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Education, Schools, General, Curtiss Flying Schools (USA). [photograph]

Photographer:
Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor Company  Search this
Type:
Glass negatives
Date:
Circa 1911
Topic:
Aeronautics  Search this
Air pilots  Search this
Local number:
NASM-CW5G-0018
Restrictions & Rights:
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Curtiss-Wright Corporation Records
Data Source:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_374214

Education, Schools, General, Curtiss Flying Schools (USA). [photograph]

Photographer:
Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor Company  Search this
Type:
Glass negatives
Date:
Circa 1911
Topic:
Aeronautics  Search this
Air pilots  Search this
Local number:
NASM-CW5G-0019
Restrictions & Rights:
Images are subject to Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum, Copyright and Image Use Restrictions. Usage requires prior written permission. Should you wish to use NASM still images in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Photographs, available at NASM's Permissions webpage: www.nasm.si.edu/research/arch/permissions.cfm
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Curtiss-Wright Corporation Records
Data Source:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_374215

Indian Boarding Schools

Collection Creator:
Jenkins, Dale  Search this
Extent:
12 Postcards
1 Photographic print
Container:
Photo-folder 1
Photo-folder 2
Photo-folder 3
Photo-folder 4
Type:
Archival materials
Photographs
Postcards
Photographic prints
Date:
1890-1914
Scope and Contents:
This series contains 12 postcards and 1 cabinet card. The images include depictions of Native youth as well as exterior views of buildings at the following Indian Boarding Schools: Carlisle Indian School, PA; Chemawa Indian School, OR; Chilocco Indian Agricultural School, OK; Fort Simcoe Indian School, WA; Fort Totten Indian Industrial School, ND; Phoenix Indian School, AZ; Pipestone Indian School, MN.
Collection Restrictions:
Access to NMAI Archive Center collections is by appointment only, Monday - Friday, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm. Please contact the archives to make an appointment (phone: 301-238-1400, email: nmaiarchives@si.edu).
Collection Rights:
Permission to publish materials from the collection must be requested from National Museum of the American Indian Archive Center. Please submit a written request to nmaiphotos@si.edu. For personal or classroom use, users are invited to download, print, photocopy, and distribute the images that are available online without prior written permission, provided that the files are not modified in any way, the Smithsonian Institution copyright notice (where applicable) is included, and the source of the image is identified as the National Museum of the American Indian. For more information please see the Smithsonian's Terms of Use and NMAI Archive Center's Digital Image request website.
Collection Citation:
Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Dale Jenkins postcard and photograph collection, NMAI.AC.069, Box and Folder Number; National Museum of the American Indian Archive Center, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NMAI.AC.069, Series 1
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Dale Jenkins postcard and photograph collection
Archival Repository:
National Museum of the American Indian
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmai-ac-069-ref501

Education, Schools, General, Curtiss Flying Schools (USA). [glass negative]

Photographer:
Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor Company  Search this
Type:
Glass negatives
Topic:
Flight training  Search this
Air pilots  Search this
Aeronautics  Search this
Airplanes  Search this
Local number:
NASM-CW8G-M-0104
Restrictions & Rights:
Images are subject to Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum, Copyright and Image Use Restrictions. Usage requires prior written permission. Should you wish to use NASM still images in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Photographs, available at NASM's Permissions webpage: www.nasm.si.edu/research/arch/permissions.cfm
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Curtiss-Wright Corporation Records
Data Source:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_387575

Education, Schools, General, Curtiss Flying Schools (USA). [glass negative]

Photographer:
Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor Company  Search this
Type:
Glass negatives
Topic:
Flight training  Search this
Air pilots  Search this
Aeronautics  Search this
Airplanes  Search this
Local number:
NASM-CW8G-M-0113
Restrictions & Rights:
Images are subject to Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum, Copyright and Image Use Restrictions. Usage requires prior written permission. Should you wish to use NASM still images in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Photographs, available at NASM's Permissions webpage: www.nasm.si.edu/research/arch/permissions.cfm
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Curtiss-Wright Corporation Records
Data Source:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_387577

