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Oral history interview with Richard Thomas, 1978 May 5-17

Thomas, Richard C., 1917-1988

Metal-worker, Art teacher


Collection Information

Size: 48 Pages, Transcript

Format: Originally recorded on 2 sound tape reels. Reformatted in 2010 as 2 digital wav files. Duration is 2 hr., 3 min.

Summary: An interview of Richard Thomas conducted 1978 May 5-17, by Dennis Barrie, for the Archives of American Art.

Biographical/Historical Note

Richard Thomas (1917-1988) is a metalsmith and educator from Cranbrook Academy, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.


These interviews are part of the Archives' Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and others.

Language Note

English .


Funding for the digital preservation of this interview was provided by a grant from the Save America's Treasures Program of the National Park Service.

How to Use This Collection

Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Richard Thomas, 1978 May 5-17. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.