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John Alexander Pope Papers

Creator:
Pope, John Alexander, 1906-1982  Search this
Source:
Aga-Olgu, Kamer, 1903-  Search this
Warner, Langdon (1881-1955)  Search this
Mayuyama, Junkichi, 1913-1999  Search this
Dubosc, Jean-Pierre, 1903  Search this
Former owner:
Aga-Olgu, Kamer, 1903-  Search this
Dubosc, Jean-Pierre, 1903  Search this
Mayuyama, Junkichi, 1913-1999  Search this
Warner, Langdon (1881-1955)  Search this
Names:
David, Percival, Sir, 1892-1964  Search this
Extent:
45 Linear feet
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Date:
circa 1925-1982
Summary:
The John Alexander Pope papers contain limited biographical, personal and professional information. The bulk of the collection consists of published and unpublished writings, research materials and correspondence.
Arrangement note:
The collection is arranged into six major series. A seventh series inventories outsize materials contained in the other series.

Series 1: Biographic Material

Subseries 1.1: Academic and Professional Life

Subseries 1.2: Personal and Official Photographs of Pope, Family and Colleagues

Series 2: John A. Pope Asian Ceramics and Art Collection

Series 3: Published and Unpublished Materials

Subseries 3.1: Articles, Lectures and Manuscripts

Subseries 3.2: Chinese Porcelains from the Ardebil Shrine: Research Materials and Publication Correspondence

Series 4: Research Material: Subject Files

Subseries: 4.1: Asian Art and Ceramics: Background Material

Subseries 4.2: Chinese Ceramics

Subseries 4.3: Chinese Ceramics and the Porcelain Trade

Subseries 4.4: Japanese and Korean Ceramics

Series 5: Travel

Subseries 5.1: Itineraries, Expenses and Notes

Subseries 5.2: Photographs, Negatives and Slides

Series 6: Correspondence

Series 7: Inventory of Outsize Materials
Biographical/Historical note:
John Alexander Pope was a renowned scholar and authority on Asian art, especially Chinese and Japanese ceramics. He spent most of his professional career at the Freer Gallery of Art, which he joined in 1943 as an Associate in Research. He later served as Assistant Director (1946 to 1962) and then as Director (1962 to 1971). After his retirement in 1971, he continued at the Freer as Director Emeritus and Research Curator for Far Eastern Ceramics. Pope was born in Detroit, Michigan on August 4, 1906 and died in Washington D.C. on September 18, 1982. He obtained a Bachelor's degree in English literature from Yale College. In 1929, prior to graduation, he joined the China International Famine Relief Commission sent to survey famine conditions in the Yellow River valley. As a truck driver for the Commission, he travelled throughout north China giving him an unparalleled chance to see the land and people at first hand. In Beijing, he met and spent time with Alan Priest, later curator of Far Eastern Ceramics at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In a 1972 letter, Pope recalled his time with Priest in 1929 as "the most important factor in my subsequent decision to go into the field." From 1934 to 1941 he was a graduate student at Harvard University, studying Chinese and Japanese languages and the history, archaeology and art of these countries. He spent 1938 as a Travelling Fellow of the Harvard-Yenching Institute studying Chinese archaeology at the University of London; he also travelled to Stockholm, Paris, Amsterdam and Berlin to study museum and private ceramic collections. Harvard awarded him an M.A. degree in 1940 and a Ph. D. in 1955. From 1945 to 1946, on leave of absence from the Freer, Pope served as a Captain in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve posted to Tianjin, China as a Chinese language interpreter. He travelled frequently to Beijing, spending time with Jean Pierre Dubosc and other Chinese art connoisseurs. In introductory notes to a 1979 lecture he recalled that on one of these Beijing trips he made his "first purchase of blue-and-white." Thus began of a life-long interest in Chinese blue-and-white porcelain in general and establishing criteria and a methodology for dating and stylistic analysis of 14th and 15th century blue-and-white in particular. His publications included analysis of important collections of Chinese ceramics, for example those at the Topkapi Sarayi in Istanbul and at the Ardabil Shrine in Iran. Many of his lectures, articles and research trips focused on Chinese trade ceramics, not only in European collections but also from Asian shipwrecks and at sites ranging from East Africa to The Philippines. Pope made his first trip to Japan in 1956. In his 1979 notes he wrote: "My visit to Karatsu and meeting with the Nakazato family started my serious interest in Japanese ceramics." He made many trips to Japan beginning in the late 1960s, often spending several months at a time visiting important kiln sites and Japanese potters as well as collectors. His research emphasis gradually shifted to Japanese porcelain and the issues of dating and identifying kiln sites and wares. At the time of his death he was researching a book on Japanese porcelain. Over time Pope created a substantial personal collection of Chinese and Japanese ceramics. He developed an extensive network of connoisseurs, dealers and scholars. He travelled frequently, visiting public and private collections, attending various symposia, and meeting with a wide range of colleagues involved in the world of Asian ceramics. He belonged to many professional associations and served as advisor or board member for several museums and academic institutions.
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Freer Gallery Study Collection, ceramic shards donated by John Alexander Pope, see http://www.open.asia.si.edu search John Pope.
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Topic:
Art dealers -- Japan  Search this
Art dealers  Search this
Blue and White Ware-China  Search this
Pottery-Japanese-Collector and Collecting  Search this
Oriental Ceramic Society London  Search this
Photography -- China  Search this
Pottery-Chinese-Collectors and Collecting  Search this
Pottery - Asia  Search this
Pottery-Japan  Search this
Pottery -- China  Search this
Citation:
John Alexander Pope Papers. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C.
Identifier:
FSA.A1988.01
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Academic and Professional Life

