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

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Series 2:Correspondence, 1925-1992
0.4 Linear feet
Box 1

This series includes correspondence between Obata and family, friends, and colleagues, primarily while he was incarcerated at Tanforan and Topaz. Occasional letters addressed to his family members are also included. Notable correspondents include John Boylin, Dorothea Lange, Monroe Deutsch, Dorothy Parker, Miné Okubo, and Ruth Kingman. Much of the correspondence in this series is in Japanese, including letters of appreciation from students who attended the art schools established by Chiura Obata at Tanforan and Topaz. Some correspondence includes explanatory notes summarizing letter contents or providing context, written by either Kimi Kodani Hill or Mia Kodani Brill, Obata's grandchildren who donated the collection to the archives.
Chiura Obata letter drafts to unidentified correspondents are at the beginning of the series. The rest of the correspondence is arranged alphabetically by correspondent. Letters and comments from students and Christmas and greeting cards are housed at the end of the series.
The bulk of this series has been digitized, except for duplicates.
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Chiura Obata Letter Drafts to Unidentified Correspondents, circa 1942-circa 1945
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9
Adams, Ansel and Virginia, circa 1944
1
10
Blake, Beth, 1935-1943, 1975
This file includes notes from an interview with Kim Kodani and Beth Blake, a transcript of Beth Blake's oral history, and a profile of Blake in the February 1939 California Monthly.
1
11
Boylin, John "Jack", 1942-1944
1
12
Breed, Eleanor, 1942-1943
Includes a photocopy of typescript "Eleanor Breed Church Diary."
1
13
Buckham, Margaret, 1942-1943
1
14
B, Miscellaneous, 1942-1943
1
15
C, Miscellaneous, 1942-1943
1
16
Deutsch, Monroe E. (University of California, Berkeley), 1942-1945
1
17
Dungan, H. L., 1942-1945
1
18
D, Miscellaneous, 1942-1943
1
19
Emery, Edwin, 1941-1942
1
20
Fisher, Galen M., 1942-1945
1
21
Frederick, Mrs. Clarence J., 1943-1944
1
22
F, Miscellaneous, 1942-1943
1
23
G, Miscellaneous, 1942
1
24
Haack, Arnold J., 1943
1
25
Heinz, Doris Hale, 1942-1943
1
26
H, Miscellaneous, 1942-1943
1
27
Itow, Sashima, 1943-1944
1
28
I-J, Miscellaneous, 1942-1944
1
29
Kingman, Ruth, 1942-1944, 1986
Includes a transcript of Ruth King's oral history.
1
30
K, Miscellaneous, 1942-1943
1
31
Lange, Dorothea (Taylor), 1942
1
32
Mission Board, 1939-1943
1
33
M, Miscellaneous, 1942-1944
1
34
N, Miscellaneous, 1925-1943
1
35
Obata, Gyo and Kimio, 1943
1
36
Obata, Haruko (to Chiura Obata in St. Louis), 1943
1
37
Obata, Kané, 1943
1
38
Okubo, Miné, 1948-1954, 1975
1
39
O, Miscellaneous, 1942-1943
1
40
Parker, Dorothy, 1942-1944
1
41
P, Miscellaneous, 1942-1943
1
42
Roosevelt, Eleanor and Correspondence About Painting Moonlight Over Topaz, Utah, 1942-1943, 1962, 1986-1992
Also includes clippings.
1
43
Russell Sage Foundation, 1946-1947
1
44
R, Miscellaneous, 1927, 1942-1949
1
45
Santa Fe School Students, 1938
1
46
Schenkofsky, Henry D., 1942-1943
1
47
Simmons, Dorothy, 1942-1943
1
48
S, Miscellaneous, 1941-1944
1
49
Tanforan Wartime Civil Control Administration, 1942
1
50
Topaz Art School, 1942-1943
Letters written by Chiura Obata on behalf of Topaz Art School to Topaz Center administration.
1
51
Topaz War Relocation Authority, 1943-1945
1
52
T, Miscellaneous, 1942-1943
1
53
University of California, Berkeley, 1941-1950
1
54
University of North Carolina, 1937-1938
Includes a list of paintings exhibited at the University of North Carolina, as well as a letter from Kalamazoo Institute of Art regarding the UNC exhibition.
1
55
University of Redlands, 1941
1
56
U, Miscellaneous, 1943-1944
1
57
Washington University, 1942-1945
1
58
Weidman, Merle and Herald, 1942
1
59
W-Y, Miscellaneous, 1942
1
60
Unidentified Correspondent, circa 1945
1
61
Letters and Comments from California Students, 1933-1934
1
62
Letters of Appreciation from Tanforan and Topaz Art School Students, 1942-1943
1
63
Christmas and Greeting Cards, A-H, circa 1943-circa 1944
1
64
Christmas and Greeting Cards, K-Y, and Unidentified Correspondents, 1943-1944
1
65

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