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Henri Vever Papers, 1875-1932

Creator:
Vever, Henri 1854-1942
Subject:
Vever, Henri 1854-1942
Physical description:
2.5 lin. ft. (ca. 35 items)
Type:
Works of art
Collection descriptions
Diaries
Photograph albums
Photographs
Place:
France, Ile-de-France, Paris
France
Paris
Europe
Le Havre (France)
Paris (France)
Date:
1875
1875-1932
Twentieth century
Nineteenth century
Topic:
Art--Collectors and collecting
Art dealers
Art nouveau
Art, Asian
Art, European
Art, Islamic
Jewelry--History
Local number:
FSA A1988.04
Notes:
Jeweler, art collector, and author Henri Vever was born in Metz, France in 1854. Together with his older brother Paul, Henri Vever managed the family jewelry firm, Maison Vever, from 1881 until Paul's death in 1915 and Henri's retirement in 1921. As an art collector, Vever amassed a large collection of European, Asian, and Islamic art. Through his work as a jeweler, art collector, and author, Henri Vever played an important role in the twentieth-century art world.
Summary:
The Henri Vever Papers measure 2.5 linear feet (35 items) and span the years 1875 -1932. The collection contains six diaries, an account ledger, 20 photographs, one guest list, one ceremonial pommel, and six original oil paintings by Henri Vever. A photograph album with photographs, dated 1881-1930, of various Vever family members and the family estate in Noyers, France.
Cite as:
Henri Vever Papers. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. Gift of François Mautin, 1988
Data Source:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
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Benjamin March Papers 1923-1934

Creator:
March, Benjamin 1899-1934
Subject:
March, Benjamin 1899-1934
Rowe, Dorothy 1898-
Physical description:
11.75 linear feet
Type:
Lecture notes
Collection descriptions
Letters
Photographs
Scrapbooks
Place:
USA, Michigan, Detroit
China
Japan
Michigan
Date:
1923
1923-1934
Topic:
Architecture
Architecture, Japanese
Art, Asian
Art--Terminology
Art, Asian--Research
Art, Chinese
Art, Japanese
Art, Korean
Chinese language--Terms and phrases
Painting, Chinese
Painting, Japanese
Description and travel
Local number:
FSA A1995.10
Notes:
Far Eastern art writer, curator, and lecturer, Benjamin Franklin March Jr., was born in Chicago on July 4, 1899 to Benjamin and Isabel March. He studied, lectured, and wrote in the United States and China and through his works gained respect as one of the foremost authorities on Chinese art during the 1920s and 1930s. Although he lived only thirty-five years, Benjamin March was a respected and influential scholar of Asian art.
Summary:
The Benjamin March Papers span the years 1923 to 1934 and measure 11.75 linear feet. The collection includes: biographical data included in passports, obituaries, and fifty-seven condolence letters; lecture and course outlines; research notes; four diaries; one scrapbook; four illustrations including sketches for the March bookplate; fourteen photograph albums; printed matter; and 100 personal and artistic photographs.
Cite as:
Benjamin March Papers. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. Gift of Judith March Davis, 1995
Data Source:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
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Ernst Herzfeld Papers 1899-1962

