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Kamekichi Tokita Papers

Creator:
Tokita, Kamekichi  Search this
Names:
Art Institute of Seattle  Search this
Henry Art Gallery  Search this
Hotel Cadillac (Seattle, Wash.)  Search this
Minidoka Relocation Center  Search this
Public Works of Art Project  Search this
Seattle Art Museum  Search this
Baker, Burt Brown  Search this
Boynton, Roy  Search this
Callahan, Kenneth, 1905-1986  Search this
Tokita, Elsie  Search this
Tokita, Shokichi  Search this
Extent:
1.5 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Photograph albums
Photographs
Sketches
Scrapbooks
Diaries
Date:
circa 1900-circa 2010
bulk 1900-1948
Summary:
The scattered personal papers of Seattle area painter Kamekichi Tokita (1897-1948) measure 1.5 linear feet and date from circa 1900 to circa 2010 with the bulk of the material dating from circa 1910 to 1948. The papers include biographical materials, including documents about the closing of the War Relocation Authority's Minidoka Camp in Idaho; correspondence; three diaries written in Japanese documenting Tokita's war time experiences and relocation to Minidoka, two earlier notebooks, also written in Japanese, and scattered notes; a few personal business records; printed materials; one scrapbook; sketches; and one family photograph album.
Scope and Contents:
The scattered personal papers of Seattle area painter Kamekichi Tokita (1897-1948) measure 1.5 linear feet and date from circa 1900 to circa 2010 with the bulk of the material dating from circa 1910 to 1948. The papers include biographical materials, including documents about the closing of the War Relocation Authority's Minidoka Camp in Idaho; correspondence; three diaries written in Japanese documenting Tokita's war time experiences and relocation to Minidoka, two earlier notebooks, also written in Japanese, and scattered notes; a few personal business records; printed materials; one scrapbook; sketches; and one family photograph album.

Biographical materials include a file on the Public Works of Art Project, a file on the War Relocation Authority and the closing of the Minidoka internment camp, an immigration document, and an essay on Tokita written by Shokichi and Elsie Tokita.

Correspondence is primarily professional in nature and concerns exhibitions at the Seattle Museum of Art (previously the Art Institute of Seattle) and other topics. Correspondents include Burt Brown Baker, Roy Boynton, Kenneth Callahan, Henry Gallery, the Seattle Art Museum, and others.

Tokita's writings consist of three diaries, two notebooks, and scattered general writings, most of which are in Japanese. The diaries were kept during World War II and document the family's confinement at the Minidoka Relocation Camp in Idaho. Included is a transcript of the diaries which were translated from prewar to modern Japanese by Haruo Takasugi and from modern Japanese to English by Naomi Kusunoki-Martin.

Scattered business records include a patent application, records from the Cadillac Hotel, and a claim filed through the Department of Justice. A few published books in English and Japanese are about art and religion. Also found are exhibition catalogs for shows in which Tokita participated and clippings. There is one mixed media scrapbook about Tokita's exhibitions.

Artwork consists of unsigned pencil and watercolor sketches by Tokita. There is also a family photo album containing snapshots and portraits of the Tokita family and friends.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 8 series:

Series 1: Biographical Material, 1934-1985 (Box 1; 4 folders)

Series 2: Correspondence, circa 1920-1944 (Box 1; 6 folders)

Series 3: Writings and Notes, 1923-circa 1950 (Box 1; 0.2 linear feet)

Series 4: Personal Business Records, 1928-1950 (Box 1; 3 folders)

Series 5: Printed Material, circa 1910-1940 (Box 1-3; 0.5 linear feet)

Series 6: Scrapbook, 1929-1933 (Box 2-3; 0.1 linear feet)

Series 7: Artwork, circa 1910-1940s (Box 2-3; 0.1 linear feet)

Series 8: Photograph Album, circa 1900-1930 (Box 2; 0.2 linear feet)
Biographical / Historical:
Kamekichi Tokita (1897-1948) was a Japanese American painter and businessman who emigrated from Japan in 1919 and settled in Seattle, Washington. Tokita was a member of the Seattle area progressive artists' collective known as the "Group of Twelve" and widely exhibited his artwork throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Kamekichi Tokita was born in Shizouka City, Japan and immigrated to the United States at the age of twenty-two. He settled in the Japantown neighborhood of Seattle, Washington where he opened the Noto Sign Company with business partner Kenjiro Nomura. Nomura was also an artist and encouraged Tokita's interest in oil painting. They both used the sign shop as their studio after-hours. In 1936, the Noto Sign Company closed and Tokita took over management of the Cadillac Hotel, although he continued to paint commercial signs. Tokita married Haruko Suzuki in 1932 and together they had eight children.

