Yasuo Kuniyoshi papers, 1906-2013

A Finding Aid to the Yasuo Kuniyoshi Papers, 1906-2013, in the Archives of American Art, by Erin Kinhart

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

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Biographical Information

Yasuo Kuniyoshi (1889-1953) was a Japanese-American painter, printmaker and photographer in New York, N.Y.

Kuniyoshi was born in Okayama, Japan. In 1906 he came to the United States and a year later began studying at the Los Angeles School of Art and Design. In 1910 he moved to New York and took courses at the National Academy of Design, the Independent School of Art, and the Art Students League, where he studied with Kenneth Hayes Miller. He was married to fellow artist Katherine Schmidt from 1919 to 1932. After traveling throughout Europe, they moved to the Woodstock, New York, in 1927 and took part in the Woodstock Art Colony. Kuniyoshi studied and later taught at the Art Students League summer school there. By 1930 he had established himself as an internationally known painter and graphic artist. In New York City he taught at the Art Students League, the New School for Social Research, and served as the first president of the Artists Equity Association from 1947 to 1950. Kuniyoshi was active in social organizations, especially Japanese American organizations, such as the Japanese American Committee for Democracy, and took an active role in the war effort during World War II. Yasuo Kuniyoshi died in 1953 and was survived by his second wife Sara Mazo Kuniyoshi who preserved the legacy of his work.

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Overview of the Collection

Scope and Contents

The papers of artist Yasuo Kuniyoshi measure 11.8 linear feet and date from 1906-2013. The collection documents 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. Included are biographical material; correspondence; writings by Kuniyoshi and others; subject files primarily on his participation in various organizations and business dealings with American and Japanese galleries, museums, and dealers; exhibition catalogs and other printed material; photographs of Kuniyoshi and others; and artwork; exhibition and artwork records; and four scrapbooks. The collection also contains materials on Kuniyoshi's career and artwork obtained after his death by his widow Sara Mazo Kuniyoshi.

Arrangement and Series Description

This collection is arranged as 10 series. Additions to the collection received in 2014 were integrated in the finding aid according to appropriate series, but not physically integrated. Thus, box numbers may be out of order.

Subjects and Names

This collection is indexed in the online catalog of the Archives of American Art under the following index terms:

  • Art, Modern--20th century
  • Asian American artists
  • Japanese American art
  • Painters--New York (State)--New York
  • Photographers--New York (State)--New York
  • Photographs
  • Political clubs
  • Printmakers--New York (State)--New York
  • Scrapbooks
  • World War, 1939-1945--Japanese Americans

Provenance

The collection was donated in installments, from 1969 to 1995, by Sara Mazo Kuniyoshi, Yasuo Kuniyoshi's widow. Additional papers were donated in 2014 by Stephen Diamond, Sara Mazo Kuniyoshi's nephew.

Separated and Related Materials

Also found at the Archives of American Art are the Yasuo Kuniyoshi photographs of artwork, a 1948 letter from Kuniyoshi to E. P. Richardson, and checklists of Yasuo Kuniyoshi prints.

How the Collection was Processed

Portions of the collection were microfilmed shortly after receipt on reel 439. This material was fully processed, arranged, and described by Erin Kinhart in 2005 and the bulk of it was digitized in 2006, with funding provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art. Additional papers donated in 2014 were processed to a minimal level by Erin Kinhart. The addition has not been physically merged with the material previously digitized, however, the entire collection is described in this finding aid.


How to Use the Collection

Restrictions on Use

A portion of the collection has been digitized. Use of material not digitized requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.

Ownership & Literary Rights

Yasuo Kuniyoshi's papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.

Available Formats

A portion of the papers of Yasuo Kuniyoshi were digitized in 2005 by the Archives of American Art, and total 1852 images.

How to Cite this Collection

Yasuo Kuniyoshi papers, 1906-2013. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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Detailed Description and Container Inventory

Series 1: Biographical Material, 1906-1990s
0.2 Linear feet; Boxes 1, 5

Found here are biographical summaries and resumes, as well as vital records, documentation regarding Kuniyoshi's death, an address book, and records of the painting materials an formulas that he used. Also of note are his citizenship applications, travel records, and indentification documents regarding his status as a citizen of a foreign nation.

One folder has been scanned.

Box Folder
1 1 Biographical Material, 1948, 1951, undated
Box Folder
5 1 Biographical Summaries, circa 1950s, 1990s
5 2 Biographical Information Compiled by Hirshhorn Museum, 1973
5 3 Address Book, circa 1930s
5 4 Cemetery Records, 1954, 1964
5 5 Citizenship Application, 1946-1953
5 6 Estate Tax, 1953
5 7 Identification Records, 1906-1953
5 8 Letterhead and Copy of Signature, circa 1950s, undated
5 9 Marriage Records, 1933-circa 1935
5 10 Memorial Guest Register and Condolence Cards, 1953
5 11 Obituaries, 1953
5 12 Painting Formulas and Materials, circa 1940s-1990s
5 13 Travel Permits, 1942-1945

Series 2: Correspondence, 1931-2004
1.2 Linear feet; Boxes 1, 5-6

The small amount of Yasuo Kuniyoshi correspondence discusses various topics including exhibits and his status as a Japanese American during World War II. Additionally there are letters sent to Kuniyoshi by Sheldon School students about his career as an artist and his letters in reply, and letters of recommendation he compiled to vouch for his character and work as an artist, in case he needed them during his 1941 travels around the United States.

