Finding Aid for the Matsusaburo Hibi Papers, 1893-1972

Japanese American Research Project (JARP) Collection
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Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
Box 951575
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
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The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Finding Aid for the Matsusaburo Hibi Papers, 1893-1972

Japanese American Research Project (JARP) Collection

Collection number: 2010

UCLA Library Special Collections

UCLA Library Special Collections staff



Los Angeles, CA

Contact Information

  • UCLA Library Special Collections staff
  • UCLA Library Special Collections
  • Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
  • Box 951575
  • Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
  • Telephone:310/825-4988 (10:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m., Pacific Time)
  • Email: spec-coll@library.ucla.edu
  • URL: http://www.library.ucla.edu/libraries/special/scweb/
Processed by:
UCLA Library Special Collections staff
Encoded by:
Caroline Cubé
Online finding aid edited by:
Josh Fiala, November 2008
© 2001 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Matsusaburo Hibi Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1893-1972
Collection number: 2010
Creator: Hibi, Matsusaburo
Extent: 1 box(0.5 linear ft.) and 29 oversize boxes
Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library Special Collections.
Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
Abstract: This collection consists of correspondence, exhibition catalogs, a scrapbook, sketches, watercolors, drawings, oil paintings, and monotype prints by Issei artist Matsusaburo Hibi. Many of these materials relate to the time Hibi spent in the Tanforan Assembly Center (California) and the Central Utah Relocation Center in Topaz, Utah, during World War II. The collection also contains a portfolio of 50 scenes of the Central Utah Relocation Center drawn by Henry Fukuhara. There are English and Japanese materials in this collection.
Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
Language: English.

Administrative Information

Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

Copyright has not been assigned to Library Special Collections, UCLA. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Manuscripts Librarian. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Library Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

Restrictions on Access

COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Open for research. Advance notice required for access. Contact the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Matsusaburo Hibi Papers, Japanese American Research Project (Collection 2010). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library.

UCLA Catalog Record ID

UCLA Catalog Record ID: 4233210 

Biography

Matsusaburo Hibi was born in 1886; a native of Shiga Prefecture, he attended Hsei University in Kyoto, Japan; came to the United States in 1906; studied at California School of Fine Arts in San Francisco, California, 1919-30; taught art and Japanese in Hayward, California, until the beginning of World War II; his family was interned in the Central Utah Relocation Center, Topaz, Utah; while in the camp, Hibi served as resident director of its art school, 1942-45; most of his artwork was exhibited in San Francisco, California; he was also known as George M. Hibi; died in 1947.

Scope and Content

Collection consists of correspondence, exhibition catalogs, a scrapbook, sketches, watercolors, drawings, oil paintings, and monotype prints by Issei artist Matsusaburo Hibi. Many of the materials in the collection relate to the time Hibi spent in the Tanforan Assembly Center (California) and the Central Utah Relocation Center in Topaz, Utah, during World War II. Of note are 42 oil paintings on canvas by Hibi painted at the Tanforan Assembly Center and the Central Utah Relocation Center, 1942-45. The collection also contains a portfolio containing 50 scenes of the Central Utah Relocation Center drawn by Henry Fukuhara.
Materials in this collection are in English and Japanese.

Organization and Arrangement

Arranged in the following series:
  1. Biographical data and materials, 1892-1908.
  2. Correspondence between Hibi and his elder brother, Takesuke, November 1906-February 1931.
  3. Materials relating to Hibi's career as an artist.
  4. Materials relating to the Tanforan Assembly Center, California, and the Central Utah Relocation Center, Topaz, Utah.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Hibi, Matsusaburo--Archives.
Central Utah Relocation Center.
Tanforan Assembly Center (San Bruno, Calif.).
Japanese American Research Project (University of California, Los Angeles.
Artists--California--Archival resources.
Japanese Americans--Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945--Archival resources.
Oil paintings.
Drawings.
Fukuhara, Henry.

Related Material

Japanese American Research Project Collection of Material about Japanese in the United States (Collection 2010)  . Available at UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library.

Container List

 

Hibi Papers 1893-1972

Physical Description: 29.5 linear ft.

