TABLE OF CONTENTS



Descriptive Summary

Biographical Information

Scope and Content Note

Restrictions

Selected Search Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series/Container List

Series 1: Biographical Information 1927-1935

Series 2: Diaries, 1925-1934

Series 3: Writings and Research Materials, 1927-1934, n.d.(bulk 1931-1934)

Series 4: Scrapbooks, 1924-1934

Series 5: Graphic Materials, 1925, 1933, n.d.

Benjamin March

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



    Contact Information
    Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
    Smithsonian Institution
    Washington, D.C. 20560
    Tel: 202-633-0533
    Email: AVRreference@asia.si.edu

Descriptive Summary

Creator: March, Benjamin, 1899-1934
Title: The Benjamin March Papers
Dates: 1923-1934
Quantity: 11.75 linear feet
Abstract: Writer, curator, and professor Benjamin Franklin March Jr. (1899-1934) studied, lectured, and wrote in the United States and in China, and through his works gained respect as one of the foremost authorities on Chinese art during the 1920s and 1930s. His papers, dating from 1923 to 1934, document his professional and personal life in the United States and in China and include lecture notes and outlines; research notes; diaries; scrapbooks; and photographs.
Identification: A 1995.10

Biographical Information

Biographical Sketch
Date Event
1899 Born, Chicago, IL. Son of Benjamin Franklin and Isabel (née McNeal)
[1917?] Attended Lewis Institute and the YMCA College before transferring to the University of Chicago
1918-1919 Military service, Sergeant, Field Remount Squadron, No. 305, Army Service Corps
1922 Graduated from the University of Chicago (Ph.B)
1922-1923 Attended the Union Theological Seminary, New York, NY
1923-1925 Teacher of English, Latin, and Bible Studies at Hopei University; the Second Normal School; and the YMCA in Paotingfu, China
1925 June 30 Married Dorothy Rowe in Nanking, China
1925-1927 English instructor; Librarian; and Lecturer in Chinese Art, Yenching University, Peiping, China
1927, summer Lecturer on Chinese art, Columbia University
1927 – 1931 Curator of Asiatic Art, Detroit Institute of Arts
1928 Honorary Curator of Oriental Aesthetic Art at the Museum of Anthropology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
1928 Appointed honorary curator at the Museum of Anthropology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
1929 Daughter (Judith) born
1929 China and Japan in Our Museums , published by the American Council, Institute of Pacific Relations
1931 Spent six months in China under a special grant from the American Council of Learned Societies to study 13th century painter, Ch'ien Hsuan
1932 Curator, Museum of Anthropology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
1932 Appointed honorary curator at the Detroit Institute of Arts
1933 Awarded a Freer Fellowship
1934 Standards of Pottery Description , published by the University of Michigan Press
1934, summer Organized, directed, and lectured at a summer session of the Institute of Asiatic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley
1934 December Died at home in Ann Arbor, Michigan after a five-week illness (heart ailment)

Far Eastern art writer, curator, and lecturer, Benjamin Franklin March Jr., was born in Chicago on July 4, 1899 to Benjamin and Isabel March. He studied, lectured, and wrote in the United States and China and through his works gained respect as one of the foremost authorities on Chinese art during the 1920s and 1930s. Although he lived only thirty-five years, Benjamin March was a respected and influential scholar of Asian art.

After high school, March attended the Lewis Institute and the YMCA College before transferring to the University of Chicago from which he graduated in 1922 (Ph.B). With thoughts of becoming a Methodist minister, March enrolled at the Union Theological Seminary in New York City. At the same time, March enrolled in art classes at the Metropolitan Museum. After one year at the seminary, March was presented with and accepted the opportunity to work in China. From 1923 to 1927, March resided in China where he taught and lectured at colleges. Initially, March taught English, Latin, and Bible Studies at Hopei University, the Second Normal School, and the YMCA. From 1925 to 1927, he worked at Yenching University in Peiping (now Peking) as an instructor in English, a librarian, and lecturer in Chinese art.

While in China, March met Dorothy Rowe, the daughter of a Methodist missionary stationed in Nanking. On June 25, 1925 the two were married. Ms. Rowe, whom March sometimes called Doré, had lived in China since infancy. Rowe was the author of four books of about Chinese and Japanese children, as well as a published poet.

During the summer of 1927, the Marchs moved to the United States when Columbia University offered March an appointment as lecturer of Chinese Art. Later that year March was appointed curator of Asiatic art at the Detroit Institute of Arts. He remained at the Detroit Institute of Arts in this capacity until 1931. In 1928, March was appointed Honorary Curator of Oriental Aesthetic Art by the University of Michigan's Museum of Anthropology. The next year, Dorothy March gave birth to the couple's only child, Judith.

During this period March published extensively, including two publications, China and Japan in Our Museums, in 1929 and, Standards of Pottery Description, in 1934. In the latter, March developed a new technique for the scientific study of the materials and methods of manufacture of ancient Chinese pottery. (Ann Arbor Daily News. "Death Takes Noted Curator". December 14, 1934)

In 1931, March received a grant from the American Council of Learned Societies. This grant allowed March the opportunity to travel to China and Europe to study the 13th century painter, Ch'ien Hsuan. In 1932, March was named a curator at the Museum of Anthropology at the University of Michigan. The following year he was named a Freer Fellow. The summer of 1934 found March in Berkeley, California, organizing and directing the Institute of Asiatic Studies at the University of California. During the fall of 1934, March fell ill with a heart ailment. He was ill for five weeks before he died, at the age of 35, in December of 1934. At the time of his death, Benjamin March was survived by his wife Dorothy and their daughter, Judith.

Return to the Table of Contents


Scope and Content Note

The Benjamin March Papers span the years 1923 to 1934 and measure 11.75 linear feet. The collection includes: biographical data included in passports, obituaries, and fifty-seven condolence letters; lecture and course outlines; research notes; four diaries; one scrapbook; four illustrations including sketches for the March bookplate; fourteen photograph albums; printed matter; and 100 personal and artistic photographs.

The collection is divided into the following series:

Series 1: Biographical Information, 1927-1935

Series 2: Diaries, 1925-1934

Series 3: Writings and Research Materials, 1927-1934, n.d.

Subseries 3.1: Lecture Materials

Subseries 3.2: Research

Subseries 3.3: Printed Matter

Series 4: Scrapbooks, 1924-1934

Series 5: Graphic Materials, 1925, 1933, n.d.

Subseries 5.1: Illustrations

Subseries 5.2: Photo Albums

Subseries 5.3: Photographs

Return to the Table of Contents


Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

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.

Restrictions on Use

No restrictions on use.

Return to the Table of Contents


Selected Search Terms

Names:
March, Benjamin, 1899-1934
Rowe, Dorothy, 1898-
Subjects:
Architecture -- China
Architecture -- Japan
Art -- Terminology
Art, Asian -- Research
Art, Chinese
Art, Japanese
Art, Korean
China - Description and travel
Chinese language -- Terms and phrases
Painting, Chinese
Painting, Japanese
Places:
China
Detroit (Mich.)
Japan
Michigan
Document Types:
Lecture notes
Letters
Photographs
Scrapbooks

Return to the Table of Contents


Related Material

The Detroit Institute of Arts maintains administrative correspondence and files generated by Benjamin March during his tenure as curator.

The Bentley Historical Library at the University of Michigan houses the Benjamin Franklin March drawings collection, This is a collection of drawings by March for his daughter; includes illustrated poems of Pentwater Beach, Michigan.

Return to the Table of Contents


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Benjamin March Papers. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. Gift of Judith March Davis, 1995

Processing Information

Processed by archivist Colleen Hennessey with the assistance of volunteer Eileen Hayden. Additional processing by archivist Linda M. Machado in September, 2001 .

Provenance

Benjamin March's daughter, Judith March Davis, donated her father's papers to the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives in 1995.