As a child in Japan, Tokita studied calligraphy in China. Although he attended a few art school classes in in the U.S. and went on weekend painting trips with Nomura and other Seattle artists, Tokita is considered to be a largely self-trained artist. Support and recognition came from Dorothy V. Morrison of the Henry Gallery at the University of Washington who wrote to Tokita to inquire whether a "group of Japanese artists in the city" would be interested in exhibiting their work. Although the exhibition of Japanese artists did not happen, Tokita later loaned paintings to the gallery for inclusion in an exhibition sponsored by the American Federation of Arts. Throughout the late 1920s and 1930s Tokita exhibited widely in the Seattle area. In 1935, the Seattle Daily Times touted the work of Tokita and other painters in the "Group of Twelve" that also included Morris Graves, Kenneth Callahan, Walter F. Isaacs, and Ambrose and Viola Patterson, among others. In 1942, after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Kamekichi Tokita and his family (five children at the time), along with the 110,000 – 120,000 Japanese and Japanese-American citizens living on the West Coast, were ordered under President Franklin Roosevelt's Executive Order 9066 to relocate to one of several confinement camps. For the first six months of their confinement, the family lived at a temporary Civilian Assembly Center in Puyallup, Washington. They were transferred to the Minidoka Relocation Camp in Hunt, Idaho where they remained until their release in 1945. The confinement camps were organized much like communes and independent cities (fenced and guarded) where the residents were self-reliant for most of their basic necessities, including schooling. While interned in Minidoka, Tokita worked as a sign painter and continued to privately paint, using whatever materials he could find, including beaver board. His work was featured in art shows at the camp. Many of his camp scenes are now lost or were given away.

At the end of World War II, Tokita and his family (now seven children) moved back to the Seattle-area. Unable to find housing, the Tokitas lived at a Japanese language school until Tokita was able to re-establish his business. During this period he painted very little. In 1946 Tokita and his wife purchased the New Lucky Hotel in the Chinatown area of Seattle. Shortly thereafter, Tokita fell ill and died in 1948. Many of his works are believed to have been destroyed or lost. Some of his work remains, however, and is among the permanent collections of the Seattle Art Museum, the Tacoma Art Museum, the Portland Art Museum.

Note: Much of this biographical note was taken from "A Biographical Resume" written by Shokichi and Elsie Y. Tokita.
Separated Materials:
A watercolor painting on paper by Kamekichi Tokita, Untitled (Still Life), 9 x 12 in. was transferred to the Smithsonian American Art Museum in 2012.
Provenance:
The Kamekichi Tokita papers were donated by his son, Shokichi Tokita in 1990. He donated a third and final diary in 2017. They were collected as part of the Archives of American Art Northwest Asian American project in Seattle, Washington.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Occupation:
Painters -- Washington (State) -- Seattle  Search this
Topic:
Art, American -- Northwestern States  Search this
World War, 1939-1945 -- Japanese Americans  Search this
Japanese Americans -- Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945 -- Diaries  Search this
Painting, Modern -- 20th century -- Washington (State) -- Seattle  Search this
Art, Modern -- 20th century -- Northwestern States  Search this
Asian American artists  Search this
Japanese American art  Search this
Japanese Americans  Search this
Asian American art  Search this
Japanese American artists  Search this
Japanese American painting  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photograph albums
Photographs
Sketches
Scrapbooks
Diaries
Citation:
Kamekichi Tokita papers, circa 1900-circa 2010, bulk circa 1910-1948. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.tokikame
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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ead_collection:sova-aaa-tokikame

