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Bob Thompson papers, 1949-2005

Bob Thompson papers, 1949-2005

Thompson, Bob (Robert Louis), 1937-1966


Collection Information

Size: 1.8 linear feet

Biographical/Historical Note

Bob Thompson (1937-1966) was a figurative painter in New York, N.Y.


The collection was donated by Elaine Plenda, the artist's sister-in-law, in 2006, 2010, 2011, and 2012. The papers were initially organized by Carol Thompson, Bob Thompson's wife.

Scope and Contents

The papers of figurative painter Bob Thompson measure 1.8 linear feet and date from 1949 to 2005. Thompson's career is documented through scattered biographical material; business correspondence between his wife Carol Thompson and various galleries, dealers, businesses, and friends; creative and editorial writings by Thompson as well as commemorative tributes and notes written by others; business records of the appraisal, sale, study, and exhibition of Thompson's work after his death; exhibition catalogs and publicity, news clippings, and other printed material; and photographs of the artist, exhibitions, and art.

"Bob Thompson Happening" (1965), duplicate video of 16 mm motion picture film Available for on-site research only. Permission for reproduction must be made to Joanne Elkin, daughter of the filmmaker;

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.

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