TABLE OF CONTENTS


Collection Summary

Biographical Information

Scope and Contents of the Collection

Arrangement of the Papers

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Correspondence and Subject Files, 1930-1997

Series 2: Catalogs and indexes to Robert-Lee Gallery and Robert O. Muller's Art Collection, undated

Series 3: Draft Manuscript, [1925-1970, undated]

Series 4: Printed Matter, 1923-1936, undated

Series 5: Photographs and slides, 1936-1963 (bulk 1940),

Robert O. Muller:

An Inventory of His Papers at the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives



Collection Summary

Repository: Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.
Smithsonian Institution.
Washington, D.C.
Creator: Muller, Robert O.
Title: Robert O. Muller Papers
Dates: 1930-1997
Quantity: 7.5 linear feet
Abstract: Personal papers of Robert O. Muller, a Connecticut-based art dealer and collector who, over the course of seventy years, assembled one of the world's finest collections of Japanese prints from the late 1860s through the 1940s. The papers include Muller's correspondence relating to Japanese art, files relating to his and his wife's 1940 honeymoon in Japan during which he forged many contacts with Japanese artists and art dealers and purchased thousands of prints, subject files, catalogs, business transactions, magazine and newspaper clippings, photographs, and notes and drafts for a planned book.
Identification: A2003.14
Language: Materials are mostly in English with some in German.
Language: English

Biographical Information

Much of the following biographical information comes from, Printed to Perfection: Twentieth-century Japanese Prints from the Robert O. Muller Collection. (Washington, D.C. : Arthur M. Sackler Gallery in association with Hotei Publishing, c2004)

Further information and clarification from conversations with Dr. James T. Ulak, Deputy Director of the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery .

1911 October 5 Born in Pelham, New York. Great-grandson of Charles Erhart, cofounder of Charles Pfizer & Company, now Pfizer Inc.
1931 Purchased first modern Japanese print, "Kiyosu Bridge", from the Shima Art Company in New York City.
1934 Earned Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Harvard University.
1936 Traveled to Germany aboard the Hindenberg. During return to United States, visited with and bought many prints from Japanese print collector Thomas Bates Blow in London.
1940 February 3 Married Ingeborg Lee and honeymooned in Japan.
1940 September Purchased the assets of the Shima Art Co. for $7,000. Remained friends with the former owners, Kazue Sumii and Hango Sumii and their daughter Noriko.
1940 October 21 Opened the Robert-Lee Gallery on 69 East 57th Street in Manhattan.
1941 December After attack on Pearl Harbor, closed Robert-Lee Gallery. Later reopened at new location at 32 West 57th Street.
1941 - 1952 Mrs. Muller gave birth to four daughters and one son.
1942-1945 Worked for Pfizer Inc.
1946 Moved to farmhouse in Newtown, Connecticut and re-established Robert Lee Gallery there one year later.
1962 Purchased and ran Merwin's Art Shop in New Haven, Connecticut
1985 Handed over management of Merwin's Art Shop to his son Robert L. Muller
2003 April 10 Died as a result of Parkinson's Disease.
2003 May Bequeathed his collection of Japanese prints, cataloging records, papers, and library to the Smithsonian's Sackler Gallery of Art.

Born in 1911 in Pelham, New York, art collector, dealer, and connoisseur Robert O. Muller assembled a collection of nearly 4,500 late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Japanese prints throughout his life. As a history student at Harvard University, Mr. Muller's world renowned print collection began to take shape with the purchase of the print 'Kiyosu Bridge" by Kawase Hasui for $5.00 from the Shima Art Company in 1931.

Mr. Muller married Ingeborg Lee in 1940 and their honeymoon in Japan played a critical role in Mr. Muller's development as an art dealer and collector. They spent five months there and met with many important artists and dealers and purchased thousands of prints for both their personal art collection and for commerce.

