Thomas, Lowell, 1892-1981

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American author, journalist, and world traveller.

From the description of Letters, 1961-1981. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122553309

Newscaster, foreign correspondent, and explorer.

From the description of Papers, [ca. 1890]-1981. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 155531746

Thomas was a radio and television broadcaster, author, and world traveler.

From the description of The Lowell Jackson Thomas papers. 1916-2010. (University of Utah). WorldCat record id: 701904298

Traveler, lecturer, radio commentator, author.

From the description of Letter to [Lola] Kovner, 1936 April 9. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 55057647

From the description of Letter to [Lola] Kovner [sic] [manuscript], 1936 April 9. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 647978159

Lowell Jackson Thomas (1892 - 1981) became one of the most recognizable figures of his day as he led a life of world traveler, broadcaster, and communications pioneer. The Lowell Thomas Papers document Thomas's life and career in textual materials, graphic materials, objects, sound recordings, and moving images.

From the description of Lowell Thomas Papers (Marist College). WorldCat record id: 457207722

Lowell Jackson Thomas was born 6 April 1892 in Woodington, Ohio, to Harry and Harriet Wagner Thomas. When Lowell was eight, the family moved to Victor, Colorado. Later, at the age of fifteen, the family moved back to Ohio. After graduating from High School, he obtained B.S. degree from Valparaiso University. He went on to obtain both B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of Denver and started working and writing for the Chicago Journal until 1914. While in Chicago, he was a professor at the Chicago-Kent College of Law, teaching oratory. He began studying at Princeton University, where he also taught oratory, to obtain another M.A. degree.

In 1915 he traveled to Alaska and began a travelogue which led the U.S. Government to commission him to film and record World War I events. As a war correspondent, Thomas met T.E. Lawrence, a captain in the British Army, in Jerusalem. Thomas shot footage of Lawrence which later led to the book With Lawrence in Arabia . During 1930–76 he was a radio newscaster, but he managed to travel to exotic places around the world, narrate Movietone newsreels (1935–52) and travelogues for Twentieth Century-Fox, and write many books. He broadcast from many combat zones during World War II, and in 1949 he was invited to Tibet by the Dalai Lama. He profiled outstanding historical figures on Public Broadcasting System's Lowell Thomas Remembers (1976–1979), and published a two-part autobiography, Good Evening Everybody (1977) and So Long Until Tomorrow (1978). He also wrote Beyond Khyber Pass about Afghanistan and The First World Flight.

Thomas died 29 August 1981 in Pawling, New York.

From the guide to the Lowell Jackson Thomas papers, 1916-2010, (J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah)

