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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  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.
Topic:
Art, Japanese  Search this
Art, Chinese  Search this
Art historians  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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James Cahill Papers
Archival Repository:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-fsa-a2001-11

Alexander Coburn Soper Typescript

Donor:
Soper, Alexander Coburn, 1904-1993  Search this
Names:
Moran, Sherwood E., 1885-1983  Search this
Extent:
2 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Photographs
Typescripts
Personal papers
Place:
Japan
China
New York (N.Y.)
USA -- New York -- New York
Date:
1977-1992
Scope and Contents:
Offprints of articles by Sherwood F. Moran compiled by Alexander Coburn Soper, accompanied by photographs, a reproduction, and Soper's introduction typescript, assembled in preparation for an unpublished book of Moran' writing entitled "Studies in Japanese Art Treasures."
Arrangement:
Organized in 3 boxes: 2 boxes contain files from 1977-1992 regarding Artibus Asiae. 1 box houses an introduction to the typescript, Moran's offprints, photos.
Biographical / Historical:
Alexander Coburn Soper was a preeminent professor and historian of Asian art, concentrating primarily on Japanese and Chinese architecture, Chinese art from the Tang through the Northern Sung period, Gandharan Indian art, and Buddhist and secular art of the Six Dynasties period. Published widely, he became the editor of the journal Artisbus Asiae in 1958. Over the course of his life he was active in the American Oriental Society, the Japan Society, and the Association for Asian Studies. He was a professor of Art History at Bryn Mawr and the Institute of Fine Arts in New York.
Sherwood Ford Moran (1885-1983) was a missionary, social worker, Marine, World War II PoW interrogator, and Asian art scholar. He studied Union Theological Seminary in New York and was then enlisted for work initially in India, but rerouted to Japan in 1917, mostly in the area of Osaka, remaining there until the entry of the United States in World War II in 194. During the war, he was an active Marine and a PoW interrogator at Guadacanal. He became extremely interested in Chinese and Japanese Buddhist art, publishing several articles in Artibus Asiae.
Local Numbers:
FSA A1990.05
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Occupation:
Art historians  Search this
Topic:
Art, Chinese  Search this
Art, Japanese  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs -- 1950-2000
Typescripts
Personal papers -- 1950-2000
Identifier:
FSA.A1990.05
Archival Repository:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-fsa-a1990-05

Kuo Jo-Hsü's Experiences in painting : (Tu hua jian wen zhi) : an eleventh century history of Chinese painting, together with the Chinese text in facsimile / translated and annotated by Alexander Coburn Soper

Title:
Experiences in painting
Tu hua jian wen zhi
Author:
Guo, Ruoxu active 1070-1075  Search this
Soper, Alexander Coburn 1904-  Search this
American Council of Learned Societies  Search this
Physical description:
xiii, 216, [68] pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
China
Date:
1951
Topic:
Painting, Chinese  Search this
Painters  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1106415

Milo Cleveland Beach presenting Freer Medal to Alexander C. Soper

Author:
Unknown  Search this
Subject:
Beach, Milo Cleveland  Search this
Soper, Alexander Coburn 1904-  Search this
Freer Gallery of Art  Search this
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery (Smithsonian Institution)  Search this
Charles Lang Freer Medal  Search this
Physical description:
Number of Images: 1 ; Color: Black and White ; Size: 10w x 8h ; Type of Image: Event ; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Event
Photographic print
Place:
Washington (D.C.)
Date:
1990
Topic:
Ceremonies  Search this
Medals  Search this
Museum directors  Search this
Smithsonian Institution--Employees  Search this
Standard number:
SIA2011-2818 and S890111-1(10A)
Restrictions & Rights:
No restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_13274

Alexander C. Soper

Author:
Unknown  Search this
Subject:
Soper, Alexander Coburn 1904-  Search this
Charles Lang Freer Medal  Search this
Physical description:
Number of Images: 1 ; Color: Black and White ; Size: 8w x 10h ; Type of Image: People ; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Event
Photographic print
Date:
1990
Topic:
Ceremonies  Search this
Medals  Search this
Art, Asian  Search this
Art  Search this
Art history  Search this
Standard number:
SIA2011-2819 or S890111-1(14A)
Restrictions & Rights:
No restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_13275

The art and architecture of Japan / Robert Treat Paine, Alexander Soper

Author:
Paine, Robert Treat 1900-1965  Search this
Soper, Alexander Coburn 1904-  Search this
Physical description:
xviii, 328 p., 173 p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 27 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1974
Topic:
Art, Japanese--History  Search this
Architecture, Japanese--History  Search this
Call number:
N7350 .P3 1974
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_847886

Four columns from a Chinese temple / by Alexander Coburn Soper

Author:
Soper, Alexander Coburn 1904-  Search this
Physical description:
35 p. : ill. ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
China
Date:
1947
1947]
Ming-Qing dynasties, 1368-1912
Topic:
Sculpture, Chinese  Search this
Buddhist sculpture  Search this
Wood-carving--History  Search this
Call number:
730.51 .S8
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_858470

The evolution of Buddhist architecture in Japan / [by] Alexander Coburn Soper, III

Author:
Soper, Alexander Coburn 1904-  Search this
Physical description:
xv, [1], 330 p., 1 . plates, plans. 30 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Japan
Date:
1942
Topic:
Architecture--History  Search this
Buddhist architecture  Search this
Call number:
722.1 .S71
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_860004