Upon their return to the States, Mr. Muller purchased the Shima Art Company's assets and started the Robert Lee Gallery with his partner William Lee Comerford in 1940. With the attack on Pearl Harbor, Muller and Comerford closed the Robert Lee Gallery and later reopened it in a different Manhattan location. The Mullers moved to Newton, Connecticut, in 1946 and reestablished the Robert Lee Gallery there. In 1962, Muller purchased a frame shop, Merwin's Art Shop, in New Haven, Connecticut. Although primarily a framing shop, Muller not only befriended many scholars and academics from nearby Yale University but sold Japanese prints from the back room.

From that initial purchase of 'Kiyosu Bridge' in 1931 up until his death in 2003, Robert Muller amassed what many art historians, collectors, and curators regarded as the finest collection of its type in the world. Muller bequeathed his Japanese print collection, archival materials, and library to the Sackler Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Robert O. Muller Papers consist of Mr. Muller's correspondence; research and subject files; indexes to his art collection; printed matter; photographs; and a draft manuscript and notes for a planned book. The papers document his art collecting and dealing, his relationships with a wide variety of art shops and other art dealers, his 1940 honeymoon to Japan, and the dealings of his various businesses from the 1940s through to the 1990s.

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Arrangement of the Papers

This collection is arranged into five series: 1. Correspondence and subject files; 2. Catalogs; 3. Draft manuscript; 4. Printed matter; and 5. Photographs.

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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

The Archives is open by appointment only, Tuesdays through Thursdays, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Archives is closed on all federal holidays.

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Related Material

The Sackler Gallery of Art owns the Robert O. Muller Collection of Japanese prints.

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Index Terms

Names:

Muller, Robert O.
Adachi, Toyohisa, 1902-1982
Comerford, William Lee
Gilder, Peter
Kōdansha
Nishinomiya Yosaku, 1896 -
Nishinomiya, Yosaku (publisher)
Watanabe, Shozaburō

Subjects:

Ukiyoe
Art Collectors and collecting
Art, Japanese
Color prints, Japanese - 20th century
Printmakers - Japan
Prints, Japanese
Prints, Japanese - 19th century
Prints, Japanese - 20th century

Document Types:

Auction catalogs
Financial records
Correspondence
Photographic prints
Slides

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Robert O. Muller Papers
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
Bequest of Robert O. Muller, 2003

Acquisition Information

Robert O. Muller bequeathed his Japanese print collection as well as his archival records to the Sackler Gallery in 2003.

