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Alma Thomas papers, circa 1894-2001

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Series 3: Notes and Writings , circa 1920s-circa 1998
0.7 Linear feet
Box 2

This series is arranged as three subseries.
  • 3.1: By Thomas, 1936-circa 1970s
  • 3.2: By J. Maurice Thomas, circa 1920s-circa 1990s
  • 3.3: By Others, circa 1970s-circa 1998
3.1: By Thomas, 1936-circa 1970s
Thomas's writings include autobiographical essays and fragments, one of which has a painted sketch on the reverse, and one entitled "Year of the woman" in which Thomas eschews involvement with men who oppress women and expresses pride in remaining unmarried; four notebooks; an engagement calendar annotated with appointments and inspirational quotations; and "Alma's Birthday Book" containing lists of friends' birthdays. Thomas discusses her childhood, her education, her relationships with individuals such as the founders of the Barnett Aden Gallery, Alonzo Aden and James V. Herring, her motiviation for painting, and her desire to not be constrained by societal expectations related to race and gender.
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Autobiographical Writings, circa 1960s-circa 1970s
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Birthday Book, 1936
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Engagement Calendar, 1968
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Notebook, circa 1970s
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Notebook, circa 1970s
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Notebook, circa 1970s
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Notebook, circa 1970s
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Notes, circa 1950s-circa 1970s
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3.2: By J. Maurice Thomas, circa 1920s-circa 1970s
Writings by J. Maurice Thomas include notes on Alma Thomas and Thomas family history. Her chronologies for her sister list Alma Thomas's achievements, solo and group exhibitions, the significance of events in which Thomas participated, works exhibited, and press coverage. Some of the notes appear to relate to contributions J. Maurice Thomas proposed for an biographical work on Alma Thomas by Valliere Auzene, which is referenced in Series 2: Letters.
Research notes for a bibliography on James Weldon Johnson are also included here.
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Autobiographical and Family History Notes and Writings, circa 1970s-circa 1990s
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Manuscript About Alma Thomas's March on Washington, D.C., 1963, 1983
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Notes on Alma Thomas, circa 1970s-circa 1990s
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Notes on Alma Thomas, circa 1970s-circa 1990s
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Notes on Alma Thomas, circa 1970s-circa 1990s
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Notes on Alma Thomas, circa 1970s-circa 1990s
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Notes on Alma Thomas, Chronologies (1955-1971), circa 1970s-circa 1990s
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Notes on Alma Thomas, Chronologies (circa 1962-circa 1976), circa 1970s-circa 1990s
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Notes on Alma Thomas, Index Cards, circa 1951-circa 1980
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Notes on Alma Thomas, Photographs, circa 1970s-circa 1990s
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James Weldon Johnson Bibliography Project, circa 1970s-circa 1998
Correspondence, 1934-1941
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Index Cards, circa 1920s-circa 1940s
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Index Cards, 1920s-circa 1940s
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Index Cards, Poems, 1920s-circa 1940s
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Index Cards, Songs, 1920s-circa 1940s
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Printed Material, circa 1920-1970
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Research Notes, 1920s-circa 1940s
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Research Notes, 1920s-circa 1940s
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Research Notes, 1920s-circa 1940s
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3.3: By Others
Writings by others are primarily about Alma Thomas and include an essay by Jacob Kainen, and a thesis by Sandra Fitzpatrick.
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Benjamin, Tritobia Hayes, "What is More Far Reaching Than Beauty?: From Academic Representation to Poetic Abstraction in the Art of Alma Woodsey Thomas", circa 1998
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Fitzpatrick, Sandra, Thesis, "The Path to Creativity: The Life and Career of Alma W. Thomas in Washington, D.C.", 1981-1983
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Fitzpatrick, Sandra, Thesis, "The Path to Creativity: The Life and Career of Alma W. Thomas in Washington, D.C.", 1981-1983
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Kainen, Jacob, Essay About Thomas, circa 1970s
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Unidentified, "General Outline: 'The Black Woman' Exhibition", circa 1970s
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Various Authors, Writings About Thomas, circa 1970s
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