A Finding Aid to the Miye Matsukata Papers, circa 1900-1982, bulk 1964-1981, in the Archives of American Art

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.matsmiye
Creators:
Matsukata, Miye, 1922-1981
Dates:
circa 1900-1982
bulk 1964-1981
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
13.45 Linear feet
Repository:
The papers of jewelry designer and metalsmith Miye Matsukata measure 13.45 linear feet and date from circa 1900 to 1982, with the bulk of the material dating from 1964 to 1981.The papers include correspondence, interviews, journals, writings and lectures, exhibition files, Janiye business records, printed materials, scrapbooks, artwork, sketchbooks, and photographic materials that document Matsukata's work as a jeweler and owner of Janiye, an atelier located in Boston, Massachusetts.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The papers of jewelry designer and metalsmith Miye Matsukata measure 13.45 linear feet and date from circa 1900 to 1982, with the bulk of the material dating from 1964 to 1981.The papers include correspondence, interviews, journals, writings and lectures, exhibition files, Janiye business records, printed materials, scrapbooks, artwork, sketchbooks, and photographic materials that document Matsukata's work as a jeweler and owner of Janiye, an atelier located in Boston, Massachusetts.
Correspondence is with family, James Hubbard, various customers, galleries, and colleagues. Interviews include recordings of Matsukata and Takashi Oka, Judy Hickey and Miyo, and two interviews from 1968.
Eleven journals contain Matsukata's writings about her work, travel experiences, impressions of Mikimoto, and include some sketches. Writings and lectures consists of five appointment books; biographical statements and resumes; essays; lecture recordings, manuscripts, and slides; twelve memo books; notes; two travel itinerary books; and writings by James Hubbard that include an essay about Matsukata.
Exhibition files consist of correspondence, price and invitations lists, loan forms, and drafts for jewelry shows at the Art Asia Gallery, Fitchburg Art Museum, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Principia College, and other galleries. Business files for Janiye include donations, financial and legal material, inventory books, publicity files, and sales records; and client and vendor files containing invoices, correspondence, and special order details for works produced by Matsukata and other jewelers at Janiye.
Printed materials include booklets, clippings, exhibition announcements and catalogs, an invitation, press releases, and Janiye sales catalogs. Two scrapbooks feature clippings and sketches of dinnerware, and early brochures and photographs of Janiye.
Artwork consists of sketches of jewelry, dinnerware, mountains, and landscapes. Additionally, 47 sketchbooks of travel, jewelry, and dinnerware are found in the collection. Photographic materials include photographs, negatives, slides, and several glass slides depicting Matsukata, her family, Janiye, jewelry and dinnerware, and travel.

Arrangement
Arrangement
The collection is arranged as 11 series.
  • Series 1: Correspondence, 1957-1981 (0.4 linear feet; Box 1)
  • Series 2: Interviews, 1968-1978 (0.2 linear feet; Box 1)
  • Series 3: Journals, 1966-1981 (0.7 linear feet; Boxes 1-2)
  • Series 4: Writings and Lectures, 1962-1982 (1.0 linear feet; Boxes 2-3)
  • Series 5: Exhibition Files, 1964-1980 (0.3 linear feet; Box 3)
  • Series 6: Janiye Business Records, 1948-1982 (7.1 linear feet; Boxes 3-10, 17)
  • Series 7: Printed Material, circa 1965-1982 (0.2 linear feet; Box 10)
  • Series 8: Scrapbooks, circa 1945-1980 (0.2 linear feet; Box 15)
  • Series 9: Artwork, 1946-1981 (0.5 linear feet; Boxes 10, 15)
  • Series 10: Sketchbooks, circa 1950-1981 (1.0 linear feet; Boxes 10-11, 15)
  • Series 11: Photographic Material, circa 1900-1982 (2.3 linear feet; Boxes 11-14, 16)

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Miye Matsukata (1922-1981) was a jewelry designer and metalsmith in Boston, Massachusetts. She worked at her jewelry firm Janiye in Boston from 1950 to her death.
Matsukata was born in Japan to Shokuma and Miyo Matsukata and had four sisters named Haru, Naka, Taneko "Tane," and Mari. After coming to the United States in 1940, Matsukata attended Principia College in Elsah, Illinois, graduating in 1944. Afterwards, she attended The Museum School in Boston. In 1950 she established Janiye, a jewelry atelier, with former classmates Naomi Katz Harris and Janice Whipple Williams. The name Janiye is a combination of the three co-owners' names. By 1958, Matsukata became the sole owner of the company with James Hubbard, a stone cutter, serving as business manager and agent. Nancy Michel, Alexandra Watkins, and Yoshiko Yamamoto became the leading team of jewelers to execute Matsukata's designs.
Matsukata traveled extensively to Egypt, Greece, Turkey, Peru, India, western and central Europe, and to Scandinavia after winning a scholarship in 1950. She also spent a substantial amount of time in Japan, especially during her collaboration with the Japanese pearl company Mikimoto. Her work was inspired by the places she visited and she often documented the sources of her inspiration through her writings and sketches.
Matsukata died in 1981 in Boston. Janiye remained open after her death with Michel and Watkins as the new owners.

Administration
Processing Information
The collection was processed and a finding aid prepared by Sarah Mundy in 2018.
Existence and Location of Copies
Portions of the collection are available on 35 mm microfilm reels 4495-4503 at the Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan. Researchers should note that the arrangement of the material described in the container inventory does not reflect the arrangement of the collection on microfilm.
One sound reel was digitized in 2013 and is available at Archives of American Art offices. Researchers may view the original reel for the archival notations on it, but the original reel is not available for playback due to fragility.
Author
Sarah Mundy
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The Miye Matsukata papers were donated in 1984 by Mrs. Edwin O. Reischauer, Matsukata's sister and in 2008 and 2017 by Ann Hubbard Gaddis, the sister of Matsukata's business partner and heir, James Hubbard.

Using the Collection
Preferred Citation
Miye Matsukata papers, circa 1900-1982, bulk 1964-1981. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Conditions Governing Access
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Use of archival audiovisual recordings and born-digital records with no duplicate copies requires advance notice.

Related Materials
The Archives of American Art also holds several collections related to Miye Matsukata, including Photographs of Miye Matsukata, Slides of jewelry designed by Miye Matsukata, Alexandra S. Watkins papers concerning Miye Matsukata, Miye Matsukata note with sketch to Mrs. Bartlett, Jane England Chandler papers regarding Miye Matsukata necklace, and Photographs of Miye Matsukata jewelry.

Keywords
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