Processing Information

The collection was processed by Linda Machado Raditz in 2005.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Correspondence and Subject Files, 1930-1997
This series includes correspondence and subject files created by Robert Muller. The file titles come from the original file folders and every attempt has been made to retain the original order. Files include letters, newspaper and magazine clippings, newsletters, brochures, exhibition materials, and some financial materials.
Box Folder
Adachi (Pre-War), 1940-1941 1 1
Correspondence.
Adachi (Pre-War), 1940-1941; 1958 1 2
Correspondence and one catalog from 1958.
Adachi Account, 1940-1941; undated 1 3
Correspondence, ledger, paper sample.
Adachi Color Print Studio, 1947, 1963, 1974, and undated 1 4
Correspondence, notes, business cards.
Allinson, 1988-1997 1 5
Correspondence.
Art - Jap. Print Bibliography, 1924-1939 1 6
Essays, brochure, and newspaper clippings.
Art - Japanese Print Collection, 1937-1942, 1963, and undated 1 7
Correspondence, information, exhibition catalogs, print/price lists, tourist map of Tokyo.
Art - Japanese Print Collection, 1940, 1963, and undated 1 8
Photographs.
Art. Jap. Print Photos, 1930-1939, 1952, and undated 1 9
Japanese images from newspaper clippings, magazine clippings, and photocopies.
Art Life Ltd., 1996-1997 1 10
Correspondence and business cards.
B [Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Black], 1952-1960 1 11
Correspondence.
Baba Seizando, 1940-1956, undated 1 12
Correspondence.
Baba Seizando, undated 1 13
Small prints (3 1/2"x 5 1/2; 4"x2 3/4; 4 3/4"x 3 1/4.)
Baba Seizando, undated 1 14
Photographs of prints.
Baekeland, 1985, 1992 1 15
Newsletter and receipt from Toyobi.
Beres, 1997 1 16
Correspondence with Anisabele Berès of Galerie Berès.
Berlin Exhibit, 1983, 1992-1994 1 17
Correspondence, mostly in German.
Berlin Exhibit, 1992-1994, undated. 1 18
Correspondence, mostly in German.
Berlin Exhibit, 1989-1993 1 19
Exhibit brochures and posters for exhibit "Japan and Europe, 1543-1929."
Jap. Print Correspondence - T.B. Blow, 1939-1941, undated 1 20
Correspondence, article, auction catalog, business card, and obituary.
Books - Japanese, undated 1 21
Catalog and order from for Shima Art Co.
Bostelmann, 1993 1 22
Correspondence.
C.A. [C.E.] Burns, 1992 1 23
Correspondence.
Calligraphy, 1954, 1957, and undated 1 24
newspaper clipping, magazine article, exhibition announcement.
Caplan, 1987 1 25
Correspondence.
Box Folder
Carl, 1997, 1999 2 1
Correspondence and contact information.
Castle Fine Arts, 1996 2 2
Correspondence and flyer.
Chaplain (Garakuta), 1991 and undated 2 3
Letter and business card.
Comeford Letters, 1940, undated 2 4
Correspondence, memo, and notes.
Cuts, 1940, 1946, undated 2 5
Brochures and clippings.
D'Anthes, 1989-1990 2 6
Correspondence.
Data, 1940, undated 2 7
Information regarding dealers and their stock.
Davidson, 1995 2 8
Correspondence.
Dolls, 1940, 1941, 1954 and undated 2 9
Correspondence, postcards, newspaper clippings.
den Esch, 1993-1995, undated 2 10
Correspondence with Huys den Esch, address labels.
Egenolf, 1978-1991 2 11
Correspondence, financial records.
F, 1940-1941, undated 2 12
Correspondence and list of Modern Japanese Prints at the Fogg Museum.
Fach, 1987, undated 2 13
Correspondence with Joseph Fach, 2 Polaroid photographs.
Forrer, 1993, undated 2 14
Correspondence, photo greeting card.
Gilder, 1987-1989, undated 2 15
Correspondence with Peter Gilder.
Gilder, 1989-1990 2 16
Correspondence with Peter Glider.
Gilder, 1990-1992 2 17
Correspondence with Peter Gilder.