Return to the Table of Contents


Description of Series/Container List

Series 1: Biographical Information 1927-1935
This series comprises materials containing biographical information about Benjamin March. It includes a brief biography for inclusion in "America's Young Men" (1935); obituaries and newspaper clippings; several condolence letters sent to Dorothy March upon the death of her husband; and one letter from Carl E. Guthe of the University of Michigan to Fred Black in which he proposed the establishment of a Benjamin March fellowship in Far Eastern Civilizations
Box Folder
1 1 Biography of Benjamin March, 1935
From, "America's Young Men".
1 2 2 Passports, 1927, 1935
1 3 Obituaries, 1934, 1935
Newspaper clippings, newsletters, and notices announcing March's death and coverage of his life.
1 4 Letters, 1934
Condolence letters sent to Dorothy March upon the death of Benjamin.
1 5 Letters, 1934
Condolence letters sent to Dorothy March upon the death of Benjamin.
1 6 Letters, 1935
Condolence letters sent to Dorothy March upon the death of Benjamin.
1 7 Letters, 1935
Condolence letters sent to Dorothy March upon the death of Benjamin.
1 8 Letters, 1935
Letter from Carl E. Guthe to Fred Black. Guthe, Director of the Museum of Anthropology at the University of Michigan, proposed Benjamin March Fellowship in Far Eastern Civilizations.
Series 2: Diaries, 1925-1934
This series contains four diaries belonging to Benjamin March. These highly detailed diaries document the author's impressions of China and his personal experiences there. One item, "The Memoirs of MA" (box 1, folder 9) includes a note by the creator stating that "The Memoirs of MA" are a continuation of "The Chronicles of Benjamin". The "Chronicles" are photo albums that are located in Series V – subseries 2 – photo albums. The diaries for 1931, 1932, and 1934 are indexed by the author and include various lists.
Box Folder
1 9 Journal, 1925-1926
Binding removed, 9 1/2" x 6". 182 pages. First entry, 30 June 1925. Last entry, 13 March 1926. Inscribed, "The Memoirs of MA". Wood cover. In the introduction, March wrote, "Chronicles of Benjamin" had, for three years, served as a journal, notebook, and record for himself of places he visited. Said that since he's now not alone that it is fitting to rename his notes, "Memoirs of MA." (Chinese name of his family). ["Chronicles of Benjamin" may be found in Series V, subseries B, photo albums.]
1 10 Diary, 1931
"National Diary, 1931." Daily diary, indexed by author and includes the following lists: "Books read in toto"; "Books added to library"; and "Lecture summary – people, percent"- monthly cash accounts
1 11 Diary enclosures, 1931
Enclosures from diary in folder 9.
Box Folder
2 1 Diary, 1932
"National Diary, 1932." Daily diary, indexed by author and includes the following lists: "Lectures"; "Books and pamphlets added to library"; and "Monthly cash accounts".
2 2 Diary, 1934
"1934 Year Book. Benjamin March." Author's entries cease on November 7, 1934. Dorothy March wrote the entry on December 13, recording the death of her husband.
Series 3: Writings and Research Materials, 1927-1934, n.d.(bulk 1931-1934)
This series includes materials used by March for lectures and for research. It also includes publications authored by March and one publication concerning March.
Subseries 3.1: Lecture Materials, 1927-1934, n.d.
This subseries contains materials used by March for various lectures on Asian art. Many lectures and lecture materials were organized in binders, topically, by the author. Includes materials utilized for lectures at the University of Michigan, the University of California at Berkeley and the Detroit Institute of Arts.
Lectures given in Detroit, 1927-1933
Box Folder
2 3 Lecture, November 22, 1927
"The Ancient Arts of China". Detroit Institute of Arts, typescript. 7 pages, 5 1/2" x 9". Annotated.
2 3 Lecture, December 5, 1927
"Far East in Detroit". New Century Club, DIA [Detroit Institute of Arts]. Typescript. 2 pages. 5 1/2" x 9".
2 3 Lecture, November 30, 1927
"Asiatic Art - I". Detroit Institute of Arts.Typescript. Three pages. 5 1/2" x 9". Annotated.
2 3 Lecture, December 7, 1927
"Far Eastern Art – II." DIA [Detroit Institute of Arts]. Typescript. 3 pages. 5 1/2" x 9". Annotated.
2 3 Lecture, October 16, 1928
"Significance of Chinese Art to the American Business Man," Ecorse Kiwanis Club. Typescript. 1 page. 5 1/2" x 9". Annotated.
2 3 Lecture, September 21-28, [1928]
[Untitled], International Club of Detroit. Typescript. 2 pages. 5 1/2" x 9" Annotated. [address given to International Club of Detroit. A general lecture on Asian art.]
2 3 Lecture, December 12, 1928
"People of Exquisite Refinement: The Korin Screen," DIA [Detroit Institute of Arts]. Typescript. 3 pages. 5 1/2" x 9".
2 3 Lecture materials, n.d.
Handwritten. 3 pages, 5 1/2" x 9" Written on cover: Ancient China, Ancient Mesopotamia, and Early Buddhist Art.
2 3 Lecture and program guide, January 22, 1929
Lecture and program guide, "Detroit Institute of Arts of the City of Detroit. Free Organ Concerts – Season of 1928 – 1929." Typescript. 7 pages, 5 1/2" x 9". Annotated in English and Chinese. Featured lecture - "What's in a Chinese Painting?" by Benjamin March. Includes a slide list on reverse of last page.
2 4 Lecture, February 21, 1929
"The Appreciation of Chinese Art: Why I Like Chinese Art." Woman's City Club. Typescript. 2 pages, 5 1/2" x 9". Annotated.
2 4 Lecture, April 4, 1929
"Notes on the Technique of Chinese Painting - I," [originally titled "Note on Chinese Portraiture."] . AOS. Typescript. 4 pages. 5 1/2" x 9". Annotated.
2 4 Lecture, October 6, 1929
"The Plastic Arts of China: Men and Gods,". Detroit Institute of Arts.Typescript. 3 pages. 5 1/2" x 9".
2 4 Lecture, January 18, 1930
"Photography" . Scarab Club, handwritten, 1 page,. 5 1/2" x 9".
2 4 Lecture, November 26, 1929
"Life's Movement: The Spirit of Chinese Art". Detroit Institute of Arts.Typescript. 3 pages, 5 1/2" x 9".
2 4 Lecture, November 25, 1930
"Painting in Japan". DIA [Detroit Institute of Art]. Typescript, one page. 5 1/2" x 9"
2 4 Lecture, .[February 15, 1929]
"Art as the Mirror of Chinese Culture" . Lincoln Centre Forum. Typescript and handwritten. Eight pages, 5 1/2" x 9". Includes a slide list on reverse of page 4.
2 4 Lecture materials, January 17, 1932
Front page from a lecture program. "The Chamber Music Society of Detroit. Season 1931-1932." DIA [Detroit Institute of Art]. Featured lecture, "Behind the Vermillion (sic) Doors," by Benjamin March.
2 4 Lecture, January 17, 1932
"Behind the Vermilion Doors." DIA [Detroit Institute of Arts]. Typescript. 1 page, 5 1/2" x 9".
2 4 Lecture, January 15, 1929
"The Imperial Palace, Focus of Chinese Art". Detroit Institute of Art, Typescript. 9 pages, 5 1/2" x 9". Annotated.
2 4 Lecture, [March 18, 1932]
"Lecture on ‘What China offers the West in Art.' 18 III 32." Michigan Academy, Ann Arbor. Handwritten. 3 pages, 5 1/2" x 9".
2 4 Lecture, [November 1, 1931]
"Mythical Creatures in Chinese Art," 1 XI 31. DIA [Detroit Institute of Art]. Typescript. 4 pages, 5 1/2" x 9. Annotated.
2 4 Lecture, [November 10, 1931]
"Animals in Chinese Art," 10 XI 31. DIA [Detroit Institute of Art]. Typescript. 4 pages, 5 1/2" x 9.
2 5 Lecture, June 20, 1933