Collection Creator:
Pope, John Alexander, 1906-1982  Search this
Collection Source:
Aga-Olgu, Kamer, 1903-  Search this
Warner, Langdon (1881-1955)  Search this
Mayuyama, Junkichi, 1913-1999  Search this
Dubosc, Jean-Pierre, 1903  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Scope and Contents:
Academic records include documents and correspondence concerning Phillips Exeter Academy Class of 1925 and Yale University Class of 1929, Harvard University diplomas and miscellaneous other Harvard records. Items from Pope's tenure at the Freer Gallery include the announcement of his appointment as Director, some annual reports, information on exhibitions at the Freer, and several reports related to the gallery. The materials include correspondence and other papers from Pope's service on the Board of Trustees of the Museum of the American China Trade. From 1971 to 1981 he was Advisor for Far Eastern Art for the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts; most of this material relates to objects offered by dealers. Pope was an active member of the Literary Society of Washington DC and of the Oriental Ceramic Society based in London. Correspondence and other items relating to both organizations are included.
Collection Restrictions:
Access is by appointment only, Monday through Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Please contact the Archives to make an appointment: AVRreference@si.edu.
Collection Rights:
Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository.
Collection Citation:
John Alexander Pope Papers. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C.
Identifier:
FSA.A1988.01, Subseries 1.1
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Archival Repository:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
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ead_component:sova-fsa-a1988-01-ref10

Personal and Official Photographs of Pope, Family, and Colleagues

Collection Creator:
Pope, John Alexander, 1906-1982  Search this
Collection Source:
Aga-Olgu, Kamer, 1903-  Search this
Warner, Langdon (1881-1955)  Search this
Mayuyama, Junkichi, 1913-1999  Search this
Dubosc, Jean-Pierre, 1903  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Scope and Contents:
This subseries includes official photographs of Pope with visiting dignitaries, taken at Freer Gallery exhibits and other public events, as well as personal photographs with colleagues and friends. The earliest photographs, 1929, show Pope and other members of the China International Famine Relief Commission with Chinese dignitaries. Many of the personal photographs depict him with friends and colleagues during his numerous trips to Asia, especially Japan. Many but not all of the people in these photographs are identified.
Collection Restrictions:
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Collection Rights:
Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository.
Collection Citation:
John Alexander Pope Papers. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C.
Identifier:
FSA.A1988.01, Subseries 1.2
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Archival Repository:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
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ead_component:sova-fsa-a1988-01-ref113

Japanese and Korean Ceramics

Collection Creator:
Pope, John Alexander, 1906-1982  Search this
Collection Source:
Aga-Olgu, Kamer, 1903-  Search this
Warner, Langdon (1881-1955)  Search this
Mayuyama, Junkichi, 1913-1999  Search this
Dubosc, Jean-Pierre, 1903  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Scope and Contents:
Pope became increasingly interested in Japanese ceramics. In the 1960s he made several research trips there visiting kiln sites and spending time with potters and collectors. He developed friendships with Japanese dealers and collectors, particularly Mayuyama Junkichi. Pope also became interested in other Japanese art and began collecting Japanese sword furniture. Pope's research materials contain some information on Korean ceramics.
Collection Restrictions:
Access is by appointment only, Monday through Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Please contact the Archives to make an appointment: AVRreference@si.edu.
Collection Rights:
Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository.
Collection Citation:
John Alexander Pope Papers. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C.
Identifier:
FSA.A1988.01, Subseries 4.4
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Travel