Scope and Content Note

Hibi Matsusaburoo [characters] (1886-1947). Artist. A native of Shiga Prefecture. Attended Hsei University, Kyoto, 1905. Arrived in America in 1906. Attended California School of Fine Arts, San Francisco, 1919-1930. Taught art and Japanese in Hayward, California before World War II. Interned at the Topaz Relocation Camp, Utah, and served as Resident Director, Topaz Relocation Center Art School, 1942-1945. His works were mainly exhibited in San Francisco. Married, two children. Popularly known as George M. Hibi.
Box 62, Folder 1

Biographical materials.

Physical Description: (16 items)
Language of Material: In Japanese.

Scope and Content Note

Includes personal resumés written in 1905, 1946 & 1962; a passport application dated 1905; and elementary and middle school records, 1893-ca. 1905.
Box 62, Folder 2

Conscription records. In Japanese.

Physical Description: (5 items)
Box 62 , Folder 2

A petition to become a cadet officer. 1905

Box 62 , Folder 2

Draft deferment petitions. 1907, 1908, 1909 & 1919

Box 62, Folder 3

Personal correspondence from Matsusaburoo to his brother, Takesuke [characters], in Japan. November 1906-February 1931

Physical Description: (62 letters)
Language of Material: In Japanese.
Box 62, Folder 4

Remittance receipts. Takesuke to Matsusaburoo. 1908 & 1910

Physical Description: (2 pieces)
Box 62, Folder 5

Exhibition catalogues and invitations. 1925-1972

Physical Description: (13 items)
Box 62 , Folder 5

48th Annual Exhibition of the San Francisco Art Association. 1925

Box 62 , Folder 5

49th Annual Exhibition of the San Francisco Art Association.

Box 62 , Folder 5

50th Annual Exhibition, San Francisco Art Association. 1928

Box 62 , Folder 5

11th Annual Exhibition, Watercolors, Pastels, Drawings and Prints, Oakland Art Gallery. 1943

Box 62 , Folder 5

Oakland Art Gallery's Annual Exhibition of Oil Paintings and Sculpture. 1944

Box 62 , Folder 5

9th Annual Drawing and Print Exhibition, San Francisco Art Association. 1945

Box 62 , Folder 5

10th Annual Drawing and Print Exhibition, San Francisco Art Association. 1946

Box 62 , Folder 5

32nd Annual Exhibition, The Society of American Etchers, Gravers, Lithographers, and Woodcutters. 1947

Box 62 , Folder 5

Memorial Exhibition of Oils and Graphics by George Hibi, Lucien Labaudt Art Gallery. 1962

Box 62 , Folder 5

Months of Waiting,1942-1945:The California Historical Society Exhibition at Grand Hall Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles Music Center. 1972

Box 62, Folder 6

Correspondence re his career as artist. 1931-1962

Physical Description: (32 letters)
Language of Material: In English.
Box 62, Folder 7-9

Correspondence, documents and other materials re the Topaz Relocation Center Art School, Utah. 1943-1945

Physical Description: (Approximately 120 items)
Language of Material: In English.
Box 62, Folder 10

Monotype prints by Hibi. Scenes of the Topaz Relocation Center, Utah. ca. 1943-1945

Physical Description: (19 prints)
Box 62, Folder 11

A portfolio of 50 scenes of the relocation centers by Henry Fukuhara. n.d.

Physical Description: (1 item)
Box 62, Folder 12

Miscellaneous items: Calligraphic writings of Hibi and a group photograph of Japanese artists (unidentified). n.d.

Physical Description: (2 items)
Box 716

A name and address book of visitors, Topaz Art School, Topaz Relocation Center, Utah. n.d. (1943-1945)

Physical Description: (1 book)
Box 716

A scrapbook containing mementos of life in the Tanforan Assembly Center, California, and the Topaz Relocation Center, Utah. 1942-1945

Physical Description: (1 oversize scrapbook)
Box 717

One large portfolio.

Physical Description: (31 x 23”)
Box 717

Scenes of the Topaz Relocation Camp, Utah. n.d.

