Lot #450
Gutzon Borglum

Trouble at Mount Rushmore: "Boland gets disorderly drunk about every month, I really think every two weeks, breaks furniture and damns everybody"
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Estimate: $600+

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Trouble at Mount Rushmore: "Boland gets disorderly drunk about every month, I really think every two weeks, breaks furniture and damns everybody"

TLS, one page, 7.25 x 10.5, personal letterhead, March 5, 1935. Letter to the Hon. John Harlan of the Treasury Department. In part: "I wired Slattery the situation and told him that if we were to put in an engine for new power $30,000.00 would not be sufficient. Work very much hindered because of lack of engine, which he knows. I suggested a compromise of $40,000.00. I suspect that you know that the Park Department is following my suggestion and request made some time ago, and will put in a regular park man, an engineer who will assist me in every way that he can and take the place of the man I forced to resign last fall. Who became an intolerable hindrance and useless. Slattery has acted splendidly about this and on the face of it they are doing exactly what I want done, which means that the mountain work and the work on the mountain is now actually in the custody of the Department of the Parks in the Department of the Interior, and all troubles that I had are at rest. I don't have to have anything to do with Boland now excepting at commission meetings or executive meetings when we discuss budgets and general plans. I've never said this to you nor to anyone else, (I don't think that I have) but Boland gets disorderly drunk about every month, I really think every two weeks, breaks furniture and damns everybody that he can. I think with a park man on the job there will be less of that and I will be freed of any relationship." In fine condition, with multiple file holes.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Fine Autograph and Artifacts
  • Dates: #600 - Ended January 13, 2021





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