Visiting Schools Using RIF Materials

Author:
Unknown  Search this
Subject:
Robb, Lynda Bird 1944-  Search this
Eisenhower, Julie Nixon  Search this
Physical description:
Color: Black and White; Size: 8.25w x 8.25h; Type of Image: Group; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Photographic print
Group
Date:
1974
Topic:
Nelson, Sidney  Search this
Reading Is Fundamental, Inc  Search this
Education  Search this
Children  Search this
Standard number:
94-13202
Restrictions & Rights:
No restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_8407

Photograph of a Guilford County school bus and school children

Photograph by:
Siddell Studio, American, founded 1916  Search this
Subject of:
Guilford County Schools, American, founded 1875  Search this
Unidentified Child or Children  Search this
Medium:
silver and photographic gelatin on photographic paper
Dimensions:
H x W (Sheet): 3 1/2 × 5 3/4 in. (8.9 × 14.6 cm)
H x W (Image): 5 5/16 × 3 1/16 in. (13.5 × 7.8 cm)
Type:
gelatin silver prints
Place depicted:
Guilford County, North Carolina, United States, North and Central America
Date:
ca. 1916
Topic:
African American  Search this
Children  Search this
Education  Search this
Photography  Search this
Rural life  Search this
Transportation  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Margaret Falkener DeLorme, Waldo C. Falkener, Cameron S. Falkener and Gilbert E. DeLorme
Object number:
2014.94.9
Restrictions & Rights:
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification:
Media Arts-Photography
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2014.94.9
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Sloane Scout Monoplane (Sloane #1); Education, Schools, General, Sloane Schools (USA). [photograph]

Photographer:
Unknown  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
Circa 1914
Topic:
Aeronautics  Search this
Airplanes  Search this
Flight training  Search this
Local number:
NASM-00089365
Restrictions & Rights:
Images are subject to Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum, Copyright and Image Use Restrictions. Usage requires prior written permission. Should you wish to use NASM still images in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Photographs, available at NASM's Permissions webpage: www.nasm.si.edu/research/arch/permissions.cfm
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William J. Hammer Collection
Data Source:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_386748

Education, Schools, General, Curtiss Flying Schools (USA); Curtiss Model D Headless. [glass negative]

Photographer:
Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor Company  Search this
Type:
Glass negatives
Topic:
Aeronautics  Search this
Airplanes  Search this
Air pilots  Search this
Local number:
NASM-CW5G-0123
Restrictions & Rights:
Images are subject to Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum, Copyright and Image Use Restrictions. Usage requires prior written permission. Should you wish to use NASM still images in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Photographs, available at NASM's Permissions webpage: www.nasm.si.edu/research/arch/permissions.cfm
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Curtiss-Wright Corporation Records
Data Source:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_383094

Curtiss F Boat; Education, Schools, General, Curtiss Flying Schools (USA). [glass negative]

Photographer:
Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor Company  Search this
Type:
Glass negatives
Date:
1912
Topic:
Aeronautics  Search this
Airplanes  Search this
Air pilots  Search this
Seaplanes  Search this
Local number:
NASM-CW5G-0124
Restrictions & Rights:
Images are subject to Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum, Copyright and Image Use Restrictions. Usage requires prior written permission. Should you wish to use NASM still images in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Photographs, available at NASM's Permissions webpage: www.nasm.si.edu/research/arch/permissions.cfm
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Curtiss-Wright Corporation Records
Data Source:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_383095

Curtiss F Boat; Education, Schools, General, Curtiss Flying Schools (USA). [glass negative]

