TABLE OF CONTENTS



Descriptive Summary

Biographical Information

Scope and Content Note

Arrangement

Selected Search Terms

Description of Series/Container List

Series 1: Biographical Data, 1987-1988, n.d.

Series 2: "Shibui" Research, 1953-1960, n.d.

Series 3: Shibui issues, 1960

Series 4: Correspondence, 1960-1961, n.d.

Series 5: Shibui promotion, 1960-1961

Series 6: Exhibition Files, 1961-1962

Series 7: Printed Materials 1961-1982

Series 8: Photographs 1959-1964, n.d.



Elizabeth Gordon

A Finding Aid to Her Papers at the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives




Descriptive Summary

Creator: Gordon, Elizabeth, 1906-2000
Title: The Elizabeth Gordon Papers
Dates: 1958-1987
Quantity: 4 lin. ft.
Abstract: Papers, 1959-1987, of Elizabeth Gordon, editor of the periodical, House Beautiful from 1941-1964, mostly related to her research for the August and September 1960 issues of House Beautiful regarding the Japanese aesthetic concept of "shibui", and the subsequent travelling "shibui exhibition" from 1961-1964. Included are correspondence, some photocopies, 1959-1963; notes; drafts for articles and lectures; printed material including magazine and newspaper clippings, 1959-1987; 2 books, and exhibition announcements; drawings of paper and foil art; a photo album containing photos of exhibition installations; and photographs, slides, color transparencies, and lantern slides depicting people, sites, and objects reflecting the "shibui" aesthetic.
Identification: A1988.3

Biographical Information

Biographical Overview
Date Event
1906 Born in Logansport, Indiana
1920s Attended the University of Chicago
1930s Moved to New York to work as a promotional copywriter for several newspapers
Syndicated columnist on home maintenance for The New York Herald Tribune
Editor at Good Housekeeping (here for 8 years)
1937 More House for your Money by Elizabeth Gordon and Dorothy Ducas published by W. Morrow and Company: New York.
Married Carl Hafey Norcross
1939 Appointed editor of House Beautiful
1964 Left the magazine world
1972 Published a special issue on Scandinavian design and awarded the insignia of a knight, first class, in the Finnish Order of the Lion
1987 American Institute of Architects made her an honorary member
1988 Carl Hafey Norcross died
September 3, 2000 Died in Adamstown, MD
(The following biography of Elizabeth Gordon comes courtesy of curator Louise Cort. Written in consultation with Elizabeth Gordon, October 23, 1987)

The research papers, memoranda, magazines, books, photographs and color transparencies and other materials in this archives are related to the publication by Elizabeth Gordon (Mrs. Carl Norcross), editor of House Beautiful from 1941 to 1964 and creator of the August, 1960 issue of the magazine on the special theme of the Japanese aesthetic concept of "shibui". The "shibui issue" was followed by the September, 1960, issue of the same publication on the theme, "How to be shibui with American things." As a by-product of the issues, a "Shibui Exhibition" travelled to eleven museums in the United States during 1961-1964. Each exhibition was opened with a slide lecture by Elizabeth Gordon.

Miss Gordon first became curious about Japanese aesthetics in the mid-1950s when she began to see Japanese objects being displayed and used in the homes of Americans who had spent time in Japan during the Occupation and Japanese influence began to appear in wholesale showrooms of home furnishings manufacturers. It was clear that the time had come: she HAD to go to Japan!

She read for five years before going to Japan - history, social mores, art history. (Many of the books on Japan that she collected during this time have been presented to the library at the University of Maryland, College Park.)

An important bit of advice came from Alice Spaulding Bowen, owner of Pacifica , the highest quality shop of Asian antiquities in Honolulu, who told her, "Be sure to read, The Tale of Genji - then you'll understand everything."

She made her first trip to Japan in April, 1959, accompanied by three staff people from, House Beautiful . In Kyoto she met Eiko Yuasa, a young woman then employed by the City of Kyoto to handle foreign V.I.P.s, who was assigned to assist Miss Gordon during her stay there. It was Ms. Yuasa who, in the course of discussions of Japanese aesthetics, introduced the term "shibui." Around that term and its related concepts ("iki", "jimi", "hade") the theme for the issue began to crystallize.

Miss Gordon came home, planning to spend the summer researching "shibui" with the aid of the Japan Society. But she found virtually nothing written in English on the concept. So she returned to Japan in December, 1959 together with staff member Marion Gough, to dig deeper and to work out details and get better educated with Eiko Yuasa. One of their devices was to walk through department stores and discuss with sales personnel whether objects for sale were "shibui", or were "jimi" or "hade", and why. Between themselves, they did the same for the costumes of women they saw on the streets.

Lacking printed sources for information on "shibui", Miss Gordon sought out and interviewed experts, including Douglas Overton, head of the Japan Society in New York. In Japan in December, 1959, she met Yanagi Soetsu, founder of Japan's Folk Craft Movement and head of the Craft Museum in Tokyo (with an introduction from Tonomura Kichinosuke, head of the Craft Museum in Kurashiki). She met the chef Tsuji Kaichi, who was commissioned to write an article on "kaiseki" (that could not be used because of an inadequate English translation) and Frances Blakemore. She met several times with Bernard Leach and attended his lecture at Bonnier's while he was in New York in March, 1960. (He would later write a "fan letter" for the issue)

As the concept of "the shibui issue" began to take shape, a third trip in the spring of 1960 focused on photography - to produce the shooting script decided on the preceding December. This was executed by the noted photographer Ezra Stoller of Rye, New York, and John DeKoven Hill, House Beautiful's Editorial Director. (Mr. Hill worked with Frank Lloyd Wright except for the ten years that he was a member of the House Beautiful editorial staff)

Miss Gordon was back in Japan in Mid-August 1960 as the "shibui issue" was causing a sensation. Altogether she spent sixteen months in Japan.

