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Finding aid to the Carl Oscar Borg Personal Papers and Newspaper Clippings MS.677
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  • Processing history
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  • Preferred citation
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  • Access
  • Scope and contents
  • Acquisition

  • Title: Carl Oscar Borg Personal Papers and Newspaper Clippings.
    Identifier/Call Number: MS.677
    Contributing Institution: Autry National Center, Braun Research Library
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 0.1 Linear feet (1 folder)
    Date (inclusive): 1906-1948
    Abstract: The collection includes correspondence, programs, newspaper articles, and drawings related to Carl Oscar Borg from 1906-1948. Carl Oscar (Oskar) Borg (born 3 March 1879, died 8 May 1947) was a Swedish born American painter who was known for his Western landscapes and depictions of the Hopi and Navajo countries and their peoples. Borg was most famous for his paintings, but also worked in other mediums such as woodcut, illustration, and monotype.
    creator: Borg, Carl Oscar, 1879-1947

    Processing history

    Biographical note created by Maritxu de Alaiza, 2012 August 3. Finding aid completed by Anna Liza Posas, 2012 October 18. Final processing of collection and publication of finding aid made possible by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

    Biographical note

    Carl Oscar (Oskar) Borg (born 3 March 1879, died 8 May 1947) was a Swedish born American painter who was known for his Western landscapes and depictions of the Hopi and Navajo countries and their peoples. Borg was most famous for his paintings, but also worked in other mediums such as woodcut, illustration, and monotype.
    Carl Oscar Borg was born into a poor family in Dals-Grinstad, Sweden in 1879. Borg apprenticed to a house painter at the age of 15, traveled to Paris for a short time, and then moved to London where he became an assistant to portrait and marine painter George Johansen. Borg arrived in San Francisco as a merchant seaman in 1904 and by some accounts jumped ship there. On his way to Los Angeles from San Francisco, Borg discovered Santa Barbara, where he eventually made his home.
    Borg met Phoebe Hearst, who recognized his talents and became his patron. With her help, he was able to travel to France and North Africa to study art. Mrs. Hearst also furthered Borg’s education by making arrangements with the Department of the Interior for Borg to live among the Native Americans. Borg taught art at the California Art Institute in Los Angeles and at the Santa Barbara School of the Arts. He was a founding member of the California Art Club in 1909, and the art director for the first full-length motion picture ever made in color.
    Borg returned to Sweden in 1934, and again in 1938 where he painted local scenes and people as well as exhibited his paintings of the American Southwest. World War II kept Borg in Sweden despite the fact that he had become an American citizen. Borg was eventually able to return to Santa Barbara. On May 8, 1947, Borg suffered a heart attack and died before he reached the hospital. In his life, Borg had a love of the beauty of the Grand Canyon and had expressed the desire to have his ashes scattered there. This request was fulfilled.
    References:
    Cowie, A.S. (1948). Carl Oscar Borg, A.N.A. Los Angeles, CA: Cowie Galleries exhibition booklet.
    Miller, M. R. (n.d.). Carl Oscar Borg, artist of the American West. Resource Library Magazine. Retrieved from: http://www.tfaoi.com/aa/2aa/2aa414.htm

    Preferred citation

    Carl Oscar Borg Personal Papers and Newspaper Clippings, 1906-1948, Braun Research Library Collection, Autry National Center, Los Angeles; MS.677.

    Use

    Copyright has not been assigned to the Autry National Center. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Autry Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Autry National Center as the custodian of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

    Access

    Collection is open for research. Appointments to view materials are required. To make an appointment please visit http://theautry.org/research/research-rules-and-application or contact library staff at rroom@theautry.org.

    Scope and contents

    This collections includes correspondence, programs, newspaper articles, and drawings related to Carl Oscar Borg. The collection also includes an illustrated Carl Oscar Borg bookplate. Illustration was done by Borg and is an image of a Native American man making cave paintings.
    Original drawings by Borg in this collections consist of a pen drawing of a Native American man wearing a feathered headdress and sitting on top of a horse, and a pen and watercolor drawing of a Hopi woman. Both pieces of artwork are dated in 1946.

    Acquisition

    Donor unknown, acquired by the Southwest Museum Library after 1948. One newspaper clipping from the Elizabeth Mason Collection, bequethed to the Library in 1953.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Dawson, Ernest, 1881-1947. -- Correspondence
    Hodge, Frederick Webb, 1864-1956 -- Correspondence
    Strobridge, Idah Meacham, 1855-1932
    Clippings
    Correspondence
    Drawings
    Indians in art
    Indians of North America -- Portraits
    Landscape paintings
    Painters -- United States -- Biography
    Programs