Series 1: Yasushi Tanaka Letters to Frederic C. Torrey , 1913-1924, 1963
Letters from Tanaka to Torrey concern the contemporary art world, his paintings, exhibitions, and fellow artists both in Seattle and Paris, notably muralist John Davidson Butler. Tanaka writes of his marriage to Louise Gebhard Cann, his struggle with the Occidental ideals in Seattle art circles, concern for his mother and brothers in Tokyo, his emigration to Paris and its state after World War I, and the success of his one-man show at the Galerie de Marsan 1924, of which he writes "...I succeeded at last in ... verifying my fame as one of the ablest contemporary painters here in Paris...".
Also included are a few letters from Cann to Torrey, three exhibition catalogs (1914-1921), an announcement (1921), and three clippings (1915-1921). The 1963 item is a letter from Torrey's daughter, Dorothea Torrey Kelly, inquiring about a slide show of paintings.