Creator:
Herzfeld, Ernst 1879-1948
Subject:
Herzfeld, Ernst 1879-1948
Anistās Mārī al-Karmilī, ab 1866-1947
Becker, Carl Heinrich 1876-1933
Bell, Gertrude Lowthian 1868-1926
Berchem, Max van 1863-1921
Krefter, Friedrich 1898-1995
Meyer, Eduard 1855-1930
Sarre, Friedrich Paul Theodor 1865-1945
Sobernheim, Moritz
Kaiser-Friedrich-Museum
Verlag Philipp von Zabern
Physical description:
150 linear feet (ca. 30,000 items)
Type:
Articles
Collection descriptions
Blueprints
Clippings
Correspondence
Diaries
Drawings
Glass negatives
Journals (accounts)
Notebooks
Photographic prints
Photographs
Rubbings
Sketchbooks
Sketches
Paper Squeezes
Place:
Asia
Iran
Iraq
Jordan
Lebanon
Syria
Turkey
Mesopotamia
Aleppo (Syria)
Bakun, Tall-e (Iran)
Baʻlabakk (Lebanon)
Bīshāpūr (Extinct city)
Bisutun Site (Iran)
Damascus (Syria)
Fīrūzābād (Iran)
Ḥimṣ (Syria)
Iṣfahān (Iran)
Luristān (Iran)
Nahāvand (Iran)
Naqsh-i Rustam (Iran)
Paikuli (Iraq)
Palmyra (Syria)
Pasargadae (Extinct city)
Persepolis (Iran)
Petra (Extinct city)
Sāmarrā' (Iraq)
Sīstān va Balūchistān (Iran)
Tāq-e Bostān Site (Iran)
Tripoli (Lebanon)
Date:
1899-1962
Topic:
Abbasids
Aerial photography
Ancient Near Eastern Art
Antiquities
Architectural drawing
Art of the Islamic World
Ayyubids
Decoration and ornament
Description and travel
Excavations (Archaeology)
History
Inscriptions
Numismatics
Papyrus
Pottery
Religious buildings
Seals (Numismatics)
Local number:
FSA A.06
Notes:
- The Ernst Herzfeld collection description is provided by Xavier Courouble, FSg Archives cataloger, based on Ernst Herzfeld's own publications, on handwritten captions from his original field research material, on FSg Archives accession documents for the Ernst Herzfeld Papers, on Joseph Upton's Catalogue of the Herzfeld Archive, and finally on relevant scholars' publications and articles.
"Ernst Emil Herzfeld (1879-1948) was an orientalist whose many talents led him to explore all phases of Near Eastern culture, from the prehistoric period to Islamic times and from linguistics and religion to art and architecture." [Margaret Cool Root, 1976: "The Herzfeld Archive of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Metropolitan Museum Journal, Vol. 11, pp. 119-124."]
Summary:
The Papers primarly relate to Herzfeld's survey of the monuments, artifacts, and inscriptions of Western Asia between 1903 and 1947 and particularly to his excavations at Istakhr (Iran), Naqsh-i Rustam (Iran), Paikuli (Iraq), Pasargadae (Iran), Persepolis (Iran), Samarra (Iraq), and Kuh-e Khwaja (Iran), as well as various archaeological expeditions throughout Cilicia, Mesopotamia, Northern Syria, and Persia. Additional research materials, probably collected by Moritz Sobernheim and Max Freiherr von Oppenheim but preserved by Ernst Herzfeld, were part of a broader project, that of Max van Berchem's "Matériaux pour un Corpus Inscriptionum Arabicarum." Much of the research material he accumulated during this time was used in preparation for his nearly two hundred books, articles, and lectures.
- "Ernst Herzfeld Papers, Series 1: Travel journals, 1905-1928" is composed of eight travel journals: 1) FSA A.6 01.01 provides first an account of a trip (October 25 to November 19, 1928) to Khurramabad in which Herzfeld accompanied Reza Shah, and second an account of a trip (February 17 to March 19, 1929) from Tehran to Kuh-e Khwaja; 2) FSA A.6 01.02 provides an account of a trip (September 2 to November 18, 1905) from Assur to Shiraz ("Von Kalat Schergat nach Schiraz, 1905"); 3); FSA A.6 01.03 provides an account of a trip (November 23 to January 03, 1906) from Shiraz to Constantinople ("Von Schiraz nach Teheran und Constantinopel, 1905"); 4) FSA A.6 01.04 provides an account of a trip (February 14 to November 14, 1923) from Berlin to Pasargadae ("Tagebuch. Persien I, 1923"); 5) FSA A.6 01.05 provides an account of a trip (November 15, 1923 to April 30, 1924) from Pasargadae to bushire ("Tagebuch. Persien II, 1923-1924"); 6) FSA A.6 01.06 provides an account of a trip (December 1, 1923 to March 21, 1924) from Kabul (Afghanistan) to Mashhad (Iran) ("Afghanistan -Ostpersien I, 1924-1925"); 7) FSA A.6 01.07 provides first an account of a roundtrip (June 3 to June 29, 1911) Samarra - Sulaimaniya, and second an account of a trip (September 12 to September 19, 1911) from Balad (Iraq) to Seleucia - Ctesiphon ("Samarra Tagebuch 2, Reise nach Sulaymānīyah und nach Ktesiphon Baghdad"); 8) FSA A.6 01.08 provides an account of a trip (July 8 to August 27, 1913) from Samarra to Asadabad (Hamadan, Iran) ("Tagebuch der Rückreise von Samarra 1913").
- "Ernst Herzfeld Papers, Series 2: Sketchbooks, 1923-1931" is organized into thirteen subseries: 1) FSA A.6 02.01 covers Herzfeld's travels and surveys of the most major archaeological sites in Persia from 1923 to 1924; 2) FSA A.6 02.02 provides a view of Pasargadae where Herzfeld formal excavations occupied twenty-eight days in April and May 1928; 3) FSA A.6 02.03 in part covers Herzfeld's years of travel and survey of most major archaeological sites in Persia from February 1923 to the end of October 1925; 4) FSA A.6 02.04 in part covers Herzfeld's years of travel and survey of most major archaeological sites in Persia from February 1923 to the end of October 1925; 5) FSA A.6 02.05 provides records of Herzfeld's observations related to Isfahan (Iran), Kerman (Iran), Na'in (Iran), and Saweh (Iran); 6) FSA A.6 02.06 provides records of Herzfeld's observations during a campaign of excavation at Kuh-e Khwaja (Iran) and Sistan (Iran), carried out in February and March 1929; 7) FSA A.6 02.07 covers the field activities of the Persepolis Expedition, including excavations at Istakhr (Iran), Naqsh-i Rustam (Iran), and the terrace complex of Persepolis (Iran); 8) FSA A.6 02.08 records Herzfeld's observations on archaeological remains related to Split (Croatia); 9) FSA A.6 02.09 provides records of measurements for topographical maps related to Firuzabad (Iran), Khurha (Iran), Pasargadae (Iran), Naqsh-i Rustam (Iran), and Persepolis (Iran); 10) FSA A.6 02.10 provides records of Herzfeld's observations on archaeological remains and prehistoric artifacts related to Nineveh (Iraq), Ur (Iraq), Samarra (Iraq), Hamadan (Iran), Harsin (Iran), Kermanshah (Iran), and Shiraz (Iran); 11) FSA A.6 02.11 provides records of Herzfeld's observations on archaeological remains, prehistoric artifacts and decorative motifs, some from the Hahn Collection; 12) FSA A.6 02.12 provides records of Herzfeld's observations on archaeological remains, reliefs and inscriptions, prehistoric artifacts and decorative motifs related to several archaeological sites in Persia and Mesopotamia, as well as to the prehistoric mound of Tepe Giyan (Iran) in particular; 13) FSA A.6 02.13 provides records of Herzfeld's observations on inscriptions, archaeological remains, architecture, and decorative motifs related to Aleppo (Syria), Damascus (Syria), Hama (Syria), Hims (Syria), and Ma'arat al-Nu'man (Syria).
- "Ernst Herzfeld Papers, Series 3: Notebooks" is composed of 131 folders including a large variety of locations, names, topics, genres, and languages. As of today, only four inventories of objects (ledgers) have been digitized and are available online: 1) FSA A.6 03.089 provides an inventory of objects collected or acquired in several cities throughout Mesopotamia and Persia in 1923 and 1924; 2) FSA A.6 03.090 provides an abbreviated and corrected version of FSA A.6 03.089 as well as a continuation of FSA A.6 03.091; 3) FSA A.6 03.091 provides a continuation of FSA A.6 03.089, to which Herzfeld added an inventory of objects collected or acquired in several cities throughout Persia in 1926 and 1927, 1929, and finally 1932 and 1933; 4) FSA A.6 03.092 comprises a finds journal from the excavation of Pasargadae in 1928 as well as a random inventory of Near Eastern prehistoric objects.
