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Interview with Miye Matsukata

Creator:
Matsukata, Miye, 1922-1981  Search this
Matsukata, Miye, 1922-1981  Search this
Type:
Sound Recording
Date:
1968 June 24-25
Topic:
Asian American artists  Search this
Asian American women  Search this
Japanese American artists  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)16068
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Miye Matsukata papers, circa 1900-1982, bulk 1964-1981
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Archives of American Art
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edanmdm:AAADCD_item_16068

Jewelry order for the necklace Himalaya Range

Creator:
Matsukata, Miye, 1922-1981  Search this
Matsukata, Miye, 1922-1981  Search this
Subject:
Matsukata, Miye  Search this
Type:
Artworks
Date:
1979 July 27
Topic:
Art commissions  Search this
Asian American artists  Search this
Asian American women  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Japanese American artists  Search this
Jewelry making  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)230
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Miye Matsukata papers, circa 1900-1982, bulk 1964-1981
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Archives of American Art
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edanmdm:AAADCD_item_230

Miye Matsukata to Elgin Wasson

Creator:
Matsukata, Miye, 1922-1981  Search this
Wasson, Elgin  Search this
Matsukata, Miye, 1922-1981  Search this
Subject:
Matsukata, Miye  Search this
Wasson, Elgin  Search this
Type:
Correspondence
Date:
1965 Mar. 29
Topic:
Asian American artists  Search this
Asian American women  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Japanese American artists  Search this
Jewelry  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)5340
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Miye Matsukata papers, circa 1900-1982, bulk 1964-1981
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Archives of American Art
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Elgin Wasson to Miye Matsukata

Creator:
Wasson, Elgin  Search this
Matsukata, Miye, 1922-1981  Search this
Wasson, Elgin  Search this
Subject:
Matsukata, Miye  Search this
Wasson, Elgin  Search this
Type:
Correspondence
Date:
1965 April 1
Topic:
Asian American artists  Search this
Asian American women  Search this
Japanese American artists  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)5341
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Miye Matsukata papers, circa 1900-1982, bulk 1964-1981
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Archives of American Art
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edanmdm:AAADCD_item_5341

Stock card for jewelry order "Waves"

Creator:
Matsukata, Miye, 1922-1981  Search this
Matsukata, Miye, 1922-1981  Search this
Subject:
Matsukata, Miye  Search this
Type:
Financial Records
Date:
1981 May 15
Topic:
Art commissions  Search this
Asian American artists  Search this
Asian American women  Search this
Japanese American artists  Search this
Jewelry making  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)5345
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Miye Matsukata papers, circa 1900-1982, bulk 1964-1981
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Archives of American Art
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edanmdm:AAADCD_item_5345

Stock card for jewelry order "Ptolemaic Scarab"

Creator:
Matsukata, Miye, 1922-1981  Search this
Matsukata, Miye, 1922-1981  Search this
Subject:
Matsukata, Miye  Search this
Type:
Financial Records
Date:
ca. 1980
Topic:
Art commissions  Search this
Asian American artists  Search this
Asian American women  Search this
Japanese American artists  Search this
Jewelry making  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)5346
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Miye Matsukata papers, circa 1900-1982, bulk 1964-1981
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Archives of American Art
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edanmdm:AAADCD_item_5346
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Stock card for jewelry order

Creator:
Matsukata, Miye, 1922-1981  Search this
Matsukata, Miye, 1922-1981  Search this
Type:
Financial Records
Date:
1977 Feb. 17
Topic:
Art commissions  Search this
Asian American artists  Search this
Asian American women  Search this
Japanese American artists  Search this
Jewelry making  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)6600
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Miye Matsukata papers, circa 1900-1982, bulk 1964-1981
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Archives of American Art
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edanmdm:AAADCD_item_6600
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Miye Matsukata note with sketch to Lula Court Bartlett, 1974

Creator:
Matsukata, Miye, 1922-1981  Search this
Matsukata, Miye, 1922-1981  Search this
Subject:
Bartlett, Mary Lula Cort  Search this
Topic:
Jewelry making  Search this
Asian American art  Search this
Asian American artists  Search this
Women 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
Theme:
Women  Search this
Asian American  Search this
Lives of American Artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)7250
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)209400
AAA_collcode_matsmiyn
Theme:
Women
Asian American
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_209400

Miye Matsukata papers, circa 1900-1982, bulk 1964-1981

Creator:
Matsukata, Miye, 1922-1981  Search this
Matsukata, Miye, 1922-1981  Search this
Subject:
Hickey, Judy  Search this
Hubbard, James C.  Search this
Oka, Takashi  Search this
Art Asia Gallery  Search this
Fitchburg Art Museum  Search this
Haystack Mountain School of Crafts  Search this
Janiye (Firm)  Search this
Principia College  Search this
Type:
Diaries
Interviews
Photographs
Scrapbooks
Sketchbooks
Sketches
Sound recordings
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
Theme:
Women  Search this
Asian American  Search this
Lives of American Artists  Search this
Craft  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)8323
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)210495
AAA_collcode_matsmiye
Theme:
Women
Asian American
Lives of American Artists
Craft
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_210495
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Sarepta Pierpont Ostrum papers relating to Miye Matsukata jewelry