As one of the experiences that influenced her strong interest in Japanese costumes and textiles, Miss Gordon remembers a spectacularly thorough exhibition at the Tokyo National Museum in Ueno on, 1200 Years of Japanese Costume . She saw it on the last day of its exhibition (possibly 1964).

The August 1960 issue sold out quickly. Copies of the magazine, which sold for fifty cents, were sold on the "black market" for ten dollars.

The publication of the August 1960 issue was followed by an unprecedented avalanche of "fan mail". Many department heads in colleges and universities, including the Harvard-Yenching Institute and the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago (where Miss Gordon had worked as an undergraduate) wrote to comment on the issue. Many people in other fields of endeavor wrote: heads of firms concerned with interior design, landscape architecture, and related areas expressed their interest in the concept of "shibui" Other writers include Bernard Leach, Gertrude Natzler, Laura Gilpin, Mainbocher, the architect Yoshimura Junzo, the textile artist Marianne Strengell, Walter Kerr, Craig Claiborne, and Oliver Statler.

The "shibui issue" was followed immediately by the September issue dealing with the use of non-Japanese objects to express the concept of "shibui." (Miss Gordon convinced her advertisers, who had been skeptical about the potential success of the August issue, by promising the September issue dealing with American products.) Four American firms were involved in the production of an integrated line of paints, wallpaper, furniture and carpets expressive of the concept. Products were designed by the firms' designers following the clues offered by objects and fabrics purchased by Miss Gordon in Japan in December 1959 and spring 1960. Miss Gordon has expressed her dissatisfaction with the September issue, although public opinion was positive. She feels that some of the firms failed in the "shibui" project, though some "caught" the message: namely the paint company and the fabric/wallpaper company.

In response to strong public interest, the House Beautiful staff prepared a travelling exhibition to introduce the concept of "shibui" through a series of vignettes, mixing fabrics and objects, colors and textures. The museum installation was designed by John Hill of House Beautiful . Japan Air Lines underwrote shipping costs.

The exhibition began in Philadelphia in late 1961. Ezra Stoller was sent to photograph the installation in considerable detail at the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts in January, 1962, so that his photographs cold serve as guidelines for installations at the other museums, which included the San Francisco Museum of Art (April 1962), the Newark Pubic Library, and the Honolulu Academy of Art. Miss Gordon presented a lecture on "shibui" at each of the museum installations.

In appreciation of her work to introduce Americans to the concept of "shibui", the city of Kyoto presented a bolt of especially "shibui" kimono fabric executed by a Living National Treasure textile artist. Miss Gordon eventually tailored the fabric into a dress and jacket. She received the 1961 Trail Blazer Award from the New York Chapter of the National Home Fashions League, Inc. In June, 1987, Miss Gordon was named an honorary member of the American Institute of Architects, with her introduction of the concept of "shibui" and her promotion of an understanding of other culture cited as her major contributions to American architecture.

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Scope and Content Note

The Elizabeth Gordon Papers measure 4.5 linear feet and span the years 1959-1987. The collection mainly documents Ms. Gordon's research for the August and September 1960 issues of House Beautiful regarding the Japanese aesthetic concept of "shibui", and the subsequent travelling "shibui exhibition" from 1961-1964. Included are correspondence, some photocopies, 1959-1963; research notes and materials; articles; lectures; printed material including magazine and newspaper clippings, 1959-1987; 2 books, and exhibition announcements; article materials; a photo album containing photos of exhibition installations; and photographs, slides, color transparencies, and lantern slides depicting people, sites, and objects reflecting the "shibui" aesthetic.

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Arrangement

This collection has been organized into the following series:

Series 1: Biographical data

Series 2: "Shibui" research

Subseries 2.1: Correspondence

Subseries 2.2: Articles

Subseries 2.3: Research notes

Series 3: "Shibui" issues of, House Beautiful

Subseries 3.1: 1960 August issue

Subseries 3.2: 1960 September issue

Series 4: Correspondence

Subseries 4.1: Reader mail

Subseries 4.2: In-house communication regarding reader mail

Series 5: "Shibui" promotion

Subseries 5.1: Lectures on "shibui"

Subseries 5.2: Manufacturers

Series 6: Exhibition Files

Subseries 6.1: Dallas

Subseries 6.2: San Francisco

Series 7: Printed materials

Subseries 7.1: Articles

Subseries 7.2: Books

Series 8: Photographs

Subseries 8.1: "Shibui" issues of, House Beautiful

Subseries 8.2: Exhibitions

Subseries 8.3: Articles

Subseries 8.4: Miscellaneous

Subseries 8.5: Lantern slides

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Selected Search Terms

Names:
Claiborne, Craig
Gordon, Elizabeth, 1906-2000
Leach, Bernard, 1887-
Subjects:
Aesthetics, Japanese
Arts, Japanese
House furnishings
Interior decoration
Interior decoration--Periodicals
Japan
Landscape gardening
Museum exhibits
Occupations:
Magazine editors
Form and genre:
correspondence
magazines (periodicals)
photographs

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Description of Series/Container List

