Finding aid created by: --
Date: Jan 1967
|9 Oct 2008||converted to EAD (MRC)|
|30 Oct 2017||additions (MRC)|
|29 Jan 2018||correspondence dates corrected for New York Times (MRC)|
Overview of the Collection
|Title:||Tad Miyashita Papers|
|Quantity:||3 linear ft.|
|Abstract:||Papers of the American painter. Collection includes artwork (both original and photographs), biographical material, correspondence, and printed material (exhibit catalogs, clippings, etc.).|
|Language:||Bulk in English, few items in Japanese.|
|Repository:||Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010
Tad Miyashita (1922-1979) was an American artist particularly known for his collage and his mixed-media and found object work. Born in Hawaii, he studied at the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, D.C. and at the Art Students League in New York City. During World War II he served with the Nisei Regimental Combat Team. He was a resident artist at the Millay Colony for the Arts (1975) and at Yaddo, and his work has been exhibited at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, the Grand Central Art Galleries, and the Corcoran Gallery among others in both solo and group shows.
The Tad Miyashita Papers consist of artwork, biographical material, correspondence, and printed material.
Artwork contains one original piece (a collage) and numerous reproductions in the form of photographs, negatives, slides, and a few glass plate positives. Many of the slides were submissions to art galleries, competitions, or artists' colonies such as Yaddo.
Biographical material includes curriculum vitae and photographs of Miyashita, some by Dena.
Correspondence is the largest part of the collection, and consists entirely of incoming correspondence. Here may be found letters from friends and family (brother Toshio and various people who address him as "Uncle Tad"); colleagues in the creative arts, including poets, artists, and authors (Heather McHugh, Paul Friedman, Thomas McKeown, Nita Regnier, Frances Whyatt); art galleries (Grand Central Galleries, the Guggenheim, Whitney Museum of American Art); and residential artists' colonies where Miyashita stayed (Ossabaw Island Project, the Macdowell Colony, Yaddo). The most substantial correspondent is Paul Friedman, author and professor of English at the University of Illinois (four folders spanning 1973-1977).
Printed material contains exhibit catalogs for Miyashita and others, a number of books given to Miyashita by the authors (many of which are signed and inscribed to him), and a few miscellaneous items.
Artwork is arranged alphabetically by type. Correspondence is arranged alphabetically by correspondent. Printed material is arranged alphabetically by type and within that by title, if appropriate.
The majority of our archival and manuscript collections are housed offsite and require advanced notice for retrieval. Researchers are encouraged to contact us in advance concerning the collection material they wish to access for their research.
Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.
Special Collections Research Center has the papers of many important American artists and illustrators. Please refer to the SCRC Subject Index for a complete listing.
Canaday, John, 1907-
Friedman, Paul, 1937-
Miyashita, Tad, 1922-1979.
MacDowell Colony (Peterborough, N.H.)
Yaddo (Artists' colony)
Art, American -- 20th century.
Artist colonies -- United States.
Collage, American -- 20th century.
Painters -- United States.
Painting, American -- 20th century.
Genres and Forms
Clippings (information artifacts)
Collages (visual works)
Drawings (visual works)
Preferred citation for this material is as follows:
Tad Miyashita Papers,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
Bulk of collection, gift of Tad Miyashita, 1967-1977.
Original collage, gift of Andrew Gurian, 2017.