Also found is correspondence to Sara Mazo Kuniyoshi after Yasuo's death including letters of condolence and letters requesting the inclusion of his work in exhibits and publications. Of note is her correspondence with Karl Fortess, Alexander Brook, Tom Wolf, and the Yasuo Kuniyoshi Museum in Japan. Researchers should note that additional correspondence relating to certain subjects may be found in Series 4: Subject Files.

This series has been partially scanned.

Correspondence which was part of the original gift to the Archives of American Art are arranged first, followed Yasuo and Sara Mazo Kuniyoshi correspondence which was donated in 2014 and is arranged alphabetically.

Box Folder
1 2-6 General Correspondence, 1941-1962, 1971-1989 undated
1 7 Correspondence with Sheldon School Students, 1942-1943
Box Folder
5 14 Correspondence between Yasuo and Sara Mazo Kuniyoshi, circa 1941, 1951
5 15 Letters of Recommendation for Travel in US, 1941
5 Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Alphabetical Correspondence
5 16 Artists for Victory, 1942-1944
5 17-19 A-F, 1939-1954
5 20 Greenbaum, Edward S., 1931, 1943-1950
5 21-22 G-N, 1939-1952
5 23 Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, 1942-1950
5 24 P-Z, 1939-1952
Sara Mazo Kuniyoshi, Alphabetical Correspondence
5 25 A, circa 1952-1970, 1990s
5 26 Brook, Alexander, circa 1953, 1973
5 27 B-C, 1954-2003
5 28 Davis-Serisawa, Marsha, 1968-2000
5 29 Diamond Family, 1991-2004
5 30 Dorfman, Bruce, 1992-2000
5 31 D-E, 1953-2002
5 32 Federal Bureau of Investigation, 1982-1983
5 33 Fortess, Karl, 1953-1971
5 34 Friends of Art at Colby College, 1962
5 35 Fujikawa, Fujie, 1988-1989
5 36 F-G, 1954-2002
5 37 Gallery Olym, 1991-1994
5 38 H, 1954-2004
5 39 Iwamoto, Ralph, circa 1987
5 40 J, 1953-1999
5 41 Kanemitsu, Matsumi "Mike," 1990-1992
5 42 K-L, 1954-1999
5 43 Matsumoto, Fumihisa, 1998-2001
5 44 Museum of Modern Art, 1953-2002
5 45 M, 1953-2001
5 46 Nakada, Yoshie, 1950-1968
5 47 National Museum of American Art, 1985, 1987
5 48 New York Artists Equity Association, 1992-1999
5 49 N, 1954-2004
5 50 Okada, Masumi, circa 1989-1990
5 51 Okayama Prefectural Museum of Art (Katsumi Senoo), 1988-1996
5 52 Ozawa, Hidetoshi (Yamatane Corporation), circa 1985-2003
5 53-55 Ozawa, Ritsuko (Yasuo Kuniyoshi Museum), 1993-2001
5 56 Ozawa, Yoshio, 1970-1974
5 57 O, 1977-1998
5 58 Prescott, Emma-Stina, 1977-1978
5 59 Prince, David, 1999-2000
5 60 P-R, 1953-1998
5 61 Seckel, Cornelia, 1998-1999
5 62 Secunda, Arthur, 1988
5 63 Serisawa, Mary, 1966-2002
5 64 Sternberg, Harry, circa 1974
5 65 Sugihara, Sumi, circa 1954-1968
5 66 S, 1953-2004
5 67 Tagawa, Toyoko, circa 1980-1993
5 68 Takashige, Anne, 1990-2003
5 69 Tokyo Shimbun, 1975-1982
5 70 T-V, 1953-1999
Box Folder
6 1 Wolf, Tom, circa 1987-2003
6 2 W-Y, 1953-2003
6 3 Yamazaki-Kleps, Akiko, circa 1996-2000
6 4 Unidentified and First Names Only, circa 1983-2003

Series 3: Writings, 1939-2000
0.4 Linear feet; Boxes 1, 6

Writings include Kuniyoshi's writings and speeches about other artists, art and the art profession, lithography, and World War II. Also found are statements on his own work and extensive notes for his autobiography. Writings by others about Kuniyoshi include essays by Tom Wolf, Elsie McIlroy, John Baur, and Lloyd Goodrich. Additionally there are many notes on Kuniyoshi and his artwork written by Sara Mazo Kuniyoshi.

This series has been partially scanned.

Writings which were part of the original gift to the Archives of American Art are arranged first, followed by a second list of the files donated in 2014.

