Scope and Contents
The papers of Japanese American artists Hisako Hibi and Matsusaburo "George" Hibi measure 5.1 linear feet and date from circa 1906-2022. These papers are mainly focused on Hisako Hibi's life and career, with some content related to her husband Matsusaburo "George" Hibi. Included are biographical material consisting of immigration documents and interview transcripts; scrapbooks; printed material including catalogs and newspaper clippings; personal and professional correspondence; scattered records of works sold, loaned and donated; and a few sketches. Also found is Matsusaburo's handwritten account of founding the art school at Topaz incarceration camp along with other material related to the forced removal and incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II. A small addition to this collection consisting of letters (many handmade) to Hisako Hibi from friends and fellow artists was merged in with the rest of the correspondence.
There is a 1.2 linear foot unprocessed addition to this collection donated in 2023 that includes sketchbooks by Hisako Hibi, a yearbook, letters to Hisako Hibi, printed material, and membership cards. Materials date from circa 1929-2000.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The Hisako Hibi and Matsusaburo "George" Hibi papers were donated to the Archives of American Art in 2022 by Ibuki Hibi Lee, Hisako and Matsusaburo "George" Hibi's daughter. Additional material donated in 2023 by Amy Lee-Tai, Ibuki Lee's daughter.
The collection was processed, and a finding aid prepared by Rihoko Ueno in 2023.