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Collection Number: 04000

Collection Title: Howard Thomas Papers, 1888, 1895, 1899-1974.

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This collection was rehoused and a summary created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities; this finding aid was created with support from NC ECHO.

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Size 8.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 6,800 items)
Abstract Howard Thomas (1899-1971) of Mt. Pleasant, Ohio, was an artist, professor, and administrator at Wisconsin State Teachers College, 1930-1942; the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 1942-1943; Agnes Scott College, 1943-1945; and the University of Georgia, 1945-1965. The collection contains the personal and professional papers of Howard Thomas, including correspondence, exhibition catalogs, notes, lectures, and other materials related to his work and teaching. Correspondents include Josef Albers, George Barford, Edmund Boerner, Edward W. Bramlette, Erwin M. Breithaupt, Howard Conant, George Cress, Lamar Dodd, Berry Fleming, R. Buckminster Fuller, Carl Holty, Morris Knight, Lamar Lynes, Patricia Marie Minser, Robert Von Newmann, Abbott Pattison, James J. Sweeney, Gudmud Vigtel, Betty A. Wallace, Ferdinand E. Warren, Donald L. Weismann, Marguerite Wildenhain, Ulfort Wilke, and Emory Rose Wood. Other items include clippings, photographs of paintings, notebooks of painting records, 1921-1971, and assorted diaries, 1923-1971.
Creator Thomas, Howard, 1899-1971.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
This collection contains additional materials that are not processed and are currently not available to researchers. For information about access to these materials, contact Research and Instructional Services staff. Please be advised that preparing unprocessed materials for access can be a lengthy process.
Restrictions to Use
No usage restrictions.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Howard Thomas Papers, #4000, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Gift of Anne Wall Thomas of Carrboro, N.C., 1975; Addition of 1980; Addition of February 2008 (Acc. 100848).
Additional Descriptive Resources
A copy of the original finding aid for this collection is filed in folder 1a.
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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Howard Thomas (1899-1971) of Mt. Pleasant, Ohio, was an artist, professor, and administrator at Wisconsin State Teachers College, 1930-1942; the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 1942-1943; Agnes Scott College, 1943-1945; and the University of Georgia, 1945-1965.

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The collection contains the personal and professional papers of Howard Thomas (1899-1971), including correspondence, exhibition catalogs, notes, lectures, and other materials related to his work and teaching. Correspondents include Josef Albers, George Barford, Edmund Boerner, Edward W. Bramlette, Erwin M. Breithaupt, Howard Conant, George Cress, Lamar Dodd, Berry Fleming, R. Buckminster Fuller, Carl Holty, Morris Knight, Lamar Lynes, Patricia Marie Minser, Robert Von Newmann, Abbott Pattison, James J. Sweeney, Gudmud Vigtel, Betty A. Wallace, Ferdinand E. Warren, Donald L. Weismann, Marguerite Wildenhain, Ulfort Wilke, and Emory Rose Wood. Other items include clippings, photographs of paintings, notebooks of painting records, 1921-1971, and assorted diaries, 1923-1971.

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Contents list

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Box 1

Papers: A-C #04000, Series: "Howard Thomas Papers, 1888, 1895, 1899-1974." Box 1

Folder 1a

Original finding aid #04000, Series: "Howard Thomas Papers, 1888, 1895, 1899-1974." Folder 1a

Box 2

Papers: D-H #04000, Series: "Howard Thomas Papers, 1888, 1895, 1899-1974." Box 2

Box 3

Papers: J-Si #04000, Series: "Howard Thomas Papers, 1888, 1895, 1899-1974." Box 3

Box 4

Papers: St-W; Diaries and looseleaf notebooks #04000, Series: "Howard Thomas Papers, 1888, 1895, 1899-1974." Box 4

Oversize Volume SV-4000/1

Journal: Record of paintings, circa 1921-1971 #04000, Series: "Howard Thomas Papers, 1888, 1895, 1899-1974." SV-4000/1

Includes financial records of sales, 1937-1956, exhibits, autobiography

Box 5

Looseleaf notebooks; portfolios #04000, Series: "Howard Thomas Papers, 1888, 1895, 1899-1974." Box 5

Box 6-9

Box 6

Box 7

Box 8

Box 9

Exhibition catalogs and records #04000, Series: "Howard Thomas Papers, 1888, 1895, 1899-1974." Box 6-9

Box 10

Gallery records; museum records #04000, Series: "Howard Thomas Papers, 1888, 1895, 1899-1974." Box 10

Box 11

Clippings; photographs #04000, Series: "Howard Thomas Papers, 1888, 1895, 1899-1974." Box 11

Box 12

Photographs of paintings; unsorted materials #04000, Series: "Howard Thomas Papers, 1888, 1895, 1899-1974." Box 12

Box 13

Research reports; lectures; teaching materials #04000, Series: "Howard Thomas Papers, 1888, 1895, 1899-1974." Box 13

Box 14-16

Box 14

Box 15

Box 16

Teaching materials #04000, Series: "Howard Thomas Papers, 1888, 1895, 1899-1974." Box 14-16

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Adam Fielding and Jodi Berkowitz, April 2011

This collection was rehoused and a summary created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

This finding aid was created with support from NC ECHO.

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