Korinha gashū

Title:
光琳派畫集
Author:
Tajima, Shiichi 1869-1924  Search this
Subject:
Ogata, Kōrin 1658-1716  Search this
Ogata, Kenzan 1663-1743  Search this
Shiko 1683-1755  Search this
Sakai, Hōitsu 1761-1828  Search this
Suzuki, Kiitsu 1796-1858  Search this
Rinpa school  Search this
Physical description:
5 v., col. plates ; 42 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1974
Call number:
754.7 .T35
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_857390

Tosa Jinja no meihō : kikakuten

Title:
土佐神社の名宝 : 企画展
Author:
Tosa Jinja (Nangoku-shi, Japan)  Search this
Kōchi Kenritsu Rekishi Minzoku Shiryōkan  Search this
JAC Project  Search this
Subject:
Tosa Jinja (Nangoku-shi, Japan) Art collections  Search this
Physical description:
15 p. : col. ill. ; 26 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
Japan
Date:
1997
[1997]
To 1868
Topic:
Bronze mirrors--History  Search this
Call number:
NK8440.2.J3 T63 1997
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_844375

Kaijū budōkyō / [chosha Kokubo Kazuhiro]

Title:
海獣葡萄鏡 / [著者小窪和博]
Author:
Kokubo, Kazuhiro  Search this
Physical description:
234 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 27 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
China
Japan
Date:
1985
Shōwa 60 [1985]
Tʻang-Five dynasties, 618-968
Topic:
Bronze mirrors--History  Search this
Bronze mirrors  Search this
Animals in art  Search this
Grapes in art  Search this
Call number:
\NK\8440\ .K65
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_870723

Nara to Kamakura no daibutsu : gijutsusha no mita / Araki Hiroshi

Title:
奈良と鎌倉の大仏 : 技術者のみた / 荒木宏
Gijutsusha no mita Nara to Kamakura no daibutsu
技術者のみた奈良と鎌倉の大仏
Author:
Araki, Hiroshi 1880-  Search this
Physical description:
181 pages ; 22 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Japan
Nara-shi
Date:
1959
Shōwa 34 [1959]
Topic:
Buddhist sculpture--Technique  Search this
Bronze founding  Search this
Statues  Search this
Butsuzō  Search this
Call number:
NB1912.B83 A68 1959
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_882676

Kodai kinzoku bunkashi : sono kagakuteki kenkyū / Dōno Tsurumatsu cho

Title:
古代金属文化史 : その化学的研究 / 道野鶴松著
Author:
Dōno, Tsurumatsu  Search this
Physical description:
242 p. : ill. ; 22 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1967
Shōwa 42 [1967]
To 221 B.C
Topic:
Bronzes, Chinese  Search this
Metallurgy--History  Search this
Metals--Analysis  Search this
Call number:
NK7983.22 .D6 1967
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_882802

Dōtaku no kagaku seibun ni tsuite / Umehara Sueji

Title:
銅鐸の化學成分に就いて / 梅原末治
Author:
Umehara, Sueji 1893-  Search this
Physical description:
45 p. ; 23 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Japan
Date:
1925
1925]
Topic:
Dōtaku  Search this
Call number:
DS815 .U67 1925
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_883090

Shinoyama Kishin Shiruku Rōdo / Shinoyama Kishin, shashin, bun

Author:
Shinoyama, Kishin 1910-  Search this
Physical description:
8 volumes : chiefly color illustrations, map ; 34 cm
Type:
Books
Pictorial works
Place:
Asia, Central
Middle East
China
Japan
Korea
Turkey
Greece
Italy
Silk Road
Central Asia
Asia
Date:
1981
1983
©1981-1983
Call number:
DS793.S62 S565
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_849447

Shiruku Rōdo ōrai jinbutsu jiten / Tōdaiji Kyōgakubu hen

Title:
シルク・ロート往来人物辞典 / 東大寺教学部編
Author:
Tōdaiji (Nara-shi, Japan) Kyōgakubu  Search this
Physical description:
vi, 316 p., [7] p. of plates : ill. (some col.), maps ; 19 cm
Type:
Books
Dictionaries
Place:
Asia, Central
Silk Road
Date:
1989
Topic:
Biography  Search this
Call number:
DS328 .S6
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_873071