Photographer:
Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor Company  Search this
Type:
Glass negatives
Date:
1912
Local number:
NASM-CW5G-0125
Restrictions & Rights:
Images are subject to Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum, Copyright and Image Use Restrictions. Usage requires prior written permission. Should you wish to use NASM still images in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Photographs, available at NASM's Permissions webpage: www.nasm.si.edu/research/arch/permissions.cfm
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Curtiss-Wright Corporation Records
Data Source:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_383096

Education, Schools, Curtiss Flying Schools (USA); Curtiss F Boat. [glass negative]

Photographer:
Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor Company  Search this
Type:
Glass negatives
Date:
5/6/1915
Topic:
Aeronautics  Search this
Air pilots  Search this
Airplanes  Search this
Flight training  Search this
Local number:
NASM-CW5G-0727
Restrictions & Rights:
Images are subject to Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum, Copyright and Image Use Restrictions. Usage requires prior written permission. Should you wish to use NASM still images in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Photographs, available at NASM's Permissions webpage: www.nasm.si.edu/research/arch/permissions.cfm
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Data Source:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_390933

Education, Schools, General, Curtiss Flying Schools (USA); Curtiss Model D; Kelly, George E. M.. [photograph]

Photographer:
Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor Company  Search this
Type:
Glass negatives
Date:
3/4/1911
Topic:
Airplanes  Search this
Aeronautics  Search this
Air pilots  Search this
Local number:
NASM-CW5G-0020
Restrictions & Rights:
Images are subject to Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum, Copyright and Image Use Restrictions. Usage requires prior written permission. Should you wish to use NASM still images in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Photographs, available at NASM's Permissions webpage: www.nasm.si.edu/research/arch/permissions.cfm
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Curtiss-Wright Corporation Records
Data Source:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_374216

Dale-Patterson Family collection

Creator:
Dale, Dianne  Search this
Names:
Patterson, Frederick D. (Frederick Douglass), 1901-1988  Search this
Extent:
5 boxes (3.80 linear feet)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Clippings
Correspondence
Ephemera
Photographs
Postcards
Programs
Place:
Anacostia (Washington, D.C.)
Date:
1866 - 1990.
Summary:
The Dale-Patterson family papers, which date from 1866 to 1990 and measure 3.80 linear feet, document the personal and professional lives of the Dale-Patterson family who came to live in Hillsdale, Anacostia, area of Washington, D.C., in 1892.
Scope and Contents note:
The Dale-Patterson family papers, which date from 1866 to 1990 and measure 3.80 linear feet, document the personal and professional lives of the Dale-Patterson family who came to live in Hillsdale, Anacostia, area of Washington, D.C., in 1892. The collection is comprised of correspondence, photographs, clippings, and ephemera.
Arrangement note:
The collection is arranged in four series: 1) Dale-Patterson Family papers 2) Charles Qualls papers 3) Community Organizations 4) Subject Files
Biographical/Historical note:
The Dale family came to Washington, DC in 1886 when John Henry Dale, Sr., a gifted self-taught man, obtained a position as clerk in the newly contracted Pension Bureu building at 5th and G Streets, NW. First they lived near 13th Street and Florida Avenue, NW, then moved to Howard Road in Anacostia. Dale built a house at 2619 Nichols Avenue, now Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue, drawing the plans and supervising the construction. The Dales and only one other family lived in this solidly built house for 100 years before it was sold to a church group and demolished
General Note:
Finding Aid Note: This finding aid is associated with a MARC collection-level record. 361883
Provenance:
The Dale-Patterson Family collection was donated to the Anacostia Community Museum on April 07, 2013.
Restrictions:
Use of the materials requires an appointment. Please contact the archivist at acmarchives@si.edu.
Rights:
The Dale-Patterson Family collection is the physical property of the Anacostia Community Museum. Literary and copyright belong to the author/creator or their legal heirs and assigns. Rights to work produced during the normal course of Museum business resides with the Anacostia Community Museum. For further information, and to obtain permission to publish or reproduce, contact the Museum Archives.
Topic:
African American families  Search this
African Americans  Search this
Genre/Form:
Clippings
Correspondence
Ephemera
Photographs
Postcards
Programs
Citation:
Dale-Patterson Family collection, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution, gift of Dianne Dale.
Identifier:
ACMA.06-074
Archival Repository:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-acma-06-074
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Sloane Scout Monoplane (Sloane #1); Bonney, Leonard Warden; Gilpatric, John Guy; Education, School, Sloane Schools (USA). [photograph]

