The papers of Washington, D.C. painter and art educator Alma Thomas have been fully digitized: https://www.aaa.si.edu/collections/alma-thomas-papers-9241
Alma Thomas (1891-1978) was known for her abstract paintings filled with dense patterns of color, and was considered a major artist of the Washington Color School. Thomas then began her teaching career at Shaw Junior High School in D.C. that lasted from 1924, until her retirement in 1960. In 1943 she became the founding vice president of Barnett Aden Gallery. Following her retirement from teaching in 1960, Thomas devoted herself full-time to painting, and continued to develop her signature style. Thomas's work has been exhibited at the White House and can be found in the permanent collections of major museums.
The Alma Thomas papers include biographical material, letters, notes and writings, personal business records, exhibition files, printed materials, scrapbooks, photographs, an audio recording, and two video recordings.
Image citation: Photograph of Alma Thomas at Whitney Museum of American Art exhibition opening, 1972
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