Transactions of the International Conference of Orientalists in Japan = Kokusai Tōhō Gakusha Kaigi kiyō

Title:
Kokusai Tōhō Gakusha Kaigi kiyō 1956-
Author:
Tōhō Gakkai  Search this
International Conference of Orientalists in Japan  Search this
Physical description:
39 v. : ill. ; 21 cm
Type:
Periodicals
Congresses
Place:
Asia
Date:
1956
1994
[1956-1994]
Topic:
Oriental philology--Congresses  Search this
Study and teaching  Search this
Call number:
PJ21 .I61
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_88908

Ningen Egami Namio : Shiruku Rōdo no kagayaki : Egami Namio bunka kunshō jushō kinen : isan to sōzō no rittaiten : Hirayama Ikuo, Katō Takuo / [henshū Shiruku Rōdo Rittaiten Jikkō Iinkai]

Title:
人間・江上波男 : シルクロ-トの輝き : 江上波男文化勳章受賞記念 : 遺産と創造の立体展 : 平山郁夫・加藤卓男 / [編集シルクロ-ト立体展実行委員会]
Shiruku Rōdo no kagayaki
シルクロ-トの輝き
Shirukurōdo no kagayaki
Isan to sōzō no rittaiten
遺産と創造の立体展
Author:
Hirayama, Ikuo 1930-2009  Search this
Katō, Takuo 1917-2005  Search this
Shiruku Rōdo Rittaiten Jikkō Iinkai  Search this
Takashimaya Tōkyō Shiten  Search this
Subject:
Egami, Namio 1906-2002  Search this
Hirayama, Ikuo 1930-2009  Search this
Katō, Takuo 1917-2005  Search this
Physical description:
107, [1] pages : illustrations (some color), portraits ; 30 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Exhibition catalogs
Place:
Silk Road
Asia
Date:
1992
©1992
Topic:
Antiquities  Search this
Call number:
DS793.S62 N55 1992
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_846097

A classified catalogue of books in foreign languages in the Toyo Bunko

Author:
Tōyō Bunko (Japan)  Search this
Subject:
Tōyō Bunko (Japan)  Search this
Physical description:
v. 26 cm
Type:
Books
Catalogs
Bibliography
Place:
Asia
Date:
1944
1944-
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_878313

