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Ray Yoshida papers, 1903-2010, bulk 1950-2005

Ray Yoshida papers, 1903-2010, bulk 1950-2005

Yoshida, Ray, 1930-2009

Painter, Collagist

Collection Information

Size: 11.1 linear feet

Summary: The papers of Chicago artist and educator Ray Yoshida measure 9.1 linear feet and date from 1903 to 2010, with the bulk of the material dating from 1950 to 2005. Yoshida's career as a painter and collagist as well as his long tenure as a professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago are documented through biographical material, personal correspondence, notebooks and writings, teaching records, personal business records, printed material, photographs, sketchbooks, artwork by Yoshida and others, and scrapbooks. Items within the collection also document Yoshida's personal interest in collecting folk art and artifacts.

Biographical/Historical Note

Raymond (Ray) Kakuo Yoshida (1930-2009) was a painter, collagist, and educator in Chicago, Illinois.

Provenance

Donated 2012 by Ray Yoshida via Terri Yoho of the Kohler Foundation, representing Yoshida's estate and in 2013 and 2015 by Jennifer Sabas and Shayle Miller, estate executors, then again in 2016 by Shayle Miller.

A Finding Aid to the Ray Yoshida Papers, 1903-2010, bulk 1950-2005, in the Archives of American Art
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Finding aid prepared by Erin Kinhart
Scope and Contents note
The papers of Chicago artist and educator Ray Yoshida measure 11.1 linear feet and date from 1903 to 2010, with the bulk of the material dating from 1950 to 2005. Yoshida’s career as a painter and collagist as well as his long tenure as a professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago are documented through biographical material, personal correspondence, notebooks and writings, teaching records, personal business records, printed material, photographs, sketchbooks, artwork by Yoshida and others, and scrapbooks. Items within the collection also document Yoshida’s personal interest in collecting folk art and artifacts. An unprocessed addition of 2.0 linear feet donated 2015-2016 includes 3 scrapbooks and printed material that Yoshida collected as source material for his work, photographs and slides of Yoshida and works of art, notes, and doodles on paper by Yoshida.
Biographical/Historical note
Ray Yoshida (1930-2009) was a painter, collagist, and educator in Chicago, Illinois.
Raymond Kakuo Yoshida was born in Kapaa, Hawaii, in 1930. He attended the University of Hawaii for two years and completed a B.A. in Arts Education at the Art Institute of Chicago in 1953. He also served in the U.S. Army for two years during the Korean War. In 1957 he recieved his M.F.A from Syracuse University and became a faculty member at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1959. He was named Frank Harold Sellers Professor in the Department of Painting and Drawing in 1971, retired as professor emeritus in 1998, and continued to teach until 2003.
Yoshida's paintings and collages were strongly influenced by comics as well as his own collection of folk and outsider art. He regularly exhibited at Phyllis Kind Gallery in Chicago from 1975 to 1996, and a major retrospective of his work was organized by the Contemporary Museum of Honolulu in 1998. He retired to Hawaii in 2005 where he lived until his death in 2009.
Arrangement note
The collection is arranged as 12 series.
Series 1: Biographical Material, 1950-2005 (0.5 Linear feet; Box 1)
Series 2: Correspondence, 1954-2009 (2.0 Linear feet; Boxes 1-3, 9, 12)
Series 3: Notebooks, circa 1960s-1990s (0.5 Linear feet; Box 3)
Series 4: Writings, circa 1950-2001 (0.4 Linear feet; Boxes 3-4)
Series 5: Teaching Records, 1962-2003 (0.4 Linear feet; Box 4)
Series 6: Personal Business Records, circa 1971-2010 (0.6 Linear feet; Boxes 4-5)
Series 7: Printed Material, circa 1912-2005 (1.9 Linear feet; Boxes 5-6, 12)
Series 8: Photographs, circa 1911-1990s (0.4 Linear feet; Box 7)
Series 9: Sketchbooks, circa 1960s-2000s (0.9 Linear feet; Boxes 7, 10-11)
Series 10: Artwork, 1903-2000s (0.9 Linear feet; Boxes 7-8, 12)
Series 11: Scrapbooks, early 1900s-1960s (0.6 Linear feet; Boxes 8-11)
Series 12: Unprocessed Addition, circa 1950-2005 (2.0 linear feet; Boxes 13-14)
Provenance
Donated 2012 by Ray Yoshida via Terri Yoho of the Kohler Foundation, representing Yoshida's estate and in 2013 and 2015 by Jennifer Sabas and Shayle Miller, estate executors, then again in 2016 by Shayle Miller.
Processing Information note
The collection was processed to a minimal level and a finding aid prepared by Erin Kinhart in 2015. The collection has been minimally rearranged and retains the existing/original folder titles when possible. All materials have been rehoused in archival folders and boxes for long-term stability, but not all staples and other fasteners have been removed. Materials within folders have not been rearranged.

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington D.C. Research Center. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice. One box of letters from Jim Nutt is ACCESS RESTRICTED; use requires written permission.

How to Cite This Collection

Ray Yoshida papers, 1903-2010, bulk 1950-2005. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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