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Yasuo Kuniyoshi papers, 1906-2013

Yasuo Kuniyoshi papers, 1906-2013

Kuniyoshi, Yasuo, 1893-1953

Art teacher, Painter, Photographer, Lithographer

The papers of Yasuo Kuniyoshi were digitized in 2005 by the Archives of American Art. The papers have been scanned in their entirety, and total 1,852 images.

Funding for the processing and digitization of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.

Collection Information

Size: 11.8 linear feet

Summary: The papers of artist Yasuo Kuniyoshi measure 11.8 linear feet and date from 1906-2013. The collection documents his career as a painter, graphic artist, and photographer, as well as his involvement in political, social, and art organizations, especially during World War II. Included are biographical material; correspondence; writings by Kuniyoshi and others; subject files primarily on his participation in various organizations and business dealings with American and Japanese galleries, museums, and dealers; exhibition catalogs and other printed material; photographs of Kuniyoshi and others; and artwork; exhibition and artwork records; and four scrapbooks. The collection also contains materials on Kuniyoshi's career and artwork obtained after his death by his widow Sara Mazo Kuniyoshi.

Biographical/Historical Note

Yasuo Kuniyoshi (1889-1953) was a Japanese-American painter, printmaker and photographer from New York, New York. Year of birth cited as 1889, 1890, or 1893.

Provenance

The collection was donated in installments, from 1969 to 1995, by Sara Mazo Kuniyoshi, Yasuo Kuniyoshi's widow. Additional papers were donated in 2014 by Stephen Diamond, Sara Mazo Kuniyoshi's nephew.

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Funding

Funding for the processing and digitization of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.

A Finding Aid to the Yasuo Kuniyoshi Papers, 1906-2013, in the Archives of American Art
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Finding aid prepared by Erin Kinhart
Scope and Content Note
The papers of artist Yasuo Kuniyoshi measure 11.8 linear feet and date from 1906-2013. The collection documents his career as a painter, graphic artist, and photographer, as well as his involvement in political, social, and art organizations, especially during World War II. Included are biographical material; correspondence; writings by Kuniyoshi and others; subject files primarily on his participation in various organizations and business dealings with American and Japanese galleries, museums, and dealers; exhibition catalogs and other printed material; photographs of Kuniyoshi and others; and artwork; exhibition and artwork records; and four scrapbooks. The collection also contains materials on Kuniyoshi's career and artwork obtained after his death by his widow Sara Mazo Kuniyoshi.
Biographical Note
Yasuo Kuniyoshi (1889-1953) was a Japanese-American painter, printmaker and photographer in New York, N.Y.
Kuniyoshi was born in Okayama, Japan. In 1906 he came to the United States and a year later began studying at the Los Angeles School of Art and Design. In 1910 he moved to New York and took courses at the National Academy of Design, the Independent School of Art, and the Art Students League, where he studied with Kenneth Hayes Miller. He was married to fellow artist Katherine Schmidt from 1919 to 1932. After traveling throughout Europe, they moved to the Woodstock, New York, in 1927 and took part in the Woodstock Art Colony. Kuniyoshi studied and later taught at the Art Students League summer school there. By 1930 he had established himself as an internationally known painter and graphic artist. In New York City he taught at the Art Students League, the New School for Social Research, and served as the first president of the Artists Equity Association from 1947 to 1950. Kuniyoshi was active in social organizations, especially Japanese American organizations, such as the Japanese American Committee for Democracy, and took an active role in the war effort during World War II. Yasuo Kuniyoshi died in 1953 and was survived by his second wife Sara Mazo Kuniyoshi who preserved the legacy of his work.
Arrangement
This collection is arranged as 10 series. Additions to the collection received in 2014 were integrated in the finding aid according to appropriate series, but not physically integrated. Thus, box numbers may be out of order.
Series 1: Biographical Material, 1906-1990s (Boxes 1, 5; 0.2 linear feet)
Series 2: Correspondence, 1931-2004 (Boxes 1, 5-6; 1.2 linear feet)
Series 3: Writings, 1939-2000 (Boxes 1, 6; 0.4 linear feet)
Series 4: Subject Files, circa 1920s-2009 (Boxes 1-2, 6-8; 2.9 linear feet)
Series 5: Printed Material, 1921-2013 (Boxes 2-3, 8, 16; 1.5 linear feet)
Series 6: Photographs, circa 1920s-2001 (Boxes 3, 9, 15; 0.8 linear feet)
Series 7: Artwork, 1927-circa 1940s (Boxes 3, 9, OV 4; 0.2 linear feet)
Series 8: Exhibition Files, 1953-2004 (Boxes 9-10; 0.6 linear feet)
Series 9: Artwork Records, circa 1920s-2004 (Boxes 10-13, 16, 18; 3.3 linear feet)
Series 10: Scrapbooks, 1919-1978 (Boxes 13-14, 17; 0.6 linear feet)
Provenance
The collection was donated in installments, from 1969 to 1995, by Sara Mazo Kuniyoshi, Yasuo Kuniyoshi's widow. Additional papers were donated in 2014 by Stephen Diamond, Sara Mazo Kuniyoshi's nephew.
Processing Information
Portions of the collection were microfilmed shortly after receipt on reel 439. This material was fully processed, arranged, and described by Erin Kinhart in 2005 and the bulk of it was digitized in 2006, with funding provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art. Additional papers donated in 2014 were processed to a minimal level by Erin Kinhart. The addition has not been physically merged with the material previously digitized, however, the entire collection is described in this finding aid.

Additional Forms Available

A portion of the papers of Yasuo Kuniyos was digitized in 2005 by the Archives of American Art and total 1,852 images.

Restrictions on Access

A portion of the collection has been digitized. Use of material not digitized 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. Contact Reference Services for more information.

Restrictions on Use

Zinc litho plates: For study purposes only. No reproduction or publication allowed. Sara Mazo Kuniyoshi, 194 Ohayo Mountain Rd., Woodstock, NY 12498-2535.

How to Cite This Collection

Yasuo Kuniyoshi papers, 1906-2013. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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