Series 1: Biographical Data, 1987-1988, n.d.
This series contains biographical data relating mainly to Elizabeth Gordon. Included are a resumé for Elizabeth Gordon and newspaper clippings regarding her life. Also included is a resumé for Yuasa Eiko who not only assisted Gordon during her first trip to Japan in 1959 but also introduced her to "shibui".
Box Folder
1 1 résumé, n.d.
2 Newspaper clippings, 1987-[1988], n.d.
3 résumé of Yuasa Eiko, n.d.
Series 2: "Shibui" Research, 1953-1960, n.d.
This series contains materials collected and used by Gordon in the process of learning about "shibui" and in the ultimate creation of the 1960 "shibui" articles. Upon arrival at the Archives, the items in this series were together and marked "core papers" by Gordon.The series has been divided into three subseries. Subseries 2.1: Research - correspondence; subseries 2.2: Research - articles; and subseries 2.3: Research - research notes.
Subseries 2.1: Research - correspondence, 1959-1960
Includes correspondence, both inter-office and external, used by Ms. Gordon as "shibui" research materials.
Box Folder
1 4 Memorandum, 1959 July 21
To Elizabeth Gordon from Guy Henle (Executive Director of House Beautiful). Concerns the formation of the ideogram used to write "shibui" and the meanings of the word.
4 Memorandum, 1959 August 7
To E.G. [Elizabeth Gordon] from G.H. [Guy Henle], August 7, 1959. Original memo defining "aware" and "kanashi'.
4 Memorandum, 1959 December 3
To Ms. Gordon from Epsie Kinard [Associate Editor of House Beautiful]. "Subject: Shibui Research" Original typed memo.
4 Letter, [1959] December 8
From EG [Elizabeth Gordon], Imperial Hotel, Tokyo. Tuesday, December 8 [1959] to "john [DeKoven Hill, Editorial Director], Frances [Taylor Heard, Home Furnishings Editor], and Others Interested"; continued on Wednesday December 9 [1959]. Typed transcription of letter concerning first two days in Japan; auction at Tokyo Art Club; meeting with chef Tsuji Kaichi; interview with Mrs. Thomas [Frances] Blakemore; [Wednesday] shopping at Mitsukoshi Department Store; Maruzen Craft Center.
4 Letter, [1959] December 13
Letter from EG [Elizabeth Gordon] with addendum by MG [Marion Gough, Feature Editor], en route to Osaka and Kyoto, to John [Hill], F. Heard, Guy [Henle] et al: completed at the Tori Inn, Kyoto. Typed transcription of letter telling of interview with Yanagi Soetsu, Director of the Folk Craft Museum, Tokyo (Mingeikan); mentioning architect Yoshimura Junzo; Miss Hayashi of the Japnese Crafts Center; Mrs. Thomas Blakemore.
4 Letter, [1959] December 20
Letter from Elizabeth Gordon to John [Hill], Imperial Hotel, Tokyo. Typed transcription of letter describing purchases of textiles; sketching 'floor plan' devised by Yui Kitaka of Japan Air Lines showing relationships between terms "shibui", "jimi", "iki", "hade", and "miyabi".
4 Letter, 1960 January 22
To "Eegee" [Elizabeth Gordon] from unidentified [indecipherable initials].
4 Memorandum, 1960 March 14
To Miss [Elizabeth] Gordon from Marion Gough, "Suggestions of Shibusa" Original typed memo referring to Yanagi article, discussing non-Japanese objects that might be considered "shibui".
5 Memorandum, 1960 March 16
To Miss [Elizabeth] Gordon from Marion Gough, "Re: Notes on Bernard Leach meetings". Original typed memo describing meetings with Bernard Leach, British potter and advocate of the Folk Craft Movement, on March 1 at Bonnier's, on March 4 at luncheon, on March 10 at luncheon.
5 Memorandum, [1959? 1960?]
"The Summing Up of Shibui" by E. Gordon (staff memo). Attached memorandum from Elizabeth Gordon to John [Hill], on Imperial Hotel memo paper, concerning distribution of mimeograph of letter to general staff to sum up research to that date. 2 copies [one is a copy].
Subseries 2.2 Research – Articles, 1953-1960, n.d.
This subseries includes articles kept by Ms. Gordon as research.
6 Article, 1953 April
"The Threat to the Next" by Elizabeth Gordon. House Beautiful , 1953 April.
6 Article, 1959 October 8
Page from, Country Life , October 8, 1959, pp. 467-68. Illustrates Japanese gardens
6 Article, 1960 May 15
"Seattle, Where Far East and Northwest Meet", article from, New York Times , Sunday, May 15, 1960. Blue marks by paragraphs mentioning the concept of shibui.
6 Article, n.d.
"Some Thoughts on Shibusa" by Toyama Shigehiko. Original copy and photocopy of article in, Japan Quarterly , pp. 498-501, with underlining in blue pencil.
Subseries 2.3 Research – Research Notes, 1958-1960, n.d.
This subseries comprises notes taken by and/or kept by Ms. Gordon as research material.