Collection Creator:
Pope, John Alexander, 1906-1982  Search this
Collection Source:
Aga-Olgu, Kamer, 1903-  Search this
Warner, Langdon (1881-1955)  Search this
Mayuyama, Junkichi, 1913-1999  Search this
Dubosc, Jean-Pierre, 1903  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Scope and Contents:
Pope travelled frequently to Asia and Europe, meeting with colleagues, visiting museum and private collections and attending conferences. He kept copies of his itineraries, his expenses and contact information for colleagues, dealers and others. He also took photographs on many of his trips. Many of these were later used to illustrate lectures.
Collection Restrictions:
Access is by appointment only, Monday through Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Please contact the Archives to make an appointment: AVRreference@si.edu.
Collection Rights:
Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository.
Collection Citation:
John Alexander Pope Papers. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C.
Identifier:
FSA.A1988.01, Series 5
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Archival Repository:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
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Itineraries, Expenses and Notes

Collection Creator:
Pope, John Alexander, 1906-1982  Search this
Collection Source:
Aga-Olgu, Kamer, 1903-  Search this
Warner, Langdon (1881-1955)  Search this
Mayuyama, Junkichi, 1913-1999  Search this
Dubosc, Jean-Pierre, 1903  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Scope and Contents:
The travel information includes both official and personal travel from 1950 through 1970. He kept notebooks for many of these trips, recording expenses, notes on collections and other items of interest. He had a large collection of business cards from dealers and collectors.
Collection Restrictions:
Access is by appointment only, Monday through Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Please contact the Archives to make an appointment: AVRreference@si.edu.
Collection Rights:
Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository.
Collection Citation:
John Alexander Pope Papers. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C.
Identifier:
FSA.A1988.01, Subseries 5.1
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Archival Repository:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-fsa-a1988-01-ref1335

Photographs, Negatives and Slides

Collection Creator:
Pope, John Alexander, 1906-1982  Search this
Collection Source:
Aga-Olgu, Kamer, 1903-  Search this
Warner, Langdon (1881-1955)  Search this
Mayuyama, Junkichi, 1913-1999  Search this
Dubosc, Jean-Pierre, 1903  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Scope and Contents:
Pope's travel photography began with an extensive record of his 1929 trip to China with the China International Famine Relief Commission. On later research trips he documented visits to important sites, kilns and ceramics collections. He used many of them to illustrate lectures. He also received photographs from others with whom he traveled, especially in Japan. He had a large collection of photographs on ceramics and other artwork germane to his research as well as general photographs of Asian countries.
Collection Restrictions:
Access is by appointment only, Monday through Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Please contact the Archives to make an appointment: AVRreference@si.edu.
Collection Rights:
Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository.
Collection Citation:
John Alexander Pope Papers. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C.
Identifier:
FSA.A1988.01, Subseries 5.2
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Archival Repository:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
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ead_component:sova-fsa-a1988-01-ref1434

Correspondence

Collection Creator:
Pope, John Alexander, 1906-1982  Search this
Collection Source:
Aga-Olgu, Kamer, 1903-  Search this
Warner, Langdon (1881-1955)  Search this
Mayuyama, Junkichi, 1913-1999  Search this
Dubosc, Jean-Pierre, 1903  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Scope and Contents:
Pope corresponded with a wide circle of ceramics specialists, museum directors, dealers and others. Most of the correspondence consists of letters to Pope; very few of his responses are included. The collection includes numerous letters from several well-known collectors and specialists, including John M. Addis, Frances Cleaves, Warren Cox, Sir. Percival David, Jean-Pierre Dubosc, Dean Frasche, Harry Garner, L. Carrington Goodrich, Basil Gray, Tom Harrisson, Igaki Haruo, Soame Jenyns, James Kirkman, Koyama Fujio, James Marshall, Mayuyama Junkichi, Gerald Reitlinger, Laurence Sickman, Hammo Sassoon, Langdon Warner and Billy Winkworth.
Collection Restrictions:
Access is by appointment only, Monday through Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Please contact the Archives to make an appointment: AVRreference@si.edu.
Collection Rights:
Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository.
Collection Citation:
John Alexander Pope Papers. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C.
Identifier:
FSA.A1988.01, Series 6
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John A. Pope Asian Ceramics and Art Collection