- "Ernst Herzfeld Papers, Series 4: Photographic Files" contains 3,890 glass negatives, chronogically numbered from 1 to 5,066, which were originally stored in wooden boxes of 50 photographs each. Of most of these, Herzfeld had blueprints made which he arranged in 16 binders irrespective of the number on the negative. In addition to the 16 blueprint binders, Herzfeld assembled 5 albums including two from the Samarra series labelled "Paläste und Moscheen-I and -II." The remainder of the photographs, many given by Herzfeld's sister to George Miles and later donated to the Freer Gallery of Art, from glass negatives and from cut films, sometimes identified by Herzfeld, were printed en masse for study purpose (labelled by Upton as duplicate prints) and which are, for the most part, unpublished. For his own research, Herzfeld also collected prints from many sources. Of those there are no negatives. Finally, in early 1970s, Joseph Upton reorganized the whole Herzfeld collection of photographic prints into 42 photographic files, assembling 10 additional files in excess of the 24 existing files arranged by Herzfeld himself. The eight remaining files, File 35 to File 42, are made of duplicate prints provided by the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago.
- "Ernst Herzfeld Papers, Series 5: Drawings and Maps" comprises 1,562 drawings and 70 maps, published and unpublished, with observations on topography, landscape, archaeological remains, architecture, and artifacts.
- "Ernst Herzfeld Papers, Series 6: Paper Squeezes of Inscriptions" is organized into three subdivisions: FSA A.6 06.A, 100 items, inscriptions in Arabic language; FSA A.6 06.C, 129 items, inscriptions in Cuneiform writing; FSA A.6 06.M, 164 items, Middle-Persian and Parthian inscriptions. The paper squeezes relate primarly to several archaeological expeditions carried out by Ernst Herzfeld in the Middle East, from 1908 to 1934; to a trial excavation and an excavation campaign carried out by Ernst Herzfeld in Persepolis and several nearby sites, from 1923 to 1934; and to three expeditions to Paikuli (Iraq), in 1911, 1913, and 1923.
- "Ernst Herzfeld Papers, Series 7: Records of Samarra Expeditions" is organized into 15 units of original materials (drawings, sketches, sketchbooks, correspondence, notebooks, photographs, blueprints, notes, diaries, prints, journals, publications, articles, clippings, rubbings) from two campaigns of excavation at Samarra in Iraq, carried out by Ernst Herzfeld on behalf of the Kaiser Friedrich Museum in Berlin between the years 1911 and 1913.
- "Ernst Herzfeld Papers, Series 8: Archaeological Artifacts" contains 101 numbered objects, ranging from H1 to H101, and 3 unnumbered artifacts. The numbers are those painted in red on the objects when they were listed by Dr. Richard Ettinghausen. The medium of these artifacts comprises metal (8), wood (10), stone (4), pottery (60), glass (6), stucco (4), bone or ivory (8), painted plaster (1). As stated in Herzfeld's Statement of Gift to Dr. Wetmore, Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, the artifacts were considered as library and study material only. They were finally transferred to the Freer Study Collection in February, 14, 1984."
Publications:
Herzfeld, Ernst, 1907: "Samarra, Aufnahmen und Untersuchungen zur Islamischen Archaeologie. Behrend & Co, Berlin."
- Herzfeld, Ernst, 1910: "Iranische felsreliefs; aufnahmen und untersuchungen von denkmälern aus alt- und mittelpersischer zeit. Berlin, E. Wasmuth A.-G."
Herzfeld, Ernst and Sarre, Friedrich, 1911: "Archäologische Reise im Euphrat- und Tigris-Gebiet, Band I. Verlag von Dietrich Reimer / Ernst Vohsen, Berlin."
Herzfeld, Ernst and Sarre, Friedrich, 1911: "Archäologische Reise im Euphrat- und Tigris-Gebiet, Band III. Verlag von Dietrich Reimer / Ernst Vohsen, Berlin."
Herzfeld, Ernst, 1912: "Erster Vorläufiger Bericht über die Ausgrabungen von Samarra. Dietrich Reimer (Ernst Vohsen), Berlin."
Herzfeld, Ernst, 1914: "Die Aufnahme des Sasanidischen Denkmals von Paikuli. Verlag der Konigl. Akademie der Wissenschaften, Berlin."
Herzfeld, Ernst and Sarre, Friedrich, 1920: "Archäologische Reise im Euphrat- und Tigris-Gebiet, Band II. Verlag von Dietrich Reimer / Ernst Vohsen, Berlin."
Herzfeld, Ernst and Sarre, Friedrich, 1920: "Archäologische Reise im Euphrat- und Tigris-Gebiet, Band IV. Verlag von Dietrich Reimer / Ernst Vohsen, Berlin."
- Herzfeld, Ernst, 1920: "Am Tor Von Asien, Felsdenkmale aus Irans Heldenzeit. Dietrich Reimer, Ernst Vohsen, A.-G., Verlag in Berlin."
Herzfeld, Ernst, 1923: "Ausgrabungen von Samarra I, Der Wandschmuck der Bauten von Samarra und Seine Ornamentik. Verlag Dietrich Reimer, Ernst Vohsen, Berlin."
- Herzfeld, Ernst, 1923-31: "Archaeologische Mitteilunen aus Iran; Band II and III. Verlag von Dietrich Reimer, Ernst Vohsen, Berlin."
- Herzfeld, Ernst, 1924: "Paikuli: Monument and Inscription of the Early History of the Sasanian Empire; Volume II, containing 228 plates. Berlin: D. Reimer, Ernst Vohsen."
Friedrich Sarre, 1925: "Ausgrabungen von Samarra II, Die Keramik von Samarra. Verlag von Dietrich Reimer, Berlin."
Herzfeld, Ernst, 1927: "Ausgrabungen von Samarra III, Die Malereien von Samarra. Verlag von Dietrich Reimer, Berlin."
Lamm, Carl Johan, 1928: "Ausgrabungen von Samarra IV, Das Glas von Samarra. Verlag von Dietrich Reimer, Berlin."
Herzfeld, Ernst, 1930: "Ausgrabungen von Samarra V, Die Vorgeschichtlichen Töpfereien von Samarra. Verlag von Dietrich Reimer, Berlin."
- Herzfeld, Ernst, 1935: "Archaeologische Mitteilunen aus Iran; Band VII. Verlag von Dietrich Reimer, Ernst Vohsen, Berlin."
- Herzfeld, Ernst, 1938: "Archaeologische Mitteilunen aus Iran; Band IX. Verlag von Dietrich Reimer, Ernst Vohsen, Berlin."
- Herzfeld, Ernst, 1941: "Iran in the Ancient East. Archaeological Studies Presented in the Lowell Lectures at Boston. London: Oxford University Press."
Herzfeld, Ernst. "Ars Islamica, IX, 'Damascus:Studies in Architecture, I. The Mukarnas Dome. The Madrasa'. Published by Freer Gallery of Art, The Smithsonian Institution and Department of the History of Art, University of Michigan."
Herzfeld, Ernst. "Ars Islamica, X (1943). Damascus: Studies in Architecture, II. 'The Cruciform Plan. Syrian Architecture, Period of Nūr ad-Dīn'. Published by Freer Gallery of Art, The Smithsonian Institution and Department of the History of Art, University of Michigan."
Herzfeld, Ernst: "Ars Islamica, XI-XII (1946). Damascus: Studies in Architecture, III. 'The Ayyubid Madrasa. The Turba'. Published by Freer Gallery of Art, The Smithsonian Institution and Department of the History of Art, University of Michigan."
Herzfeld, Ernst. "Ars Islamica, XIII-XIV. Damascus: Studies in Architecture, IV. 'The Mosque'. Published by Freer Gallery of Art, The Smithsonian Institution and Department of the History of Art, University of Michigan."
Herzfeld, Ernst, 1948: "Ausgrabungen von Samarra VI, Geschichte der Stadt Samarra. Hamburg, Eckardt & Messtorff; Buchhändlerischer Vertrieb durch D. Reimer, Andrews & Steiner, Berlin."
Herzfeld, Ernst. "Matériaux pour un Corpus Inscriptionum Arabicarum, Deuxième Partie : Syrie du Nord, Inscriptions et Monuments d'Alep. Tome II. Le Caire; Imprimerie de L'Institut Francais d'Archaéologie Orientale, 1954."
Northedge, Alastair, 1993: "An Interpretation of the Palace of the Caliph at Samarra (Dar Al-Khilafa or Jawsaq Al-Khaqani). In Ars Orientalis, Vol. 23."
Leisten, Thomas, 2003: "Excavation of Samarra, v. I. Architecture : Final report of the first campaign 1910-1912. Verlag Philipp von Zabern, Mainz am Rhein."
Ann C. Gunter and Stefan R. Hauser, 2004: "Ernst Herzfeld and the development of Near Eastern Studies, 1900-1950. Boston, Massasuchetts: Brill."
Cite as:
Ernst Herzfeld Papers. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C. Gift of Ernst Herzfeld, 1946
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Ernst Herzfeld Papers 1899-1962
Ernst Herzfeld Papers, Series 1: Travel Journals 1905-1928
Ernst Herzfeld Papers, Series 2: Sketchbooks 1923-1931
Ernst Herzfeld Papers, Series 3: Notebooks
Ernst Herzfeld Papers, Series 4: Photographic Files 1903-1947
Ernst Herzfeld Papers, Series 5: Drawings and Maps 1903-1947
Ernst Herzfeld Papers, Series 6: Paper Squeezes of Inscriptions 1903-1947
Ernst Herzfeld Papers, Series 7: Records of Samarra Expeditions 1906-1945
Data Source:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
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John Alexander Pope Papers 1929-1982

