Historical Letters and Legislation

The Proposal

South Dakota State Historian, Doane Robinson, first contacted Sculptor Gutzon Borglum in 1924 to talk over the idea of a mountain carving in the Black Hills of South Dakota. His letter, dated August 29, 1924 is below.
 
Image of the letter sent by Doane Robinson to Gutzon Borglum proposing a mountain carving in South Dakota.
Image of the letter sent by Doane Robinson to Gutzon Borglum proposing a mountain carving in South Dakota.
 

Gutzon Borglum's Response

Gutzon Borglum replied to Doane Robinson's letter by telegram on August 28, 1924. The telegram is below.

 
Image of Gutzon Borglum's telegram reply to Doane Robinson's letter.
Image of Gutzon Borglum's telegram reply to Doane Robinson's letter.
 

Unites States House of Representatives Bill 11726

Below is a scanned image of the first page of the bill that authorized the construction of a national memorial in the Black Hills.
 
Image of H. R. 11726, the bill authorizing the creation of a national memorial in the Black Hills.
 

United States Senate Bill 4189

Below is a scanned image of the first page of the bill that authorized the construction of a national memorial in the Black Hills.
 
Image of the first page of United States Senate bill S. 4189 authorizing the construction of a national memorial in the Black Hills.

Last updated: December 28, 2017

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