Collection Creator:
Pope, John Alexander, 1906-1982  Search this
Collection Source:
Aga-Olgu, Kamer, 1903-  Search this
Warner, Langdon (1881-1955)  Search this
Mayuyama, Junkichi, 1913-1999  Search this
Dubosc, Jean-Pierre, 1903  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Scope and Contents:
The information about Pope's private collection is incomplete. In addition to Chinese and Japanese ceramics, he also collected Japanese sword furniture. The photographs and other materials relating to the collection were scattered throughout his papers. Some had numbers that matched the catalog cards provided by his son and daughter. The catalog is not complete; the cards describe the object, where and when purchased, cost and sometimes the subsequent disposition of the object. Many photographs were unnumbered but marked as belonging to the collection. Some of the items were not clearly identified as part of the collection although the photographs were found together with items that were so identified. There is some material about donations and sales of items from the collection.
Collection Restrictions:
Access is by appointment only, Monday through Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Please contact the Archives to make an appointment: AVRreference@si.edu.
Collection Rights:
Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository.
Collection Citation:
John Alexander Pope Papers. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C.
Identifier:
FSA.A1988.01, Series 2
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Outsize Boxes

Collection Creator:
Pope, John Alexander, 1906-1982  Search this
Collection Source:
Aga-Olgu, Kamer, 1903-  Search this
Warner, Langdon (1881-1955)  Search this
Mayuyama, Junkichi, 1913-1999  Search this
Dubosc, Jean-Pierre, 1903  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Scope and Contents:
These boxes contain material from a variety of series. Boxes 79-81 are located on Shelf 9.c.2.
Collection Restrictions:
Access is by appointment only, Monday through Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Please contact the Archives to make an appointment: AVRreference@si.edu.
Collection Rights:
Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository.
Collection Citation:
John Alexander Pope Papers. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C.
Identifier:
FSA.A1988.01, Series 7
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Published and Unpublished Materials

Collection Creator:
Pope, John Alexander, 1906-1982  Search this
Collection Source:
Aga-Olgu, Kamer, 1903-  Search this
Warner, Langdon (1881-1955)  Search this
Mayuyama, Junkichi, 1913-1999  Search this
Dubosc, Jean-Pierre, 1903  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Scope and Contents:
The collection contains copies of several of Pope's published articles, but most of the items are manuscripts or drafts, some incomplete. It is divided into two subseries. Subseries 3.1 contains articles, lectures and manuscripts, including notes, slide lists and related items for his many lectures. Also among the manuscripts are comments on individual items submitted by collectors for evaluation. Subseries 3.2 consists of research materials and publication correspondence for his best-known work, Chinese Porcelains from the Ardebil Shrine.
Collection Restrictions:
Access is by appointment only, Monday through Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Please contact the Archives to make an appointment: AVRreference@si.edu.
Collection Rights:
Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository.
Collection Citation:
John Alexander Pope Papers. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C.
Identifier:
FSA.A1988.01, Series 3
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Articles, Lectures and Manuscripts

Collection Creator:
Pope, John Alexander, 1906-1982  Search this
Collection Source:
Aga-Olgu, Kamer, 1903-  Search this
Warner, Langdon (1881-1955)  Search this
Mayuyama, Junkichi, 1913-1999  Search this
Dubosc, Jean-Pierre, 1903  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Separated Materials:
Box # 10 contains copies of published articles and book reviews arranged in chronological order with undated items at the end. Boxes # 11 through # 16 contain lecture notes, slide lists and manuscripts arranged in chronological order with undated items at the end. The manuscripts that comment on items submitted by collectors sometimes include correspondence. Box # 17 contains notebooks with drafts of the inscriptions portion of the "Catalogue of Chinese Bronzes" for which Pope served as editor. It was published as A Descriptive and Illustrative Catalogue of Chinese Bronzes.
Collection Restrictions:
Access is by appointment only, Monday through Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Please contact the Archives to make an appointment: AVRreference@si.edu.
Collection Rights:
Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository.
Collection Citation:
John Alexander Pope Papers. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C.
Identifier:
FSA.A1988.01, Subseries 3.1
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ead_component:sova-fsa-a1988-01-ref251

