National Anthropological Archives

Guide to MS 7144 Lispenard Seabury Crocker collection of Japanese maps, 1681-1938

Summary
Collection ID:
NAA.MS7144
Dates:
1681-1938
Languages:
Maps are printed in
Japanese
and/or English.
English
labels have been affixed by the collector.
Physical Description:
45 Maps
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The collection consists of forty-five (45) Japanese maps collected by Lispenard Seabury Crocker while stationed with her husband in Japan in the 1930s. The maps are woodblock prints, drawings, and photomechanical prints dating from the late seventeenth through the early twentieth centuries. They have been mounted on cloth and/or paper backing and descriptive titles in English were affixed to the mounts by the collector.
Please note that the contents of the collection and the language and terminology used reflect the context and culture of the time of its creation. As an historical document, its contents may be at odds with contemporary views and terminology and considered offensive today. The information within this collection does not reflect the views of the Smithsonian Institution or National Anthropological Archives, but is available in its original form to facilitate research.

Arrangement
Arrangement
The maps are arranged in order of creation and/or publication.

Biographical Note
Biographical Note
Katherine Lispenard Seabury Crocker (1902-1984) was born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. She married Edward Savage Crocker II (1898-1968) in 1923. Edward was a foreign service officer for the United States government, and was stationed at many locations throughout Latin America, Europe, and Asia throughout his career. The Crockers lived in Japan from 1934-1942 while Edward served as first secretary at the American embassy.

Administration
Custodial History
The collection was donated to the Department of Anthropology by Lispenard Seabury Crocker in 1961 (USNM Accession 232559). It was transferred from the object collections of the Department of Anthropology to the National Anthropological Archives by Chang-su Houchins between 1984 and 1989.
Processing Information
The items in this collection were originally cataloged individually by the NAA under numbers MS 7144-MS 7150; MS 7152-MS 7169; MS 7175-MS 7176; MS 7179-MS 7186; MS 7194-MS 7195; MS 7323; MS 7373; MS 7419; MS 7453-MS 7457; MS 7473; MS 7475; and MS 1998-28. English translations and other data were furnished by Chang-su Houchins.
In 2023, the collection was reprocessed and all items were incorporated into a single collection under MS 7144. Maps have been identified by their Japanese titles when possible. English translations and supplied titles have been placed in square brackets [].

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Use
Contact the repository for terms of use.
Conditions Governing Access
The collection is open for research.
Access to the collection requires an appointment.
Preferred Citation
MS 7144 Lispenard Seabury Crocker collection of Japanese maps, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution

Related Materials
The Department of Anthropology object collections holds Chinese maps collected by Crocker under Accession 232559. Additional objects donated with this collection are held by the Department of Anthropology object collections and the National Museum of American History under Accession 232559 and 272145.
The Library of Congress holds the Edward S. Crocker and Lispenard Seabury Crocker Papers (MSS86263).

More Information
Exhibition Note
Exhibition Note
Items in this collection were included in an exhibit entitled "Around the World" held at the Historic Warner House, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, July 31-August 5, 1939.


Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
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Woodblock prints Genre Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Repository Contact
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