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Jamison Thomas Gallery records, 1940-2000, bulk 1980-1995

Jamison Thomas Gallery records, 1940-2000, bulk 1980-1995

Jamison Thomas Gallery (Portland, Or.)

Collection Information

Size: 27.3 linear feet

Summary: The Jamison Thomas Gallery records measure 27.3 linear feet and date from 1940-2000, with the bulk of the records dating from 1980-1995, reflecting the years the Gallery operated in Portland, Oregon. About 1/2 of the records consist of artists' files of artists represented by the gallery and artists of interest. Also found are administrative records, client and collector files, financial and legal records, exhibition files, and publicity files.

Biographical/Historical Note

Jamison Thomas Gallery opened in Portland, Oregon in 1980 as the Folk Craft Gallery founded by William Jamison and Jeffrey Thomas. The gallery changed its focus and name in 1985 and began to specialize in contemporary photography, sculpture, and textile arts. Jamison Thomas Gallery closed in 1995, after William Jamison died from complications with AIDS.

Provenance

Donated 2001 by Charles Froelick, director of the Jamison Thomas Gallery.

Funding

Funding for the processing of this collection was provided by the Smithsonian Institution's Collections Care and Preservation Fund.

A Finding Aid to the Jamison Thomas Gallery Records, 1940-2000, bulk 1980-1995, in the Archives of American Art
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Author
Finding aid prepared by Barbara Aikens and Kelly Nolte
Biographical/Historical note
Jamison Thomas Gallery opened in Portland, Oregon in 1980 as the Folk Craft Gallery founded by William Jamison and Jeffrey Thomas. The gallery changed its focus and name in 1985 and began to specialize in contemporary photography, sculpture, and textile arts. Among the most notable artists represented by the gallery were Rick Bartow, Stuart Buehler, Dennis Cunningham, Susan Seubert, Dan May, Gus Van Sant, Ruza Erceg, Mark Bulwinkle, Jon Serl, Gregory Grenon, and Erik Stotik. Jamison Thomas Gallery closed in 1995, after William Jamison died from complications with AIDS.
Arrangement note
The collection is arranged into six series.
Series 1: Administrative Records, 1980-1996 (2.4 linear feet; Box 1-3)
Series 2: Client and Collector Files, 1980-1995 (4.5 linear feet; Box 3-7)
Series 3: Financial and Legal Records, 1980-2000 (2.8 linear feet; Box 7-10)
Series 4: Exhibition Files, 1975-1995 (2 linear feet; Box 12-12)
Series 5: Publicity Files, 1980-1996 (1.5 linear feet; Box 12-14)
Series 6: Artists' Files, 1940-1996 (14 linear feet, Box 14-28)
Scope and Contents note
The Jamison Thomas Gallery records measure 27.3 linear feet and date from 1940-2000, with the bulk of the records dating from 1980-1995, reflecting the years the Gallery operated in Portland Oregon. About 1/2 of the records consist of artists' files of artists represented by the gallery and artists of interest. Also found are administrative records, client and collector files, financial and legal records, exhibition files, and publicity files.
Among those represented in the artists' files are Robert Gilkerson, Gregory Grenon, Dan May, Jon Serl, Rick Bartow, Mark Bulwinkle, Jay Backstrand, Stuart Buehler, Mark Calderon, Baba Wague Diakite, and Gus Van Sant.
Provenance
Donated 2001 by Charles Froelick, director of the Jamison Thomas Gallery.
Processing Information note
The collection was minimally processed by Kelly Nolte in 2016 with funding provided by the Smithsonian Institution's Collections Care and Preservation Fund. The Archives of American Art has implemented accelerated processing methodologies when possible in order to increase information about and access to more of our collections.

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is available in the Archives' Washington, D.C. research facility. Contact Reference Services for more information.

How to Cite This Collection

Jamison Thomas Gallery records, 1940-2000, bulk 1980-1995. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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