Chinese Porcelains from the Ardebil Shrine: Research Materials and Publication Correspondence

Collection Creator:
Pope, John Alexander, 1906-1982  Search this
Collection Source:
Aga-Olgu, Kamer, 1903-  Search this
Warner, Langdon (1881-1955)  Search this
Mayuyama, Junkichi, 1913-1999  Search this
Dubosc, Jean-Pierre, 1903  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Scope and Contents:
Published in 1956, Chinese Porcelains from the Ardebil Shrine is Pope's best-known work and is generally accepted as a standard analysis of Ming dynasty porcelains. It was reprinted in 1981. The research material includes notebooks of photographs of Chinese ceramics and background material on the shrine, the ancient Near East, and Chinese interaction with the Muslim world. Several folders of post-publication correspondence and reviews as well as correspondence and notes relating to the second edition are also included.
Collection Restrictions:
Access is by appointment only, Monday through Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Please contact the Archives to make an appointment: AVRreference@si.edu.
Collection Rights:
Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository.
Collection Citation:
John Alexander Pope Papers. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C.
Identifier:
FSA.A1988.01, Subseries 3.2
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Archival Repository:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
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Research Materials: Subject Files

Collection Creator:
Pope, John Alexander, 1906-1982  Search this
Collection Source:
Aga-Olgu, Kamer, 1903-  Search this
Warner, Langdon (1881-1955)  Search this
Mayuyama, Junkichi, 1913-1999  Search this
Dubosc, Jean-Pierre, 1903  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Scope and Contents:
The bulk of the collection consists of Pope's research materials amassed over a lifetime of scholarly work on Asian ceramics. He travelled frequently, especially to Japan, and participated in international conferences on Chinese trade pottery. Whether on official business or engaged in research, he spent much of his time examining and evaluating museum and private collections of Asian ceramics. Pope organized his research materials into country files. He subdivided the China material by dynasty. He collected a large amount of material about Chinese export porcelain which he organized by country in which the ceramics were found. He was interested in local pottery and the influence that Chinese porcelain might have had on it. He studied how the Chinese adapted their designs to appeal to a foreign market. Much of his research material consists of photographs of ceramics. Sometimes a folder contains items that do not belong to that period or type but it is not evident whether this is deliberate (for example for comparison purposes or because Pope may have disagreed with identification of the item in question) or simply a mistake in filing. Pope filed all photographs related to a particular ceramic style or period in one large folder. To assist scholars interested in the provenance of particular items, photographs that identify the owner, dealer or institution holding the object have been placed in individual folders. Pope's subject files are generally ordered from general to specific.
Collection Restrictions:
Access is by appointment only, Monday through Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Please contact the Archives to make an appointment: AVRreference@si.edu.
Collection Rights:
Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository.
Collection Citation:
John Alexander Pope Papers. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C.
Identifier:
FSA.A1988.01, Series 4
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Archival Repository:
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Asian Art and Ceramics: Background Material

Collection Creator:
Pope, John Alexander, 1906-1982  Search this
Collection Source:
Aga-Olgu, Kamer, 1903-  Search this
Warner, Langdon (1881-1955)  Search this
Mayuyama, Junkichi, 1913-1999  Search this
Dubosc, Jean-Pierre, 1903  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Scope and Contents:
Pope had a large collection of notecards and other materials that covered history, art, religion, ceramics and miscellaneous information on Asian countries, especially China and Japan. It includes a collection of photographs of Asian art objects. This material was separate from background information contained in his country subject files.
Collection Restrictions:
Access is by appointment only, Monday through Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Please contact the Archives to make an appointment: AVRreference@si.edu.
Collection Rights:
Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository.
Collection Citation:
John Alexander Pope Papers. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C.
Identifier:
FSA.A1988.01, Subseries 4.1
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Archival Repository:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
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ead_component:sova-fsa-a1988-01-ref454

