BIDDLE FAMILY PAPERS, SERIES 2:
George Biddle Correspondence


Box Folder Title Date Description . . . .

2 1 George to Francis Biddle March 12, 1899 Description: Correspondence from George to Francis Biddle: ALS 3/12/1899, written from Groton School, Groton, Mass.

2 2 George to Katherine Biddle February 9, 1928 Description: Correspondence from George to Katherine Biddle: ALS 2/9/1928 with reference to the latter's poem, "Nancy Hanks."

2 3 George to Francis & Katherine Biddle 1930-36 Description: Correspondence from George to Katherine Biddle: 4 ALS with reference to her poem, "Outside of the World"; Walter Gilkyson and Bernice Kenyon (later Gilkyson). Also 2 ALS to Francis Biddle.

2 4 George to Katherine & Francis Biddle 1940 Description: Correspondence from George to Katherine and Francis Biddle: 4 ALS. Letters dated 10/23, 11/24, and 11/26 refer to murals by Maurice Sterne, commissioned by the Fine Arts section of the Federal Works Agency, Public Buildings Administration, for the decoration of the library of the Department of Justice, Washington, D.C. Includes: typed copy of a letter to Robert H.Jackson (11/24/1940); TLS 7/18/1940 from John LaFarge, S.J. to Edward Bruce re Maurice Sterne and the Federal Works Agency; and 3 copies of a description, by the Federal Works Agency, of the proposed 20 murals by Maurice Sterne, entitled, "Man's Struggle for Justice."

2 5 George to Katherine & Francis Biddle 1941 Description: Correspondence from George to Katherine and Francis Biddle: 9 ALS, 1 TLS, 1 ALS undated, possibly 1940/41. References to Cornelia Chapin, William Zorach, Moncure Biddle, Maurice Sterne (ALS 2/7/1941); Helene Sardeau; Michael Biddle; painting a portrait of Frieda Lawrence (ALS 2/7/1941); meeting Thomas Mann (ALS 5/14/1941 & TLS 5/26/1941); playing tennis with actor Lionel Atwill and Dudley Murphy (ALS 7/30/1941); Edward Halifax (ALS 7/30/1941); Sydney Francis and Dorothy (var. "Dorothea"?) Biddle; Jacob Zeitlin (ALS 12/7/1941); writer and Far East expert Marc Chadourne (ALS 12/16/1941). Includes typed carbon copy of a radio statement by Michael Biddle re Hitler, dated 5/11/1941.

2 6 George to Francis Biddle 1942 Description: Correspondence from George to Francis Biddle: 6 ALS. Reference to Lawrence Smith, Drew Pearson, Helene Sardeau, painting the mother of Brazilian writer Jose Pereira DaGraca Aranha (ALS 6/20/1942), visits from museum director Francis Taylor (ALS 7/14/1942) and Nelson Rockefeller (ALS 9/6/1942).

2 7 George to Katherine and Francis Biddle 1943 Description: Correspondence from George to Francis and Katherine Biddle: 6 ALS and 1 typed carbon copy. Letters 8/10 and 11/10 include typed transcriptions. References to experiences in North Africa as chairman of the U.S. War Artists Committee; and to deaths of William Hodson and Eric Knight (ALS 1/24/1943).

2 8 George to Francis Biddle 1944 Description: Correspondence from George to Francis Biddle: 4 ALS. References to son Michael Biddle, and to publication of his book, "Artist at War," and other war drawings by "Life" magazine.

2 9 George to Katherine & Francis Biddle 1945 Description: Correspondence from George to Francis and Katherine Biddle: 10 ALS. Reference to son Michael Biddle, death of Franklin D. Roosevelt (ALS 4/13/1945), Harry S. Truman (5/26/1945 & 8/17/1945), archaeologist Franz Blom (ALS 8/25/1945). Includes reference to artistic work: offer from "Look" magazine to cover the Nuremberg trials and mural painting in Mexico. Includes TLS 8/6/1945 from friend Edith Borie to George Biddle forwarded by the latter to Katherine and Francis Biddle.

