Maurice, 1878-1957  Search this
Extent:
8.9 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Diaries
Scrapbooks
Photographs
Place:
United States -- Politics and government -- 1933-1945
United States -- Social conditions -- 1933-1945
Date:
1902-1960
bulk 1932-1942
Summary:
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.
Scope and Content Note:
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 many notable artists and government officials. Also found is scattered biographical material, office diaries and speeches, personal financial material, printed material, four scrapbooks, and photographs.

A small amount of biographical material includes birth records and many awards and certificates. Bruce's correspondence files comprise over half of this collection, containing correspondence with family, friends, artists, art organizations, political figures, museums, art galleries, and government agencies. Found within the files is extensive correspondence with friend and art critic Leo Stein and artist friend Maurice Sterne. Additional artists Bruce corresponded with include George Biddle, Adrian Dornbush, and Olin Dows. Also included is correspondence documenting his career as Chief of the Treasury Department's Section of Fine Arts with government colleagues and officials, much of it concerning his role on various federal arts committees, including the Commission of Fine Arts. There is also extensive correspondence with Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt concerning federal and public art projects.

Writings include office diaries and notebooks containing notes, addresses, lists of Section of Fine Arts projects, and dated work entries. There are copies of numerous written speeches given by Bruce on the importance of art, public art projects, and political issues. Financial material consists of a small number of items documenting Bruce's financial activity such as tax and insurance records, bills, a cash book, and house leases. Printed material documents Edward Bruce's career as an artist and federal arts projects and programs. Found are news clippings and magazine articles, exhibition catalogs, brochures, bulletins from the Section of Fine Arts, published speeches, and miscellaneous publications. Four scrapbooks contain news clippings, letters, photographs, and other printed material highlighting Bruce's career.

Extensive photographs include photographs of Bruce's artwork, portraits of Bruce, the Bruces with family and with friends and at many special events, including an NBC radio broadcast and at an exhibition with Eleanor Roosevelt. There are also photographs taken by Bruce during his travels and while living in Anticoli Carrado, Italy.
Arrangement:
The Edward Bruce collection is arranged into 7 series:

Missing Title

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.
Biographical Note:
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.

In 1923 Bruce gave up his career in law and business and began to paint, particularly landscapes. He and his wife Peggy spent the next six years in Anticoli Carrado, Italy where he studied painting from his friend and fellow artist Maurice Sterne. Bruce returned to the United States in 1929 and settled in California, exhibiting his artwork to much public and critical praise. In addition, Bruce was an avid collector of Chinese art.

In 1933 Bruce was appointed Chief of the newly established Public Works of Art Project, a federal government New Deal program within the U.S. Treasury Department, that employed artists to decorate numerous public buildings and parks. Though this federal program lasted less than a year, Bruce worked with Secretary of the Treasury Henry Morgenthau, Jr., to establish the Treasury Department's Section of Painting and Sculpture in 1934 - later renamed the Section of Fine Arts in 1938. Bruce was appointed Director of the department and played a primary role in securing federal government support for American artists. In 1940 he was appointed to the Commission of Fine Arts by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

Bruce received many honors and awards during his lifetime both for his work as an artist and for his capable and dedicated administration of federal arts programs. Despite poor health, he continued his work for the Section of Fine Arts until shortly before his death in 1943.
Related Material:
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.

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.
Separated Material:
A book Art in Federal Buildings 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.
Provenance:
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.
Restrictions:
The collection is open for research. The collection is partially microfilmed. Use of material not microfilmed requires an appointment.
Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Occupation:
Painters  Search this
Arts administrators  Search this
Topic:
New Deal, 1933-1939  Search this
Federal aid to the arts  Search this
Art, American  Search this
Art and state  Search this
Art, Modern -- 20th century -- United States  Search this
Genre/Form:
Diaries
Scrapbooks
Photographs
Citation:
Edward Bruce papers, 1902-1960 (bulk 1932-1942). Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.brucedwa
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Edward Bruce papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw974a5ae73-b9a3-4cce-a3ec-77c07cc1ce18
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-brucedwa
Online Media:

Franklin D. Roosevelt

Alternate Title:
Study for unexecuted painting, The Big Three at Yalta
Artist:
Douglas Granville Chandor, 20 Aug 1897 - 13 Jan 1953  Search this
Sitter:
Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 30 Jan 1882 - 12 Apr 1945  Search this
Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill, 30 Nov 1874 - 24 Jan 1965  Search this
Joseph Stalin, 21 Dec 1879 - Mar 1953  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
Sight: 110.5 x 90.2cm (43 1/2 x 35 1/2")
Frame: 136.2 x 115.9 x 7.6cm (53 5/8 x 45 5/8 x 3")
Type:
Painting
Date:
1945
Topic:
Costume\Jewelry\Ring  Search this
Costume\Dress Accessory\Eyeglasses\Pince-nez  Search this
Equipment\Smoking Implements\Cigarette  Search this
Equipment\Drafting & Writing Implements\Writing implement\Pencil  Search this
Costume\Outerwear\Cape  Search this
Preparatory sketch  Search this
Joseph Stalin: Male  Search this
Joseph Stalin: Society and Social Change\Reformer\Revolutionary  Search this
Joseph Stalin: Politics and Government\Foreign leader\Dictator  Search this
Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill: Male  Search this
Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill: Literature\Writer  Search this
Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill: Politics and Government\Foreign leader\Prime Minister\Great Britain  Search this
Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill: Nobel Prize  Search this
Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill: Congressional Gold Medal  Search this
Franklin Delano Roosevelt: Male  Search this
Franklin Delano Roosevelt: Law and Law Enforcement\Lawyer  Search this
Franklin Delano Roosevelt: Politics and Government\Governor\New York  Search this
Franklin Delano Roosevelt: Politics and Government\President of US  Search this
Franklin Delano Roosevelt: Politics and Government\State Senator\New York  Search this
Franklin Delano Roosevelt: Politics and Government\Vice-Presidential Candidate  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Object number:
NPG.68.49
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
National Portrait Gallery Collection
Exhibition:
America's Presidents (Reinstallation September 2017)
On View:
NPG, West Gallery 210
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm4f53c3181-5126-4800-a5f1-ff042d2b92ca
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_NPG.68.49

The black cabinet the untold story of African Americans and politics during the age of Roosevelt Jill Watts

Title:
Untold story of African Americans and politics during the age of Roosevelt
Author:
Watts, Jill 1958-  Search this
Physical description:
xix, 540 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates illustrations 24 cm
Type:
Books
History
Informational works
Documents d'information
Place:
United States
États-Unis
Date:
2020
20th century
20e siècle
1933-1945
Topic:
African Americans--Politics and government  Search this
African Americans--Economic conditions  Search this
African Americans--Legal status, laws, etc--History  Search this
African Americans--Civil rights  Search this
Noirs américains--Politique et gouvernement  Search this
Noirs américains--Conditions économiques  Search this
HISTORY / Social History  Search this
HISTORY / United States / 20th Century  Search this
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / American / African American Studies  Search this
Race relations--Political aspects  Search this
African Americans--Legal status, laws, etc  Search this
Politics and government  Search this
Relations with African Americans  Search this
African Americans  Search this
United States--Race relations  Search this
Race relations  Search this
Political aspects  Search this
Relations raciales  Search this
Aspect politique  Search this
Politique et gouvernement  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1153557

Edward Bruce papers, 1902-1960, bulk 1932-1942

Creator:
Bruce, Edward, 1879-1943  Search this
Subject:
Sterne, Maurice  Search this
Biddle, George  Search this
Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano)  Search this
Stein, Leo  Search this
Dornbush, Adrian  Search this
Dows, Olin  Search this
Roosevelt, Eleanor  Search this
United States. Dept. of the Treasury. Section of Fine Arts  Search this
Public Works of Art Project  Search this
Type:
Diaries
Scrapbooks
Photographs
Place:
United States -- Politics and government -- 1933-1945
United States -- Social conditions -- 1933-1945
Citation:
Edward Bruce papers, 1902-1960, bulk 1932-1942. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
New Deal, 1933-1939  Search this
Federal aid to the arts  Search this
Art, American  Search this
Art and state  Search this
Art, Modern -- 20th century -- United States  Search this
Theme:
Diaries  Search this
Lives of American Artists  Search this
Government Sponsorship of the Arts  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)7264
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)209415
AAA_collcode_brucedwa
Theme:
Diaries
Lives of American Artists
Government Sponsorship of the Arts
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_209415
Online Media:

The age of the great depression, 1929-1941

Author:
Wecter, Dixon 1906-1950  Search this
Physical description:
xvi, 434 p. : ill., ports. ; 22 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
United States
Date:
1948
C1948
1918-1945
1933-1945
Topic:
Civilization  Search this
Social conditions  Search this
Economic conditions  Search this
Politics and government  Search this
Call number:
E806 .W38
E806.W38
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_74696

Roosevelt to Reagan : a reporter's encounters with nine presidents / Hedley Donovan

Author:
Donovan, Hedley  Search this
Subject:
Donovan, Hedley  Search this
Physical description:
xviii, 344 p. ; 21 cm
Type:
Biography
Place:
United States
Date:
1987
1987, c1985
1933-1945
1945-1989
1989-
Topic:
Presidents  Search this
Journalists  Search this
Politics and government  Search this
Call number:
E176.1.D69 1987X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_387219

George W. Norris : the triumph of a progressive, 1933-1944 / Richard Lowitt

Author:
Lowitt, Richard 1922-  Search this
Subject:
Norris, George W (George William) 1861-1944  Search this
United States Congress Senate  Search this
Physical description:
xiii, 493 p. : ill., port. ; 24 cm
Type:
Biography
Place:
United States
Date:
1978
C1978
1933-1945
Topic:
Legislators  Search this
Progressivism (United States politics)  Search this
Politics and government  Search this
Call number:
CT275.N85L9
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_105578

V was for victory : politics and American culture during World War II / John Morton Blum

Author:
Blum, John Morton 1921-  Search this
Physical description:
xii, 372 p. ; 21 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
United States
Date:
1976
C1976
1933-1945
1918-1945
Topic:
World War, 1939-1945  Search this
Politics and government  Search this
Social life and customs  Search this
Call number:
E806 .B58 1976bX
E806.B58 1976bX
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_91214

Native activism in Cold War America : the struggle for sovereignty / Daniel M. Cobb

Author:
Cobb, Daniel M  Search this
Physical description:
xi, 306 p. : ill., map ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
United States
Date:
2008
C2008
20th century
1933-1945
1945-
Topic:
Indians of North America--Politics and government  Search this
Civil rights  Search this
Indian activists--History  Search this
Political participation--History  Search this
Social movements--History  Search this
Self-determination, National--History  Search this
Cold War  Search this
Race relations  Search this
History  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_922087

Red scare : FBI and the origins of anticommunism in the United States, 1919-1943 / Regin Schmidt

Title:
FBI and the origins of anticommunism in the United States, 1919-1943
Author:
Schmidt, Regin  Search this
Subject:
United States Federal Bureau of Investigation History  Search this
Physical description:
391 p. ; 25 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
United States
Date:
2000
20th century
1919-1933
1933-1945
Topic:
Anti-communist movements--History  Search this
Intelligence service--History  Search this
Internal security--History  Search this
Politics and government  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_729696

That man : an insider's portrait of Franklin D. Roosevelt / Robert H. Jackson ; edited and introduced by John Q. Barrett ; with a foreword by William E. Leuchtenburg

Author:
Jackson, Robert Houghwout 1892-1954  Search this
Barrett, John Q. 1961-  Search this
Subject:
Roosevelt, Franklin D (Franklin Delano) 1882-1945  Search this
Physical description:
xxviii, 290 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm
Type:
Biography
Place:
United States
Date:
2003
1933-1945
Topic:
Presidents  Search this
Politics and government  Search this
Call number:
CT275.R77 J33 2003
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_718303

Why we fought : forging American obligations in World War II / Robert B. Westbrook