Creator:
Ostrum, Sarepta Pierpont, 1922-  Search this
Names:
Matsukata, Miye, 1922-1981  Search this
Extent:
7 Items
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1979-1982
Scope and Contents:
Five slides of jewelry designed and made by Miye Matsukata; a letter from Matsukata to Ostrum; and a clipping about her work.
Biographical / Historical:
Ostrum is a collector; Califon, New Jersey. 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.
Provenance:
Donated 1984 by Sarepta Pierpont Ostrum.
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.
Occupation:
Goldsmiths -- Massachusetts -- Boston  Search this
Jewelers -- Massachusetts -- Boston  Search this
Topic:
Jewelry  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Decorative arts  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
Identifier:
AAA.ostrsare
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-ostrsare

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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Miye Matsukata papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-matsmiye

Correspondence

Collection Creator:
Matsukata, Miye, 1922-1981  Search this
Extent:
0.4 Linear feet (Box 1)
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1957-1981
Scope and Contents:
Miye Matsukata's correspondence is with her mother Miyo, business manager James Hubbard, and various customers and colleagues. Correspondence between Hubbard and Matsukata documents business matters during the period that she was in Japan for an exhibition. Other correspondence is with organizations requesting Matsukata for speaking and exhibition events, friends, and other family members. The correspondence with Takashi and Saya Oka contains an "Interview with Miye Matsukata." The postcards, some of which are blank, were kept by Matsukata for inspiration.
Collection 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.
Collection Citation:
Miye Matsukata papers, circa 1900-1982, bulk 1964-1981. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.matsmiye, Series 1
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Miye Matsukata papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-matsmiye-ref1

Sketchbooks

Collection Creator:
Matsukata, Miye, 1922-1981  Search this
Extent:
1 Linear foot (Boxes 10-11, 15)
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1950-1981
Scope and Contents:
Forty-seven sketchbooks of travel, jewelry, and dinnerware are in this series. The travel books contain sketches of landscape and city scenes, as well as, notes about travel plans and impressions. The jewelry sketchbooks contain ideas for new pieces and often creations for customers along with notes on pricing, customer names, and supplies needed.
Collection 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.
Collection Citation:
Miye Matsukata papers, circa 1900-1982, bulk 1964-1981. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.matsmiye, Series 10
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Miye Matsukata papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-matsmiye-ref10

Special Order Books

Collection Creator:
Matsukata, Miye, 1922-1981  Search this
Container:
Box 6, Folder 1-18
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1974-1981
Collection 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.
Collection Citation:
Miye Matsukata papers, circa 1900-1982, bulk 1964-1981. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Miye Matsukata papers
Miye Matsukata papers / Series 6: Janiye Business Records / 6.1: General
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-matsmiye-ref100

Work Order Forms

Collection Creator:
Matsukata, Miye, 1922-1981  Search this
Container:
Box 7, Folder 1-13
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1974-1982
Collection 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.
Collection Citation:
Miye Matsukata papers, circa 1900-1982, bulk 1964-1981. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Miye Matsukata papers
Miye Matsukata papers / Series 6: Janiye Business Records / 6.1: General
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-matsmiye-ref101

Vendor Files

Collection Creator:
Matsukata, Miye, 1922-1981  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1962-1981
Collection 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.
Collection Citation:
Miye Matsukata papers, circa 1900-1982, bulk 1964-1981. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.matsmiye, Subseries 6.3
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Miye Matsukata papers
Miye Matsukata papers / Series 6: Janiye Business Records
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-matsmiye-ref102

A

Collection Creator:
Matsukata, Miye, 1922-1981  Search this
Container:
Box 7, Folder 14
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1975-1981
Collection 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.
Collection Citation:
Miye Matsukata papers, circa 1900-1982, bulk 1964-1981. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Miye Matsukata papers
Miye Matsukata papers / Series 6: Janiye Business Records / 6.2: Client Files
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-matsmiye-ref103

Abbott, Richard

Collection Creator:
Matsukata, Miye, 1922-1981  Search this
Container:
Box 7, Folder 15
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1963-1980
Collection 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.
Collection Citation:
Miye Matsukata papers, circa 1900-1982, bulk 1964-1981. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Miye Matsukata papers
Miye Matsukata papers / Series 6: Janiye Business Records / 6.2: Client Files
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-matsmiye-ref104

Abe-Abr

Collection Creator:
Matsukata, Miye, 1922-1981  Search this
Container:
Box 7, Folder 16
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1966-1981
Collection 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.
Collection Citation:
Miye Matsukata papers, circa 1900-1982, bulk 1964-1981. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Miye Matsukata papers
Miye Matsukata papers / Series 6: Janiye Business Records / 6.2: Client Files
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-matsmiye-ref105

Adachi, Adams, Adess

Collection Creator:
Matsukata, Miye, 1922-1981  Search this
Container:
Box 7, Folder 17
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1974-1979
Collection 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.
Collection Citation:
Miye Matsukata papers, circa 1900-1982, bulk 1964-1981. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Miye Matsukata papers
Miye Matsukata papers / Series 6: Janiye Business Records / 6.2: Client Files
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-matsmiye-ref106

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