|Oversize 1||Collage, "Wind on the Sand" - original collage by Miyashita|
|Gift of Andrew Gurian, 2017.|
|Box 1||Glass plate positives|
|Box 1||Photographs of Miyashita's work - includes prints and negatives|
|Box 1||Slides, submitted to Gerald Brummer 1976|
|Box 1||Slides, submitted to Guggenheim 1969|
|Box 1||Slides, submitted to [Hawaii] State Foundation for Culture and the Arts 1973|
|Box 1||Slides, submitted to Yaddo 1975|
|Box 1||Slides, miscellaneous undated - 1 item|
|Box 1||Curriculum vitae undated|
|Box 1||Photographs undated|
|Box 1||Abramowicz, Janet 1966, 1977|
|Box 1||Adams, John and Margrit 1975-1977 - includes slides|
|Box 1||Alexius, Paul 1966-1972, 1975-1976 - envelopes have return address "A. Burgess"|
|Box 1||Asia Society 1968-1969, 1972|
|Box 1||A, misc|
|Box 1||Barrow, John 1974, 1976|
|Box 1||B, misc|
|See New York Times.|
|Box 1||Creative Artists Public Service Program (CAPS) 1973-1976|
|Box 1||C-D, misc|
|Box 1||English, Maurice 1975-1977|
|Box 1||E, misc|
|Box 1||Friedman, Paul 1973|
|See also Printed material : Books : Friedman, Paul.|
|Box 2||Friedman, Paul 1974-1977 (3 folders)|
|See also Printed material : Books : Friedman, Paul.|
|Box 2||F, misc|
|George Arents Research Library|
|See Syracuse University|
|Box 2||Grand Central Art Galleries 1965-1966|
|Box 2||Grand Central Moderns 1966|
|See also Roberts, Colette.|
|Box 2||Guggenheim Museum / Guggenheim Foundation 1968-1969, 1972, 1975, 1977|
|Hanson, Pauline (Polly)|
|See Yaddo; Printed material : Books : Hanson, Pauline|
|Box 2||[Hawaii] State Foundation on Culture and the Arts 1971-1974|
|Box 2||Holty, Carl 1966, 1968, 1972|
|Box 2||Honolulu Academy of Arts 1970-1973|
|Box 2||Hough, Julia 1975-1977|
|Box 2||Humble, Christopher 1973-1976|
|Box 2||H-I, misc|
|Box 2||J, misc|
|Box 2||Kamiya, Emi 1972-1973|
|Box 2||K, misc|
|Box 2||Landolt, Evan 1975|
|Box 2||Launois, Yukiko 1972|
|Box 2||Leiber, Judy and Gerson (Gus) 1969-1970|
|Box 2||L, misc|
|Box 2||Macdowell Colony 1972-1977|
|Box 2||McHugh, Heather 1973-1977|
|See also Printed material : Books : McHugh, Heather|
|Box 2||McKeown, Thomas S. 1975-1976|
|Box 2||Millay Colony for the Arts 1974-1976|
|Box 2||Miyashita, Toshio [brother] 1966, 1970-1971 - includes photographs|
|Box 2||M, misc|
|Box 2||Nakamura, Ed 1969-1970|
|Box 3||New York Times 1966-1972, undated - almost all are from John Canaday|
|Box 3||Nishimoto, Joe and Maude 1971-1972|
|Box 3||N, misc|
|Box 3||Ossabaw Island Project 1972-1973, 1977|
|Box 3||Peters, Bob 1973-1974|
|Box 3||P, misc|
|Box 3||Rapée, Joellen (Jody Hall; Mrs. George Rapée) 1972-1973|
|Box 3||Regnier, Nita 1974 - includes photocopy of short story, "Genesis Again"|
|Box 3||Roberts, Colette 1966, 1971|
|Box 3||R, misc|
|Box 3||Sachs Gallery 1967-1969|
|Box 3||Syracuse University 1966-1977|
|Box 3||S, misc|
|Box 3||Takashigi, Matt 1966-1972 - includes family members Anne, Sara, Hanna and Janet|
|Box 3||Tsumura, Robert 1971|
|Box 3||T, misc|
|Box 3||Wada family 1967-1977 - includes Steve, Jenny, Steff, Taxie [?]; some original artwork by Jenny|
|Box 3||Ward, Bruce and Patricia 1970-1973, 1977|
|See Ossabaw Island Project; Printed material : Books : West, Eleanor.|
|Box 3||Whitney Museum of American Art 1965-1969, 1972, 1974|
|Box 3||Whyatt, Frances 1973-1974|
|See also Printed material : Books : Whyatt, Frances.|
|Box 3||W, misc|
|Box 3||Yaddo 1973-1977|
|Box 3||Yeh, Carol 1973-1977|
|Box 3||Yrisarry, Mario 1971-1972|
|Box 3||Y, misc|
|Box 3||First name only|
|Box 4||Unidentified or illegible|
|Box 4||Friedman, Paul, And If Defeated, Allege Fraud 1971 - signed and inscribed by author to TM|
|Box 4||Hanson, Pauline (Polly), Across Countries of Anywhere 1971 - signed and inscribed by author to TM|
|Box 4||McHugh, Heather, Dangers 1977 - signed and inscribed by author to TM|
|Box 4||Roberts, Colette, Nevelson 1965 - signed and inscribed by author to TM|
|Box 4||West, Eleanor, Maria Bosomworth and William Rodgers 1976 - signed by author with note to TM|
|Box 4||Whyatt, Frances, Equal Time 1977 - signed and inscribed by author to TM|
|Box 4||[unidentified, in Japanese]|
|Box 4||Clippings 1958, 1965-1967|
|Box 5||Clippings 1975, 1977|
|Box 5||Exhibit catalogs, announcements, Miyashita 1952-1953, 1958-1959, 1963-1969 - includes printed fabric banner (2 folders)|
|Box 5||Exhibit catalogs, announcements, others 1967|
|Box 5||Miscellaneous - pubilcity brochure featuring Miyashita collage on cover; booklet on U.S. - Japan Security treaty|