7 Notes. "(Miscellaneous) Notes on Shibui by E. Gordon (from many people)", n.d.
Original transcription of notes; third page headed "Imperial Hotel, Tokyo", quotes Frances Blakemore.
7 Notes, "Comments of Mrs. Blakemore", n.d.
Original transcription of letter from Frances Blakemore, defining shibui".
7 Notes - "Interview with Douglas Overton" [President, The Japan Society, New York], n.d.
Original transcription of notes from interview concerning the meaning of shibui.
7 Notes - "What is Shibui? Random notes gathered from interviews and books. By E. Gordon." November 30, 1959
Xerox copy of typed document quoting Richard Okamoto, Douglas Overton, David Engel, Tonomura Kichinosuke, Yamamoto of Japan Trade Development Board, William Theodore DeBary in, Sources of Japanese Tradition , and Hugo Munsterberg in, The Folk Arts of Japan .
7 Untitled notes on definitions of shibui by Elizabeth Gordon. n.d.
Handwritten on paper with printed heading "memorandum to" and printed closing "E.G."
7 "(Notes taken at) Leach Lectures and Film Comments, ". 1960 May 24th
Copy of typed transcription of notes possibly referring to prewar film shot by professional Japanese filmmakers at Hamadi Shoji studio in Mashiko.
7 Research notes - "What is Beauty? Can you Afford It?" by Elizabeth Gordon, [1958?]
Typescript of article [editorial?] for May 1958 issue of, House Beautiful.
7 Research notes - "On Shibusa" by Yanagi Muneyoshi (a.k. Yanagi Soetsu, 1889-1961, founder of the Japanese Folk Craft Movement), 1960
Original typed transcription of translation of article from Kokoro, March 1960, referring to Ms. Gordon's recent visit to Japan and interview with yanagi concerning the meaning of the term shibusa, mentioning visit by Tonomura Kichinosuke (director of the Craft Museum, Kurashiki) with Ms. Gordon in US.
Series 3: Shibui issues, 1960
This series is dived into two subseries. Subseries 3.1 comprises, House Beautiful's August 1960, issue and subseries 3.2 comprises the September 1960, issue.
Subseries 3.1 August, 1960 issue of, House Beautiful , 1960
Box Folder
1 8 August 1960 issue, 1960 August
9 Typescripts of articles in August issue , 1960 August
10 Manuscript of article by A. West from August 1960 issue - 2 versions, one is a re-write.
11 Tear sheets of three articles from August issue, [1960 August(?)]
Subseries 3.2 September issue of, House Beautiful, 1960 September
12 September issue, 1960 September
Series 4: Correspondence, 1960-1961, n.d.
Correspondence, mostly photostats concerning reader mail in response to the "Shibui" issues of, House Beautiful. This series is divided into two subseries. Subseries 4.1 comprises reader mail received by the magazine and some responses and subseries 4.2 includes internal mail regarding the administration of reader mail. The letters are arranged alphabetically and thereunder chronologically. Correspondents included department heads in colleges and universities, such as the Harvard-Yenching Institute and the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago, and firms concerned with interior design, landscape architecture, and related areas. Among the writers were critic Craig Claiborne, Laura Gilpin, Walter Kerr, Bernard Leach, Mainbocher, Gertrude Natzler, textile artist Marianne Strengell, Oliver Statler, and the architect Yoshimura Junzo.This series also includes responses to reader mail and interoffice communication regarding reader mail.The letters are arranged alphabetically by the correspondents surname.
Subseries 4.1: Correspondence - Reader mail 1960-1961
Box Folder
1 13 Abdun-Nur, Edward A., 1960 October 27
13 Abeles, Herbert R., 1960 July 24
13 Alexander, Alice, 1960 August 23
13 Alle, A. O., Mrs. 1960 July 29
13 Allen, Raye, 1960 July 26
13 Amano, Taro, 1960 August 20
13 Amateis, Edmond, 1960 August 12-October 18
13 American Committee for the U.S. - Japan Centennial. See: Hall, Nana Gladdis
13 American Drug Corporation, 1960 July 14
13 Anderson, Virginia G., 1960 August 9
13 Andrews, Mrs., 1960 September 28-29
13 Arndt, Preston, Chapin, Lamb, & Keen, Inc. See: Converse, Bernard T., Jr.
13 Ashihara, Hatsuko, 1960 July 20-August 1
13 Ashihara, Tomonobu, 1960 August 28
13 Auccin, Johanna, 1960 July 28
14 Baker, Hollis S., 1960 August 9-16
14 Bartel, Zilma, 1960 August 9
14 Baum, Helen, 1960 July 29
14 Bauman, Fred, 1960 September 29
14 Baxter, Glen W., 1960 July 29
14 Beck, Whitefield, 1960 August 17-October 18
14 Bell, Charles S., 1960 July 20
14 Belz, Lydia, 1961 February 20
14 Bensusan, Guy, 1960 October 18
14 Besinger, Curtis, 1960 August 9
14 Bird, Remsen Dubois, 1960 August 15
14 Boardman, Eugene, 1960 August 31
14 Boeke, Richard F., 1960 October 11
