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Chiura Obata papers, circa 1891-2000, 1942-1945

Obata, Chiura, 1885-1975

Art teacher, Painter


Collection Information

Size: 2.6 linear feet

Summary: The papers of Japanese American artist Chiura Obata measure 1.4 linear feet and date from 1885-1975. Included are biographical material relating to Obata's internment; administrative files regarding the establishment and management of art schools at Tanforan and Topaz detention sites; writings by Obata; teaching files from the University of California, Berkeley; project and exhibition files; personal and professional correspondence; photorgaphs; artwork including sketchbooks and loose drawings by Obata and printed material.

Biographical/Historical Note

Chiura Obata (1885-1975) was a Japanese American artist who taught at University of California, Berkeley. Obata was interned at Topaz internment camp in Topaz, Utah during World War II.


Donated 2018 by Kimi Kodani Hill and Mia Kodani Brill, Obata's grandchildren.

How to Use This Collection

Restrictions on Access

Collection is being processed and digitized and is CLOSED to researchers.

How to Cite This Collection

Chiura Obata papers, circa 1891-2000, 1942-1945. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.