"Swords of Jade and Iron". Alumni University. Typescript. 3 pages, 5 1/2" x 9.
2 5 Lecture, June 21, 1933
"Magnificent Horizons". Alumni University - II, Typescript. 3 pages, 5 1/2" x 9. Annotated.
2 5 Lecture, June 22, 1933
"Retreat from Reality". Alumni University. Typescript. 3 pages, 5 1/2" x 9.
2 5 Lecture, June 23, 1933
"Idolized China". Alumni University. Typescript. 3 pages, 5 1/2" x 9. Annotated.
2 5 Lecture, June 24, 1933
"V. The Black Ships," June 24, 1933. Alumni University. Typescript. 3 pages, 5 1/2" x 9. Annotated.
Lecture series: Conversations on Chinese Art. 1928-1932. [Group including Henry G. Stevens, Wm.B. and Mary Chase Stratton, R.O. Bennett, Jay Boorsma, E.E. Valentini, Kirk, Isabel Weadock, A.C. Eastman."], 1928-1929
Box Folder
2 6 Lecture, [1928-1929]
"Conversations on Chinese Painting." [1928-1929]. Typescript. 3 pages, 8 1/2" x 11". Annotated.
2 6 Lecture, [1928 – 1929]
"Conversations on Chinese Painting – 2". Typescript. 3 pages. 8 1/2" x 11". 2 copies.
Lecture series: "Conversations on Chinese Art. For Mrs. Walter R. Parker's group – beginning January 1930." .1930
Box Folder
2 6 Lecture, [1930]
"Notes on Chinese Art in History." Typescript. 5 pages, 8 1/2" x 11". Annotated.
2 6 Lecture, [1930]
"II." [Notes on Chinese Art in History]. [1930] Typescript. 5 pages, 8 1/2" x 11".
2 6 Lecture, [1930]
"III." [Notes on Chinese Art in History]. [1930]. Typescript. 3 pages, 8 1/2" x 11".
2 6 Lecture, [1930]
"IV." [Notes on Chinese Art in History]. [1930] Typescript. 3 pages, 8 1/2" x 11".
2 6 Lecture, [1930]
"V." [Notes on Chinese Art in History]. [1930] Typescript. 2 pages, 8 1/2" x 11".
2 6 Lecture, [1930]
"VI." [Notes on Chinese Art in History]. [1930]. Typescript. 3 pages, 8 1/2" x 11".
2 6 Lecture, [1930]
"VII." [Notes on Chinese Art in History]. [1930] Typescript. 4 pages, 8 1/2" x 11".
2 6 Lecture, [1930]
"VIII." [Notes on Chinese Art in History]. [1930]. Typescript. 3 pages, 8 1/2" x 11".
Lecture series: "Conversation on Chinese Art. For Mrs. Walter R. Parker's group. [University of Michigan.] Winter 1931-32." [Information from cover sheet of binder containing the following lectures]. 1931-1932.
2 7 Lecture, [February 24, 1931]
"I." [Conversation on Chinese Art. The Master Wares of the Sung Potters]. Typescript. 4 pages, 8 1/2" x 11".
2 7 Lecture, [March 2, 1932]
"Series II – 2." [Conversations on Chinese Art. Mei Lan-fang and his place in the Chinese theater]. Typescript. 3 pages, 8 1/2" x 11".
2 7 Lecture, [March 16, 1932]
"Series II – 3." [Conversations on Chinese Art. Material and technique of Chinese painting]. Typescript. 4 pages, 8 1/2" x 11".
2 7 Lecture, [1931-1932]
"Series II – 4." [Conversations in Chinese Art. Maps.]. Typescript. 3 pages. 8 1/2" x 11".
2 7 Lecture, [1931 – 1932]
"Series II – 5." [Conversations in Chinese Art.]. Typescript. 4 pages, 8 1/2" x 11".
2 7 Lecture, [April 14, 1932]
"Series II – 6." [Conversations in Chinese Art. Forbidden City.]. Typescript. 5 pages, 8 1/2" x 11".
2 7 Lecture, [April 20, 1932]
"Series II – 7." [Conversations in Chinese Art. The political situation in the Far East. Typescript. 4 pages. 8 1/2" x 11".
2 7 Lecture, [April 27, 1932]
"Series II – 8." [Conversations in Chinese Art. Chinese homes and palaces]. Typescript. 4 pages, 8 1/2" x 11".
2 7 Lecture, [1931 –1932]
"Series II – 9." [Conversations on Chinese Art. Animals and their representation in Chinese Art.]. Typescript. 4 pages, 8 1/2" x 11".
2 7 Lecture, [May 18, 1932]
"Series II – 10." [Conversations on Chinese Art. Mythical creatures]. Typescript. 5 pages, 81/2" x 11".
Lecture series: Lectures given at the University of Michigan in 1932 and 1933. "Benjamin March. Summaries of Lectures." [information from the cover sheet of binder divider containing the following lectures], 1932-1933
2 8 Lecture, [June 1933]
"University of Michigan. Outline of Lectures in Far Eastern Pasts by Benjamin March, Curator of the Division of the Orient. University Museums." Typescript. 5 pages, 8 1/2" x 11".
2 8 Lecture, 1932 – 33
"Conversations on Chinese Painting. For Mrs. Walter R. Parker's group. Winter 1932 – 33."
2 8 Lecture, [1932 – 1933]
"Conversations on Chinese Painting I." Typescript. 3 pages, 8 1/2" x 11".
2 8 Lecture, [1932 –1933]
Conversations on Chinese Painting II." Typescript. 4 pages, 8 1/2" x 11".
2 8 Lecture, [1932 – 1933]
"Conversations on Chinese Painting III." Typescript. 4 pages, 8 1/2" x 11".
2 8 Lecture, [1932 – 1933]
"Conversations on Chinese Painting IV." Typescript. 4 pages. 8 1/2" x 11".
2 8 Lecture, [1932-1933]
"Conversations on Chinese Painting V." Typescript. 4 pages, 8 1/2" x 11".
2 8 Lecture, [1932 – 1933]
"Conversations on Chinese Painting VI." Typescript. 4 pages, 8 1/2" x 11".
2 8 Lecture, [1932 – 1933]
"Conversations on Chinese Painting. [VII]" Typescript. 4 pages, 8 1/2" x 11".
2 8 Lecture, [1932 – 1933]
"Conversations on Chinese Painting VIII." Typescript. 3 pages, 8 1/2" x 11".
2 8 Lecture, [1932 –1933]
"Conversations on Chinese Painting IX." Typescript. 3 pages, 8 1/2" x 11".
2 8 Lecture, [1932 –1933]
"Conversations on Chinese Painting X." Typescript. 3 pages, 8 1/2" x 11".
2 8 Lecture, [1932 – 1933]
"Conversations on Chinese Painting XI." Typescript. 4 pages, 8 1/2" x 11".
Lecture series: "Lectures on Chinese and Japanese Art. Benjamin March 1934." [lectures and materials from course on Far Eastern Art. Information taken from front of folder containing the following lectures.], 1934
2 9 Lecture introduction, "In Memoriam", December, 1934
In memoriam for Benjamin March, written by W.R.V. of the Detroit Institute of Arts. Vol. XIV. No. 3. Typewritten. 2 pages, 8 1/2 x 11".
2 9 Lecture materials, 1933
Title page. "Class notes from Far Eastern Art by Benjamin March. Fall Semester, 1933." Typescript. 1 page, 8 1/2" x 11".
2 9 Lecture, [1933]
"Periods of Chinese and Japanese Painting." Typescript. 1 page. 8 1/2" x 11".
2 9 Lecture, September 28, 1933
"Introduction to the Study of Chinese Bronzes and Jades." Typescript. 2 pages, 8 1/2" x 11".
2 9 Lecture, October 3, 1933
"Discussion of Two Ancient Bronzes Excavated in Honan Province." Typescript. 11 pages, 8 1/2" x 11".
2 9 Lecture, November 5, 1933
"Detroit Institute of Arts." Typescript. 8 pages, 8 1/2"x 11". Includes illustrations.
2 9 Lecture, November 22, 1933
"Buddhism". Typescript. 2 pages, 8 1/2" x 11".
2 9 Lecture, November 28, 1933
"Northern Wei Sculpture." Typescript. 3 pages, 8 1/2" x 11".
2 9 Lecture, January 4, 1934
"Sung Period – Sculpture." Typescript. 2 pages, 8 1/2" x 11".
2 9 Lecture, January 9, 1934
"Japanese Sculpture." Typescript. 2 pages, 8 1/2" x 11".
2 9 Lecture, January 11, 1934
"Chinese Monumental Architecture." Typescript, and one hand drawn illustration. 1 page, 8 1/2" x 11".
2 9 Lecture, January 16, 1934
"Chinese Architecture." Typescript. 1 page, 8 1/2" x 11".
2 9 Lecture, January 18, 1934
"Japanese Architecture." Typescript. 1 page, 8 1/2" x 11".
2 9 Lecture, January 23, 1934
"Korean Art." Typescript. 2 pages, 8 1/2" x 11".
2 9 Lecture, January 25, 1934
"Review. Chinese and Japanese Sculpture." Typescript. 2 pages, 8 1/2" x 11".
2 10 Lecture materials, February 13, 1934
1 notebook of lecture notes. Topics covered – ceramics; decorative arts; and painting. Typescript. 8 1/2" x 11".
