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Benjamin March Papers

Creator:
March, Benjamin, 1899-1934  Search this
Names:
March, Benjamin, 1899-1934  Search this
Rowe, Dorothy, 1898-  Search this
Extent:
15 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Photographs
Scrapbooks
Lecture notes
Letters
Place:
China
Japan
China -- Description and Travel
Michigan
Date:
1923-1934
Summary:
Writer, curator, and professor Benjamin Franklin March Jr. (1899-1934) studied, lectured, and wrote in the United States and in China, and through his works gained respect as one of the foremost authorities on Chinese art during the 1920s and 1930s. His papers, dating from 1923 to 1934, document his professional and personal life in the United States and in China and include lecture notes and outlines; research notes; diaries; scrapbooks; and photographs.
Scope and Content Note:
The Benjamin March Papers span the years 1923 to 1934 and measure 15 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.
Arrangement note:
The collection is divided into the following series:

Series 1: Biographical Information, 1927-1935

Series 2: Diaries, 1925-1934

Series 3: Writings and Research Materials, 1927-1934, undated

— Subseries 3.1: Lecture Materials

— Subseries 3.2: Research

— Subseries 3.3: Printed Matter

Series 4: Scrapbooks, 1924-1934

Series 5: Graphic Materials, 1925, 1933, undated

— Subseries 5.1: Illustrations

— Subseries 5.2: Photo Albums

— Subseries 5.3: Photographs
Biographical Information:
Biographical Sketch

1899 -- Born, Chicago, IL. Son of Benjamin Franklin and Isabel (née McNeal)

[1917?] -- Attended Lewis Institute and the YMCA College before transferring to the University of Chicago

1918-1919 -- Military service, Sergeant, Field Remount Squadron, No. 305, Army Service Corps

1922 -- Graduated from the University of Chicago (Ph.B)

1922-1923 -- Attended the Union Theological Seminary, New York, NY

1923-1925 -- Teacher of English, Latin, and Bible Studies at Hopei University; the Second Normal School; and the YMCA in Paotingfu, China

1925 June 25 -- Married Dorothy Rowe in Nanking, China

1925-1927 -- English instructor; Librarian; and Lecturer in Chinese Art, Yenching University Peiping, China

1927, summer -- Lecturer on Chinese art Columbia University

1927-1931 -- Curator of Asiatic Art Detroit Institute of Arts

1928 -- Honorary Curator of Oriental Aesthetic Art at the Museum of Anthropology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

1928 -- Appointed honorary curator at the Museum of Anthropology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

[1929?] -- Daughter (Judith) born

1929 -- China and Japan in Our Museums, published by the American Council, Institute of Pacific Relations

1931 -- Spent six months in China under a special grant from the American Council of Learned Societies to study 13th century painter, Ch'ien Hsuan

1932 -- Curator, Museum of Anthropology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

1932 -- Appointed honorary curator at the Detroit Institute of Arts

1933 -- Awarded a Freer Fellowship

1934 -- Standards of Pottery Description, published by the University of Michigan Press

1934, summer -- Organized, directed, and lectured at a summer session of the Institute of Asiatic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley

1934 December -- Died at home in Ann Arbor, Michigan after a five-week illness (heart ailment)

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.

After high school, March attended the Lewis Institute and the YMCA College before transferring to the University of Chicago from which he graduated in 1922 (Ph.B). With thoughts of becoming a Methodist minister, March enrolled at the Union Theological Seminary in New York City. At the same time, March enrolled in art classes at the Metropolitan Museum. After one year at the seminary, March was presented with and accepted the opportunity to work in China. From 1923 to 1927, March resided in China where he taught and lectured at colleges. Initially, March taught English, Latin, and Bible Studies at Hopei University, the Second Normal School, and the YMCA. From 1925 to 1927, he worked at Yenching University in Peiping (now Peking) as an instructor in English, a librarian, and lecturer in Chinese art.

While in China, March met Dorothy Rowe, the daughter of a Methodist missionary stationed in Nanking. On June 25, 1925 the two were married. Ms. Rowe, whom March sometimes called Doré, had lived in China since infancy. The author of the children's story, "The Begging Dear," Rowe wrote children's stories with Chinese settings.

During the summer of 1927, the March's moved to the United States when Columbia University offered March an appointment as lecturer of Chinese Art. Later that year March was appointed curator of Asiatic art at the Detroit Institute of Arts. He remained at the Detroit Institute of Arts in this capacity until 1931. In 1928, March was appointed Honorary Curator of Oriental Aesthetic Art by the University of Michigan's Museum of Anthropology. The next year, Dorothy March gave birth to the couple's only child, Judith.

