Lee, Sherman E., b. 1918
Active in Cleveland, Ohio
Collection size: 9.0 linear ft.
Collection Summary: Biographical material; correspondence with scholars, editors, collectors, dealers, art societies and organizations, and others; newspaper clippings, ca. 1960-1970; honorary degrees and other awards; photographs of Chinese painting, Chinese and Japanese sculpture, ceramics and objects; trip itineraries, 1958-1982, and travel notebooks; Lee's field journal as a member of the Art and Archaeology Delegation to the People's Republic of China, 1973 (2 v. and typescript); published and unpublished writings including typescripts of articles, memorial addresses, introductions, and lectures, ca. 1963-1983; lists of Lee's publications; and records regarding Lee's personal art collection.
Biographical/Historical Note: Museum director; Cleveland, Ohio. Born 1918. Lee's career has included positions as an author, curator, professor, and consultant of Chinese and Japanese art. In 1952, he joined the Cleveland Museum of Art as a curator of Oriental art, following jobs at the Detroit Institute of Art and the Seattle Art Museum. He served in the Navy during WWII and from 1946 to 1948, he was Advisor on Arts and Monuments at General MacArthur's headquarters in Tokyo. He has written many books, including Chinese Landscape Painting (1954), A History of Far Eastern Art (1964), and The Genius of Japanese Design (1981).
Donated 1997 by Sherman Lee.