2 10 George to Francis Biddle 1946 Description: Correspondence from George to Francis Biddle: 3 ALS including a typed transcription of a letter from M. Walter Thomas (4/26/1946).

2 11 George to Francis Biddle 1947 Description: Correspondence from George to Francis Biddle: 3 ALS and 1 undated ALS. Reference to Van Wyck Brooks, Robert Nathan, Edmund Wilson, Maurice Sterne and John Dos Passos (ALS 6/15/1947); Georgina Biddle; Helene Sardeau; James Forrestal, Harold Ickes, Ione Robinson, Carlo Sforza, Carlo Levi (ALS undated). Note: ALS 10/6/1947 has missing signature page.

2 12 George to Katherine & Francis Biddle 1948 Description: Correspondence from George to Francis and Katherine Biddle: 5 ALS. References to Michael Biddle, Ione Robinson, Carlo Sforza, Sam Morrison and John Biggs.

2 13 George to Francis Biddle 1949 Description: Correspondence from George to Francis Biddle: 4 ALS. References to Helene Sardeau, seeing Irwin Shaw and George Howe(?)(5/29/1949), death of James Forrestal (ALS 5/29/1949).

2 14 George to Francis Biddle 1950 Description: Correspondence from George to Francis Biddle: 3 ALS. References to diaries of Clement Cornell Biddle and George Washington Biddle; and other information on the family history re William Biddle and wife Lydia Wardell whose grandfather was Samuel Wardell (executed in Salem, 1693), and Clement Biddle and wife Rebecca Cornell (sp. var. "Rebekah") whose great, great, great, great grandfather was Thomas Cornell (executed in Rhode Island, 1693).

2 15 George to Francis Biddle 1951 Description: Correspondence from George to Francis Biddle: 4 ALS written on letterhead of the American Academy in Rome. References to Marguerite Sarfatti, Bernard Berenson, George Santayana (ALS 12/10/1951).

2 16 George to Katherine & Francis Biddle 1952 Description: Correspondence from George to Francis & Katherine Biddle: 4 ALS, 1 TLS, 1 ACS postcard. Includes 2 TL carbons from Francis Biddle. References to Julia Biddle, Michael Biddle, death of John Hampton Barnes (a.k.a. "Jack")(?) (Francis Biddle TL 5/14/1952), Marguerite Caetani, Randall Thompson (ALS 5/3/1952).

2 17 George to Francis Biddle 1953 Description: Correspondence from George to Francis Biddle: 2 ALS. Reference to artist Abraham Walkowitz (1880-1965).

2 18 George to Katherine & Francis Biddle 1954 Description: Correspondence from George to Katherine and Francis Biddle: 10 ALS. References to lunch with Max Ascoli, Stuart Chase and Mary MacCarthy (ALS 1/3/1954); Walter Lippmann (2/18/1954); Marguerite Caetani; Van Wyck Brooks (ALS 5/24/1954); lunch with poet Waldo Peirce, an evening with Witter Bynner and meeting with Harry S. Truman (ALS 11/16/1954); Henry McCarter and Frances Helm (ALS 12/30/1954). Also references to wife and son Helene Sardeau and Michael Biddle.

2 19 George to Katherine & Francis Biddle 1955 Description: Correspondence from George to Katherine and Francis Biddle: 4 ALS, 1 TLS. References to Robert Nathan, Van Wyck Brooks (TLS 1/23/1955); death of George Howe (ALS 5/23/1955); and to son Michael Biddle.

2 20 George to Francis Biddle 1956 Description: Correspondence from George to Francis Biddle: 4 ALS. References to Helene Sardeau and Michael Biddle; Mary McCarthy; health of Moncure Biddle.

2 21 George to Katherine & Francis Biddle 1957 Description: Correspondence from George to Katherine and Francis Biddle: 1 ALS. Includes 1 ALS from Helene Sardeau. References Marion Wasserman, Walter & Bernice Gilkyson, and Van Wyck Brooks.

