Smithsonian Institution - Freer and Sackler Archives
The 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.
Mostly black-and-white photographic prints of Chinese carved jades and Buddhist sculptures in stone and bronze collected by Grenville L. Winthrop and bequeathed to Harvard University in 1943. The objects date from the Neolithic period to the Han dynasty. Also included are photographs of the collection displayed in Winthrop's Manhattan home and Chinese jades offered by the Asian art and antiquities dealer Yamanaka & Company of New York
Series 1 includes correspondence with Culin's colleagues and peers: museum professionals, artists and designers, traders and collectors, exposition directors and exhibitors, students and would-be proteges, editors, authors, translators, merchants, and the general public familiar with his work
Albums collected by E.G. Stillman of mostly black-and-white photographs of Japanese Tokugawa period suits of armor, helmets, coats, hats, saddles, lances, and other objects from a collection originally owned by Hamano Kametaro and later acquired by Yamanaka & Company. Both albums include a foreword handwritten in Japanese script, in ink on shikishi paper, by Yamanaka Sadajiro. Volume two includes mostly duplicate photographs with some photomechanical prints of sword guards and various objects from other sources; of special note is a portrait of a samurai, circa 1880, with bow and arrows, dressed in a full suit of armor