14 Boice, Grant E., Mrs., n.d.
14 B_ _ _n(?), Par_ _ _ _(?) M., Mrs., n.d.
14 Borgfeldt, Geo[rge], Corporation. See: Ujlaki, George S.
14 Boston Globe . See: Ford, Loretta A.
14 Bowen, Alice Spaulding, 1960 August 4
14 Bradley (?), _ _ _ _ _(?) [19??] Aug. 12
14 Brechler, C. Carlton, 1960 July 20
14 Brett, Robert E., 1960 August 15-October 19
14 Brown, Charles, 1960 July 21
14 Brown, Frank Penfold, 1960 August 1
14 Brown, Patricia, 1960 August 10-October 19
14 Brudnoy, David, 1960 September 7
14 Buck, Joan, 1960 July 26
14 Burges, Sterrett A., Mrs., 1960 September 12-October 17
14 Burkett, Alyce, 1960 September 21
14 Bzowey, Betty Jean, 1960 August 12
15 Calman, Helene L., 1960 September 20
15 Campbell, Bill, 1960, July 7
15 Carleton, R. Milton, 1960 September 2
15 Curran, Edward J., 1960 July 22
15 Chene, Marie L., 1960 September 22
15 Claiborne, Craig, 1960 August 8
15 Ciceri, Richard H., 1960 September 21
15 Converse, Bernard T., Jr., 1960 August 5
15 Corbett, J. Ralph, 1960 July 22
15 Creighton, Anne, 1960 August 15
15 Crugnola, Eugene & Nella, 1960 Aug. 17
15 Curtis, Jean, 1960 September 11-October 19
16 Dailey, Gardner A., 1960 August 12
16 Davidson, De Witt S., 1960 July 21-August 24
16 Davidson, William D., M.D., 1960 September 23
16 Davis, Fay F., 1960 August 16
16 Debs, Pierre, 1960 August 30
16 Deems, Richard E., 1960 August 31
16 De [Kle?], G. Clyde, Jr., Mrs., 1960 August 20
16 Delet, John, 1960 July 30
16 De Mattia, Alice M., 1960 August 10
16 Dewar, Muriel, 1960 July 14
16 Dow, Alden B., 1960 October 20
16 Downs, George A., 1960 September 21
16 Durrie, Charles H., 1960 August 15
17 Elsaesser, F. John, 1960 September 9-October 3
17 Emerson, Joan, 1960 August 15
17 English, John, 1960 August 2
17 Endman, James P., 1960 July 13
17 Entenmann, Ilse M., 1960 August 19-October 18
17 Ficks, R. L., 1961 May 24
17 Fisk, Betty 1960 July 25
17 Fitch, Karl E., Mrs., 1960 August 14-October 18
17 Fletcher, J., Mrs., 1960 July 28
17 Folin, Irene C., 1960 August 30
17 Ford, Loretta A., 1961 August 21
17 Forrester(?), Jo, 1960 Aug. 12
17 Fox, Frederika, 1960 July 14
17 Frazer, Eva May, 1961 April 29-May 24
17 Furlich, Ethel, 1960 September 14
18 Gardella, William, Mrs., 1960 August 10
18 Garrett, Harold G., 1960 July 29
18 Gewalt, Carl, 1960 September 7
18 Gilbert, John I., Mrs., 1960 August 12
18 Gilpin, Laura, 1960 August 19
18 Glazbrook, Nick, 1960 August 12-October 19
18 Gordon, Robert M., Mrs., 1960 August 3
18 Grace Richey Clarke Studio. See: Daniels, Jessie Clarke
18 Grossman, Jeannette, 1960 August 6
18 Grulleimans(?), Eve and Jack, 1960 July 19
19 Hartman(?), Louise(?), n.d.
19 Hahn, Walter, 1960 August 3
19 Hall, Nana Gaddis, 1960 August 25
19 Hammond, Godfrey, 1960 September 19
19 Hanke, Paul C., Mrs., 1960 September 9
19 Haring, Douglas G., 1960 August 26
19 Harmon, A. J., 1960 August 22
19 Harney, Thomas R., Mrs., 1960 September 1
19 Harris, Jack, 1960 July 24
19 Hatfield, John, 1960 August 7
19 Healy, George W., Jr., 1960 August 12
19 Hemenway, W.(?) W., Mrs., 1960 September 1
20 Henser, Eula A., 1960 November 3
20 Hering, Polly, 1960 July 29
20 Herz_ _ _ _er(?), (?), 1960 July 18
20 Herzig, Helen, [1960?] November 1
20 High, E. Geoffrey, 1960 September 13
20 [Hill, John?], , 19-- December1960 September 9-October 19
20 Hirose, Harry Shoshi, 1960 September 9-October 19
20 Holmquist, Goran F., 1960 July 12
20 Howard, Stephanie, 1960 October 25
20 Humphreys, Louise E., 1960 August 16-October 17
20 Hudson, Jeanette V., 1960 August 29
20 Hunt, Bob, 1960 October 17
21 Ives, Albert Ely, 1960 July 19 --
21 Jackson, Harry, 1960 July 12
21 Jaffe, Jack A., 1960 September 2
21 James, Jean, 1960 August 31
21 Johnson, Robert W., 1960 July 25
21 Jones, Paul L., 1960 October 17
21 Kahane, Melanie, 1960 Aug. 4
21 Kaneshige, Edith, Mrs, 1960 October 18
21 Kellers, James McW., 1960 Aug. 31
22 Kerr, Walter H., 1960 August 18-1961 March 21
22 Ketcheson, Phyllis, 1960 September 9
22 Kinard, Epsie, 1960 July 70
22 Kisshauer, Al, 1960 November 3
22 Klein, Mentor, n.d.
22 Knicely, Elbert D., Mrs., 1960 August 3-October 18
22 Kosieris, Andrew J., 1960 August 22
22 Kroehler. See: Alexander, Alice
22 Kroll, Boris, 1960 September 20
22 Kunihiro, Masao, 1960 September 19-October 18
22 Kusama, S., 1960 August 31
23 Larocca, E. M., Mrs., 1960 July 29
23 Latham, Noel, Mrs., 1960 August 16
23 Latimer, Helen, 1960 November 3
23 Leach, Bernard, 1960 July 17
23 Lee, Ruth, 1960 July 23
23 Levine, Bob, 1960 July 7
23 Liebes, Dorothy, 1960 November 19
23 Lincoln, Frank J., Jr., 1960 July 19
23 Lockhart, Elizabeth, 1960 August 27
23 Lucas, James S., 1960 September 29