Box Folder
1 8 About Other Artists, 1942, 1952
1 9 Art and the Art Profession, 1940-1952, undated
1 10 Artist Statements, 1944, 1950, undated
1 11 "Civilization Besieged: The Artist's Role in War," undated
1 12 "East to West," 1940
1 13 Lithography, 1946, undated
1 14 Notes for Autobiography, 1944
1 15 Preliminary Notes for Autobiography, 1944
1 16 Writings by Others About Kuniyoshi, 1948, undated
Box Folder
6 5 "American Art," circa 1940
6 6 "Creative Process," undated
6 7 "Drawings," 1946
6 8 Miscellaneous Writings by Kuniyoshi, circa 1940s
6 9 Notes by Sara Mazo Kuniyoshi, circa 1950s-2000
6 10 Writings by Tom Wolf, circa 1990s
6 11 Thesis, "Yasuo Kuniyoshi, A Japanese-American Artist and the Second World War" by Midori Yoshimoto, 1996
6 12 "Kuniyoshi's America and the War Against Japan" by Gene Thornton, undated
6 13 "Yasuo Kuniyoshi" by Julian E. Levi, 1939

Series 4: Subject Files, circa 1920s-2009
2.9 Linear feet; Boxes 1-2, 6-8

Found here are files on various aspects of Kuniyoshi's career which document his involvement in social, political, and art organizations, including the East West Association, the Artists Equity Association, and the Japanese American Committee for Democracy. These records include correspondence, speeches, printed material and other notes. Also found are transcripts of the radio broadcast, "Japan Against Japan," a few exhibition records, card file inventories of Kuniyoshi's work owned by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and records of his participation in the Woodstock Art Conference.

Many of the files found here were created by Sara Mazo Kuniyoshi during the management of the exhibition and sale of artwork after Kuniyoshi's death. Included are gallery records, especialy documenting Kuniyoshi's dealings with the Downtown Gallery and Zabriskie Galleries; files regarding art dealers and collectors in both the United States and Japan; and other records of gifts, publication, sales, and special projects.

This series has been partially scanned.

Subject files which were part of the original gift to the Archives of American Art are arranged alphabetically first, followed by a second alphabetical list of the files donated in 2014. Researchers should note that there are a few subjects which have files in both lists.

Box Folder
1 17 An American Group, Inc., 1939-1951, undated
1 18-21 Artists' Equity Association, 1946-1952, undated
1 22 Arts Council of Japanese Americans for Democracy, 1942-1944, undated
1 23 Card File Inventory of Etchings, 1959
1 24 Dallas Art Association, 1956
1 25 Declaration of Loyalty, Committee of Japanese Artists Resident in New York City, 1941
1 26 East and West Association, 1956
1 27 Greater New York Committee For Japanese Americans, Inc., 1944-1946
1 28 Japanese American Anthology Collection, 1975-1980
1 29 Japanese American Committee for Democracy, 1943-1944
1 30 Kuniyoshi Memorial Exhibition, Japan, 1953-1955
1 31 List of Gifts to Kuniyoshi Museum, 1993
1 32 Mainichi Press International Exhibition, 1951-1952
1 33 Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1948-1950, undated
1 34-36 Museum of Modern Art Card File Inventory, undated
1 37 Office of War Information Poster Project, 1942
1 38 Radio Broadcast, "Japan Against Japan," 1942
1 39 Retrospective Exhibition, Whitney Museum of Art, 1948
1 40 Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture Lecture, Transcript, 1951
1 41-42 Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture Lecture, 7" Reel-to-Reel Audio Tapes, 1951
1 43 Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture Lecture, Duplicate Cassette Tape, 1951
1 44 United China Relief, Inc., 1942
1 45 United Nations In America Dinner, 1943
Box Folder
2 1 Woodstock Art Conference, 1947-1952, undated
Box Folder
6 14 An American Group, Inc., 1942-1945
6 15 Artists Equity Association, 1949-2002
6 16-20 Authentication of Artwork, 1973-2007
6 21 Benesse Collection, 1991-2002
6 22 Carnegie Institute, 1931-1951
6 23 Conner-Rosencranz, 1991-2004
6 24 Crane Kallman Gallery, 2000
6 25 Downtown Gallery, Artwork Labels, 1960s
6 26-35 Downtown Gallery, Consignments and Sales, 1939-1969
6 36 Downtown Gallery, Estate Records, 1953-1973, 1986
6 37 Downtown Gallery, Gallery Closure and Auction, 1970-1973
6 38 Downtown Gallery, Inventory Lists, 1937-1949, 1951, 1969
6 39 Downtown Gallery, Miscellaneous, 1939, 1943-1955
6 40 Downtown Gallery, Notebook of Sales, 1953-1979
6 41-42 Franklin Riehlman (Allison Galleries), 1986-2003
Box Folder
7 1 Franklin Riehlman (Allison Galleries), 1986-2003
7 2-5 Fukutake Publishing, 1982-2001
7 6 Gallery Nii, Osaka, Inventory Records, circa 2000
7 7 Gifts to Archives of American Art, circa 1989-1995
7 8 Gift to Japanese American National Museum, 1997
7 9 Gifts of Artwork to Museum of Modern Art, 1953-1990
7 10 Gifts of Artwork to New York Artists Equity Association, 1999
7 11 Gifts to Yasuo Kuniyoshi Museum, 1993-2000
7 12-15 Gifts of Artwork to Institutions, 1953-2002
7 16 Howard Greenberg Gallery, 2001
7 17 Japanese Artists Association, 1950-1952
7 18-19 Jules Pascin Painting Valuation, 1958-1996
7 20 Kuniyoshi Memorial Exhibition, Japan, 1953-1956
7 21 Lists of Artwork, 1949-1973
7 22 Lists of Collectors and Museum Directors, circa 1950s-1990s
7 23 Mainichi Press International Exhibitions, 1953-1954
7 24 Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1996
7 25 Natenshi Gallery, 1973-1988
7 26 Office of War Information Poster Project, 1940s, 1996
7 27 Painting of Train Owned by Kuniyoshi, circa 1920s, 1980s
7 28-30 Paul Galleries, Inc. (Paul Watabe), 1968-1978
7 31 Reproduction Requests, 1969, 1988-1998
7 32-33 Requests from Japanese Publications, 1974-1995
7 34 Requests from Japanese Television Productions, 1975-1985
7 35 Salander-O'Reilly Galleries, Inc., circa 1981-1995
7 36-37 Sales of Photographs, circa 1982-2000
7 38 Slide Lists and Requests, circa 1950-1970s
Box Folder
8 1 Toho Art Corporation, 1979-1989
8 2 Tokyo Gallery, 1974
8 3 Treasury Department War Bond Campaign, 1942-1945
8 4 VAGA Rights Administration, 1991-1993, 1999, 2003
8 5 William Pinckard Fine Prints, 1976-1977
8 6 Woodstock Art Conference, 1947, 1950
8 7 Woodstock Artists Association, 1986-2003
8 8 Yasuo Kuniyoshi Fund, Inc., 1953-2001
8 9-15 Zabriskie Gallery, 1978-2003, 2009
8 16 Zauho Press, 1974-1981