Delegate

Published by:
MelPat Associates, American, 1965 - 1986  Search this
Created by:
C. Melvin Patrick, American, died 1985  Search this
National Association of Market Developers, American, founded 1953  Search this
Subject of:
National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education, American, founded 1969  Search this
National Urban Affairs Council, American, founded 1971  Search this
Interracial Council for Business Opportunity, American, founded 1963  Search this
Prince Hall Freemasonry, founded 1784  Search this
Chi Delta Mu Fraternity, Inc., American, founded 1913  Search this
Top Ladies of Distinction, Inc., American, founded 1964  Search this
Continental Societies, Inc., American, founded 1956  Search this
Rose Morgan, American, 1912 - 2008  Search this
William Otis Walker, American, 1896 - 1981  Search this
National Newspaper Publishers Association, American, founded 1827  Search this
African Methodist Episcopal Church, American, founded 1816  Search this
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, American, founded 1909  Search this
Lambda Kappa Mu Sorority, Inc., American, founded 1937  Search this
The Links, Incorporated, American, founded 1946  Search this
National Association of Black Accountants, Inc., American, founded 1969  Search this
Carats, Inc., American, founded 1959  Search this
People United to Save Humanity, American, founded 1971  Search this
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, founded 1908  Search this
Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Inc., American, founded 1932  Search this
National United Church Ushers Association of America, Inc., American, founded 1919  Search this
National Pharmaceutical Association, American, founded 1947  Search this
National Medical Association, American, founded 1895  Search this
Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., founded 1922  Search this
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, American, founded 1920  Search this
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., American, founded 1906  Search this
Eta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., American, founded 1943  Search this
National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women's Clubs, Inc., American, founded 1935  Search this
National Urban League, American, founded 1910  Search this
National Association of University Women, American, founded 1910  Search this
Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., American, founded 1911  Search this
Shriners International, American, founded 1870  Search this
Improved Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks of the World, American, founded 1898  Search this
Iota Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc., American, founded 1929  Search this
Vernon Jordan, American, born 1935  Search this
National Business League, American, founded 1900  Search this
Congressional Black Caucus, American, founded 1971  Search this
Arthur Ashe Jr., American, 1943 - 1993  Search this
National Bankers Association, American, founded 1927  Search this
National Bar Association, American, founded 1925  Search this
369th Veterans Association, American  Search this
Percy Ellis Sutton, American, 1920 - 2009  Search this
Morehouse College, American, founded 1867  Search this
Joe Louis, American, 1914 - 1981  Search this
Clarence D. King, American, 1888 - 1981  Search this
Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, American, founded 1914  Search this
National Black Veterans Association, American, founded 1974  Search this
Medium:
ink on paper
Dimensions:
H x W x D: 10 13/16 × 8 7/16 × 1/2 in. (27.5 × 21.4 × 1.3 cm)
Type:
magazines (periodicals)
Place made:
Harlem, New York City, New York, United States, North and Central America
Place depicted:
Martha's Vineyard, Oak Bluffs, Dukes County, Massachusetts, United States, North and Central America
Date:
1982
Topic:
African American  Search this
Advertising  Search this
Associations and institutions  Search this
Broadway Theatre  Search this
Business  Search this
Communities  Search this
Film  Search this
Fraternal organizations  Search this
Fraternities  Search this
Government  Search this
HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities)  Search this
Journalism  Search this
Labor  Search this
Mass media  Search this
Men  Search this
Political organizations  Search this
Politics  Search this
Professional organizations  Search this
Religious groups  Search this
Social life and customs  Search this
Sororities  Search this
U.S. History, 1969-2001  Search this
Urban life  Search this
Women  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Anne B. Patrick and the family of Hilda E. Stokely
Object number:
2012.167.16
Restrictions & Rights:
Public domain
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Classification:
Documents and Published Materials-Published Works
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd595b77a5e-4524-45a5-90d3-81855fc7528c
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2012.167.16
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John McLaughlin papers, 1922-1979, bulk 1936-1976

Creator:
McLaughlin, John, 1898-,  Search this
Subject:
Benjamin, Karl  Search this
Anderson, Eugene Newton  Search this
Salz, Peter  Search this
Langsner, Jules  Search this
McLaughlin, John  Search this
Felix Landau Gallery  Search this
Reinhardt, Ad  Search this
Macdonald-Wright, Stanton  Search this
Hammersley, Frederick  Search this
Tamarind Lithography Workshop  Search this
Pasadena Art Museum  Search this
André Emmerich Gallery  Search this
Corcoran Gallery of Art  Search this
Type:
Paintings
Sketches
Collages
Photographs
Topic:
Art, Modern -- California -- Los Angeles  Search this
Painting, Abstract -- California -- Exhibitions  Search this
Prints, Japanese  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)7963
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)210131
AAA_collcode_mclajohn
Theme:
American Art and Artists in a Global Context
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_210131
Online Media:

Pari o egaita Nihonjin gaka = Paris vu par les artistes japonais / [henshū Kanagawa Kenritsu Kindai Bijutsukan, Mie Kenritsu Bijutsukan]

Title:
リを描いた日本人画家 = Paris vu par les artistes japonais / [編集神奈川県立近代美術館, 三重県立美術館]
Paris vu par les artistes japonais
Author:
Musée Carnavalet  Search this
Kanagawa Kenritsu Kindai Bijutsukan  Search this
Mie Kenritsu Bijutsukan  Search this
JAC Project  Search this
Physical description:
155 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 25 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
In art
Place:
Paris (France)
Date:
1986
C1986
1868-
Topic:
Painting, Japanese  Search this
Painting, Japanese--Western style  Search this
Call number:
ND1055 .P37 1986
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_835468