Photographer:
Unknown  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
Circa 1911
Topic:
Aeronautics  Search this
Air pilots  Search this
Airplanes  Search this
Flight schools  Search this
Hangars  Search this
Local number:
NASM-00089364
Restrictions & Rights:
Images are subject to Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum, Copyright and Image Use Restrictions. Usage requires prior written permission. Should you wish to use NASM still images in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Photographs, available at NASM's Permissions webpage: www.nasm.si.edu/research/arch/permissions.cfm
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Videodisc Imagery Collection
Data Source:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_386747

The Warner Report, 1915

Creator:
Warner, Langdon 1881-1955  Search this
Subject:
Warner, Langdon 1881-1955  Search this
Physical description:
Two copies of a bound volume of 226 typed pages, with 48 mounted silver gelatin prints with captions, 194p. ; 29 x 22 cm
Type:
Reports
Collection descriptions
Photographs
Place:
China
Japan
Angkor Wat (Cambodia)
Date:
1915
Topic:
Archaeology  Search this
Art, Asian--Collectors and collecting  Search this
Local number:
FSA A1994.07
Restrictions & Rights:
Access is by appointment only, Monday through Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Please contact the Archives to make an appointment: AVRreference@si.edu
Data Source:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_283452
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Carlisle School Students in School Uniform NOV 1893

Creator:
Choate, John N of Carlisle, Pennsylvania  Search this
Physical description:
1 gelatin glass negative 011 in x 014 in
Type:
Photographs
Date:
1893
NOV 1893
Local number:
NAA INV 06855600
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John N. Choate photographs of Carlisle Indian School circa 1879-1902
Data Source:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_73782

Carlisle School Boys Some in School Uniform 1879

Creator:
Choate, John N of Carlisle, Pennsylvania  Search this
Physical description:
1 gelatin glass negative 007 in x 009 in
Culture:
Osage Indians  Search this
Indians of North America Great Plains  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
1879
Local number:
NAA INV 06912500
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John N. Choate photographs of Carlisle Indian School circa 1879-1902
Data Source:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_74354

Carlisle School Students in School Uniform NOV 1893

Creator:
Choate, John N of Carlisle, Pennsylvania  Search this
Physical description:
1 gelatin glass negative 011 in x 014 in
Type:
Photographs
Date:
1893
NOV 1893
Local number:
NAA INV 06855500
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John N. Choate photographs of Carlisle Indian School circa 1879-1902
Data Source:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_73781

Alma Thomas papers

Creator:
Thomas, Alma  Search this
Names:
Art in Embassies Program (U.S.)  Search this
Martha Jackson Gallery  Search this
Bader, Franz, 1903-1994  Search this
Breeskin, Adelyn Dohme, 1896-1986  Search this
Johnson, Nathalie J. Cole  Search this
Sarg, Tony, 1882-1942  Search this
Tarbary, Celine  Search this
Taylor, Joshua Charles, 1917-  Search this
Thomas, J. Maurice (John Maurice), 1900 or 1901-  Search this
Extent:
5.5 Linear feet
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Scrapbooks
Audiocassettes
Video recordings
Photographs
Date:
circa 1894-2001
Summary:
The papers of Washington, D.C. painter and art educator Alma Thomas, date from circa 1894-2001 and measure 5.5 linear feet. The papers document Thomas's work as a teacher, and her development and success as a painter of the Washington Color School, through biographical material, letters, notes and writings, personal business records, exhibition files, printed materials, scrapbooks, photographs, an audio recording, and two video recordings.
Scope and Contents note:
The papers of Washington, D.C. painter and art educator Alma Thomas, date from circa 1894-2001 and measure 5.5 linear feet. The papers document Thomas's work as a teacher, and her development and success as a painter of the Washington Color School, through biographical material, letters, notes and writings, personal business records, exhibition files, printed materials, scrapbooks, photographs, an audio recording, and two video recordings.