Creator:
Pope, John Alexander 1906-
Subject:
Pope, John Alexander 1906-
Freer Gallery of Art
Physical description:
20.6 linear feet (ca. 19,000 items)
Type:
Correspondence
Collection descriptions
Photographs
Printed materials
Research
Place:
USA, District of Columbia, Washington
China
Washington (D.C.)
Date:
1929
1929-1982
Topic:
Art, Chinese
Art, Japanese
Local number:
FSA A1988.01
Notes:
Museum director and art historian. Director of the Freer Gallery of Art from 1962 to 1971.
Summary:
Biographical data, subject files containing correspondence and photographs, research files including materials related to his study of Chinese porcelains, files regarding the Freer Gallery of Art where Pope served as director from 1962-1971, writings and notes, printed materials, photographs, and 2 ceramic bowls.
Cite as:
John Alexander Pope Papers. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C. Gift of Annamarie H. Pope, 1988-1990
Data Source:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
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John Calvin Ferguson Family Papers, 1889-1962, (bulk 1890-1944)

Creator:
Ferguson, John Calvin 1866-1945
Fu, Zengxiang 1872-1949
Li, Yuling 1872-1949
Subject:
Ferguson, John Calvin 1866-1945
Physical description:
7 linear feet Plus: 1 drawing : ink, mounted on board ; 111 x 50 cm
Type:
Letters (correspondence)
Collection descriptions
Portraits
Ink drawings
Photographs
Newspaper clippings
Photograph albums
Speeches
Place:
China, Shanghai, Shanghai
China
Nanjing (Jiangsu Sheng, China)
Shanghai (China)
Date:
1899
1889-1962
bulk 1890-1944
19th century
20th century
Topic:
Men
Local number:
FSA A1999.33
Notes:
John Calvin Ferguson was an advisor to the Executive Yüan of the National Government of China, college president, author, and art collector. Born in Napanee, Ontario, Canada in 1866, Ferguson was ordained to the ministry of the Methodist Episcopal church in 1885, and awarded a Ph.D. degree from Boston University in 1902. Following his marriage to Mary E. Wilson, he went to China in 1887 as a missionary, where he founded a Methodist school, the Hui wen shu yüan, which eventually became the University of Nanking. He assumed the position of first president of Nanyang Public School (Nan-yang kung hsüeh) at Shanghai from 1897-1902. Subsequently, he became a member of the Treaty Commission, secretary to the Chinese Ministry of Commerce and later chief secretary of the Imperial Chinese Railway Administration while being concurrently advisor to the Viceroys of Nanking and Wu-ch'ang. In Shanghai Dr. Ferguson was honorary secretary of the North China Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society, proprieter of the Shanghai Times (daily), and editor of Sin Wan Pao, the leading daily newspaper, which he owned until 1929. During his last year in Shanghai, he became chairman of the Central China Famine Relief Committee. Moving to Peking in 1911, he became vice-president of the Red Cross Society and was appointed foreign secretary for the Ministry of Posts and Communications until 1912. From 1915 he became counselor of the department of state in China, and later served as advisor to the president of the Republic until 1928. During 1923-1931 Ferguson was joint-editor of The China Journal. Ferguson's art collection was temporarily placed in the Wen hua tien in the Palace in 1935, before going to the University of Nanking. Leaving Peking in 1943, Ferguson and his daughter Mary traveled back to the United States, where he died in 1945. Among his publications were Outlines of Chinese Art, 1919; Chinese Painting, 1927; Noted Porcelains of Successive Dynasties, 1931; Catalogue of Recorded Paintings, 1934; and Catalogue of Recorded Bronzes, 1934.
In Shanghai Dr. Ferguson was honorary secretary of the North China Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society, proprietor of the Shanghai Times (daily), and editor of Sin Wan Pao, the leading daily newspaper, which he owned until 1929. During his last year in Shanghai, he became chairman of the Central China Famine Relief Committee. Moving to Peking in 1911, he became vice-president of the Red Cross Society and was appointed foreign secretary for the Ministry of Posts and Communications until 1912. From 1915 he became counselor of the department of state in China, and later served as advisor to the president of the Republic until 1928. During 1923-1931 Ferguson was joint-editor of The China Journal. Ferguson's art collection was temporarily placed in the Wen hua tien in the Palace in 1935, before going to the University of Nanking. Leaving Peking in 1943, Ferguson and his daughter Mary traveled back to the United States, where he died in 1945. Among his publications were Outlines of Chinese Art, 1919; Chinese Painting, 1927; Noted Porcelains of Successive Dynasties, 1931; Catalogue of Recorded Paintings, 1934; and Catalogue of Recorded Bronzes, 1934.
Fu Zengxiang (1872-1949) served as the Minister of Education in China's Beiyang government from December 1917 to May 1919.
Summary:
Papers (some are photocopies), portions in Chinese, of John Calvin Ferguson, his daughter Mary, and grandson Peter Ferguson and Peter's wife Jean. The bulk of the papers, 1890-1944, concern John C. Ferguson and include one holograph dated 1902 to Headland; typescripts of addresses given to the University of Nanking, 1909-1929, and a eulogy by Fu Tseng-hsi, a translation of his address to a public school in Shanghai, a mimeographed description of 55th anniversary of the University of Nanking, two newspaper clippings, and a 1936 issue of Caravan; and still prints and four photograph albums, 1890-1937, portraying Ferguson, his wife and family, Chinese officials, members of the Treaty Commission, landscape painting by T'ang Tai (1637-?), and works given to the University of Nanking. Additional papers mostly concern family members attempting to acquire documentation of Dr. Ferguson and to retrieve portions of his estate that remained in China.
Framed drawing, ink on paper, by Li Yuling (Chinese, 19th/20th century). Full-length profile portrait of John Calvin Ferguson (1866-1945) advisor to the Executive Yuan of the National Government of China, shown wearing the robes of a Chou dynasty scholar and facing left, underneath two Chinese inscriptions. The first two-column inscription was written by the artist, dated Christmas 1936, marking Dr. Ferguson's 70th birthday; the second inscription is a long colophon, dated New Year's Day 1937 and written by Fu Zengxiang (1872-1949).
Cite as:
John Calvin Ferguson Family Papers. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C. Gift of Peter Ferguson, 1999
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Everett Edward Thompson Papers, 1899-1962

Creator:
Thompson, Everett Edward 1876-1962
Subject:
Thompson, Everett Edward 1876-1962
Kuhn, Irene
Physical description:
ca. 151 items
Type:
Lecture notes
Collection descriptions
Photographs
Place:
Indonesia, Java
East Indies
Indonesia
Java
Malaysia
Date:
1899
1899-1962
Topic:
Indonesia -- Description and travel
Royalty, Netherlands
Local number:
FSA A1991.05
Notes:
Editor, lexicographer, author, and lecturer Everett Edward Thompson was born in Springfield, Massachusetts in1876. He received an A.B. degree from Amherst College in 1899. From 1901-1905 Thompson fufilled an appointment to a government teaching position in the Philippines. In 1905 he traveled from Manila to Singapore, and then to Burma, India, Ceylon, Java, the Straits Settlements, and Japan. From 1905 to 1909 he was part of the editorial staff of the G&C Merriam Company, publisher of the Webster-Merriam dictionaries, Springfield, Massachusetts. In 1907 he married Emily Lecretia Bettes and two years later in 1909 received an M.A. from Amherst College where he wrote a thesis on, "The Spanish Element in the English Language." From 1910-1920 Thomspon served as editor of foreign language textbooks, American Book Company, New York City. In 1920 he received honorary doctor of letters (Litt. D) from Syracuse University. That same year Thompson rejoined the Webster dictionary editorial staff of G&C Merriam Company, Springfield, Massachusetts where he remained until 1949. Everett Edward Thompson died 1962 March 24 in Springfield, Massachusetts
Summary:
The papers, 1899-1962, of editor, lexicographer, author, and lecturer Everett Edward Thompson (1876-1962) primarily document his 1905 trip to Indonesia and subsequent lectures delivered from 1913-1919 and 1956. Portions of the papers are photocopies. Included are obituaries; a portrait photograph dated 1899; portions of a travel journal; announcements, notes, and 132 glass lantern slides assembled in preparation for lectures on Indonesia; a letter; printed material and clippings related to language and the Webster-Merriam dictionaries; and a handwritten copy of Irene Kuhn's 1961 news article on the early history of U.S. field teaching in the Philippines.
Cite as:
Everett Edward Thompson Papers. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C. Gift of Ronald Thompson, 1991
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Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
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Elizabeth Gordon Papers 1958-1987

