Preliminary Guide to the Norman Thomas Photograph Collection

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Davidson Library
University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106
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Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Preliminary Guide to the Norman Thomas Photograph Collection, ca. 1948-1964

Collection number: Bernath Mss 97

Department of Special Collections, Davidson Library, University of California, Santa Barbara

Contact Information:

  • Department of Special Collections
  • Davidson Library
  • University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Santa Barbara, CA 93106
  • Phone: (805) 893-3062
  • Fax: (805) 893-5749
  • Email: special@library.ucsb.edu
  • URL: http://www.library.ucsb.edu/speccoll/speccoll.html
    Processed by:
    D. Tambo
    Date Completed:
    12 February 2004
    Encoded by:
    David C. Gartrell
© 2004 Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Norman Thomas Photograph Collection,
Date (inclusive): ca. 1948-1964
Date (bulk): (bulk 1958-1964)
Collection Number: Bernath Mss 97
Creator: Thomas, Norman
Extent: 3.2 linear feet (8 document boxes)
Repository: University of California, Santa Barbara. Library. Department of Special Collections
Santa Barbara, California 93106-9010
Physical Location: Del Sur
Language: English.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

None.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the Department of Special Collections, UCSB. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Department of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained.

Preferred Citation

Norman Thomas Photograph Collection. Bernath Mss 97. Department of Special Collections, Davidson Library, University of California, Santa Barbara.

Acquisition Information

Purchase, 2004.

Scope and Content of Collection

The collection contains several thousand black and white prints and negatives, taken by photojournalist Norman Thomas, who was based in New Orleans in the late 1950s to early 1960s. The largest number of photos are from Mexico, with British Honduras, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Jamaica, Nicaragua, and Panama also represented. Included are many images of people in everyday life, street and market scenes, factories, events and parades, and overhead views of villages and cities. There also is an earlier series of photos from the 1948 Nahanni Expedition to northern Canada, and some U.S. photos, including Cape Canaveral, Florida, and a Navajo Reservation Health Program. There is some accompanying documentation for the photos, but not captions for each image.

Collection Contents

 

Series 1.  Biographical/Personal Information

Box 1: 1

 

Series 2.  Latin America (mostly)

Box 1: 2

British Honduras, 1963

Box 1: 3

Central America, 1964

Box 1: 4 - 5

Costa Rica, 1960

Box 2: 1

Cuba, Oct.-Nov., 1961

Box 2: 2 - 4

Dominican Republic, 1963

Box 3: 1 - 2

El Salvador, 1960

Box 3: 3

Guatemala, n.d.

Box 3: 4 - 5

Jamaica, 1963

Box 3: 6

Mexico, 1958

Box 4: 1 - 4

Mexico, 1958

Box 5: 1 - 2

Mexico, 1962

Box 5: 3

Mexico, n.d.

Box 5: 4

Nicaragua, 1960 - 1964

Box 5: 5 - 6

Panama, 1961

 

Series 3.  U.S. and Canada

Box 6: 1

Arctic - Nahanni Expedition (Yukon/N.W. Territories, Canada), 1948

Box 6: 2

Cape Canaveral

Box 6: 3

Florida, n.d.

Box 6: 4

Florida Legislature, 1959

Box 6: 5

Navajo Reservation (Indian Health Documentation), n.d.

 

Series 4.  Miscellany (unidentified)

Box 7: 1 - 6

n.d.

 

Series 5.  Miscellany

Box 8: 1 - 2

n.d.