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Thomas Clyde Colt papers, 1853-1979

Colt, Thomas Clyde, 1905-

Museum director


Collection Information

Size: 4 Linear feet, (on 3 microfilm reels)

Summary: Correspondence; biographical data; photographs; scrapbooks; business and financial records; exhibition announcements; and clippings.
REEL 1559: Letters, postcards, three photographs and several clippings relating to Colt's retirement from the Dayton Art Institute in 1976; and four scrapbooks containing letters, clippings, photographs, exhibition catalogs and announcements, and memorabilia.
REELS 1619-1620: Business and personal correspondence, with Corrine Melchers, Waldo Pierce, Gordon Washburn, Lamar Dodd, Curt Valentin, Francis Henry Taylor, Mahonri Young, Adelyn Breeskin, Mitchel Wilder, and others; biographical data and curriculum vitae; 14 personal photographs; files on the Gari Melchers Memorial, Fredericksburg, Virginia, and a 1956 exhibition of paintings owned by Walter Chrysler; clippings and press releases.
UNMICROFILMED: Exhibition invitations and announcements; appointment calendars; treasurer's and trustees' reports, minutes, and financial records of the Portland Art Association, Portland, Oregon, and the Dayton Institute of Art, Dayton, Ohio.

Biographical/Historical Note

Museum director; Dayton, Ohio. Director of the Portland Art Association, 1948-1956,(the owner and governing body of the Portland Art Museum), and the Dayton Art Institute, 1957-1975.


Donated and lent April 1979 by Thomas Clyde Colt.

Language Note

English .

Location of Originals

  • Reel 1559: Originals returned to Thomas Clyde Colt after microfilming.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reels 1559 and 1619-1620 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 Clyde Colt papers, 1853-1979. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.