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Miye Matsukata papers

Creator:
Matsukata, Miye, 1922-1981  Search this
Names:
Art Asia Gallery  Search this
Fitchburg Art Museum  Search this
Haystack Mountain School of Crafts -- Students  Search this
Janiye (Firm)  Search this
Principia College -- Students  Search this
Hickey, Judy  Search this
Hubbard, James C.  Search this
Oka, Takashi, 1924-  Search this
Extent:
13.45 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Diaries
Interviews
Photographs
Scrapbooks
Sketchbooks
Sketches
Sound recordings
Date:
circa 1900-1982
bulk 1964-1981
Summary:
The papers of jewelry designer and metalsmith Miye Matsukata measure 13.45 linear feet and date from circa 1900 to 1982, with the bulk of the material dating from 1964 to 1981.The papers include correspondence, interviews, journals, writings and lectures, exhibition files, Janiye business records, printed materials, scrapbooks, artwork, sketchbooks, and photographic materials that document Matsukata's work as a jeweler and owner of Janiye, an atelier located in Boston, Massachusetts.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of jewelry designer and metalsmith Miye Matsukata measure 13.45 linear feet and date from circa 1900 to 1982, with the bulk of the material dating from 1964 to 1981.The papers include correspondence, interviews, journals, writings and lectures, exhibition files, Janiye business records, printed materials, scrapbooks, artwork, sketchbooks, and photographic materials that document Matsukata's work as a jeweler and owner of Janiye, an atelier located in Boston, Massachusetts.

Correspondence is with family, James Hubbard, various customers, galleries, and colleagues. Interviews include recordings of Matsukata and Takashi Oka, Judy Hickey and Miyo, and two interviews from 1968.

Eleven journals contain Matsukata's writings about her work, travel experiences, impressions of Mikimoto, and include some sketches. Writings and lectures consists of five appointment books; biographical statements and resumes; essays; lecture recordings, manuscripts, and slides; twelve memo books; notes; two travel itinerary books; and writings by James Hubbard that include an essay about Matsukata.

Exhibition files consist of correspondence, price and invitations lists, loan forms, and drafts for jewelry shows at the Art Asia Gallery, Fitchburg Art Museum, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Principia College, and other galleries. Business files for Janiye include donations, financial and legal material, inventory books, publicity files, and sales records; and client and vendor files containing invoices, correspondence, and special order details for works produced by Matsukata and other jewelers at Janiye.

Printed materials include booklets, clippings, exhibition announcements and catalogs, an invitation, press releases, and Janiye sales catalogs. Two scrapbooks feature clippings and sketches of dinnerware, and early brochures and photographs of Janiye.

Artwork consists of sketches of jewelry, dinnerware, mountains, and landscapes. Additionally, 47 sketchbooks of travel, jewelry, and dinnerware are found in the collection. Photographic materials include photographs, negatives, slides, and several glass slides depicting Matsukata, her family, Janiye, jewelry and dinnerware, and travel.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 11 series.

Series 1: Correspondence, 1957-1981 (0.4 linear feet; Box 1)

Series 2: Interviews, 1968-1978 (0.2 linear feet; Box 1)

Series 3: Journals, 1966-1981 (0.7 linear feet; Boxes 1-2)

Series 4: Writings and Lectures, 1962-1982 (1.0 linear feet; Boxes 2-3)

Series 5: Exhibition Files, 1964-1980 (0.3 linear feet; Box 3)

Series 6: Janiye Business Records, 1948-1982 (7.1 linear feet; Boxes 3-10, 17)

Series 7: Printed Material, circa 1965-1982 (0.2 linear feet; Box 10)

Series 8: Scrapbooks, circa 1945-1980 (0.2 linear feet; Box 15)

Series 9: Artwork, 1946-1981 (0.5 linear feet; Boxes 10, 15)

Series 10: Sketchbooks, circa 1950-1981 (1.0 linear feet; Boxes 10-11, 15)

Series 11: Photographic Material, circa 1900-1982 (2.3 linear feet; Boxes 11-14, 16)
Biographical / Historical:
Miye Matsukata (1922-1981) was a Japanese American jewelry designer and metalsmith based in Boston, Massachusetts. She worked at her jewelry firm Janiye in Boston from 1950 to her death.