Creator:
Gordon, Elizabeth 1906-2000
Subject:
Gordon, Elizabeth 1906-2000
Claiborne, Craig
Leach, Bernard
Physical description:
4 lin. ft
Type:
Correspondence
Collection descriptions
Periodicals
Photographs
Personal papers
Place:
USA, New York, New York
Japan
Date:
1958
1958-1987
1940-1970
1950-2000
Topic:
Aesthetics, Japanese
Art, Japanese
House funishings
Interior decoration
Interior decorators
Gardens
Landscape gardening
Museum exhibits
Local number:
FSA A1988.03
Notes:
Born in Logansport, Indiana in 1906, Elizabeth Gordon served as editor of House Beautiful magazine 1941 to 1964. Ms. Gordon first became interested in Japanese aesthetics during the mid-1950s. As a result she began to read and study Japanese art, history and culture. In 1959, Gordon travelled to Japan with three staff people from, House Beautiful. In Kyoto she met Eiko Yuasa, a young woman then employed by the City of Kyoto to handle foreign V.I.P.s, who was assigned to assist Gordon during her stay there. It was Ms. Yuasa who, in the course of discussions of Japanese aesthetics, introduced the term "shibui." Around that term and its related concepts ("iki", "jimi", "hade") the theme for the issue began to crystallize. In August and September, 1960, House Beautiful, under the editorial control of Ms. Gordon, published two extremely popular issues devoted to the subject of "shibui". Due to the popularity of the issues, museum exhibits devoted to the concept of "shibui" travelled around the United States. Ms. Gordon died in Adamstown, Maryland in 2000
Summary:
The Elizabeth Gordon Papers measure 4.5 linear feet and span the years 1959-1987. The collection mainly documents Ms. Gordon's research for the August and September 1960 issues of House Beautiful regarding the Japanese aesthetic concept of "shibui", and the subsequent travelling "shibui exhibition" from 1961-1964. Included are correspondence, some photocopies, 1959-1963; research notes and materials; articles; lectures; printed material including magazine and newspaper clippings, 1959-1987; 2 books, and exhibition announcements; article materials; a photo album containing photos of exhibition installations; and photographs, slides, color transparencies, and lantern slides depicting people, sites, and objects reflecting the "shibui" aesthetic.
Cite as:
The Elizabeth Gordon Papers. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. Gift of Elizabeth Gordon, 1988
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Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
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Hughes French India Company School Drawings [1840?]

Creator:
Hughes, Thomas L
Physical description:
32 items; 39 x 25 cm
Type:
Drawings
Collection descriptions
Pictorial works
Views
Place:
India, Union Territory
India
Date:
1840
Topic:
Drawing, Indic
Tamil (Indic people)
Ethnology
Social life and customs
Description and travel
Local number:
FSA A1993.10
Summary:
The circumstances of creation are unknown for these watercolor drawings depicting Tamil men and women in various trades and activities. These ethnographic studies may have been rendered by a local Indian artist of the Pondicherry area of South India on commission for a French official or merchant. The name "Company School" has been attached to suggest the similarity between these drawings and those typically commissioned by the East India Company, especially during the early 18th century. The regularity of size and shape and numbering of the sheets would seem to indicate that these drawings may have been used to illustrate a bound monograph. Captions are in French. Several sheets are watermarked "J. Whatman. Balston & Co." with dates 1822-1825.
Cite as:
French India Company School Drawings. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. Gift of Thomas L. Hughes, 1984-1985
Data Source:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
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Yatsuhashi Harumichi Family Papers 1907-1976

Creator:
Yatsuhashi Harumichi Family
Subject:
Yatsuhashi family
Yamanaka, Sadajiro
Yatsuhashi, Harumichi 1886-1982
Harvard University
Yamanaka & Company
Physical description:
8.25 linear feet
Type:
Address books
Collection descriptions
Photographs
Printed material
Announcements
Books
Catalogs
Correspondence
Diaries
Photograph albums
Sheet music
Visiting cards
Place:
USA, Massachusetts, Boston
New York (State)
New York
Japan
Massachusetts
Boston
Boston (Mass.)
New York (N.Y.)
Date:
1907
1907-1976
1910-1960
Topic:
Alien property
Art dealers
Japanese American families
Local number:
FSA A1994.02
Notes:
Asian art dealer and merchant Yatsuhashi Harumichi (1886- 1982) was born in Tano, Japan, on December 15, 1886. Upon completion of his studies in Osaka, Mr. Yatsuhashi secured employment in the Osaka office of the prestigious Asian antiquities firm, Yamanaka & Company. In 1907 he joined Yamanka & Company's branch office in Boston, Massachusetts, as its general manager and treasurer of the company's Asian division. Located at 424 Boylston Street, the store was a center for Chinese art, as well as for Japanese assorted goods. In 1913 Yatsuhashi married Shigeki. They produced two sons (Michio and Masao) and two daughters (Sumiko and Kukiye). (Harumichi Yatsuhashi, Oriental art authority and Brookline resident. (1982 December 3). The Boston Globe, obituaries.) Following the United States' entrance into World War II, the Alien Property Custodian seized the Yamanaka shops in New York, Boston, and Chicago. The holdings were sold at auction in May and June, 1944. In 1945, Yatsuhashi Harumichi and his son Michio opened their own Asian art dealership at 420 Boylston Street in Boston. Yatsuhashi Harumichi fostered exchange between his native and adopted homeland. He was a member and officer (president in 1931) of the Japan Society of Boston since 1921, an avid supporter of the Boston Marathon, and a founder of the Boston-Kyoto Sister City Foundation. (Boston Globe, 1982 December 4. ) Michio Yatsuhashi, who helped his father open the Yatsuhashi antique shop, died prematurely as a result of cancer in 1981. One year later, Mr. Yatsuhashi died in Boston at the age of 96. He was survived by his daughters, Sumiko and Kikuye and one son, Masao.
Summary:
The Yatsuhashi Harumichi Family Papers (1906-1976) document the professional and personal lives of a Japanese-American family in Boston during the twentieth century. The patriarch, Yatsuhashi Harumichi (1886-1982), was an influential Asian art dealer and the papers also document the professional experiences of Asian art dealers in the United States during the early and mid 20th century. Mr. Yatsuhashi worked at the antiquities firm of Yamanaka & Company before starting his own Asian antiquities shop in 1945. Included in the papers, portions in Japanese, are correspondence; catalogues relating to the Alien Property Custodian's 1944 liquidation of Yamanaka & Company's New York branch's holdings; photographs depicting art objects and shop interiors, the Yatsuhashi family; Yamanaka & Company, and extended family, friends, and colleagues; and items belonging to Mr. Yatsuhashi's wife, Shigeki, and some of their children.
Cite as:
The Yatsuhashi Harumichi Family Papers. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. Gift of James Arthur Marinaccio, 1994
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Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
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Charles Lang Freer Papers 1876-1931