Gilder, 1992 - 1993 2 18
Correspondence with Peter Gilder.
Gilder, 1993-1997 2 19
Correspondence with Peter Gilder.
Graeber, 1989-1998 2 20
Correspondence with Conrad R. Graeber.
H, 1947-1977, undated 2 21
Correspondence with Carl Holmes, Margot Holmes, Alice Gore King, Mrs. Stanley Kacynski, T. Haga
Haiku, undated 2 22
Haiku poetry.
Box Folder
Hoffman 1991, undated 3 1
Correspondence and print price list.
IJPA, 1993 3 2
Correspondence with International Japanese Print Auctioneers.
Japan, 1940-1997, undated 3 3
Newspaper clippings.
Japan, 1938-1958, undated 3 4
Magazine clippings.
Japan, undated 3 5
Currency and notes.
Japan Gallery, 1980-1994, undated 3 6
Correspondence, price list, exhibition catalogs, contact information.
Japan - Maps, 1939, 1971, 1977, undated 3 7
Maps of Japan, Kyoto, Hong Kong, tourist map of Tokyo, Causeway Bay Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong Urban Areas Public Transportation. Some with marginalia. Except for the Map of Kyoto dated April 1971 have been stored in a larger folder for flat storage.
Japanese Prints - General Articles, 1947-1951 3 8
Newspaper clippings, magazine articles, exhibit programs.
Japanese Prints - General Articles, 1959-1962, undated 3 9
Newspaper and magazine clippings, and essays.
Japan Trip, 1986 3 10
Itinerary, receipts, correspondence, notes, contact info.
Japan Trip 1986, 1961, 1970, undated 3 11
Maps.
Kamimura, 1989, undated. 3 12
Correspondence with Kamimura Gallery, invoice, and catalog.
Kennedy, 1994, undated 3 13
One letter from Robin Kennedy and a business card.
Keyes, 1977, 1987, undated 3 14
Letter from Roger Keyes, contact information, catalog of selected acquisitions at Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.
Kodansha, 1989 3 15
Correspondence with Kodansha Ltd. Publishers.
Kodansha, 1989-1991 3 16
Correspondence with Kodansha Ltd. Publishers.
Box Folder
Kodansha, 1991-1994 4 1
Correspondence with Kodansha Ltd. Publishers.
Kodansha, 1988-1991, undated 4 2
Photographs, catalogs, contact information pertaining to Kodansha Ltd. Publishers.
Lausanne Exhibit, 1994 4 3
Materials pertaining to exhibit, "La Nouvelle Vague" at Fondation de L'Hermitage in Lausanne, Switzerland.
K. Ledor, 1996 4 4
Correspondence with Dr. Kobi Ledor, contact information.
Leiden Exhibit, 1992-1994 4 5
Correspondence corresponding to exhibit, "Prints from a Japan Undergoing Change, 1880-1940".
Leiden Exhibit, 1991, undated 4 6
Several lists of prints for the exhibition and packing lists corresponding to exhibit, "Prints from a Japan Undergoing Change, 1880-1940".
Leiden Exhibit, 1993 4 7
Press kit for exhibit, "Prints from a Japan Undergoing Change, 1880-1940"
Leiden Exhibit, [1993?] 4 8
Contact information and greeting cards.
Lesh, 1994 4 9
Letter to Phil Lesh and print list.
M. Lörcher, 1993-1995 4 10
Correspondence with Dr. Heide Bücklein of Margo Lörcher.
Lott, 1988-1989 4 11
Correspondence with N.W. Lott.
S. Lowe Art Gallery, 1986-1987 4 12
Correspondence.
M, 1940-1964, undated 4 13
Correspondence, research.
Machida Museum, 1992 4 14
Correspondence with Machida City Museum of Graphic Arts.
K. Matsuki, 1940-1954, undated 4 15
Correspondence.
Matsushita, 1989, undated 4 16
Letter to Matsushita Gallery Ltd., contact information, and price lists.
McLaughlin, 1940 4 17
Correspondence with John D. McLaughlin, Far Eastern Art.
Merritt Exhibit, 1991-1996 4 18
Correspondence concerning exhibit at Northern Illinois University.
Merritt Exhibit, 1996, undated 4 19
Items pertaining to exhibit at Northern Illinois University. Includes lists of prints loaned and slides.