Box Folder
2 1 MacMullin, R. J., 1960 July 22
1 Maeda, Y., 1960 November 14
1 Mainbocher Inc., 1960 August 16
1 Malino, Emily, 1960 September 8-October 17
1 Malins, W. J., 1960 September 8
1 Mann, Karl, 1960 October 12
1 Masterson, Katherine K., 1960 August 23
1 Matsukata, Miyé, 1960 August 11-October 19
1 Mayoralgo, Ruperto A., 1960 August 8
1 McDowell, Jane, 1960 August 8
1 McCay, James T., 1960 October 31
1 McGrath, D. J., Mrs., 1960 August 29
1 Meakin, Kenneth H., 1960 July 25
1 Mellquist, Proctor, 1960 August 22
1 Metzler, Carol, 1960 September 10
1 Mezitt, Edmund V., 1960 August 17-August 22
1 Michigan State University, 1960 July 21
2 Middeleer, Charles, 1960 September 13
2 Miho, Katsuro, 1960 August 26
2 Millon, Henry, 1960 September 6
2 Mitchell, Eleanor, 1961 March 7-June 7
2 Moore, Jeff W., 1960 August 25-October 17
2 Morgan, Phyllis R., 1960 September 6-October 17
2 Morgan, Robert, Mrs., 1960 Sept. 24
2 Morin(?), Winifred V. N., 1960 August 29
2 Morten, Edwin , Mrs., 1960 Aug. 15
2 Morten, Reah, 1960 October 26
2 Muller, David, 1960 October 18
3 Natzler, Gertrud, 1960 August 21
3 Neale, E. G., 1960 August 1
3 Nelson, George (?), n.d.
3 Newsom(?), Sarril(?), 1960 September 13
3 Nielsen(?), Clara, 1960 August 24
3 Nierenbere(?), Ted, 1960 July 23
3 Nowell, Margaret, 1961 May 26
3 Obata, Kim, 1960 August 19
3 O'Brien, Helen, n.d.
3 Otis, Irene A., 1960 October 3
3 Owings, Margaret, n.d.
3 Oyama, Wesley, 1960 July 15-21
4 Parmer, J. Norman, 1960 September 8
4 Parker, Alfred Browning, 1960 August 2
4 Parker, Marie, 1960 August 15
4 Pechman, F. J., 1960 July 23
4 Peri, Eve, 1960 September 4
4 Peters, T. O, Mrs., 1960 September 24
4 Petterson, Richard, 1960 November 21
4 Phillips, Edna, 1960 August 24
4 Polevoi, Gerald, 1960 August 9
4 Porter, H. Paul, 1960 August 30
4 Prentice, P. I., 1960 August 22
4 Priddle, D. F., 1961 May 24
4 Pries, Lionel H., 1960 August 22-September 8
4 Pullen, Mary, 1960 September 3
5 Radin, Alvin J. B., 1960 August 11-October 18
5 Rich, Frederic P., 1960 October 13
5 Robsjohn-Gibbings Ltd., 1960 August 1
5 Romaser(?), Eric, 1960 August 16
5 Sachs, Morton, Mrs.,1960 July 16
5 Saito, H., 1960 August 16
5 Sakai, Robert K., 1960 September 12
5 Sato,Yoshio, 1960 October 10
5 Sauer, Abe, 1960 July 22
5 Saunders, E. Dale, 1960 September 19
5 Savitsky, Felix A., 1960 Nov. 8
6 Schamehorn, F. H., 1960 September 21
6 Schrader, Martin H., 1960 July 15-August 22
6 Schurz, Marie, 1960 August 2
6 Sesoko, Tsune, 1960 January 3
6 Shannon, Jeanne E., 1960 July 21
6 Sheehan, Henry, 1960 August 2
6 Sheppard, Luther, Mrs., 1960 August 17
6 Shimanouchi, Toshiro, 1960 August 15
6 Shiraishi, Kingo, 1960 August 27-October 18
6 Shryock, Robert F., 1960 October 24
6 Sisson, Charles F., 1960 July 25
6 Spader, Margaret, 1960 September 29
6 Sprunger, G.W., 1960 Sept. 26
6 Stains, Katherine, 1960 July 19
6 Starger, Jerry, 1960 July 22
6 Stanton, Virginia, 1960 July 27
6 Statler, Oliver, 1960 August 16
6 Steer, Beverly K., 1960 August 6-October 18
6 Stephens, Lillian M., 1960 August 31
6 Stout, Frank, 1960 September 8
6 Strengell, Marianne, 1960 August 10
6 Stuart, William M., 1960 September 16
6 Stuckey, Adeline, 1960 August 16
6 Sullivan, Elisabeth H., 1960 November 7
6 Sutherland, Juanita, 1960 September 1
6 Sutton, Genevieve M., 1960 August 11
7 Tagita, Paul M., 1960 August 8-12
7 Takahashi, Emmie, 1960 August 22
7 Tanaka, Atsuko, 1960 July 13
7 Taylor, George E., 1960 August 31
7 Temple, T. L. Latané, 1960 July 26
7 Tery, Joseph A., 1960 August 4
7 Terry, Bettylou R., 1960 July 27
7 Thomas, Michael H., 1960 July 8
7 Thrasher, Matilda, 1960 August 17-October 18
7 Tsuchiya, Itaru, 1960 December 9
7 Turner, Connie, 1960 September 16
7 Turpin, Nadine , 1960 July 25
7 Tusch, C., Mrs., 1960 July 22
8 Ujlaki, George S., 1960 October 20-31
8 University of Virginia - School of Architecture. See: Downs, George A
8 Uno, Rosalind K., 1960 September 1-October 17
8 Upchurch, Lee, 1960 August 15
8 Van Pelt, Helen, 1960 September 3
8 Van Steenberg, Frank, 1960 August 17
8 Versavage, William, Mrs., 1960 July 28
8 Von Huene, Friedrich, 1960 October 17
8 Wakasugi, Akira, 1960 July 8-12
8 Walk, Robert J., 1960 October 17
8 Wallace, Helen, 1960 July 26
8 Warder, Mildred, 1960 August 24
8 Watson, John, 1960 August 24
8 Wheeler, Trigg, 1960 August 8-October 18
8 Whitfield, Adele, 1960 Aug. 29
8 Wilbur, C. Martin, 1960 August 10
8 Williams, Laurette P., 1960 October 14
8 Wilson, Harry, Mrs., 1960 October 19
3 Wilson, John A., 1960 July 25
8 Woods, Florence, 1960 July 11
8 Wylly, Millicent L., 1960 September 2
9 Yamanaka, Jiro, 1960 August 26
9 Yamamoto, Masato, 1960 July 18