Series 5: Printed Material, 1921-2013
1.5 Linear feet; Boxes 2-3, 8, 16

Found here are books, newspaper, and magazine clippings about Kuniyoshi and about World War II; exhibition catalogs and announcements; magazines; and miscellaneous event announcements, brochures, and bulletins. Researchers should note that additional printed material can be found within Series 10: Scrapbooks.

This series has been partially scanned.

Printed material which was part of the original gift to the Archives of American Art are arranged first, followed by a second list of the files donated in 2014.

Box Folder
2 2 Clippings, Biographical, 1940-1964, 1982, undated
2 3 Clippings, World War II, 1944-1945, undated
2 4-14 Exhibition Catalogs, 1936-1986
2 15-16 Exhibition Catalogs, Photocopies, 1921-1952
2 17 Magazines, Art News, 1939, 1942, 1945-1947
2 18-19 Magazines, Miscellaneous, 1924-1939
Box Folder
3 (hol) 1-2 Magazines, Miscellaneous, 1940-1965, 1971
3 (hol) 3 Magazines, Miscellaneous, Photocopies, 1930-1949
3 (hol) 4 Miscellaneous, 1934-1975
Box Folder
8 17 Auction Catalogs, 1934-1985
8 18 Book, Yasuo Kuniyoshi, American Artists Group Monograph, 1945
8 19 Book, Yasuo Kuniyoshi by Lloyd Goodrich, 1948
8 20 Book, Yasuo Kuniyoshi by William Murrell, 1922
8 21-22 Clippings, 1924-2001
8 23 Conference Report, "The Artist and the Museum," 1950
8 24-31 Exhibition Catalogs and Announcements, 1930s-2013
8 32 Magazines and Newsletters, 1931, 1939, 1940, 1993
8 33 Museum and Gallery Publications, circa 1990s
8 34 Publications Regarding Copyright, circa 1950s, 1988
8 35 Miscellaneous, circa 1940s-2001
Box
16 Japanese Portfolio of Artwork Reproductions, 1932

Series 6: Photographs, circa 1920s-2001
0.8 Linear feet; Boxes 3, 9, 15; ; (Box 3; 1 folder)

Found here are photographs of Kuniyoshi in his studio, at various events and parties, teaching at Mills College and with his wife Sara Mazo Kuniyoshi. Numerous portraits of Kuniyoshi were taken by Konrad Cramer, Alfredo Valente, Peter A. Juley & Son, and others. Also found are photographs of artists, including Henry Mattson, Francis Criss, Julian Levi, Emil Ganso, Doris and Russell Lee, and others, taken by Yasuo Kuniyoshi. Of note are photographs of the Artists Equity Testimonial Dinner held in honor of Kuniyoshi's 1948 retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Researchers should note that photographs of artwork by Kuniyoshi can be found in Series 9: Artwork Records.

One folder has been scanned.

Box Folder
3 (hol) 5 Artists Photographed by Kuniyoshi, 1936-1939, undated
Box Folder
9 1-6 Portraits of Yasuo Kuniyoshi, circa 1930s-1953
Oversized material housed in Box 15
9 7-8 Yasuo Kuniyoshi in His Studio, circa 1940s-1950s
9 9 Snapshots of Yasuo Kuniyoshi, circa 1940s-1950s
9 10-11 Yasuo Kuniyoshi at Parties and Special Events, circa 1930s-1952
Oversized material housed in Box 15
9 12 Yasuo Kuniyoshi at Whitney Museum Dinner, 1948
Oversized material housed in Box 15
9 13 Yasuo Kuniyoshi with Others, circa 1920s-1950s
Oversized material housed in Box 15
9 14 Yasuo Kuniyoshi Teaching, circa 1949
9 15 Yasuo Kuniyoshi Near Death, 1953
9 16 Yasuo and Sara Mazo Kuniyoshi, circa 1940s
9 17 Sara Mazo Kuniyoshi, circa 1998- 2001
Oversized material housed in Box 15
9 18 Dick Florsheim and Rico Lebrun, circa 1940s
9 19 Unidentified Event, circa 1950
9 20 Unidentified People in Costume, undated
9 21 Travel, Contact Sheets and Negatives, circa 1955-1958
9 22 Paul Gallery Exhibition, circa 1973
9 23 Exhibition Installations, 1931-circa 1940s
Oversized material housed in Box 15
9 24 Radio City Mural, 1932
9 25 Artwork Depicting Kuniyoshi, circa 1990s
9 26 Artwork by Others, circa 1920s-1940s
9 27 Slides of Photography by Kuniyoshi, undated
9 28 Photographs of Kuniyoshi (Photocopies), undated
Box
15 Oversize Portraits of Yasuo Kuniyoshi from Box 9, Folders 1-6, circa 1930s-1950
15 Oversize Photographs of Kuniyoshi at Parties and Special Events from Box 9, Folder 10-11, circa 1930s-1950s
15 Oversize Photographs of Kuniyoshi at Whitney Museum Dinner from Box 9, Folder 12, 1948
15 Oversize Photographs of Kuniyoshi with Others from Box 9, Folder 13, circa 1930s-1950s
15 Oversize Photographs of Sara Mazo Kuniyoshi from Box 9, Folder 17, circa 1940s
15 Oversize Exhibition Installation Photographs from Box 9, Folder 23, circa 1940s