Creator:
Freer, Charles Lang 1856-1919
Bacher, Otto H (Otto Henry) 1856-1909
Berenson, Bernard 1865-1959
Bing, Siegfried 1838-1905
Binyon, Laurence 1869-1943
Bixby, William K (William Keeney) 1857-1931
Bosch-Reitz, Sigisbert Chretien 1860-
Caffin, Charles Henry 1854-1918
Campbell, Colin Lord 1853-1895
Campbell, Colin Lady 1857-1911
Chase, William Merritt 1849-1916
Church, Frederick S (Frederick Stuart) 1842-1924
Churchill, Alfred Vance 1864-1949
Canfield, Richard A (Richard Albert) 1855-1914
Coburn, Alvin Langdon 1882-1966
Dewing, Thomas Wilmer 1851-1938
Dow, Arthur W (Arthur Wesley) 1857-1922
Fenollosa, Ernest Francisco 1853-1908
Gallatin, A. E (Albert Eugene) 1881-1952
Gellatly, John 1853-1931
Gookin, Frederick William
Hartmann, Sadakichi 1867-1944
Hecker, Frank J (Frank Joseph) 1846-1927
Kelekian, Dikran 1868-1951
Laufer, Berthold 1874-1934
McCormick, Frederick 1870-
Matsuki, Bunkio 1867-1940
Melchers, Gari 1860-1932
Meyer, Agnes Elizabeth Ernst 1887-
Meyer, Eugene 1875-1959
Moore, Charles 1855-1942
Nomura, Yozo
Philip, Rosalind Birnie 1873-1958
Reid, Alexander
Rhoades, Katharine N. 1885-1965
Platt, Charles A (Charles Adams) 1861-1933
Roosevelt, Theodore 1858-1919
Saint-Gaudens, Augustus 1848-1907
Steichen, Edward 1879-1973
Stieglitz, Alfred 1864-1946
Thayer, Abbott Handerson 1849-1921
Tryon, Dwight William 1849-1925
Walcott, Charles D (Charles Doolittle) 1850-1927
Warring, Joseph Stephens 1863?-1944
Way, Thomas R (Thomas Robert) 1861-1913
Whistler, Beatrix Philip Godwin d. 1896
Wong, K. T
Yue, Seaouke
M. Knoedler & Co
Yamanaka & Company
Subject:
Whistler, James McNeill 1834-1903
Freer Gallery of Art
Smithsonian Institution
Physical description:
145 linear feet
Type:
Photographs
Collection descriptions
Diaries
Financial records
Correspondence
Place:
USA, Michiganv, Detroit
Asia
Boston (Mass.)
Detroit (Mich.)
Washington (D.C.)
London (England)
Date:
1876
1876-1931
Topic:
Art, Asian--Collectors and collecting
Art, American--Collectors and collecting
Art--Collectors and collecting
Local number:
FSA A.01
Notes:
Charles Lang Freer was a wealthy industrialist who founded the Freer Gallery of Art. He was a well-known collector of Asian art, and strongly supported the synthesis of Eastern art and Western art. One of his most famous acquisitions was James McNeill Whistler's Peacock Room.
Summary:
The personal papers of Charles Lang Freer, the industrialist and art collector who founded the Freer Gallery of Art. The papers include correspondence, diaries, art inventories, scrapbooks of clippings on James McNeil Whistler and other press clippings, financial material, architectural drawings, and photographs.
Correspondence, ca. 1860-1921, includes Freer's correspondence, 1876-1920, with artists, dealers, collectors, museums, and public figures; letterpress books contain copies of Freer's outgoing letters, 1892-1910; correspondence collected by Freer of James McNeill Whistler, and his wife Beatrix, 186?-1909, with Lady Colin Campbell, Thomas R. Way, Alexander Reid, Whistler' mother, Mrs. George W. Whistler, and others; correspondence of Whistler collector Richard A. Canfield, 1904-1913, regarding works in Canfield's collection; and correspondence of Freer's assistant, Katharine Nash Rhoades, 1920-1921, soliciting Freer letters and regarding the settlement of his estate.
Also included are twenty-nine pocket diaries, 1889-1890, 1892-1898, 1900-1919, recording daily activities, people and places visited, observations, and comments; a diary kept by Freer's caretaker, Joseph Stephens Warring, recording daily activities at Freer's Detroit home, 1907-1910.
Inventories, n.d. and 1901-1921, of American, European, and Asian art in Freer's collection, often including provenance information; vouchers, 1884-1919, documenting his purchases; five volumes of scrapbooks of clippings on James McNeill Whistler, 1888-1931, labeled "Various," "Peacock Room," "Death, etc.," "Paris, etc.," and "Boston...London" ; three volumes of newsclippings, 1900-1930, concerning Freer and the opening of the Freer Gallery of Art.
Correspondence regarding Freer's gift and bequest to the Smithsonian Institution, 1902-1916; and photographs, ca. 1880-1930, of Freer, including portraits by Alvin Langdon Coburn and Edward Steichen, Freer with others, Freer in Cairo, China and Japan, Freer's death mask, and his memorial service, Kyoto, 1930; photographs of artists and others, including Thomas Dewing, Ernest Fenellosa, Katharine Rhoades taken by Alfred Stieglitz, Rosalind B. Philip, Augustus Saint-Gaudens, Abbott H. Thayer, Dwight Tryon, and Whistler; and photographs relating to Whistler, including art works depicting him, grave and memorial monuments, works of art, the Peacock Room, and Whistler's memorial exhibition at the Copley Society.
Cite as:
Charles Lang Freer Papers. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. Gift of the estate of Charles Lang Freer
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Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
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Henry and Nancy Rosin Collection of Early Photography of Japan, 1860 - ca. 1900

Collector:
Rosin, Henry D Dr
Rosin, Nancy
Creator:
Lyman, Benjamin Smith 1835-1920
Ueno, Hikoma 1838-1904
Beato, Felice b. ca. 1825
Stillfried, Raimund Baron von 1839-1911
Underwood & Underwood
Subject:
Meiji Emperor of Japan 1852-1912
Shōken Empress, consort of Meiji, Emperor of Japan 1850-1914
Japanese tea ceremony
Physical description:
ca. 616 items
Type:
Mammoth plates
Collection descriptions
Photographs
Photograph albums
Stereographs
Cartes-de-visite
Photographic prints
Place:
Japan
Kyoto (Japan)
Tokyo (Japan)
Yokohama-shi (Japan)
Date:
1860
1860-1900
1860 - ca 1900
1890-1900
1850-1900
Topic:
Ainu
Photography of women
Streets
Temples
Samurai
Sumo wrestlers
Religion
Local number:
FSA A1999.35
Notes:
Henry and Nancy Rosin were collectors of Japanese photography of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
Summary:
Assembled by collectors Dr. Henry D. Rosin and Nancy Rosin to document nineteenth-century and early twentieth-century photography of Japan. Includes albumen prints, portions handcolored, some signed and numbered in the negative. Taken by photographers Felice Beato (b. ca. 1825), Baron Raimon von Stillfried (1938-1911), Kusakabe Kimbei (active 1880s), Ueno Hikoma (1838-1904), Ogawa Kazumasa (1860-1929) and unknown photographers to depict architecture, landscapes, formal studio portraits, and daily activities.
Cite as:
Henry and Nancy Rosin Collection of Early Photography of Japan. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. Purchase and partial donation
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Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
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Curt Maury Papers, late 1950s - 1977. [graphic]

Creator:
Maury, Curt
Physical description:
12 lin. ft
Type:
Dye coupler transparencies
Collection descriptions
Photographs
Place:
Gujarat (India)
Karnataka (India)
Kerala (India)
Maharashtra
Rajasthan (India)
India
Date:
1950
late 1950s - 1977
1950-2000
Topic:
Art, Hindu
Indian art
Cave temples
Taj Mahal (Agra, India)
Social life and customs
Local number:
FSA A1989.05
Notes:
Writer, social services administrator, and Indian art scholar Curt Maury (1909-1989) was born in Germany. He earned a PhD in German Literature from the University of Vienna in 1935 and emigrated to the United States in 1939. While pursuing a literary career through the publication of novels, plays, and poems, Maury developed an interest in India, which he visited many times from the 1950s through the 1970s. He conducted research on Indian folk art, including extensive photographic records.
Summary:
There are 13,440 photographs including dye coupler slides and silver gelatin photoprints. Other materials include books, ledgers, maps, notecards, a sketchbook, travel notebooks, and a typescript. The photographs document Indian folk art, primarily religious artifacts and structures with applied decorative detailing, as well as Indian cultural activities and natural surroundings. Areas of India documented include the states of Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, and Tamil Nadu.
Cite as:
Curt Maury Papers. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. Gift of Mr. Hans Tischler
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Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
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Robert O. Muller Papers, 1930-1997

