James Marshall Plumer Collection

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At A Glance

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  • Creator

    Plumer, James Marshall
  • Dates

  • Physical Description

    1.6 Cubic feet
  • Collection ID


  • Scope and Contents

    Manuscripts, translations, correspondence, notes, maps, drawings, and black and white photographic prints and negatives related to James Marshall Plumer's work with Chinese ceramics, primarily concerning the location and excavation of a Yue ware kiln site.

    Yüeh (sometimes Yueh) was the common romanization at the time of creation and is used extensively in this finding aid to reflect its usage in the original materials. Yue is preferred now. All other obsolete romanizations reflect usage in the original materials.
  • Biographical / Historical

    James Marshall Plumer (1899-1960) , scholar of Asian art. After receiving his B.A. from Harvard, Plumer served as an administrative officer with the Chinese Government Service in Maritime Customs. From 1935 until his death, he taught art history at the University of Michigan while continuing to visit and work in China and Japan. In 1935 and 1937, Plumer discovered ancient kiln sites in the Chinese provinces of Fukien (Fujian) and Chekiang (Zhejiang). He wrote extensively on Chinese ceramics and edited the 'Far Eastern Ceramic Bulletin' from 1950 to 1958.
  • Creator

    Plumer, James Marshall
  • Place

  • Topic

    Ceramics -- China
    Ceramics -- Japan
    Kilns -- China -- Fujian
    Kilns -- China -- Zhejiang
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    James Marshall Plumer Collection
  • Custodial History

    Gift of Caroline I. Plumer, 1961.
  • Archival Repository

    Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
  • Type

    Collection descriptions
    Archival materials
    Printed material
  • Citation

    James Marshall Plumer Collection, FSA.A.14. National Museum of Asian Art Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. Gift of Caroline I. Plumer.
  • Arrangement

    Organized into two series:
    Series 1: Yüeh File
    Series 2: Photographs
  • Rights

    Permission to reproduce and publish an item from the Archives is coordinated through the National Museum of Asian Art's Rights and Reproductions department. Please contact the Archives in order to initiate this process.
  • Genre/Form

    Printed material
  • Restrictions

    Collection is open for research.
  • Related Materials

    James M. Plumer papers, Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan

Repository Contact

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
National Museum of Asian Art Archives
Washington, D.C. 20013