2 10 Lecture, February 15, 1934
"Ceramics" Typescript. 1 page, 8 1/2" x 11".
2 10 Lecture, February 20, 1934
"History of Pottery in the Far East." Typescript. 2 pages, 8 1/2" x 11".
2 10 Lecture, February 25, 1934
"Ting Ware." Typescript. 2 pages, 8 1/2" x 11".
2 10 Lecture, March 1, 1934
"Sung Dynasty; 1127 – 1279." Typescript. 2 pages, 8 1/2" x 11".
2 10 Lecture, March 6, 1934
"Glaze". Typescript. 1 page, 8 1/2" x 11".
2 10 Lecture, March 20, 1934
"Japanese Pottery Shapes and Decorations." Typescript. 1 page, 8 1/2" x 11".
2 10 Lecture, March 27, 1934
"Lacquer and Enamel." Typescript. 2 pages, 8 1/2" x 11".
2 10 Lecture, March 29, 1934
"Decorative Arts." Typescript. 1 page, 8 1/2" x 11".
2 10 Lecture, April 3, [1934]
"Chinese Textiles." Typescript. 1 page, 8 1/2" x 11". Annotated.
2 10 Lecture, April 17, [1934]
"Painting." Typescript. 2 pages, 8 1/2" x 11".
2 10 Lecture, April 19 [1934]
"Technical and Philosophical Approach to Painting."
2 10 Lecture, April 24, [1934]
"Technical Points Concerning Far-Eastern Painting." Typescript. 1 page, 8 1/2" x 11".
2 10 Lecture, April 26, [1934]
"Historical Development." Typescript. 2 pages, 8 1/2" x 11".
2 10 Lecture, May 1, 1934
"Canon I of Painting." Typescript. 1 page, 8 1/2" x 11".
2 10 Lecture, May 3, [1934]
"Painting – Mural Development. 1st to 7th centuries." Typescript. 2 pages, 8 1/2" x 11".
2 10 Lecture, May 8, [1934]
"Painting. Northern Sung Period." Typescript. 2 pages, 8 1/2" x 11".
2 10 Lecture materials, n.d.
Catalog. Kongow, Iwao. "Collection of Famous Nō-Play Mask."
2 10 Lecture, May 10, [1934]
"Japanese Painting." Typescript. 12 pages, 8 1/2" x 11".
2 10 Lecture, May 31, [1934]
"Chinese Painting." Typescript. 1 page, 8 1/2" x 11".
Lecture series: Summer Seminar on Far Eastern Studies, University of California, Berkeley .1934
Box Folder
2 11 Lecture materials, 1934
Notebook cover, "Course Outlines and Bibliographies. Summer Seminar on Far Eastern Studies. Berkeley, California. 1934."
2 11 Lecture materials, August 3, 1934
Pamphlet, "A Summer Seminar on Far Eastern Studies at the University of California. June 25 – August 3, 1934." 5 1/4" x 7". Mounted on a sheet of 8 1/2" x 11" paper.
2 11 Lecture materials, 1934
Pamphlet, "International House, Berkeley, California, Announces a Program on Oriental Culture in Conjunction with the Summer Session of the University of California. June 25 – August 3, 1934". 5 3/4" x 8 1/2". Mounted on a sheet of 8 1/2" x 11" paper.
2 11 Lecture materials, n.d.
Journal article. Graves, Mortimer. "Seminar in Far Eastern Studies." Journal unknown. 6 pages. Mounted on a sheet of 8 1/2" x 11" paper
2 11 Lecture materials, 1934
"Applications Accepted for the Summer Seminar on Far Eastern Studies, 1934."
2 11 Lecture materials, 1934
"Members of the Seminar on Oriental Culture at International House. Berkeley. June 25 to August 3, 1934." Typescript. 2 pages, 8 1/2" x 11, 2 copies. Lists members by name, institution, department, and degrees earned.
2 11 Lecture materials, 1934
"Outline of Course in Far Eastern Art for the Summer Seminar in Far Eastern Studies. University of California, Berkeley, June 25 – August 3, 1934." Typescript. 10 pages, 8 1/2" x 11, 2 copies. Annotated in Chinese.
2 11 Lecture materials, 1934
"Book List for Course in Far Eastern Art for the Summer Seminar in Far Eastern Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, June 25 – August 3, 1934." Typescript. 7 pages, 8 1/2" x 11.
2 11 Lecture materials, 1934
"Suggestions for Preliminary Reading. Course in Far Eastern Art for the Summer Seminar in Far Eastern Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. June 25, - August 3, 1934." Typescript. 7 pages, 8 1/2" x 11.
2 12 Lecture materials, n.d.
"Periods of Chinese and Japanese Painting." Typescript. 1 page.
2 12 Lecture materials, 1933
"University of Michigan. Outline of Lectures in Far Eastern Pasts by Benjamin March, Curator of the Division of the Orient. University Museums." Typescript. 5 pages.
2 12 Lecture materials, 1934
"Outline of Course in Far Eastern Philosophy for the Summer Seminar in Far Eastern Studies. University of California, Berkeley. June 25 – August 3, 1934." Typescript. 7 Pages.
2 12 Lecture materials, 1934
"Book List for Preliminary Reading. Course in Far Eastern Philosophy for the Summer Seminar on Far Eastern Studies, University of California, June 26 – August 3, 1934." Typescript. 7 pages, annotated.
2 12 Lecture, 1934
"Periods of Chinese Philosophy." Typescript. 5 pages, annotated.
2 12 Lecture materials, [1934], n.d.
Drawing and lists. Untitled. Lists in Chinese. 5 pages.
2 12 Lecture materials, [1934]
Table [pronunciation]. Untitled. In Chinese and some English. 5 pages.
2 12 Lecture materials, n.d.
"Common Chinese Surnames." 2 pages, in Chinese and English, Annotated.
2 12 Lecture materials, n.d.
"The Sexagenary Cycle." Chart of cycles. In Chinese and English. 1 page, annotated.
2 12 Lecture materials, 1934
"Outline of Course in an Introductory Study of the Japanese Language for the Summer Seminar in Far Eastern Studies. University of California, Berkeley. June 25-August 3. 1934." Typescript, in English and Chinese, 9 pages.
2 12 Lecture materials, [1934]
Chart. Untitled. Handwritten, in Chinese, annotations in English. 1 page.
2 12 Lecture, [1934]
Chart. Untitled. Handwritten, in Chinese, annotations in English, 1 page.
2 12 Lecture, [1934]
"The Tale of Genji" Handwritten, in Chinese, 3 pages.
2 12 Lecture, [1934]
"Ko Go Tai, pure Meiji Colloquial." Handwritten, in Chinese, 3 pages.
2 12 Lecture, [1934]
"Pronunciation." Typescript and handwritten, 13 pages, annotated.
2 13 Lecture materials, 1934
"Report for Summer Session. June 25th – August 3rd 1934." Typescript, 15 pages. Includes list of events, participants, attendance figures, and a 7 page written report by March.
2 13 Lecture materials, 1934
"Seminar in Far Eastern Studies, 1934. Daily Schedule." Typescript, 4 pages.
2 13 Lecture materials, 1934
Calendar for the course. [June 25 – August 3, 1934]. Handwritten, affixed to a sheet of paper, 1 page.
2 13 Lecture materials, 1934
Pamphlet. "Program on Oriental Culture. June 25 – August 3, 1934. International House." 3 pages.
2 13 Lecture materials, August 2, 1934
Letter. Handwritten, 1 page. From International House in Berkeley, California to Benjamin March expressing gratitude for the Seminar in Far Eastern Studies.
2 13 Lecture materials, 1934
Photograph. "Summer Seminar on Far Eastern Studies, International House, Berkeley, 25 VI – 3 VIII 34." 1934. 9 1/4" x 7 3/4" black and white. Surnames of individuals pictured: Ewer, Kerr, Houlding, Ried, Draper, Yanaga, Watkins, Seymour, Binkley, Young, Fisk, Jonasson, Shultheis, Fuselman, Gaskill, Cameron, Melvin, Brinton, Graham, Potter, Pritchard, Muir, Caldwell, Noble, Hartdegan, Boodberg, Walne, Hummel, Bishop, Hamilton, March. 2 individuals are unidentified.
Lecture series: Conversations on Chinese Painting I – II, IV – VI., n.d.
2 14 Lecture, n.d.
"Conversations on Chinese Painting. I." (n.d.) 2 copies retained, 1 discarded. 3 typescript pages. Subject - origins of Chinese painting
2 14 Lecture, n.d.
"Conversations on Chinese Painting. II." ( 4 typescript pages. 2 copies retained, one discarded. Subject - Chinese painting during the era of the Six Dynasties.
