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Miné Okubo letter to Roy Leeper

Creator:
Okubo, Miné, 1912-2001  Search this
Leeper, Roy  Search this
Subject:
Okubo, Miné  Search this
Frick Collection  Search this
Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Type:
Correspondence
Date:
1971 Nov. 22
Topic:
Holidays  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)10035
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Roy Leeper and Gaylord Hall collection of Miné Okubo papers, circa 1940-2001
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Archives of American Art
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edanmdm:AAADCD_item_10035

Hand-designed Christmas card

Creator:
Okubo, Miné, 1912-2001  Search this
Type:
Correspondence
Date:
1997
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)1054
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Roy Leeper and Gaylord Hall collection of Miné Okubo papers, circa 1940-2001
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Archives of American Art
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edanmdm:AAADCD_item_1054

Miné Okubo christmas card to unidentified recipient

Creator:
Okubo, Miné, 1912-2001  Search this
Type:
Correspondence
Date:
1959
Topic:
Animals  Search this
Holidays  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)11273
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Bob Stocksdale and Kay Sekimachi papers, circa 1900-2015
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_11273
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Reproduction of a Miné Okubo painting featuring a cat and horse

Subject:
Okubo, Miné  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
not after 2001
Topic:
Animals in art  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)17491
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Roy Leeper and Gaylord Hall collection of Miné Okubo papers, circa 1940-2001
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Archives of American Art
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edanmdm:AAADCD_item_17491
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Miné Okubo sketch of a girl and a cat

Creator:
Okubo, Miné, 1912-2001  Search this
Type:
Artworks
Date:
not after 2001
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)17492
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Roy Leeper and Gaylord Hall collection of Miné Okubo papers, circa 1940-2001
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Archives of American Art
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edanmdm:AAADCD_item_17492

Painting of a black cat

Creator:
Okubo, Miné, 1912-2001  Search this
Subject:
Hall, Gaylord  Search this
Leeper, Roy  Search this
Type:
Artworks
Date:
1972
Topic:
Cats  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)17493
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Roy Leeper and Gaylord Hall collection of Miné Okubo papers, circa 1940-2001
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Archives of American Art
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edanmdm:AAADCD_item_17493
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Miné Okubo print of a woman with a cat

Creator:
Okubo, Miné, 1912-2001  Search this
Type:
Artworks
Date:
1977
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)17494
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Roy Leeper and Gaylord Hall collection of Miné Okubo papers, circa 1940-2001
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Archives of American Art
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edanmdm:AAADCD_item_17494

Trek Vol. 1, no. 1

Creator:
Central Utah Relocation Project. Project Reports Division  Search this
Subject:
Okubo, Miné  Search this
Central Utah Relocation Project  Search this
World War, 1939-1945  Search this
Type:
Printed Materials
Date:
1942 December
Topic:
Japanese Americans--Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)17495
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Esther McCoy papers, 1876-1990, bulk, 1938-1989
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_17495

Trek Vol. 1, no. 2

Creator:
Central Utah Relocation Project. Project Reports Division  Search this
Subject:
Okubo, Miné  Search this
Central Utah Relocation Project  Search this
World War, 1939-1945  Search this
Type:
Printed Materials
Date:
1943 February
Topic:
Japanese Americans--Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)17496
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Esther McCoy papers, 1876-1990, bulk, 1938-1989
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_17496

Miné Okubo letter to Kay Sekimachi Stocksdale

Creator:
Okubo, Miné, 1912-2001  Search this
Stocksdale, Kay Sekimachi, 1926-  Search this
Subject:
Okubo, Miné  Search this
Stocksdale, Kay Sekimachi  Search this
Type:
Correspondence
Date:
1956 August 27
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)18630
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Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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edanmdm:AAADCD_item_18630
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Miné Okubo postcard to Kay Sekimachi and Bob Stocksdale

Creator:
Okubo, Miné, 1912-2001  Search this
Stocksdale, Kay Sekimachi, 1926-  Search this
Subject:
Okubo, Miné  Search this
Stocksdale, Bob  Search this
Stocksdale, Kay Sekimachi  Search this
Type:
Correspondence
Date:
1977 July 27
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)18631
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Bob Stocksdale and Kay Sekimachi papers, circa 1900-2015
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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edanmdm:AAADCD_item_18631
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Miné Okubo letter to Kay Sekimachi and Bob Stocksdale

Creator:
Okubo, Miné, 1912-2001  Search this
Stocksdale, Kay Sekimachi, 1926-  Search this
Subject:
Stocksdale, Bob  Search this
Type:
Correspondence
Date:
circa 1980
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)18632
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Bob Stocksdale and Kay Sekimachi papers, circa 1900-2015
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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edanmdm:AAADCD_item_18632

