Collection ID: npkmc-227-262

Collection context


Thomas, Lowell, 1892-1981
The Lowell Thomas Papers encompasses a wide range of materials documenting the life, family, and professional career of Lowell Thomas. These materials include correspondence, administrative and financial documents, manuscripts, printed materials, photographic materials, motion picture films, audio recordings, and memorabilia.
1203 Linear Feet
The language of the materials is predominately English. Other languages include: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Spanish and Swedish .
Preferred citation:

[Description of item, date, location of item in order of series, box number, folder number ], in the Lowell Thomas Papers: Graphic Materials Collection, Archives and Special Collections, James A. Cannavino Library, Marist College.


Scope and Content:

This series is includes glass plate negatives, lantern slides, photographic prints, film negatives, transparencies, photograph albums, postcards, stereographic cards, sketches and oversize graphic materials. These materials relate primarily to Lowell Thomas's professional projects, but the series also includes many images of Thomas's family, friends, and sporting activities. Of particular interest are the images created by Frank Roberson, the noted photographer with whom Thomas collaborated on his travelogues. This series is divided into three subseries arranged by form of material. Further subdivisions (sub subseries, etc.) are arranged by form of material or alphabetically by subject. A project to digitize these materials with the support from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) was successfully completed on October 2012. And as a part of the project all the digitized 40,000 images are made available for the researchers through the online finding aids.

Biographical / Historical:

Lowell Jackson Thomas was born in Woodington, Ohio on 6 April 1892 to two school teachers, Harry G. Thomas and Harriet Wagner Thomas. The family did not remain in Darke County, Ohio for very long because Lowell's father wanted to become a doctor. Harry G. Thomas's pursuit of a medical degree led the family to Kirkman, Iowa where five-year-old Lowell was enrolled in school for the first time. Harry's studies soon led him to the University of Nebraska. Upon graduation, Harry G. Thomas followed his brother's suggestion to begin his medical practice in the twin mining boom towns of Cripple Creek and Victor, Colorado. It was here in the rugged American West that Lowell spent the better part of his childhood and young adult years.

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Acquisition information:
The Lowell Thomas Papers were donated to Marist College by the Thomas family in 2006.

These records are organized into three series: 1. Photographs, 2. Sketches, and 3. Oversize graphic materials. Series 1, has nine subseries. Subseries 1.1 has two subseries, 1.1.1 has 32 subseries, has four subseries and has two subseries; subseries 1.1.2 has twelve subseries, has nine subseries. Subseries 1.2 has twelve subseries, 1.2.1 has seven subseries, 1.2.4 has 36 subseries, has two subseries, has three subseries, has three subseries; 1.2.11 has two subseries, 1.2.12 has two subseries. Subseries 1.3 has six subseries. 1.3.1 has three subseries, has eight subseries, has two subseries; 1.3.3 has four subseries. Subseries 1.4 has three subseries, subseries 1.5 has two subseries, subseries 1.9 has five subseries, 1.9.1 has two subseries. Series 2 has two subseries. Series 3 has eleven subseries. Subseries 3.3 has four subseries, subseries 3.8 has two subseries.

Rules or conventions:
DACS Describing Archives: A Content Standard. Chicago: Society of American Archivists, 2013.



No Restrictions


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[Description of item, date, location of item in order of series, box number, folder number ], in the Lowell Thomas Papers: Graphic Materials Collection, Archives and Special Collections, James A. Cannavino Library, Marist College.

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