During this period March published extensively, including two publications, China and Japan in Our Museums, in 1929 and, Standards of Pottery Description, in 1934. In the latter, March developed a new technique for the scientific study of the materials and methods of manufacture of ancient Chinese pottery. ( Ann Arbor Daily News. -- "Death Takes Noted Curator". -- December 14, 1934)

In 1931, March received a grant from the American Council of Learned Societies. This grant allowed March the opportunity to travel to China and Europe to study the 13th century painter, Ch'ien Hsuan. In 1932, March was named a curator at the Museum of Anthropology at the University of Michigan. The following year he was named a Freer Fellow. The summer of 1934 found March in Berkeley, California, organizing and directing the Institute of Asiatic Studies at the University of California. During the fall of 1934, March fell ill with a heart ailment. He was ill for five weeks before he died, at the age of 35, in December of 1934. At the time of his death, Benjamin March was survived by his wife Dorothy and their daughter, Judith.
Related Collections:
The Detroit Institute of Arts maintains administrative correspondence and files generated by Benjamin March during his tenure as curator.

The Bentley Historical Library at the University of Michigan houses the Benjamin Franklin March drawings collection, This is a collection of drawings by March for his daughter; includes illustrated poems of Pentwater Beach, Michigan.
Provenance:
Judith March Davis, the daughter of Benjamin March, donated her father's papers to the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives in 1995.
Benjamin March's daughter, Judith March Davis, donated her father's papers to the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives in 1995.
Restrictions:
Access is by appointment only, Monday through Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Please contact the Archives to make an appointment: AVRreference@si.edu.
Rights:
No restrictions on use.
Topic:
Art, Japanese  Search this
Art, Chinese  Search this
Architecture -- China  Search this
Architecture, Japanese  Search this
Painting, Chinese  Search this
Art, Korean  Search this
Art, Asian  Search this
Painting, Japanese  Search this
Art, Asian -- Research  Search this
Chinese language -- Terms and phrases  Search this
Art -- Terminology  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Scrapbooks
Lecture notes
Letters
Citation:
Benjamin March Papers. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. Gift of Judith March Davis, 1995
Identifier:
FSA.A1995.10
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Benjamin March Papers
Archival Repository:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-fsa-a1995-10

The Memoirs of Ma 1925-1926

Creator:
March, Benjamin 1899-1934  Search this
Subject:
March, Benjamin 1899-1934  Search this
St. Denis, Ruth 1880-1968  Search this
Rowe, Dorothy 1898-1969  Search this
Ferguson, John Calvin 1866-1945  Search this
Priest, Alan Reed  Search this
Yanjing da xue  Search this
Physical description:
182 typed unbound pages with solid wood covers
Type:
Diaries
Place:
China
Beijing (China)
Date:
1925
1925-1926
Topic:
Art, Asian  Search this
Art, Asian--Research  Search this
Art, Chinese  Search this
Chinese language--Terms and phrases  Search this
Painting, Chinese  Search this
Description and travel  Search this
Local number:
FSA A1995.10 2.3
Restrictions & Rights:
Access is by appointment only, Monday through Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Please contact the Archives to make an appointment: AVRreference@si.edu
Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository
See more items in:
Benjamin March Papers 1923-1934
Data Source:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_380465

Photo album: "The Oriental Chronicles of Benjamin in Pictures." 1923-1924

Creator:
March, Benjamin 1899-1934  Search this
Subject:
March, Benjamin 1899-1934  Search this
Rowe, Dorothy 1898-1969  Search this
Physical description:
Bound photo album with 144 gelatin silver prints
Type:
Photograph albums
Place:
China
Beijing (China)
Canadian Rockies (B.C. and Alta.)
Tokyo (Japan)
Date:
1923
1923-1924
Topic:
Art, Asian  Search this
Art, Asian--Research  Search this
Art, Chinese  Search this
Chinese language--Terms and phrases  Search this
Description and travel  Search this
Local number:
FSA A1995.10 5.2.01
Restrictions & Rights:
Access is by appointment only, Monday through Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Please contact the Archives to make an appointment: AVRreference@si.edu
Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository
See more items in:
Benjamin March Papers 1923-1934
Data Source:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_389491

Photo album: "The Oriental Chronicles of Benjamin in Pictures," 1923-1925

Creator:
March, Benjamin 1899-1934  Search this
Subject:
March, Benjamin 1899-1934  Search this
Rowe, Dorothy 1898-1969  Search this
Physical description:
Bound photo album with 144 gelatin silver prints with typed captions
Type:
Photograph albums
Place:
China
Beijing (China)
Date:
1923
1923-1925
Topic:
Art, Asian  Search this
Art, Asian--Research  Search this
Art, Chinese  Search this
Chinese language--Terms and phrases  Search this
Description and travel  Search this
Local number:
FSA A1995.10 5.2.02
Restrictions & Rights:
Access is by appointment only, Monday through Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Please contact the Archives to make an appointment: AVRreference@si.edu
Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository
See more items in:
Benjamin March Papers 1923-1934
Data Source:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_389492