Biographical material includes identity cards, chronologies, an audio recording including a biographical account, and scattered documentation of Thomas's education and teaching careers with D.C. Public Schools, Howard University, and Thomas Garrett Settlement in Wilmington, Delaware. Also found are records relating to Thomas's participation in a summer marionette class taught by Tony Sarg in 1934, and a tour of European art centers which Thomas took in 1958.

Letters relate primarily to the exhibition of Thomas's work and related events and are from galleries, museums, other art institutions, colleagues, and friends including Franz Bader, Adelyn Breeskin, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Howard University Gallery of Art, Martha Jackson Gallery, Nathalie J. Cole Johnson, Vincent Melzac, Celine Tabary, and Joshua Taylor.

Notes and writings include four notebooks and autobiographical writings by Thomas, a "Birthday Book," and an annotated engagement calendar. J. Maurice Thomas's writings about Alma Thomas, her research for a bibliography on James Weldon Johnson, and writings by others, including Jacob Kainen, about Alma Thomas, are also found here.

Exhibition files contain a wide variety of documentation for many group and solo exhibitions of Thomas's work from the early 1950s through a 1998-2000 traveling retrospective exhibition, including solo exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Corcoran Gallery of Art in 1972. The records include letters from Franz Bader Gallery, David Driskell at Fisk University, and Vincent Melzac. Photographs include Thomas with individuals including William Buckner, Jeff Donaldson, David Driskell, James W. Herring, and Vincent Melzac. Also found is a photograph of the 1951 Little Paris Studio Group picturing Lois Mailou Jones, Celine Tabary, Alma Thomas, and others. Two video recordings are of events related to the 1998-2000 retrospective at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art and the Columbus Museum of Art. Records documenting a 1981-1982 exhibition at the Smithsonian National Museum of American Art, A Life in Art: Alma Thomas, includes the script of a video written by Adolphus Ealey.

Personal business records include price lists, gift and loan receipts, and files concerning the Art in Embassies Program, the Martha Jackson Gallery, a benefit auction for the Corcoran School of Art, and the designation of the Thomas family home in Washington, D.C. as a historic property.

Eleven scrapbooks document Thomas's teaching career through the activities of the art classes she taught at Shaw Junior High School.

Printed materials include announcements and catalogs for exhibitions and other events; clippings which document Thomas's career and subjects of interest to her; Christmas cards featuring block prints designed by Thomas; and other programs and publications featuring Thomas.

Photographs are of Alma Thomas, family, and friends and colleagues including Sam Gilliam, James V. Herring, and Nathalie V. Cole Johnson; art classes taught by Thomas; Thomas's homes in Columbus, Georgia and Washington, D.C.; and exhibitions not documented in Series 4: Exhibition Files, including photographs of Alma Thomas at an opening at Barnett Aden Gallery with Alonzo Aden and others.
Arrangement note:
The papers have been arranged into 8 series:

Series 1: Biographical Material, 1911-2001 (Box 1; 0.5 linear feet)

Series 2: Letters, circa 1930-2001 (Boxes 1-2; 0.6 linear feet)

Series 3: Notes and Writings, circa 1920s-circa 1998 (Box 2; 0.7 linear feet)

Series 4: Exhibition Files, 1951-2000 (Boxes 2-3, OV 7; 0.8 linear feet)

Series 5: Personal Business Records, circa 1950s-1994 (Box 3; 0.2 linear feet)

Series 6: Printed Material, circa 1908-2000 (Boxes 3-5, OV 7; 1.8 linear feet)

Series 7: Scrapbooks, 1930-1946 (Box 5; 0.3 linear feet)

Series 8: Photographs, circa 1894-2001 (Boxes 5-6; 0.6 linear feet)
Biographical/Historical note:
Washington, D.C. painter and art educator Alma Thomas (1891-1978) was known for her abstract paintings filled with dense patterns of color, and was considered a major artist of the Washington Color School.

