258 Items (gelatin silver prints mounted on unbound pages with handwritten captions)
Box 11, Folder 2
China -- Description and Travel
Scope and Contents note:
"Shu-Chai in Search of Shung-Chu. Wayward Records of a Trip Eastward Around the World from Detroit, 15 April 1931 to Detroit, 17 October 1931." 7 ½" x 9". 258 photographs, black and white photographs, affixed to page, dated and captioned. Photographs taken during March's trip around the world. Binding removed, original pagination maintained. Depicted: SS American Trader; Surrey, England; Paris; Berlin; F.E. Schmitt; M.O. Berube; the Colonial Exposition in Paris; Peiping; Dr. John C. Ferguson; Ferguson residence in Peiping; Benjamin March; 86 Nan Ch'In Tzu; Celestin Liu; Dr. Otto Burchard; Mrs. Otto Burchard; Larry Mayer; J. Leighton Stuart; Yenching; Lucius Porter; the Forbidden City; Temple of Heaven; Wan Shou Shan; Y.C. Fu; H.H. Fu; Mei Lan-Fang; Hsiang Fei; She-Kee; Chiyozaki; tea ceremony; Kyoto.
Scope and Contents:
Subtitled, "Wayward Records of a Trip Eastward Around the World from Detroit, 15 April 1931 to Detroit, 17 October 1931." An album of photographs taken by Benjamin March doing travel and research. Locations are primarily in and around Beijing, but also include travel in Japan, the UK and France. People depicted include Dr. John C. Ferguson; F; Celestin Liu; Dr. Otto Burchard; Larry Mayer; J. Leighton Stuart; Lucius Porter; Y.C. Fu; H.H. Fu; Mei Lanfang, Xu Fengqiu and Wang Xiuying. Includes rare photographs of John C. Ferguson's home; Mei Lanfang's garden; and the Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall.
East Asian art historian, curator and lecturer, Benjamin Franklin March Jr., was born in Chicago on July 4, 1899 to Benjamin and Isabel March. He studied, lectured, and wrote in the United States and China and through his works gained respect as one of the foremost authorities on Chinese art during the 1920s and 1930s. March was East Asian art lecturer at the University of Michigan, and curator of Asian art at the Detroit Institute of Art. Although he lived only thirty-five years, Benjamin March was a respected and influential scholar of Asian art.