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

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Series 4:Professional Activities, 1913, 1924-1967
0.3 Linear feet
Boxes 1-2, OV 4

The professional activities series contains materials related to Obata's work as an artist and art educator, including records from his time teaching at the University of California, Berkeley, to the Tanforan and Topaz Art Schools he established, and documents about other activities within the relocation centers. Most of the series consists of teaching files, but there are other files on projects and commissions such as his set design for Madame Butterfly, art inventory lists, and the donation of a painting to the Japanese American Citizens League.
This series is arranged in chronological order.
The bulk of this series has been digitized. Materials which have not been digitized include blank pages, blank versos of photographs, and duplicates. In some cases, exhibition catalogs and other publications have had their covers, title pages, and relevant pages digitized.
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Portola Festival - Union Square, 1913
1
98
Certificate of Copyright Registration, Telephone Directory Covers, 1924
1
99
Madame Butterfly Opera Set, 1924
1
100
Chiura Obata School of Painting Course List, circa 1932
1
101
University of California Course Outlines, 1932-1936
1
102
Yosemite Outdoor Sketching Course List of Materials, 1938
1
103
Chiura Obata Art Inventory and Price Lists at Best's Studio, 1938-1941
1
104
California Monthly Covers for California's Colorful Campuses, 1939-1940 (Painting Portfolio), 1939-1947
1
105
Obata Studio Blank Letterhead and Invoice Forms, 1939-circa 1942
1
106
Tanforan Art School - Clippings, 1942
1
107
Tanforan Art School - Clippings, 1942
OV 4
2
Tanforan Art School - Exhibition List of Art by Students and Teachers, circa 1942
Work by students and teachers at Tanforan shown in traveling exhibition at Berkeley and Pasadena Art Institute
1
108
Tanforan Art School - Letter of Intent to Establish Art School, 1942
1
109
Tanforan Art School - Record Book, 1942
1
110
Tanforan Art School - "Survey of Obata Art Project" and "Proposed Project", 1942
1
111
Topaz Art School - "Adult Education Program Guide", 1943
2
1
Topaz Art School - Art School and High School Commencement, circa 1943
2
2
Topaz Art School - Clippings, 1942-1943
OV 4
3
Topaz Art School - "History and Development of Topaz Art School" by Matsusaburo Hibi, circa 1942
2
3
Topaz Art School - Materials Related to Exhibits and Student Art, 1942-1943
2
4
Topaz Art School - Student Roster for Sewing and Knitting Classes, circa 1943
2
5
Lectures and Demonstrations in Salt Lake City, Utah, 1943
2
6
University of California Course Outlines, 1946
2
7
Donation of Glorious Struggle to the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL), 1965-1967
2
8

Make a Request

  • To request an appointment to view materials, make your selections using the checkboxes and click the "Reading Room" button. Please note, you will receive the full box.
  • To request reproductions, make your selections using the checkboxes and click the "Reproduction" button.