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James Cahill Papers

Creator:
Cahill, James, 1926-2014  Search this
Names:
Asian Art Museum of San Francisco  Search this
College Art Association of America  Search this
Freer Gallery of Art  Search this
Guo li gu gong bo wu yuan  Search this
Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Barnhart, Richard M., 1934-  Search this
Cahill, James, 1926-2014  Search this
Fong, Wen  Search this
Fu, Shen, 1937-  Search this
Lawton, Thomas, 1931-  Search this
Ledderose, Lothar date  Search this
Lee, Sherman E.  Search this
Li, Chu-tsing, 1920-  Search this
Pope, John Alexander, 1906-1982  Search this
Sickman, L. C. S. (Laurence C. S.)  Search this
Soper, Alexander Coburn, 1904-  Search this
Vinograd, Richard Ellis date  Search this
Wang, Chi-ch'ien  Search this
Wu, Nelson Ikon, 1919-  Search this
Extent:
12 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Postcards
Manuscripts
Place:
Washington (D.C.)
Japan
Berkeley (Calif.)
China
Date:
1945-1996
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 Asian art field. Documents span 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.
Scope and Content Note:
The James Cahill Papers span the years 1945 to 1996 and measures 15 linear feet. The collection includes: personal and administrative correspondence with other art historians, art dealers and collectors; lecture manuscripts and administrative material and correspondence with art museums, universities and other organizations in the Asian art community. There are also several personal letters and postcards with family friends of James and Dorothy Cahill. The folder descriptions were retained from Cahill's own folder titles and organized alphabetically within each series.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged into 2 series:

Series 1 -- Project Files, 1945-1996

Series 2 -- Correspondence with Individuals, 1945-1996
Biographical Note:
1926 -- Born, Fort Bragg, CA

1950 -- Receives BA degree in Oriental Languages from University of California, Berkeley

1952 -- Receives MA degree in Art History from University of Michigan, in Ann Arbor

Circa 1953 -- Holds a museum training fellowship at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York

1954-1955 -- Studies with Shujiro Shimada at Kyoto University in Japan on a Fulbright Scholarship

1956 -- Works with Osvald Sirén in Stockholm on his seven-volume series "Chinese Painting: Leading Masters and Principles" Joins staff of Freer and Sackler Gallery as Curator of Chinese Art

1958 -- Receives PhD in Art History from University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, working principally with Max Loehr

1960 -- Publishes first and highly influential book: "Chinese Painting." In: Treasures of Asia series, Editions d'Art Albert Skira, Geneva, Switzerland 1960. Published also in French and German editions

1965 -- Leaves the Freer and Sackler Gallery to accept position as Professor of History of Art at the University of California, Berkeley

1973 -- Goes to China as member of the Chinese Archaeological Delegation, first group of art historians to visit China from the US

1976 -- Publishes first of projected five-volume series on later Chinese paintings: "Hills Beyond a River: Chinese Painting of the Yuan Dynasty"

1977 -- Visits China as chairman of Chinese Old Painting Delegation

1978 -- Publishes second of projected five-volume series on later Chinese painting: "Parting At the Shore: Chinese Painting of the Early and Middle Ming Dynasty"

1978-1979 -- Accepts appointment as Charles Eliot Norton Professor of Poetry at Harvard; delivers series of lectures titled, "The Compelling Image: Nature and Style in 17th Century Chinese Painting"

1982 -- Publishes "Barnhart-Cahill-Rogers Correspondence, 1981" (collection of correspondence published for colleagues) The Harvard lecture series: "The Compelling Image: Nature and Style in 17th Century Chinese Painting" published as a book, receives College of Art Association's Morey Prize for Best Art History book

1998-1999 -- Spends a year at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton with his wife, the art historian and artist Hsingyuan Tsao

2007 -- Former students organize 80th birthday party/symposium at Berkeley, titled: "Returning to the Shore"