Chinese Ceramics

Collection Creator:
Pope, John Alexander, 1906-1982  Search this
Collection Source:
Aga-Olgu, Kamer, 1903-  Search this
Warner, Langdon (1881-1955)  Search this
Mayuyama, Junkichi, 1913-1999  Search this
Dubosc, Jean-Pierre, 1903  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Scope and Contents:
Pope's research materials on Chinese Ceramics include information about techniques, motifs and specific types of pottery. He placed most of this more general material at the beginning of the subject file. The remainder of the material was organized by dynasty and consists mainly of photographs. Dynasty folders sometimes include photographs of items identified as belonging to a different dynastic period. It is not clear if this is deliberate or accidental. Pope kept the photographs for a particular subject or dynasty together in single large folder. For the convenience of scholars interested in the provenance of objects, photographs that identify the owner or dealer of the object have been separated into individual folders.
Collection Restrictions:
Access is by appointment only, Monday through Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Please contact the Archives to make an appointment: AVRreference@si.edu.
Collection Rights:
Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository.
Collection Citation:
John Alexander Pope Papers. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C.
Identifier:
FSA.A1988.01, Subseries 4.2
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Archival Repository:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
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Biographic Material

Collection Creator:
Pope, John Alexander, 1906-1982  Search this
Collection Source:
Aga-Olgu, Kamer, 1903-  Search this
Warner, Langdon (1881-1955)  Search this
Mayuyama, Junkichi, 1913-1999  Search this
Dubosc, Jean-Pierre, 1903  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Scope and Contents:
The biographic material in the collection consists of miscellaneous documents from Pope's academic and professional life. The documents and reports relating to the Freer Gallery provide a snapshot of activities during Pope's tenure but are not comprehensive, nor is it clear how much direct involvement he had with the activity or issue in question. Some documents concern Pope's role as advisor, board member or active participant with other museums, academic institutions and societies. There are many photographs of Pope at official Freer Gallery functions as well as informal photographs with friends and colleagues in the United States and Asia.
Collection Restrictions:
Access is by appointment only, Monday through Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Please contact the Archives to make an appointment: AVRreference@si.edu.
Collection Rights:
Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository.
Collection Citation:
John Alexander Pope Papers. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C.
Identifier:
FSA.A1988.01, Series 1
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Chinese Ceramics and the Porcelain Trade

Collection Creator:
Pope, John Alexander, 1906-1982  Search this
Collection Source:
Aga-Olgu, Kamer, 1903-  Search this
Warner, Langdon (1881-1955)  Search this
Mayuyama, Junkichi, 1913-1999  Search this
Dubosc, Jean-Pierre, 1903  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Scope and Contents:
Pope did a great deal of research into the Chinese porcelain trade. He traveled to many countries where Chinese ceramics had been found. He visited archeological sites and studied collections taken from shipwrecks and found in museums. In addition to research material on the porcelain trade to those countries, he collected information on local pottery industries, their techniques and products and whether Chinese porcelain may have influenced them. He also was interested in how other cultures used Chinese porcelain and how Chinese manufacturers may have adapted their product lines to suit foreign tastes. He organized most of this material by country.
Collection Restrictions:
Access is by appointment only, Monday through Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Please contact the Archives to make an appointment: AVRreference@si.edu.
Collection Rights:
Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository.
Collection Citation:
John Alexander Pope Papers. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C.
Identifier:
FSA.A1988.01, Subseries 4.3
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The Literary Society of Washington DC, membership lists, 1962-1982

Collection Creator:
Pope, John Alexander, 1906-1982  Search this
Collection Source:
Aga-Olgu, Kamer, 1903-  Search this
Warner, Langdon (1881-1955)  Search this
Mayuyama, Junkichi, 1913-1999  Search this
Dubosc, Jean-Pierre, 1903  Search this
Container:
Box 4, Folder 14
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Access is by appointment only, Monday through Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Please contact the Archives to make an appointment: AVRreference@si.edu.
Collection Rights:
Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository.
Collection Citation:
John Alexander Pope Papers. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C.
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John Alexander Pope Papers
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Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
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Porcelain Trade, Africa, Malindi Visit 1968, Gedi Museum, photographs

Collection Creator:
Pope, John Alexander, 1906-1982  Search this
Collection Source:
Aga-Olgu, Kamer, 1903-  Search this
Warner, Langdon (1881-1955)  Search this
Mayuyama, Junkichi, 1913-1999  Search this
Dubosc, Jean-Pierre, 1903  Search this
Container:
Box 38, Folder 7
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Access is by appointment only, Monday through Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Please contact the Archives to make an appointment: AVRreference@si.edu.
Collection Rights:
Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository.
Collection Citation:
John Alexander Pope Papers. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C.
See more items in:
John Alexander Pope Papers
Archival Repository:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
EDAN-URL:
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