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Thomas (Norman) photograph collection
Bernath Mss 97  
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  • Access Restrictions
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Scope and Content of Collection

  • Title: Norman Thomas photograph collection
    Identifier/Call Number: Bernath Mss 97
    Contributing Institution: UC Santa Barbara Library, Department of Special Research Collections
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 3.2 linear feet (8 document boxes)
    Creator: Thomas, Norman
    Date (inclusive): circa 1948-1964
    Date (bulk): 1958-1964
    Physical Location: The collection is located at the Southern Regional Library (SRLF).

    Access Restrictions

    The collection is stored offsite. Advance notice is required for retrieval.

    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 Research Collections, UC Santa Barbara 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.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Indian reservations -- United States -- Pictorial works
    Mexico -- Pictorial works
    Belize -- Pictorial works
    Costa Rica -- Pictorial works
    Dominican Republic -- Pictorial works
    El Salvador -- Pictorial works
    Guatemala -- Pictorial works
    Jamaica -- Pictorial works
    Nicaragua -- Pictorial works
    Panama -- Pictorial works
    Canada -- Pictorial works
    Cape Canaveral (Fla.) -- Pictorial works
    Thomas, Norman