2010 -- Became the 12th Recipient of the Charles Lang Freer Medal

Present -- Living in Vancouver, Canada
Related Material:
The James Cahill website, http://www.jamescahill.info/ which contains digitized versions of selected unpublished papers, correspondence and personal reminisces.
Provenance:
Gift of James Cahill.
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research. Due to cold storage requirements, digital surrogates are prefered for access. One week's notice is required prior to access originals.
Rights:
Permission to reproduce and publish an item from the Archives is coordinated through the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery's Rights and Reproductions department. Please contact the Archives in order to initiate this process.
Occupation:
Art historians  Search this
Topic:
Art, Japanese  Search this
Art, Chinese  Search this
Genre/Form:
Postcards
Manuscripts
Citation:
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.
Identifier:
FSA.A2001.11
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Archival Repository:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-fsa-a2001-11

Project Files

Collection Creator:
Cahill, James, 1926-2014  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1945-1996
Scope and Contents:
This series consists of administrative material and correspondence relating to the different symposia, exhibits, publications, lectures and other projects that Cahill was involved in during his career. It includes letters exchanged with art organizations such as the San Francisco Asian Art Museum, Freer Gallery of Art, the College Art Association, National Palace Museum (Guo Li Gu Gong Bo Wu Yuan; in the folder descriptions listed as 'Ku Kung' according to Cahill's own descriptions) and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This series also includes some personal biographical documents, such as his military record with the army, and documentation regarding the Hackney Scholarship he received while he was a graduate student.
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research. Due to cold storage requirements, digital surrogates are prefered for access. One week's notice is required prior to access originals.
Collection Rights:
Permission to reproduce and publish an item from the Archives is coordinated through the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery's Rights and Reproductions department. Please contact the Archives in order to initiate this process.
Collection Citation:
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.
Identifier:
FSA.A2001.11, Series 1
See more items in:
James Cahill Papers
Archival Repository:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-fsa-a2001-11-ref18

You ban you yan shuo ban hua : gu dai xi qu, xiao shuo ban hua te zhan / [bian zhuan zhe Lu Xueyan]

Title:
有板有眼說版畫 : 古代戲曲, 小說版畫特展 / [編撰者盧雪燕]
Gu dai xi qu, xiao shuo ban hua te zhan
古代戲曲小說版畫特展
Author:
Guo li gu gong bo wu yuan  Search this
Lu, Xueyan  Search this
Subject:
Guo li gu gong bo wu yuan  Search this
Physical description:
59 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 26 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
2001
Minguo 90 [2001]
Ming-Qing dynasties, 1368-1912
Topic:
Color prints, Chinese  Search this
Wood-engraving, Chinese  Search this
Literature in art  Search this
Call number:
NE1300.8.C6 G86 2001
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_852493

Gu ren zhang zhong shu : yuan cang jin xiang ben te zhan = Books in the plam of your hand : the kerchief-box editions in the National Palace Museum collection / Xu Yuanting zhu bian ; Huang Shihan fan yi

Title:
古人掌中書 : 院藏巾箱本特展 = Books in the plam of your hand : the kerchief-box editions in the National Palace Museum collection / 許媛婷主編 ; 黃詩涵翻譯
Yuan cang jin xiang ben te zhan
院藏巾箱本特展
Kerchief-box editions in the National Palace Museum collection
Books in the plam of your hand : kerchief-box editions in the National Palace Museum collection
Editor:
Xu, Yuanting  Search this
Translator:
Huang, Shihan (Translator)  Search this
Host agent:
Guo li gu gong bo wu yuan  Search this
Subject:
Guo li gu gong bo wu yuan  Search this
Physical description:
175 pages : illustrations (some color), ; 19 cm
Type:
Catalogs
History
Place:
China
Date:
2019
Topic:
Artists' books  Search this
Rare books  Search this
Book design  Search this
Artists' books--History  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1106732

Taibei gu gong bo wu yuan zhen cang shu hua

Title:
台北故宮博物院珍藏書畫
Author:
Guo li gu gong bo wu yuan  Search this
Nigensha  Search this
Subject:
Guo li gu gong bo wu yuan  Search this
Physical description:
72 pages color illustrations 30cm
Type:
Catalogs
Date:
19uu
Topic:
Calligraphy, Chinese--Reproduction  Search this
Painting, Chinese--Reproduction  Search this
Call number:
ND1042 .G86
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_947422

Taibei, Guo li gu gong bo wu yuan zhen cang shu hua = Fine reproductions : masterpieces of Chinese painting and calligraphy in the National Palace Museum, Taipei