Series 7: Artwork, 1927-circa 1940s
0.2 Linear feet; Boxes 3, 9, OV 4

Artwork includes numerous pencil sketches by unidentified artists, two zinc lithographic plates made by Kuniyoshi, and two lithographs printed from the plates. Also found are Christmas cards designed by Kuniyoshi.

This series has been partially scanned.

Box Folder
3 (hol) 6 Sketches by Unidentified Artists, undated
3 (hol) 7 Zinc Lithographic Plates, 1927
(Oversized material housed in OV 4)
3 (hol) 8 Lithographs, 1927
(Oversized material housed in OV 4)
Box Folder
9 29 Christmas Cards by Kuniyoshi, circa 1940s
Box
OV 4 Oversized Zinc Lithographic Plates
(See Box 3, F7)
OV 4 Oversized Lithographs
(See Box 3, F8)

Series 8: Exhibition Files, 1953-2004
0.6 Linear feet; Boxes 9-10

Exhibition files were created by Sara Mazo Kuniyoshi and only include exhibitions of Kuniyoshi's works after his death in 1953. Files may include exhibition checklists and planning documents, loan agreements, correspondence, photographs of the exhibition, and press materials.

Files are arranged chronologically by year of exhibition. Researchers should note that additional exhibition records may be found within Series 4: Subject Files.

Box Folder
9 30 "Ink Paintings," Downtown Gallery (1953), 1953
9 31 "Circus Themes," Downtown Gallery (1955), 1955
9 32 Kuniyoshi Memorial Exhibition, Woodstock Art Gallery (1956), 1956
9 33 Retrospective Exhibition, Boston University (1961), 1960-1961
9 34 "Drawings & Lithographs," Downtown Gallery (1965), 1964-1965
9 35 "Kuniyoshi," Nihonbashi Gallery (1965), 1965
9 36-37 Retrospective Exhibition, University of Florida (1969), 1966-1969
9 38 "Yasuo Kuniyoshi: Drawings and Graphics," F.A.R. Gallery (1970), 1970-1971
9 39-41 "Yasuo Kuniyoshi: A Retrospective Exhibition," University of Texas (1975), 1971-1977
9 42 "Yasuo Kuniyoshi," Chrysler Museum at Norfolk (1978), 1978
9 43 "Drawings, 1918-1924," Ellen Sragow Gallery (1979), 1979
9 44 "Yasuo Kuniyoshi: Drawings of the Forties," Zabriskie Gallery (1980), 1980
9 45 Drawings Exhibition, Japan (1980-1981), 1980
9 46-47 "Yasuo Kuniyoshi: Artist as Photographer," Norton Gallery/Bard College (1983), 1982-1990
9 48 "Drawings of the 1920s," Zabriskie Gallery (1986), 1986
9 49 "Yasuo Kuniyoshi," Whitney Museum of American Art, Philip Morris (1986-1987), 1985-1987
9 50 Yasuo Kuniyoshi Retrospective, Nippon Television Network (1989), 1988-1990
9 51 Retrospective Exhibition, National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto (1989), 1989
9 52 "Yasuo Kuniyoshi: Drawings from the 1930s-1940s," Louis Newman Galleries (1991), 1991
9 53 "Female Nudes: Drawings of the 1930s and 1940s," Zabriskie Gallery (1991), 1991
9 54 Exhibition at Meguro Museum of Art, Tokyo (1992-1993), 1992-1993
9 55 "The Shores of A Dream," Amon Carter Museum (1997), 1991-2001
Box Folder
10 1 "Six American Painters and the Photograph," Zabriskie Gallery (2001), 2001
10 2 "Kuniyoshi: A Retrospective," National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo (2004), 2003-2004

Series 9: Artwork Records, circa 1920s-2004
3.3 Linear feet; Boxes 10-13, 16, 18

Artwork records were created by Sara Mazo Kuniyoshi to document works of art created by her husband. Files mostly include photographs of artwork with annotations regarding title, date, sale, and provenance. Some files also include correspondence regarding the exhibition, sale, or authentication of specific works of art, notes by Sara Kuniyoshi, exhibition history, and published reproductions.

Files are arranged based on Sara Mazo Kuniyoshi's original order. Glass plate negatives which were found within the files were separated into preservation storage containers and are closed to researchers.

