Yatsuhashi Harumichi Family Papers
FSA.A1994.02

Summary
Collection ID:
FSA.A1994.02
Creators:
Yatsuhashi Harumichi Family
Dates:
1907-1976
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
9 Linear feet
Repository:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery 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.

Scope and Content Note
Scope and Content Note
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.

Organization
Organization
The collection has been organized into three series.
Series 1:
Yatsuhashi Harumichi papers, 1912-1965, undated
Subseries 1.1:
Biographical information, undated
Subseries 1.2:
Correspondence, 1940-1980
Subseries 1.3:
Diary, 1912
Subseries 1.4:
Address book, undated
Subseries 1.5:
Printed materials, 1919-1965, undated
Series 2:
Other family members, 1937, 1966, undated
Subseries 2.1:
Yatsuhashi Shigeki
Subseries 2.2:
Yatsuhashi S.
Subseries 2.3:
Yatsuhashi Masao
Subseries 2.4:
Yatsuhashi Sumiko
Series 3:
Photographs, 1907-1976, undated
Subseries 3.1:
Still prints and portraits
Subseries 3.2:
Photo albums

Biographical note
Biographical 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. 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 homeland. He was a member and officer (president in 1931) of the Japan Society of Boston since 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 as a result 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.

Biography
Biography
1886 December 15
Yatsuhashi Harumichi born in Japan
1905
Yatsuhashi Harumichi graduates college in Osaka, Japan
1905
Yatsuhashi Harumichi joins the antiquities firm of Yamanaka & Co.
1907
Yatsuhashi Harumichi joins the Boston branch of Yamanaka & Co.
1913
Yatsuhashi Harumichi and Shigeki marry
[ca. 1918 - 1919]
Masao Yatsuhashi (son) born
1944
Yamanaka & Company New York, Boston, and Chicago shops are seized by the Alien Property Custodian and its holdings are sold at auction
1945
Yatsuhashi Harumichi and son Michio open an Asian antiquities shop in Boston
1961
Yatsuhashi Shigeki dies
1981
Michio Yatsuhashi dies
1982 December 1
Yatsuhashi Harumichi dies at Massachusetts General Hospital at the age of 96
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 homeland. He was a member and officer (president in 1931) of the Japan Society of Boston since 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 as a result 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.

Administration
Processing Information
The collection was processed by Colleen Hennessey and volunteer Suzuki Kiyoko in 1997. Additional arrangement and description by Linda Machado in 2002.
Author
Finding aid prepared by Linda M. Machado
Provenance
The Yatsuhashi Harumichi Family Papers were donated the Archives by James Arthur Marinaccio in 1994.

Using the Collection
Restrictions on Access
Access is by appointment only, Monday through Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Please contact the Archives to make an appointment.
Restrictions on Use
No restrictions on use.
Preferred Citation
Yatsuhashi Harumichi Family Papers. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. Gift of James Arthur Marinaccio, 1994.

Custodial History note
Custodial History note
Gift of James Arthur Marinaccio, 1994

Other Finding Aids note
Other Finding Aids note

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Harvard University. Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Yamanaka & Company. Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Yamanaka, Sadajiro Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Yatsuhashi family Family Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Yatsuhashi, Harumichi 1886-1982 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Address books Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Announcements Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Books Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Catalogs--1910-1960 Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Diaries Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Photograph albums Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Repository Contact
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Washington, D.C., 20013
Phone: 202-633-0533
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