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Thomas Bull papers, 1933-1962

Bull, Thomas, 1866-1962

Interior designer


Collection Information

Size: 1 Linear foot, (partially microfilmed on 1 reel)

Summary: REEL N70-10 (Ca. 150 items): Correspondence, notes on room decor, sketches, bills, and obituary notices, 1933-1962. Includes photos of his studio, of the interior of Schrafft's at 181 Broadway, N.Y.C., of the Carl Hoening house in Hoboken, of wall paintings, and of Bull and his family. Correspondents include family members, contractors, and clients William E. Schrafft and Pakistani Ambassador M. A. H. Ispaphani.
UNMICROFILMED (ca. 0.6 ft.): Photographs, including some of Bull; drawings and paintings by an unidentified artist; an article about Bull; and a shell plaque.

Biographical/Historical Note

Interior designer. Born in Norway, Bull came to New York City and executed designs for McKim, Mead, and White and other architects for the city's great mansions.


Donated 1969 by Arlene Taylor, a protegé of Bull in her youth and his caretaker in his old age.

Language Note

English .

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reel N70-10 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm. Contact Reference Services for more information.

How to Cite This Collection

Thomas Bull papers, 1933-1962. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.