2 22 George to Katherine & Francis Biddle 1958 Description: Correspondence from George to Katherine and Francis Biddle: 17 ALS and 1 AC. Includes 1 ALS from Helene Sardeau and 1 ALS from Michael Biddle, both to Francis Biddle. References to Henry Allen Moe, Nelson Rockefeller (ALS 2/2/1958); Dylan and Caitlin Thomas (ALS 2/12/1958); (aunt) Agnes Robinson (2/23/1958); David Burlink and Ezra Pound (ALS 5/15/1958); Helene Sardeau and Michael Biddle; experiences during visits to Japan and India (letters written from October through December).

2 23 George to Katherine & Francis Biddle 1959 Description: Correspondence from George to Katherine and Francis Biddle: 21 ALS, 1 TLS, 1 ACS postcard, written from India and Italy. References to painting portraits of various Indian government officials including Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi; Marguerite and Roffredo Caetani and Lelia and Hubert Howard; Archibald MacLeish; Moncure and Brenda Biddle; Elizabetta Mariano ("Nicky") and Bernard Berenson (ALS 6/6/1959); Peyton Biddle (7/19/1959); Maurice Sterne (ALS 9/1/1959 including typescript of address by George Biddle about Sterne); Sturgis and Marion Ingersoll, Matthew Josephson (ALS 9/16/1959); Daniel Catton Rich (director, Chicago Art Institute) and Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. (ALS 10/14/1959); Helene Sardeau and Michael Biddle.

2 24 George to Katherine & Francis Biddle 1960 Description: Correspondence from George to Katherine and Francis Biddle: 2 TLS and 10 ALS. Includes 1 ALS from Helene Sardeau. References to Margaretta Wright, Alexander Smallens (ALS 1/23/1960); Gladys and Van Wyck Brooks (4/5/1960, 9/26/1960); Edmund Wilsons' problems with the Internal Revenue Service, Sam Morrison (ALS 9/26/1960); son Michael Biddle; wife Helene Sardeau; publication of his book, "Indian Impressions"; Katherine Biddle's book of poems, "The Other Journey."

2 25 George to Katherine & Francis Biddle 1961 Description: Correspondence from George to Katherine and Francis Biddle: 11 ALS with 4 ALS from Helene Sardeau. References to Alexis Leger, Michael Biddle, Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., poet Antonio Barolini (3/3/1961); Gladys Tartiere and Jacqueline Kennedy (3/14/1961); Francis Biddle's autobiography, "A Casual Past"; David Finley and Ravi Krumar (10/13/1961); Max and Marion Ascoli, Nelson Rockefeller, Jacqueline and John F. Kennedy (ALS 11/22/1961); Alain Bosquet (11/25/1961).

2 26 George to Katherine & Francis Biddle 1962 Description: Correspondence from George to Katherine and Francis Biddle: 20 ALS with 3 ALS from Helene Sardeau. References to health of Helene Sardeau; Gustavo Regler (ALS 1/16/1962); Gardner Jencks, John Dos Passos (ALS 9/22/1962); Malcolm Cowley, Gladys and Van Wyck Brooks, Bernice and Walter Gilkyson, Ezra Pound, Babette Deutsch (10/2/1962); Conrad Aiken (10/28/1962); the second volume of Francis Biddle's autobiography, "In Brief Authority" (11/6/1962); Eleanor Roosevelt, John Steinbeck (11/15/1962); Antonio Barolini (11/26/1962); health of Van Wyck Brooks (12/2/1962, 12/12/1962, 12/18/1962).

2 27 George to Katherine & Francis Biddle 1963 Description: Correspondence from George to Katherine and Francis Biddle: 9 ALS with TL carbon from Francis Biddle referring to books by Bernard Berenson ("Sunset and Twilight," published diaries edited by Elizabetta Mariano ("Nicky") with an introduction by Iris Origo) and by Nathaniel Burt ("The Perennial Philadelphians; the Anatomy of an American Aristocracy") (11/14/1963). References to Sturgis Ingersoll (3/12/1963); Helene Sardeau; Van Wyck Brooks (3/22/1963, 4/12/1963); James and Libby Rowe, John Hall Wheelock (11/1/1963); Livingston Ludlow Biddle, Jr. (11/11/1963).

