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Miye Matsukata papers, circa 1900-1982, bulk 1964-1981

Matsukata, Miye, 1922-1981

Designer, Jeweler

Collection Information

Size: 13.45 linear feet

Summary: The papers of jewelry designer and metalsmith Miye Matsukata measure 13.45 linear feet and date from circa 1900 to 1982, with the bulk of the material dating from 1964 to 1981.The papers include correspondence, interviews, journals, writings and lectures, exhibition files, Janiye business records, printed materials, scrapbooks, artwork, sketchbooks, and photographic materials that document Matsukata's work as a jeweler and owner of Janiye, an atelier located in Boston, Massachusetts.

Biographical/Historical Note

Miye Matsukata (1922-1981) was a jewelry designer and metalsmith in Boston, Massachusetts. Matsukata was born in Tokyo, Japan. She attended Principia College in Elsah, Illinois and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston which awarded her traveling scholarships to Scandinavia and Egypt. She worked in her jewelry firm Janiye in Boston from 1950 until her death.


The Miye Matsukata papers were donated in 1984 by Mrs. Edwin O. Reischauer, Matsukata's sister and in 2008 and 2017 by Ann Hubbard Gaddis, the sister of Matsukata's business partner and heir, James Hubbard.

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