Author:
Westbrook, Robert B (Robert Brett) 1950-  Search this
Physical description:
xii, 151 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
United States
Date:
2004
C2004
20th century
1933-1945
Topic:
World War, 1939-1945--Social aspects  Search this
Patriotism--History  Search this
Political culture--History  Search this
Social conditions  Search this
Politics and government  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_735275

Crucial American elections; symposium presented at the autumn general meeting of the American Philosophical Society, November 10, 1972

Author:
American Philosophical Society  Search this
Physical description:
vii, 77 p. 25 cm
Type:
Congresses
Place:
United States
Date:
1973
19th century
1933-1945
Topic:
Presidents--Election  Search this
Politics and government  Search this
Call number:
E183 .C95
E183.C95
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_39179

School house to White House : the education of the presidents

Author:
Foundation for the National Archives  Search this
Physical description:
95 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 26 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Biography
Place:
United States
Date:
2007
20th century
21st century
1929-1933
1933-1945
1945-1989
1989-
Topic:
Presidents--Education  Search this
Presidents  Search this
Presidents--History  Search this
Political leadership  Search this
Politics and government  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_915758

The war against the New Deal : World War II and American democracy / Brian Waddell

Author:
Waddell, Brian  Search this
Physical description:
x, 226 p. ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
United States
Date:
2001
20th century
1933-1945
Topic:
New Deal, 1933-1939  Search this
World War, 1939-1945  Search this
World War, 1939-1945--Social aspects  Search this
War and society--History  Search this
History  Search this
Politics and government  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_745997

The most unsordid act; lend-lease, 1939-1941 [by] Warren F. Kimball

Author:
Kimball, Warren F  Search this
Physical description:
ix, 281 p. 24 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
United States
Date:
1969
[1969]
1933-1945
Topic:
Lend-lease operations (1941-1945)  Search this
Politics and government  Search this
Call number:
D753.K5X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_876

The politics of air power : from confrontation to cooperation in army aviation civil-military relations / Rondall R. Rice

Author:
Rice, Rondall Ravon  Search this
Subject:
United States Army Air Corps Political activity  Search this
Physical description:
xxii, 283 p. ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
United States
Date:
2004
C2004
20th century
1919-1933
1933-1945
Topic:
Air power--History  Search this
Civil-military relations--History  Search this
Politics and government  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_729664

American warlords : how Roosevelt's high command led America to victory in World War II / Jonathan W. Jordan

Title:
How Roosevelt's high command led America to victory in World War II
Author:
Jordan, Jonathan W. 1967-  Search this
Subject:
Roosevelt, Franklin D (Franklin Delano) 1882-1945 Military leadership  Search this
Eisenhower, Dwight D (Dwight David) 1890-1969  Search this
Stimson, Henry L (Henry Lewis) 1867-1950  Search this
Marshall, George C (George Catlett) 1880-1959  Search this
Physical description:
xvi, 607 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Type:
Biography
Biographies
History
Place:
United States
History
Date:
2015
20th century
1933-1945
Topic:
Presidents  Search this
Generals  Search this
Command of troops  Search this
World War, 1939-1945  Search this
World War, 1939-1945--Campaigns  Search this
Politics and government  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1057437

The New Deal / Paul K. Conkin

Author:
Conkin, Paul Keith  Search this
Subject:
Roosevelt, Franklin D (Franklin Delano) 1882-1945  Search this
Physical description:
xiii, 114 p., [16] leaves of plates : ill. ; 20 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
United States
Date:
1975
[1975]
1933-1945
Topic:
Politics and government  Search this
Social policy  Search this
Call number:
E806 .C75 1975
E806.C75 1975
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_89692

Traitor to his class : the privileged life and radical presidency of Franklin Delano Roosevelt / H.W. Brands

Author:
Brands, H. W  Search this
Subject:
Roosevelt, Franklin D (Franklin Delano) 1882-1945  Search this
Physical description:
888 p., [16] p. of plates : ill ; 25 cm
Type:
Biography
Place:
United States
Date:
2008
1933-1945
Topic:
Presidents  Search this
Politics and government  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_904739

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