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Chiura Obata Papers, Forced Relocation of Hiro Niwa and Material from Tanforan and Topaz, 1942-1945

*PLEASE NOTE: This collection contains projects/pages in Japanese and/or Chinese. Please fully transcribe all materials in the language they are originally written in and only include translations if you are able by using [[translation]] and [[/translation]] around the English translated text.* The papers of Japanese-American artist and educator Chiura Obata (1885-1975) contain biographical material primarily related to Obata's family's forced relocation from Berkeley to Tanforan detention center and incarceration at the Topaz Relocation center during WWII. Correspondence with family, friends, and colleagues; writings by Chiura Obata and others; material related to the art schools Obata established at Tanforan and Topaz; teaching files and professional activities; diaries, and other documents are included. Help transcribe projects from this collection to learn more about Obata and his impact on the art world.

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62 Total Pages 179 Contributing Members

Chiura Obata Papers, Forced Relocation of Obata Family, Notebooks of Items Packed or Sold, 1942

*PLEASE NOTE: This collection contains projects/pages in Japanese and/or Chinese. Please fully transcribe all materials in the language they are originally written in and only include translations if you are able by using [[translation]] and [[/translation]] around the English translated text.* The papers of Japanese-American artist and educator Chiura Obata (1885-1975) contain biographical material primarily related to Obata's family's forced relocation from Berkeley to Tanforan detention center and incarceration at the Topaz Relocation center during WWII. Correspondence with family, friends, and colleagues; writings by Chiura Obata and others; material related to the art schools Obata established at Tanforan and Topaz; teaching files and professional activities; diaries, and other documents are included. Help transcribe projects from this collection to learn more about Obata and his impact on the art world.

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296 Total Pages 67 Contributing Members

Ernst Herzfeld Papers, Notebooks

PLEASE READ INSTRUCTIONS BEFORE BEGINNING. A series of four inventory books, in which Ernst Herzfeld recorded archaeological remains, prehistoric artifacts and antiquities collected or acquired in several cities throughout Mesopotamia and Persia in 1923 and 1924. Description of drawings and sketches is welcome. Please be sure to type [[Drawing]] in the text box when describing the drawings. And please refer to our advanced instructions for guidance on transcribing columned data and tables found in these notebooks. This project features materials in multiple languages and scripts. We are primarily seeking transcription, so if you have the ability to transcribe the non-English words, please do so by using the original language characters displayed in the document! However, transliteration and translation are also welcome. Please be sure to type [[Transliteration]] or [[Translation]] before writing out transliterations or translations and [[/Transliteration]] or [[/Translation]] at the end the transliteration or translation.

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7 Total Pages 48 Contributing Members

Folklife Festival Narrative Session: Radio Bilingue Linea Abierta (Salar Nader and Homayoun Sakhi)

Hosted by Chelis Lopez and Samuel Orozco, Línea Abierta from California's Radio Bilingue is the first and only national live talk and call-in program in public broadcasting interconnecting Spanish-speaking audiences and newsmakers throughout the United States and Mexico. During the Festival, the hosts recorded live interviews from "The Studio" stage with Folklife Festival participants, providing visitors with a glimpse into the radio production process. In this session, Lopez and Orozco are joined by musicians Salar Nader and Homayoun Sakhi for a discussion about Afghan musical forms and personal experiences from the Afghan exile community in the California. This narrative session was a part of the Sounds of California program at the 2016 Smithsonian Folklife Festival. See the finding aid for more info on this program and participant names here

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Folklife Festival Narrative Session: Radio Bilingue Linea Abierta (with George Abe and others)

Hosted by Chelis Lopez and Samuel Orozco, Línea Abierta of California's Radio Biligue is the first and only national live talk and call-in program in public broadcasting interconnecting Spanish-speaking audiences and newsmakers throughout the United States and Mexico. During the Festival, the hosts recorded live interviews from "The Studio" stage with Folklife Festival participants, providing visitors with a glimpse into the radio production process. In this session, Lopez and Orozco are joined by presenter Ranald Woodaman and FandangObon members George Abe, Elaine Fukumoto, Nancy Sekizawa, Sean Miura, and Nobuko Miyamoto to discuss participatory music and dance traditions, with a focus on the connections between fandango son jarocho of Veracruz, Mexico, and the Japanese Buddhist ritual of obon. This narrative session was a part of the Sounds of California program at the 2016 Smithsonian Folklife Festival. See the finding aid for more info on this program and participant names here

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Yasuo Kuniyoshi Papers, Identification Records, 1906-1953

Yasuo Kuniyoshi (1889-1953) was a Japanese-American painter, printmaker and photographer based in New York, N.Y. Born in Okayama, Japan, Kuniyoshi came to the United States in 1906 and over the next several years studied art in California and New York at the Los Angeles School of Art and Design, the National Academy of Design, the Independent School of Art, and the Art Students League. By 1930 Kuniyoshi had established himself as an internationally known painter and graphic artist. Help transcibe Kuniyoshi's papers to learn more about his life, his art career, and the Japanese-Amercian experience in the 20th century. PLEASE NOTE: Some material in this collection is in Japanese, Chinese, or other non-English languages. Please transcribe all content in the language it was originally written in.

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65 Total Pages 80 Contributing Members

Yasuo Kuniyoshi Papers, Japanese Artists Association, 1950-1952

Yasuo Kuniyoshi (1889-1953) was a Japanese-American painter, printmaker and photographer based in New York, N.Y. Born in Okayama, Japan, Kuniyoshi came to the United States in 1906 and over the next several years studied art in California and New York at the Los Angeles School of Art and Design, the National Academy of Design, the Independent School of Art, and the Art Students League. By 1930 Kuniyoshi had established himself as an internationally known painter and graphic artist. Help transcibe Kuniyoshi's papers to learn more about his life, his art career, and the Japanese-Amercian experience in the 20th century. PLEASE NOTE: Some material in this collection is in Japanese, Chinese, or other non-English languages. Please transcribe all content in the language it was originally written in.

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132 Total Pages 153 Contributing Members

Zarina Hashmi Papers, Clippings and Press, 1970-1999

Zarina Hashmi (1937-2020), known professionally as Zarina, was a New York-based artist specializing in printmaking, drawing, and sculpture. Born in Aligarh, India, Zarina studied mathematics before discovering printmaking and papermaking in the 1960s. She studied intaglio with Stanley William Hayter at Atelier 17 in Paris, and woodblock printing at Toshi Yoshida Studio in Tokyo. Through her art, Hashmi explored themes of geographical and social borders, migration, and home, often incorporating text in her native Urdu.

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