Miné Okubo letter to Roy Leeper

Creator:
Okubo, Miné, 1912-2001  Search this
Leeper, Roy  Search this
Type:
Correspondence
Date:
1974 January 3
Topic:
Illustrated letters  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)3215
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Roy Leeper and Gaylord Hall collection of Miné Okubo papers, circa 1940-2001
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Archives of American Art
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edanmdm:AAADCD_item_3215
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Miné Okubo to Roy Leeper

Creator:
Okubo, Miné, 1912-2001  Search this
Leeper, Roy  Search this
Type:
Correspondence
Date:
1973 September 25
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)3216
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Roy Leeper and Gaylord Hall collection of Miné Okubo papers, circa 1940-2001
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Archives of American Art
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edanmdm:AAADCD_item_3216

Miné Okubo to Roy Leeper

Creator:
Okubo, Miné, 1912-2001  Search this
Leeper, Roy  Search this
Type:
Correspondence
Date:
1971 May 18
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)3217
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Roy Leeper and Gaylord Hall collection of Miné Okubo papers, circa 1940-2001
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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edanmdm:AAADCD_item_3217

Miné Okubo to Kay Sekimachi.

Creator:
Okubo, Miné, 1912-2001  Search this
Stocksdale, Kay Sekimachi, 1926-  Search this
Type:
Correspondence
Date:
1969 May 6
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)6251
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Bob Stocksdale and Kay Sekimachi papers, circa 1900-2015
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_6251
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Miné Okubo to Kay Sekimachi.

Creator:
Okubo, Miné, 1912-2001  Search this
Stocksdale, Kay Sekimachi, 1926-  Search this
Type:
Correspondence
Date:
1979 Feb. 1
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)6252
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Bob Stocksdale and Kay Sekimachi papers, circa 1900-2015
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_6252

Roy Leeper and Gaylord Hall collection of Miné Okubo papers, circa 1940-2001

Creator:
Okubo, Miné, 1912-2001  Search this
Subject:
Tono, Harry  Search this
Hamilton, Howard  Search this
Tono, Doris  Search this
Central Utah Relocation Center  Search this
Topic:
Art patronage  Search this
Sketches  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Asian American artists  Search this
Japanese Americans  Search this
Illustrators  Search this
Drawings  Search this
Authors  Search this
Illustrated letters  Search this
Painters  Search this
Photographs  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)6339
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)227022
AAA_collcode_okubmine
Theme:
Women
Asian American
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_227022
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Bob Stocksdale and Kay Sekimachi papers, circa 1900-2015

Creator:
Stocksdale, Bob, 1913-2003  Search this
Stocksdale, Kay Sekimachi, 1926-  Search this
Subject:
Stocksdale, Bob  Search this
Maloof, Sam  Search this
Maloof, Alfreda Ward  Search this
Turner, Tran  Search this
Stocksdale, Kay Sekimachi  Search this
Uchida, Yoshiko  Search this
Anderson, Norman  Search this
Merrill, Forrest L.  Search this
Larsen, Jack Lenor  Search this
Collingwood, Peter  Search this
Shawcroft, Barbara  Search this
Okubo, Miné  Search this
Woodstock School of Painting  Search this
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Central Utah Relocation Center  Search this
War Relocation Authority  Search this
Tanforan Assembly Center (San Bruno, Calif.)  Search this
Topic:
Watercolors  Search this
Wood-workers  Search this
Textile crafts  Search this
Photographs  Search this
Fiber artists  Search this
Japanese American artists  Search this
Scrapbooks  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Textile design  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Concentration camps  Search this
Interviews  Search this
Japanese Americans  Search this
Fiberwork  Search this
Sound recordings  Search this
Sketches  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)11112
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)246683
AAA_collcode_stockbob
Theme:
Craft
Lives of American Artists
Asian American
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_246683
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Roy Leeper and Gaylord Hall collection of Miné Okubo papers

