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Photojournalism: Margaret Sandahl Thomas

Margaret Sandahl Thomas Photo by Warren Frederick Photo by Warren Frederick

Born in Moose Lake, Minnesota, Margaret Sandahl Thomas received her BFA from the Minneapolis School of Art and her MFA from Ohio University. In 1966, she became the Washington Post’s first female photojournalist, covering the Washington, D.C., area and, for three years, the White House. Since 1967, Thomas and her husband David have lived in Virginia. In 1987, Thomas was the White House News Photographers Association’s Still Photographer of the Year. She went on leave from the Washington Post in 1995 and enrolled in the photojournalism doctoral program at the University of Texas at Austin, receiving her degree in 2007.

Thomas donated her archive to the Briscoe Center in 1998.

Finding aid for the Margaret Sandahl Thomas Photographic Archive
Photojournalism (Collection Strength)
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