Box Folder
10 3 Casein and Gouache Paintings, A-B, circa 1940s-2004
10 4 Casein and Gouache Paintings, C-D, circa 1940s-1990s
10 5 Casein and Gouache Paintings, E-G, circa 1940s-1990s
10 6 Casein and Gouache Paintings, H-M, circa 1940s-1990s
10 7 Casein and Gouache Paintings, P-S, circa 1940s-1990s
10 8 Casein and Gouache Paintings, T-Y, circa 1940s-1990s
10 9 Drawings, A-B, circa 1940s-1990s
10 10 Drawings, C-E, circa 1940s-1990s
10 11 Drawings, F-G, circa 1940s-1990s
10 12 Drawings, H-L, circa 1940s-1990s
10 13 Drawings, M-Q, circa 1940s-1990s
10 14 Drawings, S, circa 1940s-1990s
10 15 Drawings, T-Y, circa 1940s-1990s
10 16-18 Drawings Authenticated, 1974-2001
10 19-20 Drawings, Miscellaneous, circa 1979-2001
10 21 Ink Drawings, circa 1960s-1990s
10 22 Ink Drawings, Miscellaneous, 1970s-1999
10 23 Lithographs, circa 1982-1995
10 24 Lithographs (Photographs only), circa 1980s
10 25 Lithographs Checklist, 1950-1975
10 Paintings, Individual Files
10 26 Abandoned Treasures (1946), circa 1946-1992
10 27 Accordion and Horse (1938), circa 1950s
10 28 Acrobats (1925), circa 1950s-1976
10 29 Alabaster Vase and Fruit (1928), circa 1950s
10 30 All Alone (1938), circa 1950s
10 31 Al Perkins Drying Fish (1922), circa 1920s-1950s
10 32 Amazing Juggler (1952), circa 1950s-1960s, 1990s
10 33 Artificial Flower and Other Things (1934), circa 1950s, 1980s
10 34 Autumn Twilight (1929), circa 1920s, 1970
10 35 The Baby (1921), circa 1950s
10 36 Baby Frightened by Water (1925), undated
10 37 Bachelor's Child, circa 1950s, 2001
10 38 Bananas and Plums (circa 1926), circa 1991
10 39 Bathers (before 1920), circa 1960s
10 40 Bather Under Water (1924), circa 1920s
10 41 Bather with Cigarette (1924), circa 1962, 1993
10 42 Bathing Beauty (1924), circa 1920s, 1979-1980
10 43 Bessie (1941), circa 1950s, 1990s
10 44 Between Two Worlds (1939), circa 1940-1960s
10 45 Big Round Table with Objects (1927), circa 1920s
10 46 Bouquet on Stove (1929), circa 1920s-1997
10 47 Boy Feeding Chickens (1923), 1997, 2001
10 48 Boy Fishing (1921), circa 1968
10 49 Boy Frightened by Snake (1921), 1920s-1977
10 50 Boy Stealing Fruit (1923), circa 1920s-2000
10 51 Boy Taking Cow Home (1921), 1946
10 52 Broken Objects (1944), 1940s-1995
10 53 Burgundy (1935), circa 1950s-1960s
10 54 By The Sea (1943), circa 1940s
Box Folder
11 1 Cafe (1937), circa 1950s, 1990
11 2 Captain's Daughter (1924), circa 1950s
11 3 Carnival (1948-1949), 1950s
11 4 Chicken Yard (1921), circa 1950s, 1970s
11 5 Child (1923), circa 1950s, 1992
11 6 Child (1947-1948), circa 1950s
11 7 Circus Ball Rider (1930), circa 1950s
11 8 Circus Girl (1931), circa 1930s
11 9 Circus Girl Resting (1925), circa 1920s-1980s
11 10 The Cock Calling the Dawn (1923), 1920s-1990s
11 11 Cow, 2000
11 12 Cow and Girl (circa 1948-1949), 1989-1990s
11 13 Cows in Pasture (1923), 1920s-1989
11 14 Cripple Creek (1941), circa 1950s
11 15 Crucifixion, circa 1995
11 16 Daily News (1935), 1940s-1995
11 17 Dawn is Coming (1944), circa 1950s
11 18 Day of Rest (1925), circa 1950s
11 19 Deliverance (1947), circa 1950s
11 20 Deserted Brick Yard (1938), circa 1940s-1950s
11 21 Doughnuts and Grapes (1932), circa 1950s
11 22 Dream (1922), circa 1940s, 2000
11 23 Dream Girl (1946-1948), circa 1940s, 1990-1991
11 24 Eggplant (1925), 1990
11 25 Empty Town in Desert (1943), circa 1950s
11 26 End of Juanita (1942), circa 1950s, 1993
11 27 Eve in the Garden of Eden (1946), 1991
11 28 Exit (1948-1950), 1950-1996
11 29 Fakir (1951), 1950s-2000
11 30 Farmyard, circa 1970s
11 31 Festivities Ended (1939-1947), circa 1950s-1998
11 32 Fish and Seaweed (circa 1921), 1988
11 33 Fisherman's Son (1922), circa 1950s
11 34 Fish Kite (1950), circa 1950-1980s
11 35 Flapper (1921), circa 1920s-1950s
11 36 Flowers (1925), circa 1920s
11 37 Flowers (1926), circa 1920s, 1987
11 38 Flowers (1932), circa 1950s
11 39 Flowers in Vase (1930), 1997
11 40 Forbidden Fruit (1950), 1960s, 1998
11 41 A Friend (1945), circa 1990s
11 42 Friends (1948), circa 1970