2 14 Lecture, n.d.
"Conversations on Chinese Painting. IV." 3 1/2 typescript pages. Two copies retained, one discarded. Subject - Buddhist painting of T'ang period.
2 14 Lecture, n.d.
"Conversations on Chinese Painting. V." 4 typescript pages. Subject - Chinese painting during the epoch of the Five Dynasties (10th century)
2 14 Lecture, n.d.
"Conversations on Chinese Painting. VI." Two copies retained, one discarded. 4 typescript pages
Lecture series: [Series II], [April, May 19--], n.d.
2 15 Lecture, March 16 [19--]
"Series II – 3" Typescript, two copies retained, one discarded. Numbered pages 9—12. Subject - the technical aspects of Chinese painting.
2 15 Lecture, n.d.
"Series II – 4" Typescript, numbered pages 13-15. Subject - the geography of Asia.
2 15 Lecture, n.d.
"Series II – 5." Typescript, numbered pages 16 – 20. Two copies retained, one discarded. Subject - the different styles of Chinese painting.
2 15 Lecture, April 14 [19--]
"Series II – 6." Typescript, numbered pages 21 – 25. Two copies retained, one discarded. Subject - the Forbidden City.
2 15 Lecture, April 20, [19--]
"Series II – 7." Typescript, numbered pages 26 – 30. Two copies retained, one discarded. Subject - the political situation in the Far East.
2 15 Lecture, April 27 [19--]
"Series II – 8." Typescript, numbered pages 31 – 35. Two copies retained, one discarded. Subject - Chinese homes.
2 15 Lecture, May 11 [19--]
"Series II – 9." Typescript, numbered pages 36 – 40. Two copies retained, one discarded. Subject – animal symbolism.
2 15
"Series II – 10." Typescript, numbered pages 41 – 43. Two copies retained, one discarded. Subject – Mythical creatures in Chinese art.
Lecture series: Chinese Art, 1931, n.d. (bulk n.d.)
Box Folder
3 1 Lecture materials, n.d.
"March lecture outlines." [title taken from spine of binder containing the following materials.]
3 1 Lecture materials, n.d.
Pamphlet. "The Chinese Dynasties and Their Outstanding Arts."
3 1 Lecture, n.d.
"Chinese Art – I." Typescript, 12 pages, annotated. Subjects covered: attitude; history of China; culture; bronzes.
3 1 Lecture, n.d.
"Chinese Art – II." Typescript, 13 pages. Subjects covered, ceramics.
3 1 Lecture, n.d.
"Chinese Art – III." Typescript. 13 pages. Subjects covered: sculpture.
3 1 Lecture, n.d.
"Chinese Art – IV." Typescript. 10 pages. Painting [part] A.
3 1 Lecture, n.d.
"Chinese Art – V." Typescript. 12 pages. Painting [part] B.
3 2 Lecture, n.d.
"Forgeries in Chinese Painting." n.d.Typescript. 12 pages.
3 2 Lecture materials, n.d.
Chai, Shu. "Some False Notes in Chinese Crafts." n.d. Typescript. 15 pages, annotated.
3 2 Lecture, 1931
Typescript, 14 pages. Delivered by March to individuals of the Palace Museum in Peiping, China. March discussed museum practices.
3 2 Lecture materials, n.d.
"The Useful Books". Typescript, 2 pages. Book list compiled by March for those interested in gaining a "good working knowledge of China."
Subseries 3.2: Research, n.d.
This subseries contains research materials belonging to March. The research materials in this subseries consist of notes on the painter Chi'ien Hsuan and an index card file containing analysis of Chinese painting.
Research notes on the painter Ch'ien Hsuan, n.d.
3 3 Research, n.d.
Chart. "Signatures of Ch'ien Hsuan –1" and "Signatures of Ch'ien Hsuan – 2". Handwritten, in English and Chinese.
3 3 Research, n.d.
Chart. "Signatures of Ch'ien Hsuan – 3 " and "Signatures of Ch'ien Hsuan – 4" and "Signatures of Ch'ien Hsuan – 5". Handwritten, in English and Chinese.
3 3 Research, n.d.
Chart. "Signatures of Ch'ien Hsuan." In English and Chinese. 6 pages.
3 3 Research, n.d.
Chart. "Scale of Ch'ien Hsuan". In English and Chinese. 8 pages.
3 4 Research, n.d.
["'Qian' character money."] Handwritten, in English and Chinese. 3 pages.
3 4 Research, n.d.
Charts. "Length of strokes. Width of strokes. Type II" Handwritten, in English and Chinese. 8 pages.
3 4 Research, n.d.
Chart. "Length of strokes. Width of Strokes. Type V. Width of strokes." Handwritten, in English and Chinese. 8 pages.
3 5 Research, n.d.
Chart. "Length of strokes. Width of strokes." Handwritten, in English and Chinese. 7 pages.
3 5 Research, n.d.
Chart. "Types of [in Chinese] characters.] Handwritten, in English and Chinese. 2 pages.
3 5 Research, n.d.
Chart. "Types of [in Chinese] and [in Chinese] characters." Handwritten, in English and Chinese. 2 pages.
3 5 Research, n.d.
Chart. "Types of [in Chinese] and [in Chinese] characters." Handwritten. In English and Chinese, 2 pages.
3 5 Research, n.d.
Chart. "Birds, Flowers, and Much Small and Horizontal li-chou Albums. Ch'ien Hsuan subject and form classification." Handwritten, 3 pages.
Index card file analyzing elements in Chinese paintings. [likely created in preparation for March's monograph, "Some Technical Terms of Chinese Painting". Baltimore: Waverly Press, 1935]
3 6 Research, n.d.
4 sketches. Handwritten, with accompanying text in English and Chinese. Descriptions of Chinese characters. In envelope marked, "Mountains."
3 6 Research, n.d.
5 index cards. [Description of Chinese characters.] Handwritten, English and Chinese. In envelope marked "clouds".
3 6 Research, n.d.
11 index cards. [Description of Chinese characters.] Handwritten, in English and Chinese. In envelope marked "water".
3 6 Research, n.d.
18 index cards. [Description of Chinese characters.] Handwritten. In English and Chinese. In envelope marked "for painting clothes, jiu-wu I-weu".
3 6 Research, n.d.
25 index cards. [Description of Chinese characters.] Handwritten. In English and Chinese. In envelope marked "Ts'un".
3 6 Research, n.d.
32 index cards. [Description of Chinese characters.] Handwritten, in English and Chinese. In envelope marked "for leaves of trees".
3 6 Research, n.d.
5 index cards. [Description of Chinese characters.] Handwritten, in English and Chinese. In envelope marked "for rocks".
3 6 Research, n.d.
6 index cards. Handwritten, in English and Chinese. In envelope marked "Trees".
3 6 Research, n.d.
1 index card. [Huo-huei.] Handwritten, in English and Chinese.
3 7 Research, n.d.
3 index cards. [Description of Chinese characters.] Handwritten 3 cards, in an envelope marked, "Seals and Signatures."
3 7 Research, n.d.
4 index cards. [Description of Chinese characters.] Handwritten, in an envelope marked, [Mounting]."
3 7 Research, n.d.
7 index cards. [Description of Chinese characters.] Handwritten, in envelope marked, "Subject classifications."
3 7 Research, n.d.
3 index cards. [Description of Chinese characters.] Handwritten, in envelope marked, "Technique."
3 7 Research,
16 index cards. [Description of Chinese characters.] Handwritten, in envelope marked, "Technical Classification."
3 7 Research, n.d.
4 index cards. [Description of Chinese characters.] Handwritten, in envelope marked, "Form Classification."
3 7 Research, n.d.
5 index cards. [Description of Chinese characters.] Handwritten, in envelope marked, illegible.
Subseries 3.3: Printed Matter, 1926 – 1934, n.d.
This subseries contains nine publications authored by March and one newspaper article that featured March. It includes journal articles, a pamphlet, a newspaper article and one copy of March's, Standards of Pottery Description . A newspaper article, featured in, The Detroit News , has been relocated to drawer 60 of the Archives' map case.
