Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Use of video recording requires advance notice.
The papers of New York African American figurative painter Bob Thompson measure 2 linear feet and date from 1949 to 2005. The collection includes biographical material, videocassettes, correspondence, writings by Bob Thompson and others, exhibition files, scattered personal business records, printed material, photographs, and photograph albums. The correspondence is mostly between Carol Thompson, the artist's wife, and others concerning Bob Thompson's artwork.
Bob Thompson papers, 1949-2005. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
The bulk of the collection was digitized in 2017 and is available on the Archives of American Art's website. Materials which have not been scanned include blank pages, blank versos of of photographs, and duplicates. In some cases, exhibition catalogs and other publications have had their covers, title pages, and relevant pages scanned. Additional digital content, such as digital user copies of sound and video recordings, may also be available for use at Archives of American Art offices.
Funding for the digitization of this collection was provided by The Walton Family Foundation and the Terra Foundation for American Art.
"Bob Thompson Happening" (1965), duplicate video of 16 mm motion picture film Available for on-site research only. Permission for reproduction must be made to Joanne Elkin, daughter of the filmmaker; email@example.com
Bob Thompson (1937-1966) was an African American figurative painter who worked primarily in New York City.
The collection was donated by Elaine Plenda, the artist's sister-in-law, in 2006, 2010, 2011, and 2012.
This site provides access to the papers of Bob (Robert Louis) Thompson in the Archives of American Art that were digitized in 2017, and total 1,887 images.
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001