11 43 From Pine Hill (1920), 1988
11 44 Fruit on Stove (1930), circa 1930s
11 45 Fruit, Reproduction and Cookies (1934), circa 1950s-1998
11 46 Fruits on Table (1931), circa 1960
11 47 Girl Asleep, circa 1950s-1997
11 48 Girl at Piano (1921), circa 1920s, 1980s
11 49 Girl at Table (1920), undated
11 50 Girl Brushing Hair (1928), circa 1930s
11 51 Girl Combing Hair (1928), circa 1930s
11 52 Girl in Armchair, 1981-2001
11 53 Girl in Chemise on Sofa (1925), circa 1920s, 1987
11 54 Girl in Gray Chemise (1929), circa 1920s-1950s
11 55 Girl in Green (1933), circa 1950s
11 56 Girl in Pink Slip (1932), 1988, 1998
11 57 Girl in Red Skirt, 1987
11 58 Girl in White (1934), circa 1950s-2001
11 59 Girl in White Chemise (1928), 1950s-1980s
11 60 Girl in Wicker Chair (1929), circa 1950s
11 61 Girl Reading (1927), circa 1988
11 62 Girl Thinking (1935), 1960s-1998
11 63 Girl Wearing Bandana (1936), circa 1987-1997
11 64 Girl with Accordion (1941), circa 1940s
11 65 Girl with Ball (1922), circa 1960s
11 66 Girl with Bangs, 1982
11 67 Girl with Cigarette, circa 1950s, 1989
11 68 Girl with Feathered Hat (1935), circa 1950s, 1989
11 69 Girl with Flowered Hat (1929), circa 1950s, 1991-1992
11 70 Girl with Flower in Hair (1932), circa 1932
11 71 Girl with Fur Coat (1930), circa 1951, 1988
11 72 Girl with Handkerchief, 1979-1980
11 73 Girl with Hat (1924), circa 1978
11 74 Going Out (1934), circa 1950s, 1999
11 75 Good Little Girl (1921), 1920s
11 76 Grapes and Hard Crackers (1935), 1989
11 77 Grapes on a Kerchief, 1990
11 78 Grapes, Peanut Brittle and Peaches, circa 1950s
11 79 Grapes, Pipe, and Other Things (1935), circa 1950s
11 80 Headless Horse Who Wants to Jump (1945), 1946-1989
11 81 Head of a Young Girl (1934), circa 1930s
11 82 Honeycomb Hill (1941), 1985
11 83 House in Landscape, 1989, 1999
11 84 I Like It Here (1944), circa 1992-1993
11 85 I'm Tired (1938), 1950s-1960s
11 86 Interior with Still Life (1927), circa 1920s-1974
11 87 Island of Happiness (1924), 1920s, 1994
11 88 I Think So (1938), 1930s-1970s
11 89 I Was Just Married (1939), 1950s, 1990-1991
11 90 I Wear Mask Today (1946), circa 1940s
11 91 Joel's Barn (1923), 1992-1993
11 92 Joinville (1925), circa 1920s, 1988
11 93 Just A Nice Day (1946-1947), circa 1950s, 1996
11 94 Landscape (1918), circa 1991
11 95 Landscape (early 1920s), circa 1973
11 96 Landscape (1920s), 1920s, 1979-1985
11 97 Landscape (1924), 1937, 1950s
11 98 Landscape (1925), 1998-1999
11 99 Landscape with Donkey (1928), 1950s-1978
11 100 Landscape with Two Dogs (1945), circa 1950s, 1981
11 101 Lay Figure (1937-1938), circa 1950s
11 102 Life Saver (1925), circa 1920s, 1977
11 103 Little Joe with Cow (1923), circa 1950s
11 104 Little Pond (1932), circa 1945
11 105 Look, It Flies! (1946), 1940s-1975
11 106 Lover's Pike (1946), circa 1950s, 1984
11 107 Maine Family (1923), 1963, 1990, 1999
11 108 Maine Landscape (1923), circa 1974, 2001
11 109 Maine Landscape (circa 1924), circa 1920s-1986
11 110 Maud (1921), circa 1920s, 1979
11 111 The Meeting (1921-1922), 1987
11 112 Melon, Grapes and Pears (1929), 1950s-1985
11 113 Milking Cow (1921), circa 1920s
11 114 Milk Maid (1924), 1986
11 115 Milk Train (1940), circa 1950s, 1989
11 116 Mirror (1933), circa 1950s
11 117 Mr. Ace (1952), circa 1950s, 1990
11 118 Model Walking Around Studio (1924), circa 1950s
11 119 Morning After (1938), circa 1950s
11 120 Mother and Daughter (1945), circa 1950s
11 121 My Fate is in Your Hand (1950), 1988-1994
11 122 Nevadaville (1942), circa 1940s
11 123 Nude (Multiple) (Early), 1990, 1994
11 124 Nude (1929), circa 1970s
11 125 Nude at Stairway, circa 1976
11 126 Nude Dressing at Window, 2002
11 127 Nude on Couch (1922), circa 1950s
11 128 Nurse and Child (1924), 1989
11 129 Odd Objects on Couch (1929-1930), circa 1950s
11 130 Ogunquit Landscape (1923), undated
11 131 Oriental Presents (1951), 1950s-1990s
11 132 Painting on Mirror, undated
11 133 Paula in Green (1940), circa 1950s, 1985
11 134 Peaches and Grapes (1929), circa 1950s, 1991-1992
