Thomas Clyde Colt papers, 1853-1979

Colt, Thomas Clyde, b. 1905
Museum director
Active in Dayton, Ohio

Collection size: 4.0 linear ft. (on 3 microfilm reels)

Collection Summary: Correspondence; biographical data; photographs; scrapbooks; business and financial records; exhibition announcements; and clippings.

REEL 1559: Letters, postcards, three photographs and several clippings relating to Colt's retirement from the Dayton Art Institute in 1976; and four scrapbooks containing letters, clippings, photographs, exhibition catalogs and announcements, and memorabilia.

REELS 1619-1620: Business and personal correspondence, with Corrine Melchers, Waldo Pierce, Gordon Washburn, Lamar Dodd, Curt Valentin, Francis Henry Taylor, Mahonri Young, Adelyn Breeskin, Mitchel Wilder, and others; biographical data and curriculum vitae; 14 personal photographs; files on the Gari Melchers Memorial, Fredericksburg, Virginia, and a 1956 exhibition of paintings owned by Walter Chrysler; clippings and press releases.

UNMICROFILMED: Exhibition invitations and announcements; appointment calendars; treasurer's and trustees' reports, minutes, and financial records of the Portland Art Association, Portland, Oregon, and the Dayton Institute of Art, Dayton, Ohio.

Biographical/Historical Note: Museum director; Dayton, Ohio. Director of the Portland Art Association, 1948-1956,(the owner and governing body of the Portland Art Museum), and the Dayton Art Institute, 1957-1975.

Donated and lent April 1979 by Thomas Clyde Colt.

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