Photo album: "The Oriental Chronicles of Benjamin in Pictures," 1924

Creator:
March, Benjamin 1899-1934  Search this
Subject:
March, Benjamin 1899-1934  Search this
Rowe, Dorothy 1898-1969  Search this
Physical description:
Bound photo album with 96 gelatin silver prints with typed captions
Type:
Photograph albums
Place:
China
Beijing (China)
Date:
1924
Topic:
Art, Asian  Search this
Art, Asian--Research  Search this
Art, Chinese  Search this
Chinese language--Terms and phrases  Search this
Description and travel  Search this
Local number:
FSA A1995.10 5.2.03
Restrictions & Rights:
Access is by appointment only, Monday through Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Please contact the Archives to make an appointment: AVRreference@si.edu
Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository
See more items in:
Benjamin March Papers 1923-1934
Data Source:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_389494

Japanese names and how to read them = Meiji benran = Meiji benran : a manual for art-collectors and students, being a concise and comprehensive guide to the reading and interpretation of Japanese proper names both geographical and personal, as well as of dates and other formal expressions / by Albert J. Koop and Hogitarō Inada

Author:
Koop, Albert J (Albert James) 1877-1945  Search this
Inada, Hogitarō  Search this
Physical description:
x, 552 p. ; 26 cm
Type:
Handbooks, manuals, etc
Terms and phrases
Dictionaries
Date:
1972
1923
[1972]
Topic:
Names, Japanese  Search this
Japanese language  Search this
Chinese characters--Japanese  Search this
Call number:
495.6 .K82
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_854794

Xian dai Han yu jing qian ci / Liu Hongli zhu ; Zhang Zhiyi shen ding

Title:
现代汉语敬谦辞 / 刘宏丽著 ; 张志毅审订
Author:
Liu, Hongli  Search this
Zhang, Zhiyi  Search this
Physical description:
v, 167 p. : ill. ; 21 cm
Type:
Terms and phrases
Date:
2001
Topic:
Chinese language--Honorific  Search this
Chinese language  Search this
Call number:
PL1250.H65 L58 2001
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_855638

Some technical terms of Chinese painting / by Benjamin March ..

Author:
March, Benjamin 1899-1934  Search this
Physical description:
xiii, 55, [1] p. 1 illus., vii pl. on 4 l. 26 cm
Type:
Terminology
Terms and phrases
Dictionaries
Date:
1935
Topic:
Painting, Chinese  Search this
Art  Search this
Chinese language  Search this
Chinese language--English  Search this
Call number:
759.951 .M31
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_860892

Zhong gu mu zhi ci yu yan jiu = Zhonggumuzhiciyuyanjiu / Luo Weiming zhu

Title:
中古墓志词语硏究 = Zhonggumuzhiciyuyanjiu / 罗维明著
Zhonggumuzhiciyuyanjiu
Author:
Luo, Weiming  Search this
Physical description:
22, 5, 268 p. ; 21 cm
Type:
Terms and phrases
Place:
China
Date:
2003
Topic:
Chinese language  Search this
Epitaphs--History and criticism  Search this
Call number:
PL1497 .L865 2003
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_865486

"Nichi-Ei taishō" kanbun yoji jukugo 680-sen = A dictionary of 4-character idioms & phrases / Machiya Yoshio hen

Title:
"日英対照" 漢文四字熟語 680選 = A dictionary of 4-character idioms & phrases / 町谷美夫編
Kanbun yoji jukugo 680-sen
漢文四字熟語 680選
Dictionary of 4-character idioms & phrases
4-character idioms & phrases
Author:
Machiya, Yoshio 1946-  Search this
Physical description:
205 p. ; 21 cm
Type:
Terms and phrases
Dictionaries
Date:
2000
Topic:
Japanese language  Search this
Chinese language  Search this
Aphorisms and apothegms--Japanese  Search this
Aphorisms and apothegms--Chinese  Search this
Call number:
PL681.C5 N53 2000
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_866199

Tulufan chu tu wen shu ci yu kao shi / Wang Qitao zhu

Title:
吐鲁番出土文书词语考释 / 王启涛著
Tulufan chutu wenshu ciyu kaoshi
Author:
Wang, Qitao  Search this
Physical description:
1, 2, 13, 26, 826 p. ; 21 cm
Type:
Terms and phrases
Dictionaries
Sources
Place:
China
Tulufan Diqu
Turpan Diqu (China)
Date:
2005
Topic:
Chinese language  Search this
Manuscripts, Chinese  Search this
History  Search this
Call number:
PL1497 .W36 2005
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_868035

