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Exhibition Files

Collection Creator:
Gordon, Elizabeth, 1906-2000  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1961-1962
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
No restrictions on use.
Collection Citation:
The Elizabeth Gordon Papers. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. Gift of Elizabeth Gordon, 1988
Identifier:
FSA.A1988.03, Series 6
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Elizabeth Gordon Papers
Archival Repository:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/dc34d9c2e1d-eb28-4967-bb51-6b430da01fae
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-fsa-a1988-03-ref399

Outsize Material

Collection Creator:
Gordon, Elizabeth, 1906-2000  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
undated
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
No restrictions on use.
Collection Citation:
The Elizabeth Gordon Papers. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. Gift of Elizabeth Gordon, 1988
Identifier:
FSA.A1988.03, Series 9
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Elizabeth Gordon Papers
Archival Repository:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/dc333f64cc0-c4fe-4456-9421-1102c13e71ae
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-fsa-a1988-03-ref501

Biographical Data

Collection Creator:
Gordon, Elizabeth, 1906-2000  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1987-1988, undated
Scope and Contents note:
This series contains biographical data relating mainly to Elizabeth Gordon. Included are a resumé for Elizabeth Gordon and newspaper clippings regarding her life. Also included is a resumé for Yuasa Eiko who not only assisted Gordon during her first trip to Japan in 1959 but also introduced her to "shibui".
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
No restrictions on use.
Collection Citation:
The Elizabeth Gordon Papers. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. Gift of Elizabeth Gordon, 1988
Identifier:
FSA.A1988.03, Series 1
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Elizabeth Gordon Papers
Archival Repository:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/dc3fb00125f-e37b-4f61-b41e-f438c53ddc40
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-fsa-a1988-03-ref20

"Shibui" Research

Collection Creator:
Gordon, Elizabeth, 1906-2000  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1953-1960, undated
Scope and Contents note:
This series contains materials collected and used by Gordon in the process of learning about "shibui" and in the ultimate creation of the 1960 "shibui" articles. Upon arrival at the Archives, the items in this series were together and marked "core papers" by Gordon.

The series has been divided into three subseries. Subseries 2.1: Research - correspondence; subseries 2.2: Research - articles; and subseries 2.3: Research - research notes.
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
No restrictions on use.
Collection Citation:
The Elizabeth Gordon Papers. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. Gift of Elizabeth Gordon, 1988
Identifier:
FSA.A1988.03, Series 2
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Elizabeth Gordon Papers
Archival Repository:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/dc32f63e6c6-88b3-4566-a9cf-a1cad6b2aeca
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-fsa-a1988-03-ref25

Research - correspondence

Collection Creator:
Gordon, Elizabeth, 1906-2000  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1959-1960
Scope and Contents note:
Includes correspondence, both inter-office and external, used by Ms. Gordon as "shibui" research materials.
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
No restrictions on use.
Collection Citation:
The Elizabeth Gordon Papers. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. Gift of Elizabeth Gordon, 1988
Identifier:
FSA.A1988.03, Subseries 2.1
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Elizabeth Gordon Papers
Elizabeth Gordon Papers / Series 2: "Shibui" Research
Archival Repository:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/dc3763d2a0d-f63b-4cd4-b381-4b210597cec4
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-fsa-a1988-03-ref26

Memorandum

Collection Creator:
Gordon, Elizabeth, 1906-2000  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 4
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1959 July 21
Scope and Contents note:
To Elizabeth Gordon from Guy Henle (Executive Director of House Beautiful). Concerns the formation of the ideogram used to write "shibui" and the meanings of the word.
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
No restrictions on use.
Collection Citation:
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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Elizabeth Gordon Papers
Elizabeth Gordon Papers / Series 2: "Shibui" Research / 2.1: Research - correspondence
Archival Repository:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/dc37a2802a4-da2b-4ada-87ba-2652264d564c
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-fsa-a1988-03-ref27

Memorandum

Collection Creator:
Gordon, Elizabeth, 1906-2000  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 4
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1959 August 7
Scope and Contents note:
To E.G. [Elizabeth Gordon] from G.H. [ Guy Henle], August 7, 1959. Original memo defining "aware" and "kanashi'.
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
No restrictions on use.
Collection Citation:
The Elizabeth Gordon Papers. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. Gift of Elizabeth Gordon, 1988
See more items in:
Elizabeth Gordon Papers
Elizabeth Gordon Papers / Series 2: "Shibui" Research / 2.1: Research - correspondence
Archival Repository:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/dc336dc267a-b7b3-4fe5-9dff-d57b8efdc34d
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-fsa-a1988-03-ref29

Memorandum

Collection Creator:
Gordon, Elizabeth, 1906-2000  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 4
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1959 December 3
Scope and Contents note:
To Ms. Gordon from Epsie Kinard [Associate Editor of House Beautiful]. "Subject: Shibui Research" Original typed memo.
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
No restrictions on use.
Collection Citation:
The Elizabeth Gordon Papers. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. Gift of Elizabeth Gordon, 1988
See more items in:
Elizabeth Gordon Papers
Elizabeth Gordon Papers / Series 2: "Shibui" Research / 2.1: Research - correspondence
Archival Repository:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/dc3b7dfbf1e-1dd6-477f-976b-be27caaca6ac
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-fsa-a1988-03-ref31

