Borglum & “Bianco” / Historic Documents

These documents are presented in PDF format.

LUIGI DEL BIANCO PETITION FOR NATURALIZATION 1925

DAILY RECORD FOR WORKERS 1933
A daily record on Mount Rushmore of what jobs were assigned for that day.

BORGLUM DIRECTIVE TO BIANCO 1933

BORGLUM DIRECTIVE TO LINCOLN 1933
This directive shows that even the skilled men on the mountain, like Borglum’s son, were assisting Luigi Del Bianco.

LUIGI WORTH MORE THAN ANY THREE MEN IN AMERICA 1933
It is worth reading this letter in it’s entirety, since it not only explains Luigi’s value to Rushmore, but the problems he faced from the business office.

BORGLUM NEEDS BIANCO 1933
This letter by Borglum is to John Boland. Boland was the chairman of the Mount Rushmore National Memorial Commission. Borglum praises Bianco’s abilities and offers to pay part of Bianco’s salary out of his own pocket.

BIANCO RESIGNS 1935
A detailed letter by Gutzon Borglum about Luigi resigning from the mountain and the great effect his resignation has on the work.

BORGLUM DIRECTIVE TO BIANCO 1935

BORGLUM APPOINTS BIANCO CHIEF CARVER 1935

BIANCO RETURNS TO THE MOUNTAIN 1936
In this letter to John Boland, Borglum praises Luigi as “the only intelligent, efficient stone carver on the work”. Borglum continues to complain abut the serious lack of skilled artists on Mount Rushmore.

BORGLUM BIANCO CORRESPONDENCE 1940
These letters show how important Luigi was to Borglum and the completion of Mount Rushmore.

NATIONAL SCULPTURE SOCIETY 1956
Luigi was honored for his contribution to the highest standard of contemporary sculpture.

HAND CANCELLATION STAMP  1991
Here’s a copy of a hand cancellation stamp to mark the 50th anniversary of the completion of Rushmore. It also honored Luigi Del Bianco and his work on the mountain.

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