Han Ying gu jin chang yong yu hui ci dian = A Chinese-English dictionary of classic and current expressions / bian zuan Zhang Changren ; shen du He Yanqing ; he ding Shi Shunke

Title:
汉英古今常用语汇词典 = A Chinese-English dictionary of classic and current expressions / 编纂张常人 ; 审读何延庆 ; 核定石顺科
Chinese-English dictionary of classic and current expressions
Author:
Zhang, Changren  Search this
Physical description:
17, 1130 p. ; 27 cm
Type:
Terms and phrases
Dictionaries
Dicitionaries
Date:
2005
Topic:
Chinese language--English  Search this
Call number:
PL1497 .H36 2005
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_868208

Zhonghua shi wu bie cheng su yuan qu dian = Zhonghua shiwu biecheng suyuan qudian / zhu bian Li Yong, Li Qiao

Title:
中华事物别称溯源趣典 = Zhonghua shiwu biecheng suyuan qudian / 主编李涌, 李乔
Zhonghua shiwu biecheng suyuan qudian
Author:
Li, Yong  Search this
Li, Qiao  Search this
Physical description:
2, 80, 875 p. ; 25 cm
Type:
Terms and phrases
Date:
1990
2006
Topic:
Chinese language--Synonyms and antonyms  Search this
Chinese lnaguage--Etymology  Search this
Chinese language  Search this
Call number:
PL1301 .Z466 2006
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_869192

Gu jin su yu ji cheng / Wang Shushan, Shang Hengyuan, Shen Wenyuan ji

Title:
古今俗语集成/ 王树山,尚恒元,申文元辑.
Author:
Wang, Shushan  Search this
Shang, Hengyuan  Search this
Shen, Wenyuan  Search this
Physical description:
v. ; 21 cm
Type:
Terms and phrases
Date:
1989
1989-
Topic:
Chinese language  Search this
Proverbs, Chinese  Search this
Call number:
PL1497 .K77
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_872674

Zhongguo gu dai shi ci dian gu ci dian / Chen Zhi zhu bian

Title:
中国古代诗词典故辞典 / 陈致主编
Author:
Chen, Zhi  Search this
Physical description:
4, 2, 2, 101, 820 p
Type:
Terms and phrases
Date:
1991
Topic:
Chinese poetry--Dictionaries--Chinese  Search this
Ci (Chinese poetry)--Dictionaries--Chinese  Search this
Chinese language  Search this
Call number:
PL2518.5 .C586
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_877670

Song Yuan yu yan ci dian / Long Qian'an bian zhu

Title:
宋元语言词典/ 龙潜庵编著
Author:
Long, Qian'an  Search this
Physical description:
5, 2, 14, 1023, 18 p. ; 19 cm
Type:
Terms and phrases
Date:
1985
Topic:
Chinese language  Search this
Call number:
PL1497 .L864
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_878837

Hand-book of Chinese Buddhism : being a Sanskrit-Chinese dictionary, with vocabularies of Buddhist terms in Pali, Singhalese, Siamese, Burmesi, Tibetan, Mongolian and Japanese / by Ernest J. Eitel ..

Author:
Eitel, Ernest John 1838-1908  Search this
Former owner:
Freer, Charles Lang 1854-1919 DSI-F  Search this
Physical description:
6 p. l., 231 p. 21 cm
Type:
Terminology
Terms and phrases
Place:
China
Date:
1888
Topic:
Buddha (The concept)  Search this
Buddhism  Search this
Polyglot glossaries, phrase books, etc  Search this
Sanskrit language  Search this
Chinese language  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_882560

Chinese religion seen through the proverb / by Clifford H. Plopper

Author:
Plopper, Clifford H (Clifford Henry) 1885-  Search this
Physical description:
xi (i.e. ix), 381 p., [28] l. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm
Type:
Terms and phrases
Place:
China
Date:
1926
Topic:
Proverbs, Chinese  Search this
Folklore  Search this
Chinese language  Search this
Religion  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_883240

Zhonghua cheng yu ci dian / bian zhe ben ju bian ji bu

Title:
中華成語詞典 / 編者本局編輯部.
Author:
Zhonghua shu ju Bian ji bu  Search this
Physical description:
2, 2, 17, 721 p. ; 18 cm
Type:
Terms and phrases
Dictionaries
Date:
1964
Min guo 53 [1964]
Topic:
Chinese language  Search this
Call number:
PL1273 .Z466 1964
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_884205

A Mandarin-Romanized dictionary of Chinese : including new terms and phrases, with new supplement / D. MacGillivray

Author:
MacGillivray, D (Donald) b. 1862  Search this
Physical description:
x, 1145 p., 4 p. 22 cm
Type:
Dictionaries
Date:
1925
Topic:
Chinese language--English  Search this
Call number:
495.13 .M13
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_885267

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