Matsukata was born in Japan to Shokuma and Miyo Matsukata and had four sisters named Haru, Naka, Taneko "Tane," and Mari. After coming to the United States in 1940, Matsukata attended Principia College in Elsah, Illinois, graduating in 1944. Afterwards, she attended The Museum School in Boston. In 1950 she established Janiye, a jewelry atelier, with former classmates Naomi Katz Harris and Janice Whipple Williams. The name Janiye is a combination of the three co-owners' names. By 1958, Matsukata became the sole owner of the company with James Hubbard, a stone cutter, serving as business manager and agent. Nancy Michel, Alexandra Watkins, and Yoshiko Yamamoto became the leading team of jewelers to execute Matsukata's designs.

Matsukata traveled extensively to Egypt, Greece, Turkey, Peru, India, western and central Europe, and to Scandinavia after winning a scholarship in 1950. She also spent a substantial amount of time in Japan, especially during her collaboration with the Japanese pearl company Mikimoto. Her work was inspired by the places she visited and she often documented the sources of her inspiration through her writings and sketches.

Matsukata died in 1981 in Boston. Janiye remained open after her death with Michel and Watkins as the new owners.
Related Materials:
The Archives of American Art also holds several collections related to Miye Matsukata, including Photographs of Miye Matsukata, Slides of jewelry designed by Miye Matsukata, Alexandra S. Watkins papers concerning Miye Matsukata, Miye Matsukata note with sketch to Mrs. Bartlett, Jane England Chandler papers regarding Miye Matsukata necklace, and Photographs of Miye Matsukata jewelry.
Provenance:
The Miye Matsukata papers were donated in 1984 by Mrs. Edwin O. Reischauer, Matsukata's sister and in 2008 and 2017 by Ann Hubbard Gaddis, the sister of Matsukata's business partner and heir, James Hubbard.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Use of archival audiovisual recordings and born-digital records with no duplicate copies requires advance notice.
Occupation:
Jewelers -- Massachusetts -- Boston  Search this
Metal-workers  Search this
Artisans -- Massachusetts  Search this
Topic:
Decorative arts  Search this
Jewelry making  Search this
Jewelry  Search this
Asian American art  Search this
Asian American artists  Search this
Asian American women artists  Search this
Japanese American art  Search this
Japanese American artists  Search this
Japanese American women artists  Search this
Asian American jewelers  Search this
Asian American metal-workers  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Genre/Form:
Diaries
Interviews
Photographs
Scrapbooks
Sketchbooks
Sketches
Sound recordings
Citation:
Miye Matsukata papers, circa 1900-1982, bulk 1964-1981. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.matsmiye
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-matsmiye

Margret Craver Withers papers, 1908-2016

Creator:
Withers, Margret Craver, 1907-2010  Search this
Withers, Margret Craver, 1907-2010  Search this
Type:
Drawings
Motion pictures
Scrapbooks
Topic:
American studio craft movement  Search this
Theme:
Sketches & Sketchbooks  Search this
Women  Search this
Lives of American Artists  Search this
Craft  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)9358
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211554
AAA_collcode_withmarg
Theme:
Sketches & Sketchbooks
Women
Lives of American Artists
Craft
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_211554
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Agnes Abbot, 1981 August 25-1982 January 15

Interviewee:
Abbot, Agnes Anne, 1897-1992  Search this
Abbot, Agnes Anne, 1897-1992  Search this
Interviewer:
Brown, Robert F  Search this
Subject:
Hibbard, A. T. (Aldro Thompson) (1886-1972)  Search this
Woodbury, Charles H. (Charles Herbert)  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Painting, Modern -- 20th century -- Massachusetts  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Theme:
Women  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12915
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211916
AAA_collcode_abbot81
Theme:
Women
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_211916
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Olav Hammarstrom, 1982 October 21-1983 March 10

Interviewee:
Hammarstrom, Olav, 1906-2002  Search this
Hammarstrom, Olav, 1906-2002  Search this
Interviewer:
Brown, Robert F  Search this
Subject:
Aalto, Alvar  Search this
Roche, Kevin  Search this
Saarinen, Eero  Search this
Saarinen, Eliel  Search this
Architects Collaborative, Inc.  Search this
Massachusetts Institute of Technology  Search this
Yale University  Search this
Type:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Topic:
Architects -- Massachusetts -- Interviews  Search this
Architecture -- Massachusetts  Search this
Architecture -- Study and teaching  Search this
City planning -- Massachusetts  Search this
Designers -- Massachusetts -- Interviews  Search this
Theme:
Architecture & Design  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)11706
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211944
AAA_collcode_hammar82
Theme:
Architecture & Design
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_211944
Online Media:

Oral history interview with John Prip, 1980 Oct. 20 and 1981 Nov. 21

Interviewee:
Prip, John A., 1922-2009  Search this
Prip, John A., 1922-2009  Search this
Interviewer:
Brown, Robert F  Search this
Subject:
Rhode Island School of Design  Search this
School of American Craftsmen (Dartmouth College)  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Design, Industrial  Search this
Designers -- Interviews  Search this
Silversmiths -- Massachusetts -- Interviews  Search this
Theme:
Architecture & Design  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12771
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211983
AAA_collcode_prip80
Theme:
Architecture & Design
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_211983
Online Media:

Oral history interview with James Lawrence, 1978 Mar. 8

Interviewee:
Lawrence, James, 1906-1995  Search this
Lawrence, James, 1906-1995  Search this
Interviewer:
Brown, Robert F  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Architecture -- Massachusetts -- Boston  Search this
Architects -- Massachusetts -- Boston -- Interviews  Search this
Theme:
Architecture & Design  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12056
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211985
AAA_collcode_lawren78
Theme:
Architecture & Design
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_211985
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Francis Sumner Merritt, 1979 May 25-June 25

Interviewee:
Merritt, Francis Sumner, 1913-2000  Search this
Merritt, Francis Sumner, 1913-2000  Search this
Interviewer:
Brown, Robert F  Search this
Subject:
Cranbrook Academy of Art  Search this
Flint Institute of Arts  Search this
Haystack Mountain School of Crafts  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Designers -- Maine -- Interviews  Search this
Educators -- Maine -- Interviews  Search this
Depressions -- 1929  Search this
Theme:
Architecture & Design  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12260
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)212064
AAA_collcode_merrit79
Theme:
Architecture & Design
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_212064
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Thomas Adrian Fransioli, 1981 April 21

Interviewee:
Fransioli, Thomas Adrian, 1906-1997  Search this
Fransioli, Thomas Adrian, 1906-1997  Search this
Interviewer:
Brown, Robert F  Search this
Subject:
Brown, Margaret E.  Search this
Eggers, O. R. (Otto Reinhold)  Search this
Feiss, Carl  Search this
Finley, David E. (David Edward)  Search this
Pope, John Russell  Search this
Klauder, Charles Z. (Charles Zeller)  Search this
Walker, John  Search this
Art Students League (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
National Gallery of Art (U.S.)  Search this
University of Pennsylvania  Search this
Type:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Topic:
Architects -- Massachusetts -- Interviews  Search this
Architecture -- Study and teaching  Search this
Interior decorators -- Massachusetts -- Interviews  Search this
Painters -- Massachusetts -- Interviews  Search this
World War, 1939-1945 -- Japan -- Hiroshima  Search this
World War, 1939-1945 -- Photography  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)13152
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)212087
AAA_collcode_fransi81
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_212087
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Marianne Strengell, 1982 January 8-December 16

Interviewee:
Strengell, Marianne, 1909-1998  Search this
Strengell, Marianne, 1909-1998  Search this
Interviewer:
Brown, Robert F  Search this
Subject:
Bertoia, Harry  Search this
Eames, Charles  Search this
Knoll, Florence  Search this
Saarinen, Eliel  Search this
Saarinen, Loja  Search this
Cranbrook Academy of Art  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Textile fabrics  Search this
Educators -- Massachusetts -- Interviews  Search this
Textile designers -- Massachusetts -- Interviews  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Theme:
Craft  Search this
Women  Search this
Architecture & Design  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12411
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)212096
AAA_collcode_streng82
Theme:
Craft
Women
Architecture & Design
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_212096
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Calvin Burnett, 1980 June 13-1981 January 6

Interviewee:
Burnett, Calvin W., 1921-2007  Search this
Burnett, Calvin W., 1921-2007  Search this
Interviewer:
Brown, Robert F  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
African American artists  Search this
African American painters  Search this
Theme:
African American  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)11452
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)212245
AAA_collcode_burnet80
Theme:
African American
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_212245
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Lee Winslow Court, 1982 January 27-April 13

