Oral history interview with Edward B. Thomas, 1983 April 28-May 10
Thomas, Edward B., 1920-1984
Anderson, Guy I. (Guy Irving)
Callahan, Kenneth L.
Henry Art Gallery
Seattle Art Museum
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Transcript: 84 pages.
Originally recorded on 6 sound cassettes. Reformated in 2010 as 12 digital wav files. Duration is 6 hr., 9 min.
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.
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Edward B. Thomas, 1983 April 28-May 10. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Transcript also available at the University of Washington, Manuscripts Collection, and at the Oregon Historical Society.
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.
Edward B. Thomas (1920-1984) was an educator and museum curator from Seattle, Washington.
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.
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001