9 Yanaga, Chitoshi, 1960 August 24
9 Yates, A. Marlin, 1960 July 27
9 Yetmar, LaVonne F., 1960 July 20
9 Ylvisaker, Barbara, 1960 August 19-October 18
9 Yokota, Iwao, 1960 July 15-16
9 Yonemura, Mas, 1960 July 21
9 Yoshimura, 1960 August 9
9 Yoshimuta, Junzo, 1960 October 3
9 Zevi, Bruno, 1960 August 6
9 Zielinski, Rose R., 1960 September 19
10 Unidentified correspondent, 1960 July 19
10 Unidentified correspondent, 1960 July 20
10 Unidentified correspondent, 1960 August 22
10 Unidentified correspondent, 1960 August
Telegram signed "Gerald"
10 Unidentified correspondent, 1960 October 17
Subseries 4.2 Correspondence – In-house communication regarding reader mail 1960-1961
This subseries consists of correspondence between members of the, House Beautiful staff generated in order to deal with reader mail received in response to the "shibui" issues. This subseries also includes a annotated draft of a form response sent to readers.
11 In-house communication regarding reader mail. 1960 - 1961, n.d.
Series 5: Shibui promotion, 1960-1961
This series documents efforts to promote the "shibui" aesthetic to the American public. It is subdivided into two subseries. Subseries 5.1 is comprises of lectures on shibui delivered by Elizabeth Gordon. Subseries 5.2 includes documentation of efforts by manufacturers to create and market "shibui" inspired products.
Subseries 5.1: Shibui promotion - lectures, 1960-1962, n.d.
Box Folder
2 12 Lecture by Elizabeth Gordon and award, 1961, n.d.
Two copies of a lecture entitled, "What is Shibui?" One given to the Retail Paint and Wallpaper Distributors of America, Inc. in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The other lecture delivered on March 23, 1961 at the Home Fashions League "Trail Blazer luncheon where Gordon was awarded the "1961 Trail Blazer Award" by the New York Chapter of the National Home Fashions League, Inc.
13 Lecture, 1962
"Shibui Brought Up to Date". Speech given to House Beautiful ad salesman two years after the publication of the shibui issues.
14 Clipping re: lecture by Elizabeth Gordon, 1960
Convention Daily. Retail Paint & Wallpaper Distributors of America. 13th Annual Convention & Trade Show . Issue 4, November 19, 1960.
Subseries 5.2 Shibui promotion – Manufacturers, 1960-1961
This subseries documents efforts by manufacturers to market and sell "shibui" inspired products. Four American firms were involved in this effort to produce shibui inspired lines of paints, wallpaper, furniture, and carpets.
15 Brochure - Martin Senour Paints, .1960
Brochure for, House Beautiful 's 'Shibui' Wall Finishes".
16 Press releases 1960-1961
Announcements of "shibui" inspired products for: Azrock Products Division of Uvalde Rock Ashpalt Company; Erwin-Lambeth Company; and Frances Denney.
Series 6: Exhibition Files, 1961-1962
Series 6.1 Exhibition files – Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, 1961-1962, n.d.
This subseries comprises documents generated by the shibui exhibition at the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts. Included are correspondence pertaining to the exhibit; a brochure for the exhibit; a copy of a speech delivered by Elizabeth Gordon at the exhibit opening; and a newspaper article regarding the exhibit.
Box Folder
2 17 Newspaper clippings .1962
18 Correspondence .1961-1962
19 Invitation and program, [1962]
20 Speech, [1962?]
Delivered by Elizabeth Gordon
21 Speech, [1962?]
Delivered by Elizabeth Gordon
Subseries 6.2: Exhibition files – San Francisco Art Museum, 1962
22 Correspondence 1962
22 Brochure . [1962?]
22 Speech [1962?]
Delivered by Elizabeth Gordon
6 (OS) 2 Article [1962?]
Photostat of article from Sunday, San Francisco Chronicle .
Series 7: Printed Materials 1961-1982
This series comprises books, articles, and article materials. The series is divided into two subseries. Subseries 7.1 comprises articles and subseries 7.2 of books.
Subseries 7.1. Printed Materials – Articles, .1961-1982
Box Folder
3 1 Article n.d.
DeKoven Hill, John. "[The Power of] the Unfinished Statement".
1 Article n.d.
Richie, Donald. "A Vocabulary of Taste: Words without parallel in the West reveal Japan's special attitude toward style." In, House & Garden .
1 Article n.d.
Motoi, Shuntaro. "Is Spatial Art Possible? About the concepts of forms of space."
1 Article 1963
Narita, Kiyofusa. "Making Paper by Hand in Japan," in, Art Around Town , vol. X no. 9. Published by Makoto Nakao.
1 Article 1966 February 19
Trottenberg, A.D. "Colleges Graduate Visual Illiterates," in SR .
1 Article 1982 July
Matsudaira, Ichiro, "Mukasa the cosmopolitan: Meet Hiroji Mukasa, Rotary International president for 1982-83," in, The Rotarian