Archival Resources
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referencedIn Historical Society of Quaker Hill and Pawling (Pawling, N.Y.). John Kane-Lowell Thomas Center. Miscellaneous manuscript collection, 1761-1964. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
referencedIn American-Irish Historical Society. Records, 1897-1984. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
referencedIn Wappingers Historical Society (Wappingers Falls, N.Y.). Miscellaneous documents, 1844-[ca. 1975] Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
creatorOf Records of the Panama Canal. 1848 - 1999. Moving Images Relating to the Panama Canal. 1979 - 1999. Highway of Water
referencedIn Paulson, Arvid. Papers, 1912-1974 (inclusive). 1940-1960 (bulk). Churchill County Museum
referencedIn Nicholson, Reginald Fairfax, 1852-1939. Papers of Reginald Fairfax Nicholson, 1873-1939. Library of Congress
referencedIn Reinsch, Paul Samuel, 1869-1923. Papers, 1835-1924, 1963. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
creatorOf AV 778, Tanner, Nathan Eldon 1898-1982. N. Eldon Tanner audio recordings collection 1958-1980 Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Church History Library
referencedIn Flagg, Mildred Buchanan, 1886-1980. Papers, 1876-1955 (inclusive), 1900-1955 (bulk). Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
creatorOf Roba, William Henry. Correspondence, 1978. University of Iowa Libraries
referencedIn Historical Society of Quaker Hill and Pawling (Pawling, N.Y.). John Kane-Lowell Thomas Center. Photograph collection, 1889-1976. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
referencedIn Pew family. Papers, 1817-1965. Hagley Museum & Library
referencedIn Carl Tilden Keller collection concerning Sir Aurel Stein, 1922-1945. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Correspondence, 1860-1979. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Paul Revere Reynolds Papers, 1899-1980. Columbia University. Rare Book and Manuscript Library,
referencedIn Malik, Charles Habib, 1906-1987. Charles Habib Malik papers, 1888-1994 (bulk 1930-1982). Library of Congress
referencedIn Black, Edith O'Dell. Papers, 1911-1974. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
referencedIn Davison, Frederick Trubee, 1896-1974. F. Trubee Davison papers, 1882-1961 (inclusive). Yale University Library
referencedIn Overseas Press Club of America. Miscellaneous papers, 1919-1970. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Davis, Edward, Colonel. The Edward Davis papers, 1902-1929. U.S. Army Heritage & Education Center
creatorOf Thomas, Lowell, 1892-1981. Letters, 1961-1981. American Primers
referencedIn Pew, J. Howard (John Howard), 1882-1971. Papers 1902-1971. Hagley Museum & Library
referencedIn Lee, Mabel Barbee, 1884-1979. Papers, 1946-1967. Colorado College, Tutt Library
creatorOf Spingarn, Joel E, 1875-1939. Papers, 1934-1938. William & Mary Libraries
creatorOf Thomas, Lowell, 1892-1981. Papers, [ca. 1890]-1981. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
creatorOf Thomas, Lowell, 1892-1981. Up Pikes Peak via the Cog Railway, . Colorado College, Tutt Library
referencedIn Grosvenor Family Papers, 1827-1981, (bulk 1872-1964) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
creatorOf Records of the Office of the Secretary of Agriculture. 1794 - 2003. Public Information and Training Motion Picture and Television Productions. 1990 - 1995. Avalanches to Order
referencedIn Sprague, Marshall. Papers, 1825-1994 (bulk 1930s-1980s). Pikes Peak Library District
referencedIn Rochford, Daniel, 1900-1989. Papers, 1925-1983. Hagley Museum & Library
referencedIn Alexander Griswold Cummins papers, 1865-1947 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
referencedIn Roy Dikeman Chapin Papers, 1886-1945, 1910-1936 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
creatorOf Thomas, Lowell, 1892-1981. Lowell Thomas Papers Marist College, James A. Cannavino Library
referencedIn Souvenir programs of contemporary personalities, 1880-1993. Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
referencedIn Frank Manny papers, 1890-1955 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Michael A. Gorman papers, 1920-1958 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
creatorOf Sherman, Jean. Letters received concerning Spanish Civil War writers auction, 1936-1949 (bulk 1938-1939). Pennsylvania State University Libraries
referencedIn Reynolds, Paul Revere, 1864-1944. Records, 1899-1980. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn New York Times Company records. A.M. Rosenthal papers, 1955-1994, 1967-1986 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Fox Movietone newsreel collection - World War II paper records, 1922-1946, (bulk 1941-1946) Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division Library of Congress
