Eugene Thomason papers

Collection ID:
Thomason, Eugene Healan
Physical Description:
0.2 Linear feet

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Papers of Eugene (Gene) Thomason relate primarily to work as an art instructor and his association with social realist painter George Luks. Included is a photograph of an art class at the school where Luks and Thomason taught, circa 1926-1927. Also found is a photograph of Thomason's painting of Luks, and printed material about Thomason, including catalogs, clippings, and newsletters.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Eugene Thomason (1895- 1972) was a painter; Nebo, North Carolina. Thomason was born in Blacksburg, S.C. and raised in Charlotte, N.C.. Through the support of his father's employer J. B. Duke, Thomason studied in New York City at the Art Students League, and later operated an art school on E. 22nd St., New York, N.Y., with George Luks.

Existence and Location of Copies
35mm microfilm reel 960 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
Existence and Location of Originals
Reel 960: Originals returned to the lender, Mrs. Eugene Thomason, after microfilming.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Photographs and some clippings donated circa 1975 by Mrs. Eugene Thomason, Thomason's widow. Materials on reel 960 were lent for microfilming by Mrs. Eugene Thomason.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Reel 1104 also contains Thomason materials, but it was made from photocopies of the same material which was microfilmed from the originals on reel 960, and does not contain anything that is not on reel 960.

Related Materials
Also in the Archives of American Art are papers lent by Mrs. Eugene Thomason for microfilming (reel 960), including letters from George Luks to Thomason concerning personal matters, mutual friends, current activities, and other news; a letter from Joseph M. Bryant about his Thomason paintings; a letter from William Luks asking for letters and anecdotes about George Luks; and two newspaper clippings about Thomason.

Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Painting, American Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Painters -- North Carolina Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Luks, George Benjamin, 1867-1933 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Luks, Will Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Bryant, Joseph M. Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
Archives of American Art
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Washington, D.C. 20001