Creator:
Muller, Robert O. 1911-2003
Physical description:
7.5 linear feet
Type:
Auction catalogs
Collection descriptions
Exhibition catalogs
Price lists
Photographic prints
Correspondence
Place:
USA, Connecticut, New Haven
Japan
Date:
1930-1997
20th century
19th century
Topic:
Prints, Japanese
Art--Collectors and collecting
Printmakers
shin-hanga
Description and travel
Local number:
FSA A2003.14
Notes:
Born in 1911 in Pelham, New York, art collector, dealer, and connoisseur Robert O. Muller assembled a collection of nearly 4,500 late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Japanese prints throughout his life. As a history student at Harvard University, Mr. Muller's world renowned print collection began to take shape with the purchase of the print 'Kiyosu Bridge" by Kawase Hasui for $5.00 from the Shima Art Company in 1931. Mr. Muller married Ingeborg Lee in 1940 and their honeymoon in Japan played a critical role in Mr. Muller's development as an art dealer and collector. They spent five months there and met with many important artists and dealers and purchased thousands of prints for both their personal art collection and for commerce. Upon their return to the States, Mr. Muller purchased the Shima Art Company's assets and started the Robert Lee Gallery with his partner William Lee Comerford in 1940. With the attack on Pearl Harbor, Muller and Comerford closed the Robert Lee Gallery and later reopened it in a different Manhattan location. The Mullers moved to Newton, Connecticut, in 1946 and reestablished the Robert Lee Gallery there. In 1962, Muller purchased a frame shop, Merwin's Art Shop, in New Haven, Connecticut. Although primarily a framing shop, Muller not only befriended many scholars and academics from nearby Yale University but sold Japanese prints from the back room. From that initial purchase of 'Kiyosu Bridge' in 1931 up until his death in 2003, Robert Muller amassed what many art historians, collectors, and curators regarded as the finest collection of its type in the world. Muller bequeathed his Japanese print collection, archival materials, and library to the Sackler Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Summary:
Personal papers created by Robert O. Muller (1911-2003), a Connecticut-based collector who over the course of seventy years had assembled one of the world's finest collections of Japanese prints from the late 1860s through the 1940s.The papers include Muller's correspondence, subject files, business transactions, and research pertaining to Japanese woodblock prints.
Cite as:
Robert O. Muller Papers. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. Bequest of Robert O. Muller, 2003
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Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
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Richard B. Parker Photographs of Islamic Monuments 1965-1979

Creator:
Parker, Richard Bordeaux 1923-
Physical description:
681 items
Type:
Photographic prints
Collection descriptions
Negatives
Place:
Cairo (Egypt)
Algeria
Fès (Morocco)
Marrakech (Morocco)
Meknès (Morocco)
Morocco
Rabat-Salé (Morocco)
Syria
Jordan
Date:
1965
1965-1979
Topic:
Islamic antiquities
Local number:
FSA A2002.06
Notes:
Richard Bordeaux Parker was born on July 3, 1923, in the Philippines where his father was stationed in the United States Army. He earned a Bachelors of Science in General Science and a Masters of Science in Citizenship Education from Kansas State University. After serving as an infantry soldier during World War II, Parker joined the U.S. Foreign Service in 1949. His first tour was spent in Sydney, Australia. He then focused his career on the Middle East, holding a number of posts in Israel, Jordan, and Egypt. In addition, Parker served as ambassador to Algeria (1974-1977), Lebanon (1977), and Morocco (1978-1979.) Fluent in Arabic, he has written/edited seven books to date on subjects concerning the Middle East. He retired from the U.S. Foreign Service in 1981 and became the editor of, The Middle East Journal, from 1981 through 1987. In addition to his diplomatic career, Parker taught at the University of Virginia, Johns Hopkins University, and Lawrence University. He served as the first president of the Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training from 1986-1989. He is also a member of several organizations including the Advisory Council on Near East Studies at Princeton University, the American Academy of Diplomacy, the Cosmos Club, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the Middle East Institute. In June, 2004, he received the American Foreign Service Association's lifetime Contributions to American Diplomacy award. Richard B. Parker is married with four children and lives in Washington, D.C.
Summary:
The Amb. Richard B. Parker Photographs contains 200 black and white prints, 481 black and white negatives, and two black and white contact sheets of Islamic monuments in Algeria, Cairo, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Morocco, and Spain. The Morocco series in the largest in the collection covering four cities. Photographs from Cairo span the years 1965-1968. All other photographs span the years 1970-1979. Originally, the negatives and prints were housed together. Although the negatives are now housed separately from the prints, they are grouped in the original order. All prints are in original order. Most of the photographs have been annotated and/or dated by the creator.
Cite as:
Amb. Richard B. Parker Photographs, 1965-1979. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution. Washington, D.C. Gift of Ambassador Richard B. Parker, 2002
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Hans C. and Sonia P. Seherr-Thoss Photographs of Islamic Architecture, ca. 1960-1968

Creator:
Seherr-Thoss, Hans Christoph Graf von 1918-
Seherr-Thoss, Sonia P
Physical description:
ca. 1,250 items
Type:
Color slides
Collection descriptions
Photographic prints
Transparencies
Place:
Middle East
Iran
Uzbekistan
Afghanistan
Turkey
Date:
ca 1960-1968
Topic:
Islamic antiquities
Decoration and ornament, Architectural
Islamic architecture
Mosques
Minarets
Antiquities
Local number:
FSA A2001.15
Notes:
Count Hans Seherr-Thoss was born in Dobrau, Germany in 1912 (New York Times, October 29, 1992.) He later became a United States citizen and served in the United States' Army during World War II. Sonia Phipps Farrell married Seherr-Thoss in Palm Beach, Florida, on March 3, 1948 (The Washington Post, March 2, 1948.) Both had children from previous marriages. Mrs. Seherr-Thoss graduated from Columbia University with majors in economics and sociology. She served as president of the Litchfield (Connecticut) Historical Society and the Oliver Wolcott Library. She received the Paul Harris Fellowship for community service and the Connecticut Association of Schools awarded her the Distinguished Friend of Education Award. In 1968, the Smithsonian Institution Press published, Design and Color in Islamic Architecture: Afganistan, Iran, Turkey. Written by Mrs. Seherr-Thoss, the photographs were taken by Mr. Seherr-Thoss during their travels to the concerned regions. Many of the photographs featured in that publication are included in this collection. Hans C. Seherr-Thoss died on October 28, 1992 and Sonia P. Seherr-Thoss currently resides in Litchfield, Connecticut.
Summary:
Photographs and negatives of Islamic monuments. Photos taken by Hans C. Seherr-Thoss and most appear in his and Sonia P. Seherr-Thoss' publication, Design and color in Islamic architecture: Afghanistan, Iran, Turkey.
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Hans C. and Sonia P. Seherr-Thoss Photographs of Islamic Architecture. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. Gift of Sonia P. Seherr-Thoss, 2001
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Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
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Cixi, Empress Dowager of China, 1835-1908, Photographs

Photographer:
Xunling 1874-1943
Subject:
Cixi Empress dowager of China 1835-1908
Xunling 1874-1943
Der Ling Princess 1885-1944
Guangxu Emperor of China 1871-1908
Wanrong 1906-1946
Li, Lianying 1848-1911
Physical description:
44 items
Type:
Glass negatives
Collection descriptions
Place:
China, Beijing, Beijing
China
Beijing (China)
Yihe Yuan (Beijing, China)
Forbidden City (Peking, China)
Date:
1903
Qing dynasty, 1644-1912
Topic:
Photography
Empresses
Palaces
Eunuchs
History
Local number:
FSA A.13
Summary:
Cixi (慈禧太后 勋龄 颐和园 鱚 隆裕皇后 瑾妃 德龄公主 容龄 裕太太 李連英 崔玉贵
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Cixi, Empress Dowager of China, 1835-1908, Photographs, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., Purchase
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Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
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Photograph of Duanfang and Colleagues

Creator:
Sickman, L. C. S (Laurence C. S.)
Subject:
Duanfang 1861-1911
Physical description:
Silver gelatin
1 photographic print : b&w ; 17.5 x 23 cm
Type:
Photographs
Collection descriptions
Place:
China, Beijing, Beijing
China
Date:
1907
Qing dynasty, 1644-1912
Topic:
Manchu
History
Local number:
FSA A2004.03
Notes:
Duanfang was an officer in the Qing court who amassed a fairly large art collection. This collection included jades, bronzes, landscape paintings and sculpture. Duanfang worked in many different positions, including as a customs officer and a provincial governor. In the summer of 1905, Duanfang travelled to the West to research how governments in the United States and Europe functioned. In 1911, Duanfang travelled to the Sichuan province to oversee railroad construction. There was a large amount of civil unrest and conflict, and Duanfang was beheaded by his own imperial troops, who were sympathetic to local revolutionaries.
Summary:
This photograph depicts Duanfang and about 20 other men behind a bronze altar.
Cite as:
Photograph of Duanfang and Colleagues with bronze altar, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., Gift of Thomas Lawton
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The People of India A Series of Photographic Illustrations, with Descriptive Letterpress, of the Races and Tribes of Hindustan. 1868