Mikumo (Kyoto), 1964 4 20
Correspondence with Mikumo Wood Block Print Co., Ltd. and catalog.
L&G Morra, 1994-1998, undated. 4 21
Correspondence with Gianni Morra and catalog.
Nishnomiya - Pre-War, 1940-1941 April, undated 4 22
Correspondence.
Nishinomiya, 1950 Feb. - 1951 Feb. 4 23
Correspondence.
Nishinomiya, 1953 Feb. 4 24
Correspondence.
Box Folder
Nishinomiya, 1953 Feb. - 1954 July 5 1
Correspondence.
Nishinomiya, 1954 July - 1955 June 5 2
Correspondence.
Nishinomiya, 1955 June - 1956 Sept. 5 3
Correspondence.
Nishinomiya, 1956 Oct. - 1958 April 5 4
Correspondence.
Nishinomiya, 1958 April - 1958 Dec. 5 5
Correspondence.
Nishinomiya, 1959 Jan. 14 - 1959 May 5 6
Correspondence.
Nishinomiya, 1959 June - 1960 Feb. 5 7
Correspondence.
Nishinomiya, 1960 March - 1960 June 5 8
Correspondence.
Nishinomiya, 1960 July -1961 May 10, undated 5 9
Correspondence and photographs.
Nishinomiya, 1961 June - 1962 Aug. 5 10
Correspondence.
Nishinomiya, 1962 Sept. - 1964 Sept. 5 11
Correspondence.
Nishinomiya, 1964 Dec. - 1972 May 9, undated 5 12
Correspondence.`
Nishinomiya, 1977 June - 1978 Nov., 1984 May - 1989 Dec., undated 5 13
Correspondence.
Nishinomiya II, 1991 5 14
Correspondence.
Nishinomiya, 1950 - 1962 5 15
Account ledgers 1950-1962, catalogs [before 1954 and one possibly from 1954], photographs.
New book data, 1940 5 16
Photo of H. Yoshida, artist in Tokyo.
The 'New School' ('Sosaku Hanga') 1955-1957, undated. 5 17
Newspaper clipping, contact information, information.
Box Folder
O, 1947, 1952, 1955 6 1
Correspondence with Irving Olds and Oriental Art Studio.
Oikawa, 1988-1990 6 2
Correspondence.
Oikawa, 1991 Jan. - 1999 6 3
Correspondence, biographical information about Robert O. Muller.
Okamoto, 1986, 1988, undated 6 4
Contact information, biographical information about Nomura Yoshikuri, catalog in Japanese.
Pachter, 1986-1989, undated. 6 5
Correspondence.
Papers, 1951-1960, undated 6 6
Correspondence with Stevens-Nelson Paper Corp., Yasutomo & Co., paper samples (some with prices), catalog pages for Yasutomo & Co.
Papers, undated 6 7
Paper samples, catalogs.
Paris '94, 1994-1995 6 8
Correspondence, maps, newspaper clippings, financial materials, information about exhibit "Le Nouveau Quotidien Journal Suisse et Européen.
Perry, 1940-1963, 1969, 1988 6 9
Correspondence with and about Lilla S. Perry, newspaper article, and article.
Pins, 1991 July 22 6 10
Letter to Jacob Pins.
Portland Museum, 1981-1983 6 11
Correspondence and press release.
Pulin, 1991 6 12
Correspondence.
N. Richardson, 1987-1995, undated 6 13
Correspondence, contact information.
R-L Gallery - Letters from Japan - From R.M. To W.L.C., 1940 March 2 - 1940 April 19 6 14
Correspondence between William Lee Comerford and Robert Muller during the Muller's honeymoon in Japan.
R-L Gallery - Letters from Japan - From R.M. To W.L.C., 1940 April 20 - 1940 June 20 6 15
Correspondence between William Lee Comerford and Robert Muller during the Muller's honeymoon in Japan.
R-L Gallery - Letters from Japan - From R.M. To W.L.C., 1940 June 26 - 1940 July 6 16
Correspondence between William Lee Comerford and Robert Muller during the Muller's honeymoon in Japan.
R-L Gallery, Inc., Corp. Documents, 1940 6 17
Materials pertaining to the purchase and opening of the R-L Gallery in Manhattan.
Roach, 1991 6 18
Letter and contact information.
Ronin, 1977-1978, undated 6 19
Correspondence, price lists, catalogs.
Sackler, 1990-1993 6 20
Correspondence.
Santa Barbara Museum, 1985-1988 6 21
Correspondence, exhibit opening invitation, and other materials relating to exhibit.
Santa Barbara Museum, 1988-1992 6 22
