Guide to the Norman Thomas photograph collection Bernath Mss 97

Processed by D. Tambo
UC Santa Barbara Library, Department of Special Research Collections
University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara 93106-9010
© 2004

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


Series 1. Biographical/Personal Information

box-folder 1: 1



Series 2. Latin America (mostly)

box-folder 1: 2

British Honduras, 1963

box-folder 1: 3

Central America, 1964

box-folder 1: 4 - 5

Costa Rica, 1960

box-folder 2: 1

Cuba, Oct.-Nov., 1961

box-folder 2: 2 - 4

Dominican Republic, 1963

box-folder 3: 1 - 2

El Salvador, 1960

box-folder 3: 3

Guatemala, n.d.

box-folder 3: 4 - 5

Jamaica, 1963

box-folder 3: 6

Mexico, 1958

box-folder 4: 1 - 4

Mexico, 1958

box-folder 5: 1 - 2

Mexico, 1962

box-folder 5: 3

Mexico, n.d.

box-folder 5: 4

Nicaragua, 1960 - 1964

box-folder 5: 5 - 6

Panama, 1961


Series 3. U.S. and Canada

box-folder 6: 1

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

box-folder 6: 2

Cape Canaveral

box-folder 6: 3

Florida, n.d.

box-folder 6: 4

Florida Legislature, 1959

box-folder 6: 5

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


Series 4. Miscellany (unidentified)

box-folder 7: 1 - 6



Series 5. Miscellany

box-folder 8: 1 - 2