2 Article materials, [1961?]
Diagrams and drawings for article by Elizabeth Gordon entitled, "How to Explore and Exploit the Nature of Materials: Paper and Foil," in, House Beautiful , November 1961.
3 Article materials 1962, 1963, n.d.
Items pertaining possibly to an article by Elizabeth Garden on the subject of "shibui" color schemes.
Subseries 7.2. Printed materials – books 1939, 1960-1961
4 Book with enclosures 1939, 1960 August 20
Kuki Shuzo, "Iki" no Kozo. Tokyo: Iwanami Shoten. Inscribed. One letter from Amano Taro, Tokyo, to Elizabeth Gordon and notes enclosed.
5 Book 1961 October 22 – November 5
Nara National Museum. Special Exhibit of the Shosoin Treasures. Nara: Nara National Museum. Includes marginalia by Elizabeth Gordon.
6 Book 1964
Noma Seiroku, Zoku Nihonbi Saiken [Japanese Taste in the Arts (Sequel]. Tokyo: Asahi Shimbunsha.
Series 8: Photographs 1959-1964, n.d.
Series 8 comprises photographic prints, transparencies, and lantern slides kept by Elizabeth Gordon. The series is divided into five subseries; images relating to the "shibui" issues of, House Beautiful ; photographic material relating to the "shibui" exhibitions; photographic materials related to articles other than those published in the shibui issues; miscellaneous photographs; and glass mounted lantern slides used to illustrate "shibui" lectures.
Subseries 8.1. Photographs – Shibui issue of, House Beautiful 1960
This subseries is composed of transparencies and photographic prints relating to the August and September issues of, House Beautiful . Photographs attributed to Ezra Stoller.
Box Folder
3 7 Photographic prints 1960
Prints used in August and September, 1960 issues.
Box Folder
4 1 Transparencies 1960
1960 August issue
2 Transparencies 1960
1960 August issue
3 Transparencies 1960
1960 August issue
4 Transparencies 1960
1960August issue - Japanese hostesses
5 Transparencies 1960
1960 August issue - Japanese hostesses.
6 Photographic prints 1960
1960 August issue - Japanese hostesses
7 Transparencies 1960
1960 September issue
Subseries 8.2. Photographs: Exhibitions 1960-1964
This subseries comprises photographs relating to the shibui museum exhibitions.
Box Folder
5 1 Photographic prints [1960-1964]
Photographer: Ezra Stoller
2-3 Transparencies [1960-1964]
Includes notes enclosed with the transparencies
6 (OS) Photo album [1960?]
35 large black-and-white photographs by Ezra Stoller of the installation of the museum "Shibui" exhibitions. Produced as guide to participating institutions for installation of exhibition.
Subseries 8.3: Photographs – Articles 1959-1961, n.d.
This subseries comprises photographs most likely used by Elizabeth Gordon for various articles.
Box Folder
7 1 Photographic prints 1961
Prints associated with article by Elizabeth Gordon entitled, "How to Explore and Exploit the Nature of Materials: Paper and Foil," in House Beautiful , November 1961.
2 Transparencies [1961]
Transparencies associated with article by Elizabeth Gordon entitled, "How to Explore and Exploit the Nature of Materials: Paper and Foil," in House Beautiful , November 1961.
3 Photographic prints and notes .1959-1960
"Gravel in the Garden". Prints possibly used in an article on Japanese gardens. Photographer: Ezra Stoller.
4 Transparencies n.d.
Japanese architecture and gardens
Subseries 8.4: Photographs – Miscellaneous photographs 1959-1960, n.d.
This series includes photographs assembled and labeled by Elizabeth Gordon as "miscellaneous photographs".
Box Folder
8 1 Mounted slides and transparencies [1959 December 30]
Labeled "Mr. Tabata's Home".
2 Photographic prints 1960, n.d.
Japanese architecture and gardens. Photographer: Ezra Stoller.
3 Photographic prints n.d.
Items labeled, "Kitao prints". Exterior and interior shots of a Japanese home.
4 Transparencies, n.d.
Labeled Kyoto festival procession. [Photographs attributed to Aoi Matsuri]
5 Transparencies n.d.
Bonsai
6 Miscellaneous photographic prints and notes, n.d.
2 Miscellaneous photographic print, n.d.
Print of a lacquer tray
Subseries 8.5. Photographs – Lantern Slides n.d.
Elizabeth Gordon utilized the items in this series to illustrate "shibui" lectures. Photographer: Ezra Stoller.
Box
9 Lantern slides n.d.
Numbered slides
Box
10 Lantern slides 1960, n.d.
Includes unnumbered lantern slides; transparencies corresponding to illustrations in the August, 1960, issue of, House Beautiful ; transparencies corresponding to illustrations in September, 1960, issue of, House Beautiful ; transparency corresponding to Exhibit R in the Shibui exhibitions; and unidentified slides.