Title:
台北・國立故宮博物院珍藏書畫 = Fine reproductions : masterpieces of Chinese painting and calligraphy in the National Palace Museum, Taipei
Taibei Guo li gu gong bo wu yuan zhen cang shu hua
台北國立故宮博物院珍藏書畫
Masterpieces of Chinese painting and calligraphy in the National Palace Museum, Taipei
Fine reproductions masterpieces of Chinese painting and calligraphy in the National Palace Museum, Taipei
Author:
Guo li gu gong bo wu yuan  Search this
Nigensha  Search this
Subject:
Gu gong bo wu yuan (China)  Search this
Guo li gu gong bo wu yuan  Search this
Gu gong bo wu yuan (China)  Search this
Physical description:
136 pages chiefly color illustrations 30 cm
Type:
Catalogs
Date:
1996
Topic:
Calligraphy, Chinese  Search this
Calligraphy, Chinese--Reproduction  Search this
Painting, Chinese  Search this
Painting, Chinese--Reproduction  Search this
Call number:
ND1042 .G86b
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_947423

Selection of masterworks in the collection of the National Palace Museum

Author:
Guo li gu gong bo wu yuan  Search this
Subject:
Guo li gu gong bo wu yuan  Search this
Physical description:
214 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 26 cm
Type:
Catalogs
Place:
Taiwan
Taipei
Date:
1974
Topic:
Art, Chinese  Search this
Art  Search this
Call number:
N3750.T32 A64 1974
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_716262

Zhan Dongtu xuan lan pian : si juan, fu lu yi juan / Zhan Jingfeng zhu

Title:
詹東图玄覧編 : 四卷, 附錄一卷 / 詹景鳳著
Author:
Zhan, Jingfeng 1519-1602  Search this
Guo li gu gong bo wu yuan  Search this
Physical description:
1 v. ; 20 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1947
Min guo 36 [1947]
Topic:
Painting, Chinese--Expertising  Search this
Call number:
752 .C14
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_890972

Long zai Gu gong / [bian ji zhe Guo li gu gong bo wu yuan gu gong cong kan bian ji wei yuan hui]

Title:
龍在故宮/ [編輯者國立故宮博物院故宮叢刊編輯委員會]
Author:
Guo li gu gong bo wu yuan  Search this
Physical description:
2, 2, 218 p. : ill. ; 21 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
China
Date:
1978
Min guo 67 [1978]
Topic:
Art, Chinese--Themes, motives  Search this
Dragons in art  Search this
Call number:
762 .K83
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_879010

Xiao shi dai de ri chang : yi ge shi qi shi ji de sheng huo ti an = The literati's ordinaries : a proposal of life from the 17th century / zhu bian Huang Yongtai, Yu Peijin

Title:
小時代的日常 : 一個十七世紀的生活提案 = The literati's ordinaries : a proposal of life from the 17th century / 主編黃永泰, 余佩瑾
Yi ge shi qi shi ji de sheng huo ti an
一個十七世紀的生活提案
Yi ge 17 shi ji de sheng huo ti an
一個17世紀的生活提案
Literati's ordinaries : a proposal of life from the 17th century
Author:
Huang, Yongtai  Search this
Yu, Peijin  Search this
Subject:
Wen, Zhenheng 1585-1645 Chang wu zhi  Search this
Guo li gu gong bo wu yuan  Search this
Physical description:
168 pages : color illustrations ; 30 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
Taiwan
China
Date:
2019
17th century
Topic:
Manners and customs in art  Search this
Art, Chinese  Search this
Social life and customs  Search this
Intellectual life  Search this
Exhibitions  Search this
History  Search this
Call number:
DS754.14 .X53 2019
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1113455

You se yu wen shi : Ming dai qing hua ci = Ming underglaze blue porcelains: decorative motifs and glazes / zuo zhe Liao Baoxiu

Title:
廖寶秀
Ming dai qing hua ci
釉色與紋飾 : 明代青花瓷 = Ming underglaze blue porcelains: decorative motifs and glazes / 作者廖寳秀
Ming underglaze blue porcelains: decorative motifs and glazes
Author:
Liao, Baoxiu  Search this
Host institution:
Guo li gu gong bo wu yuan  Search this
Subject:
Guo li gu gong bo wu yuan  Search this
Physical description:
319 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 30 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Catalogs
Place:
China
Taiwan
Taipei
Date:
2016
Ming-Qing dynasties, 1368-1912
Topic:
Blue and white ware  Search this
Porcelain, Chinese  Search this
Porcelain  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1106725