creatorOf Thomas, Lowell, 1892-1981. Letter to Francis Gardner Clough. New York, NY. 1962 Jan. 18. University of Iowa Libraries
creatorOf Thomas, Lowell, 1892-1981. Letter to [Lola] Kovner [sic] [manuscript], 1936 April 9. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf State Historical Society of Wisconsin. Mass Communications History Center recordings, 1955-1958. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
creatorOf Thomas, Lowell, 1892-1981. The Lowell Jackson Thomas papers. 1916-2010. University of Utah, J. Willard Marriott Library
creatorOf Houghton Mifflin Company. Houghton Mifflin Company correspondence and records, 1832-1944. Harvard University, Houghton Library
referencedIn Charles Habib Malik Papers, 1888-1994, (bulk 1930-1982) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Houghton Mifflin Company contracts, 1831-1979 (inclusive) 1880-1940 (bulk). Houghton Library.
referencedIn Pew, Joseph N. (Joseph Newton), 1886-1963. Papers, 1917-1963. Hagley Museum & Library
referencedIn Robert H. Davis papers, 1871-1946, 1908-1942 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Lowell Thomas correspondence with Henry Waltemade (MS 141), 1966 University of Colorado at Boulder Libraries. Special Collections Dept.
creatorOf Thomas, Lowell, 1892-1981. Letter to [Lola] Kovner, 1936 April 9. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Joel E. Spingarn Papers, 1934-1938. Special Collections, Earl Gregg Swem Library, College of William and Mary
creatorOf Allen, Jay, 1900-. Letters, 1935-1964. New Hampshire Newsp Project
referencedIn Hicks, Mildred, 1880-1961. Mildred and Mary Hicks papers, 1917-1945. Emory University Library, Special Collect Department
creatorOf Dewey, Thomas E. (Thomas Edmund), 1902-1971,. Ralph Lawrence Carr : [collection] : 1897-1951. History Colorado
creatorOf Mills, Emma, d. 1956. Emma Mills correspondence, 1920-1946. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Norman Vincent Peale Papers, 1920-1965 Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries
creatorOf Lowell Jackson Thomas papers, 1916-2010 J. Willard Marriott Library, University of UtahManuscripts Division
referencedIn Woodson, Urey, 1859-1939. Urey Woodson papers, 1898-1939, 1929-1939 (bulk dates). University of Kentucky Libraries
referencedIn Frank Farrell Papers, 1897-1988, (bulk 1945-1975) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Creel, George, 1876-1953. George Creel papers, 1857-1953 (bulk 1896-1953). Library of Congress
referencedIn Cummins, Alexander Griswold, 1869-1946. Alexander Griswold Cummins papers, 1865-1947 (inclusive), 1913-1947 (bulk). Yale University Library
referencedIn Kaj Klitgaard Papers, 1914-1966 Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries
referencedIn Ruth S. Peale Papers, 1950-1965 Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries
creatorOf Cushing, George William, 1888-1968. George Cushing sound recordings, 1942-1955. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn De Seversky, Alexander P. (Alexander Procofieff), 1894-1974. Alexander P. De Seversky papers, 1939-1941. Library of Congress
referencedIn George William Cushing papers and sound recordings, 1942-1955 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Davison, Frederick Trubee, 1896-1974. F. Trubee Davison papers, 1882-1961 (inclusive). Yale University Library
referencedIn F. Trubee Davison papers, 1882-1961 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
referencedIn Armstrong, Frank A. (Frank Alton), 1902-1969. Frank A. Armstrong, Jr. papers, 1928-1967 [manuscript]. East Carolina University, Joyner Library
creatorOf American Red Cross. Correspondence with Theodore and Helen Dreiser, 1930-1944. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn George Creel Papers, 1857-1953, (bulk 1896-1953) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Kieran, John, 1892-1981. Papers of John Kieran, 1917-1981. Library of Congress
referencedIn Wozniak, John C., 1912-1999. Oral history interview with John C. Wozniak, [sound recording], 1994. Wisconsin Veterans Museum Research Center
referencedIn Clark, Robert Sterling, 1877-1956. Sterling and Francine Clark Papers: Reading Library, 1707-1961. Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, The Clark
referencedIn Kaltenborn, H. v. (Hans), 1878-1965. Papers, 1883-1964. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
referencedIn Farrell, Frank, 1912-1983. Papers of Frank Farrell, 1897-1988 (bulk 1945-1975). Library of Congress
creatorOf Thomas, Lowell, 1892-1981. Correspondence, 1917. Denver Public Library, Central Library
referencedIn O'Brien, Seumas, 1880-. Papers, 1909-1958. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
referencedIn Thomas S. Power Papers, 1928-1970 Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries
