Yasuo Kuniyoshi papers, 1906-2013

Kuniyoshi, Yasuo, b. 1893 d. 1953
Painter, Photographer, Art teacher, Lithographer
Active in Woodstock, N.Y.

The papers of Yasuo Kuniyoshi were digitized in 2005 by the Archives of American Art. The papers have been scanned in their entirety, and total 1,852 images.

Funding for the processing and digitization of a portion of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.


Collection size: 11.8 linear feet

Collection Summary: The papers of Yasuo Kuniyoshi, 1921 to 1993, measure 2.5 linear feet and reflect his career as a painter, graphic artist, and photographer, as well as his involvement in political, social, and art organizations, especially during World War II. The collection contains biographical material, correspondence, writings by Kuniyoshi and others, miscellaneous subject files primarily on exhibits and his participation in various organizations, printed material, photographs taken by Kuniyoshi, and artwork. The collection also contains materials on Kuniyoshi's career and artwork obtained after his death by Sara Mazo, Kuniyoshi's widow.

Biographical/Historical Note: Yasuo Kuniyoshi (1889-1953) was a Japanese-American painter, printmaker and photographer from New York, N.Y. Year of birth cited as 1889, 1890, or 1893.

Mrs. Sara Mazo, Kuniyoshi's widow, donated the sound recordings and transcript in 1969, and the remainder 1989, 1991 and 1995. Material on reel D176 lent for microfilming in 1964 and subsequently donated with additional papers in 2014 by Stephen Diamond, Sara Mazo's nephew.

Funding for the processing and digitization of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.

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    Scrapbooks on reel D176 are available through interlibray loan.
  • Zinc litho plates: For study purposes only. No reproduction or publication allowed. Sara Mazo Kuniyoshi, 194 Ohayo Mountain Rd., Woodstock, NY 12498-2535.
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