Correspondence.
Box Folder
Doshin Sato, 1986, undated 7 1
Letter and business card.
Schaap, 1988-1998, undated 7 2
Correspondence with Robert Shaap.
Schutz, 1987-1994, undated 7 3
Correspondence with Dr. James S. Schutz and contact information.
Setagaya Art Museum, 1991 7 4
Correspondence with Setagaya Art Museum in Tokyo and a photocopy of a newspaper article.
Shima Art Co. Printed Forms, 1940, undated 7 5
Photographs of opening of Robert-Lee Gallery and portrait of S.T. Shima.
Shima Art Co. Printed Forms, 1937-1940, undated 7 6
Price lists, forms, announcements, blank order forms, invitation to Robert Lee Gallery opening.
Shogun Gallery, 1980-1989, undated 7 7
Correspondence with and invoices pertaining to Shogun Gallery in Washington, D.C.
Shunsen Museum, 1992 7 8
Correspondence
Henry Smith, 1987-1991 7 9
Correspondence.
Staley, 1993 7 10
Letter to Carolyn Staley Fine Prints.
Stein, 1989-1993, undated 7 11
Correspondence with Roberta and William Stein and contact information.
Steinbauer, After 1987 7 12
Draft of article by Amy Reigle Stephens and Barbara Steinbrauer-Grötsch.
Stephens, 1994-1995, undated 7 13
Correspondence with Amy Stephens.
Swinton, 1990-1996, undated 7 14
Correspondence with Elizabeth de Sabato Swinton and contact information and museum brochure.
T, 1940, 1957, 1977 7 15
Correspondence with Toledo Museum of Art, magazine clipping, and handwritten essay in envelope from Toru Haga at University of Tokyo.
Takamizawa, 1955, undated 7 16
Correspondence with or about, order sheet, stock print list from Takamizawa Ukiyoe Co., Ltd.
Tierney, 1993 7 17
Correspondence with Bruce Tierney and contact information.
S. Thompson, 1991 7 18
Invitation to exhibit curated by Sarah E. Thompson.
Tobin, 1962-1971 7 19
Correspondence with James D. Tobin, including invoices.
Uhlenbeck Marmottan, 1994 7 20
Correspondence.
Uhlenbeck book, 1988 April -1991 May 15 7 21
Correspondence.
Uhlenbeck book, 1991 May 27 - 1992 Oct. 25 7 22
Correspondence.
Uhlenbeck book, 1993 Jan. 7 - 1993 Sept., undated 7 23
Correspondence.
Uhlenbeck book II, 1990, 1992 July 6 - 1996 Nov. 21, undated 7 24
Correspondence, article, manuscript, and business card.
Unso-Do, 1941-1951, undated 7 25
Correspondence and a catalog.
Unso-Do, 1957-1959, undated 7 26
Correspondence
Box Folder
van den Ing, 1993 - 1995 8 1
Correspondence
van der Peet, 1988-1994, undated 8 2
Correspondence with C.P.J. Van Der Peet B.V., Japanese Prints and contact information.
Mitzie Verne Collection, 1993, 1995 8 3
Letters to The Verne Collection.
W, 1940-1941, 1955, 1969 8 4
Correspondence and newspaper clippings.
Y. Wada, 1993 - 1994 8 5
Correspondence and invitation.
Wadsworth Atheneum, 1989-1990, undated 8 6
Correspondence and contact information.
Watanabe, 1936-1954 Aug. 27 8 7
Correspondence, invoices, orders, accounting statements.
Watanabe, 1954 September 15 - 1958 Oct. 25 8 8
Correspondence.
Watanabe, 1958 Dec. 27 - 1962 Nov. 16 8 9
Correspondence.
Watanabe, 1962 Nov. 24 - 1979 May 20 8 10
Correspondence.
Watanabe, 1980 Jan. 2 - 1986, undated. 8 11
Correspondence, account ledger, and print list.
Watanabe, 1954, 1955, 1962, 1969, undated 8 12
Catalogs, price list, business cards, advertisement
Watanabe Account, 1984-1986, undated 8 13
Account statements, receipts, and notes.
Watanabe order, 1940, 1940 8 14
Invoices.
Worcester Art Museum, 1989, undated 8 15
Correspondence and contact information.
Wilshire Pacific Gallery, 1990, undated 8 16
Letter and business card.
Y, 1940-1958, undated 8 17
Correspondence with Toshi Yoshida and Yamanaka & Co. and contact information.
Yamada Shoten, 1984-1987, 1995 8 18