Hai wai yi zhen. Yu qi = Hai-wai yi-chen : Chinese art in overseas collection : jade / [bian ji zhe Guo li gu gong bo wu yuan bian ji wei yuan hui]

Title:
海外遺珎. 玉噐 = Hai-wai yi-chen : Chinese art in overseas collection : jade / [編輯者國立故宮博物院編輯委員會]
Yu qi
玉噐
Hai-wai yi-chen : Chinese art in overseas collection : jade
Chinese art in overseas collection : jade
Author:
Guo li gu gong bo wu yuan Bian ji wei yuan hui  Search this
Physical description:
11, 200 pages of plates : chiefly illustrations (some color) ; 31 cm
Type:
Catalogs
Place:
China
United States
Date:
1986
Min guo 75 [1986]
Topic:
Jade art objects  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1111443

Bai hui qing gong : ping hua yu pen jing hua te zhan / zhu bian Lin Lina = Pure offerings of a myriad plants : paintings on flower vases and potted scenes / Editor Lin Lina

Title:
百卉清供 : 瓶花與盆景畫特展 / 主編林莉娜 = Pure offerings of a myriad plants : paintings on flower vases and potted scenes / Editor Lin Lina
Ping hua yu pen jing hua te zhan
瓶花與盆景畫特展
Pure offerings of a myriad plants : paintings on flower vases and potted scenes
Paintings on flower vases and potted scenes
Editor:
Lin, Lina  Search this
Subject:
Guo li gu gong bo wu yuan  Search this
Physical description:
227 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
Taiwan
Date:
2018
Topic:
Flowers in art  Search this
Painting, Chinese  Search this
Painting  Search this
Call number:
ND1403.C6 B35 2018
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1106730

Tian guo de bao cang : Jiao ting wen wu te zhan = Treasures from heaven : a special exhibition of artifacts from the Holy See / zhu bian Liu Fangru

Title:
天國的寶藏 : 教廷文物特展 = Treasures from heaven : a special exhibition of artifacts from the Holy See / 主編劉芳如
Treasures from heaven : a special exhibition of artifacts from the Holy See
Jiao ting wen wu te zhan
教廷文物特展
Editor:
Liu, Fangru 1957-  Search this
Author:
Vatican City Officium de liturgicis celebrationibus summi pontificis  Search this
Host institution:
Guo li gu gong bo wu yuan  Search this
Subject:
Catholic Church Liturgical objects  Search this
Catholic Church History  Search this
Physical description:
349 pages : color illustrations ; 30 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
Vatican City
China
Date:
2016
Topic:
Popes--Clothing  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1106743

Shi yu xin : Ming dai Yongle huang di de ci qi = Pleasingly pure and lustrous : porcelains from the Yongle Reign (1403-1424) of the Ming Dynasty / [zhu bian Huang Lanyin]

Title:
適於心 : 明代永樂皇帝的瓷器 = Pleasingly pure and lustrous : porcelains from the Yongle Reign (1403-1424) of the Ming Dynasty / [主編黃蘭茵]
Pleasingly pure and lustrous : porcelains from the Youngle reign (1403-1424) of the Ming Dynasty
Ming dai Yongle huang di de ci qi
明代永樂皇帝的瓷器
Porcelains from the Yongle Reign (1403-1424) of the Ming Dynasty
Editor:
Huang, Lanyin  Search this
Subject:
Guo li gu gong bo wu yuan  Search this
Physical description:
183 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
China
Date:
2017
Ming-Qing dynasties, 1368-1912
Topic:
Porcelain, Chinese  Search this
Decorative arts--History  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1106726

花事·閑情 : 品味花器與生活特展 = Floral art for pleasure : appeciation of flower vessels and lifestyle / 主編陳玉秀, 林容伊