Letter

Collection Creator:
Gordon, Elizabeth, 1906-2000  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 4
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
[1959] December 8
Scope and Contents note:
From EG [Elizabeth Gordon], Imperial Hotel, Tokyo. Tuesday, December 8 [1959] to "john [ DeKoven Hill, Editorial Director], Frances [ Taylor Heard, Home Furnishings Editor], and Others Interested"; continued on Wednesday December 9 [1959]. Typed transcription of letter concerning first two days in Japan; auction at Tokyo Art Club; meeting with chef Tsuji Kaichi; interview with Mrs. Thomas [Frances] Blakemore; [Wednesday] shopping at Mitsukoshi Department Store; Maruzen Craft Center.
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
No restrictions on use.
Collection Citation:
The Elizabeth Gordon Papers. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. Gift of Elizabeth Gordon, 1988
See more items in:
Elizabeth Gordon Papers
Elizabeth Gordon Papers / Series 2: "Shibui" Research / 2.1: Research - correspondence
Archival Repository:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/dc369b94678-6347-442d-b2e0-d1d81c94e060
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-fsa-a1988-03-ref33

Letter

Collection Creator:
Gordon, Elizabeth, 1906-2000  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 4
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
[1959] December 13
Scope and Contents note:
Letter from EG [Elizabeth Gordon] with addendum by MG [ Marion Gough, Feature Editor], en route to Osaka and Kyoto, to John [Hill], F. Heard, Guy [ Henle] et al: completed at the Tori Inn, Kyoto. Typed transcription of letter telling of interview with Yanagi Soetsu, Director of the Folk Craft Museum, Tokyo (Mingeikan); mentioning architect Yoshimura Junzo; Miss Hayashi of the Japnese Crafts Center; Mrs. Thomas Blakemore.
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
No restrictions on use.
Collection Citation:
The Elizabeth Gordon Papers. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. Gift of Elizabeth Gordon, 1988
See more items in:
Elizabeth Gordon Papers
Elizabeth Gordon Papers / Series 2: "Shibui" Research / 2.1: Research - correspondence
Archival Repository:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/dc380cbbf1f-5ec1-4672-acca-18c5c1864024
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-fsa-a1988-03-ref35

Letter

Collection Creator:
Gordon, Elizabeth, 1906-2000  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 4
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
[1959] December 20
Scope and Contents note:
Letter from Elizabeth Gordon to John [Hill], Imperial Hotel, Tokyo. Typed transcription of letter describing purchases of textiles; sketching 'floor plan' devised by Yui Kitaka of Japan Air Lines showing relationships between terms "shibui", "jimi", "iki", "hade", and "miyabi".
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
No restrictions on use.
Collection Citation:
The Elizabeth Gordon Papers. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. Gift of Elizabeth Gordon, 1988
See more items in:
Elizabeth Gordon Papers
Elizabeth Gordon Papers / Series 2: "Shibui" Research / 2.1: Research - correspondence
Archival Repository:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/dc3ebe9eb87-f3f1-476d-a87d-b6a00b5edab2
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-fsa-a1988-03-ref37

Unidentified correspondent

Collection Creator:
Gordon, Elizabeth, 1906-2000  Search this
Container:
Box 2, Folder 10
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1960 August
Scope and Contents note:
Telegram signed "Gerald"
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
No restrictions on use.
Collection Citation:
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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Elizabeth Gordon Papers
Elizabeth Gordon Papers / Series 4: Correspondence / 4.1: Correspondence - Reader mail
Archival Repository:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/dc38947707a-c8ef-4cd4-8e24-8e604dd0b737
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-fsa-a1988-03-ref376

Correspondence -- In-house communication regarding reader mail

Collection Creator:
Gordon, Elizabeth, 1906-2000  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1960-1961
Scope and Contents note:
This subseries consists of correspondence between members of the, House Beautiful staff generated in order to deal with reader mail received in response to the "shibui" issues. This subseries also includes a annotated draft of a form response sent to readers.
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
No restrictions on use.
Collection Citation:
The Elizabeth Gordon Papers. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. Gift of Elizabeth Gordon, 1988
Identifier:
FSA.A1988.03, Subseries 4.2
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Elizabeth Gordon Papers
Elizabeth Gordon Papers / Series 4: Correspondence
Archival Repository:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/dc331912625-bb83-4efd-a3f9-4c8240f923f8
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-fsa-a1988-03-ref379

