Skip to main content

A Finding Aid to the Alma Thomas papers, circa 1894-2001

Alma Thomas papers, circa 1894-2001

Thomas, Alma, 1891-1978

Art teacher, Painter

Collection Information

Size: 5.5 linear feet

Summary: The papers of African-American painter and art instructor Alma Thomas date from 1894-2000 (bulk 1936-1982). They provide documentation of Thomas' artwork, exhibitions, teaching career at Shaw Junior High School in Washington, D.C., and her relationships with friends and colleagues.

Biographical/Historical Note

Alma Thomas (1891- 1978) was a painter and teacher in Washington, D.C.


The Alma Thomas papers were donated in several accretions between 1979 and 2004 by J. Maurice Thomas, the artist's sister, and in 2010 by Charles Thomas Lewis, Thomas' nephew.

Related Materials

Selected Digitized Items