Correspondence.
Yoshida Hiroshi, 1934, 1940, 1995,1996, undated 8 19
Materials relating to Yoshida Hiroshi.
Yoshitoshi Exhibit, 1990-1993 8 19
Correspondence for the Yoshitoshi centennial exhibition.
Zimmerli Museum, 1989-1997, undated 8 20
Correspondence.
Miscellaneous 8 21
These items were not originally housed in a folder or otherwise organized. Include an article on Japanese Art, essays, and a newsletter.
Series 2: Catalogs and indexes to Robert-Lee Gallery and Robert O. Muller's Art Collection, undated
Box Folder
Catalog to the Robert-Lee Gallery, undated 9 1
Circulating catalog of the Gallery's offerings. Includes photographic contact sheets, print lists. Removed from binder due to preservation concerns.
Index to the Robert-Lee Gallery, undated 9 2
Index to the holdings of the Robert-Lee Gallery. Indexed by subject, format, printer.
Catalog to the Robert O. Muller collection, undated. 9 3
In two notebooks - one labeled, "1-1000" and the other, "1001-2000."
Series 3: Draft Manuscript, [1925-1970, undated]
Robert Mullers initial research and thoughts for an intended book. This series is arranged chiefly by chapters and each folder title is taken directly from the original folder labels.
Box Folder
I. Introduction, undated 10 1
II. Misc., 1936, undated 10 2
Notes for sections on: "developing a collection"; "care & handling of prints"; and "print industry in Japan." Other notes and clippings.
III History of Print Revival, 1925, undated 10 3
Notes on leading publishing houses, articles.
IV Meiji Artists, 1929, 1961, undated 10 4
Notes and research.
V. Taisho - Showa, 1930, 1962, 1952, 1958, undated 10 5
Research.
VI Kwoduo - Koson; Seitei, undated 10 6
Research.
VII Actor prints, 1962 10 7
Article.
VIII East meets West, 1929; 1937; 1939; 1951; 1970; 1990; 1994; and undated 10 8
Notes print lists, newspaper clippings, reference.
IX, undated 10 9
Notes
Appendix, 1937, 1940, undated 10 10
Notes, print list, and calendar.
Illustrations, 1940 10 11
Photograph. The House of Nishinomiya, Tokyo.
Illustrations, 1940 10 11
Photograph. Kihachiro Matsuiki, proprietor of Shobisha.
Illustrations, 1940 10 11
Photograph. Kihachiro Matsuiki, proprietor of Shobisha.
Illustrations, [1940?] 10 11
Photograph. Shozaburo Watanabe.
Illustrations, 1940 10 11
Photograph. [Robert and Inge Muller looking at a print in Japan.]
Illustrations, 1940 10 11
Photograph. [Robert and Inge Muller, David Tokimasa and three others looking at a print in Japan.]
Illustrations, 1940 10 12
Photograph. Side view of Adachi color pint studio, Tokyo.
Illustrations, 1940 10 12
Photograph. Adachi color print studio, Tokyo.
Illustrations, 1940 10 12
Photograph. [Robert and Inge Muller looking at a print in Japan.]
Illustrations, 1940 10 12
3 negatives in a paper envelope. One is of the house of Nishinomiya.
Series 4: Printed Matter, 1923-1936, undated
Box Folder
Rare and Valuable Japanese Color Prints Collected by the Well-Known Connoisseur Kano Oshima, 1923 11 1
Anderson Galleries auction catalog.
Annotated.
L'Estampe Japonaise Moderne et ses Origines, 1934. 11 2
Published by Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Palais du Louvre.
In French.
Annotated.
Modern Japanese Prints, 1936. 11 3
Published by the Toledo Museum of Art.
Annotated.
Japanese Woodblock Printing, undated. 11 4
Annotated.
Published by Kyoto Hanga-In Co., Ltd.
Series 5: Photographs and slides, 1936-1963 (bulk 1940),
Titles are taken either directly from the print itself or gleaned from other items in the collection.
Subseries 5.1: Photographic prints, 1940
Subseries 5.1.1: Photographic prints from the Mullers' Honeymoon, 1940
