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Kenjilo Nanao papers

Creator:
Nanao, Kenjirō, 1929-2013  Search this
Extent:
11.3 Linear feet
0.706 Gigabytes
11.3 Linear feet
0.706 Gigabytes
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Gigabytes
Sketchbooks
Date:
circa 1885-1887
circa 1949-2017
circa 1885-1887
circa 1949-2017
Summary:
The Kenjilo Nanao papers measure 11.3 linear feet and date from circa 1885-1887 and circa 1949-2017, with the bulk of the papers dating from 1970 to 2000. Biographical material includes forms of international identification, travel documents, early academic writing on art, and interviews in the form of written typescripts and digital audio recordings. Correspondence is mostly personal between friends and family, in addition to a few folders of professional correspondence spanning Nanao's career. Correspondence drafts also appear as entries in bound journals. The Journals series includes bound journals of mixed content such as thoughts on art, to-do lists, and artwork in various media including watercolors and charcoal. Professional files include various professional portfolios that Nanao produced for the purpose of tenure review, a binder detailing relationships with various galleries, and various teaching materials and studio documents. Printed materials include exhibition catalogs, invitations, and clippings. Photographs are primarily of family and friends, with some images of artwork and exhibitions. Artwork includes sketchbooks, as well as some loose drawings and watercolors.
Scope and Contents:
The Kenjilo Nanao papers measure 11.3 linear feet and date from circa 1885-1887 and circa 1949-2017, with the bulk of the papers dating from 1970 to 2000. Biographical material includes forms of international identification, travel documents, early academic writing on art, and interviews in the form of written typescripts and digital audio recordings. Correspondence is mostly personal between friends and family, in addition to a few folders of professional correspondence spanning Nanao's career. Correspondence drafts also appear as entries in bound journals. The Journals series includes bound journals of mixed content such as thoughts on art, to-do lists, and artwork in various media including watercolors and charcoal. Professional files include various professional portfolios that Nanao produced for the purpose of tenure review, a binder detailing relationships with various galleries, and various teaching materials and studio documents. Printed materials include exhibition catalogs, invitations, and clippings. Photographs are primarily of family and friends, with some images of artwork and exhibitions. Artwork includes sketchbooks, as well as some loose drawings and watercolors.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged in 7 series:

Series 1: Biographical Material, circa 1960-circa 2017 (0.3 Linear Feet, .706 GB; Box 1, ER01)

Series 2: Correspondence, circa 1951-2013 (4.9 Linear Feet; Boxes 1-6)

Series 3: Journals, circa 1949-2013 (3.9 Linear Feet; Boxes 6-9, 12)

Series 4: Professional Files, circa 1967-2011 (1.0 Linear Feet; Box 10)

Series 5: Printed Material, circa 1885-1887, circa 1960-2010 (0.6 Linear Feet; Box 11)

Series 6: Photographic Material, circa 1960-2011 (0.1 Linear Feet; Box 11)

Series 7: Artwork, circa 1976-2010 (0.4 Linear Feet; Boxes 11-12)
Biographical / Historical:
Painter and printmaker Kenjilo Nanao (1929-2013), was born in Aomori, Japan, and graduated with a degree in economics in 1953 from Nihon University before immigrating to the United States to study art in the San Francisco Bay Area. He received a bachelor's degree from the California School of Fine Arts in 1963 as well as a masters of fine arts from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1971, where he studied under Nathan Oliveira and met his wife and fellow artist, Gail Chadell Nanao.

Kenjilo's primary artistic medium was lithography in which he became known for Surrealist minimal figurative compositions. Eventually he immersed himself in painting in an Abstract Expressionist style that became his main form of artistic production from the 1980s on. Nanao taught lithography and painting at California State University at Hayward from 1971-1990, and lectured at various other schools in the San Francisco Bay Area. His work is included in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, in New York City, City of San Francisco, Pasadena Art Museum, Los Angeles County Museum, Cincinnati Museum of Art, Honolulu Academy of Art, Gruenwald (University of California, Los Angeles), the Achenbach Foundation, and others.

Kenjilo Nanao died in Berkeley, CA in 2013 and is survived by his wife and son Max.
Provenance:
The Kenjilo Nanao papers were donated to the Archives of American Art in 2016 and 2018 by Gail Nanao, Kenjilo Nanao's widow.
Restrictions:
This collection is open for research. Access to original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center.

