Skip to main content

SCOUT

Special Collections Online at The University of Tennessee

Thompson Brothers Photograph Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MS-3719

This collection consists of a Thompson brother’s photograph album, a clay-framed Thompson brother’s photograph of a lookout point in the Great Smoky Mountains, and a print of a photograph of Bald River Falls in Tellico Plains, Tennessee taken by one of the Thompson brothers. James (Jim) and Robin Thompson were the most prominent photographers in Knoxville from the 1920s through the 1940s.

Dates

  • undated

Language

The material in this collection is in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Manuscript and University Archives collections are stored offsite, and a minimum of 24 hours is needed to retrieve these items for use. Researchers interested in consulting any of the collections are advised to contact Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in this collection remain with the creator. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library.

Extent

0.25 Linear Feet

Abstract

This collection consists of a Thompson brother’s photograph album, a clay-framed Thompson brother’s photograph of a lookout point in the Great Smoky Mountains, and a print of a photograph of Bald River Falls in Tellico Plains, Tennessee taken by one of the Thompson brothers.

Biographical/Historical Note

James (Jim) E. Thompson was born in 1881, and his brother, Robin Thompson, was born in 1895. Jim and his younger brother Robin Thompson were business partners from 1920 to 1926 as Thompson Brothers. Both men were pioneer commercial photographers. Jim became particularly well-known for his images of the Great Smoky Mountains. By the late 1920s, Jim Thompson’s photographs (Jim Thompson Co.) and those of his brother Robin Thompson (Robin Thompson, Inc.) were appearing in local and national commercial publications.

In 1935, the brothers reunited again as the Thompsons, Inc. Commercial Photographers. The company continues today in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Jim died in 1976 and Robin in 1977.

Acquisition Note

This collections was purchased by Special Collections in 2013.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

Contact:
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA
865-974-4480