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Thompson, Bob (Robert Louis), 1937-1966  Search this
Cruz, Emilio  Search this
Ginsberg, Allen  Search this
Crodel, Charles  Search this
May, Mary Spencer  Search this
Baraka, Amiri  Search this
Martin, Mary  Search this
Schapiro, Meyer  Search this
Spellman, A. B.  Search this
Covi, Dario A.  Search this
Bridwell, Margaret  Search this
Ratcliff, Carter  Search this
Young, Kenneth  Search this
Thompson, Carol  Search this
Wilson, Judith  Search this
Beskind, Dorothy Levitt  Search this
Wilke, Ulfert  Search this
Thompson, Bessie  Search this
Whitney Museum of American Art  Search this
Sluggs Jazz Club  Search this
The Billard Palace  Search this
David Anerson Gallery  Search this
Donald Morris Gallery  Search this
Billiard Place  Search this
Video recordings
Place of publication, production, or execution:
United States
Physical Description:
2 Linear feet
The collection is arranged as 7 series. Series 1: Biographical Material, 1953-2003 (0.2 linear feet; Box 1) Series 2: Carol Thompson's Correspondence, 1971-2000 (0.1 linear feet; Box 1) Series 3: Writings, 1949-1998 (0.1 linear feet; Box 1) Series 4: Exhibition Files, 1978-2001 (0.1 linear feet; Box 1) Series 5: Personal Business Records, 1965-2001 (0.1 linear feet; Box 1) Series 6: Printed Material, 1960-2005 (0.7 linear feet; Boxes 1-2, 4, OV 5) Series 7: Photographs, 1951-2000 (0.7 linear feet; Boxes 2-4)
Access Note / Rights:
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. Contact Reference Services for more information.
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.
Additional Forms:
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.
Use Note:
"Bob Thompson Happening" (1965) video: Permission to publish, quote or reproduce requires written permission from Joanne Elkin. Contact Reference Services for more information.
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Biography Note:
Bob Thompson (1937-1966) was an African American figurative painter who worked primarily in New York City.
Language Note:
Collection is in English.
The collection was donated by Elaine Plenda, the artist's sister-in-law, in 2006, 2010, 2011, and 2012.
Digitization Note:
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.
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
African American artists  Search this
Artists' studios -- Photographs  Search this
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Record number:
African American
Lives of artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art