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Yasuo Kuniyoshi papers

Creator:
Kuniyoshi, Yasuo, 1889-1953  Search this
Extent:
11.8 Linear Feet
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Photographs
Scrapbooks
Date:
1906-2013
Summary:
The papers of artist Yasuo Kuniyoshi measure 11.8 linear feet and date from 1906-2013. The collection documents his career as a painter, graphic artist, and photographer, as well as his involvement in political, social, and art organizations, especially during World War II. Included are biographical material; correspondence; writings by Kuniyoshi and others; subject files primarily on his participation in various organizations and business dealings with American and Japanese galleries, museums, and dealers; exhibition catalogs and other printed material; photographs of Kuniyoshi and others; and artwork; exhibition and artwork records; and four scrapbooks. The collection also contains materials on Kuniyoshi's career and artwork obtained after his death by his widow Sara Mazo Kuniyoshi.
Scope and Content Note:
The papers of artist Yasuo Kuniyoshi measure 11.8 linear feet and date from 1906-2013. The collection documents his career as a painter, graphic artist, and photographer, as well as his involvement in political, social, and art organizations, especially during World War II. Included are biographical material; correspondence; writings by Kuniyoshi and others; subject files primarily on his participation in various organizations and business dealings with American and Japanese galleries, museums, and dealers; exhibition catalogs and other printed material; photographs of Kuniyoshi and others; and artwork; exhibition and artwork records; and four scrapbooks. The collection also contains materials on Kuniyoshi's career and artwork obtained after his death by his widow Sara Mazo Kuniyoshi.
Arrangement:
This collection is arranged as 10 series. Additions to the collection received in 2014 were integrated in the finding aid according to appropriate series, but not physically integrated. Thus, box numbers may be out of order.

Series 1: Biographical Material, 1906-1990s (Boxes 1, 5; 0.2 linear feet)

Series 2: Correspondence, 1931-2004 (Boxes 1, 5-6; 1.2 linear feet)

Series 3: Writings, 1939-2000 (Boxes 1, 6; 0.4 linear feet)

Series 4: Subject Files, circa 1920s-2009 (Boxes 1-2, 6-8; 2.9 linear feet)

Series 5: Printed Material, 1921-2013 (Boxes 2-3, 8, 16; 1.5 linear feet)

Series 6: Photographs, circa 1920s-2001 (Boxes 3, 9, 15; 0.8 linear feet)

Series 7: Artwork, 1927-circa 1940s (Boxes 3, 9, OV 4; 0.2 linear feet)

Series 8: Exhibition Files, 1953-2004 (Boxes 9-10; 0.6 linear feet)

Series 9: Artwork Records, circa 1920s-2004 (Boxes 10-13, 16, 18; 3.3 linear feet)

Series 10: Scrapbooks, 1919-1978 (Boxes 13-14, 17; 0.6 linear feet)
Biographical Note:
Yasuo Kuniyoshi (1889-1953) was a Japanese-American painter, printmaker and photographer in New York, N.Y.