3 8 Printed Matter, November 1926
1 article. March, Benjamin. "The Lintsing Pagoda." Reprinted from, China Journal of Science & Arts 5, no. 5 (November 1926): 250-252.
3 8 Printed Matter, January 1927
1 article. March, Benjamin. "Landscape and Life: Observations on Comparing Chinese and Foreign Paintings," Reprinted from, Chinese Social and Political Science Review 9, no. 1 January 1927. (Peking Express Press). 1-10.
3 8 Printed Matter, August 1927
1 article. March, Benjamin. "A Note on Perspective in Chinese Painting." Reprinted from, China Journal 7, no. 2 (August 1927): 69-72.
Box Folder
1 (OS) 1 Printed Matter, November 16, 1929
1 article. March, Benjamin. "Detroit Institute to Open Loan Show of Rare Chinese Art," Art News (16 November 1929): pp. 4-5, 9. 12 1/4" x 16 1/4".
Box Folder
3 8 Printed Matter, 1929
Pamphlet. "A Loan Exhibition of Chinese Art." The Detroit Institute of Arts. November 19 to December 12, 1929.61 pages.
1 (OS) 1 Printed Matter, August 1931
1 article. March, Benjamin. "Oriental Paintings of Rich Decorative Quality." Arts & Decoration . August 1931. pp. 28-29, 75.
Box Folder
Drawer 60 (MC) 1 Printed Matter, August 21, 1932
1 article. Gore, Russel (1932). "How the Ko Ware Bowl Came to Detroit". The Detroit News . August 21, 1932, pg. 8.
3 8 Printed matter, March 1934
1 article. March, Benjamin. "A Memorandum to Chinese Alumni." Reprinted from the, Michigan Alumnus: Quarterly Number , March 1934. 6 pages.
3 9 Printed matter, 1934
1 booklet. March, B. (1934). Standards of pottery description. (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press). 55 pages.
1 (OS) 1 Printed matter, n.d.
1 article. March, Benjamin. "The Approach to Chinese Painting." Journal unknown. 2 pages.
Series 4: Scrapbooks, 1924-1934
This series comprises one scrapbook that includes numerous newspaper clippings, pamphlets, announcements, and bulletins documenting the professional life of Benjamin March. For preservation purposes, the binding has been removed but the original pagination has been retained.
Box Folder
13 1-2 Scrapbook, [1927 – 1934, n.d.]
Contains newspaper clippings, pamphlets, announcements, and bulletins documenting March's professional life. [binding removed, but original pagination maintained.]
Series 5: Graphic Materials, 1925, 1933, n.d.
This series comprises three subseries: illustrations, photo albums, and photographs.
Subseries 5.1: Illustrations, n.d.
This subseries contains four items - one painting, one print and two drawings. The print, "The Screen Painting of Momoyhama Period," has been removed to the Archives' map case, drawer 60, folder 1. The two drawings are sketches for a personal library book label used by Benjamin and Dorothy March.
Box Folder
1 (OS) 2 Illustration, n.d.
Painting on Tissue Paper. 14" x 17 1/2" including mount.
Box Folder
Drawer 60 (MC) 1 Illustration, n.d.
["The Screen Painting of Momoyama Period (1570 – 1630 A.D." Print includes a colored plate of the painting and accompanying text. 21 1/2" x 15 1/2".
Box Folder
3 10 Illustration, n.d.
Drawing. 3 1/2" x 2". Sketches of the March Horse design and an example of it on label for bookplate.
3 10 Illustration, n.d.
Drawing. 2 sketches of March horse design for bookplate.
Subseries 5.2: Photo albums, 1923-1927, n.d.
This subseries contains fourteen photo albums created by Benjamin March and one created by Dorothy March. The books contain black and white photographs that document the private and professional life of March while in Asia and the United States. In a number of cases, the binding has been removed due to preservation concerns, but the original pagination has been maintained.
Box Folder
4 1 Photo album, 1923-1924
Inscribed, "The Oriental Chronicles of Benjamin in Pictures." 144 images, captioned. Black and white photographs affixed to scrapbook pages. Cloth covered, bound. 6" x 10". Photos document March's travels to China and while in China. Depicted: Canadian Rockies, passenger ship, Tokyo market scenes, Peitaiho, Peking, Paotingfu, Kao Yang.
4 2 Photo album, 1923-1925
"The Oriental Chronicles of Benjamin in Pictures." Cloth covered, bound. 6 1/4" x 9 1/2". 1923-1925. 144 prints, captioned and dated. Autumn 1923 to April 1925. Depicted: Paotingfu; Hopei; Hopei University; Boxer's temple; Kuang Tso Ling; Chihli; Wei Ts'Un.
Box Folder
5 1 Photo album, 1924
"The Oriental Chronicles of Benjamin in Pictures." Cloth covered, 6 1/2" x 9 3/4". 96 images captioned and dated, February to June 1924. Black and white photographs affixed to pages. Depicted: Lintsing, Shantung, Tsinanfu, T'ang Shan, Peking, T'aianfu, Ch'ufu, pagodas, temples.
5 2 Photo album, 1924
"The Oriental Chronicles of Benjamin in Pictures. Benjamin with Alfred E. Willett in Japan, July – August, 1924." 6 1/2" x 9 3/4". 188 black and white photographs, affixed to pages, captioned and dated. Depicted: Osaka, Kyoto, Karuizawa, Nikko, Boshu, Kiyosumi, Fuji.
Box Folder
6 1 Photo album, [1924-1925.]
Binding removed. 6 3/4" x 9 3/4". Feb 1924 – May 1925. 114 images, black and white, affixed to pages, some with dates and captions. Includes photographs of Mr. and Mrs. John C. Ferguson, Peking, Ming Tombs.
Box Folder
7 1 Photo album, 1924- 1927
"When Home Was China." Inscribed with a poem from D.R. [Dorothy Rowe] to B.F.M. [Benjamin March] Cloth covered. 10" x 12". 22 prints, inscribed and most dated and affixed to pages. Depicted: Western tombs of Ch'ing Emperors; Chieh T'ai Ssu; the Great Wall of China; Nankow; Gate of Liukuochiao; Marco Polo Bridge; Pi Yun Ssu; Jade Fountain Park; Wo Fo Ssu; Chihli Village; Dakini; Lohan.
Box Folder
8 1 Photo album, 1924-1926, n.d. ,(bulk 1926)
"1926". 86 prints, black and white, affixed to pages. Removed from photo album, album retained, original pagination maintained. Depicted: Rowe family; Hsiang Shan; Pi-yun Sgu; Pai-chia T'an; Mou Shih K'Ou; Liang Ke Chuang; Yuan-ming Yuan; the Great Wall of China; Kuan Ti shrine; Ta-chueh Ssu; Heil-lung T'ang; Peking; Jade Fountain Park.
Box Folder
9 1 Photo album, 1925
"Summer 1925" (on cover). Verso label, "Dorothy and Benjamin March." 6 1/2" x 9 1/2", cloth covered and bound. 119 photographs. Black and white photographs, affixed to pages, all captioned and dated, 30 June 1925 to August 1925. Includes the March's wedding portraits; Nanking; Hangchou; Soochow; Kiukiang; the Yangtse; Wuhu.
9 2 Photo album, 1925-1926
"Benjamin March". 6 1/2" x 9 1/2", cloth covered, binding removed. 68 photographs, black and white, affixed to pages. Some captioned and dated. Depicted: Dorothy March; March residence; Benjamin March.
Box Folder
10 1 Photo album, 1926
91 photographs, black and white. Captioned and dated, Summer 1926. Pages have been removed from the binder, original pagination maintained. Depicted: Temple court, Rowe family, Hei-lung T'ang, Nara, Temple court.
Box Folder
11 1 Photo album, 1926, 1927, n.d. (Bulk n.d.)
"Dorothy and Benjamin March." Wood cover. 6" x 9 1/2". 47 photographs, black and white, affixed to pages. Some captioned in Chinese. Depicted: art objects, architecture.
11 2 Photo album, 1931