Interviewee:
Court, Lee Winslow, 1903-1992  Search this
Court, Lee Winslow, 1903-1992  Search this
Interviewer:
Brown, Robert F  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)13215
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)212306
AAA_collcode_court82
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_212306
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Herbert J. Brown, 1965 November 29

Interviewee:
Brown, Herbert J.  Search this
Brown, Herbert J.  Search this
Interviewer:
Swift, Geoffrey  Search this
Subject:
Federal art project (Mass.)  Search this
New Deal and the Arts Oral History Project  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Federal aid to the arts  Search this
Theme:
New Deal  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12319
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)212551
AAA_collcode_brown65
Theme:
New Deal
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_212551

Oral history interview with Pietro Belluschi, 1983 August 22-September 4

Interviewee:
Belluschi, Pietro, 1899-1994  Search this
Belluschi, Pietro, 1899-1994  Search this
Interviewer:
Clausen, Meredith L.  Search this
Subject:
Aalto, Alvar  Search this
Le Corbusier  Search this
Massachusetts Institute of Technology  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Architecture -- United States  Search this
Church architecture -- United States  Search this
Architects -- Oregon -- Portland -- Interviews  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)11614
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)212557
AAA_collcode_bellus83
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_212557
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Wilbur Herbert Burnham, 1981 September 11

Interviewee:
Burnham, Jr., Wilbur Herbert, 1913-1984  Search this
Burnham, Jr., Wilbur Herbert, 1913-1984  Search this
Interviewer:
Brown, Robert F  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Glass painting and staining -- United States  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Theme:
Craft  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12230
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)212568
AAA_collcode_burnha81
Theme:
Craft
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_212568

Oral history interview with Eleanor Hershey, 1990 Apr. 10

Interviewee:
Hershey, Eleanor W., 1908-1993  Search this
Hershey, Eleanor W., 1908-1993  Search this
Interviewer:
Brown, Robert F  Search this
Subject:
Hershey, Samuel Franklin  Search this
Rhode Island School of Design  Search this
Rockport Art Association  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Arts administrators -- Massachusetts -- Interviews  Search this
Educators -- Massachusetts -- Interviews  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)11624
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)212695
AAA_collcode_hershe90
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_212695
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Herman Glendenning, 1979 Aug. 9-Oct. 31

Interviewee:
Glendenning, Herman W., 1906-1997  Search this
Glendenning, Herman W., 1906-1997  Search this
Interviewer:
Brown, Robert F  Search this
Subject:
Stone Associates (Gardner, Mass.)  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Decorative arts -- United States  Search this
Silverwork -- United States  Search this
Silversmiths -- Massachusetts -- Westminster -- Interviews  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12403
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)212738
AAA_collcode_glende79
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_212738

Oral history interview with Gyorgy Kepes, 1968 Aug. 18

Interviewee:
Kepes, Gyorgy, 1906-2001  Search this
Kepes, Gyorgy, 1906-2001  Search this
Interviewer:
Seckler, Dorothy Gees, 1910-1994  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Educators -- Massachusetts -- Cambridge -- Interviews  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)11952
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)212773
AAA_collcode_kepes68
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_212773

Oral history interview with Gyorgy Kepes, 1972 Mar. 7-1973 Jan. 11

Interviewee:
Kepes, Gyorgy, 1906-2001  Search this
Kepes, Gyorgy, 1906-2001  Search this
Interviewer:
Brown, Robert F  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Painting, American  Search this
Educators -- Massachusetts -- Interviews  Search this
Painters -- Massachusetts -- Interviews  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12180
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)212783
AAA_collcode_kepes72
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_212783

Oral history interview with Orin Ensign Skinner, 1972 April 20

Interviewee:
Skinner, Orin Ensign, 1892-1995  Search this
Skinner, Orin Ensign, 1892-1995  Search this
Interviewer:
Brown, Robert F  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Glass painting and staining -- United States  Search this
Designers -- Massachusetts -- Interviews  Search this
Theme:
Architecture & Design  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12001
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)213095
AAA_collcode_skinne72
Theme:
Architecture & Design
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_213095

Oral history interview with Ferol Sibley Warthen, 1981 September 3

Interviewee:
Warthen, Ferol Sibley, 1890-1986  Search this
Warthen, Ferol Sibley, 1890-1986  Search this
Interviewer:
Brown, Robert F  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Printmakers -- Massachusetts -- Provincetown -- Interviews  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12725
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)213181
AAA_collcode_warthe81
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_213181
Online Media:

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