Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives

Anne J. van Biema Papers

Summary
Collection ID:
FSA.A2004.02
Creators:
Biema, Anne van
Dates:
1896-2003
Languages:
English
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Physical Description:
6 Linear feet
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
This collection contains correspondence to colleagues, friends, and family; research files; genealogical records of both Anne J. van Biema and her husband's families; and records pertaining to the Ukiyo-e Society of America. It includes photographs of the pieces in her collection, three framed pieces of artwork from her household, and images of her and her mother. This collection also contains material related to Helen Haiman Joseph, van Biema's mother and the "Grandmother of Puppetry" in the United States. The collection also contains information about van Biema's donations to various art institutions and charities, as well as collection documentation and exhibit records.

Arrangement
Arrangement
The collection is organized into four series:
• Series 1: Biographical Materials
• Series 2: Collection Records
• Series 3: Correspondence
• Series 4: Finances

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Anne Joseph van Biema was born in Cleveland, Ohio on February 18, 1915 to Helen Haiman Joseph and Ernest A. Joseph. At a young age she became interested in Japanese prints and artwork, in part due to a modern reproduction which was framed and hung in their home (This piece can be found in Box 11 of the collection). She married Hendrick Hans van Biema, a Jewish-German lawyer. She was an avid collector and researcher of Japanese woodblock prints, specifically in the ukiyo-e style. Some of her collection was loaned to the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery for the "Masterful Illusions" exhibition in 2002 and later donated to the museum. She also helped found and remained an active member of the Ukiyo-e Society of America (now the Japanese Art Society of America), at one time acting as a governing officer. Anne J. van Biema died at her home in New York City on January 14, 2004.

Administration
Custodial History
Bequest of Anne J. van Biema detailed in her will dated April 3, 2003, received 2004.

Digital Content

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Use
Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository.
Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open for research.
Citation
Anne J. van Biema Papers. National Museum of Asian Art Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Color prints, Japanese -- Edo period, 1600-1868 Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Ukiyoe Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Ukiyoe -- Collectors and collecting -- United States Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Color prints, Japanese -- Collectors and collecting -- United States Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Photographs Genre Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Personal papers Genre Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
USA -- New York -- New York Geographic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Ukiyo-e Society of America Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
National Museum of Asian Art Archives
Washington, D.C. 20013
AVRreference@si.edu