11 135 Photograph and Peaches on Chair (1938), circa 1950s, 1970
11 136 Picking a Horse (1937), circa 1930s-1997
11 137 Picnic, circa 1978
11 138 Pigeon and Scarf (1932), circa 1950s
11 139 Poppies (1928), circa 1950s
11 140 Portrait of a Young Girl (1933), circa 1950s
11 141 Portrait of a Young Girl (1933), circa 1950s
11 142 Praying for Rain (circa 1923), circa 1980
11 143 Quiet Thought, 1987
11 144 Reclining Nude (1929), circa 1950s, 1989
Box Folder
12 1 Refugees (1917), circa 1950s
12 2 Relaxation (1942), circa 1980
12 3 Resting (circa 1920), circa 1994
12 4 Resting (1930), 1982
12 5 Revelation (1948-1949), 1950s
12 6 Rolls (1931), 1985
12 7 Rolls on Chair (1930), undated
12 8 Room 110 (1944), circa 1950s
12 9 Rotting on the Shore (1945), circa 1950s, 1983
12 10 Season's Ended (1940-1945), circa 1950s
12 11 Seated Girl, 1968, 1983
12 12 Seated Nude (1920), undated
12 13 Self-Portrait (1918), circa 1985-1986
12 14 Self-Portrait (1924), 1950s-1987
12 15 Self-Portrait as a Golfer (1927), 1950s-1987
12 16 She's Going (1944), circa 1950s
12 17 She Walks Among the Ruins (1945-1946), 1949-1970s
12 18 Sisters Frightened by Whale (1923), 1920s-1989
12 19 Skating (1931), circa 1950s
12 20 Sleeping Girl (1928), circa 1950s
12 21 Somebody Tore My Poster, 1949-1998
12 22 Spanish Soprano (1942), circa 1950s
12 23 Standing Nude (circa 1939-1941), circa 1950s
12 24 Still life (1928), circa 1950s, 1994
12 25 Still Life with Bananas (1920), 1988
12 26 Still Life with Fruit, 1995
12 27 Stormy Weather (1936), circa 1950s, 1984
12 28 Strong Woman and Child (1925), circa 1950s-2000
12 29 Sugar Doll (1929), circa 1950s, 1980s
12 30 Summer (1929), circa 1950s
12 31 Summer Storm (1938), circa 1950s
12 32 Susanna (1944), circa 1950s
12 33 Swimmer (1924), circa 1950s, 1999
12 34 Things on Iron Chair (1936), circa 1950s
12 35 Thinking Ahead (1945), circa 1950s
12 36 This Is My Playground (1947), 1948-1988
12 37 Three Generations (1920), 1978
12 38 Three Peaches (1938), circa 1950s
12 39 La Toilette (1927), circa 1978-1979
12 40 To The Ball (1950), 1950-2000
12 41 Toward Village (1937), circa 1950s-1970s
12 42 Toy Tiger and Odd Objects (1932), circa 1950s-1988
12 43 Trapeze Performer (1940), circa 1940s
12 44 Try-on (1942), circa 1950s, 1989
12 45 Twisted Bread (1930), circa 1950s-1960s
12 46 Two Babies (1923), circa 1920s, 1923
12 47 Two Cows (1922), circa 1950s-1986
12 48 Two Sisters (1920), circa 1920s
12 49 Upside Down Table and Mask (1940), 1941-1992
12 50 Upstream (1922), 1920s-2000
12 51 Village (1921), circa 1950s, 2003
Box Folder
13 1 White Cow in Marsh (1921), circa 1950s
13 2 Wild Horses (1921), circa 1920s, 1972
13 3 Winter Landscape (1921), circa 1980s
13 4 Woman and Child (1920), circa 1980s
13 5 Woman in Flat (1920), 1988
13 6 Yellow Flowers (1919), circa 1987
13 7 Young Couple (1923), circa 1950s
13 8 Young Girl, circa 1950s, 1982
13 9 Your Fate Is In My Hand (1950), circa 1950s
13 10 Waiting (1938), circa 1940s
13 11 Waitresses (1924-1925), circa 1950s-1970s
13 12 Watermelon (1938), circa 1950s, 1990s
13 13 Weathervane and Other Objects, circa 1950s, 1988
13 14 What's the Use (1940), circa 1950s
13 15-16 Photographs of Artwork, Miscellaneous, circa 1940s-1980s
Oversized items housed in Box 16
13 17 Reproductions of Artwork "Not in Files," circa 1990s
Box
16 Oversize Photographs of Artwork from Box 13, Folder 16, circa 1940s-1950s
Box
18 Glass Plate Negatives of Photographs of Artwork, circa 1930s

Series 10: Scrapbooks, 1919-1978
0.6 Linear feet; Boxes 13-14, 17

Four scrapbooks include press clippings, exhibition announcements, checklists, and a few catalogs. Three of the scrapbooks appear to have been compiled in chronological order from 1919 to 1951. The fourth scrapbook appears to have been created at a later date by Sara Mazo Kuniyoshi.

Box Folder
13 18-20 Scrapbook, circa 1933-1978
Box Folder
14 1-5 Scrapbook, 1919-1931
Box Folder
17 1 Scrapbook, 1934-1945
17 2 Scrapbook, 1946-1951