"Shu-Chai in Search of Shung-Chu. Wayward Records of a Trip Eastward Around the World from Detroit, 15 April 1931 to Detroit, 17 October 1931." 7 1/2" x 9". 258 photographs, black and white photographs, affixed to page, dated and captioned. Photographs taken during March's trip around the world. Binding removed, original pagination maintained. Depicted: SS American Trader; Surrey, England; Paris; Berlin; F.E. Schmitt; M.O. Berube; the Colonial Exposition in Paris; Peiping; Dr. John C. Ferguson; Ferguson residence in Peiping; Benjamin March; 86 Nan Ch'In Tzu; Celestin Liu; Dr. Otto Burchard; Mrs. Otto Burchard; Larry Mayer; J. Leighton Stuart; Yenching; Lucius Porter; the Forbidden City; Temple of Heaven; Wan Shou Shan; Y.C. Fu; H.H. Fu; Mei Lan-Fang; Hsiang Fei; She-Kee; Chiyozaki; tea ceremony; Kyoto.
Box Folder
12 1 Photo album, n.d.
Cloth covered. 10" x 12". 20 photographs, black and white, 2 hand colored, affixed to pages. Captioned. Depicted: Lintsing Pagoda; Tsinanfu, Lung Tang; Peking; Temple of Heaven; Great Wall of China; Ta Ch'ing River; Paotingfu; T'ang Shan; Kaoyang; New Year's morning in the Tung Yueh Miao.
12 2 Photo album, n.d.
9 1/2" x 12". 21 photographs, black and white, affixed to page, captioned. Depicted: M. Miya: tea master; Mataichi-an; Yenching; Tiger Pines of Peiping; Temple of the Prosperous Year; Pi Yun Sso; T'ang.
Subseries 5.3: Photographs
This series includes 100 personal or artistic photographs. The personal photographs include images of March, Dorothy March and her parents, friends, and colleagues in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia. The artistic photographs depict art objects and other images. This series includes a group of photographs depicting the Fette Rug Industry. These images correspond to an index identifying each photograph in this group. 1 photograph of the participants in the seminar on Far Eastern Studies at the University of California at Berkeley may be found in Series III, Subseries 2 in box 2 folder 13 because it formed part of notebook containing March's lecture materials for that seminar.
Photographs, personal. 1925, n.d.
[Includes photographs of March, his family, friends, and colleagues.]
3 11 Photograph, n.d.
Black and white, 4" x 7" Inscription on back, "Benjamin F. March. Glen Ellen, Ill. Missionary teaches in China. Dal [t] e? 18."
3 11 Photograph, [June 30, 1925]
2 photographs. Black and white, 3 1/3" x 4". Depicted, [wedding portrait] of Benjamin and Dorothy March.
3 11 Photograph, n.d.
Black and white, 4 1/2" x 6 3/4". Depicted, March holding an infant [daughter?] and a bird cage.
3 11 Photograph, n.d.
Black and white, 6 1/4" x 5". Depicted, nine individuals including Benjamin and Dorothy March and [their daughter?].
3 11 Photograph, n.d.
Black and white, 3 1/2" x 2 1/2". Depicted, Benjamin and Dorothy March and an unidentified woman.
3 11 Photograph, n.d.
Black and white, 2 1/2" x 3 1/2". Depicted, March and [daughter?].
3 11 Photograph, n.d.
Black and white, 2 1/2" x 3 1/2". Depicted, March and [daughter?].
3 11 Photograph, n.d.
Black and white, 2 1/2" x 3 1/2". Depicted, March in swimming suit, sitting on a beach.
3 12 Photograph, n.d.
Black and white, 2 1/2" x 3 1/2". Depicted, March on beach.
3 12 Photograph, n.d.
Black and white, 4" x 5". Depicted, March.
3 12 Photograph, n.d.
Black and white, 3" x 4". Depicted, March.
3 12 Photograph, n.d.
Black and white, 6" x 8". Depicted, March.
3 12 Photograph, n.d.
Black and white, 7" x 5". Inscribed on back: "C. Liu, the author Otto Burchard and Benjamin March. C. Liu March's intermediary (Dr. Burchard, Peiping art dealer, who would have bought lion's head if [illegible] didn't)."
3 12 Photograph, n.d.
3 photographs. Black and white, 2 3/4" x 2 1/2" Depicted, March.
3 12 Photograph, n.d.
Black and white, 4 1/2" x 3". Depicted, March and two women.
3 12 Photograph, n.d.
Black and white, 4 1/4" x 2 1/2". Depicted, March on a lounge chair.
3 12 Photograph, n.d.
Black and white, 4" x 5". Depicted, March.
3 12 Photograph, n.d.
Black and white, 8" x 10". Depicted, March smoking a pipe.
3 13 Photograph, n.d.
Black and white, 7" x 5". Depicted, March. Inscribed on back: "Benjamin March. Preparing exhibition piece."
3 13 Photograph, n.d.
Black and white, 5" x 7". Depicted, March. Inscribed on back: "Benjamin March in Chinese costume in home in Peiping."
3 13 Photograph, n.d.
Black and white, 4" x 5". Depicted, March.
3 13 Photograph, n.d.
Black and white, 4" x 5". Depicted, March.
3 13 Photograph, n.d.
Black and white, 4" x 5". Depicted, March.
3 13 Photograph, n.d.
Black and white, 3 1/2" x 5". Depicted, unidentified man [March?] in military uniform.
3 13 Photograph, n.d.
Black and white, 3 1/2" x 5 3/4". Depicted, unidentified man [March?]. Inscription on back, "178".
3 13 Photograph, n.d.
Black and white, 3 x 5 1/4". Depicted, unidentified [probably March] in military uniform.
3 13 Photograph, 1933
1 Black and white, 8" x 10". Depicted, three men, including March, and automobile. Inscription on back, "Chicago World's Fair 1933. (Ben on right – Dr. Valentiner center)".
3 13 Photograph, n.d.
Black and white, 8" x 10". Depicted, three men, including March. [Chicago World's Fair 1933. March, Dr. Valentiner, and an unidentified man].
3 13 Photograph, n.d.
2 photographs. Black and white, 3"x 4 1/2" and 2 1/2" x 3 1/2". Depicted, portrait drawn of March.
1 (OS) 3 Photograph, n.d.
Mounted, 12" x 16" including mount, black and white. Depicted, March. Inscription on bottom, left hand corner of photo "Benjamin March".
1 (OS) 4 Photograph, n.d.
Mounted, 16" x 14 1/2" including mount, black and white. Depicted, March, sitting at desk, at work. Inscribed on reverse, "From Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, Michigan. Title "At Work" #2. Return Address Syl. Lucas, 5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit, Mich."
Photographs, artistic. 1929, 1932, n.d.
1 (OS) 5 Photograph, [not after 1932]
Mounted, 14" x 18" including mount, black and white. Inscription on back, "#4. ‘At Cockcrow.' by Benjamin March. 634 Ferry West, Detroit. This photograph was Hung in the First Annual Michigan Exhibition of Pictorial Photography at the Detroit Institute of Arts. Sponsored by, The Detroit Free Press , 1932."
1 (OS) 6 Photograph, n.d.
1 photograph. Mounted, 14" x 18" including mount, black and white. Depicted, art object.
1 (OS) 7 Photograph, n.d.
Mounted, 14" x 18" including mount, black and white. Depicted, trees.
3 14 Photograph, n.d.
8" x 10", black and white. One hand depicted.
3 14 Photograph, n.d.
8" x 10", black and white. One hand, two fingers pointed, depicted.
3 14 Photograph, n.d.
8" x 10", black and white. Unidentified man depicted.
3 14 Photograph, n.d.
8" x 10", black and white. Unidentified woman and her reflection in a mirror depicted.
3 14 Photograph, n.d.
7" x 10", black and white. Garden depicted.
3 14 Photograph, [June 3, 1929]
8" x 10", black and white. Art objects depicted. Inscription in lower, left-hand corner, "3 VI 29".
3 14 Photograph, n.d.
8" x 10", black and white. Art object, Buddha, depicted. Inscription on back, "Old Wooden Buddha. Benjamin March. 39 Kou Yen T'Ou, Peking".
3 14 Photograph, n.d.
1 photograph. 8" x 10", black and white. Art object depicted.
3 14 Photograph, n.d.
8" x 10", black and white. Art object depicted.
Photographs. Fette Rug Industry.