referencedIn Page, Arthur W. (Arthur Wilson), 1883-1960. Papers, 1908-1960. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
referencedIn New Directions Publishing Corp. records, ca. 1933-1997. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Watson, Thomas J., 1914-1993. Thomas J. Watson, Jr., Papers, 1905-1994 (bulk 1940-1981). Brown University, John Hay Library
referencedIn Thomas D. White Papers, 1945-1961 Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries
referencedIn Boulder Daily Camera. Clip art portraits T-Z. Boulder Public Library
referencedIn Records, 1946-2000 Harvard Law School Library, Harvard University.
referencedIn Lindbergh, Charles A. (Charles Augustus), 1902-1974. Charles Augustus Lindbergh papers, 1830-1987 (inclusive), 1911-1974 (bulk). Yale University Library
referencedIn John Kieran Papers, 1917-1985 Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Emma Mills correspondence, 1920-1946 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
creatorOf Thomas, Lowell 1892-1981. Letter to Grace Ziegler. University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
referencedIn Grosvenor, Edwin A. (Edwin Augustus), 1845-1936. Grosvenor family papers, 1827-1981 (bulk 1872-1964). Library of Congress
referencedIn Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation. Fox Movietone newsreel collection--World War II paper records, 1922-1946 (bulk 1941-1946). Library of Congress
referencedIn Mabel Vernon Papers, 1933-1947 Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries
creatorOf Lawrence, T. E. (Thomas Edward), 1888-1935. Papers of T.E. Lawrence, 1894-2006 (bulk 1911-2000). Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
referencedIn Rosamond B. Loring collection of printed endpapers, 1900-1950 (inclusive), 1920-1941 (bulk). Houghton Library.
referencedIn Angela Morgan Papers, 1893-1957 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Walters, Thorstina Jackson, 1887-1959. Papers, 1918-1958. North Dakota State University Library
referencedIn Papers, 1840-1961. Harvard Law School Library, Harvard University.
creatorOf AV 2534, Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Mormon Tabernacle Choir special programs and recordings 1955-2007 Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Church History Library
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associatedWith Allenby, Edmund Henry Hynman Allenby, Viscount, 1861-1936. person
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associatedWith Cummins, Alexander Griswold, 1869-1946. person
associatedWith Cushing, George William, 1888-1968. person
associatedWith Davis, Edward, Colonel. person
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associatedWith Historical Society of Quaker Hill and Pawling (Pawling, N.Y.). John Kane-Lowell Thomas Center. corporateBody
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correspondedWith Hocking, William Ernest, 1873-1966 person
associatedWith Houghton Mifflin Company. corporateBody
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correspondedWith Keller, Carl Tilden, 1872-1955 person
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associatedWith Lawrence, T. E. (Thomas Edward), 1888-1935. person
associatedWith Lee, Mabel Barbee, 1884-1979. person
associatedWith Lindbergh, Charles A. (Charles Augustus), 1902-1974. person
associatedWith Loring, Rosamund B. (Rosamond Bowditch), 1889-1950 person
associatedWith Lowell Thomas and Henry Waltemade person
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associatedWith McClure, S. S. (Samuel Sidney), 1857-1949, person
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associatedWith Pew, Joseph N. (Joseph Newton), 1886-1963. person
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Place Name Admin Code Country
Middle East
New Guinea (Territory)
United States
Alps
United States
Dutchess County (N.Y.)
United States
Victor (Colo.)
Tibet Autonomous Region (China)
Cripple Creek (Colo.)
Italy
Palestine
Pawling (N.Y.)
United States
Tibet Autonomous Region (China)
Dutchess County (N.Y.)
Germany
Subject
Television programs
Politicians
Actors
Journalism
Motion pictures
Boxing
Television broadcasting of news
Baseball
Authors, American--Correspondence
Aeronautics--History
Broadcasters
Sports
Golf
Heads of state
Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
World War, 1914-1918
Broadcast journalism
Explorers
Anthropology
Recreation
World War, 1939-1945
Dalai lamas
Athletes
Capitals (Cities)
Journalists--Correspondence
World War, 1914-1918--Campaigns
Broadcasters--United States
Skis and skiing
Pikes Peak Cog Railway
Occupation
Journalists
Explorers
Broadcasters
Function

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Birth 1892-04-06

Death 1981-08-29

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