Physical Description: (4 monotype prints)
Box 717

Scenes of the Tanforan Assembly Center and the Topaz Relocation Center. 1942-1945

Physical Description: 29 pencil drawings and sketches.
Box 717

13 sketches in watercolor on paper. At Tanforan and Topaz. Oil paintings on canvas, painted at Tanforan, California and Topaz, Utah,1942-1945. 1942-1945

Box 792

Mighty eucalyptus tree, Tanforan. 1942

Physical Description: (16 x 20”)
Box 792

Going for inoculation, Tanforan. 1942

Physical Description: (20 x 16”)
Box 790

From the grandstand, Tanforan. 1942

Physical Description: (20 x 16”)
Box 790

Children playing, Tanforan. 1942

Physical Description: (20 x 16”)
Box 786

To mess hall, Tanforan. 1942

Physical Description: (20 x 16”)
Box 871

Tanforan stables, Tanforan. 1942

Physical Description: (20 x 16”)
Box 786

Stable home, shower and latrine, Tanforan. 1942

Physical Description: (20 x 16”)
Box 770

Tanforan Assembly Center, Tanforan. 1942

Physical Description: (24 x 20”)
Box 773

Stables and watchtower, Tanforan. 1942

Physical Description: (26 x 20”)
Box 795

Tanforan Assembly Center.

Box 795

After shower, Topaz. n.d.

Physical Description: (16 x 20”)
Box 795

Art school picnic, Topaz. August 1943

Physical Description: (16 x 20”)
Box 787

WRA Camp under construction, Topaz. October 1942

Physical Description: (20 x 16”)
Box 787

Gate House, Topaz. July 1945

Physical Description: (20 x 16”)
Box 791

Sunset, Topaz. n.d.

Physical Description: (20 x 16”)
Box 791

Camp at night, Topaz. n.d.

Physical Description: (20 x 16”)
Box 870

“Untitled” [Woman crossing camp], Topaz. April 1945

Physical Description: (20 x 16”)
Box 785

Untitled, Topaz. August 1945

Physical Description: (20 x 16”)
Box 870

A sudden dust storm, Topaz. July 1945

Physical Description: (20 x 16”)
Box 785

Untitled, Topaz. n.d.

Physical Description: (20 x 16”)
Box 789

Watchtower, Topaz. n.d.

Physical Description: (18 x 22”)
Box 789

Snow and fog in Topaz, Topaz. March 1945

Physical Description: (22 x 18”)
Box 773

Looking at south, Topaz. 1945

Physical Description: (22 x 18”)
Box 771

Auditorium, Topaz. March 1945

Physical Description: (24 x 20”)
Box 772

Untitled, Topaz. July 1945

Physical Description: (24 x 20”)
Box 776

“Sunset” [Men painting sunset at sunset], Topaz. [1945]

Physical Description: (24 x 20”)
Box 775

A day in Topaz, Topaz. n.d.

Physical Description: (24 x 20”)
Box 774

Agricultural products of Topaz, Topaz. n.d.

Physical Description: (20 x 24”)
Box 777

A Woman, Topaz. 1944

Physical Description: (26 x 22”)
Box 778

Looking eastside from Block 16, Topaz. August 1945

Physical Description: (26 x 22”)
Box 779

A cold day, Topaz. n.d.

Physical Description: (26 x 22”)
Box 780

Summer, Topaz. June 1944

Physical Description: (26 x 22”)
Box 782

An Issei, Topaz. n.d.

Physical Description: (22 x 26”)
Box 768

Sunflower, Topaz. n.d.

Physical Description: (22 x 26”)
Box 783

“Land around Topaz.”

Box 768

“Near Topaz.”

Physical Description: (2 items)
Box 794

“Rows of barracks.”

Box 783

“View of camp.”

Box 783

“Water towers.”

Box 783

“Water towers.”

Box 783

Residents of appointive staff, looking from Rec., Topaz. July 1945

Physical Description: (20 x 16”)
Box 788

Artists sketching, Tanforan, CA. c.1942

Physical Description: (22 x 18”)