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Borglum, Gutzon (1867-1941) National Monument Mount Rushmore Black Hills South Dakota: Report addressed to the Harney Peak Memorial Association

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC06031 Author/Creator: Borglum, Gutzon (1867-1941) Place Written: s.l. Type: Typed document signed Date: 20 September 1926 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Detailed carbon copy report signed by the sculptor and engineer of Mount Rushmore. Covers everything involved in creating the Mount Rushmore carvings including among other information, the location, the presidents chosen, the time needed, the granite, and the cost (estimated at $460,000). Inscribed on the titlepage to R. L. Bronson, Esq. and dated 20 September 1926. Also signed on the second to last page. With green paper covers. Carving on Mount Rushmore began in 1927.

People: Borglum, Gutzon, 1867-1941.

Historical Era: Progressive Era to New Era, 1900-1929

Keywords/Subjects: Art, Music, Theater, and Film, Monument, President

Sub Era: The Roaring Twenties The Politics of Reform