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George Nakashima papers, 1950-1991

Contents and Arrangement

The collection is arranged as five series.

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Series 1: Biographical Material , 1990
1 folder
Box 1

This series contains Nakashima's curriculum vitae, a memorial service bulletin, and photocopies of his obituaries.
Description Container Select
Biographical Material, 1990
1
1

Series 2: Correspondence , 1950-1991
0.7 Linear Feet
Box 1

This series consists of general chronological files and named files. Chronological correspondence spans four decades and includes letters with clients, colleagues, and friends regarding business dealings, visits to Nakashima's workshop, and his ongoing affiliation with the Sri Aurobindo community. Named files are for awards, an exhibition at the Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce, correspondents in Japan, scholar and Sri Aurobindo devotee Vasant Merchant, correspondence regarding Nakashima's book titled The Soul of the Tree: A Woodworker's Reflections, and letters from the Sri Aurobindo temple.
Description Container Select
General, undated
1
2
General, 1950-1960
1
3
General, 1961-1969
1
4
General, 1970-1979
1
5
General, 1980-1989
1
6-17
General, 1990
1
18
Awards, Regarding, 1982-1985
Includes material on the Order of the Sacred Treasure awarded by the Emperor of Japan and the Altar for Peace.
1
19
Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce Exhibition, 1988
1
20
Japan, circa 1963-1989
1
21
Merchant, Vasant, 1982-1987
1
22-23
The Soul of the Tree: A Woodworker's Reflections, Regarding, 1981-1982
1
24
Sri Aurobindo Matrimandir, 1965-1989
1
25-27

Series 3: Writings , 1953-1989
2 folders
Box 1

Writings by Nakashima include essays and a speech delivered to the New York Herald Tribune Forum on his design process and how his craft is connected to the natural and spiritual world. Writings about Nakashima include a translated article from Kateigaho magazine, "A Tree of Destiny" by Richard A. Ek, and article excerpts printed onto a single page.
Description Container Select
By Nakashima, 1953, undated
1
28
About Nakashima, 1978-1989
1
29

Series 4: Subject Files , 1957-1980s
4 folders
Box 1

This series contains mainly printed materials but also contains some correspondence and photographs in files for architecture professor Alfred Caldwell, flush toilet systems, trademarks, and wood and tree services.
Description Container Select
Caldwell, Alfred, circa 1980s
Includes a speech transcript and photocopy of "The Hex of Harmony" by Caldwell.
1
30
Flush Toilet Systems, 1976
1
31
Trademark, 1957
Includes an engraving copy of a hand drawn logo for Nakashima's business.
1
32
Wood and Tree Services, circa 1960-1980s
Includes photographs of cut trees, tables, and clocks.
1
33

Series 5: Printed Material , 1954-1991
0.2 Linear Feet
Box 1

Art reproductions of St. James in Pennington, New Jersey, booklets, catalogs and clippings relating to Nakashima, and publicity material for exhibitions and events are in printed materials.
Description Container Select
Art Reproductions, circa 1986
1
34
Booklets, circa 1980s
1
35
Catalogs, Furniture, circa 1960-1991
1
36-37
Clippings, 1954-1991
Almost all newspaper clippings are photocopies.
1
38-39
Publicity, Exhibitions and Events, 1963-1991
1
40

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.