Creator:
Okubo, Miné, 1912-2001  Search this
Names:
Central Utah Relocation Center  Search this
Hall, Gaylord  Search this
Hamilton, Howard  Search this
Leeper, Roy  Search this
Tono, Doris  Search this
Tono, Harry  Search this
Extent:
1.4 Linear Feet
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Photographs
Drawings
Sketches
Illustrated letters
Date:
circa 1940-2001
Summary:
The Roy Leeper and Gaylord Hall collection of Miné Okubo papers measure 1.4 linear feet and date from circa 1940 to 2001. Roy Leeper and Gaylord Hall were long-time friends with and patrons of Okubo from the late 1950s until her death. The collection contains letters, writings, and sketches by Okubo. Among the printed materials is a copy of the 1944 special edition of Fortune magazine which was sympathetic to Japanese Americans interned during World War II and for which Okubo was hired to illustrate. Also found are scattered documents relating to Hall and Leeper.
Scope and Contents:
The Roy Leeper and Gaylord Hall collection of Miné Okubo papers measure 1.4 linear feet and date from circa 1940 to 2001. Roy Leeper and Gaylord Hall were long-time friends with and patrons of Okubo from the late 1950s until her death. The collection contains letters, writings, and sketches by Okubo. Among the printed materials is a copy of the 1944 special edition of Fortune magazine which was sympathetic to Japanese Americans interned during World War II and for which Okubo was hired to illustrate. Also found are scattered documents relating to Hall and Leeper.

Biographical materials consist of Roy Leeper's medical licenses. The bulk of the collection is comprised of Miné Okubo's letters, many of which are illustrated, to Hall and Leeper discussing her health, career, their purchase of her artwork, and mutual friends. Other correspondents include Howard Hamilton and Doris and Harry Tono. Writings and notes by Okubo inlcude a statement about the pricing of her artwork and a list of artwork. Leeper and Hall's personal business records concern the purchase and loan of Okubo's artwork for exhibitions.

Printed materials include a 1944 edition of Fortune magazine devoted to the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. The issue includes reproductions of Okubo's illustrations of life in the World War II internment camp in Topaz, Utah. Photographs include snapshots of Okubo at an exhibition with her art and of works of art. Sketches and drawings depict mostly cats and flowers.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 7 series.

Series 1: Biographical Material, 1942-1994 (1 folder; Box 1)

Series 2: Correspondence, 1957-2001 (0.8 linear feet; Box 1)

Series 3: Writings and Notes, circa 1940-circa 1970 (3 folders; Box 1)

Series 4: Personal Business Records, 1957-1998 (0.1 linear feet; Box 1)

Series 5: Printed Material, 1944-2000 (0.3 linear feet; Boxes 1-3)

Series 6: Photographs, circa 1940-circa 1990s (3 folders; Box 1)

Series 7: Artwork, 1960s-1997 (0.1 linear feet; Boxes 1-2)
Biographical / Historical:
Miné Okubo (1912-2001) was a Japanese-American painter, illustrator, and author. She is known for her book Citizen 13600in which she described her experience at the Topaz War Relocation Camp in Utah through prose and drawings.

Born in Riverside, California in 1912, Okubo began her arts education at Riverside Junior College and transferred to the University of California, Berkeley where she completed her BA and MA in Fine Arts (where she first met Roy Leeper). In 1938, she received an award to travel and study under Fernand Léger in Paris. When World War II began in Europe, she moved back to California and worked under the Federal Arts Project. She produced some solo murals and also assisted Diego Rivera on his Treasure Island mural Pan American Unity, (1940).

In April of 1942, Miné Okubo and one of her brothers were sent to the Tanforan Assembly Center under Executive Order 9066, which forcibly interned over 100,000 Japanese and Japanese-American citizens living on the West Coast of the United States. Six months later, they were sent to the Topaz War Relocation Camp in Topaz, Utah. There, Okubo taught art in the camp's school and often sketched camp life. She was art editor for the camp newsletter Trek, a supplement to the Topaz Times.

In 1944, Fortune magazine published a sympathetic special edition on the Japanese and Japanese American internment during World War II. The magazine hired Okubo to illustrate two of the articles. She was permitted to leave the camp and move to New York City, where she remained for the rest of her life, working as a painter and illustrator. She wrote and illustrated a book about her experiences in the Topaz confinement camp, Citizen 13600, which won the American Book Award in 1984. Miné Okubo died in 2001. Medical doctor Roy Leeper befriended Miné Okubo while they were both students at the University of California. Later, he and his partner dentist Gaylord Hall were reintroduced to Okubo and her artwork by a mutual friend. They began a life-long relationship with Okuba, both as friends and collectors.
Related Materials:
Riverside City College in Riverside, California also holds the Miné Okubo papers.
Provenance:
Roy Leeper and Gaylord Hall donated the collection of Miné Okubo papers in 2001.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Rights:
The Miné Okubo papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Topic:
Women artists  Search this
Asian American artists  Search this
Art patronage  Search this
Painters -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Illustrators -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Japanese Americans -- Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945  Search this
Authors -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Drawings
Sketches
Illustrated letters
Citation:
Roy Leeper and Gaylord Hall collection of Miné Okubo papers, circa 1940-2001. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.okubmine
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Roy Leeper and Gaylord Hall collection of Miné Okubo papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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ead_collection:sova-aaa-okubmine

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