Ray Yoshida papers

Creator:
Yoshida, Ray  Search this
Names:
Art Institute of Chicago. School -- Faculty  Search this
Phyllis Kind Gallery  Search this
Berdich, Vera, 1915-2003  Search this
Blackshear, Kathleen, 1897-1988  Search this
Brown, Roger, 1941-1997  Search this
Ito, Miyoko, 1918-1983  Search this
Kapsalis, Thomas Harry, 1925-  Search this
Kim, Jin Soo, 1950-  Search this
Nilsson, Gladys, 1940-  Search this
Nutt, Jim, 1938-  Search this
Ramberg, Christina  Search this
Rossi, Barbara, 1940-  Search this
Spears, Ethel, 1903-1974  Search this
Wirsum, Karl, 1939-  Search this
Extent:
10 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Photographs
Sketchbooks
Scrapbooks
Collages
Drawings
Interviews
Prints
Sketches
Transcripts
Video recordings
Date:
circa 1895-2010
bulk 1950-2005
Summary:
The papers of Chicago artist and educator Ray Yoshida measure 10 linear feet and date from circa 1895 to 2010, with the bulk of the material dating from 1950 to 2005. Yoshida's career as a painter and collagist as well as his long tenure as a professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago are documented through biographical material, personal correspondence, notebooks and writings, teaching records, personal business records, printed material, source material, photographs, sketchbooks, artwork by Yoshida and others, and scrapbooks. Items within the collection also document Yoshida's personal interest in collecting folk art and artifacts.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of Chicago artist and educator Ray Yoshida measure 10 linear feet and date from circa 1895 to 2010, with the bulk of the material dating from 1950 to 2005. Yoshida's career as a painter and collagist as well as his long tenure as a professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago are documented through biographical material, personal correspondence, notebooks and writings, teaching records, personal business records, printed material, source material, photographs, sketchbooks, artwork by Yoshida and others, and scrapbooks. Items within the collection also document Yoshida's personal interest in collecting folk art and artifacts.

Biographical material about Ray Yoshida includes award certificates, identification records, student records, and interview transcripts. Also found is one video recording of a documentary short about Yoshida's art and object collection at his Chicago home.

Correspondence includes letters, postcards, and greeting cards from friends, colleagues, and artists, including Roger Brown, Jim Nutt, Gladys Nilsson, Christina Ramberg, Karl Wirsum, Miyoko Ito, Jin Soo Kim, Barbara Rossi, Vera Berdich, and Tom Kapsalis.

Notebooks contain notes on art history, art technique, Japanese language, travel, and other subjects. Many of the notebooks include sketches and contain loose items.

Writings by Yoshida consist of college papers, fragments of writings on art and other subjects, and notes. Writings by others include essays by Yoshida's students, exhibition essay drafts, and poetry.

Teaching records primarily document Yoshida's tenure as a professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, though a few records of guest professorships at other schools are included. These records include course evaluations, employment records, teaching notes, and letters of recommendation for students. Miscellaneous teaching records include department memos, course summaries, correspondence, and notes.

Personal business records consists of documentation regarding the sale, exhibition, and loan of artwork by Ray Yoshida, including his business dealings with the Phyllis Kind Gallery. Additionally there are several files regarding the estate of artist Roger Brown.

Printed material includes exhibition catalogs, announcements, news clippings, newsletters and press releases documenting Yoshida's career and other subjects.

Source material consists of material that Yoshida gathered and intended to use for his art. Collected printed material includes postcards, comics and comic books, mail order catalogs, magazines, product labels, and advertisements. Also found are many small clippings from comics collected for collages.

Photographs depict Ray Yoshida, friends, students, travel, and artwork. Also found are a few photographs of Karl Wirsum's studio, as well as photographs of various subjects collected by Yoshida. Additionally, there is one photograph album from the early 1910s of an unidentified family.

Sketchbooks include pencil and ink sketches of various subjects.

Artwork by Ray Yoshida includes collages on paper, pencil sketches, and ink drawings. Artworks by others include numerous prints by Kathleen Blackshear, Ethel Spears, and Vivian Mayers, and collages, drawings, and prints given to Yoshida by students and friends. Some work by unidentified artists is included as well. Other artwork, such as handmade picture and alphabet books, appears to have been created by children and collected by Yoshida.

Scrapbooks include volumes that were created by Yoshida as well as books created by others. Three of the scrapbooks containing source images, clippings, and comics appear to have been created by Yoshida. Additional scrapbooks were created by others and collected by Yoshida.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 12 series.