Researchers interested in accessing born-digital records or audiovisual recordings in this collection must use access copies. Contact References Services for more information.
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:
Lithographers -- California  Search this
Painters -- California -- San Francisco Bay Area  Search this
Educators -- California  Search this
Lithographers -- California  Search this
Topic:
Japanese Americans  Search this
Japanese American art  Search this
Japanese American artists  Search this
Asian American art  Search this
Asian American artists  Search this
Asian American painters  Search this
Asian American printmakers  Search this
Asian American educators  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sketchbooks
Citation:
Kenjilo Nanao papers, circa 1885-1887, circa 1949-2017. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.nanakenj
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-nanakenj

Katherine Schmidt papers, circa 1921-1971

Creator:
Schmidt, Katherine, 1898-1978  Search this
Schmidt, Katherine, 1898-1978  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Topic:
Painting, Modern -- 20th century -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Art and state  Search this
Women painters -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Theme:
Women  Search this
Asian American  Search this
Lives of American Artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)7239
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)209385
AAA_collcode_schmkath
Theme:
Women
Asian American
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_209385
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Trudy Sween papers, 1965-1983

Creator:
Sween, Trudy  Search this
Sween, Trudy  Search this
Topic:
Women painters -- Texas -- Houston  Search this
Theme:
Women  Search this
Lives of American Artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)9504
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211702
AAA_collcode_sweetrud
Theme:
Women
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_211702

Private memorandum / Thomas Sully, 1837-1859, bulk 1837-1839

Creator:
Sully, Thomas, 1783-1872  Search this
Sully, Thomas, 1783-1872  Search this
Topic:
Sculptors -- United States -- Interviews  Search this
Theme:
Art Materials, Techniques, and Studio Art Education  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)10787
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)214428
AAA_collcode_sullthopm
Theme:
Art Materials, Techniques, and Studio Art Education
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_214428

Peter S. Vogt papers relating to Maine artists, 1972-2007

Creator:
Vogt, Peter S., 1941-  Search this
Vogt, Peter S., 1941-  Search this
Subject:
Baldwin, William E.  Search this
Berry, Carroll Thayer  Search this
Collins, Paula  Search this
Collins, John Ireland  Search this
Cross, Ron  Search this
Langlais, Bernard  Search this
Saunders, F. Wenderoth  Search this
Capricorn Galleries  Search this
Type:
Interviews
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)16165
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)366328
AAA_collcode_vogtpete
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_366328

Oral history interview with Denny Winters, 1980 February 7-October 28

Interviewee:
Winters, Denny Sonke, 1907-1985  Search this
Winters, Denny Sonke, 1907-1985  Search this
Interviewer:
Brown, Robert F  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12642
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211905
AAA_collcode_winter80
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_211905
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Peggy Bacon, 1973 May 8

Interviewee:
Bacon, Peggy, 1895-1987  Search this
Bacon, Peggy, 1895-1987  Search this
Interviewer:
Cummings, Paul, 1933-1997  Search this
Subject:
Bellows, George  Search this
Brook, Alexander  Search this
Dasburg, Andrew  Search this
Halpert, Edith Gregor  Search this
Hawthorne, Charles Webster  Search this
Lie, Jonas  Search this
Miller, Kenneth Hayes  Search this
Art Students League (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Printmakers -- Interviews  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Theme:
Women  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12376
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211938
AAA_collcode_bacon73
Theme:
Women
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_211938
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Vincent Hartgen, 1981 Oct. 2-1984 Nov. 28

Interviewee:
Hartgen, Vincent Andrew, 1914-2002  Search this
Hartgen, Vincent Andrew, 1914-2002  Search this
Interviewer:
Brown, Robert F  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Sculptors -- United States -- Interviews  Search this
Watercolor painting -- Maine  Search this
Educators -- Maine -- Interviews  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)13284
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211946
AAA_collcode_hartge81
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_211946
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Dahlov Ipcar, 1979 Nov. 13

Interviewee:
Ipcar, Dahlov Zorach, 1917-2017  Search this
Ipcar, Dahlov Zorach, 1917-2017  Search this
Interviewer:
Brown, Robert F  Search this
Subject:
Zorach, Marguerite  Search this
Zorach, William  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Women artists -- United States -- Interviews  Search this
Illustrators -- Interviews  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)13020
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211992
AAA_collcode_ipcar79
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_211992
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Willard Cummings, 1973 March 20

