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titleRecords of the Director's Office: Frederic Allen Whiting, 1913-1930
locationThe Cleveland Museum of Art
collection titleThe records of the Director's Office are the primary source for understanding the decisions made and actions taken at the highest level of the museum's administration.

In addition, the records constitute one of the most valuable, unified resources for researching the early history of the museum and its art collection; initial construction and expansion of the museum building;

changes in the museum's administrative hierarchy; personalities and activities of individual staff members; artistic and social movements of the first half of the twentieth century; and the museum's relationship with civic, cultural, and educational institutions throughout the country and the world.

The records from Frederic Allen Whiting's tenure as director are divided into four main series: I. Numbered Administrative Correspondence, II. Unnumbered Administrative Correspondence, III. Biographical Materials, and IV. Index to Numbered Administrative Correspondence.

The Cleveland Museum of Art Archives, Records of the Director's Office: Frederic Allen Whiting, date and short description of document [e.g., letter from Whiting to Kent, 6 June 1916].
extent22.6 cubic feet, 72 boxes
formatsAdministrative Records Writings Correspondence Notes
accessAt the end of the restricted period, the records will still be subject to the review of the archivist before access is granted.
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titleYatsuhashi Harumichi family papers, 1907-1980 (inclusive).
locationFreer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
collection titleThe Yatsuhashi Harumichi Family Papers (1906-1976) document the professional and personal lives of a Japanese-American family in Boston during the twentieth century.

The patriarch, Yatsuhashi Harumichi (1886-1982), was an influential Asian art dealer and the papers also document the professional experiences of Asian art dealers in the United States during the early and mid 20th century.

Mr. Yatsuhashi worked at the antiquities firm of Yamanaka & Company before starting his own Asian antiquities shop in 1945. Included in the papers, portions in Japanese, are correspondence; catalogues relating to the Alien Property Custodian's 1944 liquidation of Yamanaka & Company's New York branch's holdings; photographs depicting art objects and shop interiors, the Yatsuhashi family; Yamanaka & Company, and extended family, friends, and colleagues; and items belonging to Mr. Yatsuhashi's wife, Shigeki, and some of their children.

Biographical and Historical Note:
Asian art dealer and merchant Yatsuhashi Harumichi (1886- 1982) was born in Tano, Japan, on December 15, 1886. Upon completion of his studies in Osaka, Mr. Yatsuhashi secured employment in the Osaka office of the prestigious Asian antiquities firm, Yamanaka & Company. (For more information about Yamanaka & Company, please see: Lawton, T. (1995). Yamanaka Sadajiro: Advocate for Asian art. Orientations, 26 (1), 80-93.) In 1907 he joined Yamanka & Company's branch office in Boston, Massachusetts, as its general manager and treasurer of the company's Asian division. Located at 424 Boylston Street, the store was a center for Chinese art, as well as for Japanese assorted goods.

In 1913 Yatsuhashi married Shigeki. They produced two sons (Michio and Masao) and two daughters (Sumiko and Kukiye). (Harumichi Yatsuhashi, Oriental art authority and Brookline resident. (1982 December 3). The Boston Globe, obituaries.)

Following the United States' entrance into World War II, the Alien Property Custodian seized the Yamanaka shops in New York, Boston, and Chicago. The holdings were sold at auction in May and June, 1944. In 1945, Yatsuhashi Harumichi and his son Michio opened their own Asian art dealership at 420 Boylston Street in Boston.

Yatsuhashi Harumichi fostered exchange between his native and adopted homelands. He was a member and officer (president in 1931) of the Japan Society of Boston beginning in 1921, an avid supporter of the Boston Marathon, and a founder of the Boston-Kyoto Sister City Foundation. (Boston Globe, 1982 December 4. )