3 15 List of photographs, n.d.
"Slides of Fette Rug Industry." Typescript. 1 page. This list is an index that corresponds to the numbers inscribed on the following photographs [with the exception of the first photograph].
3 15 Photograph n.d.
4 1/4" x 3", black and white. Depicted, building, two unidentified individuals, and a cannon depicted
3 15 Photograph, n.d.
4 1/4" x 3", black and white. Three men, many sacks and structures depicted. Inscribed lower, left hand corner, "1". Indexed as "Shipment of Shansi Wool"
3 15 Photograph, n.d.
4 1/4" x 3", black and white. Three men, several sacks depicted. Inscribed lower, left-hand corner, "2". Indexed as, "Opening Wool Shipment for Inspection."
3 15 Photograph, n.d.
1 photograph. 4 1/4" x 3", black and white. Inscribed lower, left-hand corner, "3". Six unidentified individuals, and wool depicted. Indexed as, "Shipment Opened."
3 15 Photograph, n.d.
1 photograph. 4 1/4" x 3", black and white. Three unidentified men and sacks of wool. Inscribed lower, left-hand corner, "4". Indexed as, "Inspection of New Wool."
3 15 Photograph, n.d.
4 1/4" x 3", black and white. Inscribed lower, left-hand corner, "5". Indexed as, "Wool ready for Carders."
3 15 Photograph, n.d.
4 1/4" x 3", black and white. Inscribed lower, left-hand corner, "6". Indexed as, "Hand Carding of Wool."
3 15 Photograph, n.d.
1 photograph. 4 1/4" x 3", black and white. Inscribed lower, left-hand corner, "7". Indexed as, "A Shipment of Wool Yarn."
3 15 Photograph, n.d.
4 1/4" x 3", black and white. Inscribed lower, left-hand corner, "8". Indexed as, "Hand Spun Yarn and Supervisors of Spinning."
3 15 Photograph, n.d.
4 1/4" x 3", black and white. Inscribed lower, left-hand corner, "9". Indexed as, "Opening Skeins of Yarn for Washing."
3 15 Photograph, n.d.
4 1/4" x 3", black and white. Inscribed lower, left-hand corner, "10". Indexed as, "Tying Skeins Before Washing."
3 15 Photograph, n.d.
4 1/4" x 3", black and white. Inscribed lower, left-hand corner, "11". Indexed as, "Dyers with Unwashed Wool."
3 15 Photograph, n.d.
4 1/4" x 3", black and white. Inscribed lower, left-hand corner, "12". Indexed as, "Old Iron Dye Pots Used by Most Chinese Rug Makers."
3 15 Photograph, n.d.
4 1/4" x 3", black and white. Inscribed lower, left-hand corner, "13". Indexed as, "Old Dye Pots Showing Furnace Door."
3 15 Photograph, n.d.
4 1/4" x 3", black and white. .Inscribed lower, left-hand corner, "14". Indexed as, "Old Iron Dye Pot. H. Trying to Match Colors."
3 15 Photograph, n.d.
4 1/4" x 3", black and white. Inscribed lower, left-hand corner, "15". Indexed as, "Steam Dye Vats."
3 15 Photograph, n.d.
1 photograph. 4 1/4" x 3", black and white. Inscribed lower, left-hand corner, "16". Indexed as, "Testing Laboratory."
3 15 Photograph, n.d.
4 1/4" x 3", black and white. Inscribed lower, left-hand corner, "17". Indexed as, "Dye Test to Determine Formula in Matching Colors."
3 15 Photograph, n.d.
4 1/4" x 3", black and white. Inscribed lower, left-hand corner, "18". Indexed as, "Dyeing Wool."
3 15 Photograph, n.d.
4 1/4" x 3", black and white. Inscribed lower, left-hand corner, "19". Indexed as, "Dyeing Wool. Shifting Skeins to Get Even Penetration."
3 15 Photograph, n.d.
4 1/4" x 3", black and white. Inscribed lower, left-hand corner, "20". Indexed as, "Dyeing Wool. Notice the Steam Rising."
3 15 Photograph, n.d.
4 1/4" x 3", black and white. Inscribed lower, left-hand corner, "21". Indexed as, "Dyeing Wool. Draining. Notice How the skeins are put on Two Bamboo Sticks So That the Skeins can Be Shifted in the Hot Dye Without Burning Hands."
3 15 Photograph, n.d.
14 1/4" x 3", black and white. Inscribed lower, left-hand corner, "22". Indexed as, "Dyeing Wool."
3 15 Photograph, n.d.
4 1/4" x 3", black and white. Inscribed lower, left-hand corner, "25". Indexed as, "Weight Dyed Wool for Rug Order."
3 15 Photograph, n.d.
4 1/4" x 3", black and white. Inscribed lower, left-hand corner, "26". Indexed as, "Preparing Dyed Wool at Central Plant (Where Dyeing is Done) for Branch Factories."
3 15 Photograph, n.d.
4 1/4" x 3", black and white. Inscribed lower, left-hand corner, "27". Indexed as, "Pattern Room and Draftsman."
3 15 Photograph, n.d.
4 1/4" x 3", black and white. Inscribed lower, left-hand corner, "28". Indexed as, "Head Pattern Maker (A Pattern Must be Made for Each Rug Before It Goes On Loom)."
3 15 Photograph, n.d.
4 1/4" x 3", black and white. Inscribed lower, left-hand corner, "29". Indexed as, "Passing On Patterns. Mrs. Fette and Mr. Lee."
3 15 Photograph, n.d.
4 1/4" x 3", black and white. Inscribed lower, left-hand corner, "30". Indexed as, "Tools Used Weaving Rugs."
3 15 Photograph, n.d.
4 1/4" x 3", black and white. n.d. Inscribed lower, left-hand corner, "31". Indexed as, "Making the Looms."
3 15 Photograph, n.d.
4 1/4" x 3", black and white. Inscribed lower, left-hand corner, "32". Indexed as, "Weaving the Rug. See the Knife Held in the Right Hand While Tying the Wool and Cutting It Off."
3 15 Photograph, n.d.
4 1/4" x 3", black and white. Inscribed lower, left-hand corner, "33". Indexed as, "Weaving a Nine by Twelve Rug. Four Workers."
3 15 Photograph, n.d.
4 1/4" x 3", black and white. Inscribed lower, left-hand corner, "34". Indexed as, "Weaving a Rug. Empress Fan Pattern."
3 15 Photograph, n.d.
4 1/4" x 3", black and white. Inscribed lower, left-hand corner, "35". Indexed as, "Weaving a Rug. 99 Things Pattern."
3 15 Photograph, n.d.
4 1/4" x 3", black and white. Inscribed lower, left-hand corner, "37". Indexed as, "Room Foreman Making Corrections."
3 15 Photograph, n.d.
4 1/4" x 3", black and white. Inscribed lower, left-hand corner, "38". Indexed as, "Trimming the Rug and Cutting the Outlines. Carving."
3 15 Photograph, n.d.
4 1/4" x 3", black and white. Inscribed lower, left-hand corner, "39". Indexed as, "Rugs Just Off the Loom."
3 15 Photograph, n.d.
4 1/4" x 3", black and white. Inscribed lower, left-hand corner, "40". Indexed as, "Rug Inspection and Finishing."
3 15 Photograph, n.d.
4 1/4" x 3", black and white. Inscribed lower, left-hand corner, "41". Indexed as, "Rug Inspection. 18' x 36' for State Dining Room in the Italian Legation."
3 15 Photograph, n.d.
4 1/4" x 3", black and white. Inscribed lower, left-hand corner, "42". Indexed as, "A Close Up of the Finishers."
3 15 Photograph, n.d.
4 1/4" x 3", black and white. Inscribed lower, left-hand corner, "43". Indexed as, "A Corner of the Packing Yard."
3 15 Photograph, n.d.
4 1/4" x 3", black and white. Inscribed lower, left-hand corner, "44". Indexed as, "Bringing a Rug From the Storeroom for Packing."
Box Folder
1 17 Photograph, 1934
"Summer Seminar on Far Eastern Studies, International House, Berkeley, 25 VI – 3 VIII 34." 9 1/4" x 7 3/4" black and white, affixed to a piece of 8" x 11" cardboard. Surnames of individuals pictured: Ewer, Kerr, Houlding, Ried, Draper, Yanaga, Watkins, Seymour, Binkley, Young, Fisk, Jonasson, Shultheis, Fuselman, Gaskill, Cameron, Melvin, Brinton, Graham, Potter, Pritchard, Muir, Caldwell, Noble, Hartdegan, Boodberg, Walne, Hummel, Bishop, Hamilton, March. 2 individuals are unidentified. [This photograph was included in a binder of lecture material and may be found in Series III – Subseries 1 – Lectures in box 2, folder 13.]