Series 1: Biographical Material, 1950-2005 (0.5 Linear feet; Box 1)

Series 2: Correspondence, 1952-2009 (2 Linear feet; Boxes 1-3, 11, 15)

Series 3: Notebooks, circa 1956-circa 2000 (0.3 Linear feet; Box 3)

Series 4: Writings, circa 1950-2003 (0.3 Linear feet; Box 3)

Series 5: Teaching Records, circa 1960-2003 (0.6 Linear feet; Boxes 3-4)

Series 6: Personal Business Records, circa 1960-2010 (0.4 Linear feet; Box 4)

Series 7: Printed Material, 1906-2010 (1.8 Linear feet; Boxes 4-6, 11, OV 14)

Series 8: Source Material, circa 1940-circa 2005 (0.7 Linear Feet; Boxes 6-7, 11)

Series 9: Photographs, circa 1910-circa 2005 (0.5 Linear feet; Box 7)

Series 10: Sketchbooks, circa 1960-circa 2000 (1.1 Linear feet; Boxes 7-8, 11-13)

Series 11: Artwork, 1903-2009 (0.7 Linear feet; Boxes 8, 13)

Series 12: Scrapbooks, circa 1895-circa 2005 (1 Linear feet; Boxes 8-10, 13)
Biographical / Historical:
Ray Yoshida (1930-2009) was a painter, collagist, and educator in Chicago, Illinois.

Raymond Kakuo Yoshida was born in Kapaa, Hawaii, in 1930. He attended the University of Hawaii for two years and completed a B.A. in Arts Education at the Art Institute of Chicago in 1953. He also served in the U.S. Army for two years during the Korean War. In 1957 he recieved his M.F.A from Syracuse University and became a faculty member at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1959. He was named Frank Harold Sellers Professor in the Department of Painting and Drawing in 1971, retired as professor emeritus in 1998, and continued to teach until 2003.

Yoshida was a member of the Chicago Imagists, a loose and informal group of representational artists from the late 1960s to early 1970s who were influenced by Surrealism and connected to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Yoshida's friends and contemporaries among this group include but are not limited to Roger Brown, Ed Paschke, Christina Ramberg, and Barbara Rossi. Yoshida was an inspiring teacher and he mentored many of the later Chicago Imagists such as Gladys Nilsson, Jim Nutt, and Karl Wirsum.

Yoshida's paintings and collages were strongly influenced by comics as well as his own collection of folk and outsider art. He regularly exhibited at Phyllis Kind Gallery in Chicago from 1975 to 1996, and a major retrospective of his work was organized by the Contemporary Museum of Honolulu in 1998. He retired to Hawaii in 2005 where he lived until his death in 2009 due to cancer. The School of the Art Institute of Chicago's Sullivan Galleries held a posthumous retrospective exhibition of Yoshida's work from 2010-2011 and the John Michael Kohler Art Center had an exhibition of Yoshida's personal collection of art and artifacts in 2013.
Provenance:
The collection was donated in 2012 by Ray Yoshida via Terri Yoho of the Kohler Foundation, representing Yoshida's estate, and in 2013 and 2015-2016 by Jennifer Sabas and Shayle Miller, estate executors.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate copy requires advance notice. One box of letters from Jim Nutt are ACCESS RESTRICTED; use requires written permission.
Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Occupation:
Educators -- Illinois -- Chicago  Search this
Collagists -- Illinois -- Chicago  Search this
Topic:
Folk art -- Collectors and collecting  Search this
Art -- Study and teaching  Search this
Painters -- Illinois -- Chicago  Search this
Art -- History  Search this
Art -- Technique  Search this
Artists' studios -- Photographs  Search this
Asian American artists  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Sketchbooks
Scrapbooks
Collages
Drawings
Interviews
Prints
Sketches
Transcripts
Video recordings
Citation:
Ray Yoshida papers, circa 1895-2010, bulk 1950-2005. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.yoshray
See more items in:
Ray Yoshida papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-yoshray
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Oral history interview with Richard Tuttle, 2016 November 14-17