Kuniyoshi was born in Okayama, Japan. In 1906 he came to the United States and a year later began studying at the Los Angeles School of Art and Design. In 1910 he moved to New York and took courses at the National Academy of Design, the Independent School of Art, and the Art Students League, where he studied with Kenneth Hayes Miller. He was married to fellow artist Katherine Schmidt from 1919 to 1932. After traveling throughout Europe, they moved to the Woodstock, New York, in 1927 and took part in the Woodstock Art Colony. Kuniyoshi studied and later taught at the Art Students League summer school there. By 1930 he had established himself as an internationally known painter and graphic artist. In New York City he taught at the Art Students League, the New School for Social Research, and served as the first president of the Artists Equity Association from 1947 to 1950. Kuniyoshi was active in social organizations, especially Japanese American organizations, such as the Japanese American Committee for Democracy, and took an active role in the war effort during World War II. Yasuo Kuniyoshi died in 1953 and was survived by his second wife Sara Mazo Kuniyoshi who preserved the legacy of his work.
Related Materials:
Also found at the Archives of American Art are the Yasuo Kuniyoshi photographs of artwork, a 1948 letter from Kuniyoshi to E. P. Richardson, and checklists of Yasuo Kuniyoshi prints.
Provenance:
The collection was donated in installments, from 1969 to 1995, by Sara Mazo Kuniyoshi, Yasuo Kuniyoshi's widow. Additional papers were donated in 2014 by Stephen Diamond, Sara Mazo Kuniyoshi's nephew.
Restrictions:
A portion of the collection has been digitized. Use of material not digitized requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Rights:
Yasuo Kuniyoshi's papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Topic:
Art, Modern -- 20th century  Search this
Asian American artists  Search this
Political clubs  Search this
World War, 1939-1945 -- Japanese Americans  Search this
Photographers -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Japanese American art  Search this
Painters -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Printmakers -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Scrapbooks
Citation:
Yasuo Kuniyoshi papers, 1906-2013. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.kuniyasu
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-kuniyasu
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Oral history interview with Isamu Noguchi, 1973 Nov. 7-Dec. 26

Interviewee:
Noguchi, Isamu, 1904-1988  Search this
Interviewer:
Cummings, Paul, 1933-  Search this
Subject:
Knoll, Hans  Search this
Ward, Eleanor  Search this
Calder, Alexander  Search this
Hare, David  Search this
Kline, Franz  Search this
Zorach, William  Search this
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Topic:
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Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)11906
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)216546
AAA_collcode_noguch73
Theme:
Asian American
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_216546
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Minoru Yasui

Artist:
Hanasono Studio  Search this
Sitter:
Minoru Yasui, 19 Oct 1916 - 12 Nov 1986  Search this
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
Image: 13.9 × 8.7 cm (5 1/2 × 3 7/16")
Sheet: 15.1 × 9.8 cm (5 15/16 × 3 7/8")
Culture:
Minoru Yasui: American\Asian American\Japanese American  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Date:
1945
Topic:
Interior  Search this
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Costume\Dress Accessory\Tie  Search this
Minoru Yasui: Male  Search this
Minoru Yasui: Law and Law Enforcement\Lawyer  Search this
Minoru Yasui: Society and Social Change\Reformer\Activist  Search this
Minoru Yasui: Society and Social Change\Reformer\Activist\Civil rights activist  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of the daughters of Minoru Yasui
Object number:
NPG.2016.31
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Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_NPG.2016.31

Baddawi by Leila Abdelrazaq

Creator:
Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program  Search this
Type:
Blog posts
Smithsonian staff publications
Blog posts
Published Date:
Fri, 18 Dec 2015 16:33:55 +0000
Topic:
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Data Source:
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Creator:
Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program  Search this
Type:
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Smithsonian staff publications
Blog posts
Published Date:
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Topic:
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EDAN-URL:
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Creator:
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Type:
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Published Date:
Wed, 03 Sep 2014 14:22:34 +0000
Topic:
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edanmdm:posts_6740073894ad3d0d6787275f274f36e8

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Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program  Search this
Type:
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Published Date:
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Type:
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Published Date:
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Topic:
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Type:
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Published Date:
Wed, 26 Aug 2015 13:22:14 +0000
Topic:
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Creator:
Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program  Search this
Type:
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Smithsonian staff publications
Conversations and talks
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Published Date:
Wed, 19 Aug 2015 13:59:34 +0000
Topic:
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Creator:
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Type:
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Published Date:
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Type:
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Published Date:
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Topic:
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Creator:
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Type:
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Smithsonian staff publications
Blog posts
Published Date:
Fri, 24 Jul 2015 16:12:49 +0000
Topic:
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Type:
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Smithsonian staff publications
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Published Date:
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Topic:
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Creator:
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Type:
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Published Date:
Thu, 08 Jan 2015 14:33:40 +0000
Topic:
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