2 28 George to Katherine & Francis Biddle 1964 Description: Correspondence from George to Katherine and Francis Biddle: 7 ALS, 1 telegram and 1 ALS from Helene Sardeau. References to Bernard Berenson's published diaries, "Sunset and Twilight" (1/21/1964); Elizabetta Mariano ("Nicky")(12/6/1964); Michael Biddle and Helene Sardeau.

2 29 George to Katherine & Francis Biddle 1965 Description: Correspondence from George to Katherine and Francis Biddle: 9 ALS, 3 ACS and 1 ALS from Helene Sardeau. References to Michael and Helene Sardeau; Simone de Beauvoir (6/25/1965 & 6/27/1965); Allen Tate (8/5/1965).

2 30 George to Katherine and Francis Biddle 1966 Description: Correspondence from George to Katherine and Francis Biddle: 11 ALS. References to Helene Sardeau; John Hall Wheelock ("Jack") and Van Wyck Brooks (ALS 1/14/1966 & 12/20/1966).

2 31 George to Katherine and Francis Biddle 1967 Description: Correspondence from George to Katherine and Francis Biddle: 7 ALS, 4 ACS and 1 TL carbon from Francis Biddle (4/27/1967). References to Elizabetta Mariano ("Nicky"), John Hall Wheelock (1/4/1967); Helene Sardeau (AKS 1/9/1967 includes note from Sardeau); Gladys and Van Wyck Brooks (3/24/1967); Michael Biddle.

2 32 George to Katherine & Francis Biddle 1968 Description: Correspondence from George to Katherine and Francis Biddle: 8 ALS and 1 ACS with 2 TL carbons from Francis Biddle (4/4/1968 & 4/15/1968). References to Alice Biddle and Helen Zimmerman (ALS 1/5/1968 includes attached ALS from Helen Zimmerman to George Biddle); Sturgis Ingersoll, death of Marion Ingersoll and illness of son Robert Ingersoll (ALS 4/10/1968 & 4/30/1968); Walter and Bernice Gilkyson, Alexis Leger (ALS 12/14/1968); Helene Sardeau and Michael Biddle. Reference also to painting portraits of groups of friends and artists including Helene Sardeau, Francis Biddle, Yasuo Kunyoshi, William Zorach, Edmund Wilson ("Bunny"), Waldo Frank and Alexis Leger (ALS 6/7/1968).

2 33 George to Katherine Biddle 1969 Description: Correspondence from George to Katherine Biddle: 12 ALS, 1 undated ALS (probably referring to death of Helene Sardeau) & 3 ACS, including 1 TL carbon from Katherine Biddle (3/8/1969). References to Helene Sardeau and Michael Biddle; Conrad Aiken (ALS 3/16/1969); Francis Biddle (ALS 6/10/1969, 8/4/1969, 12/4/1969).

2 34 George to Katherine Biddle 1970 Description: Correspondence from George to Katherine Biddle: 12 ALS, 4 ACS and 1 TL carbon from Katherine Biddle (11/30/1970). References to Michael Biddle; Hubert and Lelia Howard (ALS 4/19/1970, 4/30/1970, 5/15/1970, 5/24/1970, 6/6/1970); composer Frank Wigglesworth (ALS 4/30/1970); Iris Origo and daughters Benedetta and Donata (ALS 4/30/1970, 5/15/1970, 6/1/1970 with attached ALS 5/29/1970 from Iris Origo to George Biddle, 6/6/1970); Bartlett Hayes, director, American Academy in Rome (ALS 4/19/1970, 5/15/1970); Nannina Fossi (5/24/1970, 6/1/1970); Cornelia Biddle ("Neale")(11/24/1970).