Interviewee:
Tuttle, Richard, 1941-  Search this
Interviewer:
McElhinney, James, 1952-  Search this
Type:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Topic:
Artists -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Installations (Art)  Search this
Painters -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Printmakers -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Sculptors -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)17419
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)384977
AAA_collcode_tuttle16
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_384977

Oral history interview with Richard Tuttle

Creator:
Tuttle, Richard, 1941-  Search this
McElhinney, James Lancel, 1952-  Search this
Extent:
3 Items (sound files (4 hrs., 4 min.), digital, wav)
59 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Interviews
Sound recordings
Date:
2016 November 14-17
Scope and Contents:
An interview with Richard Tuttle conducted 2016 November 14 and 17, by James McElhinney, for the Archives of American Art, at Tuttle's home in New York, New York.
Tuttle recalls early memories at the Metropolitan Museum of Art; his mother's influence; family background from Pennsylvania, and Celtic ancestry; discussion of Calvinism; philosophies of art schools; discussion of Japanese language, literature and philosophy; designing book covers for Graham Greene; joining the air force and being honorably discharged; friendship with Agnes Martin; observations about the landscapes and geology of New Mexico and the Lascaux caves; thoughts on Humboldt and other German philosophers, Husserl, Philipp Otto Runge, and others; Travel in Peru, and his recent exhibitions in Lima, Peru; discussion of religion, art, senses; discussion of philosophy: Epicurus, Lucretius. Tuttle speaks of his childhood; he describes his siblings and his brother serving in the Vietnam War; discussion of creativity, education and difficulty with teachers, and being a creative child; influence of his grandparents; influence of religion and German background; teachers and relationship to his childhood schools; discussion of the 2016 elections and comparison to Republican Rome and Julius Caesar; engagement in theater, and writing at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut; influence of Sam Wagstaff; Interest in Allan Kaprow; comparing Picasso and Matisse; discussion of the cultural history of Hartford; visiting New York City in high school and college and the encouragement of his high school teacher; early artworks and creation of Paper Cubes; briefly attending Cooper Union; working in the library at the Cooper Hewitt Museum; discussion of Beat poetry and Abstract Expressionism; discussion of Betty Parsons and speaking about the "invisible" in art; thoughts about color and eidos in respect to Gaugin; working at Parsons; the importance of Ad Reinhardt's work; discussion of Romanticism. Tuttle also recalls Betty Parsons, Agnes Martin, Mark Rothko, Sam Wagstaff, A. Everett Austin, Herbert Vogel, Allen Ginsberg and others.
Biographical / Historical:
Richard Tuttle (1941- ) is a postminimalist artist and author in New York, N.Y. James McElhinney (1952- ) is a painter and educator of New York, N.Y.
Provenance:
This interview is part of the Archives of American Art Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and administrators.
Topic:
Artists -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Installations (Art)  Search this
Painters -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Printmakers -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Sculptors -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Identifier:
AAA.tuttle16
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-tuttle16

Paris est une fête : les années 1920 / [edited by Ikuko Endo; text: Emi Kawai, Aya Yuzuhana]

Author:
Bijutsukan "Eki" KYOTO  Search this
Subject:
Hemingway, Ernest 1899-1961 Homes and haunts  Search this
Physical description:
151 p. : col. ill., ports., maps ; 30 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
France
Paris
Paris (France)
Date:
2007
C2007
20th century
Topic:
Painting  Search this
École de Paris  Search this
Intellectual life  Search this
Call number:
ND550 .P37 2007
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_849568

Kōgei no genzai Kikuchi Kanjitsu Shō = Contemporary Japanese crafts henshū Kikuchi Hiromi Kinen Tomo Bijutsukan

Title:
工芸の現在 : 菊池寬実賞 = Contemporary Japanese crafts : / 編集菊池寬実記念智美術館
Contemporary Japanese crafts
Kikuchi Kanjitsu Shō
菊池寬実賞
Editor:
Kikuchi Hiromi Kinen Tomo Bijutsukan  Search this
Author:
JAC Project  Search this
Physical description:
59 papges color illustrations 20 x 22 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
Japan
Date:
2015
21st century
Topic:
Decorative arts--History  Search this
Call number:
NK1071 .K622 2015
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1116995

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