Thomas was born in Columbus, Georgia, in 1894, and was the eldest of the four daughters of John Harris Thomas and Amelia Cantey Thomas. The family moved to Washington, D.C. in 1906 and Thomas was first introduced to art classes at Armstrong Technical High School. Following her graduation in 1911 she took a course in kindergarten teaching at the Miner Normal School, and subsequently worked as a substitute teacher in the Washington, D.C. public school system until 1914, when she took a teaching position on the Eastern shore of Maryland. From 1916 to 1923 she taught kindergarten at Thomas Garrett Settlement House in Wilmington, Delaware.

Thomas originally enrolled at Howard University in Washington, D.C. as a home economics major in 1921, but after studying under Lois Mailou Jones amd James V. Herring in Herring's newly established art department, she earned a Bachelor's degree in Fine Art in 1924, and became the first person to graduate from the program. Thomas then began her teaching career at Shaw Junior High School in Washington, D.C. that lasted from 1924, until her retirement in 1960. During this time she established community arts programs that would encourage her students to develop an appreciation of fine arts. Activities included marionette programs, distribution of student-designed holiday menu cards for dinners given for soldiers at the Tuskegee Veterans' Hospital, art clubs, lectures, and student exhibitions. In 1943 she became the founding vice president of Barnett Aden Gallery, which was established by James V. Herring and Alonzo Aden and was the first integrated gallery in Washington, D.C.

In 1934 Thomas earned an M.A. degree in Art Education from Columbia University. At American University in Washington, D.C., she studied creative painting under Joe Summerford, Robert Gates, and Jacob Kainen from 1950 to 1960, and began to break away from representational painting and experiment more seriously with Abstract Expressionism. In 1958 she participated in a tour of the art centers of Western Europe under the auspices of the Tyler School of Fine Arts at Temple University in Philadelphia.

Following her retirement from teaching in 1960, Thomas devoted herself full-time to painting, and continued to develop her signature style. She was inspired by nature and the desire to express beauty through composition and color, and refused to be constrained by societal expectations related to her race, gender, and age, achieving her greatest success in the last decade of her life. Her work was exhibited at the Dupont Theatre Art Gallery, Franz Bader Gallery, and the Howard University Gallery of Art, before she was honored in 1972 with exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.

Thomas's work has been exhibited at the White House and can be found in the permanent collections of major museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
Separated Materials note:
In 1979, J. Maurice Thomas loaned papers for microfilming. Most, but not all, of the loaned material was later donated and is described in this finding aid. Loaned materials not donated at a later date are available on reels 1541-1543 and are not described in the container listing of this finding aid.
Provenance:
J. Maurice Thomas, the artist's sister, loaned portions of the collection for microfilming in 1979. Most, but not all of this material was then later donated in several accretions by J. Maurice Thomas, between 1979 and 2004. Charles Thomas Lewis, Thomas' nephew, gave additional papers in 2010.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate copies requires advance notice.
Rights:
The Alma Thomas papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Topic:
Women painters -- Washington (D.C.)  Search this
Painting, American  Search this
Art teachers -- Washington (D.C.)  Search this
African American artists -- Washington (D.C.)  Search this
Genre/Form:
Scrapbooks
Audiocassettes
Video recordings
Photographs
Citation:
Alma Thomas papers, circa 1894-2001. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.thomalma
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Alma Thomas papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-thomalma
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