Experiences in painting (Tu hua jian wen zhi) : An eleventh century history of Chinese painting, together with the Chinese text in facsimile / translated and annotated by Alexander Coburn Soper

Author:
Guo, Ruoxu fl. 1070-1075  Search this
Soper, Alexander Coburn 1904-  Search this
Physical description:
xiii, 216 p., facsim.: [68] p. 26 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
China
Date:
1951
Topic:
Painting, Chinese  Search this
Painters  Search this
Call number:
759.951.K95 S6
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_860289

Early Chinese landscape painting

Author:
Soper, Alexander Coburn 1904-  Search this
Physical description:
p. 141-164 : ill. ; 31 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1941
Topic:
Painting, Chinese  Search this
Landscape painting, Chinese  Search this
Call number:
759.951 .S77
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_861241

Chinese, Korean, and Japanese bronzes : a catalogue of the Auriti collection donated to IsMEO and preserved in the Museo nazionale d'arte orientale in Rome / by Alexander C. Soper

Author:
Istituto italiano per il Medio ed Estremo Oriente  Search this
Auriti, Giacinto 1883-  Search this
Soper, Alexander Coburn 1904-  Search this
Museo nazionale d'arte orientale (Italy)  Search this
Physical description:
xii, 79 p. illus., port. 25 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1966
Topic:
Bronzes--Private collections  Search this
Bronzes, Asiatic  Search this
Call number:
739.15 .S66
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_863089

The Roman style in Gandhāra / [by] Alexander C. Soper

Author:
Soper, Alexander Coburn 1904-  Search this
Physical description:
p. 301-319 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1951
1961
Call number:
730.54 .S67
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_863721

The art and architecture of China / [by] Laurence Sickman [and] Alexander Soper

Author:
Sickman, L. C. S (Laurence C. S.)  Search this
Soper, Alexander Coburn 1904-  Search this
Physical description:
xxix, 350 p. 192 plates, illus. (incl. 1 col.), 2 maps, plans. 27 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
China
Date:
1968
Topic:
Art--History  Search this
Architecture--History  Search this
Call number:
709.51 .S5 1968
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_864034

Literary evidence for early Buddhist art in China / Alexander Coburn Soper

Author:
Soper, Alexander Coburn 1904-  Search this
Ōmura, Seigai 1868-1927 Shina bijutsushi chōsohen  Search this
Physical description:
xvi, 296 p. ; 32 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
China
Date:
1959
Topic:
Art  Search this
Buddhist art  Search this
Call number:
709.51 .S7
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_864059

A case of meaningful magic / Alexander C. Soper

Title:
Charles Lang Freer Medal
Author:
Soper, Alexander Coburn 1904-  Search this
Freer Gallery of Art  Search this
Subject:
Soper, Alexander Coburn 1904-  Search this
Physical description:
48 p. : ill., ports. ; 24 cm
Type:
Electronic resources
Bibliography
Place:
United States
Date:
1990
To 221 B.C
Topic:
Art, Asian--Awards--Awards  Search this
Charles Lang Freer Medal  Search this
Bronzes, Chinese  Search this
Call number:
N7260 F58 1990
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_872586

Textual evidence for the secular arts of China in the period from Liu Sung through Sui (A.D. 420-618), excluding treatises on painting / Alexander Coburn Soper

Author:
Soper, Alexander Coburn 1904-1993  Search this
Physical description:
72 p., [1] leaf of plates : ill. ; 32 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
China
Date:
1967
Topic:
Art  Search this
Call number:
709.51 .S71
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_879991

Writings by Alexander C. Soper / [Lauren Colvin]

Author:
Colvin, Laurel  Search this
Soper, Alexander Coburn 1904-1993  Search this
Institute for Asian Studies (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Subject:
Soper, Alexander Coburn 1904-1993  Search this
Physical description:
21 p. ; 28 cm
Type:
Bibliography
Date:
1993
Topic:
Art, Asian  Search this
Call number:
Z5961.A7 C7
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_884208

The art and architecture of China [by] Laurence Sickman [and] Alexander Soper

Author:
Sickman, L. C. S (Laurence C. S.)  Search this
Soper, Alexander Coburn 1904-  Search this
Physical description:
xxviii, 336 p. illus., 190 plates, maps. 27 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
China
Date:
1960
[1960]
Topic:
Art--History  Search this
Architecture--History  Search this
Call number:
N7340 .S46X 1960
N7340.S46X 1960
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_405705

The evolution of Buddhist architecture in Japan / Alexander Coburn Soper, III

Author:
Soper, Alexander Coburn 1904-  Search this
Physical description:
xv, 330 p., [35] leaves of plates : ill., plans. ; 32 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Japan
Date:
1978
1942
1978, c1942
Topic:
Architecture--History  Search this
Buddhist architecture  Search this
Call number:
NA1553 .S712 1978
NA1553.S712 1978
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_119634

The art and architecture of Japan / Robert Treat Paine, Alexander Soper

Author:
Paine, Robert Treat 1900-1965  Search this
Soper, Alexander Coburn 1904-  Search this
Physical description:
xviii, 316 p., 173 p. of plates : ill., maps ; 27 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1955
Topic:
Architecture, Japanese--History  Search this
Art, Japanese--History  Search this
Call number:
N7350 .P146
N7350 .P3 1955
N7350.P146
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_12215

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