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Kenjilo Nanao papers, circa 1885-2017, bulk 1970-2000

Nanao, Kenjilo, 1929-2013

Lithographer, Painter


Collection Information

Size: 11.3 linear feet

Summary: The papers of painter and lithographer Kenjilo Nanao measure 12.7 linear feet and date from 1915-2017. Included are biographical material, personal and professional correspondence, writings including diaries, date books and notebooks, financial records consisting of price lists and a sales ledger, project files including Nanao's "lithography dossier", scrapbooks, a photograph album annotated in Japanese and slides of works of art, files regarding Nanao's teaching career, works of art consisting of notebooks with watercolors and drawings, and printed material. Also included is a transcript of an interview with Gail Nanao conducted by Susan Landauer, curator of the exhibition "Her View: The Bay Area Figuration of Gail Chadell Nanao," Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, 2018.

Biographical/Historical Note

Kenjilo Nanao (1929-2013) was a painter, lithographer and teacher in Berkeley, California. Nanao taught at the California State University, Hayward.


Donated 2016 by Gail Nanao, Kenjilo Nanao's widow.

Language Note

Corrsepondence and journals are in English and Japanese.

How to Use This Collection

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment.

How to Cite This Collection

Kenjilo Nanao papers, circa 1885-2017, bulk 1970-2000. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.