Michio Yatsuhashi, who helped his father open the Yatsuhashi antique shop, died prematurely of cancer in 1981. One year later, Mr. Yatsuhashi died in Boston at the age of 96. He was survived by his daughters, Sumiko and Kikuye and one son, Masao.
extent4 cu. ft.
formatsBusiness Papers Correspondence
accessAccess is by appointment only, Tuesday through Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Please contact the Archives to make an appointment.
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acquisition informationGift of James Arthur Marinaccio, 1994
updated11/12/2014 11:30:17

titlePaul J. Sachs Papers, 1900-1994.
locationHarvard Art Museum Archives
collection titleThese personal papers of Fogg Art Museum associate director Paul J. Sachs document his involvement with the Fogg, his academic career, publishing projects, collection of art objects, philanthropic endeavors, and personal life. The bulk of the collection dates from 1915 to 1958. Included are: financial records, correspondence, certificates, diplomas, object lists, photographs, newspaper and journal clippings, valuations and speech transcripts.

History notes :
Paul Joseph Sachs, the first associate director of the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University and a Harvard professor, was born in New York City on November 24, 1878. Sachs graduated from Harvard University in 1900 and entered the family firm Goldman,Sachs & Co., becoming a partner in 1904. In 1915, Sachs became the assistant director of the Fogg Art Museum. In 1923, Sachs became associate director, and he remained in this position until his retirement in 1948. Sachs was an avid collector of art and assembled a tremendous personal collection.

He donated many objects to the Fogg Museum during his lifetime, as well as upon his death. Sachs’ career also included teaching; he first lectured at Wellesley College in 1916 and then became an assistant professor of fine arts at Harvard in 1917. Ten years later he became an associate professor, and in 1933 he became chairman of the Harvard department of fine arts. Sachs was involved in a wide range of philanthropic endeavors throughout his life. He was actively involved in the American Red Cross during World War I and in aid to refugee scholars displaced by World War II. His philanthropy continued into the last years of his life. Paul J. Sachs died on February 18, 1965 in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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Harvard Art Museum Archives HUAM HC3: Personal

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extent2.5 linear feet and 7 oversize folders
formatsPersonal Papers Photographs Financial Records Correspondence Inventories
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titleInstitutional file. Yamanaka & Company
locationThe Brooklyn Museum Libraries and Archives
collection titleThe file may include any of the following materials: announcements, clippings, photographs, press releases, brochures, reviews, invitations, small exhibition catalogs and checklists under 50 pages, other ephemeral material.

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Brooklyn Museum of Art Library Collections. BMA institutional files.
extent1 folder
accessContact the Brooklyn Museum Libraries and Archives for access restrictions.
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acquisition informationFiles compiled by BMA library staff from circa 1917 to the present.
updated11/29/2017 17:45:57

titleMiscellaneous art exhibition catalog collection, 1813-1953, bulk 1915-1925
locationArchives of American Art
collection titleThe collection comprises circa 770 items, dating from 1813-1953, the bulk of which are exhibition catalogs from New York City art galleries for the first two decades of the twentieth century, representing exhibitions of mainly modernist art.

Catalogs for exhibitions held in Boston (mainly pre-1900) and a few other cities are also present. Included are several rare catalogs, notably one for the "Eight" held at Macbeth Gallery in 1908. Besides catalogs, the collection also contains exhibition announcements, gallery publications, and other printed material.

The collection is especially relevant for the study of early American modernism, and is useful in understanding the role of art galleries, exhibitions, the art market, and the exhibition catalog itself, in American art.

Historical Note:
In 1979, the American Antiquarian Society donated approximately 1,500 exhibition catalogs and art-related printed material to the Archives of American Art (AAA).

The Society had received most of them over a long period of time, many of them addressed to the director, Charles Brigham. For several years subsequent to the donation, AAA sporadically added exhibition catalogs to the collection from various sources. Some of these additions are annotated in the hand of Walt Kuhn and are presumed to have been part of his papers in the Archives.

extent4.4 linear feet
formatsExhibition Catalogs
accessUse of original papers requires an appointment.
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acquisition informationThe bulk of the collection was donated 1979 by the American Antiquarian Society, who presumably assembled them from various sources. Others were received individually, while many are annotated in the hand of Walt Kuhn and are presumed to have originally been part of his papers in the Archives. In 2005, additional catalogs were integrated, some of which are presumed to have been removed from various collections over the years.
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