Shibui promotion

Collection Creator:
Gordon, Elizabeth, 1906-2000  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1960-1961
Scope and Contents note:
This series documents efforts to promote the "shibui" aesthetic to the American public. It is subdivided into two subseries. Subseries 5.1 is comprises of lectures on shibui delivered by Elizabeth Gordon. Subseries 5.2 includes documentation of efforts by manufacturers to create and market "shibui" inspired products.
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
No restrictions on use.
Collection Citation:
The Elizabeth Gordon Papers. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. Gift of Elizabeth Gordon, 1988
Identifier:
FSA.A1988.03, Series 5
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Elizabeth Gordon Papers
Archival Repository:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/dc37724a06d-1619-461c-91bd-20f329fa6dce
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-fsa-a1988-03-ref384

Shibui promotion - lectures

Collection Creator:
Gordon, Elizabeth, 1906-2000  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1960-1962, undated
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
No restrictions on use.
Collection Citation:
The Elizabeth Gordon Papers. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. Gift of Elizabeth Gordon, 1988
Identifier:
FSA.A1988.03, Subseries 5.1
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Elizabeth Gordon Papers
Elizabeth Gordon Papers / Series 5: Shibui promotion
Archival Repository:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/dc3999e6688-91af-4caf-a927-b43553277de6
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-fsa-a1988-03-ref385

Lecture by Elizabeth Gordon and award

Collection Creator:
Gordon, Elizabeth, 1906-2000  Search this
Container:
Box 2, Folder 12
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1961, undated
Scope and Contents note:
Two copies of a lecture entitled, "What is Shibui?" One given to the Retail Paint and Wallpaper Distributors of America, Inc. in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The other lecture delivered on March 23, 1961 at the Home Fashions League "Trail Blazer luncheon where Gordon was awarded the "1961 Trail Blazer Award" by the New York Chapter of the National Home Fashions League, Inc.
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
No restrictions on use.
Collection Citation:
The Elizabeth Gordon Papers. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. Gift of Elizabeth Gordon, 1988
See more items in:
Elizabeth Gordon Papers
Elizabeth Gordon Papers / Series 5: Shibui promotion / 5.1: Shibui promotion - lectures
Archival Repository:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/dc3ef1d2afe-9a90-4963-804d-0f62694639ce
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-fsa-a1988-03-ref386

Lecture

Collection Creator:
Gordon, Elizabeth, 1906-2000  Search this
Container:
Box 2, Folder 13
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1962
Scope and Contents note:
"Shibui Brought Up to Date". Speech given to House Beautiful ad salesman two years after the publication of the shibui issues.
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
No restrictions on use.
Collection Citation:
The Elizabeth Gordon Papers. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. Gift of Elizabeth Gordon, 1988
See more items in:
Elizabeth Gordon Papers
Elizabeth Gordon Papers / Series 5: Shibui promotion / 5.1: Shibui promotion - lectures
Archival Repository:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/dc3d642b6b2-2dd3-4d15-86f8-044099742319
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-fsa-a1988-03-ref388

Letter

Collection Creator:
Gordon, Elizabeth, 1906-2000  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 4
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1960 January 22
Scope and Contents note:
To "Eegee" [Elizabeth Gordon] from unidentified [indecipherable initials].
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
No restrictions on use.
Collection Citation:
The Elizabeth Gordon Papers. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. Gift of Elizabeth Gordon, 1988
See more items in:
Elizabeth Gordon Papers
Elizabeth Gordon Papers / Series 2: "Shibui" Research / 2.1: Research - correspondence
Archival Repository:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/dc3b50dabb8-0391-4302-a7a3-a606113b703b
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-fsa-a1988-03-ref39

Clipping re: lecture by Elizabeth Gordon

Collection Creator:
Gordon, Elizabeth, 1906-2000  Search this
Container:
Box 2, Folder 14
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1960
Scope and Contents note:
Convention Daily. Retail Paint & Wallpaper Distributors of America. 13th Annual Convention & Trade Show. Issue 4, November 19, 1960.
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
No restrictions on use.
Collection Citation:
The Elizabeth Gordon Papers. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. Gift of Elizabeth Gordon, 1988
See more items in:
Elizabeth Gordon Papers
Elizabeth Gordon Papers / Series 5: Shibui promotion / 5.1: Shibui promotion - lectures
Archival Repository:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/dc34236ec08-a56d-4101-9a87-c897b1710c53
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-fsa-a1988-03-ref390

Shibui promotion -- Manufacturers

Collection Creator:
Gordon, Elizabeth, 1906-2000  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1960-1961
Scope and Contents note:
This subseries documents efforts by manufacturers to market and sell "shibui" inspired products. Four American firms were involved in this effort to produce shibui inspired lines of paints, wallpaper, furniture, and carpets.
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
No restrictions on use.
Collection Citation:
The Elizabeth Gordon Papers. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. Gift of Elizabeth Gordon, 1988
Identifier:
FSA.A1988.03, Subseries 5.2
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Elizabeth Gordon Papers
Elizabeth Gordon Papers / Series 5: Shibui promotion
Archival Repository:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/dc3113a2515-81db-4e5a-a573-60ef465e0cfa
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-fsa-a1988-03-ref392

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