This collection comprises correspondence, clippings, business cards, photographs, and publications covering Katsuo Kuno's
gift of 35 Kazuo Shibata paintings of Japanese national park scenes to the University of California, Irvine. These materials
were originally collected in a scrapbook by Clayton Garrison of the School of Fine Arts, who handled the transfer of the gift
in 1982. This collection also contains a bound catalog of Shibata's paintings which is annotated with each painting's location
on the UCI campus.
Katsuo Kuno, a prominent farmer in the Nukata District of the Aichi Prefecture near Nagoya, Japan, donated the 35 Shibata
paintings to the University of California, Irvine in 1982. There are two stories explaining his donation. One is that Kuno
was a patient at the UCI Medical Center and made the gift in appreciation of the treatment he received there. The other is
that the gift was in response to a post- WWII program headed by UCI Chancellor Dan Aldrich that brought Japanese farmers to
the United States to learn American farming methods.
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Property rights and copyright reside with the University of California. For permissions to reproduce or to publish, please
contact the University Archivist.
Collection is open for research.