Title:
Floral art for pleasure : appeciation of flower vessels and lifestyle
Appeciation of flower vessels and lifestyle
Pin wei hua qi yu sheng huo te zhan
品味花器與生活特展
Editor:
Chen, Yuxiu  Search this
Lin, Rongyi  Search this
Subject:
Guo li gu gong bo wu yuan Nan bu yuan qu  Search this
Physical description:
308 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 27 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
Taiwan
Date:
2019
Topic:
Vases, Chinese  Search this
Vases  Search this
Flower vases  Search this
Manners and customs in art  Search this
Call number:
NK4623.5.T35 J53 2019
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1106733

Shou er kang : yuan cang yi yao tu shu wen wu te zhan = Traditional Chinese medical texts on life, health and longevity in the collection of the National Palace Museum / Zhu bian Liu Shixun

Title:
壽而康 : 院藏醫藥圖書文物特展 = Traditional Chinese medical texts on life, health and longevity in the collection of the National Palace Museum / 主編劉世珣
Traditional Chinese medical texts on life, health and longevity in the collection of the national palace museum
Yuan cang yi yao tu shu wen wu te zhan
院藏醫藥圖書文物特展
Editor:
Liu, Shixun  Search this
Subject:
Guo li gu gong bo wu yuan  Search this
Physical description:
135 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
Taiwan
Date:
2019
Topic:
Medicine, Chinese  Search this
Chinese imprints--Medicine  Search this
Call number:
R601 .S47 2019
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1106734

An ma ne ba mi hong : Yuan cang Zang zhuan Fo jiao wen wu = Oṃ-maṇi-padme-hūṃ : Tibetan Buddhist Art in the National Palace Museum / zhu bian Song Zhaolin

Title:
唵嘛呢叭咪吽 : 院藏藏傳佛教文物 = Oṃ-maṇi-padme-hūṃ : Tibetan Buddhist Art in the National Palace Museum / 主編宋兆霖
Oṃ-maṇi-padme-hūṃ : Tibetan Buddhist Art in the National Palace Museum
Yuan cang Zang zhuan Fo jiao wen wu
院藏藏傳佛教文物
Tibetan Buddhist art in the National Palace Museum
Host institution:
Guo li gu gong bo wu yuan  Search this
Editor:
Song, Zhaolin  Search this
Subject:
Guo li gu gong bo wu yuan  Search this
Physical description:
255 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 31 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
Tibet Region
Taiwan
Taipei
Date:
2016
Topic:
Buddhist art  Search this
Art, Tibetan  Search this
Art  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1106704

Shi zhi chun feng : ke xiu yu hui hua de hua niao shi jie / zhu bian Tong Wene = Flights of fragrance at a fingertip : the world of birds and flowers in painting, tapestry, and embroidery / chief editor Tung Wen-e

Title:
十指春風 : 緙繡與繪畫的花鳥世界 / 主編童文娥 = Flights of fragrance at a fingertip : the world of birds and flowers in painting, tapestry, and embroidery / chief editor Tung Wen-e
Flights of fragrance at a fingertip: the world of birds and flowers in painting, tapestry, and embroidery
Ke xiu yu hui hua de hua niao shi jie
緙繡與繪畫的花鳥世界
Issuing body:
Guo li gu gong bo wu yuan  Search this
Editor:
Tong, Wene  Search this
Subject:
Guo li gu gong bo wu yuan  Search this
Physical description:
367 pages : color illustrations ; 31 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
Taiwan
Taipei
Date:
2015
Topic:
Flowers in art  Search this
Birds in art  Search this
Art, Chinese  Search this
Art  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1106731

Lai qin tu : ling mao yu hua guo de he xie zou ming = Of a feather flocking together : birds, flowers, and fruit in melodic harmony / zhu bian Liu Fangru

Title:
来禽圖 : 翎毛與花果的和諧奏鳴 = Of a feather flocking together : birds, flowers, and fruit in melodic harmony / 主編劉芳如
Of a feather flocking together : birds, flowers, and fruit in melodic harmony
Birds, flowers, and fruit in melodic harmony
Ling mao yu hua guo de he xie zou ming
翎毛與花果的和諧奏鳴
Author:
Liu, Fangru 1957-  Search this
Subject:
Guo li gu gong bo wu yuan  Search this
Physical description:
262 pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
Taiwan
Date:
2019
Topic:
Painting, Chinese  Search this
Painting  Search this
Birds in art  Search this
Flowers in art  Search this
Fruit in art  Search this
Call number:
N7665 .L35 2019
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1106737

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