Interviewee:
Cummings, Willard Warren, 1915-1975  Search this
Cummings, Willard Warren, 1915-1975  Search this
Interviewer:
Cummings, Paul, 1933-1997  Search this
Subject:
Hale, Philip Leslie  Search this
Halpert, Edith Gregor  Search this
Peirce, Waldo  Search this
Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Painters -- New York (State) -- Interviews  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12296
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)212049
AAA_collcode_cummin73
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_212049

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

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

Oral history interview with Stanley H. Witmeyer, 1985 June 22

Interviewee:
Witmeyer, Stanley Herbert, 1913-2011  Search this
Witmeyer, Stanley Herbert, 1913-2011  Search this
Interviewer:
Brown, Robert F  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Painters -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12885
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)212123
AAA_collcode_witmey85
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_212123
Online Media:

Oral history interview with David Woodbury, 1977 July 1

Interviewee:
Woodbury, David Oakes, 1896-1981  Search this
Woodbury, David Oakes, 1896-1981  Search this
Interviewer:
Brown, Robert F  Search this
Subject:
Woodbury, Charles H. (Charles Herbert)  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)11890
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)212406
AAA_collcode_woodbu77
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_212406
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Lois Dodd, 1988 October 10-November 7

Interviewee:
Dodd, Lois, 1927-  Search this
Dodd, Lois, 1927-  Search this
Interviewer:
Shikler, Barbara  Search this
Subject:
Cajori, Charles  Search this
Katz, Alex  Search this
King, William  Search this
Club (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Tanager Gallery (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Painters -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Educators -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)11891
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)212451
AAA_collcode_dodd88
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_212451

Oral history interview with Roswell Weidner, 1989 July 20-27

Interviewee:
Weidner, Roswell T., 1911-1999  Search this
Weidner, Roswell T., 1911-1999  Search this
Interviewer:
Pacini, Marina  Search this
Subject:
Curran, Mary  Search this
De Mazia, Violette  Search this
Garber, Daniel  Search this
Harding, George  Search this
Laessle, Albert  Search this
McCarter, Henry  Search this
Nuse, Roy Cleveland  Search this
Pierson, Joseph  Search this
Pinto, Angelo  Search this
Speight, Francis  Search this
Thrash, Dox  Search this
Weidner, Marilyn Kemp  Search this
Barnes Foundation  Search this
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts  Search this
United States  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Art -- Study and teaching -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia  Search this
Painters -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia -- Interviews  Search this
Educators -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia -- Interviews  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12252
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)212536
AAA_collcode_weidne89
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_212536

Oral history interview with Bernard Langlais, 1973 Feb. 21

Interviewee:
Langlais, Bernard, 1921-1977  Search this
Langlais, Bernard, 1921-1977  Search this
Interviewer:
Brown, Robert F  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Painters -- Maine -- Cushing -- Interviews  Search this
Sculptors -- Maine -- Cushing -- Interviews  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)11703
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)212819
AAA_collcode_langla73
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_212819
Online Media:

Oral history interview with John Louis Laurent, 1973 Apr. 6

Interviewee:
Laurent, John Louis, 1921-2005  Search this
Laurent, John Louis, 1921-2005  Search this
Interviewer:
Brown, Robert F  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Educators -- Maine -- York -- Interviews  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)13022
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)212823
AAA_collcode_lauren73
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_212823
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Henry Strater, 1973 September 28

Interviewee:
Strater, Henry A., 1896-1987  Search this
Strater, Henry A., 1896-1987  Search this
Interviewer:
Brown, Robert F  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Art, American -- Maine  Search this
Painters -- Maine -- Ogunquit -- Interviews  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12407
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)213130
AAA_collcode_strate73
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_213130
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Henry Strater, 1971 October 8

Interviewee:
Strater, Henry A., 1896-1987  Search this
Strater, Henry A., 1896-1987  Search this
Interviewer:
Brown, Robert F  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12624
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)213132
AAA_collcode_strate71
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_213132
Online Media:

Oral history interview with James Harithas, 1979 Mar. 16-May 17

Interviewee:
Harithas, James, 1932-  Search this
Harithas, James, 1932-  Search this
Interviewer:
Levy, Sandra Curtis  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Museum directors -- United States -- Interviews  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)11833
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)213219
AAA_collcode_harith79
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_213219

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