Oral history interview with Edward B. Thomas

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.thomas83
Creators:
Thomas, Edward B., 1920-1984
Olbrantz, John
Dates:
1983 April 28-May 10
Languages:
English
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Physical Description:
84 Pages
Transcript
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
An interview of Edward B. Thomas conducted 1983 April 28-May 10, by John Olbrantz, at the artist's home in Seattle, Washington, for the Archives of American Art's Northwest Oral History Project. Thomas speaks of his family background and early art experiences; his education at the University of Washington; printmaking and its role in Northwest art; his role as education director at the Seattle Art Museum; the development of the museum under Richard E. Fuller; contributors to the museum; the impact of the 1962 World's Fair; the Northwest art scene; exhibitions at the museum; interaction with the Henry Gallery and other museums; and his future plans. He recalls Guy Anderson, Kenneth Callahan, Morris Graves, and Mark Tobey.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Edward B. Thomas (1920-1984) was an educator and museum curator from Seattle, Washington.

Administration
Existence and Location of Originals
Transcript also available at the University of Washington, Manuscripts Collection, and at the Oregon Historical Society.
Author
Sponsor
Funding for the digital preservation of this interview was provided by a grant from the Save America's Treasures Program of the National Park Service.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
This interview is part of the Archives' Northwest Oral History Project, begun in 1982 to document the Northwest artistic community through interviews with painters, sculptors, craftsmen, educators, curators, and others, in Oregon, Washington and Montana.

General
General
Originally recorded on 6 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 12 digital wav files. Duration is 6 hr., 9 min.

Keywords
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Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Prints -- 20th century -- Northwestern States Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Art, Modern -- Northwestern States Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Art, American -- Northwestern States Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Educators -- Washington (State) -- Seattle -- Interviews Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Art museums -- Washington (State) -- Seattle Function Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Anderson, Guy, 1906-1998 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Callahan, Kenneth, 1905-1986 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Graves, Morris, 1910- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Tobey, Mark Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Henry Art Gallery Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Seattle Art Museum Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
Archives of American Art
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