2 35 George to Katherine Biddle 1971 Description: Correspondence from George to Katherine Biddle: 9 ALS. References to Philip Boyer (1/1/1971); Iris Origo and Allen Tate (re the nomination of Origo as an honorary member of the national Institute of Arts and Letters, 3/31/1971, 4/3/1971, 4/11/1971 with attached ALS 4/7/1971 from Allen Tate to George Biddle); Eugene and Edna Machlin (5/27/1971); Conrad Aiken on Helene Sardeau (ALS 11/11/1971); Gardner Jencks (October 1971); Christopher Stark Biddle (ALS 12/17/1971).

2 36 George to Katherine Biddle 1972 Description: Correspondence from George to Katherine Biddle: 8 ALS, 2 ACS and 1 TL carbon from Katherine Biddle (3/6/1972). References to Iris Origo (ACS 1/13/1972); biologist Eugene Machlin, John Hall Wheelock (ALS 1/19/1972); Raphael Soyer (ALS 9/13/1972 with attached autograph transcription by George Biddle of a letter received from Soyer re the former's portraits and drawings of Man Ray, Frieda Lawrence, William Gropper, Marguerite Zorach, Helene Sardeau, Michael Biddle as a child, Edmund Wilson and George Santayana, dated 7/21/1972); Michael Biddle.

2 37 George to Katherine and Francis Biddle Undated Description: Correspondence from George to Katherine and Francis Biddle: 4 undated ALS. References to Grace Moore, Claude McKay, Learned Hand.

2 38 George to Katherine and Francis Biddle Undated Description: Correspondence from George to Katherine and Francis Biddle: 3 postcards.

2 39 George Biddle - Related Correspondence 1950-66 Description: Correspondence relating to George Biddle as follows: - Autograph draft with typescript copy of a letter from Francis Biddle to Alberto Tarchiani, Italian ambassador to the U.S., re a possible art commission in Italy for George Biddle (dated 8/9/1950). - TLS 10/11/1950 from William L. Clayton to Francis Biddle regarding a commission for a mural by George Biddle. Reference to Kenneth Franzheim. - Letter from Blue Heron Gift House to Francis Biddle regarding a shipment of fruit to George Biddle (dated 1/21/1966).

2 40 by George Biddle - "Evil Over Germany" c. April 1946 Description: Clipping from "Look" magazine (April 30, 1946?) of the introduction to a "word-portrait study" of the Nuremberg trials by George Biddle.

2 41 by George Biddle - "Foot-Hills of Cuba" February 1926 Description: Clipping of an article written by George Biddle and wife Jane Belo, entitled, "Foot-Hills of Cuba - a Cross-Section of Spanish-American Civilization" with illustrations by George Biddle (Scribners, February 1926).

2 42 by George Biddle - "Modern Art and Muddled Thinking" Undated Description: Clipping of an article by George Biddle, entitled, "Modern Art and Muddled Thinking," (from "The Atlantic Monthly," December 19?).

2 43 by George Biddle - "The Rise and Decline of the Modern Movement..." Undated Description: Typescript of an early outline George Biddle's book, eventually entitled, "The yes and No of Contemporary Art: an Artist's Evaluation," (1957).

2 44 by George Biddle - Julien's Art School (Paris) Undated Description: Autograph manuscript by George Biddle of a description of Julien's art school in Paris. Probably written for his autobiography, "An American Artist's Story," (1939)(cf. chapter entitled, "Art Student and the Latin Quarter 1911-1914).

2 45 by George Biddle - Notes re Biddle Family Genealogy c.1957 Description: Autograph notes by George Biddle re Biddle family genealogy. Includes information on William Biddle (1669-1743) and Clement Biddle (1740-1814). Also includes typed transcription of a resolution by the Lawyer's Club of Philadelphia on the death of George Washington Biddle (1818-1896).

2 46 by George Biddle - Miscellaneous Undated Description: Miscellaneous items relating to George Biddle including an invitation and announcement for the initiation of the Heritage of American Art project. Also includes a newspaper clipping about exhibition of works by George Biddle in Salzburg (August 1960); and a clipping of a book review of "Atlantic Brief Lives: a Biographical Companion to the Arts," edited by Louis Kronenberger (1971).


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