Archives of American Art

Byron Thomas papers

Collection ID:
Thomas, Byron, 1902-1978
Physical Description:
8 Microfilm reels

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Letters; photographs and photograph albums; diaries; notes and notebooks; writings; sketchbooks; business records; catalogs; periodicals; clippings; and miscellany.
Scope and Contents
REELS 9-12: Detailed autobiographical or diary-type notes of Thomas's activities and notes on his paintings, October 1928-August 1970, plus a few clippings, inventories of paintings, and miscellaneous items.
Scope and Contents
REEL 1197: A typescript of Thomas's autobiography, "For the Life of Me"; a volume of painting notes, 1966-1977; a notebook entitled "Record of Painting, 'Baseball at Rum Point'", 1968; and miscellany.
Scope and Contents
REEL 1202: An album containing photos of Thomas, his works, and a few exhibition catalogs and letters; and loose photographs of Thomas, his works, and an Artists Equity group leaving for a trip to Europe.
Scope and Contents
REEL 1417: Letters from friends and colleagues about Thomas's exhibitions; two diaries of European travels, and a notebook on European art; "Journal no. 8" (1975-1978) with sporadic entries concerning activities and work; manuscripts of four unpublished children's books written and illustrated by Thomas; drawing notes, 1968; six sketchbooks, 1929-1931; business records include files on Babcock Galleries, 1965-1971; catalogs, periodicals, clippings, and miscellaneous printed matter.
Scope and Contents
REEL 1427: Photographs, ca. 1909-1978, of Thomas, his work, his family, and friends; and a World War II photograph album.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Painter; Woodstock, Vt.

Existence and Location of Originals
Reels 9-12, 1197 & 1202: Originals returned to Byron Thomas after microfilming.
Existence and Location of Originals
Reels 1417 & 1427: Originals returned to Virginia Thomas after microfilming.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Material on reels 9-12, 1197 & 1202 lent for microfilming 1971 & 1977 by Byron Thomas; material on reels 1417 & 1427 lent for microfilming 1978 by Virginia Thomas, widow of Thomas.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.

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