Box Folder
Robert and Inge Muller with 6 others, 1940 12 1
Two copies.
Robert and Inge Muller looking at a print, 1940 12 2
Robert and Inge Muller on board a ship with eight others, 1940 12 3
Adachi Colour Print Studios - seen from an alley way, 1940 12 4
Two copies.
Adachi print shop, 1940 12 5
3 copies
Toyohisa Adachi (left) and brother, 1940 12 6
2 copies.
Toyohisa Adachi (left) and brother, 1940 12 7
Toyohisa Adachi, 1940 12 8
Two copies.
S. Doi, publisher, in front of his shop, 1940 12 9
Four copies
Entrance to Maria Gaho, Kyoto, studio, 1940 12 10
Maria Gaho, print publisher, Kyoto, 1940 12 11
Junji Kato, Publisher, Tokyo, 1940 12 12
Two copies.
Kin-Po-Do, a typical Tokyo print shop, 1940 12 13
The original blocks of some of Koso[?]'s Oban size print - in possession of Y. Nishinomiya- 17 Kami Negishi, Tokyo, 1940 12 14
Keyblock of one of Kosov's Oban sized prints - in possession of Y. Nishinomiya, 17 Kami Negishi, Tokyo, 1940 12 15
Tomoeya Mitsui Arts Store, 1940 12 16
Two copies.
Matsuki - Kyoto, 1940 12 17
Two copies.
Kiachiro Matsuki, proprietor of Shobisha, 1940 12 18
Two copies.
Kiachiro Matsuki, famous dealer, before his shop "Shobisha", Tokyo, 1940 12 19
Four copies. One copy is labeled, " Kiachiro Matsuki, print dealer, Tokyo 1940. The most reliable old dealer in the trade."
Kyoto. Shotaro Sato shop, 1940 12 20
Baba Seizando - Tokyo. Nubuhiko Baba, Proprietor, 1940 12 21
Two copies.
The Shimbi Shoin, Ltd., 1940 12 22
Entrance to Takamizawa Publ. Studio, Tokyo, 1940 12 23
Two copies.
S. Watanabe and son (?) (son-in-law?), publisher, Tokyo, 1940 12 24
Two copies.
Watanabe print shop, 1940 12 25
Four copies.
Hiroshi Yoshida, 1940 12 26
Three copies.
Hiroshi Yoshida, 1940 12 27
Three copies.
Hiroshi Yoshida, 1940 12 28
Unidentified [front of building], 1940 12 29
Subseries 5.1.2: Other photographic prints, 1936, 1955, 1963, and undated.
Box Folder
Robert O. Muller on the Hindenburg en route from Lakehurst, New Jersey, to Frankfurt, Germany, 1936 August 12 30
Copy print.
Shotaro Sato, 1955 12 31
Note on reverse reads, "sent me by his widow 7/55"
Toyohisa Adachi, 1963 12 32
Mr. Maeda, 1963 12 33
Mr. Maeda, 1963 12 34
Uchikawa, 1963 12 35
Uchikawa, 1963 12 36
Robert Muller and two people, 1963 12 37
Two Japanese men in wood studio, undated 12 38
Print is labeled, "Courtesy of the U.S. National Museum. Smithsonian Institute (sic) Washington, D.C.
Subseries 5.2: Negatives and slides, 1940, undated
Box Folder
Toyohisa Adachi, 1940 13 1
Toyohisa Adachi [on left in print] and brother, 1940 13 2
Toyohisa Adachi and his brother, 1940 13 3
S. Doi, 1940 13 4
S. Doi, 1940 13 5
Entrance to Maria Gaho Studio, Kyoto, 1940 13 6
Kihachiro Matsuki in front of his shop, "Hobi Sha", Tokyo, 1940 13 7
Kihachiro Matsuki, 1940 13 8
Junji Kato, Tokyo, 1940 13 9
Kin-Po-Do, a typical print shop, 1940 13 10
Kin-Po-Do, a typical print shop, 1940 13 11
Description taken from verso of print.
Kin-Po-Do, a typical print shop, 1940 13 12
Description taken from verso of print.
The Shimbi Shoin, Ltd., 1940 13 13
Kyoto. Shotaro Sato shop, 1940 13 14
Description taken from verso of print.
Baba Seizando, 1940 13 15
Entrance to Takamizawa establishment, Tokyo, 1940 13 16
Hiroshi Yoshida, 1940 13 17
Hiroshi Yoshida, 1940 13 18
Hiroshi Yoshida, 1940 13 19
Hiroshi Yoshida, 1940 13 20
S. Watanabe and his son (?) or son-in-law (?), 1940 13 21
Watanabe print shop, 1940 13 22
Unidentified [negative was loose in original box], undated 13 23
1 slide set, undated 13 24-25
Watanabe, process of woodblock print carving and printing. 35 color slides.