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   James Woodman Thompson Papers, 1909-1955

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Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); James Woodman Thompson Papers, Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

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Summary Information

At a Glance

Bib ID:4079398 View CLIO record
Creator(s):Thompson, James Woodman, 1889?-1955.
Title:James Woodman Thompson Papers, 1909-1955
Physical description:57,800 items (109 boxes, 5 pkgs, 12 map case drawers)
Language(s):In English
Access: This collection has no restrictions. This collection is located off-site. You will need to request this material from the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at least twenty-four (24) hours in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.  More information »

Arrangement

Arrangement

This collection is arranged into 13 series:

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Description

Scope and Content

Correspondence, documents, memorabilia, photographs, original drawings, sketches and studies, and printed materials of Thompson. Correspondence, mostly uncataloged, relating to purchases made in Spain, France, and Italy during 1928; documents; memorabilia; photographs; printed material including publicity, books, engravings, and reproductions; an illustration file containing source illustrations for architectural details, costumes -- subdivided by century, country, societal role, sex, age, and by countries, crafts, painting, styles, etc., and including some original Thompson drawings; a production file containing related correspondence and documents; miscellaneous commissioned projects; and Thompson Studies, including studies done by Thompson, his work as a student, and materials pertaining to his activities as a teacher.

Productions and miscellaneous commissioned projects contain one or more of the following items: correspondence; contracts (not Thompson's); expense itemizations; notes; property lists; costume lists; cast lists; schedules; rehearsal schedules; scripts; music "run-throughs;" programs; publicity; blueprints and other photo-reproductions of drawings; drawings, usually schematics or prop detail, done in pencil and/or ink; sketches, generally costume but some schematics, usually in pencil (costume sketches may have swatches of material attached and may be colored); rough sketches, often quite crude, usually schematics and construction, but also costume ideas (these are always in pencil); studies, usually in color: watercolors, poster paint, melted crayon, light oil, ink, and pencil (generally of backdrops or sets); cardboard miniature mock-ups, presumably for studies of different lighting effects; photographs of sets, scenes, and the cardboard mock-ups; and source illustrations and photographs for a particular production.

Series I: Correspondence

[See also Map Cases]

Series II: Documents and Memorabilia

[See also Map Cases]

Series III: Printed Material

Series IV: Source Material

Series V: Illustration File

Subseries V.1: Architecture

Subseries V.2: Costumes

Subseries V.3: Countries

Subseries V.4: Crafts

Subseries V.5: Painting

Subseries V.6: Styles

Subseries V.7: Miscellaneous

Series VI: Production File

Boxes 103 to 106 [See also Map Cases] -- Contains: correspondence; contracts; expenses; notes; property lists; costume lists; cast lists; schedules; scripts; music "run throughs"; programs; publicity; blueprints; drawings, usually schematics or prop details, done in pencil and/or ink; sketches, generally costume, but some schematics; rough sketches in pencil; studies in color (watercolor, poster paint, melted crayon, light oil, ink and pencil) usually for sets; cardboard minature mock-ups; photographs of sets, scenes, and mock-ups; source illustrations.

Series VII: Miscellaneous Commissioned Projects

[See also Map Cases] -- Contains: correspondence; contracts; expenses; notes; property lists; costume lists; cast lists; schedules; scripts; music "run throughs"; programs; publicity; blueprints; drawings, usually schematics or prop details, done in pencil and/or ink; sketches, generally costume, but some schematics; rough sketches in pencil; studies in color (watercolor, poster paint, melted crayon, light oil, ink and pencil) usually for sets; cardboard minature mock-ups; photographs of sets, scenes, and mock-ups; source illustrations.

Series VIII: Thompson Studies

Series IX: Thompson the Student

Series X: Thompson the Teacher

Series XI: Production Files

Series XII: Thompson Studies

Series XIII: Additions

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Using the Collection

Offsite

Access Restrictions

This collection has no restrictions.

 This collection is located off-site. You will need to request this material from the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at least twenty-four (24) hours in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

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Restrictions on Use

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. Permission to publish material from the collection must be requested from the Curator of Manuscripts/University Archivist, Rare Book and Manuscript Library (RBML). The RBML approves permission to publish that which it physically owns; the responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); James Woodman Thompson Papers, Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

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About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries. Rare Book and Manuscript Library; machine readable finding aid created by Columbia University Libraries Digital Library Program Division

Processing Information

Cataloged 09/--/1989 Christina Hilton Fenn

Machine readable finding aid generated from MARC-AMC source via XSLT conversion June 26, 2009 Finding aid written in English.
    2010-03-30 Legacy finding aid created from Pro Cite.

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Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

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Genre/Form

HeadingCUL Archives:
Portal
CUL Collections:
CLIO
Nat'l / Int'l Archives:
ArchiveGRID
Drawings.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Engravings.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Illustrations.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID

Subjects

HeadingCUL Archives:
Portal
CUL Collections:
CLIO
Nat'l / Int'l Archives:
ArchiveGRID
Architecture--France.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Architecture--Italy.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Architecture--Spain.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Costume design.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Costume designers.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Costume--France.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Costume--Italy.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Costume--Spain.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Set designers.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Theater.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Theaters--Stage-setting and scenery.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID

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History / Biographical Note

Biographical Note

New York stage, costume, and scenic designer.

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