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Dox Thrash autobiography, circa 1960

Thrash, Dox, 1893-1965

Painter, Printmaker, Sculptor


Collection Information

Size: 1 Microfilm reel, 2 pages on partial microfilm reel

Summary: This microfilm collection contains 2 photocopy typescript pages of African American printer Dox Thrash's autobiography discussing his travels, education, and exhibition history.

Biographical/Historical Note

Dox Thrash (1892-1965) was an African American printer in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Thrash joined the Works Progress Administration Federal Arts Project in 1937 and began working at the Fine Print Workshop of Philadelphia. While there he co-created the carborundum printmaking process.


Microfilmed in 1990 as part of AAA's Philadelphia Arts Documentation Project. Photocopies donated to the Free Library of Philadelphia by Ruth Fine, who obtained them from Samuel Nowak for her entry on Thrash for "Philadelphia: Three Centuries of American Art," Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1976.

Related Materials

The Emory University Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library holds the Dox Thrash collection, 1920-1966

Language Note

English .

Location of Originals

  • Location of originals unknown.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reel 4408 available at Archives of American Art offices, through interlibrary loan and at the Free Library of Philadelphia.

All photocopies.

Restrictions on Access

The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.

How to Cite This Collection

Dox Thrash autobiography, circa 1960. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.