Publisher:
Watson, J. Forbes (John Forbes) 1827-1892
Kaye, John William Sir 1814-1876
Physical description:
8 items
Culture:
Bhotia (Sherpa)
Dom (South Asian people)
Gond (Indic people)
Gujaratis (Indic people)
Kachari (Indic people)
Kota (Indic people)
Lepcha
Mishmi (Indic people)
Munda (Indic people)
Naga (Indonesian people)
Korwa (Indic people)
Rajput (Indic people)
Savara (Indic people)
Thakuri (Indic people)
Tharu
Toda (Indic people)
Type:
Photographs
Collection descriptions
Place:
India
Afghanistan
Burma
Pakistan
Iran
Assam (India)
Cāchār (India)
Chittagong (Bangladesh)
Delhi (India)
Hazāra District (Pakistan)
Hisar (India)
Kohat District (Pakistan)
Lahore (India)
Madras (India)
Mysore (India)
Palāmū (India)
Shahabad (India : District)
Shahjahanpur (India)
Sikkim (India)
Sind (India)
Date:
1868
1868-1875
Local number:
FSA A1990.03
Notes:
John Forbes Watson and John William Kaye assembled this ethnologic study collection from photographs made by British photographers in India. The collection documents the caste and culture groups of India for a British India Office multi-volume publication. A graduate of Aberdeen University in England, John Forbes Watson (1827-1892) served as an assistant surgeon in the Bombay Medical Services from 1850 to 1853. While in India, Watson began to research Indian agricultural resources. In 1858, he became reporter on the products of India for the India Office in England. A year later, he became director of the India Office's India Museum, devoted to promoting trade in the British Empire. While there, he published several monographs on Indian plants and textiles. In 1867, he was appointed keeper of the museum, and served in that capacity until he retired in 1879.
John William Kaye (1814-1876) was secretary of the India Office's Political and Secret Department.
Summary:
Photographers represented include J.C.A. Dannenberg, R.H. DeMontmorency, E. Godfrey, W.W. Hooper, H.C. McDonald, J. Mulheran, G. Richter, Shepherd & Robertson (later as Bourne & Shepherd), B. Simpson, B.W. Switzer, H.C.B. Tanner, C.C. Taylor, and J. Waterhouse.
Taken in the 1850s and 1860s, these photographs portray the people of many castes, culture groups, and occupations in India, posed individually and in groups. Indian culture groups portrayed include Bhogta, Bhoti, Chero, Dombo, Gond, Gujarati, Ho, Kachari, Kishangarh, Kota, Lepcha, Mishmi, Munda, Naga, Pahari, Paithan, Rajput, Saora, Singpho, Thakur, Tharu, and Toda. Peoples portrayed are from parts of India and surrounding areas, now in Afghanistan, Burma, Iran and Pakistan, such as Assam, Bareli, Behat, Cachar, Chittagong, Delhi, Hazara, Hisar, Kohat, Lahore, Madras, Munjpur, Mysore, Palamau, Shahabad, Shahjahanpur, Sikkim, and Sind.
Occupations illustrated include barbers, blacksmiths, carpenters, charcoal carriers, farmers, fish vendors, horse dealers, interpreters, landlords, mendicants, merchants, officials, priests, warriors, and water carriers. Activities shown include dancing and knitting. Artifacts and material culture documented include books, buildings, devotional objects, tools, and weapons such as bows, clubs, shields, guns and spears.
Cite as:
The People of India, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., Purchase
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The People of India: A Series of Photographic Illustrations, with Descriptive Letterpress, of the Races and Tribes of Hindustan. 1868
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A.W. Bahr Papers 1919-1957

Creator:
Bahr, A. W
Subject:
Bahr, A. W
Cammell, Charles Richard
Physical description:
1.25 linear feet
Type:
Photographs
Collection descriptions
Correspondence
Manuscripts
Place:
Canada, Quebec, Montreal
China
Japan
England
Connecticut
Date:
1919
1919-1957
Topic:
Art, Chinese
Art, Japanese
China--Description and travel
Japan--Description and travel
Local number:
FSA A2001.14
Notes:
A.W. Bahr was born in Shanghai in 1877 to a German father and a Chinese mother. He founded the Central Trading Company with a friend in 1898. Throughout the next few years, he remained in China, organizing various art exhibitions with pieces from his own collection. Bahr moved to London, England in 1910, where he continued to exhibit art, finally moving to Canada with his family in 1946. Before his death in 1959, Bahr donated pieces of his collection to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Royal Ontario Museum of Archaeology, and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.
Summary:
This collection contains manuscript drafts and notes for Bahr's memoir, written by Bahr himself and C.R. Cammell, who was also the editor of 'The Connoisseur' magazine. Other papers include correspondence with collectors of Chinese art or other figures in the art world, such as Lord Kitchener, the King and Queen of Sweden, Walter Muir Whitehill, Kenjiro Matsumoto and Senator Theodore Francis Green, among others. The bulk of the collection contains approximately 300 photographs of different Chinese art objects, from jade figurines to pottery to paintings. Most of these photographs are unidentified, but some of them include marginalia that indicate that they were of Bahr's own art objects for publication in books or articles. Photographs which are identified point to art objects also belonging to Bahr. The photographs have been organized based on the object type in the photograph, such as painting, statue or figurine.
Cite as:
A.W. Bahr Papers. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. Gift of Penelope Jane Bahr, November 12th, 2001
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James Cahill Papers 1945-2014

Creator:
Cahill, James 1926-2014
Subject:
Barnhart, Richard M. 1934-
Cahill, James 1926-
Fong, Wen
Fu, Shen 1937-
Lawton, Thomas 1931-
Ledderose, Lothar date
Lee, Sherman E
Li, Chu-tsing 1920-
Pope, John Alexander
Sickman, L. C. S (Laurence C. S.)
Soper, Alexander Coburn 1904-
Vinograd, Richard Ellis date
Wang, Chi-ch'ien
Wu, Nelson Ikon 1919-
Asian Art Museum of San Francisco
College Art Association of America
Freer Gallery of Art
Guo li gu gong bo wu yuan
Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.)
Physical description:
15 linear feet
Type:
Postcards
Collection descriptions
Manuscripts
Place:
USA, California, Berkeley
Berkeley (Calif.)
China
Japan
Washington (D.C.)
Date:
1945
1945-2014
Topic:
Art historians
Art, Chinese
Art, Japanese
Local number:
FSA A2001.11
Notes:
James Cahill [Chinese: 高居翰
Summary:
Papers created by Asian art historian, curator, and collector Dr. James Francis Cahill. Includes personal and professional correspondence and project files documenting his many publications, lectures and activities in the field of Asian art. Portions record his early career at the Freer Gallery of Art, where he served as curator of Chinese art from 1957-1965, and his tenure (1965-1994) as Professor of the History of Art at the University of California, Berkeley. The folder descriptions were retained from Cahill's own folder titles and organized alphabetically within each series. The correspondence files include communication with some of the most influential members of the Asian art community including: Richard M. Barnhart, Wen Fong, Shen fu, Thomas Lawton, Lothar Ledderose, Sherman Lee, Chu-tsing Li, John A. Pope, Alan Priest, Laurence Sickman, Osvald Siren, Alexander Soper, C.C. Wang, Fangyu Wang, and Nelson Wu, as well as letters exchanged with art organizations such as the San Francisco Asian Art Museum, Freer Gallery of Art, College Art Association, National Palace Museum, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The project files include Cahill's notes; clippings; publicity and announcements; photographs; drafts of articles and speeches; and correspondence pertaining to specific projects such as the Taiwan photo project, exhibitions, and numerous lectures and symposia in which he participated.
Cite as:
James Cahill papers, 1945-1996. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. Gift of James Cahill, December 12th, 2001
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